When it comes to registering for and buying items you need for a new baby, the options can be so overwhelming. I know when it was my first time I would often go and just stand in the aisles staring wide-eyed and clueless. Did I need a crib right away or just a bassinet? What brand of car seat should I buy? What about a swing, do I need one of those? So many choices and all the advertisements you start getting in the mail and via email don’t help matters. How does every baby company automatically know when you get pregnant?
So I have rounded up a list of what I think are the top 10 items you need for a new baby. You’re welcome! Note: I am not including diapers, wipes and food in this list because..well…obviously you need those.
1.//A swing. There’s a reason I put this first. Hands down the best purchase we have made is this Snug- a-Bunny cradle and swing. I know some moms are afraid that if they let their babies sleep in a swing then they will never sleep in a crib. I am 100% pro swing. I say use the swing as much as you need to mama. Your babies will be fine and will eventually sleep in a crib. Get a swing. Get one that plugs in and that is very comfortable looking. Use that sucker. If you want to know other sleep items I recommend read here.
2.//Swaddle Blankets. These are my favorite type of swaddle blankets. I’m not crazy about the swaddle me brand or really any of the others. I like these because they are big and you can get a good tight swaddle with them every time. Want to know my secret to swaddling a newborn? Watch here. Once I started swaddling my babies like this using the Aden and Anais swaddle wraps, I never looked back. Oh and want to know my secret for weaning from the swaddle? Read here.
3.//Rock and Play sleeper. In my opinion you don’t need a crib (right away), you don’t need a bassinet, you don’t need a co-sleeper. You need a Rock and Play. This thing is a miracle baby item. Babies love it because it’s inclined but not too inclined and cuddles them close. Some of the newer models even vibrate. If you have to go somewhere over night, take it with you in lieu of a pack and play. My babies sleep so good in it, right beside my bed.
4.//A Boppy Pillow. There are other nursing pillows out there but I love my Boppy. Of course I use it the most for nursing to get a comfortable hold but I also use it for when baby is awake and I want to let them kick and look around. It props them up nicely to take pictures too. Please never leave a baby unattended on a Boppy though!
5.//Glider. You have to sit somewhere when you feed, rock, burp, cluster feed and rock some more. Why not sit somewhere comfortable? Do yourself a favor mama and get a comfy glider with a foot rest as a gift to yourself. Put it close to a window and a side table. You will love it and so will your baby. Here’s the one I have and its a bargain!
6. //Long sleeved ,footed sleepers. I know the question still remains, do I get button or zippered? That’s just a personal preference. I actually like both. Zippered because they are oh so easy to maneuver in the middle of the night. Buttoned because it doesn’t uncover their chest during a diaper change. You decide. One thing is for sure. Get footed because newborn socks are from the devil and get long sleeves, yes, even if it’s summer. Carters makes great sleepers.
7.//Nail Clippers.Here’s the thing. You either buy nail clippers or mittens. And while mittens are cute, I find them difficult to keep up with. I prefer to just clip their nails from the get-go. It gets easier and you get quicker. You have to protect them from scratching themselves somehow.
8.//Diaper bag. Say what you want but I think a diaper bag is essential. It doesn’t have to be a traditional diaper bag per se but something to carry baby items in. Let me tell you, newborns are unpredictable so leave the house prepared. Whatever that looks like for you. I really like this bag, stylish and functional. Want to know what I think you should pack in a diaper bag? Read here.
9.//Travel system. The travel system that we have isn’t being made anymore. It’s from Graco, it didn’t break the bank and we love it. I found it extremely convenient to have the car seat that just snaps right into the stroller perfectly. Graco has cleaned up their act since the big recall, even though we have never had any problems with them in the first place. Here’s a similar one to the one we have.
10.// Happy Baby Wrap. I can’t shout it from the rooftops enough. Get a baby wrap!! I love my Happy Baby Wrap but there are other great brands out there too. I can’t tell you how many newborn cranky meltdowns my baby wrap solved. It’s like magic. Plus they come in amazing colors and styles that make you want every single one.
There you have it! My top 10 items for a new baby. What do you think? Would you add or take something away from this list? Let me know in the comments.