As a proud momma myself, I have gone through the cycle not once..not twice..but THREE TIMES! Each time I became more and more savvy as too what I actually needed for my babies. When I had my first child, I had no idea what I was going to need. But as I had my second and third, I started to realize the pattern of the baby necessities that I ACTUALLY USED. So, I compiled a list of Newborn Essentials for all my new mommies needing a little clarity as to what basics you will actually need to start with.
Public disclaimer: Always consult with a your child pediatrician to determined what’s best for your child’s health n safety. Also, follow that mommy instincts, because 9 times out of 10, if it doesn’t feel right, it’s not right. Also, any items such as baby strollers, car seats, play pens etc. always be sure to register them with the respected manufacturer, so you can be up to date with any updates and recalls with any of the registerable items you have.
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1. Car Seats & Stollers
When you deliver your baby you will NOT be able to leave the hospital without a Car Seat. Car seats are as necessary for your baby just, as much as, food. DO NOT TRAVEL IN ANY VEHICLE WITH OUT A CAR SEAT. They are there to protect your baby’s life. Do your due diligence and get a good quality car seat that fits your needs.
2. Diaper Bag
This will be the first thing you will pack when its time to deliver you baby. Everything from holding diapers, wipes to extra baby clothes and food. A good diaper bag goes a long way especially for my mommas with multiple children. Your diaper bag will be your home away from home. It is highly essential to get a diaper bag suitable for your taste. But in the end, any diaper bag that’s big enough to hold all your necessities is highly crucial to make your baby life easier.
3. Portable Changing Pads
Portable Changing Pads are essential for when you go out. Whenever you go out with your baby the last thing you want to do is introduce your precious bundle to all the bacteria and germs on top of those public changing stations. NO THANK YOU. That is were a portable diaper changing pad comes in handy.
4. Nose Aspirators
The blue nose aspirators from the hospital are a must-have. My children use to spit up a lot. These have been a saving grace whenever my babies would get sick. I would use it to suction out their nose to help them breath.
P.s. Always disinfect these with Clorox and warm water, then let them dry thoroughly. Replace every couple if weeks to avoid any contamination.
Diapers are a given of course. There’s really not much to say about these but when it comes to diapers, it will be due to personal preference. You can use reusable diapers or disposable diapers.
6. Diaper Rash Cream
This is huge. Your baby will inevitably get a diaper rash at some point. So having a good Diaper rash cream ready to go is a life saver. I kept it fairly simple and with all three of my children I used the PURPLE (not the BLUE) Desitin Diaper Rash Cream. This cream would literally eliminate ay rash within the day. The difference between the blue and purple was how they applied. I find the formula in the PURPLE Desitin lasted a long time but was easy to wipe off when needed. Unlike the BLUE, it was extremely hard to wipe off, this why I preferred the PURPLE.
I had one in every corner. My car, Diaper bag, kids room and my room. Yes, I made my life easy by getting multiple and keeping them in the important places so when I needed them I didn’t have to leave my child’s side no matter the room.
Get as much as you can because you can never have enough. You will go through onesies like diapers. You will need them as backup clothes in your diaper bag. As undershirts to help keep your baby warm during the winter or as your everyday at-home outfit for your baby.
8. Baby Gates
These are a lifesavers…literally. Baby gates are essential in any home, especially if the house you live in has multiple floors. Block out stairs. Block out the kitchen while you cook to prevent access to the stove, sharp items, hot splashes or accidents while cooking. Block out any room without doors that you don’t want your baby getting into. Or to block out your baby for tummy time away from household pets. They are made to protect your baby.
Just like gates are important so is baby proofing gear like outlet covers, drawer latches, furniture anchors etc. These small but, essential items are made specifically to keep your child out of dangerous things throughout the home.
Whether you breast feed or formula feed. Having a couple baby bottles will come in handy for feeding time.
10. Nursing Pillows
I cannot tell you the times I reached for this nursing pillow when it came to those nighttime feedings. I used it all the time to help carry my children for feedings. It was like having a second hand holding up your arms. Nursing pillows will feel like the grace of God whenever you have to hold your child, especially during the middle of the night.
As a side note, I would also use these pillows for my back.
Babies spit up all the time. When they do, their spit up stains EVERYTHING. The times bibs came in so handy for me was an understatement. Especially, when I was out and about away from home. Use bibs to help protect your baby’s clothe, as well as, one’s own.
12. Baby Bathtub
With my first child I thought I would get away without having a baby bathtub. Boy was I wrong.
It’s hard bathing a baby as it is. To make your life easier just get yourself a baby tub. It will assist with giving the baby a shower. That tired mommy-back will thank you later.
A mom’s worst fear is their child getting sick. I can’t tell you the amount of times having a thermometer on helped me. I can not live with out my thermometer.
I am able to gauge my child’s fever allowing me an edge and letting me know when its time to take my child to the doctors.
Playpens are my best friends. I could no live without a playpen. Since I live in the south and my family lives up north, I traveled constantly to visit them. This is where a playpen was extremely handy. I could easily fold up this little bed and take it anywhere for my youngest babies.
Not only were they useful for sleeping over family houses, but they also allowed me a level of freedom. Whenever I needed to clean or quickly do something around the house, I could leave my baby safely inside their playpen while I handled business as usual.
I personally used the playpens with the infant nursery that grew with my child. (just like the ones pictured above)
15. Baby Carrier
The last baby essential on my list is a baby carrier. Baby carriers are a damn life saver for when your baby wants to do nothing but cling on to you all day. And boy there will be days you feel like you can not put your child down without him/she having a fit.
Let’s not forget those days that those mommy arms are just to tired to even carry a baby. Or how about those times you will want to go out to do some quick shopping, but you do not want to haul your whole heavy car seat out of your car. This is where a baby carrier is going to be needed.
I personally used the Mobi Baby Wrap, or how I would like to call it .. the “kangaroo pouch.” This was easy to use and quick when the situation called for it. Let me not forget to mention comfortable. But there are other varieties to look into. So just shop around and find whats best for you.
I hope this list of Newborn Essentials provide some insight for you new mommies. Let me know in the comments below what have you found useful if your are a veteran mommy!