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The Ultimate Checklist of Baby Things to Buy Before Birth

Having a baby can certainly be expensive! And, there’s a ton of baby things to buy before birth! Baby things you need!

As you can see in this post it doesn’t have to be, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a ton of little things you’ll really appreciate having on hand with a new baby around. And, having a checklist of what to have before baby is born is going to be really handy.

No one wants to feel unprepared for having a baby, and one way you can certainly feel prepared is by having the baby items you need already on hand, before you even head to the hospital!

It’ll reduce your stress and anxiety, which isn’t good for a new mom or baby to have. And, it’ll make life that much easier when you don’t have to head to the store every time you need something you didn’t think of before!

As a mom of two, with one on the way, I have the experience to know what exactly is needed, useful, and will save your sanity when it comes to having a new baby around.

So, take a look below to see what and why you need certain items, and then don’t forget to print off the Ultimate Checklist for what you need for a New Baby. (You’ll get a few other checklists along with this one, such as what you need to pack in your hospital bag and non-baby items you should stock up on!)

Most of the items in this post can be found on my page of recommended items under ‘Recommended Baby Items!’, and be sure to add what you need to your baby registry!

Make sure you get everything you need before your baby is born and track important things once they’re born!

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Baby Clothing

  • Coming Home Outfit

This can be super cute and special, or just any regular outfit, even baby pj’s!

These are used in the same way as undershirts, or in the summer can replace the shirt they wear depending on the onsie.

Babies sleep a lot, so they may be spending quite a bit of time in comfy pj’s.

Babies can’t walk, so there’s no need for shoes. But, they’ll need something on their feet, especially when the weather isn’t warm.

Not just winter mittens, these baby mittens are for all year long and help prevent your baby from scratching you or themselves!

This will make your life about 10 times easier! I spend the first 3 months of my first childs life without one, and the difference it made was huge! She was able to sleep longer, feeling more secure and snug in a swaddle blanket.

These aren’t just for winter, babies heads need to be protected from the sun when they go out.

These aren’t an absolute need, but makes it so much easier to change little girls diapers in the summer time. Plus, they’re super cute!

If you go out of the home with your baby, you’ll want something for them to wear that aren’t pj’s.

To learn more about clothing needs of infants, such as how many of each you should have and more reasons behind why they need each item, go here!

For Diaper Changes

  • Diapers

All babies need diapers.

Whether you choose disposable or cloth diapers is up to you

  • Wipes

You’re going to need something to wipe your baby’s bottom with!

Like with diapers, you can choose to use clothes (with a special cleansing solution for baby’s bottom), or unscented disposable wipes.

I’ve always used Angel Baby Bottom Balm, but Burt’s Bees Baby 100% Natural Multipurpose Ointment, Face & Body Baby Ointment works well, too, and is quite a bit cheaper

  • Baby Powder

I don’t remember using this too often with my girls, but I know we always had it around.

You will want want of these, just in case of diaper blow outs. You don’t want a messy surprise after starting to change your baby’s diaper.

Changing tables are super useful, especially right after giving birth and it may be difficult to sit, or bend over much, to change your baby. Plus, many changing tables will have shelves underneath to hold baby items you’ll need, like diapers, wipes, and clean clothes.

Many new parents will want one of these to help hide the odor of dirty diapers. And, some of these actually do help reduce the odor!

To learn more about what you need for a baby’s diaper change and more reasons behind why they need each item, go here!

For Feeding

If you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll want one of these. If you’re going back to work after maternity leave; you’ll absolutely need one.

If you’re pumping milk, you’ll probably want milk storage bags to store the milk in.

A boppy will save your back when feeding your baby, whether you breastfeed or bottle feed.

Again, you’ll want bottles whether you breastfeed or bottle feed. Some babies are picky and will only drink from certain ones, so don’t stock up on one brand.

  • Formula

Obviously, if you bottle feed, you’ll need formula. There are different kinds of formula and it tends to be rather expensive. I can’t tell you what kind to get, you’ll want to speak with your babies pediatrician about that.

Honestly, everyone should own a bottle brush, whether to wash bottles, or other dishes.

You can get a special drying rack for baby bottles. Or, you may not need one. If the bottles are dishwasher safe, and you have a dishwasher, you could use that. I have a drying mat for doing dishes, since I don’t have a dishwasher, and that’ll be what I use.

These are super useful, especially for those watching your baby when you’re not with them; or warming a bottle quickly and evenly.

They will need bibs before they start eating baby food. Some babies will need to wear bibs all the time due to spit up or drool. So, make sure you have at least a few of these.

You need these to attempt to protect your own clothes from baby spit up, especially when you try to burp them. Burp clothes also come in useful when your first starting to breastfeed a newborn and they aren’t that great at latching yet; otherwise breast milk will go everywhere!

Now, this could simply be your couch or a chair you already have; that’s what it’s always been for me.

Or, you can get a rocker or glider specifically for feeding or getting your baby to sleep.

You may not need a highchair right away, but by the time they can sit up or eat; you’ll need one.

You can get away with just buying baby spoons and just feed them straight from the jar of baby food, but having a bowl to seperate a little out into would be a great thing to have.

Babies can start drinking water before they start on baby food, and water should be the only thing going in their sippy cup. Please, no juice!

There are so many options now a days to help moms make and store baby food, or you can get store bought baby food; up to you.

To learn more about what you need for feeding an infant and more reasons behind why they need each item, go here!

For Sleeping

A bassinet is a great investment (you can even get a new one for like $50); and it’ll help you sleep better at night knowing your baby is in the same room as you for the first few months, whether you choose to co-sleep or have them sleep in their own crib after.

If you want to co-sleep, but feel you may accidentally roll over on your baby, this would be a great thing to have. Though, I’ve never used one, and we co-slept with our babies til the next one was born (3 years…).

If you don’t plan to co-sleep; you’ll need a crib. I think this is pretty self-explainable!

If you choose to not co-sleep, you won’t only need a crib, but also a crib mattress. If you do plan to co-sleep, but want to get your child a toddler bed; you’ll still need a crib mattress.

If the crib mattress you choose isn’t waterproof, you’ll need a waterproof mattress cover to protect the mattress when your baby wets through. It will happen, and you won’t want to have to replace an entire mattress because of it. It’s much easier to simply wash the mattress cover!

You’ll also need sheets that fit the crib mattress.

These are great for camping or if a relative will be watching your baby for you. Some even come with a bassinet and changing table feature.

These are super important to have on hand if it’s not hot out, or hot where the baby sleeps. Either these or swaddle blankets. For safety reasons, babies should not have blankets on them while sleeping; these will keep them warm during the cold months and help them stay asleep!

To learn more about what you need for an infant to sleep in and more reasons behind why they need each item, go here!

For Travel

If you have you baby at a hospital, there’s a very good chance that they won’t even let you leave unless your newborn is in a carseat! Plus, this is a necessity for infants and children up to a certain age, weight, or height. My six year is still in a carseat; in the state we live, she still has two more years before she doesn’t need anything under her in the car!

If you are planning on going on walks, or other places with your baby often; you’ll want to have a stroller. There are different types of strollers to choose from, and you can buy them as part of a travel system, or separate.

If you’re planning on hiking, or going on long walks with your little one; you’ll want a baby carrier.

If you’re going to be home most of the time and want to get things done while holding your newborn; you’ll want a baby wrap.

This is one thing I still have, luckily! My girls have been using them with their dolls; both the carrier, and boba wrap I have.

This will help with your nerves when driving with a brand new baby in the car.

This, I think, is a need in the winter time when winters are cold! And, it’ll protect your baby from the sun; hopefully allowing them to sleep more while in their carseat!

There are rings with little toys on them that your baby will love to hit and grab at when a couple months old!

You don’t need one of these, unless you want to protect your care from the indents carseats will leave.

This will help keep the sun out of your babies eyes while you’re driving.

To learn more about what you need for going out with an infant and more reasons behind why they need each item, go here!

For Play Time

Babies love these! They love trying to grab or hit the little toys dangling down. They’re also great incentive for your baby to roll over when you start giving them tummy time!

This is a safe place for your baby to be when you’re not holding them. Unfortunately, you can’t just hold you baby 24/7; you’ll eventually have to go to the bathroom or get something to eat. It’s not easy going to the bathroom (postpartum) while holding an infant! It may even soothe a crying baby.

Another safe place to keep baby when not holding them. Some will sway them front, back, and side to side; helping to soothe them as if you were actually holding them. And, some even have toys that dangle down for baby to play with while you clean up a little or make yourself something quick to eat!

These are not meant for newborns, and your infant will need to be able to sit up before using one of these. But, infants absolutely love these and the stimuli they provide!

My girls love jumpers! Jumpers help little ones build up their leg strength, which will help them eventually walk. Just be sure it is very secure before placing your infant in it. This is another one where your infant will need to be sitting up before using.

Walkers are for infants a little bit older than just sitting, such as when they start trying to stand up with the help of a couch or something else. But, it will help them get the feel of what it would be like to walk, and also help build their lower body strength.

These are safe for babies to put in their mouths, and babies are always putting things in their mouths once they figure out how to! They’re also great for infants starting to get teeth, which is why they’re called ‘teethers’. Be sure to get ones like these that you can place in the freezer and give your little one to help with their sore gums.

Reading books to your child starting from day one is probably one of the best things you can do to jump start their education! Getting soft or chewable books are best for infants.

Music is soothing, for both baby and mom. It can help decrease stress and anxiety, which is great for new moms who may be worrying whether or not they are doing a good job. (Don’t worry, you are!)

Once babies are able to pick things up and move them; they will love any toys that make noise when they move!

Toys that have different textures to them are great stimuli for infants! Plus, they may be distracted by it for a minute or two if you need to run to the bathroom or get more water.

Babies love music and looking up at things. Plus, mobiles will help your little one calm down and possibly fall asleep.

Stuffed animals are super fun to buy for infants! You may even have one picked out that you want to be their favorite one. But, believe me when I say you should limit the number of these they have; they add up fast and can take up quite a bit of room with a large collection. My girls have so many, it’s not even funny anymore.

To learn more about what toys infants love and more reasons behind why they need each one, go here!

For Bath Time

You can choose between a simple baby bath tub, a luxury spa looking one, or even a soft cushion to put them on in the sink, to give them a bath; but they will need something to be washed in.

A wash cloth is need to wash your baby’s delicate skin; using a loofah would be too rough on it.

You could use any towel you have, but baby towels are designed with a hood to help keep their body heat to themselves while they dry off.

There are many different kinds of soap out there; it’s best to use ones that are specifically designed for babies, rather than the soap you use. This is the kind that I have always used on my babies.

Babies skin is delicate and needs to be protected; one way to do that is by using a gentle baby lotion with no alcohol in it. Make sure to check the ingredient label.

Newborns won’t need bath toys, but older infants will enjoy these. If they don’t like taking baths, this may be a good way to actually have them start enjoying bath time!

To learn more about what infants need for bath time and more reasons behind why they need each item, go here!

For Health and Safety

*Note about the stock photo above and safety: to help prevent SIDS, babies should never sleep on their stomachs; back is best!

Baby’s have fast growing, long nails; baby mittens will help them not to scratch themselves or you. But, you will need to clip them every so often so they don’t get out of control.

Washing baby’s gums after feedings will help get anything left from the feeding out of their mouths. Plus, this is a great habit to start from day one, if possible. It may even prevent dental issues down the line!

Nose aspirators are wonderful at sucking stuff out of baby’s noses and helping them breathe better. The only downside is that most babies, and toddlers, hate these things. However, when they aren’t able to blow their nose yet, there really isn’t another option.

If your baby ever sleeps in a separate room from where you are; you will need one of these to check on them without waking them up.

Hopefully you’ll never need to use a thermometer on an infant, but you do need to have one just in case. Visitors, or family who works or goes to school, can bring home viruses that can get your little one sick, and sometimes the only sign is a fever.

You will need a baby proofing set to keep your infant safe, however, you may not need to start using it until they learn to roll over.

Same with the baby proofing set, you won’t need to put a gate up until your little one starts trying to roll around. Whether you need one or not will also depend on your homes set up.

Babies have delicate skin, so it’s always best to use a special detergent for their clothes and other belongings, at least for the first couple months.

To learn more about health and safety products for infants and more reasons behind why they need each item, go here!

For Mom

Whether your breast feed or not, you will need these, at least in the beginning!

If your nipples hurt, or start to crack, you’ll want to cream to help soothe them.

You will need large and long pads during the postpartum period. These iced pads would also be great to use as well, to help reduce pain and any swelling down there.

Water is an amazing thing, and you should aim to drink at least a gallon a day, especially if breastfeeding. Believe it or not, it will actually help you heal faster!

These will help so much with the healing process, simply lay them out over the pads.

This is used to help with any itching and reduce pain! Spray it over the tucks pads.

Some hospitals will give these to you after giving birth. If not, you’ll want to get one!

You could invest in expensive nursing bras, or you could get some very affordable genie bras that you’ll want to even sleep in! They are stretchy enough to nurse in, too!

  • Nursing Shirts

Nursing shirts are optional, at least in my opinion. If you plan to pump at work, they may be essential for you; but if you’re going to be a stay at home mom who doesn’t go out much, you could simply wear a loose fitting shirt.

To learn more about what you need after delivering your baby and more reasons behind why you need each item, go here!

Other Baby Things You May Need

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You need one of these, or probably more. Even if you don’t think you do, make sure you have a pacifier, preferably a few different brands. There will come a point where you may need it to help calm your little one down.

An actual, nice, dresser is optional. But, you will need some place to keep your babies clothes, blankets, burp clothes, etc.

This isn’t absolutely necessary, but every baby deserves a super soft blankie to cuddle.

  • Baby Shoes

Baby shoes have no purpose until your little one starts to walk. So, while you won’t need these for newborns, you may need to get them a pair before they turn a year. I know one baby (my second child who is now three) who started walking before they were 9 months old.

  • Nursery Decor- Wall Stickers or paint, night light, crib skirt, hamper, lamp, piggy bank, hangers

If you’re planning to decorate a nursery for your little one before their arrival, those a few things you may want to consider.

  • Book Shelf

This could double as a dresser if you’d like, hold their toys, or you can start filling it up a couple books at a time so they have plenty to read by the time they start to read. (It’s such an exciting time when they start to read; my 6 year old just started and has been reading me Dr. Seuss books!)

  • Rocking Chair

This is optional, but if you plan on making a nursery for them and having them sleep in there at night; a rocking chair, or glider will come in handy when feeding them and trying to get them back to sleep.

If you ever leave the home, or leave them with someone else (not at your home) then you will need a diaper bag. Most come with a changing pad, and that will come in handy, too!

  • Baby Book

You’ll want a baby book to keep track of memories, firsts, milestones, and more!

  • Photo Album for Baby Pictures

I know, everything is digital now a days, so maybe a shutterfly account instead of a baby album, would be more fitting.

These are super useful! They help baby sit up, and if you get one with a tray, it can double as a portable highchair!

Seasonal Baby Items

Although all the items above are seasonal, you will eventually need to get them at some point before your child turns one. Unless of course, if you live in a location that never gets cold, then you may not need some of the winter gear.

Most of the items in this post can be found on my page of recommended items under ‘Recommended Baby Items!’, and be sure to add what you need to your baby registry!

As you can see, and probably already know, there’s some things you just can’t have a baby without (at least without losing your sanity).

This list of items you should have before your baby is born is not an exhaustive list. And depending on the season, your budget, and your own preferences; some of these items might not even be needed.

Ultimately, it will be you who decides what you need to have before your baby is born, but this checklist will give you a great place to start!

Don’t forget, you can print off this checklist, along with other checklists for infants, right here!

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The Best Cheat Sheet For Things You NEED For a Newborn

You’ve probably seen all of the fancy baby equipment, beautiful designer baby clothes, and a ton of other baby items you need and want to put on your baby registry for when you little one is born.

That’s all fine and dandy if your friends and relatives (and yourself) are made of money and can afford those things. But, let’s drift back to reality, where the majority of new moms, and their friends and family, can’t afford all the luxury baby items out there.

Now, you’re probably wondering:

What do I need for a newborn baby?

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What You Actually Need for a Baby

See, newborns don’t need all that much!

The most important thing you can give them is your love!

But, they will need a few material items.

They’ll need something to be in when driving home from the hospital, or when you need to go out with them (if you choose a home birth).

They’ll need something to wear.

Something to be bathed in.

Some type of diapers, and a few other things.

I’ve actually needed to figure this out for myself recently, with baby number three due in a few months, and not having any baby stuff for babies under a year; due to us moving cross-country when my second child was a year old, and we only brought with us what we absolutely needed. You can read more about that move, and moving, here.

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1. Baby Clothes and Pj’s

And swaddles, these are a lifesaver to help your baby sleep longer. I found that out the hard way with my first daughter, who didn’t get a swaddle blanket til she was 3 months old!

Baby clothes and Pj’s should be pretty obvious.

Though, if you’re a stay at home mom who won’t be going out much, and your baby is due in the beginning of summer, like mine is; let’s face it, your baby is probably going to be in just their diaper most the time, or just a onsie. So, you can get away with not purchasing a lot of baby clothes.

If you’re having a baby shower, there’s a good chance the people attending will be buying baby clothes anyways, because it’s such a fun thing to pick out!

If you’re low on funds, you can always see if you can get hand me downs, or go to a clothing closet/ thrift store.

When my husband and I had our first child, we had so many hand me downs, we barely needed to buy any clothes what-so-ever!

And, don’t turn down places that sell gently used childrens clothes.

Where we used to live on the East Coast, there was a cute little kids thrift shop called ‘Once Upon a Child’, run the same way as ‘Plato’s Closet’ was run. Most of the items weren’t even worn before being sold there (especially the baby shoes).

So, YES, you need baby clothes and PJ’s, but you don’t need to go all out and buy the best of the best, or even a ton of baby clothes for the first couple of months. Though, you’ll want to make sure you have at least 10-12 outfits, whether day clothes or Pj’s, just in case of diaper blow outs and spit up….which brings me to the next item(s) you’ll need.

2. Burp Clothes, Receiving Blankets, and/or Bibs

Babies spit up…a lot!

There’s not really a way to avoid it; they’re just learning how to eat (or rather, drink), not everything is going to stay down. It doesn’t matter if you breastfeed or bottle feed; it’s inevitable.

So, prepare yourself with plenty of burp clothes, receiving blankets, and it they spit up even when not eating, you’ll definitely want some bibs.

These can be hand me downs, too, if you know people with little ones who have passed this stage.

Personally, I may still have some of these and not even know it; my girls love using baby stuff from when they were babies for their dolls. So, I’ll have to take a look through their toys before buying more. Actually, I know my 6 year old just found about 4 or 5 bibs for me to wash and put away for the new baby.

3. Pacifier

I know, I know. You probably don’t want your baby to get addicted to using a pacifier and using it til they’re 4. But, in reality, that doesn’t usually happen!

Both of my girls had pacifiers, they had to be this brand or they wouldn’t take them. And, neither of my girls used their pacifier past a year old.

This will save your sanity when you’re the most sleep deprived and know that your baby isn’t hungry.

It’ll help soothe them and help them sleep longer.

With my first, I thought the same thing; that we wouldn’t need a pacifier for her, so we didn’t get one…til after the first couple of nights home from the hospital, and then it took us buying a few different brands before we found one she liked.

So, don’t make yourself suffer while you’re already deprived of sleep, pick up one of these now, or add it to your next Amazon order!

4. Something for the Baby to Sleep in

Some new moms dream up and want to create the perfect nursery for their newborn, you know, something Pinterest worthy! And, there’s nothing wrong with that. If you have the money, creativity, space, and ability(or help) to do so, go right ahead!

But, creating the ‘perfect’ nursery for our child isn’t always possible, or even realistic. Don’t feel bad if you don’t have the money to buy a fancy crib with the changing table and drawers on the side, or the fancy crib bedding you saw at the store and fell in love with.

*Hint – babies shouldn’t be sleeping with loose blankets, pretty bedding, or stuffed animals, anyways; so why spend the money on it!?

If you are dead set against co-sleeping with your infant, then a crib and mattress might be a great investment. These could certainly be hand me downs, too. Just make sure any crib you decide to use for your infant meets crib safety standards, many old ones may not. So, don’t assume you can simply ask your parents if they still have your old crib

If you are planning on co-sleeping with your infant, you will at least want a bassinet, or a pack-n-play with a bassinet feature. This way you won’t have to worry about rolling over on a brand new baby, and you can slowly get used to co-sleeping for their first three months.

(This is the one we’ll most likely go with, it’s quite affordable and has a little area underneath to store things I’ll need for the baby in the middle of the night; aka, diapers, wipes, extra clothes, nursing pads, etc.)

Bassinets are relatively cheap, and if you get a pack-n-play with a bassinet feature, then you’ll get even more use out of it!

Personally, my husband and I co-sleep with our babies, and it’s worked just fine for us! The only issue we’re currently having is getting our youngest to sleep in her bed all night; instead of crawling into bed to cuddle us in the middle of the night!

5. Bath time Items

All babies need baths, but what they don’t need is the super cute spa deluxe bathtubs that you see at stores.

A simple baby bathtub will do, and that’s all we’ve ever used. (This is the one I had with my first daughter and loved it!)

Of course, you’ll need special baby soap (and probably some baby lotion) and some new wash clothes, too. You could use wash clothes you already have, but for the price, you might as well buy new. There’s no need to buy new towels specifically for your baby, though.

A note on baby soap- make sure it’s fragrance free and contains no alcohol in it. Alcohol will dry out your babies skin (and yours), and is usually found paired with fragrances in soaps. This is the baby soap I used for my girls, my three year old still uses this soap since she gets eczema in the winter. (We also use this on her eczema right after baths to help it go away.)

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6. Diapers and Wipes

Whether you choose disposable or cloth diapers and wipes; it’s up to you. But, you can’t have a baby without them!

And, you’ll need A LOT of them, especially in the beginning. If my memory is serving me right, you should expect to go through at least 8-12 diapers a DAY!

If you’re having a baby shower, I’d recommend on the invite to request that everyone brings diapers (just specify whether it should be a couple of cloth diapers, or a pack of disposable).

No judgement here on the type you use.

If you’re using disposable wipes, and not clothes, to wipe your baby, make sure you don’t get scented wipes. Sure, they smell nice, but think of your baby’s bottom, scented things on baby bottoms don’t feel all that good.

You may also need some type of diaper rash cream for your baby, or you may luck out and not need any. We used Angel Baby Bottom Balm  for our first two, it comes in a tiny jar, but lasts a while. It has very similar ingredients to what we use for our 3 year olds eczema, it even smells the same, so we’ll try that out for our next baby (plus it’s much cheaper).

7. Carseat (and/or stroller)

If you own a car and use it; you need a carseat for your baby, plain and simple.

In fact, if you deliver your baby at a hospital, they probably won’t even let you leave the hospital without the baby in a carseat.

This you can get as a hand me down, if you know the person it’s coming from and know for a fact it’s never been in an accident, but I personally wouldn’t. The safety standards for carseats change, just as they do for some other baby items. I’m not even sure if we would be able to use the infant carseat we had for our first daughter, for our next baby, seeing as how it’ll be almost 7 years old.

The type of carseat you choose is absolutely up to you! And, there are plenty to choose from. You can get an infant carseat, or a convertible carseat, or even a travel system.

If you plan on going for a lot of walks, or to the mall, with your baby then a travel system, with the infant carseat and stroller, would be your best bet.

But, if you don’t plan on being outside your home very often, or walking a lot outside your home, then you could get away with a convertible carseat that you’re child will be able to use for at least a few years.

Again, this is up to you; at the very least, you’ll need an infant carseat when your baby is born.

8. Baby Hygiene Items

Babies don’t need a lot of hygiene items, and some they do need have already been mentioned above.

But, you’ll also want to make sure you have at least a nose suction thing and baby nail clippers, even if you don’t get anything else. These are must haves! You’ll be using the nail clippers for years, anyways; I even use them for myself (I have really small hands).

9. Baby Feeding Items

What you need when it comes to feeding your baby for the first couple months will depend on if you breastfeed or bottle feed. And, if you choose to, and are able to, breastfeed, but need to go back to work after a maternity leave, that will change which items you need, as well!

If you breastfeed and are a stay at home mom, then there really aren’t that many things that you need, but there are certainly some awesome items that will make your life a ton easier!

You will need:

(**Also, don’t forget you will need other pads, too! I highly recommend these too , or something similar, just like what they give you to use at the hospital to help ease pain after childbirth.)

You may want:

  • A boppy (will save your back from a ton of pain, or from having to use pillows to support you and your baby)
  • Nursing bras (and/or shirts) (I honestly just use Genie Bras, their stretchy enough to nurse in and super comfy!)
  • Nipple cream (I never needed this, but other new moms do, or you could just use coconut oil)

If you’re a breastfeeding mom who will be going back to work, you’ll also need:

  • A breastpump
  • Bottles (I stored the milk I pumped in bottles and had a whole freezer full of pumped milk before my maternity leave was over- be sure not to fill to the top)

You may want:

I’ve never personally formula fed my kids, but I would assume you need:

If you need to go back to work after having your baby, and you’re having a baby shower, you may want to add a breast pump to your baby shower registry. Sometimes friends and family will pitch in together and get an expensive item for you. This is the breast pump I used, it’s not super expensive (under $100, and it’s a double electric breast pump!), and works really well! (I pumped milk for my second daughter for a full year with that breast pump.)

10. A safe place for baby to be when not sleeping or being held

As adorable as your little bundle of joy is you’re not going to be able to hold them every second of the day that they’re awake. It’s just not feasible.
You need to eat, possibly care for other kids, go to the bathroom, and more!

If you decided on a pack-n-play with the bassinet feature in it that comes out, then you’re all set! This is what I had with my first daughter and it was awesome!

But, other options you could choose from don’t have to be expensive (they certainly could be, but they don’t have to be).

You could get something as simple as a little bouncy seat, or a simple baby swing (you may need to find one of these at a used baby item store if you want a cheap one, they keep getting more and more expensive).

Babies Don’t Need All That Much

Babies don’t really need all that much when just born.

They need:

  • Something to wear
  • Something to catch their spit up
  • Something to soothe them
  • Something to sleep in
  • Something to bathe in
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Something to ride in in the car
  • A few hygiene items
  • A way to eat
  • A place to be when not sleeping or being held
  • and most of all, they need your love!!

If you have a bit more money, or friends and family with money, then you can have quite a bit of fun looking at and picking out items for your baby!!

If your budget is super tight, don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to get what you need for you baby for cheap, sometimes even for free.

Accept hand me downs and shop at thrift stores.

There’s no reason to feel weird about shopping smart, and not spending a fortune on items your little one will use for maybe a year and then will outgrow and never remember, anyways!

What you choose to get for your new baby will be up to you. And, I know there may be a few ‘extras’ on the list above; that complete minimalists, or frugalistas, would not have included on their list of needed baby items. But, this list was created based on need and experience!

Some items we need for the sake of caring for a new baby; some we need to keep our sanity while caring for a newborn while  sleep deprived!

If you’re expecting and having a baby shower, make sure you create a baby shower registry and add the items above to it.

Leave a comment with any other sanity saving items (or tips) you have used with your newborn! We can use all the help we can get as new moms!

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The Ultimate List for Baby Registry Must Haves

Are you currently pregnant and trying to fill out your baby registry, making sure you add all baby registry must haves to it, but are maybe unsure what to put on it?

Whether you’re a first time mom-to-be and having a full on baby shower, or maybe it’s your second or third child and you’re just having a little baby sprinkle party thrown for you; you’ll want to make sure the items below are items you already have, or go create a registry on Amazon right now and add them to your list!

Don’t worry, I’m not just a first time mom-to-be sharing what I’m putting on my own registry; I’m a mom of two with a third on the way. So, I know a bit about what you actually need, what you should have, what would be nice to have, and then those fun things to put on your registry to help you create the adorable nursery you’ve always dreamed of.

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Since I’m about to have my third baby and have been daydreaming about what I’ll need and what would be nice to have for the new baby; I thought now would be a great time to put this ultimate list out there for you, too!

(We moved cross country when our youngest was a year old, and only brought with us what we needed at the time, she’s now three. So, we have nothing we need for an infant, well we may have a few things, but barely anything at all.)

And, with this being our third child, I have a pretty good idea of what I’ll need and want, and what mothers in slightly different situations will need (and end up badly wanting) after their baby is born!

Currently, I get to be a stay at home mom, but I worked full time for my youngest daughters first year of life; I know what will appreciated by both working moms and stay at home moms, slight differences, but still a few.

And, to take into consideration that not everyone can afford everything you may put on their registry, or would hope to get; this list of items are listed by price, lowest to highest priced items.

So, if this post pretty much sums up what you would put on your baby registry, feel free to share this post with friends and family, or copy and paste the url to your baby shower invites.

And, don’t forget to pin it to Pinterest, so you can find it easily after going through it, so you can refer back to it when needed!

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Baby Registry Gifts Under $10

Most of us have friends and family who either can’t afford much, or who love to bring lots of gifts to any party they come to. And, who’s to blame them? Who doesn’t love getting a gift bag full of little gifts.

So, this group of little items should be put on your baby registry. Just because they may be small or inexpensive, doesn’t mean they aren’t super useful!

Baby Clothes

A lot of your friends or family may have hand me downs from when their kids were babies that they’re just dying to get rid, so let them! Or, there are places to go, like a clothing closet or somewhere like Once Upon a Child; you can get some really cute, maybe even brand new, baby clothes under $10!

But, for cute baby clothes in regular stores, the price will probably be at least a little over $10, even at places like Burlington Coat Factory. And, if they go to other places, like Kohl’s or other department stores, they may be looking at an even high price tag if the clothes aren’t ‘on sale’.

Honestly, I got a lot of hand me downs and clothes from the clothing closet (run by the church most of my moms side of the family goes to, half the time one of them is running it anyways, it seems like) for my first daughter.

I did not mind at all! It just meant that I knew I’d have plenty of extra clothes to change her into and wouldn’t have to wait for the laundry to be done to change her, in case her diaper exploded or spit up on everything. Seriously, she must have gone through 5 to 10 outfits a day as a newborn; I actually was amazed when she wore the same outfit all day long for the first time!

Pacifiers

Whether you are hesitant to put this on your baby registry or not, or want it or not; add it anyways!!

Some parents may be hesitant to give their babies a pacifier, especially first time parents. So, I get it if you don’t want to put it on your registry. It may be that they don’t want their kids to be using a pacifier til they’re 4, or to not be too dependent on it. But, it’s really not too difficult to break a child from using a pacifier. And, it will save YOUR SANITY and allow you to sleep for just a little bit longer, because pacifiers will help soothe the baby and allow them to sleep longer. This is super important, especially for the first couple months after the baby is born.

My youngest daughter would only ever take a NUK pacifier, but I know other brands are great for newborns, too, if they won’t take a NUK. Like these pacifiers; when I worked at a childcare center (before I had my own kids), this was the pacifier that all the babies there had.

*Note: Pacifiers get lost often, and as I wouldn’t suggest a pacifier clip as it could be a safety hazard, I’d like to note that you can never have enough pacifiers! With my last daughter we had to have one in the bedroom, one in her swing, at least two for the car, and one right next to me while I breastfed her.

Baby Mittens

If you’re brand new to being around babies, maybe you don’t know why they would need baby mittens no matter what season they are born it.

Well, after having your baby, you will soon realize how quick their nails grow and how difficult it is to cut them often enough! You’ll realize this because they will either scratch you, or themselves. It’s not pleasant, and no one likes to see their newborns with scratches on their face. So, make sure you add baby mittens to your baby registry; if you don’t get them at your shower, make sure you pick some up yourself!

Baby Socks

Babies don’t wear shoes, let’s just leave it at that. They just aren’t practical, and hard to get on them without feeling like you’re hurting them. However, they do need something on their little feet to protect them and help them keep their body heat.

So, make sure you put socks, like the ones above your list, or you could even find some shoe/sock combination, like these, if you really want it to look like they are wearing shoes.

Baby Hats 

You’ll want to have little baby hats even if your baby is born in the summer time. They may not need to wear them all the time, but you’ll be glad to have some on hand, just in case.

Like us, babies lose a lot of heat from their head, so to help them keep their body heat to themselves they need little hats. This is super important in the wintertime, and even so in the summer time. If you have to take your baby outside for any reason, you’ll want them wearing a hat when very little; either to protect them from the cold, or protect their bald little head from the sun. Some hospitals will send you home with a baby hat, but I can’t guarantee all hospitals do this.

Baby Soap

All babies need to be bathed, eventually, and it can be such a fun time the first couple times. Many new moms, probably like you, want to take photos or a video of their babies first bath. But, what’s even more important than how you capture the moment, is protecting their delicate skin.

Many people who come to baby showers may bring soaps and lotions for you baby, some stores make this super easy for them and tie everything together in a pretty basket or little bin. But, those soaps usually aren’t doing any good for your little ones skin. I only trust Aveeno baby soap with my little girls. It doesn’t have harmful ingredients like other commercial baby soaps do. So, make sure you add this to your list so friends and family know! (And, so you can keep track and make sure everyone doesn’t buy you baby soaps and lotions you’ll never use.)

Diaper Rash Cream

There are two types of creams I have tried for my girls for diaper rash that have worked, and I may try a third one this next time around. The first one is Angel Baby Bottom Balm, which I used to get at Wegmans, before I moved; you can sometimes find it on Amazon, but it’s not always available. It may seem expensive, but it’s 100% worth the money!

The second type is the one pictured above, which worked almost as well as Angel Baby Bottom Balm; it’s also a little cheaper for a larger container.

Baby Washcloths 

You could use old wash clothes for your baby, but I always want to have new wash clothes for a new baby. They’re fairly cheap, so anyone you invite can afford them. And, they seem to keep getting better over the years; strange, but true!

Baby Bath Towels

Adorable, and there’s different animals to choose from! Not that you absolutely need new towels for a newborn, you could just use the ones you have. But, look at how cute this one is!

Baby Nail Clippers

These nails clippers are the best! Super cheap, and great for someone on your baby shower invite list to order and add to another, bigger, gift on your list, like a diaper bag. And, to be honest, these won’t only be used on your newborn; you’ll end up using these on your child for their entire childhood, and possibly even yourself.

I personally use them on myself, I have tiny hands (like, my ring size is 4.5) and the ‘normal’ sized nail clippers always seemed huge to me; these are perfect.

Nose Aspirator

If you’re lucky, the hospital will send you home with one of these. However, it’s not a guarantee, and maybe you’re planning a home birth; you’ll want to make sure you have one of these when your baby is born.

If they have any mucus in their nose, which most babies will; you can’t just tell them to blow their nose, you need to get it out another way. And, although babies may hate these, they work wonderfully. At least the blue ones pictured above do, they are nice and flexible. I’ve tried a pink kind that came in a baby safety and health set, and it didn’t work; it was too stiff. So, make sure you add these exact ones to your baby registry.

Baby Spoons

Babies will eventually be old enough to eat baby food, and when they do they’ll need spoons to eat off of, and containers to hold their baby food in. The best baby spoons I’ve ever used for my girls are the ones that tell you whether the food is too hot or not. They also tend to be some of the cheaper spoons available now a days. These may even look like the baby spoons you used as a baby; there’s no need to buy fancy spoons for babies, most of them don’t work how advertised anyways. (I learned this the hard way.)

Bottle Brush

Everyone should have a bottle brush, whether expecting, have children, or don’t. They come in handy for cleaning so many different types of dishes; obviously bottles, but also mason jars and water bottles, too.

Baby Toys

This is a fun section to add to your baby registry! And, many items you add will end up being under $10. The chew-able key ring above is great, especially when your infant starts getting teeth; just stick them in the freezer for awhile and then hand them to your baby to help numb the pain.

Other great toys to get are any that are squishy, makes noise, can hang and link, and even little mirrors! Have fun with this section, just don’t go too crazy!

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Gifts for New Baby Under $25

There will be many, many things in this category, and this will probably be the category that most of you guests choose from on your baby registry; unless they combine items together from the items under $10. Of course, you’ll also have friends and family who want to get you bigger ticket items, as well. But, this category is super important!

Swaddle Blankets

These things are AMAZING! I didn’t get one for my first daughter until she was about 3 months old and had a hard time staying asleep, which meant I didn’t get much sleep. I can’t say exactly, how much longer she slept while wrapped up in one of these, but it felt like double the time!

These swaddle blankets helps the baby stay confined, just like they were in their mommy’s belly before being born. Plus, no having to do origami with regular receiving blankets and hoping they don’t take their arms out and wake themselves up! So, if you care for your sleep or sanity at all; make sure this makes it on your registry!

 Baby Clothes

Most baby clothes, whether you buy at the store or online, are going to be between $10 and $25, at least for the cute clothes or sets of clothing. And, honestly, the more baby clothes, the better. Babies go through SO MANY clothes when they are little.

But, make sure you put more than just the cute newborn sizes on your registry. Some babies don’t even fit into newborn sizes when born, and if they do then they probably won’t fit them for very long. Then again, some babies will need preemie clothing. Any clothing up to 12 months will be great to put on your registry, they grow so fast when little. I know my girls wore newborn clothes for maybe a week or a couple of weeks and then needed the next size up.

Now, what clothes will the baby actually need?

Some clothing items will depend on the season the baby is born in, but the basics are:

  • Onsies
  • PJ’s
  • Socks
  • Baby Mittens (any time of the year, these are to help prevent the baby from scratching themselves and others)
  • Baby Hats
  • Dresses
  • Shirts/ Pants or Shorts
  • Shoes (optional- these are more for the baby to look cute in and don’t serve a purpose other than that)

Babies tend to live in onsies and pj’s when newborn, and if they don’t need to go out of the home. Just make sure that all the clothes you get are easy to undo for diaper changes. I just saw the other day a friend on Facebook, who’s a new mom, complaining about how difficult, or annoying, it is to have to unbutton and button up clothes just to change a diaper. So, maybe more pj’s with zippers, instead of buttons!

Bottles

It’s sometimes hard to guess what type of bottle a baby will actually take. It’ll depend on whether the baby is breastfed or bottle fed most of the time, and whether they have colic or not. My cousin recommended Tommee Tippee to me for my first daughter when I was trying to find a brand that worked, and it was a hit. That was the only brand she would take!

We tried the same brand for my younger daughter, and she would not take it. Both girls were breastfed. My younger daughter would only take NUK or Avent bottles. It can be a challenge sometimes to find the type of bottle a newborn baby will take, but once it’s found, the mom-to-be will be so thankful!

Bottle Warmer

A bottle warmer is completely optional. However, if you’re not breastfeeding, or if other people will be feeding your baby; having a bottle warmer will be super helpful for them. No one wants to wait for water to boil on the stove to warm up a bottle for a hungry infant! And, you CAN NOT heat up a bottle in the microwave; just don’t do it, it could scald your baby’s mouth because of how unevenly it heats up!

Baby Bathtub

Every baby needs a bathtub, the one you put on your registry will be up to you. There are super simple ones, cushion type things to use to give them a bath in the sink, or ones that are spa-like and such a luxury you may even be jealous! The one above is the tub we had for our oldest and we loved it! It has the three pieces you can see; the blue piece is a stool, which is super useful when they are toddlers and learning to wash their hands and brush their teeth.

Disposable Diapers

All babies need diapers; A LOT of diapers! If you plan on using disposable diapers, it may be a good idea on your baby shower registry to have everyone coming bring a pack. (Put on there to bring sizes newborn to size three. Babies grow quickly and stay in size three the longest; at least in my experience.)

Cloth Diapers

If you choose to use clothe diapers, make sure you put these on your registry! You could do the same thing as with disposable diapers and have all guests bring a pack, that way you’d be set. However, you won’t need as many of these as you would disposable diapers. So, it’s really up to you.

Wipes

If you choose to use disposable wipes, if one person on your registry gets you a large pack of wipes like the one above, you should be set for a little while. Or, at least for a couple weeks, depending on how your baby adjusts to eating and how many blow out diapers they have!

Diaper Changing Caddy

This isn’t a need per se, but if you have a home with multiple levels, this will come in very handy!

Baby Safe Laundry Detergent

Some babies have really sensitive skin, and you don’t want to find out the hard way. Just to be safe, put these on your baby registry and use only this type of detergent for the first couple months of washing babies clothes.

Baby Food Storage Container

I may be a bit biased, but I love silicone products for my kitchen, like these silicone baking cups. If you are going to be making baby food for your little one once they start eating, then you will need these, or something similar. This way you’ll be able to batch make baby food, freeze it, and not ever have to worry about running out. This will be useful whether or not you are going back to work. You’ll also need something to make the baby food with, you can check out my recommendation on that below (for items under $100).

This set is also great because it contains little containers for the baby food to be in, in the fridge, for the food the baby will eat that day. Although I don’t recommend the baby bullet for making baby food, the little jars it comes with are perfect for storing baby food in the fridge, and they fit in most bottle warmers to quickly warm up baby food without having in warm uneven in the microwave!

Burp Cloths and Bibs

Depending on the amount of bibs and burp clothes you get in a package, it’s certainly possible to get these under $10. But, the pack above is just over $10 and includes both. So, I’d say it’s a great buy. Plus the colors are really cute for girls, try these for boys!

Crib Sheets

If you not planning on co-sleeping with your infant, you may want to add these to your list. And, you’ll want to make sure you have at least 3-4, just incase your baby wets through or has diaper blow outs during naptimes.

Super Soft Baby Blanket 

This isn’t an absolute need, but you will regret not putting this on your baby registry. My second daughter didn’t get a super soft baby blanket of her own when she was an infant; it went straight on her Christmas list for her first Christmas!

Bouncy Seat

Babies need a safe place to be when you’re holding them; as much as you want to, you can’t hold your baby 24/7 when they are awake. Plus, the bouncing/vibration of this seat may help to calm them down if they won’t stop crying!

Small Play Mat with Activities Above

Babies need stimuli, not too much, but some. When you start putting them on the floor (to find out what that’s all about), they’ll love to look up and attempt to grab the toys above them!

Infant Carseat Cover

You will want to put this on your registry whether it’s summer or winter when your baby is born. It will protect your baby from the cold in the winter, and the sun in the summer; it may even help them sleep better when out if they can’t see anything!

Car Mirror to See Baby

This is a little thing that will make you feel more comfortable driving with your little one in the car. I still constantly look in the rear view mirror to check on my girls to see what they’re up to while I drive, and my older girls are 3 and 6!

Shopping Cart Cover

Shopping Cart Hammock

When I had my first daughter, the shopping cart covers were the only thing available to protect her from all the germs on shopping carts; and she obviously couldn’t use it til she was able to sit up. Now, they’ve invented a shopping cart hammock to use with younger infants and not take up as much space in the cart; at least not as much space as putting their whole carseat in the cart!

Child Proofing Kit

You’ll at least need electrical outlet plugs, something to keep lower cupboards closed, and guards on any sharp corners in the home.

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Gifts for Newborns Under $50

Many gifts for baby and mom-to-be will be in this category.

Boppy Pillow with Super Soft Cover

You can add these two items separately or together, either way it’ll be just under $50; that is, if you’re adding a good quality boppy pillow to your baby registry. There are other brands for this type of pillow, but I’ve always had, and loved my boppy pillow for breastfeeding. This is also the brand that was suggested to me by the lactation consultant who visited my room in the hospital right after I had my first daughter.

And, it sure beats having to prop yourself up with pillows and blankets. Your back and shoulders will hurt enough as it is while adjusting to holding a newborn for so much of the day.

It can also be used to help baby sit up a little when they are slightly older. (This is actually one item I still have from when my girls were infants, they still like using it just as a pillow. The one we have is pink and has a butterfly on it, maybe that’s why my second daughter is obsessed with butterflies!)

Baby Wrap or Carrier

Which one you will want will be a personal decision. There are many, many different kinds of baby wraps or carriers available. A baby wrap, like the boba wrap pictured above, are for moms who will be wearing their babies often (and aren’t scared of something that will take a little practice to put on). There are other wraps available that aren’t as complex, but I personally have this one and love it, but didn’t get to use it as often as I would’ve liked, because I worked outside the home.

On the other hand, you can check out the recommended baby carrier here, which is very similar to the one I used for both of my girls, it looks like the only difference is the coloring. This is useful for long walks outside the home, not necessarily for newborns, though. I also remember, but do not recommend, wearing my oldest daughter with a baby carrier while helping my husband move our couch from our apartment to the moving van when we were moving back to New York from Florida. (She was about 10 months old.) So, it’s very useful to have and much sturdier than a wrap. But, again, you may have your own preference.

Diaper Bag

There are tons of options for diaper bags now-a-days, and this should absolutely go on your baby registry. Just be sure to add the one YOU like to it, so someone doesn’t buy you one that doesn’t fit your style or preference. You’ll find some that look like baby diaper bags, purses, or even bookbags; so think of which would be best for you and add that one. Just know, when you go out with your baby, you’ll most likely have it double as your purse, too.

Changing Pad

This is the one I had and loved! It’s completely waterproof, and to be honest, you don’t really need a cover on it. But, if you want it to match your child’s nursery, or don’t want to worry about your child being cold when laying on this; then go ahead and grab some changing pad covers, too!

Bassinet

Whether your co-sleep, or just plan on the baby sleeping in your room for the first couple of months; this would be a great item to put on your registry. It’s absolutely possible to get one under $50, and you may feel better for the first few months (and sleep better) with your baby in the same room as you. Plus, some, like the one above, have a shelf underneath to store things you’d need in the middle of the night; extra sheets, clothes, swaddles, diapers, wipes, pacifier, etc.)

Mobile

This isn’t an absolute need, but babies do love listening and looking up at these. They can match the nursery you put together for them, or simply add it to your list to put on a crib or pack’n’play, to help them fall alseep.

Simple Swing

Simple swings are the more affordable options for baby swings, but the market is starting to be overtaken by the luxury baby swings that swing every way possible! So, if you want one of these, click on the image above to add it to your registry!

Walker

You may, or may not, want to have one of these for your infant. There has been some controversy on whether they help babies learn to walk or not. In my own experience, both my girls used one and they both learned to walk by a year old. My second daughter was walking before 9 months!

Toy Box or Organizer

Most toy boxes or organizers you’ll be able to get for under $50, unless you want a personalized one for your infant with their name on it.

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Gifts for Mom-to-Be’s Under $100

Breast Pump

If you are going to be going back to work after having her baby, and you plan to breast feed, you will NEED a breast pump. I know at least some states require employers to have a dedicated room for new moms to use to use their breast pumps, and cannot deny a new mom time during the day to pump. I worked in New York when I pumped at work, so I know it’s required in that state.

This specific breast pump is the one I used for a full year, and it worked great. Notice how it’s in the category for under $100! There are certainly more expensive double breast pumps you can get, but this is the one I trusted and used. And, my daughter exclusively had breast milk until she started eating (homemade) baby food. We never substituted in formula. However, we did have a freezer full of breast milk at all times, I didn’t want there to even be a chance that we would run out; I started pumping and storing milk a couple weeks after my daughter was born so that we’d have a stockpile before I went back to work.

If you’re not going back to work, but are still breastfeeding, you can get a breast pump to pump one side at a time (still electric) for under $50. That’s the kind I used with my first daughter when my schedule was weird because I worked part time and was finishing up my degree. Unfortunately, the specific one I used with my first daughter is no longer available, but was only $20-$30 from Burlington Coat Factory. I’m not sure how the other ones compare, because I haven’t used them.

Baby Food Maker

Alright, so a nutribullet isn’t technically a baby food maker. But, it works a whole lot better than a baby bullet does; I know from experience. Plus, this will help you improve your health, as well.

If you can see in the picture above, it comes with two blade options. The one with one blade is called a milling blade; this can be used to grind rice, oats, or another grain to turn into baby cereal. The other blade is great for purees, or smoothies for you! This is something that will be used for years to come, too, unlike a baby food maker specifically designed for baby food.

High Chair

The high chair my husband is set on getting this time around is pretty neat, and just under $100; but you can certainly get one under $50 depending on the type you get. Go ahead and browse amazons selection, or you can check out the one my husband wants here; it grows with the child!

The highchair pictured above is similar to the one my husband wants, but more expensive. So, for this one product, if you want to get one that grows with the child through toddler hood, and not spend over $100; Amazon may not be the place to get it.

**Update 2020: we bought the high chair my husband wanted, our youngest is now 18 months old, and this high chair is AMAZING!! Easy to clean, easy to reassemble into the different ways it can be used, and can fit kids at least up to the age of 4 (our 4 year old thinks it’s funny to sit in the baby’s seat!).

Bumbo Seat

 This is the new version of the bumbo seat, which doubles as a booster seat. My first two girls had the old version, and it was great! I used to bring it with us to my moms when I knew they would be eating something there; kind of like a portable highchair. I guess bumbo figured out people were using it for eating and decided to improve it!

Changing Table

This is not an absolute need. (Although, I was able to sit cross-legged on the floor to change my girls diapers right after I had them.) It may be a nice thing to put on your registry if you are setting up a beautiful nursery; or feel it may be difficult to sit or bend over a bed for the first couple of weeks after your baby is born, to change diapers.

Crib Mattress

If the baby will be sleeping in a crib, rather than a bassinet, they’ll need a crib mattress. Which also doubles as a toddler bed mattress; so it’ll be useful even you end up co-sleeping with their child til in a toddler bed, like my husband and I did.

A Nice Crawling Mat for Tummy Time

 Or, for something a little thicker, you can get this one. Both have been added to the recommended baby items list here. This is great for tummy time for babies, which they will eventually need to have.

Exersaucer

We had this one with our first two girls. It’s nice to have for infants who can already sit up, or crawl; a safe place to put them while you get stuff done, so you don’t have to worry about them getting into things.

Video Baby Monitor

I have never personally used a baby monitor with my girls; I’m the type of mom who likes being in the same room as them while they sleep. But, this baby monitor is a best seller on Amazon, so it must be pretty good.

Gates

Who doesn’t want to get a gate set that reminds them of Rugrats? Click on the image above to add it to you registry on Amazon, or if you need a simpler gate; one to keep your little one out of part of the house, or at the bottom or top of the stairs, this is the one we have.

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The Best Gifts for Baby Showers over $100

Mom-to-be’s will be ecstatic to get a big ticket item at their baby shower!
If you can’t afford one of the items below yourself; consider pooling together some money from others invited to the baby shower and buy the item as a group! Even if 10 or so people can pitch in $20, that’ll be enough to get a much needed baby item!

Baby Crib

If you want to go all out, I think the crib pictured above is absolutely gorgeous! If you need a more affordable option, check out the selection on Amazon. There are certainly some cribs that are closer to the $100 mark than the one above.

Just make sure this is something the baby will need before ordering it; some parents, like myself, co-sleep and have no use for a crib. You’d be better off with a bassinet or pack-n-play with a bassinet feature.

Also, make sure any crib you decide to use for your infant meets crib safety standards, many old ones may not. So, don’t think right away that you can get away with a hand me down for cribs.

Pack n Play with Bassinet Feature

If the baby is going to be co-sleeping most nights; then a pack n play with a Bassinet feature would be a great alternative to a bassinet. The infant can use it to play in when able to sit up; it can be a safe place for the baby to be when not being held. And, if you get one with the bassinet feature, the one I had came out and could be placed on the floor and rock; perfect for placing baby right after they fall asleep and you actually want to get stuff done!

Travel System

Or you could get a carseat first, and then realize you need a stroller and hope they fit together.

The one above is the type my husband wants since it drives better than normal strollers. Plus, the one pictured above is actually quite affordable compared to other strollers, whether jogger strollers or not!

Dresser

For a good quality dresser, you’ll likely spend over $100, actually more like around the $200 mark. I never used one for my girls. Instead I stored their clothes under the changing table we had, or in a drawer in my dresser. If you do opt for buying this for the mom to be, or putting it on your own registry; look for one that can double as a changing table, many do!

Items on Your Baby Registry Won’t always be Brought to a Baby Shower

Baby showers are meant to be fun and help prepare you, to well, be a mom!

But, don’t expect to get all the items a new baby will need at your baby shower. There will certainly be some items not brought, and you’ll have to buy those yourself.

If you want to know what a baby absolutely needs when born, to get the most needed items; check out this post.

Most of the items I had for my first two girls were hand me downs, especially the clothes! So, don’t feel offended if you get hand me downs at your baby shower. There’s a good chance those hand me downs will save you hundreds of dollars! (Other hand me downs we got were: a crib, mattress (it was never used), changing table, baby swing, walker, and more! No complaints here!)

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The Best Newborn Clothes Checklist

The Newborn Clothes Checklist for what you actually NEED, and more!

If you’re pregnant and preparing for your baby, you know that there are a lot of baby items out there you can buy. Some are practical and absolutely necessary, whereas others would simply be nice to have or are a luxury.

Baby clothes run on both sides of the line; as babies need clothes, yet some are super expensive and adorable depending on where you shop.

To help you make sure you get at least what’s needed; make sure to use the Newborn Clothes Checklist that can be found in here!

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Now onto your big question…

What Clothing Does a Newborn Need?

Well, that is going to depend on a few things, such as whether they are a newborn girl or boy, along with the season they are born in.

But, let’s start with the basics and then get into the specifics of what they would need if born in, say, winter, or any other season.

Coming Home Outfit

This can be super adorable and special!

Or, simply an outfit that you think your baby will be comfortable in.

It’s really up to you, and it doesn’t really matter as much as you probably think it does. Unless of course, if you’re going to be taking tons of photos and care what others think of your babies clothing style from the second or third day after they are born.

You may want to pack a few options in your hospital bag, different sizes, too. Even if you have an ultrasound not long before going to labor and they tell you how much your baby should weigh, doesn’t mean that’s how much your baby will weigh.

If you’re expecting to go into labor early or have a low weight baby, such as with multiples or have complications in pregnancy, make sure to get preemie clothing.

Otherwise, you should pack newborn and size 0-3 month outfits. Some babies are simply big when they come out and won’t fit in newborn clothes.

This outfit should include:

  • the main outfit
  • onsie (unless it’s super hot outside)
  • baby socks
  • baby mittens
  • baby hat
  • and possibly more depending on the season!

Onsies

Babies live in onsies!

They are great for them to wear under pj’s or other clothes in the winter (and fall, and spring), as an extra layer. Or, double up their use in the summer and use them as a simple shirt.

They protect babies from hot or cold snaps on their clothes.

My next baby is due in the summer, so I have a feeling she’s going to be spending most of her time in onsies, and maybe shorts, skirts, or dresses, too!

You will want to have a lot of these on hand, at least 5 to 10 in each size (newborn, 0-3, ad 3-6 months, to start off); depending on how often you need to change their clothes and how often you want to do the wash. You may even want more!

They can help protect more expensive (or cuter) clothes from diaper blow outs; maybe not entirely every time, but better than nothing. With that being said, these may need to be changed multiple times a day.

I still remember when my oldest was a newborn, I’d have to change her clothes at least 5 times a day; simply from her wetting through (while we were still testing out which diapers to get her), diaper blowouts, or spit up covering her outfit. All babies are different, so your baby may be able to stay in the same outfit all day long; my second baby was like that!

PJ’s

Just like, and with, onsies; babies live in pj’s, at least in the colder weather and when home. In the northwest and northeast, that means fall through spring.

When my oldest was a newborn, whenever I wasn’t with her, either my mom or cousin watched her; so she was always just in pj’s and a onsie. At least until summer.

They are super comfy and much easier to change diapers in than ‘normal’ day clothes for infants. Plus, newborns sleep most of the day anyways, might as well stay in pj’s!

Also like onsies, you should have 5-10 sets of one piece pj’s for each size. Be sure to leave tags on any new newborn sized pj’s, just in case your baby doesn’t fit into them and you need to return them; pj’s aren’t usually as cheap as onsies.

Baby Socks

Babies, like us, lose most of the heat in their bodies from either their feet or their heads. So, unless it’s super warm out, you’ll want to make sure your baby is wearing socks; no matter how cute their little baby feet are!

You’ll want to have 4-8 pairs of socks or booties, which is about how many will come in a single pack. These are far enough away from their mouths, from spit up, and their bottoms, from wetting through or blow outs; so you shouldn’t need to change them more than once a day.

Baby Mittens

You will want baby mittens.

And, you will want them on your baby as much as they will keep them on!

I didn’t know this with my first baby, but babies nails grow really fast; too fast to cute every time needed.

So, they accidentally scratch themselves, and us. It’s not pleasant; grab these and make sure you have a pair in different places so you’ll never be without them. Such as: where they sleep, their diaper bag, the main part of the home they’re in, etc.

2-4 pairs of Mittens should be enough, unless your baby constantly has their hands in their mouths and soaks the mittens; then you may need a few more pairs.

Swaddle Blankets

Swaddle blankets are a life saver, or at least a sanity saver.

They make swaddling your baby super easy! No struggling with trying to do origami with a blanket while keeping your baby inside it. For some of these, you simply stick your babies feet in, pull it up, and fold each side over and secure; that’s it!

Plus, your baby shouldn’t be able to get their arms out; they’ll feel nice and snug and secure, just like when in your womb. This helps them sleep longer!! Which means YOU can sleep longer!

You should only need 1-3 of these.

Baby Hats 

Babies, like us, lose most of the heat in their bodies from either their feet or their heads. So, in the fall, winter, and spring, they’ll need a hat to keep them warm.

Hats will also protect them from the sun when outside; so you’ll want them in the summer, too.

Baby hats will also hide the top of their heads, in case they had a hard time coming out and their head is a little odd looking before their skull finishes forming and fusing.

1-3 baby hats will be enough, unless you want to try to coordinate their hats with their outfits; then it’s simply up to your own preference for how many you’ll need. Make sure to get hats appropriate for the season your baby is born in!

Dresses

There are some really cute baby dresses available, especially for special occasions!

Or, simple summer dresses to keep little baby girls cool in the summer. These aren’t necessary, and obviously not needed for baby boys, but it does make dressing your little girl a little more fun!

Unless your baby is born in the summer and is going to practically live in light summer dresses; you shouldn’t need many. With a baby boy you don’t need these at all. This clothing is completely optional for baby girls, as well.

But, I’m planning on having at least 3-5 light summer dresses for my baby girl to wear through out the summer! Don’t forget about special occasions, if you’d like to dress your baby up for them; such as Christmas, Easter, and other Holidays!

Shirts & Pants or Shorts

Unless you plan on keeping you baby in onsies, pj’s, and dresses at all times; you may want some other clothing options.

They don’t have to be expensive; they can be, but don’t have to be. Ask for hand me downs, check out consignment or thrift shops, shop at garage sales; whatever you need to do. There are even some stores with great  clearance sections to find really inexpensive clothes.

Winter babies should have long sleeved shirts and long pants, while summer babies will need short sleeves and shorts. Depending on how often you want to do laundry and how often you go out, you may only need 4-8 of each of these (or outfits).

Baby Shoes

As cute as baby shoes are, and fun to shop for! There’s no use for them until your baby starts to walk.

If your baby is born in the winter and you’re worried about their feet getting cold, you can always put little booties on them, like these.

Otherwise, they’re just there for fashion obsessed mama’s to put on their babies. You’re seriously better off putting your money elsewhere until they start to walk.

Wearable Blankets

These are super important to have on hand if it’s not hot out, or hot where the baby sleeps.

Either these or swaddle blankets.

For safety reasons, babies should not have blankets on them while sleeping; these will keep them warm during the cold months and help them stay asleep!

If you live in a place where it’s cold (or cool) most of the year, you’ll want at least 3-5 of these, possibly more! Many come in a size where they will fit babies in sizes 0-9 months. Of course, not all are like this, so be sure to look at the sizes!

Infant Snowsuit

If your baby is born in the winter, you’ll want to make sure you have a snowsuit for them for when you have to go out. The one like in the picture above is probably the best kind to get, as it makes it easier to buckle your baby in their carseat!

You may need some other warm outerwear, as well, depending on which snowsuit you choose and how cold it is where you live. For example, they may need a winter hat to wear under their hood.

Most of the items in this post can be found on my page of recommended items under ‘Recommended Baby Items!’, and be sure to add what you need to your baby registry!

Baby Clothes Checklist Review

Babies may not need a ton of things when they are first born, but they will need clothes!

Newborns grow pretty quickly, at least after they figure out how to eat and start gaining weight. So, be sure to not take tags off of newborn baby clothes until you plan on putting them on your baby.

You’ll want to be prepared with clothes in the following sizes, if possible, when baby is born:

  • preemie (these may not be needed)
  • newborn (surprisingly, these may not even be needed)
  • 0-3 months
  • 3-6 months

My second daughter wore newborn sized clothing for maybe a week after she was born, and I’m quite certain my cousins first daughter didn’t even fit in newborn clothes right after she was born. So, make sure you don’t stock up on only newborn clothes, thinking that’s all you’ll need for a little while.

Babies grow the most, and go through the most sizes, in their first year of life. You may be able to get away with less clothes than suggested above (for each size), or you may need more. It’s not really something you can guess at, sometimes you just learn what, and how much, you’ll need along the way.

The number of items below should be used as a guide, not a ‘you will only need this many’ or ‘should only need this many’ type of list. Of course, if you get hand me downs, and a ton of them, keep them all in case you need them; don’t pick and choose a certain number from the clothes offered to you because of the ‘suggested’ number of items.

Guide for baby clothes checklist:

Again, use this as a guide.

If you feel you need more, or less, of anything; use your mama instincts and go with it!

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Things You Need for a Baby’s Diaper Change

No one likes to think about having to diaper change a baby!

It can be gross, messy, and you’ve probably heard stories about parents getting ‘stuff’ on them while changing their baby’s diapers!

Maybe you and your husband even slightly fight about changing diapers, and who has to change the next one. It doesn’t really matter who does it, as long as it gets done. And, the items below are ones you will NEED, or at least find helpful in changing baby diapers.

So, stop worrying about who changes the next diaper, just make sure who ever does it is prepared and has what they need!

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Diapers

Disposable Diapers

OR

Cloth Diapers

All babies need diapers.

Whether you choose to cloth diaper your child or use disposable ones; now, that’s up to you and is a personal preference.

My husband hates the thought of having gross clothe baby diapers go through the wash in the same machine we use to wash everything else; and I’m sure he would never change a single diaper if we went with clothe diapers, so we sadly use disposable ones. They are easier to use, and change baby diapers when outside of the home; you can’t simply throw out a smelly diaper if it’s a clothe diaper.

However, if you have no fear of how clothe diapers are washed, and don’t go out much; you may want to opt for clothe diapers, as they will save you tons of money in the long one.

Ultimately, it’s up to you.

Wipes

You’re going to need something to wipe your baby’s bottom with!

Like with diapers, you can choose to use cloths (with a special cleansing solution for baby’s bottom), or disposable wipes.

And, like with diapers, I don’t have experience using clothe wipes. However, if you choose disposable ones, make sure they are unscented! (Like the ones pictured above.) Scented wipes have extra ingredients that are unneeded and may irritate your baby’s bottom, or even hurt them when you wipe them.

If they have a rash, scented wipes can make their rash even worse; no reason to put your baby through that type of pain.

Diaper Cream

I’ve always used Angel Baby Bottom Balm, which I used to get at Wegmans, before I moved; you can sometimes find it on Amazon, but it’s not always available. It may seem expensive, but it’s 100% worth the money!

The only other kind I have used on my girls as babies was Burt’s Bees Baby 100% Natural Multipurpose Ointment, Face & Body Baby Ointment.

Both types work well, and rather quickly. But, choose what you’re comfortable putting on your babies bottom. I’ve heard butt paste works well, too.

Ultimately, the type you choose will be up to you, but unscented and natural ones will be your best bets for working well!

Baby Powder

I don’t remember using this too often with my girls, but I know we always had it around. If you have a baby shower, someone will probably get this for you; keep it with other diapering supplies, just in case you choose to use it.

Pee Guard for Little Boys

I don’t have any boys, but I still remember my mom telling me how when my dad tried changing one of my brothers diapers, that he was peed on…in the face.

So, if you’re having a little boy, you may want to consider one of these; or at least remember to always keep them covered, whether with another diaper, clothe, or you could probably even just use a wipe.

Changing Pad with Cover

You could certainly change your baby on the floor, your bed, or the couch. However, when it comes to really messy diapers, like the blowout diapers you may have heard of; you will want a changing pad. You can get a water proof changing pad and a regular cover, or a waterproof cover to put over a non water proof changing pad.

Some of the messes you baby will make in there diapers simply go everywhere; you wouldn’t want to start changing your baby on your bed and half way through find out the mess is all the way up their back to their necks!

Changing Table

Changing tables are super useful, especially right after giving birth and it may be difficult to sit, or bend over much, to change your baby.

Plus, many changing tables will have shelves underneath to hold baby items you’ll need, like diapers, wipes, and clean clothes.

With my first daughter I had a changing table with shelves underneath it, however I was more comfortable sitting on the floor to change her diaper. My husband, on the other hand, used the changing table to change her most times.

If you end up getting one and not using it to actually change your baby on, it’s always great to use to simply store baby items on!

Diaper Genie

Many new parents will want one of these to help hide the odor of dirty diapers.

I know with our first we had one. We had one with our second child as well.

They actually somewhat work for reducing the odor, and like the one above; they don’t have to be expensive!

But, we’re trying to be super frugal this time around (since we moved cross country and have no hand me downs for babies under one year), so I don’t see us getting a new one of these this time around.

If you’re not buying the minimal items you need, this would be a good thing to remember to have!

Just for fun-Diaper Changing Caddy

This isn’t a need per se, but if you have a home with multiple levels, this will come in very handy!

You can place everything you may possibly need for a baby’s diaper change in here.

Such as:

  • diapers
  • wipes
  • diaper cream
  • baby powder
  • extra clothes
  • nail clippers and nose aspirator (might as well take care of other hygiene needs now, too)
  • wash cloth
  • pacifier
  • and possibly even more!

Most of the items in this post can be found on my page of recommended items under ‘Recommended Baby Items!’, and be sure to add what you need to your baby registry!

Checklist for What You Need for a Baby’s Diaper Change

You’ll basically need:

This is not an exhaustive list, and you may not even need everything listed above, use this as a guide.

Leave a comment with what you use to change your baby’s diapers, and if there’s any product you wouldn’t be able to live without!

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The Complete List of What You Need for Feeding an Infant

Everyone NEEDS to eat! If you’re a new mom, then feeding an infant may seem foreign to you, especially if you have chosen to breastfeed.

When you become a parent, there will be a lot of new skills you may have to learn; from diaper changes and feeding, to learning how to deal with a colicky newborn and helping them burp!

When feeding an infant, there’s a few ways to go about it; keep them on a schedule or feed them on demand.

You also need to decide whether you will bottle feed or breastfeed; this is a personal decision that only you can decide. And, then of course, you will have to introduce your infant to solid foods (usually around 4-6 months of age); then you’ll get to decide between making home made baby food, buying it, or a mix of both.

The way you choose to do it is up to you; the important thing is to make sure they are eating enough.

Luckily, there are some items available to help ensure your infant is fed well, and always has enough to eat!

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If you Choose to Breastfeed…

I breastfed both of my girls, and am planning on breastfeeding my third little girl, as well. My first nursed til 2 and a half years old; my second one til she was 3 (just a few months ago).

So, you can say I have a bit of experience breastfeeding; it came pretty naturally to me.

Don’t feel bad if it doesn’t come naturally to you. There are a lot of variables to consider when starting to breastfeed. It’s a brand new skill for both you and your baby; you have to learn how to hold them and help them, while they have to learn to latch.

Many new moms may even say it’s painful to nurse. I, luckily, didn’t have this issue, at least not until I became a few months pregnant with my next child; this is when each child stopped nursing.

If you experience pain while breastfeeding, many moms will get ice packs to put inside their bras, or get creams (like these) for cracked nipples. Again, I never had this issue, so I can’t tell you which ones work best.

Nursing Pads

If you’ve never breastfed before, this may surprise you, but you will leak!

If you hear your baby cry, or really any baby for that matter, then you’ll experience let-down. Which is where you release milk, whether your baby is trying to nurse of not.

This can happen at any time of the day for no reason! So, you’ll want to be prepared and be using nursing pads at all times.

I still remember right after I started going back to my college classes after my first daughter was born; I had leaked right through one of my shirts while in class. And, it was a small seminar class where everyone sat at one long table!

So, a jacket to cover up if you go outside your home, or an extra shirt, would be a great thing to keep with you at all times, too!

Breast pump

If you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll want one of these.

If you’re going back to work after maternity leave; you’ll absolutely need one.

But, even if you get to stay home with your baby, you’ll want one so you can have some back up bottles in the fridge or freezer. These will be for if you ever leave your baby with someone else, if your husband decides to get up and feed the baby in the middle of the night, or if you go out with your baby and don’t feel comfortable breastfeeding in public.

There is nothing wrong with breastfeeding your baby in public, so it’s completely up to you and whether you feel comfortable or not doing it.

But, you never know when you may need some extra milk for your infant, and it’s better to be prepared with properly stored breastmilk, than just hope that you will always be able to feed them when needed.

Breast milk storage bags

If you’re pumping milk, you’ll probably want milk storage bags to store the milk in.

Or, if you have a chest freezer, or a lot of extra space in your freezer for bottle, you can always just store the milk in extra bottles. That’s what I did with my last daughter when I was working full time. I did the math back then and it was cheaper to get the cheap bottles store milk in those and re-use, rather than buy breast milk storage bags.

However, if you don’t have a lot of space, or won’t be pumping a ton of bottles; then you may as well get the storage bags.

If you Choose to Bottle Feed…

I never formula fed my girls, but I know you will need:

Formula

Obviously, if you bottle feed, you’ll need formula.

There are different kinds of formula and it tends to be rather expensive.

I can’t tell you what kind to get, you’ll want to speak with your babies pediatrician about that.

If price is a concern, you can see if you qualify for WIC in your state, which will help pay for formula for infants, and other food when they get a little older, up to 5 years old. You could even see if you qualify for it before having your baby, they can help pay for certain food for pregnant women, as well.

No Matter What You Choose…

Boppy Pillow with Super Soft Cover

A boppy will save your back when feeding your baby, whether you breastfeed or bottle feed.

They give your arms, back, and shoulders a rest, all while helping support your infant so they’re comfy, too!

You won’t have to deal with trying to find something to prop your arms up on to give them a little rest while feeding. This is really helpful if you decide to breastfeed, a normal breastfeeding session can last as long as 20 minutes on each side, or longer! (So, go ahead and binge watch Friends while you nurse; you’re stuck in one place anyways and there’s limited other things you can do.)

Bottles

Again, you’ll want bottles whether you breastfeed or bottle feed. Some babies are picky and will only drink from certain ones, so don’t stock up on one brand. Try out a few different kind. For my breastfed babies, they drank from tommee tippee, NUK, or Avent bottles. No other kind would work for them. (My first used tommee tippee, while my second refused that brand and would only drink from a NUK or Avent bottle.)

All babies are different, though, so if your baby won’t take any of those, try another brand.

Bottle Brush

Honestly, everyone should own a bottle brush, whether to wash bottles, or other dishes. But, these are generally the only way to get to the bottom of a bottle to get it clean. And, having clean bottles for an infant is very important!

Drying Rack

You can get a special drying rack for baby bottles. Or, you may not need one. If the bottles are dishwasher safe, and you have a dishwasher, you could use that. I have a drying mat for doing dishes, since I don’t have a dishwasher, and that’ll be what I use.

Bottle Warmer

These are super useful, especially for those watching your baby when you’re not with them. When I worked full time when my second child was an infant, I don’t think my husband could have lived without a bottle warmer!

Plus, when your baby starts eating baby food, you may be able to use your bottle warmer to warm up their food, too! Especially if you batch baby food and freeze it, so you know you’ll never run out!

Bibs & Burp Clothes

Baby’s spit up!

Has anyone told you that before?

They will need bibs before they start eating baby food. Some babies will need to wear bibs all the time due to spit up or drool. So, make sure you have at least a few of these.

You need burp clothes to attempt to protect your own clothes from baby spit up, especially when you try to burp them. Burp clothes also come in useful when your first starting to breastfeed a newborn and they aren’t that great at latching yet; otherwise breast milk will go everywhere!

A Comfortable Place to Sit When Feeding

Now, this could simply be your couch or a chair you already have; that’s what it’s always been for me.

Or, you can get a rocker or glider specifically for feeding or getting your baby to sleep. Generally, if you have a nice big nursery set up for your newborn and plan on keeping them in their own room to sleep; you’ll want one in that room.

Up to you!

Highchair

You may not need a highchair right away, but by the time they can sit up or eat; you’ll need one.

You can use it at first simply for a safe place for your baby to be (as long as they can sit up on their own) while you get some things done, or go to the bathroom.

Then, once they are old enough to eat, it will

Baby bowls/plates/spoons

You can get away with just buying baby spoons and just feed them straight from the jar of baby food, but having a bowl to seperate a little out into would be a great thing to have. Especially when they first start eating, you never know how much they’ll eat, and you won’t want to waste a ton of baby food. This is certainly true if you don’t make it yourself!

And, sometimes babies will get grabby and try to take the food from you, so it’s safer to have it in a plastic bowl than in a glass jar when feeding them!

Sippy Cup

Babies can start drinking water before they start on baby food, and water should be the only thing going in their sippy cup. Please, no juice!

Giving a sippy cup with a little water in it is also great for their development, as they learn how to hold the cup and bring it up their mouths to drink themselves!

Baby Food Prep System 

There are a lot of options for making home made baby food and storing it. You can get a fancy machine that’ll steam the fresh produce, then one that will puree it, and another to add it to a little pouch. If you like fancy things like that; go right ahead. I’ll use what I already have, besides the storage containers.

All you ready need is a pot to boil the produce in, or make baby cereal in. An appliance with a grinding blade, like a nutribullet, food processor, or even a coffee grinder; this is for drinking oats or rice into baby cereal powder. And you’ll need something to puree the produce, again, this could be a nutribullet, or even just a high speed blender.

Baby Food Storage

To store baby food, I’ll be getting these. I got them with the baby bullet with my first daughter, and was able to use the containers with my second; since then, they have been played with and colored on by both my girls, so I’ll need to get new.

Pacifiers

After babies eat, they usually tend to sleep!

Sometimes they keep wanting to suck on something while asleep, this could cause an issue. But, with pacifiers, you can quickly switch out your nipple, or the baby’s bottle, for a pacifier to help keep them asleep!

Don’t think your baby just won’t take a pacifier if the first one you try, your infant won’t take. Some infants are picky and it’ll take trying a few brands out before they find one they like.

My second daughter would only take a NUK pacifier, pictured above. These pacifiers seem to other babies favorites, as well; when I worked at a childcare center, it seemed like all the infants there had that kind.

Items You’ll Need for Feeding an Infant

You could go as minimal, or as expensive as you’d like for getting the items you need for feeding your infant.

I have always, and will always, plan to breastfeed and make home made baby food for my little ones. I find this to be the cheapest, and best way to feed my girls for my family, situation, and lifestyle.

How you feed your infant will be up to you, or your situation. Some moms are physically unable to breastfeed, no matter how hard they try. Sometimes, for working moms, it’s hard to find time to make home made baby food; so store bought will have to do.

Most of the items in this post can be found on my page of recommended items under ‘Recommended Baby Items!’, and be sure to add what you need to your baby registry!

Checklist for baby feeding:

Again, what you need will depend on your own unique situation. Use the list above as a guide. It’s not an exhaustive list, but will be a great place to start!

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What Should Newborns Sleep In?

Baby’s sleep A LOT!! Like most of the day. Which is nice, but it’s in little spurts. And, you may be wondering; what should newborns sleep in?

Now, I’m sure you know they can sleep in cribs, or bassinets when they’re really little.

But, what all do you really need?

What will help you infant stay asleep at night the longest?

Well, this all depends on you and your preferences.

Or, more likely, what works best for your newborn and household.

So, let’s go over a few basics that you may need, whether you decide to have baby in their own nursery in a crib or you decide to co-sleep.

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Bassinet

A bassinet is a great investment (you can even get a new one for like $50); it’ll help you sleep better at night knowing your baby is in the same room as you for the first few months, whether you choose to co-sleep or have them sleep in their own crib after.

Many people may skip a bassinet. And, if you choose to have your infant sleep in a crib, it probably doesn’t make sense to buy a bassinet, too.

But, if your a breastfeeding mom and your baby wakes up every two hours during the night, you’re going to want them to be right next to you. Trust me, you’re not going to want to stumble through your house half asleep to get to your crying infant. So, unless you’re going to be setting up the baby’s crib in your room, you should seriously consider a bassinet.

And, for us breastfeeding moms who plan to co-sleep; a bassinet makes complete sense. It can be nerve wracking for the first few months of your baby’s life to have them sleep in the same bed as you. It’s better to gradually let it happen on it’s own. And unless you infant sleeps sleeps well at night, it will happen.

So, in the beginning it’s best to get a bassinet for you infant to sleep in, so they have their own space.

If you’re not breastfeeding and you plan on having your infant sleep in a crib in their own room, then maybe you don’t need a bassinet because you’ll have to leave the room anyways to get them a bottle. The choice is yours.

I personally plan on getting a bassinet for my next little one!

Co-Sleeper

If you want to co-sleep, but feel you may accidentally roll over on your baby, this would be a great thing to have. Though, I’ve never used one, and we co-slept with our babies til the next one was born (3 years…).

I know people who love these for their baby’s though, and would be very nervous to have their infants in their bed without one.

So, if that’s you, then go ahead and grab one of these to help your nerves. We’re sleep deprived enough as new moms, no sense in having to constantly worry about rolling over on our baby’s, too!

Crib

If you don’t plan to co-sleep; you’ll need a crib. I think this is pretty self-explainable!

Many people go with buying a crib, especially they’ve set up an adorable little nursery for their little one.

Some people go with a crib, thinking that their infant will actually sleep in it, and then find out they won’t; so they end up co-sleeping anyways.

I had a crib for my first child, but only because it was a hand-me-down crib that my nephew had use. My daughter did not sleep in it well, she just wanted to be snuggled up with mommy when little, like most babies do. They love the comfort and warmth that comes with us holding them while they sleep.

However, this is a personal preference and depends on your unique situation. Such as whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, plan to co-sleep or have them sleep in their own crib from day one, and if you have the budget for one or get a hand me down.

I know, most people will probably tell you that you NEED a crib, but that’s just not true. At least, not if it’s your baby your about to have. I’m sure there’s laws about needing a crib if you adopt an infant or gain custody of one.

Mattress

If you choose to not co-sleep, you won’t only need a crib, but also a crib mattress. You obviously can’t just have them sleep in a crib without one. And, unfortunately, when you buy a crib, it doesn’t come with a mattress; they are sold separately.

When looking for a baby mattress, you’ll want to try to find one that’s already waterproof. It doesn’t matter what you put on them at night, but babies will find a way to wet through everything at some point or another. So, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you plan to co-sleep, but want to get your child a toddler bed; you’ll still need a crib mattress.

With our first daughter, when we got the hand me down crib, we were also fortunate enough that my husbands old neighbors had an almost brand new baby mattress that was never even used; it was still in the plastic wrap. So, we were given that and our daughter finally started to sleep in a toddler bed, by herself, by the time her little sister was born.

So, if you buy a crib and mattress for your baby and they don’t end up using it while an infant, just know that you didn’t completely waste your money. You’ll get a second chance for using the mattress, and if you bought a crib that turns into a toddler, or regular, bed, even better!

Waterproof Mattress Cover

If the crib mattress you choose happens to not be waterproof, you’ll need a waterproof mattress cover to protect the mattress when your baby wets through.

It will happen, and you won’t want to have to replace an entire mattress because of it. It’s much easier to simply wash the mattress cover!

Even if you did buy a waterproof mattress, it’d be smart to double up on the waterproofness, and get one of these anyways!

Sheets

If you plan on using a crib mattress; you’ll also need sheets that fit the crib mattress. And no, you can’t substitute regular sheets in, they need to be made for a crib mattress and tight fitting.

Luckily, they aren’t that expensive, and you could even find some to match your infants nursery if you set one up for them.

Pack-n-Play

These are great for camping or if a relative will be watching your baby for you.

Some even come with a bassinet and changing table feature!

We had one like that with our first, so we didn’t even need a bassinet.

The bassinet feature also came out and was super handy for placing her in after she fell asleep in my arms! I used that feature all day long, for all her naps. It was a life saver!

This could simply be an extra place for a baby to sleep in, or you may end up exclusively using it, like I did with my first.

And, if you plan on having others watch your infant in their home, this is super handy to just pack up and bring with you, so they’ll have a place in their home for your baby to sleep.

Wearable Blankets

These are super important to have on hand if it’s not hot out, or not hot where the baby sleeps.

Either these or swaddle blankets.

For safety reasons, babies should not have blankets on them while sleeping; these will keep them warm during the cold months and help them stay asleep!

As for swaddle blankets, those will keep them all snug and secure, like they were before they were born, and help them sleep better.

I can’t tell you how amazing it was when I first bought a swaddle blanket for my first baby, when she was three months old; she slept so much better with not being able to pull her arms out and wake herself up!

Most of the items in this post can be found on my page of recommended items under ‘Recommended Baby Items!’, and be sure to add what you need to your baby registry!

Guide for what babies sleep in checklist:

Use this as a guide.

What you choose to have your infant sleep in is a personal choice and up to you, your household, and your infant; use your mama instincts and go with it!

Don’t forget, you can print off this checklist, along with other checklists for infants, right here!

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11 Items That Will Make Going Out With Baby Easier!

Going out with baby can be difficult, especially in the beginning of their life when your still trying to recover from giving birth to them!

There’s so many things to worry about; from the cold and the sun to other people’s germs. Which is probably why many new moms don’t try to go many places with a newborn.

But, eventually, you’ll need to take your little one out into the world and outside the comfort of your own home. When this day comes you’ll want to be prepared, and luckily, there are some products that will make doing so easier!

Some items are must haves, like a carseat, while others you may not have thought of. There’s even one item on the list I didn’t know about until I started preparing and making lists to prepare for a baby!

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Carseat

You know you’ll need a carseat, and the type you get is up to you.

In fact, if you have you baby at a hospital, there’s a very good chance that they won’t even let you leave unless your newborn is in a carseat!

Plus, this is a necessity for infants and children up to a certain age, weight, or height. My six year is still in a carseat; in the state we live, she still has two more years before she doesn’t need anything under her in the car!

There are two main types of carseats you can get for an infant.

One is a regular infant carseat, which is super handy if you go somewhere and your baby falls asleep in the car; simply bring the whole carseat, baby and all, in with you where ever you need to go. The downside to this one is that they may outgrow it within a year.

The other type is a convertible carseat. This type would be great if you don’t go many places when your baby is little, or if you don’t mind picking them up (even if asleep) and carrying them in where ever you need to go. There’s no way you’ll be carrying this carseat around! However, the benefit to this carseat is that it grows with your child, meaning you won’t have to buy a new carseat after a year. There’s actually a good chance you won’t need to buy another carseat for your child for the entire time they need to be in one!

AND

Stroller

If you are planning on going on walks (indoors at a mall, or outdoors), or other places with your baby often; you’ll want to have a stroller. There are different types of strollers to choose from, and you can buy them as part of a travel system, or separate.

If you’re looking for a cheaper stroller then the regular kind, with the four wheels evenly spaced out, would be the kind you want. Don’t just get an umbrella stroller, sure they’re cheap, but trying to get them to do what you want is a pain. If your concern isn’t with price, but with being able to have your infant have a smooth ride and you not struggle with turning or moving it; you’ll want a jogger stroller.

OR

Travel System

If you plan on leaving your home often with your infant, you’ll want a travel system.

Not only is it more affordable than buying a carseat and stroller separately, but it also ensures that the carseat can latch into the stroller, so you won’t have to wake your little one up to put them in the stroller!

You can get a travel system with a regular stroller or a jogger stroller; my husband insists on getting a jogger stroller travel system this time around!

Baby Carrier or Wrap

If you’re planning on hiking, or going on long walks with your little one; you’ll want a baby carrier.

If you’re going to be home most of the time and want to get things done while holding your newborn; you’ll want a baby wrap.

This is one thing I still have, luckily! My girls have been using them with their dolls; both the carrier, and boba wrap I have.

Finding the one that you like best can take some time, or you can simply pick one and try it out. You won’t know if you like it or not until you actually start using it, and if you don’t use it then there’s no point in having it.

I always thought I’d like a wrap more than a carrier, so I got the boba wrap for my second daughter and I ended up barely even using it because I worked outside the home at that point and wasn’t home with her all day long. We’ll see this time around if I end up using it, since I’ll be home with my next baby all day long.

Backseat Mirror

This will help with your nerves when driving with a brand new baby in the car.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always nervous when driving with little ones, especially when they’re quiet. Having a mirror to be able to see what they’re up to, or if they’re sleeping is certainly reassuring!

Carseat Cover

This, I think, is a need in the winter time when winters are cold! And, it’ll protect your baby from the sun and wind; hopefully allowing them to sleep more while in their carseat!

Many can even double as an emergency blanket, like say when you take them to a well child check up and forget to bring a blanket to wrap them up in during the appointment.

Car Toys

There are rings with little toys on them that your baby will love to hit and grab at when a couple months old! The one above is even soft and has plenty of interesting things, and colors for your baby to look at, like a mirror.

Sometimes some bright toys or something for them to play with will help calm them down if crying in the car; no one likes driving with a screaming infant in the car!

Car seat protector mats

You don’t need one of these, unless you want to protect your care from the indents carseats will leave. I’m not sold on them actually working as they say they do. The decision is up to you.

You may want to look into the one above, or other ones. My husband tried out quite a few when our oldest was a baby and had no success with them protecting the seats from indents.

Window Shade

This will help keep the sun out of your babies eyes while you’re driving. Don’t skimp and get a cheap one, make sure it works well and won’t fall down or spring up while driving. The only reason you won’t need one of these is if you have very dark window tints on your car.

Shopping Cart Cover

A shopping cart cover like the one above is meant for infants who can already sit up. It’s meant to help protect babies from the germs on shopping carts, which I’m sure there are tons of and some babies like chewing on everything they can. However, it’s one more thing to remember to bring to the store.

Shopping Cart Hammock

When I had my first daughter, the shopping cart covers were the only thing available to protect her from all the germs on shopping carts; and she obviously couldn’t use it til she was able to sit up. Now, they’ve invented a shopping cart hammock to use with younger infants and not take up as much space in the cart; at least not as much space as putting their whole carseat in the cart!

Diaper Bag

There are tons of options for diaper bags now-a-days, and this is something you’ll absolutely need. You’ll need one whether you are simply running errands with your little one, or if you ever leave them with a baby sitter somewhere that is not your own home.

There are many different looks to diaper bags and you’ll have to choose the type you prefer. You’ll find some that look like baby diaper bags, purses, or even bookbags; so think of which would be best for you. Just know, when you go out with your baby, you’ll most likely have it double as your purse, too.

My current diaper bag looks somewhat likes a purse, and has an outer pocket that I use for my stuff.

Most of the items in this post can be found on my page of recommended items under ‘Recommended Baby Items!’, and be sure to add what you need to your baby registry!

Now…

You’re probably thinking that I’m missing a few things on the list above.

The list in this post is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but something to get you started and guide you to what you need for when you go out with your little one. The items here are the most important items to consider when leaving the home with an infant. You may need more or less, depending on your situation. For example, a pacifier may come in handy, and that would be something you put in the diaper bag that you get/have. But, to review quickly, the items above…

Checklist for what babies need to go out:

Or

Use this as a guide.

What you choose to get for taking your infant out into this world is up to you. But, you will need a carseat! Most of the items are optional, but super helpful and will make your life so much easier!

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The 13 Best Toys for Infants (and YOUR Sanity!)

Babies love toys! In fact, babies need toys, to a certain point, to learn and help them develop. So, which are the best toys for infants?

There are so many to choose from and it can certainly be overwhelming to choose, especially if this is your first child and your a new mom.

How do you know which ones are worth the expensive price tags, and which ones you can buy cheaper?

Which ones will your baby like?

How do you know if your infant is getting the stimuli they need to develop all their senses, fine and gross motor skills?

Do newborns even need toys?

Those are the questions you may have been asking yourself. And, to answer a few of them, check out the list of the best toys for infants below, including why each type of toy is important! (Whether it’s for your infants development, or for your own sanity as a mom to a new baby!)



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Play Mat and Gym

Babies love these!

They love trying to grab or hit the little toys dangling down or look in the mirror. All of which are important for development, for fine motor skills with trying to grab, and social awareness when they see another baby in the mirror (when really little they don’t know it’s them in the mirror yet).

These toys also provide great incentive for your baby to roll over when you start giving them tummy time!

Bouncer

This is a safe place for your baby to be when you’re not holding them.

Unfortunately, you can’t just hold you baby 24/7; you’ll eventually have to go to the bathroom or get something to eat.

It’s not easy going to the bathroom (postpartum) while holding an infant!

A bouncy seat may even soothe a crying baby.

Swing

Another safe place to keep baby when not holding them.

Some swings will sway them front, back, and side to side; helping to soothe them as if you were actually holding them. I don’t think I’d ever want to fork over the money for a swing like this, but that’s the kind my husband wants this time around.

And, some even have toys that dangle down for baby to play with while you clean up a little or make yourself something quick to eat! Being great for your sanity and motor skills!

Activity Center, AKA an Exersaucer

These are not meant for newborns, and your infant will need to be able to sit up before using one of these. I bought one of these for my oldest daughter when she was 3 months old and she was too small for it. So, just know you won’t need one of these right away.

But, infants absolutely love these and all the stimuli they provide! My daughters did, and so did all of the little ones my mom watched at her home daycare while I was growing up.

It also helps them start to develop their leg muscles by being able to tough the bottom and and push themselves up. And, it’s another safe place to put your infant!

Jumper

My girls love jumpers!

Jumpers help little ones build up their leg strength, which will help them eventually walk. Just be sure it is very secure before placing your infant in it. This is another one where your infant will need to be sitting up before using it.

Walker

Walkers are for infants a little bit older than just sitting, such as when they start trying to stand up with the help of a couch or something else. But, it will help them get the feel of what it would be like to walk, and also help build their lower body strength.

It will also help them build independence and confidence by being able to get where they want to go faster! Be careful of your toes once they get good at moving one of these!

Teethers

These are safe for babies to put in their mouths, and babies are always putting things in their mouths once they figure out how to!

They’re also great for infants starting to get teeth, which is why they’re called ‘teethers’. Be sure to get ones like these that you can place in the freezer and give your little one to help with their sore gums. These little toys, that you can get for under $5, can be a sanity saver as they will stop your little one from screaming or crying while teething.

Books

Reading books to your child starting from day one can help with their imagination and language skills…supposedly.

I honestly believe in the theory from cognitive  psychology that children’s memories don’t start forming until their language skills are a little more advanced; like 3 to 4 years old. So, while it may help slightly with their language skills, spending the time with them and ‘playing’ with them with books is more of what it will be like. Getting soft or chewable books are best for infants.

Music

Music is soothing, for both baby and mom. It can help decrease stress and anxiety, which is great for new moms who may be worrying whether or not they are doing a good job. (Don’t worry, you are!)

Music can also help babies fall asleep, meaning mom can sleep, too!

Rattle Toys

Once babies are able to pick things up and move them; they will love any toys that make noise when they move!

They are learning how the world works, so any toys that will ‘react’ when they do something to it is great for their learning and development.

Plus, these toys are the best at distracting babies when they are cranky or crying.

Sensory Toys

Toys that have different textures to them are great stimuli for infants! Plus, they may be distracted by it for a minute or two if you need to run to the bathroom or get more water.

Mobile

Babies love music and looking up at things. Plus, mobiles will help your little one calm down and possibly fall asleep.

These can help distract your infant for a few moments, or longer, so you can run to the bathroom or grab something to eat!

Stuffed Animals- Limit These!

Stuffed animals are super fun to buy for infants!

You may even have one picked out that you want to be their favorite one.

But, believe me when I say you should limit the number of these they have; they add up fast and can take up quite a bit of room with a large collection. My girls have so many, it’s not even funny anymore.

Most of the items in this post can be found on my page of recommended items under ‘Recommended Baby Items!’, and be sure to add what you need to your baby registry!

For as much as babies love toys, it’s ultimately up to you and will depend on your unique situation which baby toys your have for you infant. Whether you have room (or budget) for the larger equipment type toys, or simply space for just one and a bunch of small toys. But, to wrap up this post, here’s a checklist of everything above!

Checklist for the best toys for babies:

Use this as a guide.

What toys you choose to have for your infant can be a personal choice and up to you, your household, and your infant; use your mama instincts and go with it!

The toys above will help with your baby’s development list, and if you don’t buy them yourself before your baby is born; you can always add them to your registry and hope you get them!

Don’t forget, you can print off this checklist, along with other checklists for infants, right here!

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Everything You Need for Baby Bath Time!

Baby bath time can be an exciting time, especially their first bath!

Many people like to record their newborns first bath and make a big deal about it. Others may be nervous to give their infant a bath, such as when they have to be careful of what’s left of their umbilical cord.

Your experience with bathing your infant could be a pleasant one, or not….

Some babies will love the water, make sure it’s warm not hot or cold and not too much!

Other’s will absolutely hate it and scream the entire time.

And some babies will switch their opinions of bath time from time to time. Which is why it’s important to be prepared and have everything ready to go before you even attempt giving them a bath!

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The items below will help you prepare for your infants bath time; just be sure to have everything set up before you get them undressed and in the tub!

Baby Bath Tub

Of course, you will need something to wash your baby in. The bath tub pictured above was the one I had for my first daughter (then we let someone borrow it and we never got it back). It was great, it had the little insert for really little ones, and the blue bottom part could detach from the tub for your child to use as a stool when they get a bit older and learn to wash their hands or teeth at the sink!

But, there are many, many choices to choose from to wash your baby in. From cushions to place in a sink to wash your baby to luxurious spa type tubs that you would probably be jealous of!

Baby Washcloths 

You could always use any old washcloths you have on hand, but I prefer to get new ones each time I have a child. They’re cheap enough to buy new, plus not everything needs to be a hand me down!

Baby Towels

For towels, I don’t mind using the ones we already have. But, the hooded baby towels are best, especially to make sure the baby’s head doesn’t get cold when you’re drying the rest of them off.

Plus, look at how adorable the baby towels available now are! I don’t remember them being that cute when my oldest was a baby.

Baby Soap

Some stores make buying generic baby soap (or even Johnson&Johnson soaps and lotions) super easy to buy by tying everything together in a pretty basket or little bin. But, those soaps usually aren’t doing any good for your little ones skin, especially if they have delicate skin.

I only trust Aveeno baby soap with my little girls, or at least my second little girl. It doesn’t have harmful ingredients like other commercial baby soaps do.

My oldest daughter doesn’t have sensitive skin so she gets to have whichever type of soap she wants. But, even for my 3 year old now (my second), she still uses the aveeno baby soap pictured above. She has sensitive skin and even gets eczema in the winter, so I won’t use any other soap on her.

Baby Lotion

Just like with the baby soap, you’re going to want baby lotion that doesn’t have a lot of chemicals in them and that will actually do your little ones skin some good, instead of harm.

Baby lotion is vital for protecting your baby’s skin to make sure it doesn’t dry out, just like it does for you! The aveeno lotion above even has lavender in it (perfectly fine for baby’s skin), and can even help soothe your baby and help them sleep!

Bath Toys

You will not need bath toys for newborns! But, with older infants, who may need a little incentive to take a bath without screaming, these toys may prove very helpful!

When infants get a little older, they may even enjoy playing with these toys as more than just a distraction from being in the tub.

Most of the items in this post can be found on my page of recommended items under ‘Recommended Baby Items!’, and be sure to add what you need to your baby registry!

Preparing for an infants bath time goes beyond making sure you have helpful products; those are simply things you need!

To prepare for bath time with infants. Make sure you lay everything out that you need for after their bath, before you even run the water. This includes a fresh diaper, clothes, towel, and their lotion. Also, make sure their soap and washcloth is right next to where they will bathe, you never want to leave an infant in the tub unattended!

To quickly go over what you need and what will make bath time easier, here’s a checklist.

Guide for what babies need for bath time checklist:

Use this as a guide.

What you choose to use for your baby’s bath time is a personal choice and up to you, your household, and your infant; use your mama instincts and go with it!

Don’t forget, you can print off this checklist for baby bath time, along with other checklists for infants, right here!

Wondering what baby proofing products are actually necesary? Of course outlet covers are, but find out what else is and grab this checklist to make sure you have the essentials!

The Most Essential Baby Proofing Products and Health Items You NEED to Have

If you’re having a baby, and it’s your first or it’s been awhile since having an infant in your home; you’re probably wondering what baby proofing products you’ll actually need!

Not only baby proofing items, but also the health, or hygiene, items your baby will need, as well. Which could also seem like safety items, depending on the way you think of them! Such as baby nail clippers; you need those to protect your baby, and yourself, from being scratched.

If you’re a brand new mom, or want to get only the essentials; you’ll want to make sure you get all, if not most of the items on the list below. Depending on your living situation, a couple items may be optional, as least for newborns!



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Wondering what baby proofing products are actually necesary? Of course outlet covers are, but find out what else is and grab this checklist to make sure you have the essentials!

Most of the items in this post can be found on my page of recommended items under ‘Recommended Baby Items!’, and be sure to add what you need to your baby registry!

Baby Nail Clippers/ File Set

These are super affordable, so there’s no reason to not get these baby nail clippers. The file set, however is optional, and I personally never ended up using it.

You’ll want baby mittens to protect yourself and your infant from their nails and accidentally scratching. However, babies nails grow super fast and you’ll want to maintain them so the length doesn’t bug them.

Honestly, I still use these baby nail clippers on my girls now. I even use them on my own nails; I have super small hands (like, my ring size is 4.5). They are the perfect size for clipping off hang nails, too!

Wash Clothe to wash Gums after Feedings

You may not be thinking about your baby’s teeth or dental hygiene yet, seeing as how they don’t have any teeth, yet. But, taking care of their gums and making sure they are wiped down after feedings is still important to do. Plus, it’s important to get into the habit as soon as possible!

Nose Sucker

These are actually called nose aspirators, and are super useful for getting baby snot out of their nose.

Your infant may hate you using this on them, but they work really well! It will help your baby breathe better, since they are not able to blow their nose yet.

Baby Monitor

I have never personally used a baby monitor with my girls; I’m the type of mom who likes being in the same room as them while they sleep.

But, this baby monitor is a best seller on Amazon, so it must be pretty good.

If your planning on having your baby sleep in their own room at night; this would be a very important product to have and use. Or, even if they nap in a room different than where you will be when they are napping.

Thermometer

You’ll hopefully never have to worry about your infant having a fever or being sick; but, you’ll still want to have a thermometer on hand, just in case.

The one above is the one I have and it works great! You don’t even have to have it all the way pressed up to baby’s forehead for it to register the temperature. This is super useful for a sleeping baby, so you won’t wake them up. I still use it for my girls when they get sick.

Baby Proofing Set

When you think baby proofing, this is what you probably think of first. However, most of these items you won’t even need until your baby starts to at least roll over!

And, honestly, depending on your home and living situation, you may not even need a lot.

You’ll at least need electrical outlet plugs, something to keep lower cupboards closed, and guards on any sharp corners in the home.

When they start walking, or start acting more like toddlers, you may need more; like door handle covers. But, at first, when they are newborn, you don’t really need anything!

Gates

Who doesn’t want to get a gate set that reminds them of Rugrats? Click on the image above to add it to you registry on Amazon, or if you need a simpler gate; one to keep your little one out of part of the house, or at the bottom or top of the stairs, this is the one we have.

The type of gate you need, or get, will depend on how your home is set up and where you want to keep your child in or out of!

Baby Safe Laundry Detergent

Some babies have really sensitive skin, and you don’t want to find out the hard way. Just to be safe, make sure to use only this type of detergent for the first couple months of washing babies clothes.

I used this type of laundry detergent for my oldest daughters clothes when she was an infant, and she’s never had sensitive skin or skin issues. With my second, I didn’t use this type of detergent, she now gets eczema in the winter time. I can’t say whether or not there’s a connection. But, just to be safe, the detergent above is the type to get!

Most of the items in this post can be found on my page of recommended items under ‘Recommended Baby Items!’, and be sure to add what you need to your baby registry!

This list is really quite simple, and other than the baby monitor and gate, the items are super affordable; which is great because these are items you need to have! For a quick overview….

Healthy and safety products for infants checklist:

Use this as a guide.

What you choose to have fr your infants hygiene and safety  is a personal choice and up to you, your household, and your infant; use your mama instincts and go with it!

Don’t forget, you can print off this checklist, along with other checklists for infants, right here!

Wondering what baby proofing products are actually necesary? Of course outlet covers are, but find out what else is and grab this checklist to make sure you have the essentials!

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