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Buying baby stuff is addicting. But really, what do first time moms really need?
I read somewhere that new mothers are one of the most highly targeted groups by marketers and I think it’s definitely true. Baby companies are so good at making you feel like you need their products. It’s pretty much impossible to know what’s true, especially if you’re trying to prepare before your baby gets here.
Every baby is different, and you might not even need a lot of the stuff you stock up on. We bought a Rock N Play (now recalled, by the way) and I think our baby used it twice?
So before you go too nuts and buy every cute, seemingly necessary baby product out there, check out my list of top baby items you’ll actually use below!
The Best Baby Registry
First, if you haven’t created an Amazon baby registry, do it now! At first I thought it didn’t make much sense to have an online registry, but most of the gifts I received actually came from my Amazon registry. Almost everyone already uses Amazon, so it’s so convenient for people who want to shop for you.
Plus they’ve got the best welcome box of free goodies, hands down! I got so much good stuff including the softest onesie ever, a giraffe lovey blanket, full sized lotion for me, and tons more. It’s worth signing up for the registry for the free welcome box alone!
Head here to get started. Then start adding all these baby goodies to it!
Must Have Baby Items for First Time Moms
Swaddle blankets are great for lots of things. I use mine for changing pad covers, car seat covers, nursing covers, cuddling on the couch, etc. But when it comes to actually swaddling your baby, I highly recommend getting the velcro/zipper swaddles.
There are tons to choose from, but here are my top picks:
Nested Bean Zen Swaddle: This one is my favorite and the one we used almost every night with our son. It’s got gently weighted pads on the top and sides to make your baby feel nice and snug, and it’s super soft material. There’s also a pouch you can tuck your babe inside when they’re still super small, so you only need one size for as long as you’re swaddling.
Halo Sleepsack 100% Cotton Swaddle: This one is also a super popular option. We got one of these too and it worked great! These zip from the bottom, making for easy diaper changes, and velcros up top for a tight fit for those little arms.
There are so many options of baby gear to choose, and I really didn’t know which ones we would need. Swings, bouncers, loungers, etc…How are you supposed to choose? I honestly didn’t think we would really need a baby swing, but it’s turned out to be one of our must haves!
Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle ‘n Swing: My son loves to look at the mobile spin around and we’ve gotten many good naps in here as well. You can set it to swing side to side or front to back and there’s six different speeds to choose from (I usually just turn it up to the middle setting.) It also plays lullabies and nature sounds. This is one of the best things to have when you need a few hands-free, happy baby moments.
Little Remedies New Baby Essentials Kit: This kit has been such a lifesaver! It comes with gas drops, gripe water, infant tylenol, saline drops, a nose sucker bulb, and cough syrup. I’ve used every item in this kit (besides the cough syrup), some of them multiple times a day. This is one of those things a lot of new parents don’t think about, but you definitely need!
Dreambaby 10 Piece Essential Grooming Kit: This kit comes with a comb and hairbrush (great for scrubbing off that cradle cap), a toothbrush, scissors, nail files, and baby nail clippers. I don’t know if anyone has told you yet, but baby nails are sharp! And they grow so fast. I feel like I’m clipping my little one’s nails every few days. A kit like this is so helpful to have.
So there you have it! These are the items you need for baby to make your life easier and happier. Asides from food, clothing, and diapers (these were our favorite diapers for the newborn days — so soft!) there’s not much a new baby truly needs, but these items certainly helped us.
Some Bonus Buys We Loved
I want to list out a few more things that may not be a total necessity but are things we really liked to have in those early days nonetheless.
Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper: A lot of moms like to use a Pack N Play for their baby’s bassinet because it saves money and is something you’ll use all throughout the baby years. We really enjoyed having this bassinet though for lots of reasons. The sides are mesh so you can see your baby easily through the side walls, the night light is great for middle of the night diaper changes, feedings, or just to find their mouth to pop the paci back in, and it swivels so you can easily move it out of the way to get in and out of bed. It’s a splurge but totally worth it in my book!
Boppy Newborn Lounger: This thing is so convenient! We used it a lot when hanging out on the couch when our arms needed a break. It’s got a handle on top so it’s easy to tote around, and to clean it all you have to do is throw the entire thing in the washing machine. It’s so simple yet so nice to have!
What have your favorite baby items been? What can’t you live without? Let us know down in the comments!