You are having a baby! Here's what you really need...
The big stuff you really need:
- A car seat
- A stroller
- A crib or somewhere for the baby to sleep
You Definitely Need a Car Seat!
A carrier car seat is great. If the baby is sleeping, you can leave him in the car seat and take it with you. (I usually use my stroller to snap the car seat on so I didn't have to carry the full weight.) Plus you will want some where to put that new baby when you go to the store, or dinner. You know your own car seat is safe and clean.
If you have more than one car that the baby will be riding in, it is helpful to have an extra car seat base. That way a base stays in either car an the car seat snaps in and out. The base comes in silver, blue, and beige to match your car seat choice.
You need a stroller
Here's a travel system. Buy both your car seat and stroller with one shot!
Get yourself back in shape and take the baby with you!
You need a crib
Or maybe you'd rather use a co-sleeper
The smaller stuff you really need
- Diapers (you can choose cloth or disposable) I wouldn't get too many newborn size, cause you may not have a small baby. All of my babies outgrew Newborn size in a week or less. I would recommend you start with one pack newborn size and a pack of size 1.
- Some onesies if you are having a cold weather baby or some one piece shortie outfits if you are having a warm weather baby.
- A few sleepers (I like the zippered bag sleepers for my winter babies) or some lightweight gowns for summer babies--I was not a big fan of the gowns, but they did make those night time diaper changes easier the first few weeks.
- Some good socks. Don't go for cute, most of them won't stay on anyway. I found that Gap and Children's place newborn socks stayed on and Carters bootie socks stayed on.
- Some good burp cloths. Those tiny people erupt all over the place. Again, the really cute burp cloths are more for show, I found that a pack of cloth diapers worked better as burp cloths. They were thicker and covered more of my shoulder.
- A few outfits to start out. Look for outfits with snaps in the legs, anything to make diaper changing easier! I prefer 100% cotton knit outfits on my new babies; they seem so much softer and more comfortable.
- A couple crib sheets and maybe a sheet saver or two. A sheet saver goes on top of a portion of the sheet, so if the baby spits up, you don't have to change the whole sheet.
Get some onesies (bodysuits) to start off with
This is a great set to start out with. You get a gown, hat, shirts, onesies, pants, hats and booties. This set comes in blue, yellow or pink.
Here is a great starter set of onesies!
Here's a great pack for a boy or girl. These are cute enough to wear as outfits for a summer baby.
Long sleeve onesies are great for those winter babies. These decorative ones are cute enough to wear as shirts. This pack also comes in blue.
You need diapers and wipes!
I loved the swaddlers for my newborns. This is a great pack too because it will fit a bit longer. I found that a diaper that is a bit small makes for lots of blowouts. A bit bigger diaper covers more of the baby's tummy and back and helps prevent those outfit changes quite so often.
Sensitive skin deserves sensitive wipes.
I prefer the huggies wipes to any that I have used. These fragrance free ones are great for newborns.
Luvs worked just as well as Pampers and Huggies for me and they were usually cheaper. I did find Luvs ran a bit smaller around the waist.
Other items I found useful
These are not definite needs, but they made my life easier!
- An Infant swing--although you may only use this for 4 months to almost a year (depending on the size of your baby) I found the swing was very useful! One of my babies would only nap in the swing--he wanted the constant motion. Some babies don't like the swing at all, but so far, all 6 of mine loved it!
- An exersaucer--this was great from 4 months on. It gave me a safe place to put the baby and the baby was upright so he could see around. Plus it was great fun to watch my babies play and bounce in their saucers.
- A pack and play or travel yard--We camped and travelled to visit grandparents far away, so this came in handy as a portable crib. It also acts as a playpen when the baby starts to crawl. I had a pack and play with a bassinet top, so mine doubled as a bassinet when my babies were tiny.
- Some sort of sling or baby carrier. Makes it easier to hold your baby and be hands free!
- A camera and/or video camera! Those babies change so fast, you will want to capture all the precious moments!
Here are my all time favorite baby products
Baby Items that Made my Life Easier!
I really liked my Graco swing. This is just one model, they come in all colors and kind and brands.
We had a portable swing too. Great for travel or to use in our bedroom upstairs.
Hotslings come in sizes, make sure you order the correct size!
I have 2 of these--one for the car and one for inside. I constantly use the sling!
Here is a comfy carrier. These come in all sorts of colors and patterns.
Baby Carriers on Ebay
Here are the things I didn't really use
They just took up extra space
- A wipes warmer--I was always worried that this was a fire hazard. Plus I changed the baby all over the house.
- A changing table--instead I used a bath towel to put on the bed, the floor, the couch, wherever I was. The changing table was upstairs in the nursery, but I found it was easier to just change the baby where I was.
- A bassinet--my babies were all big and outgrew the bassinet so quickly. I did use one for my last baby because someone gave me one, but I would purchase a pack and play before I would buy a bassinet.