Hello there, new parent! If you are reading this, you’re probably up to your ears in baby gear and wondering "do I really need all this stuff?" Well, grab a cup of (probably cold) coffee, take a breather, and let's navigate this wacky world of bibs, bottles, and baby wipes together. Here are your top 14 newborn must-haves. Buckle up, it’s going to be a wild - but oh so wonderful - ride!
1️⃣ A Cozy Nest for Dreamy Rest 😴
Safety first! Of course, the most important item you’ll need for your newborn is a safe sleep space. Ask your pediatrician for their recommendations on age-appropriate sleeping arrangements, and make sure to follow the guidelines when setting up the crib or bassinet in your baby.
2. A Car Seat Fit for a King/Queen 👑💺
Nothing says, "Welcome to the world", like a ride home from the hospital in a car seat! Make sure you select one that’s crash-tested and fits both your budget and vehicle size. If you purchased a second-hand car seat or received one as a hand me down, check with the manufacturer to make sure it is still in good working order.
3. A Swing or Rocker🤘
A swing or rocker is a great way to help calm a fussy baby and get them into a cozy sleep. They’re especially helpful if you need one free hand to do something else while your little one relaxes! Just be sure not to put your baby in it for too long, and never leave them unattended.
4. A Baby Carrier: The ultimate accessory for stylish parents-on-the-go and their tiny VIPs. 👶💼
Whether you’re running errands or taking a walk around your neighborhood, having a lightweight and comfortable baby carrier is essential. Most babies enjoy being close to their parent's warmth and smell!
5. Nappies: Because even superheroes have to deal with their messy side. 💩
Ah, nappies. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the choices, don’t worry - there are plenty of disposable and cloth options that will fit your lifestyle. We recommend trying a few different brands to see what works best for your baby's bottom.
6. Baby wipes: the superhero sidekick for messy situations! 💪🍼
No preparation list would be complete without wipes! These handy little guys can be used for just about anything including diaper changes, cleaning up spills, and wiping down surfaces. Look for wipes that are gentle on your baby's skin and free from harsh chemicals.
7. Laundry Detergent Fit for Tiny Tots! 👶✨
Your little one's clothes need to be washed too! Most detergents contain fragrances or dyes that can irritate their sensitive skin, so you’ll want to make sure you choose one specifically designed for babies. It should be free of dyes and fragrances and gentle on baby's delicate skin.
8. Bottle Nipples: Because even babies need a "pour"fect drinking experience! 🍼
Babies love sucking, so having multiple bottle nipples is essential during the early stages of feeding your little one. When selecting a nipple, you’ll want to consider the size and shape of your baby's mouth as well as the flow rate - faster flow nipples tend to be used for older babies.
9. A Dummy
A dummy has been long known to help relax a fussy baby or calm them during bedtime. They also come in handy when you need a break! When selecting a dummy, make sure it is the correct size for your little one's mouth and free of any sharp edges.
10. Pushchair/Stroller/Travel System: The ultimate ride for your mini explorer! 🚀✨
A stroller will be your best friend as you venture out on trips or walks with your baby. There are plenty of options so decide which style would fit best in your lifestyle - lightweight, umbrella, jogging, or all-terrain. Whatever you choose, make sure it has plenty of room and padding for your little one to be comfortable.
11. Baby Bathtub: Where tiny humans make a splash and conquer the world, one bubble at a time! 🛁💦
Bath time is a great time to bond with your baby, so having the right tub is essential! Look for a tub that offers support and comfort for yourlittle one, and that fits in your bathroom space. The tub should also have a drain to make it easier for water removal.
12. Baby Monitor: Because even superheroes need a sidekick! 🦸♀️👶
A baby monitor is a must-have for parents who want extra peace of mind when their little one is sleeping or playing in another room. Look for monitors with features such as sound activation, temperature monitoring
13. Car Seat
All parents need a car seat when transporting their babies in a vehicle. Make sure to choose an appropriate seat for your baby's age, weight, and height and one that is compatible with your car. It’s also important to remember to always keep the straps snug on your baby while driving.
14. Baby Carrier: Because carrying babies is a workout even the strongest gym-goers can't handle! 💪👶
Having a baby carrier can give you the flexibility of using your hands while still keeping your little one close by. Look for a carrier that is comfortable for both of you and offers plenty of support; make sure it also meets safety requirements. With a good baby carrier, you can take your baby anywhere!
Bonus: Baby Changing Bag
A baby changing bag will help keep all those diapering essentials organized and ready for quick access. Look for a bag that is stylish, practical, and has enough space to fit nappies, wipes, bottles, extra clothes, and other accessories.
Bonus 2: Baby Swing
A baby swing can give your arms a much-needed break and provide soothing comfort to your little one. Choose one with adjustable speeds and reclining positions that will allow you to customize the experience for your baby's needs. And, look for straps and safety features that ensure your baby is secure while swinging away!
Bonus 3: Playpen
Having a playpen will give you peace of mind when your little one is playing in another room. Playpens come with different features, so make sure to choose the one that works best for you and your baby. Look for items such as a playmat, infant seat, changing table, or toys which add to the overall experience of the playpen.
Bonus 4: Toys
When selecting toys for your baby, always look for safe options that are age-appropriate and non-toxic. There are a variety of sensory toys available in a range of textures, colors, and sounds that can help stimulate your little one's development. Look for items like blocks, stacking rings, rattles, musical instruments, plush animals and dolls to provide hours of entertainment!
Wrapping Things Up ✨
So there you have it, our comprehensive, quirky guide to the top 14 (plus some bonus!) essentials for your newborn. These items are designed to take some of the guesswork out of those early days and months, and give you a bit more time to focus on what really matters - bonding with your baby. Always remember, every baby is unique and while these items generally make life easier, there's no perfect recipe for parenting. Trust your instincts, you've got this!