Becoming a new parent can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to figuring out what your newborn baby needs. With so many products on the market, it can be difficult to know what is truly essential. In this blog post, we will discuss the must-have essentials for newborns, from clothing and bedding to feeding and hygiene items.
- Clothing: Your newborn will need a variety of clothes, including onesies, sleepers, and hats. Look for clothes made from soft, breathable fabrics like cotton & bamboo blends.
- Bedding: Your newborn will need a safe place to sleep, and a crib or bassinet is a must-have. You will also need a fitted crib sheet, a waterproof mattress cover, and a blanket for swaddling. Remember, no loose bedding in the crib or bassinet!
- Diapers and wipes: You can expect to change a lot of diapers in the first few months of your baby's life, so stock up on both disposable and cloth diapers, as well as wipes.
- Feeding essentials: Whether you choose to breastfeed or formula feed, you will need a few basic items. For breastfeeding, you will need a comfortable nursing bra and nursing pads. For formula feeding, you will need bottles, formula, and a bottle brush for cleaning. Our family favorite was Tommee Tippee.
- Hygiene essentials: Your newborn will need regular baths, so be sure to have a baby bathtub, mild baby soap, and a soft hooded towel on hand. You will also need a baby brush for combing hair, nail clippers for trimming nails, and a thermometer for checking temperature.
- Car seat: It is essential to have a car seat for your baby from the day you bring them home from the hospital, as it is illegal to transport a baby without one. Our local children's hospital had free car seat checks if you need help installing yours.
- Baby carrier: A baby carrier can be a lifesaver for new parents, allowing you to keep your baby close while freeing up your hands for other tasks.
- Stroller: A stroller is a convenient way to take your baby out for walks or to run errands. Double strollers come in handy with baby #2.
- Play yard or playpen: A playpen can be a great place for your baby to play and rest safely when you need to do something else.
- Monitor: A baby monitor can provide peace of mind by allowing you to keep an ear on your baby while they sleep. A favorite of parents is the Owlet.
While this list covers the essentials, every family is different and you may find that you need or want more items. The most important thing is to have what you need to take care of your baby's basic needs like feeding, changing and sleeping. As your baby grows and develops, you'll learn what works best for your family and what you can live without. Don't be afraid to ask other parents for advice and recommendations!