As a new mom, you may feel overwhelmed when picking the right baby things to buy before birth.
There so many options available making it challenging for you to decide.
However, it’s important to remember that babies grow up quickly, and you will go through baby products rapidly.
Therefore, it’s best to focus on buying items that are best, affordable, and if possible, multifunctional.
This will make your decision-making process much easier.
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In this post, I’ve compiled a list of 38 newborn essentials I used with my daughter.
These essentials are a great starting point and will help new parents like you prepare for your new bundle of joy!
Here are 38 Baby Things To Buy Before Birth:
1. Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine
The Hatch sound machine is a must-have for parents with babies, as I discovered.
It completely changed the game for my little one, who used to wake up at the slightest noise.
This device is beneficial for babies with trouble sleeping without background sound.
It also does a great job of blocking out external noise, which makes it perfect for light sleepers or those living in noisy surroundings.
2. Video Baby Monitor
Being a new mom, I worried so much about my baby while she slept, and so I would keep the a baby monitor on me to check up on her when I wanted to without having to go into the room every second and possibly waking her up.
The baby monitor was something I didn’t think I would use but glad I did!
The baby monitor allowed me more freedom around the house!
3. First Year 2-1 Simple Serve Bottle Warmer
The First Year bottle warmer is excellent for heating milk and baby food. It is suitable for formula, refrigerated breast milk, and other baby foods.
The warmer has a tube with minute markings, allowing you to select the desired level of warmth.
Once the selected time is up, the warmer automatically turns off, so there is no need to worry about overheating the milk due to excess water.
However, determining the appropriate minute level for warming your baby’s milk may take some trial and error.
4. Dr. Brown’s wide neck bottle, Level 1, 5 ounce
I like using the Dr. Brown wide-neck baby bottles because the green tube in the middle prevents milk bubbles from forming at the nipple.
Preventing milk bubbles helps to avoid any discomfort or pain for the baby due to gas in their tummy. Since switching to this bottle, my daughter no longer experienced painful gas episodes.
5. NUK Sensitive™ 0-6 M 3-Pack Orthodontic Pacifiers
When my newborn daughter first came home from the hospital, I found that giving her a pacifier helped soothe her when she was fussy.
Even though she didn’t always take to it, the pacifier occasionally provided some comfort and calmness.
I discovered that offering her a pacifier was also helpful in avoiding overfeeding her. Since I had recently fed her, I knew that hunger wasn’t the issue. Instead, I would change her diaper, check for gas, and then offer the pacifier.
She often needed something to suck on for comfort, and then she would quickly fall asleep. This could be a beneficial tip for other new parents who might mistake a comfort cry for a hunger cry and overfeed their baby.
Of course, whether or not to give your baby a pacifier is up to you!
6. Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water
The Mommy’s Bliss Grip Water is an excellent remedy for gas, colic, fussiness, and hiccups in babies. It works instantly and is a must-have for all first-time parents.
I used the grip water for my baby when she was gassy or had hiccups, which provided significant relief.
I highly recommend this product, which will be a valuable addition to your baby’s care kit.
7. Mommy’s Bliss Probiotic Everyday drops
The Mommy Bliss Probiotics drops are great for promoting digestive health and immune function.
I started giving these drops to my daughter when she had her first constipation experience at 10 months. Some babies experience constipation earlier. This can really help.
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8. Mommy’s Bliss Organic Vitamin D
At my daughter’s newborn appointment, her pediatrician recommended I give her Vitamin D daily. I picked this one. Vitamin D promotes healthy growth and bone development.
9. FridaBaby ‘Baby Basics Kit’
The Frida baby basic kit is a great newborn kit to have. It includes:
- NoseFrida ‘The SnotSucker’
- Windi ‘The GasPasser’
- NailFrida ‘The Snipperclipper Kit’
- Dermafrida ‘The SkinSoother’
Each items in this kit was thoughtfully put togther to solve what could be a very stressful situation for new parents. Like a newborn struggling to breath because of all the snot in their nose or a gassy baby who is in pain.
10. Ear, Forehead + Touchless Thermometer
A baby thermometer is a vital baby thing to buy before birth.
Fevers can be particularly worrying when dealing with a newborn.
The Fridababy 3-in-1 thermometer is an excellent option as it is user-friendly and can be used to check not only your baby’s temperature but also the temperature of the room and milk.
The background light of the thermometer turns yellow to indicate a low fever and red to indicate a high fever so it’s easy to understand.
11. Saline Drops
The Little Remedies saline drops were my go-to for softening up my baby’s snot, making it easier to remove with the NoseFrida or any other snot-removing tool.
These are especially a must-have in the Fall and Winter seasons, where colds and flu are much more common.
12. Skip Hop Baby BathTub (3-Stage Smart Sling Tub)
I like that this Skip Hop baby bathtub has three stages, which means it will grow with my baby. The Sling is also easily removable. And the tub had room for my daughter to sit and play in as she grew up.
13. Shea Moisture 100% Coconut Oil Wash Shampoo and Lotion set
I love Shea Moisture products!! This Shea Moisture 100% coconut oil baby wash is very hydrating and has simple, clean, and hydrating ingredients for babies.
When my daughter was three months old, she scratched so much because of eczema. As a result, she had many dry patches that became itchy if I didn’t keep the area clean and moisturized, and this cream was a lifesaver!
14. Baby Towel
This was the first towel I picked for my daughter. I found it soo CUTE!
15. Wash Cloth
Before your baby’s umbilical cord falls off, it’s not recommended to bathe them in a tub. Instead, you can use a washcloth to wash them. I used these washcloths for her bath time.
16. Burp Cloth
This is great for when newborns spit up while being burped after a feeding.
Bibs are a helpful item to have on hand if your baby tends to spill milk during feedings. I didn’t find myself using bibs too frequently with my daughter.
However, other babies require bibs to prevent milk from running down their necks, potentially causing skin irritation.
18. Velcro Baby Swaddles
As a first-time mother, wrapping your baby like a burrito can be challenging.
However, the Velcro feature of the product ensures that your baby stays secure in the wrap, allowing them to sleep comfortably for longer without coming out of it.
It’s a lifesaver for new moms!
19. Newborn Mittens
These are life savers because baby’s nails grow so fast!
You can cut them, trim them or file them down today and tomorrow they are LONG AGAIN!
Depending on your preference, you can get the mittens that slip right on or the mittens you can tie at the wrist (so they don’t come off so easily) to prevent them from scratching themselves in the face or eyes.
20. Baby Hats
If you are having a Fall or Winter baby, a baby hat should be on your baby essentials list because you want to keep them warm and prevent them from getting sick.
Baby hats are also adorable and make our babies look even cuter!
21. Double Zipper Pajamas
Trust me! This makes the newborn stage so much easier!!
Especially if it’s a bit cold in the room, all you have to do is unzip the bottom half to change their diapers. Instead of the whole pajamas!
Also, babies sleep so much in the newborn stage that you will barely dress them up. They will live in their PJ’s.
I always put one under my baby’s pajamas.
23. Diaper Changing Station
Having a diaper changing station is essential, and having a portable one is a bonus.
The Baby Joy changing station is an excellent choice as it is lightweight, folds easily for small spaces, and has adjustable height and wheels, making it convenient to move around the house.
Additionally, it can hold a baby bathtub, allowing you to stand upright while bathing your baby, which is especially useful if you are recovering from a c-section or experiencing discomfort from bending over.
While changing your baby’s diaper on a bed is possible, I found it more comfortable to use a changing table instead of bending over.
24. Diaper Caddy
I have always disliked the large diaper organizers that hang in front of the crib.
Instead, I chose a diaper caddy that can be easily stored under the changing table, placed in various locations, or even taken downstairs to my in-law’s apartment.
This decision has undoubtedly made caring for my newborn much simpler!
25. Pampers Swaddlers
When deciding which diapers to use, I was initially drawn to brands like Honest and Seventh Generation because of their commitment to simplicity and cleanliness.
However, I found that they were less absorbent than Pampers Swaddlers.
This may not be noticeable when diaper changes are frequent during the newborn stage, but as they get bigger and pee and poop more, the last thing you want (as a sleep-deprived parent) is a sleeping baby woken up by wet clothes from a leaky diaper.
26. Baby Wipes
I really liked unscented water based wipes.
27. Wipe Warmer
If your baby is born in the Winter, I highly recommend using a wipe warmer to prevent waking them up from a cold wipe.
28. Baby Diaper Cream
29. Playtex Diaper Genie Complete Diaper
I highly recommend getting a Diaper Genie!
Despite some parents thinking it’s a waste of money, I found it extremely practical and helpful.
The Diaper Genie can hold a lot of diapers and effectively blocks odors. This means that you won’t be hit in the face every time you open it with the unpleasant smell of accumulated dirty diapers.
Trust me, it’s a worthwhile investment!
30. Backpack Diaper Bag
I picked out this diaper bag from Amazon because it has numerous pockets and a zippered opening on the back, making it easy to access items at the bottom without having to dig around blindly or remove everything with one hand.
The fact that it’s a backpack is also a plus, as it allows for hands-free convenience, which is essential for multitasking moms..
31. Baby Bassinet
When looking for a bassinet for my baby, I had a few requirements in mind. Firstly, it needed to be comfortable for my little one but lightweight enough to move around my home quickly.
Additionally, I wanted something that was budget-friendly since babies grow so fast.
After careful consideration, we decided on the MiCLASSIC bassinet. It met all of our criteria and even had the bonus of being able to rock! I highly recommend this bassinet to other parents.
I also have friends who swear by the SNOO Smart Sleeper. They report that it helps their baby sleep longer at night. As we all know, extra sleep is always a plus! Ultimately, either of these options would be an excellent choice for new parents.
Blankets are a must! I used them mostly in the car seat and stroller during the newborn stage.
33. Baby Lounger
My daughter loved the Boppy newborn lounger!
We use it a lot. We also used it as a sleeper when she was a newborn. This helped her sleep longer! I guess she felt cozy and snuggled.
Also, when my daughter was done feeding, she would spit up if we laid her down right away. So instead of laying her down flat, I would lay her on the this, and it helped.
Unfortunely, it has been recalled. Another great alternative would be the DockATot lounger.
34. Evenflo Gold Shyft Dualride (infant car seat stroller combo + Sensorsafe)
As a new parent, simplifying your life wherever possible is the goal!
Choosing an infant car seat stroller combo over a stroller travel system can be much more convenient during the early months.
The Shyft Dualride combo includes the stroller and car seat portions, and the carrier can be detached from the wheel, making it much lighter. This feature sets it apart from the Doona car seat and stroller.
Now you can cross out two baby essentials off your baby registry list with just one product!
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35. Baby Carrier
I opted for these Ergobaby carriers as I didn’t feel confident using the wrap-around ones that require tying. Wearing your baby promotes a sense of comfort and closeness while allowing you to have your hands free for other tasks.
36. Baby Laundry Detergent
I prefer using Puracy as my baby’s laundry detergent since it is non-toxic and safe.
Initially, I tried Dreft, which is marketed as the go-to detergent for babies. However, it contained harmful ingredients that caused a lot of irritation on my daughter’s skin.
Another great, non-toxic baby laundry detergent brand is Molly’s Suds.
37. Nursery Glider Recliner Chair
A nusery glider is a great bonus if you have the space for it.
This glider chair is great for making yourself comfortable during the many feedings that happen throughout the day and for putting baby to sleep.
38. Baby Swing
As a parent, balancing taking care of your baby and other responsibilities around the house can be challenging. That’s why a baby swing is a great tool to have.
The Munchkin baby swing is a top choice, weighing only 8lbs and easy to collapse and store. It offers five different swaying motions and even has Bluetooth connectivity.
This makes it a versatile and convenient option for busy parents.
Every baby is unique, so what may have worked for my baby may not work for yours.
That’s perfectly fine, so don’t worry about it.
As you spend more time with your baby, you’ll discover what works best for them.
Hopefully, this list has helped you begin your list of newborn essentials or reminded you of items to add to your baby registry.
Let me know in the comments below which Baby item you look forward to buying!