There is so much to want for baby and so much to pick from!
But, what you really want to know is what you need and which is the best option!
Babies grow up so fast, so what was also important to me was that the product was AFFORDABLE!
In this post, I’ve listed newborn essential items I used for my baby.
(Keep in mind all babies are different, so somethings my baby liked, your baby may not. And that’s ok!)
You will figure out what works a long the way.
These are options to help new moms prepare before the baby arrives!
This list is long and detailed but I promise it will be helpful to you!
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38 Newborn Essentials for New Moms
1. Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine
The Hatch sound machine is something I never knew I needed (lol).
The sound machine helps the baby sleep better because they are not used to quiet.
The sound machine also helps block outside noises (for example, when you have people over or if you have car horns going off outside the bedroom window), and you don’t want your baby to wake up!
2. Video Baby Monitor
Being a new mom, I would worry about my baby while she slept, so I would keep the monitor on me to check up on her when I wanted to without having to go into the room every second and waking her up.
The baby monitor was more help than I thought it would be.
The baby monitor allowed me more freedom around the house!
3. First Year 2-1 Simple Serve Bottle Warmer
The First Year bottle warmer makes it easy to warm up milk!
Whether it’s formula, pumped breast milk, or even baby food.
This warmer comes with a tube with minutes on it. So all you have to do is put water at the minute level you desire to warm up the milk. When the minutes selected are up, it turns off on its own!
No need to worry about milk overheating!
Well, this is true after you figure out the correct minutes it takes to warm up your baby milk, lol
4. Dr. Brown’s Wide neck bottle, Level 1, 5 ounce
I love this bottle simply because it has a green tub in the middle that prevents bubbles from building up at the nipple, which can cause gas in the baby’s tummy.
My daughter experienced some painful gas a couple of times before getting this bottle.
5. NUK Sensitive™ 0-6 M 3-Pack Orthodontic Pacifiers
I gave my newborn daughter a pacifier the night we got home from the hospital to help soothe her. She didn’t care for a pacifier most times, but whenever she was a little fussy, it helped her.
I felt that giving my baby a pacifier helped me prevent overfeeding.
Why? I knew when she was last fed, so I would then check her diaper, check for gas, and lastly, I would give her the pacifier, and sometimes it turned out she just wanted to suck on something for comfort, and she would go to sleep.
This could be a tip to help other first-time parents from overfeeding their baby by confusing comfort cry with hunger cry. But ultimately, it is the parent’s choice whether to give or not give their child a pacifier.
6. Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water
This is great for gas, Colic, Fussiness, & Hiccups. This works right away! All first moms should have this on hand. I used this when my baby was gassy and when she had hiccups.
7. Mommy’s Bliss Probiotic Everyday drops
This is great to promote digestive health and immune function. I started giving this to my daughter when she had her first constipation experience at 10 months. But some babies experience constipation earlier. This can really help.
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. Care Kit
It has a lot of essential things you will need for your baby like, nail clippers, nail files, hair brush and comb, thermometer and stripes to place on forehead and alot more.
10. Forehead & Ear thermometer
I found this forehead scanner to be quick and easy when my daughter had fevers, which she got most times after a vaccine or when teething.
11. Fridababy NoseFrida the SnotSucker
This is an amazing product! You will appreciate this snotsucker when your baby has a cold, stuffy nose or just a lot of snot accumulation in the nose.
Your baby may not like it but YOU will LOVE it!
12. Saline Drops
This helps soften up the snot (boogers) so that when you use the NoseFrida or any other snot-removing product, it will come right out with no trouble. I used the Little Remedies Saline Spray and Drops.
13. Skip hop Moby Smart Sling 3 Stage Tub
I really like that this tub has three stages. The Sling is easily removable. And the tub had room for my daughter to sit up and play in it as she grows up.
(she’s 21 months at still fits in this tub)
14. Shea Moisture 100% Coconut Oil Wash Shampoo and Lotion set
I love this product!! It’s very hydrating to the skin.
It has simple, clean, and hydrating ingredients.
When my daughter was three months, she started scratching so much because she has eczema. As a result, she has many dry patches that become itchy if I don’t moisturize, and this cream has been a lifesaver! (and I’ve tried so many creams!!)
15. Baby Towel
This was the first towel I picked for my daughter. I found it soo CUTE!
16. Wash Cloth
I use these one for bath time, when my daughter was a newborn.
17. Burp Cloth
This helps when newborns spit up after feeding.
These are the ones I’ve tried.
19. Velcro Baby Swaddles
Another Life SAVER!
As a first-time mom, this may be the first-time you are wrapping a baby like a burrito and trust me, IT’S NOT EASY!
Especially, when trying to make it tight enough so that they don’t come out of it.
The Velcro makes it easy to wrap and secure so that your baby doesn’t come out of it and can sleep and stay comfortable longer!
20. 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.
21. Baby Hats
My daughter was born in late September and we live in NY. Winter was around the corner (it gets cold!). So I kept a hat on her almost all the time to keep her warm.
22. 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 her PJ’s.
24. Diaper Changing Station
Yes, you can change your baby’s diaper on the bed and that works well.
But, I found it easier to change my baby’s diaper on a changing table instead of having to bend over (hurting your lower back and possibly your legs will be burning! Mine were!) just to change diapers.
25. Diaper Caddy
I never liked the one that hung in front of the crib. I found them too bulky.
With the diaper caddy I could tuck it under the changing table. I could take it around the house with me or downstairs to my daughter’s grandparents house.
Made my life easier!
26. Pampers Swaddlers
When I first was considering diapers, I wanted brands like Honest & Seven Generation because they keep it clean and simple.
However, they were not as absorbent as the Pampers Swaddlers!
You may not notice when they are newborns because you are changing diapers almost after every feed ( because they poop so much lol),
But trust me, when you are sleep deprived the last thing you want to worry about is a finally sleeping baby waking up because their clothes are wet with pee!
27. Baby Wipes
I really liked unscented water based wipes.
28. Wipe Warmer
If your baby is born in the winter and it gets cold in your house, I recommend a wipe warmer.
Especially when your child has finally fallen asleep and you don’t want to wake them while changing their diaper with a COLD wipe!
29. Aquaphor and/or A&D Rash prevention Ointment
These are the two Diaper creams I have used, they have worked well for my baby. Thankfully, she has never had a diaper rash.
30. Playtex Diaper Genie Complete Diaper Pail
So many of my family and friends who are moms told me it’s a waste of money, you won’t use it.
But they were wrong!
This is so useful because it can hold a lot of diapers, and it blocks odor!! Therefore, every time you open the diaper Genie the smell of accumulated dirty diapers wont smack you in the face! (it’s not a pretty smell).
31. Backpack Diaper Bag
We chose this one from amazon, because it has so many pockets and it even has a zippered opening on the back of the backpack to get the things from the bottom of the bag.
Instead of shoving your hands from the top of the bag to feel your way around to what you need. Or even worse, having to take everything out with only one free hand!
The most important part is that it’s a backpack and it keeps your hands free! We all know moms Thrive on MULTITASKING.
I wanted something comfortable for my baby.
Light weight to move around in my house.
Portable, that I am able to take it anywhere with me.
Budget friendly, because she will quickly grow out of this.
We picked the MiCLASSIC Bassinet, it met all my criterias and it Rocks side to side!
I really like this bassinet.
Snoo Smart Sleeper
Now, I also know people who got the SNOO SMART SLEEPER and they love it! They say it truly helps their baby sleep longer throughout the night. I could have really used this!
Unfortunately, it was way out of my budget. And I did not know at the time that you have the option to rent the snoo. Therefore, if the SNOO is something you are looking into but can’t afford, maybe renting for a few months is more affordable for you.
**Go to SNOO website for renting option**
Blankets are a must! I used them mostly in the car seat and stroller during the newborn stage.
34. Boppy Newborn Lounger
My daughter loved this!
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 boppy, and it helped.
The production company does not recommend using it as a sleeper or using it in a bassinet or crib unsupervised.
That being said, I tried it supervised and saw it worked well for the baby. So I would let her sleep on it at night, and she would stay asleep longer. So go with your gut on this one and make sure your baby is not yet rolling over on their sides.
35. Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System With SafeMax Car Seat
This stroller is fantastic. The price is excellent. The different positioning of the seat is ideal and helps as the child grows and wants to sit up to see everything, but then when they fall asleep, you can quickly turn it into a bassinet!
Also, the fact that I could attach the car seat to the stroller was a plus! (we used this feature a lot!) my daughter would fall asleep in the car; we would leave her in the car seat and attach it to the stroller or take her in the car seat inside the house.
*some people complain about the wheels getting stuck on this stroller, if that’s the problem for you, you can ask to replace it. However, this hasn’t happened to me but just in case.
36. Baby Carrier
I used this baby carrier because I didn’t trust myself using the ones you wrap around yourself and tie it. This one helps support you at the hip as your child grows and gets heavier.
“Wearing” your baby helps your baby feel comforted and connected to you and at the same time you have your hands free to do other things.
37. Baby Laundry Detergent
I use Puracy because my daughter has eczema and a lot of products make her itchy.
Puracy has ingredients that are simple, clean and don’t cause irritation to her skin.
38. Rocking Chair
A rocking chair is a great bonus if you have the space for it. The rocking chair helps soothe your baby when tired or even when feeding.
The rocking motion also helps RELAX us, the parents which is a MUST when caring for a newborn!
I hope this list was helpful! Let me know in the comments below if you would have preferred less tips and just list of items.
I know it was long! If you made it through the whole thing, Thank you!