I put a comma around must-haves because every baby is different and their necessities are all different. When I first found out I was pregnant I was eager to start buying things for our baby. I felt clueless, to be honest, but I would search up many newborn must haves. These are the items that I love and ended up using for my son.
I absolutely fell in love with this car seat when I saw it. I spent countless hours researching car seats and reading reviews on it. Being a first-time mom, I went crazy. Finally, I narrowed down my list to this car seat, Chicco Keyfit, and the Maxi Cosi. I ended up choosing this one because it’s lightweight (8lbs) and super safe. It has a larger, extended UV50+ canopy which helps keep baby shaded from the sun’s harmful rays. The seat itself is super plush and has extra foam protection underneath which my son loves! We will definitely be saving this car seat for our future babies.
These bottles worked great with my Isaac (my son) and I intend to use them with my next baby. Avent bottles have an anti-colic venting system which was the #1 thing that I was looking for in a bottle. Babies deal with a lot of painful gas issues when they are newborns but my son didn’t have any problems using this bottle and he would never spit up. They are super easy to clean compared to other bottles and that was definitely a plus. Also, there are two versions of this bottle. The “classic” and the “natural”. The natural design is to make it easier for those mommies that want to do both breast feeding and bottle feeding.
I put this pack-n-play in the list because that’s we used to co-sleep. You can buy a bassinet (which we also bought) or a co-sleeper that actually goes in your bed.
For the first few months our son would sleep with us in our room (and still does occasionally) since I was way to paranoid to have him sleep in his own room. I highly recommend this pack-n-play. My son loved playing with the mobile animals that comes attached and the bright colors always kept him entertained. He also slept comfortably in it and we love that it was also super easy to clean up if he ever threw up or had a blowout. It also includes a folding changing table so I could easily change him in the middle of the night. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a non-expensive pack-n-play yet still want the comfort and durability of a more expensive option.
Having a baby monitor is great especially if you plan on not co-sleeping and going straight to the crib. It will give you peace of mind to be able to watch your baby while he/she is sleeping. We chose to go with this option because it is much less expensive than the other monitors out there. It has a two-way audio and night vision. You can set it up right from your smartphone and talk to the baby from there. You will get alerts when the baby moves or cries so you don’t have to keep your eyes glued to the monitor.
Going back to having peace of mind…a mirror was essential to when I would go out anywhere. I needed to be able to see my baby in case he was crying or to see if he had any blankets covering his face. This was one of the first things that I bought for Isaac.
6. Baby Mittens
Newborns have such delicate skin and for some reason they always want to scratch their face. I had so many of these in my diaper bag because I would constantly lose them. Keep those razor sharp nails hidden by making sure you have these handy.
7. Diaper Bag
I LOVEEE this diaper bag.
I bought it about 3 months before my son was born. It is a bit costly but it is honestly so worth it. I was looking for a diaper bag that wouldn’t “look like a diaper bag” simply because I knew that I would get bored of having to carry around the same boring diaper bag all the time. This was a bag that I would be using EVERY day anyway so I might as well invest a little bit in a good, sturdy bag that I knew would last. By the way, those were the exact words I used when telling my husband why I NEEDED to have this bag.
I will be using this bag for my next baby as well so as you can see I really do love it. It has so many pockets and brings 6 accessories with it as well (clutch for mom’s accessories, 1 pair of stroller straps, 1 detachable/adjustable shoulder strap, 1 insulated bottle tote, 1 zippered clothes sac, and 1 changing mat with a pocket for diapers/wipes). It is a great bag overall and I never get bored of it.
8. Wipes Warmer
Now this is not essential BUT it did keep my baby from crying badly every time that I would change his diaper. Whnever I would use one right out of the wipes package he would cry but when I’d use the ones that were in the warmer he wouldn’t mind at all. This was definitely a necessity for us so I decided to put it on the list. I know my son isn’t the only one that didn’t like having a cold bottom. And if there’s any way to make my baby feel more comfortable I’m going to buy it.
Going back to babies having really delicate skin, I chose to buy my baby Dreft detergent. It is the #1 pediatrician-recommended detergent and it is also hypoallergenic. It smells great and I occasionally wash our blankets with it…
Dreft does a great job getting stains out and my son has never had a rash due to this detergent. It might be a little more expensive than other baby detergents out there but being the picky mom I am, I decided it was worth it.
This is the #1 selling brand for gripe water. First off, let me say it is super safe, natural, and effective. It is for babies 2 weeks and up and is used to ease gas, colic, hiccups, and teething. Since it’s made with organic ginger and fennel I thought that my son wouldn’t like the taste even though I had read many reviews about people saying that their kids loved it. I decided to give it a try and thankfully my son loved it as well because it is a LIFESAVER. I use it whenever my son has stomach discomfort, hiccups, or is just being fussy. A little bit of this goes a long way.
This thermometer is great for whenever you are trying to check your baby’s temperature. Especially when they are moving or sleeping. For newborns however, you should always use the rectal method first. I would use this and if I noticed that he had a high temp then I would get the rectal thermometer to check for a more accurate temp. When you have a baby, especially a newborn, you need to make sure that their temperature is just right. I can’t tell you how many times I checked my baby’s temperature as a newborn.
An aspirator is a necessity in order to get everything out of the baby’s tiny nostrils. This bulb suction aspirator has always been great for us. We’ve bought the electrical Graco Nasal Clear baby nasal aspirator as well as the NoseFrida but none of those aspirators have worked as well as this one.
As I mentioned before…these are my personal opinions and every single newborn is different. These were things that worked great with my baby and I just wanted to put a little bit of my advice out there for all those mommies who were just as clueless as I was or just want a second opinion. I hope this post helped!