It saddens me that
we are moving out have moved out of the newborn stage but I also love this new infant stage. The newborn stage is such a special time and if it is your first baby, a big adjustment. When it comes down to it there really are just a few products that I would consider to be newborn essentials or newborn must haves. I hope this post serves as a reference for you expecting mamas out there – as in if you have nothing else, have these things (or similar) and lots of love and you will have all you need. Promise. In other words, don’t stress if your nursery isn’t perfect or if the “must have” infant seat is on back order.
1- Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper. Or another safe place for your little one to sleep. I have posted several times about the C0-Sleeper as well as other bassinet type options we tried (Newborn Napper in Pack ‘n Play and Rock ‘n Play Sleeper). The Co-Sleeper remains one of my favorite baby products to this day. I highly reccomend this to all moms and especially breast feeding or c-section moms. With the baby so close and nearly eye level with you it minimizes lifting and lots of trips out of bed (which equals maximum sleep!). One slight issue is the name – I don’t really consider this co-sleeping as Eloise is safely in her own area with her own mattress and not in our bed.
2- aden + anais swaddle blankets. I love these blankets for newborns. They are easy for first time swaddlers to use and breathable and cozy for the little ones. We brought a few to the hospital with us and switched out the hospital “issued” ones for these. They are easy to wash and also double as a great burp cloth, nursing cover and changing pad in a bind. Only downside is with LOTS of washes they start to fray.
3- Diapers. Whether you choose to cloth diaper or traditional paper diaper make sure you have a healthy stash. Diapers.com will probably became your new Zappos if you know what I mean (as in I now buy diapers instead of shoes but I wouldn’t change it for the world kinda thing!). We use these Pampers Swaddlers and I love them. The yellow stripe turns to blue when wet and Eloise has yet to have diaper rash. I would suggest having at least 100 – 200 diapers on hand. I realize this sounds like a ton but trust me, it is not. Expect to use about 10-12 diapers per day.
4- Wipes. We opted to start off with these Sensitive ones from Pampers and I have been happy with them. Eloise has never had any adverse reaction to them. I would suggest having 5 – 8 “refills” on hand and a travel size for the diaper bag.
5- Wubbanubs. Or some other sort of pacifier. I remember the lactation consultant telling us in the hospital to wait a few weeks before introducing a pacifier. Fast forward two days later, we are at home, it is midnight and Eloise has her first mini meltdown, we run through hungry, diaper, cold and she is still melting down, we quickly sterilize a pacifier and hand it over to our sweet girl and she is in heaven. As a breastfeeding mama, I never experienced nipple confusion for introducing a pacifier at such an early age but did experience a very happy baby who was comforted by a pacifier. I realize everyone is different but definitely suggest having one on hand “just in case”.
6- Sleepsack. I tossed around the idea of putting this on or not because this is may or may not be an essential to some but I really think this is an absolute essential. You can use the aden + anais blankets but I always worried about her rolling around (although unlikely at this stage) and unsaddling herself, getting tangled in the blanket, etc. I love the Sleepsack because it is safe and it is basically foolproof to use. Believe me, when you tired at 2am and every two hours, the last thing you want to be doing is trying to get the perfect swaddle. Insert the sleepsack and problem solved.
7- Car Seat. You can’t leave the hospital without one. Check out our Car Seat Reviews for our thoughts on a few of the better models out there. One thing I would suggest is not getting the biggest seat. We have the Gracco SnugRide35 and I love it but it’s heavvvyyy. And there is no way Eloise is going to be 35 pounds in this thing. I would definitely go with the 30 and maybe even smaller. Check out our Car Seat Buying Guide for more tips.
8- Hand sanitizer. A must. You hate to be that crazy person asking every person that comes over if they have washed there hands but do it. I usually took the more passive aggressive approach of putting it on right when visitors arrived so they joined in too. 😉
9- Pandora. The Soundscapes and Lullabies channel to be exact or Michael Buble. To calm your sweet babe before, during and after those late night feedings. I still have the free version so it is interrupted by commercials but you can upgrade for a few bucks a month to have uninterrupted soothing. I have always just played it from my iPhone but works on an iPad or sound dock too. Love this!
10- Camera. We ended up purchasing a fancy camera the week Eloise was born. Tyler and I both wish we would have had it to document my pregnancy and for the hospital but a nice digital camera and/or iPhone camera will do just grandly. Note, this is not the camera we have but a fancy one that looked pretty.
11- LOVE. The most important of all. And all your little babe really wants. Well that and a new diaper, milk, a swaddle and so on… and someday a pony.
So there you have it, our list of newborn essentials. I know, this is a pretty thin list but that was the idea here – a trimmed down, bare essentials list. Diapers.com* will become your best friend and with two day delivery, you have everything you need at your fingertips.
Coming up next week, an equally essential list for new mamas.
*This is not a sponsored post for Diapers.com, I just really think they are great and arguably a newborn essential.