As a new mom, it can be completely overwhelming trying to figure out how to prepare for a newborn baby. There are endless products out there, and it’s almost impossible to know exactly what you will need.
So, I am sharing my list of newborn essentials that I have compiled through two babies.
I have used trial and error, had moments where I didn’t have what I needed, moments where I had purchased products that weren’t necessary, and this is the final list of newborn essentials that I recommend to any new mom preparing for a baby!
If there is only one thing you buy on this entire list, it should be this one.
I’ve tried swaddle blankets, velcro swaddles, but this one blows the others out of the water.
Swaddling is so important in the early stages for making your little one feel safe and secure.
A good swaddle could be the difference between a fussy baby and actual sleep. Trust me, it’s worth it.
Pack ‘N Plays are so versatile. You can use them throughout many different stages as a portable crib, a playpen, or even a bassinet.
I couldn’t bring myself to buy a separate bassinet that would only be used for a couple of months.
Multi-use items are the way to go, and this one is amazing! It’s also super easy to pack up and bring with you anywhere!
A swing comes in handy when you need a break from holding the baby.
Sometimes (most of the time) laying them somewhere flat or stationary doesn’t do the trick for a squirmy baby.
This swing has saved my arms (and sanity) on several occasions. You can adjust the speed of the swing, and it even has soothing music options.
Babies grow extremely fast. You blink and they go from newborn clothes to 3 months, & before you know it they’re in 6 months clothing.
The trend continues for the first year & as cute as all the baby clothes are, my go-to was a plain white onesie.
I got the cute outfits for taking pictures and going out etc. but babies have blowouts and spit-up situations on the regular.
You end up changing their outfit upwards of 3 times a day! Why waste your money on that many outfits when they grow out of them SO FAST?!
Also, the white onesies are much easier to bleach & get stains out of, because there will be stains. Lots of stains.
Zip-up sleepers are key. Nobody wants to be buttoning a million buttons in the middle of the night, only to realize that you missed one and have to start all over.
Zippers are the way to go. Trust me. Carters is my favorite brand for these, affordable and high quality.
Initially, I planned on getting the Boppy nursing pillow.
However, I realized that it just sits in your lap and doesn’t exactly reach your breast.
This means you will need to hold up the pillow or support the pillow to reach your breast while breastfeeding.
That defeats the purpose of being hands-free and comfortable while feeding.
Which is why I opted for My Breast Friend over the Boppy.
My Breast Friend nursing pillow clips around your waist at the perfect height to nurse.
It’s super comfortable, supports your back, supports the baby, it’s very sturdy, and works amazing!
Both of my kids were very picky when it came to pacifiers.
The ONLY pacifier they would actually use was the Wubba Nub.
These are great because they have an adorable plush stuffed animal attached to them, which is not only cute, it helps with functionality also!
Pacifiers get dropped and spit out constantly.
Having a weighted toy at the end of it can help keep it in place without constantly falling out.
Also, when they get a little older, they will love having a soft stuffed animal to hold on to and play with as well!
These blankets are all the rage and for good reason!
Obviously, I am obsessed with the Halo SleepSack for swaddling.
But, if I were to use anything else, it would for sure be these. These blankets are so much more than swaddle blankets though, which is why they made my list of newborn essentials!
These blankets are so soft, light, and airy.
They can be used as a nursing cover, a car seat cover, a burp rag, or a light blanket for the baby on warmer days!
They are adorable and SO VERSATILE, they’re definitely a staple in our house.
Another multi-purpose item! Yes!
This car seat cover doubles as a nursing cover as well!
It is incredibly soft, stretchy, easily machine washable and so handy!
It’s wonderful to shield your little one from the sun, crowds of people and also works great as a nursing cover!
Soft and comfortable crib sheets are harder to find than you think!
These ones are the perfect shade of light blue or navy blue, have a ton of other colors to choose from, and are INCREDIBLY soft!
Oh, and they are dirt cheap. WINNING!
We tried a few different styles of tubs and found this one to be our favorite.
It just so happens to be the most affordable too! Score!
This one is sturdy enough to keep them supported, soft enough for them to be comfortable, insanely easy to clean and even has a little hook to hang it up when you’re done!
Initially, I didn’t think I would need washcloths specific for babies.
I figured I could just use regular washcloths.
I quickly realized that regular washcloths are way too rough for baby skin.
Babies have the softest, most gentle, sensitive skin so it’s important to use a washcloth that isn’t going to hurt or irritate their skin.
Also, these were soft and thin enough to use for cleaning their ears (since it’s not safe to use q-tips) and also to clean their eyes when they got gunky.
14. Nail Clippers
Baby nails grow extremely fast! In the beginning, they’re so thin you can just peel them off.
Soon after you will need to trim them though. These ones are safe and easy to use.
A sound machine is a no-brainer if you want your baby to be able to sleep through noises.
I did not want to have to tip-toe around my house while the baby is sleeping.
It is also very soothing for babies because it mimics the sounds they heard in utero.
I love the Hatch for everyday use.
It doubles as a nightlight & can be controlled through an app on my phone.
It’s a newborn essential that will grow with them and be used for years to come.
Having a click-in car seat is an absolute necessity.
Babies sleep a ton, & the thought of having to wake them up every time you go in and out of the car or stroller is terrifying.
It also makes it easier when using multiple cars, because you can just buy an additional base rather than a separate car seat for every car.
It also has an adapter for the B.O.B. stroller where you can just click it in.
This stroller is so amazing! It is heavy-duty and extremely durable, but it handles like a dream.
I can literally push this thing with one pinky finger.
I also love the adjustable handlebar, because as a taller person it is rare that I find one high enough.
With lower handlebars, I literally am hunched over while pushing., which is a nightmare.
18. Mesh Crib Bumper
Crib bumpers are not safe if you’re using the old school kind. DO NOT use a regular crib bumper.
It is linked to SIDS and does not allow proper airflow. I do, however, recommend a mesh crib bumper. These are safe.
It only took one time where I heard my daughter screaming bloody murder as I rushed in and saw her poor little leg stuck in between the panels of her crib.
That second I purchased this mesh crib bumper on Amazon & never looked back.
These bottles are incredible!
We started with Dr. Brown’s bottles with my first child, and those were great!
They were pretty difficult to clean, but they were fine.
We tried using the same brand for my son 2 years later, and for some reason, they would leak uncontrollably!
This forced us to do some research and try out a new bottle. Which led us to the Comotomo bottles.
WOW. These bottles are absolutely INCREDIBLE!
The nipple is shaped more like a breast than other bottles, they reduce bubbles without needing any extra parts, they’re soft and squishy, SO SIMPLE TO CLEAN (which is huge), and they DON’T LEAK!
What more can I say?! These are one of my TOP NEWBORN ESSENTIALS for sure.
As a new mom, you will be cleaning bottles left and right.
Sometimes I feel like I am cleaning bottles all day long. With this, comes the need for a drying rack of course!
This one is super cute and works like a charm!
21. Bottle Brush
Speaking of cleaning bottles all day, this bottle brush makes it much easier to do so!
It is made specifically for cleaning bottles and makes cleaning bottles a breeze.
It also has a stand that suctions to the counter, so storage is simple and efficient.
This one is simply heaven-sent. Diaper rashes can take a turn for the worse extremely quickly.
Any sign of redness, I would apply some Destin and it’s basically gone by the next diaper change.
If a rash actually does break out, lather this stuff on like you’re icing a cake. Seriously. It will be healed in no time! (You must use the maximum strength. Regular strength doesn’t work nearly as well.)
As a nurse, I realized that Desitin is basically Zinc Oxide.
I stopped buying Desitin and started buying generic Zinc Oxide by the tub, which was a FRACTION of the cost for the exact same thing.
Speaking of slathering on cream like you’re icing a cake…do you really want to be doing that with your fingers?!
I didn’t think so.
This little guy is super affordable, easy to clean, and even suctions to the table so it stays put! This one’s a keeper.
24. Changing Pad
This changing pad is the best of the best. It is a firm foam-like material that is soft and comfortable without needing a changing pad cover.
This makes it extremely easy to clean with a simple wipe down, rather than having to constantly be washing a fabric changing pad cover.
Definitely worth it.
25. Diaper Caddy
A diaper caddy is great to have on your changing table to hold all of the diaper changing essentials.
It can also be used on the go, easy to grab and have everything you need in one place. Great for bringing in the car or even on trips.
It’s also really cute and looks great on your changing table.
These are my top 25 ultimate NEWBORN ESSENTIALS from 0-3 months!
I hope this list was helpful to you new mamas out there looking for some help deciding which items you actually need.
Check out my ultimate BABY ESSENTIALS from 6-12 months for the next stage!