As a new mom, it can be completely overwhelming trying to figure out how to prepare for a newborn. There are endless products out there, and it’s almost impossible to know exactly what you will need.
If you’re struggling to figure out what you need during the first 3 months of newborn life, you’re in the right place! Here’s my ultimate list of newborn essentials that I have compiled through three babies!
Through trial and error, moments where I didn’t have what I needed, moments where I purchased products that weren’t necessary, I’ve done it all and this is my final list of newborn essentials that I recommend to any new mom preparing for a baby!
1 | Halo SleepSack
I tried swaddle blankets, velcro swaddles, arms up, arms down, the whole nine, but this one blows the others out of the water.
Swaddling is so important in the early stages helping your little one feel safe and secure.
This particular swaddle is excellent quality, has lasted years throughout multiple babies, and prevents them from busting out of their swaddle and waking themselves up!
A good swaddle could be the difference between a fussy baby and actual sleep. Trust me, it’s worth it.
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.
This portable sound machine has been a life saver for me on many occasions. It’s portable, so we basically take it EVERYWHERE with us.
Going to the store, taking a walk in the stroller, in the car on a long drive, camping, etc. Babies can fall asleep basically any place any time. It’s KEEPING them asleep that can be difficult. Turning on the sound machine while you’re out and about can be the difference between a quick snooze and full peaceful nap.
Crib bumpers are not safe if you’re using the old school occlusive kind. I DO NOT recommend using 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 and allow proper airflow.
It only took one incident 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.
We started with Dr. Brown’s bottles. They were pretty difficult to clean, and for some reason, they would leak uncontrollably!
With a little research, we were lead to the Comotomo bottles.
WOW. These bottles are PERFECTION! 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.
They come in green or soft pink, and 5oz or 8oz sizes.
This changing pad is the best of the best. Definitely a little splurge, but so worth it.
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. And with the amount of laundry we do, anything that eliminates the need for laundry is a win in my book.