15 Baby Items Every New Mommy Needs
So, you’re about to have a baby and you’re feeling overwhelmed with the multitude of different “must have” baby items? I feel your pain! 2 years ago, I was in the same boat. I was stressed about what things I really needed for my baby, versus how much my budget could afford. After all, once the baby came, we were down to one income since I did not have paid maternity leave.
But don’t worry mamas! Through my own research and trial-and-error, I’ve got you covered with my personal top 15 go-to new baby items that I’ve found to be the most useful for my baby, as well as giving you the most bang for your buck. These items are linked directly to Amazon, where you can easily add them to your baby registries or add them to your cart!
1. Sound Machine.
A white noise machine can help replicate the sound your heart made when your baby was still in the womb, which comforts them and helps lull them to sleep. Plus, it helps block out any outside noises that might disrupt them after they’ve fallen asleep, so they get a more sound, deep sleep (and you can get a little nap in, too!). I personally like this sound machine that has a nightlight for you for nighttime feeds, and has extra features that grow with your baby as they grow.
Also, when we were away from home, I found this cute stuffed animal sound machine super helpful to have with us. It has Velcro on the back to tie it to your baby’s car seat and has 4 sounds to choose from.
2. Baby bedside sleeper.
This bedside sleeper helped ease a lot of my nighttime anxieties by keeping my baby close to me, while still safe in her own sleep space.
3. Baby swing.
You can’t hold your baby all the time, no matter how much you might want to. This baby swing was a big help for soothing my baby when I needed a break to do things like, you know, shower for the week, do laundry, or get dinner on the table.
4. Rocking Chair.
A good rocking chair is pretty much a staple in any nursery, and for good reason! You’ll spend lots of time rocking your newborn to help sooth them, and it’s a great space to do your feedings, read books together, and for both of you to fall asleep. As a bonus, this one reclines for optimal comfort should you and your baby fall asleep together.
5. Night Light.
I bought this pack of 4 night lights and placed them around the house in rooms like the hallway, the livingroom, etc., since I was doing a lot of walking around the house with the baby at night. It kept my house lit just enough so I could see, without being too bright to disturb the baby’s sleep.
6. Burp cloths, and lots of them!
Babies spit up, we all know this. Some do it more than others, and my baby was one of them! I found these burp cloths to be the most absorbent and a good size to keep her from spewing all over my shirts. I had multiple packs of these since sometimes we would go through several a day.
7. Swaddle Sacks.
My husband never could master the perfect swaddle, and my daughter very quickly managed to get her arms out of the wraps when I swaddled her, so these swaddle sacks made things super easy and kept her wrapped up safe and sound for when she was sleeping.
8. Wubbanub binkies.
These super cute pacifiers with the animals attached are perfect for helping sooth little ones. The animal helps weight the binky down so when your baby spits it out, it won’t go shooting across the room where you can’t find it again. Now that my daughter is a little older, she loves to hold all of her Wubbanub binkies when she goes to sleep and she plays with them in her crib when she wakes up.
9. Bamboo washcloths.
When it comes time to bathe your little one, you want the softest material washcloth to use on their sensitive skin. I love these Organic Bamboo washcloths because they are absorbent and retain their super soft feel, wash after wash.
10. Diaper changing station.
This was one baby item I did not have when my daughter was first born, and keeping all of her diapers, wipes, diaper creams, lotions, etc. within reach when I was trying to change her was a hassle until I decided to buy this changing station as a replacement for the basket I had been using. I love this thing! It keeps everything you need handy, has space for combs, brushes, baby fingernail clippers, just about everything you need after bath time and during changes.
11. Contoured changing pad.
While we’re on the subject of diaper changes, this contoured changing pad is perfect for keeping baby in place for changes, which is a definite must for when they get a little older and start rolling around. It’s also super easy to clean and there are lots of different soft covers you can get to match your nursery décor.
12. Snot sucker.
Having a sick baby can be a miserable experience, for them and for you. When they are having trouble breathing, it’s the absolute worst because they cannot yet blow their noses. The bulb sucker things that are used in hospitals can actually hurt their nasal tissue if used incorrectly (see more about that here), so I recommend getting the Nose Frida to help your little one breath easier. Don’t let the look of it intimidate you, it’s actually very easy to use and clean and when used with saline drops, really makes a difference.
13. Gas Drops.
Our baby was colicky when she was a newborn and had trouble going to sleep until she was about 4 months old. I walked her and walked her and walked her and did whatever I could to help ease her discomfort, but sometimes the issue was gas, and these Little Remedies Gas Drops were the only things that could help her poor little tummy settle down so she could sleep.
14. Zippered Pajamas.
Babies are tiny, delicate little things. Who knew, right? But when I was changing my newborn, I found it easiest to get her in and out of zippered pajamas, versus onesies or anything with buttons. It’s so hard because they have the cutest little outfits out there for newborns that everyone wants to buy for them, but their heads are just so wobbly when they’re first born and I really did not like to have anything that went over my daughters head when dressing her, or that I had to maneuver her for while trying to fasten buttons. So most often, she hung out in these zippered pj’s.
15. Boppy Pillow.
This thing is super helpful when you’re first trying to figure out feedings. Whether you’re breast feeding or bottle feeding, it can be hard to find the right angle to hold them at so that they can feed easily and not choke. Breast feeding also has the added problem of getting them to latch properly while trying not to suffocate them with your enormous, milk-laden boobs! The Boppy was great for positioning my baby and supporting her during feedings, and was also where she spent a lot of time sleeping after feedings as well! It’s a good idea to get a couple of covers to help keep your boppy clean, since you’re about to be up to your eyeballs in spit-up!
Hopefully this list of baby items helps you feel a little more prepared for your little one’s arrival! If you’ve got more great baby items that you’d like to include in this list, please feel free to add them below in the comments!