Must-have Baby Items

Since we have “been there, done that” with an infant, people often ask me what would we recommend for a nursery. With so many choices out there, it can be overwhelming to choose the basics, much less wade through all of the recommendations and navigate the store (ahem, Babies R Us).  When I’m asked for one thing, it’s hard to answer. Honestly it depends on what age, so here are things that were useful for us during D’s first months.

The List:
–High-quality video monitor by Summer (costly but worth every penny since you can see and hear the baby without disruption)
–Medela breast pump (electric with double action)
–Diaper Genie 2 (Amazon has good prices on refills through subscribe & save) It really does keep out most of the stink.
–Bouncy seat with vibration option (used almost daily when he was tiny during my shower)
–Boppy pillow with 2 covers (I’ve heard my Breast Friend pillow offers more support for nursing.)
–Glider rocker with ottoman and/or comfy recliner. You may spend many nights sleeping in the recliner or on the sofa with little one on your chest.
–Muslin 36″ blankets (great for swaddling, putting over stroller, light layer in warmer months)
–Halo sleep blanket, when we weren’t swaddling anymore
–Baby Trend infant car seat (lightest weight and good carrying handle, triangle shape)
–Snap & Go stroller frame for car seat (Consignment store!)
–If nursing, Bella B nipple butter (from Amazon) and Lansinoh lanolin for shower time
–Digital camera
–Pack & Play with changing table (if you’re tall, make sure the changing table is higher)
–Changing table for nursery
–Mattress covers with waterproof backing (buy 2)
–Gas drops
–Bottles: Playtex drop-ins worked best for us, producing the least amount of air in little man. I tried about 5 different products before choosing.
–Hooded towels
–Baby bath where one side is reclined and the other sits up
–Aveeno or Aquaphor baby wash and lotions. (Johnson dries out his skin too much.)
–Many baby washcloths
–Breathable baby crib liner instead of bumper pads (bought at Target)
–Diapers: Target brand are good, but we can only use Pampers b/c D is so sensitive. Pampers work better for boys and Huggies for girls, in general. The Wal-Mart brand leaked every time I tried. (If you plan to cloth diaper, check out my friend’s business Earthy Baby)
–Protect the bottom with A&D ointment, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, Desitin, or Aquaphor.
–Bumkins brand bibs when little one starts eating food. They wash right up in the sink or washing machine. The velcro is sturdy, and the pocket really catches stuff. :)
–Detergent: buy something free & clear. Don’t think you have to use Dreft. We’ve used All and been happy. Also, get some good stain remover. Dreft stain remover spray and Oxy Clean spray have worked well here.

A few other things:

Don’t waste your money on a wipe warmer. We haven’t needed one, and many said it was a waste. I bought Swaddlers, but they didn’t work since D liked his arms more free. Using a blanket to swaddle worked better for us. Also, we highly recommend taking classes for childbirth, breast-feeding, and newborn care.

What is your must-have item for little ones?

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2 thoughts on “Must-have Baby Items

  1. Great list!

    Check with your insurance if you are expecting currently, most are covering most of an electric breast pump these days. You might need to argue with them a bit and get a prescription, but it’s worth it.

    If you’re cloth diapering, a wipe warmer is good for holding cloth wipes and keeping them moist (you don’t have to turn it on). But, if you’re not, I completely agree they are worthless.

    When Kennedy was a newborn she really liked her swing and I’ve seen that you can get a bouncer/swing combo.

    I made my own food for Kennedy, so storage containers, ice trays and a processor of some sort (not necessarily a babyfood maker).

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