Not sure if you have everything you need before your baby arrives? Here a basic, no frills list of must-have items to get so you are ready for your newborn.
My husband and I have been so blessed to recently welcome our third child into this world. Since this was our third go around, I figured we were good. I had chilled out big time. I no longer thought I needed to have every baby item I saw advertised. I was taking it in stride.
But then, about three weeks before my due date, I realized that I should probably get a car seat. I was reminded that they would not let us leave the hospital without it. Maybe I was a little too chill! I quickly ordered a car-seat and gathered up a few other things and once again figured I was ready.
When our sweet bundle arrived we were pretty relaxed. I have to say, I really enjoyed that day and a half at the hospital. Resting and enjoying our new baby. It was great. When it came time to bring him home we were set…at least we had a car-seat to bring him home in!
After about two days of getting out of the hospital, I began to notice a few things that I needed – things that it would have been really nice to have on hand. Some things we owned already, but they were still in storage, others I had gotten rid of at some point.
I was so chill, I hadn’t quite prepared enough! I didn’t think things through enough to cover all my bases.
- Where was a good blanket for swaddling? Did we even own a receiving blanket anymore?
- Where was that new battery for our Snooza? And by new I mean 4 years old. I did find it, only to have it last a whole two days. The angel care monitor? Um, in the garage.
- Burp cloths? Oh, boy they too must be in the garage somewhere.
- Newborn clothes? Well, we can just keep washing the same two sleepers, right?!
Anyway, that’s how I came up with this list. This is the list I wished I had covered before I went into labor. This is not a comprehensive must have list for babies. This is a bare minimum must have list for newborns.
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You will want and need other things. This list is just to ensure that you are all set for your newborn coming home and won’t need to make any mad dashes to Walgreens (or ask your husband to mad dash!). Honestly, if you are really not sure if you want an item, just buy it and don’t open it…then it’s in the house if you need it or it can be returned when you have time…
- Car Seat and Base (we opted for this one because we had had this brand in the past and really liked how light it is, ease of installing, and the slightly smaller size)
- Car seat cover – if the weather is chilly
- Burp cloths at (least 5-6)
- Pre-made formula – (even if you are planning to breast-feed, just buy one small pack of premade bottles – just in case)
- Large receiving blankets or Muslin Swaddle Blankets (update 6/26/2017 – I have come to absolutely love muslin blankets, especially in summer. They are light and wispy and offer comfort/coverage for a baby with out making them super sweaty…really great! At six months old we are using them every day. As long as I have one I can use it as a blanket, burp cloth and even nursing cover!)
- Pacifier (even if you don’t plan to use it, just have one hand!)
- Pampers Swaddlers Diapers (I am totally a store brand girl – saving money is a priority – except for newborn diapers! Nothing compares to the softness of Pampers Swaddlers – it’s worth it!)
- Pampers Natural Care Wipes
- Breastpump (if planning to breastfeed)
- Bottle brush
- Bottle rack
- Newborn and 0-3 sleepers (at least 5 of each size zip-up or snap or simple onsies if you live in a really hot climate and baby is arriving in summer – outfits are cute but sleepers are a must have!)
- Soft towel/Soft wash cloth
- Baby soap
- Arm’s Reach Co-sleeper – I borrowed one from a friend and it’s so great! It goes right next to your bed so you can reach you baby, but not have the baby actually in the bed with you…wish I had had this with my first two babies! Can travel with you too – like a pack-and-play.
- Angel care or Snuza Hero – these two items are very similar, this time around we are using an Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor. They used to be more pricey, but they’ve actually come down a lot in price. Plus they offer me peace of mind, so they are worth it for me!
- Boppy Luxe Newborn Lounger
- Dockatot – never had this with my other two. But I have to say, it’s fantastic. We use it every day and most nights too. I think it works because it makes babies feel so safe and cozy…
Do you have a newborn must have that’s not on this list? I’d love to hear what it is and maybe even try it out myself!