The Newborn Baby Shopping List With Pictures, Prices, and Explanations 2019

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This is everything you will need to buy for your baby’s first six months.

Hi there. My name is Amber. That’s me and my baby in the picture above. I put together this comprehensive list of everything you will need to buy for your baby’s first six months to save you time, money, and energy. You will need it!

If you do not see an item listed below you probably don’t need it.

I read a lot of newborn must haves lists, everyone from Jessica Alba, Khloe & Kourtney Kardashian, to moms on YouTube, and so many more. I ended up buying a lot of things I didn’t need as a result and wasted a lot of money, energy, and many weeks worth of time I will never have back trying to learn from people who weren’t giving good information.

To be fair, Jessica Alba had an okay baby list but she was also recommending ecologically friendly mattresses that were $300. Of course I like them and would want one. They’re probably worth the money too. But I didn’t need a crib mattress for my baby’s first 6 months. I didn’t even need a crib (or would even want one now that I know more). See also Things I thought I Needed But Actually Didn’t.

This newborn essentials list is comprehensive.

If you only read through this one article and buy the suggestions from this list, you will have everything you need for your baby’s first 6 months.

Are there lots of items you can buy that are “wants”? Of course. You can buy peepee teepees (a real thing), a Keenz 7s Stroller Wagon, a Portable Air Purifier with special attachment for your stroller. You can buy a Baby Ornament Keepsake Kit for your baby’s first Christmas.

But this list is about what you will definitely need.

If you are a new parent on a very limited budget or you simply dislike waste and having unnecessary items taking up space in your home then this list is for you.

Unless otherwise noted, everything on this list has been carefully researched and compared to other similar products and actually used daily in real life with my newborn son.

If you have a preemie or twins or another unique situation you may have further needs for items not on this list including medical equipment and special monitors, etc. This list is a comprehensive newborn baby shopping list for most single baby delivery situations.

This is an Amazon list because Amazon is the best for buying baby items.

All of these links go to Amazon. Amazon has a great return policy on baby registry items, which is 90 days free returns from the date of delivery.

Some of these items you won’t be opening until the baby is a couple of months old. If something is wrong with your item you will be glad Amazon gives you 90 days to return it.

I recommend doing an Amazon baby registry as well. They have the best selection of items of all kinds that you can want and they have excellent tools built right in like thank you notes, returns, bought/still need filtering, easy baby registry list sharing and more.

I know how much you have to do before your baby arrives.

Here are some quick access links for you.

Let’s begin…

Newborn Baby Shopping List Complete Essentials

 

1. Baby Bottle Nipples

Enfamil Slow Flow Soft Nipples 12pack – $12

enfamil soft rubber nipples slow flow

You’re going to need baby bottle nipples that your baby will accept. The bottles you buy will come with their own brand of nipples but your baby may not take to them.

Your baby is going to be choosing the bottles you use because he or she will only like or “take to” certain nipples. Not every nipple fits on every bottle so nipples get determined first.

If that happens then you can either buy different bottles or see if you can find nipples that your baby likes that fit the bottles you like.

There are so many different nipple styles. Some are sort of a rounded boxy shape at the end to mimic mommy’s nipples. Some are more bulbous or round at the tip.

For me the nipples that work best for my baby are the Enfamil soft rubber nipples.

I started on the Enfamil nipples and tried some others unsuccessfully. The slow flow of the Enfamil nipples is perfect for a newborn baby.

Some of the so called slow flow nipples aren’t slow enough and your baby will have a hard time with them.

Too much milk will get into his or her mouth all at once and your baby will cry and choke a bit on the milk and you will know right away the flow isn’t right.

These Enfamil nipples fit the Medela and Evenflo bottles I have recommended below. With anti-colic bottles like Dr Brown’s, the anti-colic stem is attached to the nipple so you have to use those nipples if you want that feature. In other words, the stem comes off when the nipple comes off and it can’t be attached to other nipples.

If you buy these Enfamil nipples you’ll need a few sets since they’re disposable. You don’t need to throw them away after each use but they start to get softer and that’s when you can open a fresh one. If you decide on these nipples you should be okay with three packs of 12.

The come individually sealed so you can just open a new one when you’re ready. You must always still wash with a little soap and water before giving it to your baby however.

2. Baby Bottles – Plastic, Glass, Silicone or mixture?

You have your pick of plastic, glass, or silicone bottles.

The silicone bottles only come in large diameter nipples. The glass ones come in varied diameter nipples as do the plastic ones.

If your baby takes to the silicone nipples then you can use the silicone bottles recommended below and they are probably the best option health wise for your baby. Glass is good too but it is heavier and they’re more costly. Plastic is lightweight and comes in many shapes and anti-colic features but drinking from plastic containers over time is not healthy.

Here are my suggestions for baby bottles. You can get away with fewer but you will want 6-12 bottles or you will be washing bottles in the middle of the night. That is no good because your baby will be crying (screaming) waiting for food while you rush to wash the bottles in your underwear with swollen eyelids.

If you are mostly breastfeeding you can probably get away with fewer bottles than 6-12 because you won’t really be using bottles all the time or so much in the middle of the night.

Tip: Formula is only good for about an hour after you prepare it so you can’t make it and store it in the fridge like breast milk. You must mix it fresh bottle by bottle.

Dr. Brown’s Options Slow Flow Bottle Set – $25

Dr Brown's Options Slow Flow Bottle Set for Breastfed Baby 4 Ounce Pink

These bottles reduce the amount of air that your baby will drink which causes the to burp up.

Babies burp up so much, all the time. You should definitely expect to be spit up on several times a day. The anti-colic feature of these bottles can reduce baby’s gas and burps but won’t eliminate it. The anti colic stem is attached to the nipple so if your baby doesn’t take to the nipple then you will just need to use different nipples and forego the anti colic stem.

Medela Breastmilk Feeding Gift Set – $30

Medella breast feeding baby bottle set

I like these bottles because of the diameter. My favorite bottle size to use is the 2oz size. I really like how light weight they are and that my baby enjoys holding them while I feed him. It’s so cute to see his beautiful little fingers wrap around the bottle.

I like to be able to see my baby’s nose airways and face when I’m feeding him. I am not personally a fan of “breast size” bottles (like the silicone bottles down below), but I do prefer silicone as a material which is why they are listed. The size of the bottles you like is totally subjective so go for whatever you and your baby like best.

The downside to the 2oz size is that they don’t hold enough for a feeding once your baby is a little bigger. Your baby will very soon be drinking 4oz instead of 2. I still sometimes just fill up two of these because I like them so much. I have only seen this size bottle in the Medela Bottle set below and this is the set that I have.

The set comes with 6 2oz bottles and 3 5oz bottles as well as some breast milk storage bags. I am also happy with the size and feel of the 5oz bottles. These 5oz bottles are pretty slender and have a nice feel in your hand.

If you’re using formula, you’ll be putting in two scoops and adding 4oz of clean water. This will bring the line up to around the 5oz mark.

Both plastic and silicone bottles are nice and light as well.

Natursutten Anti-Colic 4 oz Glass Baby Bottles – $30

Natursutten Anti Colic 4 oz Glass Baby Bottles with Newborn Slow Flow Natural Rubber Latex Nipples 2 Pack Borosilicate Glass Made in France Natural Rubber Made in Italy

I also have glass bottles which I like because drinking and eating out of plastic containers is not the healthiest option.

However, the glass bottles are heavy and press against the baby’s face and get heavy in your hand.

It’s not that big of a deal considering the healthfulness of using glass over plastic, but if you buy glass bottles you might want to consider getting really good ones. All parts are free of BPA, phthalates, polycarbonates, and PVC. The bottle is made of borosilicate glass, which is dishwasher-safe and thermal shock-resistant (withstands extreme temperature changes, like boiling or freezing). The rubber in the nipples is an all natural rubber made in Italy.

The advantages of glass bottles are that they will last basically forever and go in the dishwasher, are healthier to drink from than plastic, and are better for the environment. These are important factors to consider and even if you decide to use glass as your primary feeding bottle, you will probably want to get a plastic set too.

When you’re on the go everything you put into your baby bag will add to your load.

The baby bag gets heavy fast and remember you’ll be carrying your baby, the bag, your purse probably, your keys, a kitchen sink, and a sombrero hat okay just kidding about the last two. You get the point.

Evenflo Feeding Glass Premium Proflo Vented Plus Bottles – $19

Evenflo Feeding Glass Premium Proflo Vented Plus Bottles for Baby

You can get a less expensive glass bottles made by Evenflo, which I own and they are a little heavy too. They have a good diameter though and also fit the Enfamil nipples.

This pack is $19 for 6 glass bottles. I like that they provide 6 bottles. If you exclusively buy just glass bottles and only this set you can probably make it work.

Remember that if your baby doesn’t take to the nipples that come with the set you can use other nipples.

The spiral look of these bottles supposedly helps to reduce colic as well. I notice when I use these that as the baby is sucking the milk at some point the nipple caves in due to the lack of air in the bottle. Once he sucked so much air out, when I took the bottle from his mouth the nipple actually popped into the bottle itself and I had to fish it out with my finger.

This super suction effect doesn’t happen much with the Medela plastic bottles, just these Evenflo glass ones I have. It’s annoying when the  nipples cave in because the baby starts fussing when milk stops flowing. It doesn’t always happen but often enough to note it’s an issue.

The suction has something to do with the seal of the glass around the nipple I think but I haven’t had any issues with bottle leaks on any of the bottles so far.

Comotomo Baby Bottle Starter Set – $42 for 4

Comotomo Baby Bottle Starter Set

Probably the best bottles for the health of your baby are the silicone ones. Most of the silicone bottles have nipples that are designed to mimic the breast so generally they are wider.

Some of them actually kind of feel like you’re holding a breast because the silicone is very soft and when milk is in the bottle it has a kind of, breast implant feel, if you will.

My baby did not take to these nipples or even my breast very easily. It was a struggle to get him breastfeeding. The Enfamil nipples were all he would take. I would like to get him transitioned to silicone bottles and nipples. If you can start your baby on these you and your baby will probably be better off.

3. Baby Bottle Sterilizer and Steamer

Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer – $37

Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer

You will need a sterilizer to clean your bottles and other little baby things.

Tip: some baby bottle nipples are not supposed to be sterilized, for instance, the Enfamil disposable nipples recommended above. Also not all binkies should be put in the sterilizer. Just use warm soap and water to wash these items.

This Philips Avent sterilizer also doubles as a steamer so that you can actually heat baby food up in it once you have started feeding your baby solid foods.

The sterilizer stacks up via three separate levels. The first and bottom level is the heating element that you fill with a small amount of water that is used to make the steam. The center body is large to hold big bottles and it does hold a lot of bottles. The top section has a handy center handle and this compartment is perfect for the smaller bits like breast pump cones, teethers, and such.

I use this sterilizer every day and I’m really satisfied with it. It does it’s work in just a few minutes and has just one button, a light, and a power cord. Easy.

4. Baby Bottle Drying Rack

Soraco Baby Bottle Drying Rack Countertop Green – $13

Soraco Baby Bottle Drying Rack Countertop Green

You will be rinsing and washing baby bottles, binkies, teethers, and more, several times a day. Once you’ve rinsed them, dry them on this very cute and very effective drying rack.

It will not only help you keep mold and bacteria out of your baby’s mouth pieces, but it also adorns your kitchen counter in a fun and stylish way.

These baby bottle drying racks are so loved by mom’s everywhere that several companies make them now. Some offer the grass in blue. Maybe that’s a play on Blue Grass or just a fun way to be different. Who knows. In either case, you should get one.

They all pretty much do the same thing well. Look for one with tall grass and you will want one that is a little on the larger size. I have seen mini ones and while I do like having less on my counters, I prefer the larger size. Mine is about the size of an 8×10 sheet of paper and there are definitely days that the whole surface is covered with various items drying on it.

The green “grass” separates easily from the white base so you can wash it too. The tips of the grass hold items perfectly, including bottle brushes (more on those soon).

Boon Twig Grass and Lawn Drying Rack Accessory – $5

Boon Twig Grass and Lawn Drying Rack Accessory

The drying rack has a great accessory invented for it called the twig.

This twiggy thing is perfect for hanging rubber nipples to dry and cords, rings, etc.

In addition to the high functionality the twig accessory offers, it also looks really cute stuck in the grass.

It is easy to wash and stands up well. You can hold about 9 nipples, or just about 11-12 rings, a few teethers, your binkies and more. They will dry much faster and that will help make sure your nipples are clean and mold/mildew free.

5. Baby Bottle Brushes

6 in 1 Bottle Brush Cleaner Kit – $10

6 in 1 Bottle Brush Cleaner Kit

I have purchased bottle brushes in the past and none have measured up to this handy set. The bottle brush that you see on the left, the one with what looks like little green sponge cubes, is the best for the baby bottles.

When you use them there is no area that the sponge doesn’t get to. The white section has bristles that are the perfect rigidity to do the work without being hard to shove down into the bottle. The tips on the white section are nice and pointy so it helps it to clean well. The handle is detachable so you can use it on more than one brush.

I bought other bottle brushes and the bristles were such that I got splattered with water whenever the brush was pulled from the bottle. These brushes do not have that issue. They’re just perfect.

Since you will be cleaning bottles often you will definitely need a bottle brush. At least one brush. If you don’t buy a bottle brush you will be very annoyed later trying to clean caked milk from the bottom of your bottles with a sponge.

The little opening where the bottle handle comes off fits perfectly in the grass drying rack so you can stand the brush up to dry when you’re done using it.

6. Baby Boogie Sucker

Innovo Hospital Grade Silicone Twister Bulb Baby Nasal Aspirator – $12

Innovo Hospital Grade Silicone Twister Bulb Baby Nasal Aspirator

If you have your baby in a hospital you will probably get one of these included in your take home kit along with a few other after-birth care items for yourself possibly, like a perineum cleaner bottle, some maxi pads, mesh underwear, and ice packs.

The kind of boogie bulb you will likely be given will not have an opening in the middle that lets you clean the inside easily. Don’t throw it away. Just put it in your diaper bag. Buy this one to keep at home.

The booger suckers that don’t open up in the middle get dirty on the inside and don’t dry fast so they’re subject to mold very easily. Make sure you take extra measures with these

Buy this one because it is translucent allowing you to see the boogies once they’ve been sucked inside and opens up so you can completely wash and dry it quickly.

Tip: When sucking the boogers out, you push the bottom with your thumb and squeeze toward the pointy end. Not the way I first tried to use it, by squeezing from the sides. This just results in the bulb opening up.

I have seen others, like the Nose Frida, that has a clear tube you suck the boogers out through using your mouth. Supposedly the boogies never make it all the way down the tube into your mouth but I just can’t. The idea of mouth-sucking boogers out of my baby’s nose sounds gross.

This one, for me, has worked very well. I actually call myself the boogie ninja at home now because I get them out so fast and precisely with my boogie bulb.

7. 100% Cotton Infant Baby Clothes Size 0-3 and 3-6 months

Gerber Baby Girls’ 15-Pack Grow-with-me Onesies Bodysuit – $21

Gerber Baby Girls' 15-Pack Grow-with-me Onesies Bodysuit

As far as baby clothes go, you can definitely go wild. There are so many amazing baby clothes out there by Carter’s, Gerber, high fashion brands like Ralph Lauren, etc.

For this essentials list I’m just showing plain white cotton and letting you know the different styles you’ll need.

Firstly, you can buy clothes new or used. If you go to a thrift store you can find infant baby clothes for around $0.50 to $2-3 depending on how fancy or designer.

If you’ve elected to buy baby clothes new, you will need short sleeve infant body suits, long sleeve infant body suits, and full sleeper feetie suits.

Depending on where you live, you may need some warmer things like thick jackets and thermal baby clothes. I am from the South so the warmest my baby clothes get is a thick cotton sleeper suit or jacket.

Simple Joys by Carter’s Baby 7-Pack Long-Sleeve Bodysuit – $19

Simple Joys by Carters Baby 7-Pack Long-Sleeve Bodysuit

At the baby stage boys and girls are basically the same delicious shlumpy little meat balls so even when the bodysuits are labeled boys or girls you can go ahead and call them unisex.

Technically, “onesies” mean they are made by Gerber. So when you search you can also find more of them by using the keyword bodysuits.

You are going to need around 3-5 outfits per day. Yes, per day. Your baby is going to soak each outfit with spit up and you can’t let babies sit around in wet clothes. The bodysuits are very easy to change and their heads go through the head holes easily and getting the bottom snapped on over diapers is very quick.

I was given a few of the bodysuits that have snaps in front at an angle. They’re good too. The various closure mechanisms on these things is basically snaps, zippers, and magnets.

You need long sleeve ones for when it’s a little colder but you’re still okay with legs exposed. You can also put baby pants over these and they’re adorable.

Momsbabe Baby’s Romper Organic Winter Clothes Cotton Sleep n Play Footie Long Sleeve – $15 each

Momsbabe Baby's Romper Organic Winter Clothes Cotton Sleep n Play Footie Long Sleeve

When you’re buying feetie suits pay attention to the size of the footie boot. I had so many that had very small feet, too small for my baby. His feet don’t seem that big to me but they were too snug in a lot of the feetie suits.

Your baby will be uncomfortable if his or her feet are jammed into a footie boot that’s too small.

You can buy a size up if you have this issue. Better a loose fit than a too tight fit. Also your baby will be growing so fast a little extra room is good.

I also am a fan of the snap suits. I’m not crazy about the zip up ones because only one side unzips so you have to bend and squish your baby’s leg into the other size. The snap ones unsnap completely and you can gently snap the fabric closed around the leg.

Don’t let anyone tell you that snaps are annoying. They are not that annoying and they don’t take long to snap up. Sometimes you will be saying to yourself, self, you have snapped this thing together wrong or have missed a snap. Sometimes it will matter and other times you will just roll with it. You’ll be taking it off very soon anyway.

They also make sleeper suits that close with magnets. I am a proponent for holistic medicine and believe in magnetic therapies and magnetic fields, however, I don’t know about having magnets all up and down my baby’s body all day long. That being said, they are probably very easy to take off and on. They are also even more expensive. I haven’t tried them so I can’t tell you how good they are but you do have them as an option.

I recommend 100% cotton for all your baby clothes.

I’m guessing you probably agree unless you’re thinking of some other much warmer all natural fabric for cold weather locations.

8. 100% Cotton Infant Socks

Touched by Nature Baby Boys’ Organic Cotton Socks – $10

Touched by Nature Baby Boys' Organic Cotton Socks

Again, I have to recommend 100% cotton socks, organic whenever possible. They aren’t much more expensive and so much healthier for you, your baby, and the planet.

You will be putting these socks on your baby’s hands too and that means they’ll be going into your baby’s mouth.

Better organic cotton than polyester or anything else.

Baby nails are very sharp, like little razor blades.

Turn away for a minute and your baby will be pinching his or her own face, digging into his eyes, etc. You can buy baby gloves or just put socks on their hands to accomplish the same thing. Otherwise your little butter bean will look like she’s been in a cat fight after playing with her face for a minute or two.

When you are buying socks know this: 0-3 months are very small and your baby might grow out of them very quickly. You can get just the 3-6 month size and be just fine. You’ll need 6 pairs of the right size socks. Buy two packs because like all the other socks in your family, they will get lost in the wash.

9. Baby Shoes

Handmade baby crochet knit sneakers – $17

knit crochet baby sneakers converse red

I am not listing baby shoes on this list as a need because while I did buy a few pairs of baby shoes, I never used them.

Most baby shoes are not very comfortable and, to me, totally unnecessary.

No one is going to kick you out of anywhere for not having shoes on your baby.

You can buy baby socks with little rubber dots and patterns on the bottom for when he or she starts standing or crawling around more. I suppose if you’re taking your baby to an event like a wedding or christening you may have special shoes to buy.

You can also make or buy some extremely adorable crochet knit baby “sneakers”. These are going to be very comfortable for your little shmoop and look like shoes.

10. Baby Sun Protection Hat

Flap Happy Baby Floppy Sun Hat UPF 50+, Highest Certified UV Sun Protection, Azo-free dye – $17

Flap Happy Baby Floppy Sun Hat

You’ll probably be fine just getting one sun hat. Initially you won’t be out and about with your baby at all. Then you will be out with your baby but you’ll have covers over the stroller.

When baby gets just a bit bigger, starts sitting up, etc. you’ll probably be taking him or her to the park and sitting her up in the sun. For these times you will want a sun hat.

You need a hat because baby skin is very sensitive to the sun.

Also, baby eyes are so new and delicate that any bright light, especially bright sunlight bothers them.

The hat is made of 100% cotton. The tie is soft and goes gently under baby’s chin. The rim is wide so your baby won’t have sun blazing in his eyes.

11. Diaper Changing Station

Costzon Baby Bath and Changing Table, Diaper Organizer for Infant with Tube & Cushion – $96

Costzon Baby Bath and Changing Table, Diaper Organizer for Infant with Tube & Cushion

A few things to consider when deciding on your ideal diaper changing station… Height, storage, comfort, and safety.

The height of the changing station you use can make or break your back. When you change a baby you are constantly bending forward. If the table is too low or too high you will have issues.

I am 5’7 and this changing table is just a little too high for me, just by a bit. I wish it was a little shorter but it’s okay. I like its features enough that I make it work.

The wipes warmer with water and the paper towels sit on a small table near the changing table. While the items will fit on the top shelf in one of the compartments of the changing table, it’s annoying to bend down and under to get to the warmer. Also I like to move the changing table around so I’d rather not have things that plug in stored on it.

I really like that the changing station has wheels.

I literally roll the table out from the wall with one hand and lay baby down, do the diaper dance and then roll it back. It also follows me into the kitchen sometimes and sometimes to the onesie dresser drawers too.

This changing table also has a lot of storage. I hold most all of my blankets, diaper stash, butt cream, boogie bulb, baby oil, bibs, and more on the durable plastic shelving. Everything comes out easily for cleaning too.

The side walls of the actual padded changing topper are raised so that the baby can’t roll off the sides. Once your baby starts getting strong with his or her legs enough to scoot off the table forward or backward, this table will probably be unusable.

The table comes with a built in bath tub.

I’m not even going to talk about it except to say that I use it as additional storage and that should be enough to give you the jist.

I have researched other tables and for the price I didn’t find anything else comparable or as convenient.

If you want to spend a couple hundred more on a table you can and it will probably last you longer than 6 months, but this list is for up to six months.

You will want to buy a new changing table when your baby gets taller and stronger, more mobile, etc. This changing table is an excellent value and highly convenient. I believe they actually raised the price since I bought mine since it has become so popular. I want to say it used to be around $80 but I can’t quite remember.

The table comes in pink, blue, and yellow. I bought the yellow one and I’m happy with the color/design.

Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Afterglow Infant Sleeper – $49

Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Afterglow Infant Sleeper

So, you’re going to say, hey Amber, that’s a portable co-sleeper. Why are you putting it in the diaper changing section. I’m so glad you asked!

My brother donated this to me when his baby grew out of it. I didn’t need a portable bed because I wasn’t taking my son to sleep anywhere by home initially and I had plenty of bed options for him.

At the time I didn’t have my changing table yet so all I did have was a fold out card table like you’d buy at Home Depot. I unfolded this on top of the card table and used it as his changing area. It wasn’t the most designer looking setup but it was very functional and extremely comfortable for my baby.

It works so great as a changing table for a newborn I think this company should market it as a portable changing table.

The base is very comfy. It really made diaper changing easy for my baby when he was just weeks old. The pad in the center is covered in a waterproof material so it cleans easily.

I have never taken this anywhere to use as a portable sleeper but it does fold up very easily, closes easily with velcro, and weighs barely anything at all. When you are taking your baby anywhere you might as well be going camping so anything very light and functional is worth the extra mention.

The Snuggle Nest also has a little light at the end and baby music but you probably won’t use it too much.

12. All Natural Baby Wipes

VIVA Choose-A-Sheet Paper Towels – $34

VIVA Choose-A-Sheet* Paper Towels

The tip I’m about to give you is going to be worth more to you than reading 1,000 other baby articles. When it was bestowed to me with love and intelligence by a pediatrician at my hospital I became the next in a series of happy mothers who do this instead of the alternative you will read about below.

Okay, so firstly, did you know that baby wipes are often stored in giant warehouses before they are sold to parents for use, and that while they are being stored they can accumulate bacteria and mold?

Disgusting! It has been discovered that most brands of wipes, even when opened fresh, already have been accumulating the nasties. Of course, you can buy wipes with loads of detergent or chemicals to keep them cleaner but why would you want to put that stuff on your baby’s beautiful chemical free skin?

So, here is what you do instead.

You buy a wipes warmer (next item) and you fill it with water instead of wipes. Basically, instead of using it to hold wipes, it’s going to act as a warm water reservoir.

The water will stay nice and warm for use so that you can tear off a sheet or half sheet of paper towels – Viva are the best for this because they are cloth-like. You will take the paper towel and dip it into the water as wet as you’d like it to get. Then you wipe your baby with the clean cloth, free of all the chemicals found in wipes.

You can go one further of course and get organic or recycled paper towels that are nice and soft but as far as softness goes these Vivas are really just the best. You can use either the flat cloth texture or the rippled. They both work very well and are smooth and gentle on baby’s skin wet or dry.

For poopies you may find yourself having to scoop up a wad first in a dry sheet and then once you’ve cleaned enough off you can move onto the wet towels. That’s where choose a sheet comes in handy just like it does in your kitchen.

I started off folding paper towels and fitting them into the wipes warmer with water but soon realized this is a complete waste of my time. Just tear off sheets as you go. You will spend too much time pulling apart wet paper towels if you do it the way I started.

It’s also very nice to use paper towels because, again, it’s an item you probably already buy for your home and you won’t have to always remember to buy special wipes.

Wipes are so much more expensive than a roll of paper towels and less effective. I don’t even pack wipes in my diaper bag. I just pack paper towels and a little water.

13. Baby Wipes Warmer

Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer – $25

Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer

This wipes warmer is totally basic and warms up just the perfect temperature. The power cord is nice and long. On the interior there are no holes for water to leak into an electric components. I just put about 3 cups of water in the reservoir and flip up the lid when I’m ready to dip my paper towel in it.

The face has a light on it so you can see it in the dark. That being said, the light is actually pretty bright, so if you have this in your bedroom in view where you sleep, it will probably turn into a night light for the whole room.

14. Newborn Baby Butt Paste/Ointment

Aquaphor Baby Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant – $9 (each)

Aquaphor Baby Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant

When it comes to creams and lotions for babies the default is don’t use them. Baby skin is very sensitive. However, when your baby gets a butt rash you will be alarmed at how truly red and inflamed it looks and probably feels on your baby. The rash is in the most sensitive of areas down there and you will want to get rid of it as fast as possible. The rashes are inevitable but they don’t have to bother your baby.

I like this product because it takes the baby rash away within a matter of hours. It’s actually kind of amazing to see it go away so fast after seeing it first looking like a 3rd degree burn. It comes out like a bead of thick vaseline and smears on very oinmenty.

I have used other products and when I run out of this I don’t freak out and use almond oil instead.

You’ll need about 1 every month or so. If you buy a six pack you’ll be good to go.

Boudreaux’s Maximum Strength Butt Paste Ointment 4 oz (Pack of 6) – $50

Boudreaux's Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste deserves a mention because it does a good job. My mom really likes it, likes the way it goes on, etc.

It comes out beige, which is kind of weird to me. It looks like he has white cheese stuck in his little skin creases once the diaper has gone on has absorbed most of the paste. But it does seem more natural and is supposedly better for baby’s skin.

I think the Aquaphor works better but I do like this one too and my mom prefers it, so, is she right? You tell me. Or she’ll tell me. Lol.

If you buy this six pack you should be all set on butt paste for 6 months or so.

15. Baby Diapers – Disposable and/or Cloth

Pampers Pure Disposable Baby Diapers – $35 for 108ct

Pampers Pure Disposable Baby Diapers

If you want to get more sleep at night, help your baby cry less throughout the day, and minimize the chemical products that are near your baby then you need Pamper’s Pure. Their diapers have something in the bottom that turns to gel as the peepee is absorbed. The gel keeps the urine off your baby’s bottom and locks it inside the diaper.

Switching to Pampers was such a dramatic difference for me. The hospital I gave birth to my son in started me off on Huggies diapers. I used them for the first month or so until my son was big enough to wear a pack of Pampers Pure that I received as a gift in a size 2. Oh my goodness what a huge difference. In Huggies my son cried the minute he would pee and I changed so many diapers it must have been every 15 minutes.

If you buy Pampers you will use less diapers and your baby will cry less. Your baby will sleep longer and more comfortably. That also means you will get more sleep too.

I do not like the regular Pampers because they are way too scented. When your baby poops you won’t be able to smell it because it will be covered up too much by the heavy scent. Your baby will end up spending a longer amount of time in a poopie diaper as a result.

Pampers Pure are the most expensive disposable diapers you can buy but they are a better value because you will use less of them and your baby will be happier in them. They are really worth every penny.

You will need about 4 boxes of 108ct size 1, 3 boxes of 108ct size 2, and 3 boxes of 108ct size 3 for your baby’s first 6 months. You can buy 1 or 2 more boxes of size 3 because they go up to 24 lbs and your baby will still wear a size 3 after the 6 month mark.

Seventh Generation Baby Diapers – $38 for 160ct

Seventh Generation Baby Diapers

Once I was hooked on Pampers Pure for how wonderful they are, due to the cost, I started to look at other healthy, scent free premium diapers. I found Seventh Generation brand and tried a couple of packs.

These packs, when you buy at your local grocery store, are about $3 cheaper than Pampers Pure and contain more diapers.

The Seventh Generation diapers are comparable in absorbency and leak-proof-ability. They are also well designed as far as fit and tabs, stretchy areas, and other details. These have a strangely appealing outside texture and feel. They are a bit crunchy and rough. It’s not really bad thing, just more like a “recycled materials” feeling if that makes sense.

The gel in the bottom works well like the Pampers. I also do feel a little better about my diaper waste when I use these instead of Pampers.

Nothing is softer than the Pampers Pure, however. They are just a more luxurious, soft, truly premium diaper. Definitely buy and try these Seventh Generation and if you are happy with them use them and enjoy the savings.

Do not bother with any other disposable diapers other than Pampers Pure or Seventh Generation.

Even though many are cheaper, they will cost you more by having to use more of them and your baby won’t be as happy or healthy along the way.

Cotton Pre-fold Diapers

em first time with cotton prefold diapers

This is a picture of my son and I trying cloth diapers for the first time. Notice he is in the Snuggle Nest co-sleeper that I was using as his newborn diaper changing station.

This picture is a perfect example of having bought a product that turned out to be unusable and a waste of my money.

This diaper is a cloth diaper cover that comes with extra padding and a prefold slot at bottom. It also has snaps all over so it’s supposed to be fit for newborn to 3 months. Obviously you can see that it’s completely ridiculous and doesn’t work as expected. I wasted my money on this garment and my baby wasn’t into it at all either. At best it made for a laughable photo after the fact.

If you choose to buy cotton reusable diapers know that many people who opt for cloth diapers often skip the newborn phase.

It is not a financial savings and the disposable ones are so much easier to deal with in the middle of the night.

You may want to eventually transition into cloth diapers and here’s what you will need if you go that route.

Luludew Cotton Pre-Fold Inserts – $30-45 set of 12

Luludew Cotton Pre-Fold Inserts

Each size prefold has a different color stitching on the edge. This makes it really easy to tell the difference between diaper cloths when you’ve got them stacked in your storage shelving.

You will fold these over your baby in a diaper shape via specific folding instructions  and close with Snappies diaper closures (see below).

Then you will cover the cloth with a waterproof cover that will either snap or velcro closed (next item). These cotton diapers were actually more comfortable to my baby than the Huggies diapers.

They are very soft and comfortable on the baby’s skin. They are natural and safe for your baby and the environment.

You need to make sure you check and change them soon when they are wet because otherwise your baby will get more diaper rashes and will be sitting in dampness.

The disposable diapers usually have an indicator strip on the front to tell you when they have been wetted. You can also feel by weight. With the cloth diapers you have to get a feel for it. There is no indicator other than your baby crying or you feeling the bottom of the diaper for heaviness.

Rumparooz Newborn Cloth Diaper Cover Aplix – $10 each

Rumparooz Newborn Cloth Diaper Cover Aplix

When it comes to diaper covers, I prefer thin and with a velcro closure.

You can also buy thicker ones that have snaps on the front but take my advice and just get yourself the ones with velcro that are thin.

They are easier to put on and take off and they keep leaks under wraps well.

These come in many colors and sizes and have a great fit, especially for smaller babies. Some of the other diaper covers are chunkier with too much fabric. All that fabric bunches up under the bodysuits and will make your baby uncomfortable.

Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners 5 pack – $14

Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners 5 pack

In the days of yore safety pins were used to close cloth diapers. Now there are Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners.

These clever little rubber band-like fasteners pull all three points of your newborn baby’s diaper together and hook on and off very easily and reliably.

They are designed to be safe for your baby so he or she doesn’t get poked or pinched.

You will probably need 5 of these, possibly more depending on how easily you lose things around the house.

16. Diaper Pail

Playtex Diaper Genie Complete Assembled Diaper Pail with Odor Lock Technology – $31

Playtex Diaper Genie Complete Assembled Diaper Pail with Odor Lock Technology

Please do yourself a huge favor and do not buy one of these. Not at least within your baby’s first 6 months. Let me tell you why.

Firstly, in my opinion, diaper pails, a long standing baby item, regarded as a staple, to me, are a complete and total scam. Maybe I’m missing something but I just don’t think so.

Your baby will be pooping once a day, maybe twice at the most. Yes, baby poop is stinky, but not so stinky that it requires a two compartment odor locking system and a charcoal filter.

The replacement cartridges are ridiculously expensive, $8 for one pack at Walmart, or online in a 5 pack for much cheaper. But either way, it’s a totally separate item you are going to have to remember to buy and when you run out of them will be sitting there with an overfilling diaper container.

Diaper Genie Top View of Opening

The hole in the top of this thing is only wide enough to fit a diaper so that when you stick the diaper down the hole, you have to touch and squish the diaper down in there. You will get poop on your hands trying to squish the diaper into this little hole.

On days when the can is full, like, every other day basically because it is not very big, you will be looking all around for where to throw your diaper and you’ll have to walk away from your baby mid change to throw it away somewhere else.

While you are walking away to throw your diaper away somewhere else, your baby will probably pee into the air if he is a boy or all over herself if she is a girl, and you’ll have another mess to clean up when you get back, even if you were just gone 10 seconds. (see also peepee teepees)

The whole system is a total waste and very inconvenient. It’s just something you buy because someone tricks you into being afraid of poopie diapers and makes you believe there will be a lot of them.

Your baby is not like a cat or dog, pooing out multiple stinky terds all day that will fill your house with stench. I don’t say that to hate on cats or dogs, I love them, but I’m just trying to make a point. You don’t need a special poo-smell-masking system to deal with a poo smell problem that doesn’t really exist.

Your baby will have many peepee diapers but not many poopie ones.

I’m telling you. Do not buy this thing. You won’t even be able to get $5 for it on OfferUp when you try to sell it later.

I smelled my baby’s diapers more when using the Diaper Genie more than when I was using the next item, which is what I recommend you buy instead.

Home Slim Trash Can Rubbermaid – $33

Rubbermaid Home Slim Trash Can

This lovely, slim design, pedal controlled top opening trash can is a beautifully functional diaper pail that you can probably get at Walmart for $12.

You can use your regular trash bags for it. You won’t smell your baby’s pee or poop. You can put it right next to your changing table and it will look lovely and function perfectly.

I have a black one only because there were no tops available to this one when I bought mine at Walmart. I paid $12. I love it. I never have to touch poop or jam poopie diapers into a tiny trashcan hole.

The diaper gets thrown right in and I never have to touch the bin until I change the bag, which is of course super easy to do.

17. Diaper Bag

HapTim Multi-function Baby Diaper Bag Backpack W/Stroller Straps – $43

HapTim Multi-function Baby Diaper Bag Backpack

I’m really happy with this bag. It fits perfectly in so many of the places it needs to fit, such as under my stroller, under the back seat of my car beneath the car seat, and on the back of my front door where I hook it so I don’t forget it when I leave.

Great features include two wide-mouth mason jar size side pockets. Nice front pocket, large enough for an appliance manual, but not large enough for a file folder. Cushy adjustable back pack style straps. Large, frog mouth zipper opening top that definitely fits a laptop or even a box of shoes. Includes a diaper pad which is not thick but helps a little.

There are no pockets on the back but it is padded nicely. The diaper bag doesn’t look super diaper baggy either. I think it looks like a professional office lunch bag/laptop bag. I saw it available in black, grey, and a diamond print.

You will like the light weight of this bag and the wonderful, well organized mesh pockets and compartments that are neatly sewed throughout the interior. The handle is made of leather and it’s soft and comfy in your hand.

I really can’t say enough nice things about this bag. I think it’s a great value and will serve you well.

18. Newborn Baby Sleeper

If you have room in your bed for your baby, you will most likely want to co-sleep. For co-sleeping I highly recommend the DockATot. If you don’t have room in your bed for baby, then you will want a bassinet and probably will still want the DockATot.

I do not recommend getting a crib in your baby’s first six months. You are going to want your baby as close to you as possible most of the time. In my opinion cribs are better for when your baby is bigger.

DockATot Deluxe+ Dock – $175

DockATot Deluxe

I am so in love with my DockATot and feel it’s worth every penny. I don’t think any of the other infant co-sleepers or loungers compare to it.

You do not need to buy the Grand model at first. The Deluxe is the perfect size for your baby until he is 6 months old. After that you will look at other options like the Pack n Play or the Grand size.

The reason you don’t want to buy the larger one right away is because the smaller one fits a 0-8 month baby really perfectly. It’s easier to manage and fits into other bassinets too. See picture below.

Em in DockATot Deluxe inside portable bassinet

The side walls cuddle your baby and keep them safe from you rolling over onto them and then turning on their side or face, etc.

The DockATot has a little clip at the bottom that opens when your baby gets taller, giving him more leg room.

The side walls have little loops that you can use to carry the DockATot and you can also attach a special DockATot play bar that goes across like an arch and you can hang toys from it. I don’t have that part but to be honest I didn’t even know it was a thing until I went to go get a picture of mine online and saw it had that extra feature.

At night when you’re sleeping, the side walls are just high enough to protect him and low enough that you can peek into it when you’re laying right beside him with your head down on a pillow.

Em in DockATot Deluxe

I like to wrap the baby blanket around the DockATot and tuck it under to keep it secure. These days most pros tell you not to use blankets anymore.

I do also prefer feetie suits for sleeping over blankets. My baby also isn’t a huge fan of blankets and usually kicks them off of him. But sometimes you will want your baby safely bundled up and this is how I dealt with that.

My baby doesn’t look very smiley in this photo but he’s definitely comfortable in this bed. You can also bring the DockATot with you into different rooms easily.

I have to say, even the covers for it are expensive. For this reason I didn’t buy any additional covers. The material it comes with is a very nice, white, almost corduroy canvas-like cotton material. I keep a towel and then a blanket covering mine.

I also sometimes prop it up a bit and let baby sit up in it and it holds its shape well and is supportive. I don’t do this unattended though simply because it doesn’t have any harness straps (not a flaw, you wouldn’t want them). It’s more of a hands on exercise for getting baby used to sitting up.

I looked through a lot of the other options out there and knowing what I know now about co-sleeping I am even more happy I bought the DockATot.

Tadpoles Cable Knit Moses Basket and Bedding Set – $130

Tadpoles Cable Knit Moses Basket and Bedding Set

Okay, so, this item may be construed as a want and not a need because, yes, you can get by without it. The reason I want to add it is because your baby will want to lay in things that aren’t just your DockATot.

Babies get bored. Mine knows right away that if he lays down in the DockATot that we are probably going to N A P and that’s enough to make him cry sometimes.

You are going to love having a Moses basket. Mine was given to me as a baby shower gift and even though my son has grown out of it, it’s one of the very few items I just can’t and won’t sell of or hand down to someone else.

The pictures you will take in this basket will blow your mind in adorableness. It is so comfortable to sleep in. You can lift it up onto a desk or ottoman or couch and keep near you anywhere you are.

 

I like that you can wrap your blanket all the way around the basket and tuck it under the same as with the DockATot.

You can use the Moses basket as your bassinet and you can also buy additional accessories for it such as a rocking stand.

Arms Reach Concepts Inc Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper – $150

Arms Reach Concepts Inc Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper

I was given a Halo Bassinet as a gift from a friend when my baby was born. He used it for his baby and lent it to me when his daughter grew out of it. I had heard all about it and thought it was the greatest bassinet I could ever have been given.

I literally never used it even one time. It isn’t very long, so my baby grew out of it fast. The music on it was really lame. The little light feature was useless. It did a few other things and swiveled and went up and down but for whatever reason my baby would just cry as soon as he went into it. The base is attached to the basket on one side and I suspect my baby could feel where it probably ever so slightly dipped from the weight when he was in it.

The reason I’m telling you this story is because the Halo Bassinet is $300 and I don’t want you to go spending all that money on some hyped up piece of equipment that you don’t need.

What you want in a bassinet is something that is comfortable for you to put your baby in and take him or her out easily and comfortable without disturbing the baby. Your baby might be asleep already when you place him ever so gently in the bassinet to sleep and you don’t want to wake him trying to get him in there.

If you are co-sleeping with the DockATot you probably won’t need a separate bassinet. If you can’t share your bed with your baby then you will need a bassinet and will probably still want the DockATot.

This one has mesh sides which is another feature you want.

The mesh walls make it so you can see your baby through them. You’ll want to be able to see your baby when you peek at him in the middle of the night without having to get up.

This bassinet is adjustable height-wise and also is on casters. It is so nice to be able to wheel your bassinet from room to room. This feature is really one you should look for when deciding on yours. I also like that this bassinet has some storage underneath.

19. Baby Blankets

Muslin Baby Swaddle Blankets Size 47 x 47 – $30 for 4

Muslin Baby Swaddle Blankets 47x47 cotton large

When I was pregnant and watching hundreds of hours of YouTube videos and reading hundreds of eye numbing articles online, it seemed like everyone was saying I would be swaddling my baby. I must’ve bought 10 or so Halo sleep sacks and various other swaddlers.

I did not swaddle my baby more than one or two times, both times he was thoroughly unappreciative. That being said, you do still want and need swaddle blankets.

You want the large size, 47 x 47 is great.

These ultra soft muslin blankets are the perfect baby blanket and are wide and long enough to fit over the DockATot and the moses basket so that you can tuck it over, around, and then under to secure.

Most doctors say no more blankets at night with baby, that you’re instead supposed to clothe them appropriately for the room temperature.

These blankets are also the perfect size for using them as car seat covers when you’re taking your baby out for a stroll. They are very breathable though you never want to leave your baby unattended with blankets on.

Mother’s Lap, Classic Swaddle Baby Blanket, Pure Cotton Muslin, Giraffe and Bee Print Designs 47 x 47 – $10 for 2

Mother's Lap Classic Swaddle Baby Blanket Pure Cotton Muslin Giraffe and Bee Print Designs

These ones have cute bee and giraffe designs and are a bit less expensive.

They are also 47 x 47 and made of cotton muslin.

I have this exact blanket shown left with the giraffe and it is exactly what you want in a baby blanket.

The bee design is really cute too. They also have polka dots and chevron designs as well as elephants and flamingos though for some reason those are more expensive at $17 for two.

OsoCozy Organic Cotton Pre-folds – 27 x 30.5 – $31 per dozen

Osocozy birds eye cotton organic pre folds

Your baby will be spitting up several times per day and you need something to throw over your shoulder when you hold him or her and give your baby a good burp.

These cotton prefolds are the perfect size for this task. They are thin but not too thin, handy in a jiffy, come in a pack of 12 (get two packs), and will last you many years.

I bought one set of 12 and loved them so much I bought another set.

These also work as a light blanket as well. Technically they are for cloth diapering but I like and use them as burp cloths.

20. Baby Monitor

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens – $166

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens

I did not use this as much as I thought I would be but it is a good system. If you have the kind of environment where you will be putting your baby down to nap in another room often you will want one of these for sure. My baby is not much of a nap in the other room kind of baby. I ended up just watching him play with toys in his bassinet on camera.

This system boots right up once all the batteries are installed and the camera is plugged in. There are no configurations to do. I don’t know how secure the camera is considering you can’t change the title of the cam on the receiver but assuming it is secure then the system is good.

The camera gets a clear image in low light conditions, the sound levels are very good. You can hear all the little whimpers and movements. You can turn and adjust the camera remotely from the console if your baby moves out of the way of the camera a little. It also recharges its batteries via USB cable which is nice. Buying batteries is a pain.

21. Baby Pillow To Prevent Flat Head Syndrome

Organic Cotton Baby Protective Pillow – $19

Organic Cotton Baby Protective Pillow

These type of pillows protect your baby’s head from getting flat. Since baby’s are on their backs a lot this pillow is really important.

The one I bought was different and made of some kind of latex foam. It works okay but if I could buy all over again I would get this one.

Not only is this pillow super cute, it is also made of very healthy and natural materials.

The one I had looks like it somehow melted a little on the backside. Considering it’s never been near heat I find this disturbing. Is it peeling? I don’t even know but it looks freaky.

This well-made, adorable and soft pillow comes in other fun shapes too like bunny, elephant, and horse. I’m sort of partial to the sheep so that’s why I pictured it.

22. Baby Thermometer

Hobest Baby Forehead and Ear Thermometer – $22

Hobest baby thermometer forehead and earHobest baby thermometer forehead and ear 2

If your baby isn’t feeling well you’re going to be taking his or her temperature. Trying to use a stick thermometer on a crying baby is not fun to put it lightly. You need a forehead or ear thermometer that you can rely on for accuracy and readability.

23. Newborn Baby Nail Clippers

NailFrida The SnipperClipper by Fridababy The Baby Nail Clipper with Safety spyhole for Newborns and up – $13

NailFrida the SnipperClipper Set by Fridababy

Baby nails are thin and sharp. You have to clip them frequently to keep your baby from scratching his face up and yours.

Their beautiful, teeny weeny fingers are going to give you pause to go at this task with anything but the safest, most effective tools.

The NailFrida baby nail clippers have a smart little opening at the tip to make seeing where you are clipping much easier.

The set comes with a curved nail file, also easier to navigate on small fingers.

It helps to clip when your baby is sleeping but sometimes you will need to trim when baby is awake. These snippers get the job done well and the task will be much less daunting for you.

24. Newborn Baby Hair Brush

Little Tinkers World Natural Wooden Baby Hair Brush – $10

Little Tinkers World Natural Wooden Baby Hair Brush

I had such severe heartburn when I was pregnant I felt like one of the dragons in Game of Thrones. I heard, maybe like you heard, that bad heartburn means your baby will come out with a full head of hair.

As you can see from the photos I included here of my baby, he does not have much hair. I did put this brush on my registry and received it thinking I would be using it daily on his full bodied tendrils.

It is so soft and beautiful. The brush will probably surprise you with its heirloom appeal.

This Little Tinkers baby hair brush is so well made and the bristles are amazingly soft.

The handle is wood and it’s buttery soft as well. The baby brush is well balanced and lightweight. Even the box it comes in is high quality. You’re just going to love it.

If your baby doesn’t have hair either, you will still use the brush. It is excellent for cradle cap. I put a little drop of rosemary and lavender essential oils in some olive oil and massage a small amount on my baby’s head. Then I use the brush a couple times throughout the day. It feels really nice for him and it’s also stimulating for circulation.

25. Newborn Baby Bath Tub

Puj Flyte – Compact Baby Bathtub – $35

Puj Flyte - Compact Baby Bathtub

When you first start bathing your little one the easiest place to do it is in a kitchen sink, assuming you have one that is in decent shape for the baby. Bathing your baby in the tub is a lot more work and not as easy on your back either.

The thing about kitchen sinks is they aren’t always very deep, or tall. So that means a lot of the infant bathers are, again, basically unusable inventions designed to trick you into spending money.

First and foremost, you will want your baby to be comfortable in the bather.

You want the infant bath to allow some water to cover your baby. It’s warm. It feels good. Your baby will love to splash a bit.

You will want your bather to give you enough room on the sides so that you can dip a rinsing cup in the sink and fill it up easily.

Last but not least, you want your baby bather to be easy to clean up, dry off, and put away.

If any of these things are missing, you don’t have a good bather.

I found this one at a going out of business sale at a local baby store for $6. For my baby, I feel the plastic is too hard and not comfortable enough for my baby so I lay an additional bath foam sponge underneath him (next item). These two items combined make a good and convenient baby bath for your baby up to six months. After that your baby will probably be too big to be washed in the sink and you’ll have to transition to the tub.

The Puj Flyte dries very quickly and folds flat to be put away easily as well.

Summer Infant Bath Sponge – $6

Summer Infant Bath Sponge

I have this sponge in yellow and it gives just the right amount of cush under baby. It is very easy to wring out and dries very fast. The sponge absorbs the soapy water and helps wash your baby too.

After I dry my baby off I come back to the sink and wring this out and hang it over my shower head. Then I take the Puj and set it in the tub.

Both items dry quickly and then go into what is now my storage compartment under the rolling changing table padded top. So easy.

Em in the tubby

Here’s a picture of my peanut so you can see what I mean. You can also see my green grass bottle drying rack and bottle brush.

My baby really likes this system for washing him in the sink. It’s simple and low on the hassle scale.

I did try a few other bathing systems. One was the blooming flower bath support and the other was a fold away bath sling.

With the blooming flower I found that during the bath it did not offer enough support behind my baby and was very uncomfortable for him.

After the bath the flower was so water logged that it was impossible to transport away from the kitchen sink without soaking my floors.

It says you can hang it to dry via the tag in the back but it’s really not as easy as they want you to believe. What are you going to do, install a special 3″ hook over your kitchen sink? Where would you do that? Drill a hole in a window? Are you going to hang it up against a wall where it will soak your wall too?

The blooming bath flower is ridiculous. It takes forever to dry, like probably more than a day. It was also around $50. I now use it as the floor mat to my baby’s bouncer. It actually works really well for this function.

The baby bath sling was not workable either.

It doesn’t fold out the right size to sit in the sink in a way your baby can sit on it comfortably and be bathed. It doesn’t hold it’s folded out shape unless it is totally opened. It might work okay in a bathtub but I wanted a solution for the sink.

Cushy Nest Cloud Infant Bather – $30

Cushy Nest Cloud Infant Bather

I didn’t buy this or test this but when I was looking back for photos I saw it and think it looks like a good solution.

It offers cushion and is a good height that will still leave some room for your baby to get some nice warm water over his/her legs.

The draining ring at the end has a larger opening so you can hang it easily over a hook, though it doesn’t look big enough to hang over my shower head, but maybe yours is smaller. I can’t say how fast this one will drain or dry but this infant bather does appear to have a lot of the features you would want in a bather for your 0-6 months baby.

Flower Shaped Bath Support – $46

Flower Shaped Bath Support

I also saw this when I was going back through the products on my registry. As far as bathing flowers go I think this one is a good one. It has enough petals that your baby will have good back support.

I do wonder about the foam inside the flowers and how well they drain and how fast they dry. Again, you’re going to have to hang it to dry and it’s a chunky item that will be dripping all over your kitchen or floor until it’s all done draining.

Again, I didn’t buy this bather but if you really want to try a bath flower this one is probably the best you’ll find comfort-wise for your baby. The other ones aren’t thick enough to give your baby back support when they get wet.

26. Baby Bath Rinsing Cup

Water Rinser Bath Cup for Babies – $10

Water Rinser Bath Cup for Babies

You can buy any rinsing cup to rinse your baby in the tub but this one is so nice because it has a yellow rubber lip on the spout that fits a baby’s forehead perfectly. I also saw generic looking ones at Walmart for around $8. I think this one is really cute and the shape is perfect.

The lip helps to rinse baby’s head without getting water on his/her face.

You also don’t want to get water in your baby’s ears. When you use a rinsing cup it is much easier to direct the water where it needs to go and nowhere else. If you get water in your baby’s face you’re most likely going to be looking at a crying baby.

27. Baby Body Wash and Soap

Burts Bees Baby Wash – $6

Burts Bees Baby Wash

You have your choice of hundreds of brands of baby wash. Some people prefer scented washes. This one is unscented.

The Burt Bees Baby Shampoo and Wash is tear free for your little one and also doesn’t contain any phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, or SLS.

I enjoy the lather on this soap and the slim and tall container which allows it to fit easily into side compartments.

If you buy this size you will probably use 1 every two months. So you would need around 3 of these to last your baby’s first six months.

Honest Calming Lavender Hypoallergenic Bubble Bath With Naturally Derived Botanicals, Dreamy Lavender, 12 Fluid Ounce – $10

Honest Shampoo & Body Wash Ultra Calming Dreamy Lavender

This Honest body wash for babies has a heavenly scent of lavender and uses naturally derived botanicals and lavender essential oils.

The soap is lathery and beautiful and does not contain any SLS, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, dyes, formaldehyde donors, MEA, DEA, or TEA.

If you buy this size you will probably use 2 or 3 of these during your baby’s first six months.

Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap – $16

Dr. Bronners Pure Castile Liquid Soap - Baby Unscented 32oz

I also like Dr Bronner’s unscented castile soap which is an all natural product and very safe but I wanted to list it here because I thought you’d like to know that it isn’t tear free.

I like this product for myself and my skin and I thought I would like it for my baby too but because it isn’t tear free I just don’t want to use it.

Babies splash around a bit and always put their hands on their faces and rub their eyes. It’s inevitable they will get a little soap in their eyes and it will sting.

It’s a great, natural product maybe for when baby is a little older I think.

28. Hot/Cold Safety Rubber Ducky

Hot/Cold Indicator Rubber Ducky – $8 for 2

rubber ducky hot cold safety Munchkin White Hot

You can feel with your hand if the water is too hot for your baby but this is a nice additional safety feature.

If you’re bathing your baby exclusively in the sink then this probably won’t make it in there because there won’t be room for it.

But, if you are bathing your baby in the tub of course you will want a rubber ducky!

Most people have very loving and happy memories of their rubber duckies and this one is quite cute. This is the same exact one that I bought and like very much.

There are other ones you can choose from as well. For instance, Nuby makes one that looks like it’s wearing a wig and has gel in its hair. Munchkin makes this classic one which I like best, and also princess and angel duckies.

29. Baby Wash Cloths

Baby Muslin Washcloths- Natural Muslin Cotton Baby Wipes – $16 pack of 10

natural muslin baby washclothes

You may already own washcloths that are very soft. If so you do not need to buy separate wash clothes for your baby.

Since baby skin is so delicate you just want to make sure the wash cloths you use are super soft.

Many of the wash cloths I have are a rougher texture, which I like because I like to scrub myself a bit and exfoliate my face, etc. But for baby the cloth should be very very soft. These are muslin cotton and are very soft. You can also buy unbleached ones. You’ll be all set on baby wash cloths with this pack of 10.

30. Infant Car Seat and Stroller Travel Combo Systems

Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System – $330

Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System

This is the carseat travel set that I purchased and I’m overall pretty happy with it. My only complaints are that I wish the car seat straps were a little easier to deal with and I wish the stroller stood up on its own when folded.

This stroller has pinched my fingers on more than one occasion getting it closed and put in the trunk.

On the upside, the stroller moves very smoothly and is well designed in general.

The bottom storage area is the perfect width for my diaper bag even when stuffed completely full, side pockets and all. The canopy cover is easily put up and down. It has locking wheels that step on and off. The carseat has nice padding on the sides and feels very safe and luxe. The carseat can be popped in the stroller facing either away from you or toward you. The stroller comes with the additional stroller seat which also has a pram feature, meaning your baby can lay on his or her back flat.

I think this stroller is an excellent value and even when I was looking for better ones I couldn’t find any that measured up to this one features wise.

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Here is a picture of my precious nugget getting a little sun on his legs in our stroller car seat combo. I usually throw my jean jacket over the top and you can see my diaper bag tucked just under the seat in the storage area.

He is very comfortable in the stroller and usually falls asleep.

I wish the fabric of the carseat was cotton canvas but I don’t think any of the carseats have cotton canvas as an option.

Oh, and it comes with a cup holder that stays attached when folded but can come off if you want it to. It is a good size cup holder and fits a wide mouth mason jar.

Safety 1st Riva 6 in 1 Flex Modular Travel System with Onboard 35 FLX Infant Car Seat and Base – $290

Safety 1st Riva 6 in 1 Flex Modular Travel System with Onboard 35 FLX Infant Car Seat and Base

I also saw this stroller on Amazon which looks comparable but is a little less money.

I’m not sure how wide this stroller is in the storage area but you’re definitely going to want the storage area to be at least as wide as your diaper bag.

This one says that it does stand up when folded which I wish was a feature of mine.

Doona Infant Car Seat & Latch Base – $500

Doona Infant Car Seat & Latch Base

So, I saw this stroller on a Cheddar.com video and I thought oh my gosh what a great invention. It really does get annoying to need so many parts just to take your baby with you to places. This stroller allows you to take the car seat right out of the car and transform it directly into a stroller without any extra parts.

But then I realized, this stroller has no storage underneath it.

That means if you are using this stroller you will be carrying your diaper bag on your back, probably along with your purse and won’t be able to carry anything else.

The lack of storage eliminated this as an option for me. At $500 I think you’d be upset too if you realized that you won’t be able to take this stroller to the grocery store with you and shop.

31. Car Seat Covers

Car Seat Covers – Free (possibly)

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I received a car seat cover and even a car seat cover that doubled as a breast feeding cover. I never used either of them.

I found that a very large t-shirt makes a way better car seat cover because you get a lovely view of your baby through the neck hole.

The car seat covers you can buy leave you without a view of your baby. Who wants to stroll around with their baby and not be able to look at them?

The arm holes in the side of the shirt offer extra air to breeze on through from the sides. You can definitely get cotton tees in abundance for free or just a few dollars.

32. Stroller Organizer

SNHNY Stroller Organizer – $15

Top Universal Stroller Organizer by SNHNYTop Universal Stroller Organizer by SNHNY View on Stroller

For the most part, you will want your baby situated in the stroller facing you where you can look at your baby and vice versa. The issue with stroller organizers is that they all basically hang from the handlebar and depending on how low, block the view your baby has of the world, and also the organizer basically dangles back and forth.

You’re looking for a stroller organizer that won’t dangle too much or dangle too low. You can get a better idea of what I mean by looking at the second photo above. Do you notice how the bottom part of the stroller organizer is not attached to the stroller? Do you notice how the picture makes it look like it’s tilting inward? In real life it will not tilt inward. None of them will, unless they also have lower straps. It will hang straight down… and flap.

Not realizing this, I purchased a stroller organizer that looks a lot like a automobile back seat organizer and it was just ridiculous, way too long, didn’t work at all to hook properly, got in the way, flapped back and forth and wouldn’t stay put etc.

I solved the problem by basically folding it lengthwise like a taco and hanging it from just one sidebar of my stroller. Now my baby has a nice view and the stroller organizer doesn’t slap me on the knees when I push it. However, most of the pockets were basically rendered useless due to their new forced inward position.

This stroller organizer is marketed as universal and has a lot of good pockets. It’s not so deep or bulky that it will get in you or your baby’s way.

You’ll definitely be putting your cell phone and keys in it. Probably at least a pair of socks and a bottle. Your stroller comes with a cup holder usually but you’ll probably want an extra one and this one delivers.

33. Baby Car Seat Mirror

Baby Backseat Mirror for Car – View Infant in Rear Facing Car Seat – $30

Baby Backseat Mirror for Car - View Infant in Rear Facing Car Seat

When I first had my honey bear in the car seat I didn’t have the mirror installed and boy did my nerves notice fast.

It’s so uncomfortable not to be able to have eyes on your baby.

Now I can look into my rearview mirror and see my baby sleeping or looking around in his carseat.

The mirror is nice and large and fully adjustable. It is shatter proof and has a curve to the mirror so you get a sort of wide angle view.

34. Backseat Car Sun Shade

BRICA Mega White Hot Sun Rollershade – $35 for a 2 pack

BRICA Mega White Hot Sun Rollershade

It’s common sense, I know, but cars get very hot on the inside when they’re sitting out in the sun. Even when the car is running with the AC on and you’re driving, the sun blazing through a window can be uncomfortable for your baby.

I bought one of these car sun shades in a single pack at Walmart for $10 and it works just fine.

The see-through shade pulls down and then a suction cup holds it to the window.

The sun shade has a hot window indicator. This option does leave sun openings around the shade and also in that rear little window most cars have.

Safety 1st Baby On Board Sunshade – $6

Safety 1st Baby On Board Sunshade

I also saw a variation on this in which the shade is a cling film. This sun shade  looks interesting enough to mention now that I know what to look for, and I will probably try it soon.

I’m betting you can even cut the film in a shape that it will curve along your back side window, if yours is at all like mine, not square.

The sun’s brightness is very jarring for a newborn so this is a good item to get and install when you install your carseat.

Having the sun shade installed and blocking the bright light will make the ride home from the hospital or birthing center much more relaxing for your baby.

35. Baby Swing and Bouncer

Graco DuetConnect LX Swing + Bouncer – $96

Graco DuetConnect LX Swing and Bouncer Slide

This is the exact swing that I bought for my baby. It only rocks side to side which was a surprise to me because the description of the item said that it goes forward and backward as well.

The seat detaches and becomes a bouncer that you can bring around the house with you and sit the baby in it.

The mobile at the top does not move other than the way its dangling. It is not motorized in other words.

The music is actually not bad. It plays the nutcracker and other familiar classical tunes in midi tones. It also has nature sounds, white noise, and a few others. You can set the swing to various speeds but I have never gone past 3. I usually stay on 2. The seat also has massage feature. Be prepared to put tape over the battery cover because it will rattle when you turn it on.

Once your baby is heavier the seat gets a bit uncomfortable. That’s because there is a plastic piece under the fabric and a metal bar that runs parallel basically up against baby’s butt.

I solved this problem with a small memory foam pillow and tucked it up under the seat and wedged it between the plastic and the sling.

This one is battery operated and has a power cord.

Watch out for swings that only run on batteries or you will be buying a lot of batteries.

This swing has a bigger footprint in the room than the swing below, chosen for it’s small footprint.

Graco Cozy Duet Swing – $75

Graco Cozy Duet Swing

If you’re looking for a front to back swinging swing that has a small footprint I think this one will work well for you.

It’s a simple swing and a removable rocker in one.

This swing also has a massaging chair and a little bit of a mobile with puffy stars.

You’re going to think the puffy stars are so lame at first because they are a muted color and they don’t move really or have much excitement to them but your baby will like them. They are not scary.

Newborns can’t see very well and they have to get used to focusing on objects and people. Things that hang over their faces generally are a bit frightening to them.

These benevolent poofy stars are very non threatening and give the baby something larger and calming to focus his or her gaze on.

BABYBJORN Bouncer Bliss, Sand Gray, Cotton – $200

BABYBJORN Bouncer Bliss

Getting a separate bouncer is not necessary unless your swing doesn’t come with a detachable bouncer.

You will want a seat for your baby to be in that goes with you to various rooms in the house.

This one is, in my humble opinion, pricey. However it does have every good feature you’d want in a bouncer including high quality cotton materials, excellent comfort design, safe and comfortable harness, smart pitch so the baby feels included and upright without plunging forward or just laying back all the time.

It has a very classy and smart design overall. You’ll definitely need a bouncer so if you purchase a separate one this will be a good option for you that your baby will grow into.

36. Baby Jumper

Graco Doorway Bumper Jumper – $25

Graco Doorway Bumper Jumper

Once your baby is about 4 months old you can start him or her in a jumper. The jumper will be a lot of fun for your baby and will help to strengthen his/her legs and core.

You can get a jumper that hangs from a doorway like this one or get one that has a base, like the next item on the list.

Both of these jumpers were highest rated by experts who vigorously tested various models and I own and use the own below.

I think this doorway jumper is a great value at $25.

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo – $105

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

This Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo is very high quality and comes with a lot of entertaining features.

The height is adjustable via straps that attach under the plastic middle piece. The seat swivels so your baby can turn around to the different toy sections.

I like that you can set the music to activate by certain toys being touched rather than just being turned on all the time.

My baby loves the sun that you can spin in the plastic globe and the little spinner that has different animals on it. I do wish the sound that played was coordinated for the animal it landed on but that’s just a small criticism on an overall very good jumper.

I put the blooming bath flower that I wasn’t using to bath my son anymore and put it under this jumper as a floor mat. If you don’t have a soft flooring material like carpet then you’ll want to make sure you put something softer underneath like a foam pad or soft and cushy rug.

37. Baby Activity Gym

Tapiona Large Baby Play Mat – Kick and Play Piano Gym – Newborn Toy for Baby Girl and Boy – $57

Tapiona Large Baby Play Mat - Kick and Play Piano Gym - Newborn Toy for Baby Girl and Boy

My brother in law’s family gave me a really cute play gym that was designed to look like a caterpillar going around the floor pad.

Like this one, it has two foam cross bars with lots of little loops to hook toys onto. I like baby activity gym because the cross bars have a little height. You don’t want ones that hang too low because you don’t want toys actually hanging on your baby.

I also really like this activity gym because of the feet piano.

I created a footie feature on mine by tying a stuffed animal with bells in it to one of the cross bars and my son kicks it and listens to the bells jingle. Having something for the feet to do is good because your baby will most likely kick his/her legs around first.

Babies don’t have coordination at first so they sort of flail their arms about and kick their legs. If they wack their arms into a toy that hangs too low it will dangle too close to them and cause them to cry.

On a side note, most of these play gyms come with a parachute type material. I do prefer natural fabrics so I find this annoying. If you can afford a play gym with more natural materials I think you will be happier with your purchase.

So, in summary, you want a play gym with cross bars that have a little height, something for the feet to play with is really nice, many loops to hang toys for variety and interest, and natural materials whenever possible.

The Play Gym by Lovevery – $140

The Play Gym by Lovevery

If you can afford a premium play gym I think this one is very nice.

The cross bars are made of wood and have a little extra height which means your baby will enjoy this one well past 6 months.

Also, the floor mat is larger and made of more natural materials including sustainably grown wood and organic cotton.

This play gym was designed by experts and tested on real families to offer 1 year of play.

The mat has 5 developmental zones for learning and stimulation which you can hide or reveal depending on the stimulation level you are looking for.

38. Activity Gym Hanging Toys

HAHA Baby Soft Hanging Crinkle Squeaky Toys 0-6 Months – $18 for 4

HAHA Baby Soft Hanging Crinkle Squeaky Toys 0-6 Months

You are going to see hanging baby toys everywhere and so many of them are really cute.

The best ones usually make a little sound when they jiggle, have a tactile component like a crackling sound or tabs baby can hang onto, or attached teethers.

The hook goes through the loops on your activity gym cross bars or you can also hang them from various carrier bars such as those on the carseat (when not in the car) and the detachable bouncers and swings.

You can use these longer than 6 months. Right now I have mine hanging from a detachable arch that clamp-screws onto my Pack N Play.

39. Baby Hand Toys

The First Years My First Rattle – $6

The First Years My First Rattle

In addition to hanging toys you will want a few hand toys for your baby to play with including rattles, plush toys, etc. This little bee gets a lot of play time with my baby and I think your baby will like it too. It takes a little while for babies to get into hand toys because they lack coordination but once they can grip this is the perfect toy.

The ring is a really nice size for your baby to hang onto. The little feet have a crackly texture and the poofy ball shape fits just right for baby’s mouth. The rattle has a little jingler in it too.

I also liked the idea of asking everyone to bring a baby book to my baby shower instead of a card since they are around the same price and so I have several baby books too. I like to show my baby the books and get him interested in them early on.

40. Baby Teething Toys

Lideemo Baby Teething Toys – $15

Lideemo Baby Teething Toys

Your baby can start teething as early as just a few months. My baby must think his fists are boobie because he’s got them in his mouth all the time.

I’ve purchased many teethers and pretty much all of them are used for about a minute and dropped in favor of his fists.

I think the reason is because some of the ones I purchased are just a little heavy.

I like these fruit shaped ones on the left because they are light weight, they have nice texture to stimulate and soothe baby’s gums and lips.

The little stems give baby something he can wrap his little hands around easily and point the teether into his mouth easily. These baby teething toys are also really cute and made of food grade silicone.

Infantino Good Bites Textured Carrot Teether – $5

Infantino Good Bites Textured Carrot Teether

I bought this teether for my son thinking how cute it is for him to look like he’s eating a carrot.

This one in real life is much bigger than it looks online and is also heavy.

The leaves on the side are wide and my baby’s hands don’t go around them very comfortably to hold and negotiate to his mouth.

He usually holds it one second just to please me and then drops it in favor of his fists.

Safety 1st featuring Mombella Ellie Elephant Teether – $15

Safety 1st featuring Mombella Ellie Elephant Teether

I received this teether as a gift and think it just looks like the weirdest little toy. Of all the teethers he had this one did actually get the most play and somehow is the easiest for him to point into his mouth.

The little pointer on the end is a bit like a thumb which my son likes.

Also, it’s hard to tell from the photo but this baby teether is actually made of very soft silicon that bends very easily.

At first I thought oh my gosh he’ll poke his eye out with this thing but then I took it out of the box and it was super soft.

If you can’t tell, it’s supposed to be an elephant. It’s okay. I’m still left wanting more from a teether after using this one. Again, it also has a little more weight than my baby seems to want in his hands.

Get a teether that is soft and light. They also make teether gloves with silicone over the hands but I don’t like the idea of my baby having a wet polyester glove over his hands all day even if the top is silicone.

41. Soothing Sound Machine

MyBaby, SoundSpa On-the-Go, 4 Soothing Sounds with Adjustable Volume Control – $10

MyBaby, SoundSpa On-the-Go, 4 Soothing Sounds with Adjustable Volume Control

You have a lot of options for sound makers out there. I think these gadgets are really handy for sleep training.

I turn on the white noise setting on this sound spa when we go to bed at night and if I turn it on during the day it helps my baby take naps better.

The quality of sounds is so important because you will have it running a long time.

Listening to inferior sounds will be very grating on you. Make sure you get a sound machine that has quality sounds that you actually really like hearing.

This soundspa also has a good heart beat sound that isn’t too fast or slow. Some of the heart beat sounds are fast and higher pitched. They actually give me anxiety to listen to. I don’t think the makers of those machines have ever had to actually use their product.

This one comes with a nice big hook that clips on lots of stuff. It’s sort of egg shaped and can tuck under my baby’s legs in the swing or clip on the pack and play. The batteries last a really long time.

42. Nursing Pillow

My Brest Friend Original Nursing Posture Pillow – $37

My Brest Friend Original Nursing Posture Pillow

This pillow was a lifesaver for me. Without it I don’t think my baby would have been able to breast feed.

I had three consultations at the hospital with a lactation specialist and had no luck getting my son to latch.

My son ended up having to start on formula at the hospital which I believe led to more issues down the line breastfeeding.

I was very diligent on making sure my son breastfed and one of the pediatricians recommended I buy this pillow. It made such a huge difference in comfort for me and my son while breastfeeding. I started by spooning milk onto my nipples while he laid on this pillow and after a few tries he finally got the hang of latching.

Without this pillow the ergonomics of breastfeeding were just too uncomfortable for my baby. Once he felt the support and positioning correctly he was able to latch.

This pillow offers great back support which you will need too. Breast feeding is not easy on your back. Do yourself a favor and buy this pillow. It will mean your baby will get more breastmilk and will be a happier, healthier baby.

43. Washable Organic Cotton Nursing Pads

Washable Organic Cotton Nursing Pads – $12 for 8

Washable Organic Nursing Pads

Once your milk comes in even the sound of your baby crying will cause milk to stream from your nipples.

Even the sound of other people’s babies crying will make milk flow from your nipples.

These are washable, reusable breast pads made of organic cotton.

All you do is put them in your bra and they soak up the flow when your nipples start to go.

All of the options in washable nursing pads for some reason, are a little small diameter wise. So, if your bra is thin and you put these in there, they do look like padded circles around your breasts. Really not cute. Whoever is making these things cannot possibly be having to actually wear them in real life.

I had a few bra shaper cups so I put these cotton rounds inside the cups and then put both of those inside my sports bra and it worked out better.

44. Combination Pumping and Nursing Bra

Simple Wishes SuperMom All-in-One Nursing and Pumping Bra – $52

Simple Wishes SuperMom All-in-One Nursing and Pumping Bra

When your baby is a newborn you’re probably going to feel like a milk machine. You will be breast feeding or pumping nearly all day.

The hands free breast pump bras are just basically evil if you ask me. One of them is just a tube with a zipper and holes where the nipples are. Well guess what? When you’re not pumping and those holes aren’t filled with breast pump cones, it’s just your nipples sticking out of them.

The bra looks like a dominatrix outfit from Frederick’s of Hollywood. You can’t wear it under clothes and leave the house or else strangers will see your turkey basters. They are really not okay.

So, I say all that to tell you that you want a bra that can look like an actual bra when not being used to nurse or pump but gives you the ability to do so conveniently.

What I ended up doing was taking the sports bras I already had an cutting a tiny, cone size hole just above the nipple so I could use them as hands free pumping bras and then when I was breast feeding just pulled up the bra and exposed my breast to my baby. This meant I didn’t have to buy any special garments and I wore the same bras as I did when I was pregnant.

That solution worked for me as more of a hack but you may want to buy yourself a few of these all in 1 bras. They are designed really well and give you all the features you would want in a nursing/pumping/breast lifting design. I researched so many others and none of them were really good other than this one.

Anything you can do to feel like yourself and make nursing/pumping more streamlined you should do. It’s a big job to feed your newborn baby constantly and these bras will last you a long time.

45. Pot Minder

JBK Chef Design Ceramic Pot Minder – $5

JBK Chef Design Ceramic Pot Minder

So, I’ve had my pot minder since before I was pregnant. I loved this little ceramic disc before I had my baby but I love it even more now.

For $5 dollars you will be buying yourself not only piece of mind, but it will help you avoid forgetting your boiling water and other soups, etc. heating up on the stove.

When you first have a baby you will find that you will be tending to your baby basically all day and night and even things like making yourself a sandwich or making some pasta will get interrupted with your baby crying and needing something. You will be tired. So tired. It is easy to get mesmerized by your beautiful baby and forget you have something cooking on the stove.

When you put this pot minder in the pot it starts rattling loudly when your liquid is boiling. This way you will know when your water is ready for the pasta and you won’t leave it boiling on the stove too long.

It is made out of ceramic so it won’t do anything weird to your food.

46. Batteries

Energizer or Duracell AAA, AA, and D – approx. $35

batteries energizer c

Don’t forget to buy batteries. You will need AA, AAA, and D usually for baby items like the thermometer, massaging bouncers, sound soothers, musical sounds on jumpers, etc.

You may have noticed at some point while reading this that formula isn’t on the list.

It isn’t listed because hopefully it will be optional for you. If all goes just right according to nature you will be breastfeeding, and if not you will need formula.

If you are using formula you will probably need about 16 regular size cans per month or 10 jumbo cans.

Also not listed is a breast pump because most insurance plans pay for one and you order it directly from the manufacturer.

If you can buy one that rolls/squeezes the nipple while it pumps you will be better off. I bought a Medela breast pump and it didn’t work that well for me. One of the main actions that gets the milk going is the nipple rolling, not just the suction. I could go on about this subject but that’s an article for another day…

Total Cost for All Items You Will Need To Buy For Your Newborn Baby

After choosing your various options for specific items, ie: pick which stroller/car seat combo you want, which jumper you like better, etc., you will spend about $3000.

Pricing and Availability Disclaimers

Please note all prices listed are closely approximated for readability sake, in most cases rounded up or down to the nearest sensible increment.

For exact pricing and availability per item, please visit the item on Amazon via the link provided as pricing and availability is subject to change at any time by the actual sellers. BabyShopping101.com makes no warranties as to the pricing or availability of specific items.

 

Items I Thought I Needed But Actually Didn’t

I also wanted to mention a few items I thought I really needed and bought and turned out not to have used or needed.

  • A humidifier – still in box. will probably be useful at some point.
  • A hands-free infant torso carrier – my baby hated this. did not use it.
  • A hands-free infant carrier wrap, ie: Boba wrap and similar – my baby also hated this.
  • Diaper Genie – i hated this.
  • Car Seat Cover – echk. polyester. didn’t need it. used t-shirt instead.
  • Breast Feeding Privacy Shawl – blanky works and is always around.
  • Bottle Warmer – collecting dust.
  • Travel Bottle Warmer – tried to sell. couldn’t.
  • Baby bibs – hahahahaha
  • Baby shoes – uncomfortable for baby. socks are good.
  • Sleep sacks / Swaddlers – wasted around $150 on these.
  • Nipple Shields – baby suckling wasn’t as painful as the internet told me it was going to be. never used them.
  • Pacifiers – baby didn’t take to them. dr. said better if he doesn’t anyway.
  • Pacifier clips – no need for this item.
  • Crib – this item is better when your baby is older in my opinion.

Newborn Baby Shopping List Individual Shopping Links

Here are all the individual links in order. You don’t need to buy every item that has a link. For example, strollers… just pick the one you like, not all three obviously. Same goes for jumpers. Just pick the one you like. Swings you may want more than one. Sleepers you may want more than one. Diapers make sure to get all sizes, that’s Newborn through size 3. For cloth diapers, again please note many people who get into cloth diapers skip the newborn phase and start with the next size up.

You can also find all these items already set up in an Amazon Ideas List as well by going here.

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