What You Really Need For Your New Baby

What You Really Need For Your New Baby

September 02, 2020

Expecting? Here's What You Really Need

We know that expecting families have a lot on their plates, and first-time parents get bombarded with advice and suggestions. There's so much to do, to prepare, and to buy. We spoke to a group of new first-time moms to see what items they needed for baby's first year of life to curate a list of must-haves.


Whether or not baby has their own room, you will appreciate these necessities:

  • Co-sleeper or crib with crib mattress
  • Shelf or dresser for baby's clothes
  • Baby monitor
  • 2 fitted crib sheets
  • A few thin, cotton receiving blankets

Around The House:

Babyproofing gear isn't necessary until baby becomes mobile, but it happens quick. Be prepared with the following items:

  • Gates at the tops and bottoms of all stairs
  • Cabinet and drawer locking latches
  • Outlet covers
  • Furniture anchors for anything that can move or tip
  • Thick, heavy blankets for baby to lay on the floor
  • Infant seat or bouncer seat
  • Bassinet (or use your carseat to bring baby around the house)

For Traveling:

Traveling with baby can be easy, from bringing them home for the first time to going grocery shopping, be safe and make life easier with the following items:

  • Car seat that fits a newborn
  • Diaper bag filled with diapers, wipes, and a spare outfit
  • Warm blanket to wrap baby in
  • Sunhat (if it's warm)
  • Cold weather beanie hat (if it's cold)

Baby Health & Hygiene:

There are so many great products available, but what do you really need? Our panel of moms told us that these items were the biggest necessities:

  • Diapers in newborn to size 2 to start
  • Wipes
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Waterproof changing pad (or changing table)
  • 2 hooded towels
  • Several washcloths
  • Infant Tub
  • Baby bath wash
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby comb and brush set
  • Nail scissors/nail clippers/nail file set
  • Cotton swabs
  • Thermometer
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Infant Tylenol
  • Teething ointment or remedy
  • Several pacifiers

Baby Feeding:

From breastfeeding to formula, and eventually solid foods, here's a list of items our panel of moms couldn't live without:

  • 8-12 bottles with newborn nipples
  • Bottle cleaning brush (one mom cut a sponge in half and glued it to a fork)
  • Bottle drying rack
  • Several weeks worth of baby formula to start
  • 7 or more cotton bibs
  • Several burp cloths
  • Nursing pillow
  • Several nursing bras
  • Soft infant spoons (for solid food)
  • Infant bowls (for solid food)

Baby Clothing:

Here's the part where we come in. Babies get messy, so it's important to have enough clothing for changing. Our panel of moms cautioned that it's common for friends and family to purchase more clothing than is listed on the registry, so they suggest buying clothing after your baby shower, or creating a separate registry list just for clothing.

  • 10 or more snap-crotch onesies or bodysuits
  • 7 t-shirts or side-snap shirts
  • Several shirt and pant/short sets
  • Snap-up rompers or sweaters for cooler weather
  • 10 pairs of socks
  • Booties
  • 10 or more pajamas or gowns
  • Bunting or pram for cold weather


Every family and every baby is different, so we hope that this list helps expecting families. Is there something that we missed or something that you went without? Comment below and help us complete our list to share our wisdom with other expecting families.

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