When you’re pregnant, registering for literally everything under the sun is kind of exhilarating and frankly pretty freaking fun. “Why yes, Amazon, I am in the market for a $2,000 baby hot tub to give my infant a refreshing dip in a whirlpool with ten air jets, a voice-activated reclining feature and underwater LED lights. How did you know?!” When I was pregnant with Scout, baby products became my crack cocaine, and Amazon Prime was my round-the-clock dealer. (I couldn’t have wine so a girl’s gotta get her buzz somewhere, you feel me?)
Everywhere we preggo mamas turn, blogs, commercials and Instagram posts are yelling at us to buy the newest must-have baby item that will SRSLY CHANGE OUR LIFE. Listen, when you’re recovering from birthing a human, sobbing while breastfeeding with bleeding nipples, somehow surviving on two hours of sleep and possibly even caring for older children simultaneously, no miracle product is going to change your life during this period (unless Starbucks is now selling lattes infused with vodka).
As tempting as it is to buy into all the hype, we’re about to burst your overzealous bubbles: you don’t need all that crap.
Yep, we said it. There’s no need to totally inundate your space with baby gear; you’ll feel much happier and way less stressed if you stick to the essentials instead of drowning yourself in baby products (some of which you’ll never even touch).
As mamas of littles under the age of two, the newborn phase is still fresh in our minds (except for the part about being awake at 3am every morning, because we’ve 100% blocked that out in order to have the courage to procreate again). So we’ve listed the only 10 essentials (yes, we said ten) you’ll need for your newborn during those first few newborn months.
With a new baby on the way in a few weeks (!!!), I’m getting down to brass tacks when it comes to newborn essentials. Here’s what I plan to have on hand for daily use those first few months:
- Sound machine: This is a non-negotiable. It will be your saving grace, and you’ll have full blown meltdowns when/if it ever breaks or your power goes out and you can’t use it.
- Video monitor: A reliable video monitor undoubtedly gives you much-needed peace of mind when you need it most.
- Burp cloths/Bibs: Keep more burp cloths on hand than you think you need (trust us, you’ll need them). And we LOVE the bandana bibs—super absorbent plus they look like part of your baby’s outfit and not just a gross bib.
- Swing: Advice: don’t splurge up front on fancy gadgets like a Mamaroo—your baby might despise it! Opt for an old school, less expensive swing that will still get the job done. We borrowed a Mamaroo from a friend and Scout didn’t love it, which made me thankful we didn’t buy it.
- Muslin swaddles: Muslin swaddles are so soft and cozy; you’ll use them for swaddling at night, naptime covers and even just as a sweet receiving blanket when friends come to visit.
- Pack n play or Bassinet (for sleeping): Everyone has their own (strong) opinion on where baby should sleep at night, but our personal pick is a pack-n-play (which doubles as a play yard during the day) or a sweet bassinet or moses basket. (However, many mamas are of the mindset that baby should go in the crib from Day 1, saving you one less extra thing to buy!)
- Boppy Newborn Lounger or Playmat: Basically, a place for baby to Netflix and chill (and play). We love the portability of the cushy loungers, and we’re also fans of the plush mat+hanging toy combo to give your tiny tot something to look at.
- Baby-wearing wrap: A wrap of some sort is essential if you ever want to be able to cook dinner (or any meal) again. We love the soft Solly Baby Wraps, which come in the prettiest hues.
- Carseat: Do your research and find one you trust, as you’ll be transporting some precious cargo home in it from the hospital. We love the Chicco brand which allows you to convert from infant position to toddler position, making it easy to stay rear-facing for the first two years.
- Diapers (and diapers, and more diapers): There is no such thing as too many diapers– stock up, sister.
***Disclaimer: This will only carry you through that sweet, sleepy newborn phase– once they’re a little older, get ready for another Amazon haul, mamas!