What you really need for baby

I remember going to register for Little Man. The excitement of picking out every item he would use, selecting all the trendiest items, and dreaming about how they would look in our home. {Bob was just excited to use the registry gun}. The store clerk handed us the list; and guys – it was filled with items we “had to have” – AND FILLED UP TWO. PAGES. What did we know? We were new parents, so we set out on our way.

After having two kids, I’ve narrowed down what is really needed for new babies so you can avoid having the same clutter I did.

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  • Boppy Nursing Pillow” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Boppy Nursing Pillow – I can’t tell you how much I use this, even though I couldn’t nurse. We use it to bottle feed, to read books to both kids, to prop up baby for tummy time, and to cushion the boys when they were first learning to sit up. This has so many uses that it is worth the price tag.
  • Burp cloths – Our pediatrician said some 75% of infants have a form of reflux. Ours both had bad cases that required medicine and lots and lots of burp cloths. When we had Littlest Man, I realized the aden + anais” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Aden + Anais swaddle blankets were the perfect burping size and material because it not only prevented spit up from getting all over my shirt but also my pants.
  • Hooded towels Washcloths and – Oh, how adorable my little ones are in these things. Make sure to get ones that don’t hold onto lint. We use these.
  • Infant Tylenol – Of course, always check with your pediatrician before giving baby any medicine. We have bottles in our medicine cabinet and in our diaper bag.
  • Zipper sleep-n-play pajamas – because who wants to fumble with snaps at 1am?
  • A good rocking chair or glider – We spend a LOT of time in this in the early weeks. Make sure it is comfortable. We spent way too much money on a Pottery Barn chair for Little Man, and it broke after a year. Save your money and get Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner, Gray Microfiber” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>this one instead.
  • White noise machine – This helps baby get settled for sleep. The louder, the better. I recommend this Conair one which we have for Littlest Man.
  • A soother – This is really dependent upon baby’s needs. We tried the mamaRoo, and both kids hated it. Both really loved being snuggled against mama in a wrap. We purchased a Boba for when they were little and an Ergo for when they could no longer fit in the Boba. Bonus – it can be used in multiple positions as baby grows!
  • Nose Frieda – Now, hear me out. The SnotSucker is the gift I give all of my friends who have babies. The tube is long and there is a stopper, so there is NO way snot will get into your mouth. And, when baby can’t breathe because of all that mucus, you are willing to do whatever you can to help.
  • Diaper bag – Choose one that is functional (and cute…but mostly functional)
  • Bottles – Whether you choose to pump and feed or formula feed, you’ll need bottles. I highly recommend not purchasing a ton of the same kind until you know what kind your baby will take. Little Man only took Medela and Playtex Nursers, but Littlest Man will only take Dr. Brown’s.
  • Car seat and stroller – If we had to do it over again, we would have foregone the infant bucket and go straight for the convertible seat because both kids got big really fast. We liked the Britax Marathon and B-Safe Elite convertible seats because of their features and chose the Baby Jogger City Mini GT because of it’s ease to close push.


What are some baby items you can’t live without? I’d love to hear!


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