When it came to buying newborn baby items, I decided to buy the essentials only before the baby arrived and then get anything else we need when we need it. That way I can avoid buying stuff that we end up not using.
I was fortunate enough to receive a number of items as baby shower gifts which was a huge blessing. Some newborn items (like this Snuggle Nest) that I had not thought to be necessary ended up being my most used items.
Now that my little girl is out of the newborn phase, I thought I should share our favorite newborn baby items for the first week she was home with us.
- baby essentials checklist
Must-Have Newborn Baby Items
The car seat is one of those newborn baby items that are not optional. It is required to be able to take the baby home from the hospital.
We opted for this car seat which is part of this jogger travel system. We already had the stroller from our first baby. I used this coupon site at Gracobaby and got the car seat at an insanely good price.
Portable Delight Baby Snuggle Nest
I got this as a baby shower gift and it was perhaps my most utilized item in the first week, right next to the nursing pillow.
Babygal took all her naps in this and I kept it in the living room right next to me during the day. Am I the only one who loves to watch newborns sleep? We are still using the Snuggle Nest, even during waketimes sometimes and we love it.
Mika Micky Bedside Sleeper
This bedside sleeper/portable crib is perfectly designed for a tired mama. It is the best compromise between cosleeping and having baby in a safe sleeping space. We have it attached to our bed right next to me so I have easy access to Babygal to breastfeed at night without getting off my bed. More sleep for both of us, so it’s a win.
If you are anything like me, I would totally recommend this crib. It has been a lifesaver for me. I got these fitted sheets for it to fit perfectly.
Boppy Nursing pillow
This pillow came through for me when I was trying to establish a good latch in the first week. I had bruised nipples so nursing was not fun for me for the first 2 weeks but having this pillow that supported my babe and positioned her properly saved me a few tears.
My hubby also used it (and still does) to hold her all the time. As she has grown a little bigger I hardly use it for breastfeeding anymore because it is bulky. I plan to use it for her back support as she learns to sit up in the coming weeks. I’d say it was most useful for nursing in the first 4 weeks.
I chose this backpack purely for travel convenience and because hubby likes that design better. And truth be told, he does end up carrying the diaper bag a lot.
What I love about it:
- it’s big enough for everything we need to carry and more
- it has insulated pockets for bottles so I know my baby’s milk is going to be maintained at the temperature that I like.
- It comes with a changing pad and a ton of pockets.
That said, I have been thinking about getting a diaper bag that doubles up as a purse and this has my attention. It just looks so good, ah!
SwaddleMe Original Swaddles
I am only including this swaddles here because Babygal would only sleep for a stretch in them for the first 2 weeks. If you can never get your head around using a baby blanket to swaddle your baby nice and tight, you should probably try these. Be sure to close the velcro before putting them in the dryer or they will stick onto your precious clothes.
Footed Sleep And Play Bodysuits
My newborn lived in bodysuits for the first few weeks because they are so comfy and warm. Since the baby is sleeping all the time, I like to dress them in something that I can quickly change their diapers and get them back to sleep comfortably. These were perfect.
Here are a few of my favorites.
Onesies are the other absolute must-have newborn baby items. I got one pack in newborn size and another in 0-3 months size.
I had another set from Carters but I ended up loving these organic cotton ones better. For all other outfits, I prefer Carters to Gerber.
PS: When shopping for newborn items, don’t get too many outfits in newborn size.
I wish I bought more 0-3 months outfits because she outgrew some of the newborn sized clothes in 2 weeks.
You burp your newborn after every feed and sometimes they may spit up quite a lot. Burp clothes come in handy.
My newborn girl had mild reflux and spits up quite a lot so we go through a lot of them. I got these ones and I am happy with them so far.
I used these washcloths to wipe my newborn for the first week before her cord stump fell off. I started bathing her after that and continued to use them for the same.
I like that they are very effective in cleaning and they also wash easily.
Diapers and Wipes
You may not need to carry diapers and wipes in your delivery bag but you need to stock up some for the first week.
You could say these are those essential baby items that are non-negotiable. A newborn will go through 6 to 10 diapers per day in the first week so you gotta be prepared.
I initially used Pampers that had been gifted to me but I have since grown to love Huggies snugglers better. I feel like they have been able to handle blowouts better because of the waistband at the back. I would totally recommend them.
Pro tip: skip the newborn size and go straight to size 1 since the baby will not use newborn size for very long.
As for the wipes, be sure to get the ones for sensitive skin. I love these ones but if you can carry home the dry wipes they use at the hospital, please do so.
I have also heard wonderful things about water wipes but I have not tried them myself.
As a rule of thumb, never change your baby’s diaper without applying some form of diaper cream, jelly or oil.
With my firstborn, I also used Olive oil and Coconut oil and they both worked fine.
What were your favorite baby items for your baby’s first week?