Here’s a list of the necessary things you’ll need as a mom:
- Baby clothes, pajamas, and bibs
- Receiving blankets and sleeping blankets
- Breast Pump
- Boppy or My Breast Friend
- Crib sheets
- Diaper bag
- Changing pads
- Crawl mats/blankets
- Car seat
- Baby carrier
- Infant swing
- Wash cloth
- Burp rags
- Infant Bathtub and Shampoo
- Nursing cover
- Baby book
1. Cribs: this is something that is best to buy new, because the safety regulations change and many times are recalled.
You in your crib :
2. Baby clothes, p.j.s , and bibs: Don’t buy any clothes until after the baby is born! We got a billion little outfits and most people seem to prefer buying clothes than shopping on your registry.
3. Receiving blankets and sleeping blankets: Used not only for warmth but also to shade baby and put down on the ground as a barrier. If your baby is an acid reflux baby, you’ll be going through loads of receiving blankets.
4. Pacifiers: Buy lots and be pro-active about trying to get your baby to take a pacy. Just make sure to wait until the baby is around 4 weeks old before you give baby the pacifier otherwise, crazy nipple confusion could ensue.
5. Bottles: I blogged about this earlier here, but you will need at least two.
6. Breast Pump: You’ll need one. The reason here.
7. Boppy or Breast Friend: Good positioning is everything when it comes to nursing. You’ll be able to avoid some pain and suffering if you have a breast prop. I blogged about the difference here.
8. Monitors: If you live in a tiny apartment or condo, these will not actually be necessary, but otherwise a must. Read what my choice was here.
9. Crib sheets: You had/have a blowout almost every night, so I’m a sheet changing expert. Get enough to last at least a week.
10. Diaper bag: This is something that will become your new purse, so get one that you like and most important, functional. Petunia Pickle Bottom bags are a popular choice.
11. Changing pads: Early on, we needed lots of these because you would blow out when we were changing you.
12. Crawl mats/blankets: We got a ton of cute homemade blankets, and the way we use them is to let you crawl all over them (plus they’re always included in the photos that way!)
13. Car seat: You must buy this new, because safety regulations change so often. Also, you must buy a new one every five years. A popular choice is Chicco because they are high quality but we went with the $150 dollar cheaper option of Graco and it’s working just fine.
14. Stroller: My back ached so bad, that a baby carrier was not an option for any distance. We used a car seat/stroller combination that seem to be ever popular with moms. I must say, being able to lift you out of the car and into a stroller without waking you up is essential but if I had to do it all over again, I might be tempted to get a car seat, and then a simple stroller frame. The verdicts still out whether or not this would be better.
15. Baby carrier: My poor aching back couldn’t handle a baby carrier very well, but on days when I couldn’t get you settled down, I would put the ergo on and even just sitting would somehow placate you ( I’m so amazing that you didn’t want to be away from me… that’s what I’ll remind you of when you’re a teenager !:) ) Read why I love the ergo the best here.
16. Toys: One day out the blue, you started swiping for the toys around you. I thought I had missed something, but each day brings a whole new baby! Right now your favorite toys are anything crinkly or anything with lots of lights and music ( such as my phone, ipod touch haha etc)
17. Books: I was a slacker and didn’t read to you until about the 2 month mark. Read, read, read to you baby!
18. Infant swing: These were a life line for many of the young moms I know, although we didn’t get one! I’m looking forward to getting one next time!
19. Desitin: Daddy calls this your baby butt paint, or your baby war paint. It’s messy, smells funky, and stains everything but it works wonders on diaper rash.
20. Diapers: A landfill of disposable diapers or spraying out day old poop in cloth ones. Your choice
21. Wash Cloths: I use these everyday for random things!
22. Burp rags: Babies burp up a lot!
23. Bumper: Needed so that little arms and legs don’t get stuck. Take this off after the baby can pull him or her self up.
24. Infant Bathtub and shampoo: Our peditrician recommended Aveeno shampoo. We used a tub with an infant insert that sits in the sink ( A must for a bad back ! ). As the splashing intensifies and my back heals, we will probably opt for a bathtub cushion.
25. Nursing cover: If you ever want to go out in public and cover yourself, you must have one of these.
26. Baby book: Don’t forget to buy one of these before you give birth! It will be worth it’s weight in gold someday. I couldn’t find what I wanted in the stores, so look on Amazon. There’s quite the selection!