May 10, 2016

Top 10 Newborn Must Haves

Although it has been a little over a year since I had Kenley, I feel like I still have a pretty good list of things worth sharing for any new mom's.  It can be pretty overwhelming heading into a store to start a baby registry.  I remember having no clue what I was doing.  Now, three babies later, I feel like I have a good idea what things I definitely couldn't live without.  I also have a list of things that would be nice to have, but not necessities.  Like things that would be good for a registry.  I mean, if someone really wants to buy me a sleep sheep that swears will help my baby sleep, I wouldn't complain!  Lastly, there are a few things that I think are a waste of money - even if it's someone else's money!  More on those on another day.  Let's start with the must have's.

All images link to Target because well, I love Target.  I do not receive anything for sharing these and all opinions are my own.

1. Car seat/Stroller Travel System.  The one I used for all three kids is not sold anymore, but I am a Graco fan all the way.  All of our car seats have been Graco.  If you look in our van now, you would think I was a spokeswoman for them or something!  A car seat is obviously a must and in my opinion, so is a stroller.  I am a big fan of the travel system.  It's just so easy and convenient.  I definitely got our money's worth with ours.  There are so many good ones out there.  Just do a little research, read reviews, and find what you think will work best for you!
2. Swing.  This thing was a lifesaver, especially for the second and third babies.  When you have toddler(s) running around and needing your attention, it's nice to have something like this to keep your baby comfy and safe.  We had one similar like this for Kyla and Kase and this exact one for Kenley.  It's fairly cheap when it comes to swings, but it got the job done.  Since I never had one of the cradle 'n swings or any other super fancy contraption, I can't really speak to whether they're worth it.  Just get whatever you like and can afford, but definitely make sure you get a swing of some kind!

3. Video monitor.  With our first two babies, we had just an ordinary monitor, without the video feature.  When I was pregnant with Kenley, my mother-in-law kindly offered to buy us a video monitor.  It was one of those things that you don't realize what you're missing until you have it.  I can't imagine not having a video monitor.  I love it.  We have this one pictured and really like it.  We also have a second base for it downstairs in the therapy room so I can listen in on Kase's sessions to see how he's doing.  If you can swing the extra cost for the video feature, it's definitely worth it!
4. Swaddles.  We swaddled all three of our babies and I wouldn't do it any different.  They were all great sleepers and I truly believe swaddling helped.  We tried several different kinds, but in the end, the Halo SleepSacks win.  Make sure you get the ones with the zipper closure in the middle with the velcro that wraps around.  Then when they're a little older, you can get the ones without the velcro for more flexibility.  There are arm holes and it zips from the bottom up, which is really nice for middle of the night diaper changes!
5. Diapers.  Lots and lots of diapers.  Again, like everything else, you have plenty of options, but I have always been a Pampers mom.  It's just what I started with for Kyla and never had any issues.  We started buying them early with all three babies.  Don't buy too many size Newborn though.  I'd say two boxes at most and if you need more than that, buy them when the time comes.  The size 1's start at 8 pounds so your baby will be in them in no time (if they're not already).
6. Baby bathtub.  This is the same one we have and it has lasted for all three kids.  Actually, Kenley is still using it.  She is terrified of being in the regular tub without this thing.  We have tried several times and she just loves this thing so much.  She sits up and plays and laughs so we're letting her keep it for awhile.  But as far as baths go with a newborn, we always did sponge baths in/near the kitchen sink until they're belly button cord falls off.  Then we moved them into this.
7. If you are going to breast feed, you will want a breast pump.  I had an older one for my first two kids, but got this one for Kenley (our insurance covered the cost - woo hoo)!
8. Bottles.  Although I breastfed all three for different lengths of time, they all also took bottles after about three weeks old.  With Kyla and Kase, we used the Playtex Drop-Ins.  With Kenley, we used these Avent bottles.  I definitely prefer the Avent.
9. Sleepers with a zipper.  I learned this quickly with Kyla.  With all of the middle of the night feedings and diaper changes, we always tried to keep the lights dim to not fully wake her up.  Those sleepers with the buttons were such a pain!  We only had a couple that zipped and I found myself always making sure they were washed right away so she could wear them all the time.  Definitely a must have!
10. Nighttime lotion.  I know this one may seem more of a "nice to have" and not a necessity, but I'm telling you, this stuff is the best!  It may be a coincidence and I may just be lucky to have three good sleepers, but we used this stuff every night with all three.  I swear by this stuff!

There are many other things I would recommend, but these are the ten that I personally think are the most important and I would never go without.  Some other obvious things I used were burp clothes, blankets, books, pacifiers, boppy pillow and a diaper bag to haul all of this stuff should you ever decide to brave leaving the house! :)

Let me know in the comments what your must haves would be.  Also, let me know if you'd be interested in a post like this, but for older babies and toddlers.  I'm thinking I could do a whole new list for 6 months and up and include toys, foods, etc.


  1. Off topic but I always loved your tot school posts. You should definitely do some summer posts about the things you are doing with Kyla in preparation for kindergarten! 😉

  2. Great list!!! The swing was a lifesaver for us!