Help!! Top 5 essential/ useless items for newborns?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would start by looking at any registries your friends or family might have from the last year.  BRU is so overwhelming, but I started mine online first and it helped IMMENSELY when we went in person.

Post # 5
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You really don’t need too much for a newborn! Pretty much everything else you can buy later on.

  • footie pajamas. Think of how often you do laundry to estimate how many you will need.
  • Diapers/Wipes/some kind of cream
  • Baby bathtub
  • Somewhere for baby to sleep (I used an Arms Reach CoSleeper and liked it)
  • Burp cloths – I used cheap baby washcloths and liked them best
  • If you plan to BF – Boppy, nursing pads, nursing bras (I liked the cotton reusable kind, bought some on Etsy)
  • Car Seat (we have a Britax B Safe and liked it)
  • Some kind of baby carrier (I used a Moby wrap – see if you can borrow one from a friend to test it out before buying one)

Post # 6
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Most useful!

1. Carseat canopy

2. Swing that plugs into wall (don’t get a battery operated only one!)

3. Breast feeding cover.

4. travel system with infant car seat and bases for each car

5. Extra sheets, zip up pajamas, bibs, blankets.

6. Woombie and then Magic Merlin Sleepsuit


Don’t bother with…

1. Diaper changing table (the bed, floor, couch, pack n play, etc will do just fine!)

2. Fancy clothes for 0-6 months

3. Tons of hats or mittens, we never used them much, he just hated them

4. A bunch of diapers.  You are going to find that half of them leak or irritate the baby, don’t get a huge stock pile.

5. Anything super expensive. Just because it costs more does not mean it’s better.


Post # 7
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@SoontobeMrsAM:  I don’t have 5 of each as I’m not a mom but my SIL just gave birth to her first child and when someone gave her a wipe warmer she laughed it off as a stupid gift, turns out she LOVES IT.  She bought additional ones for each grandparent’s home and is buying it as a gift for another Mom to be she knows 🙂

Post # 8
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would say definitely don’t bother with fancy clothes or shoes for a newborn.  Those sound like the most useless to me.  I would just stick with onesies and sleepers only..  Baby doesn’t need pants and a top as a newborn.

I could see how the big strollers could be useless.  I bought a nice jogging one (that I can’t use right away) but I love to jog/run so I know I’ll get some good use out of it.  I’m also getting a carrier though because I know I won’t want to use a big stoller all the time.  It depends on your lifestyle.

Post # 9
2740 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010


1.  Fisher Price Rock & Play (we didn’t have this right away, but for awhile there it was the only place my son would nap, and it’s easy to fold up and take in the car if you’re taking baby to somebody else’s house for the day)

2.  Footed sleepers with zippers (so much easier than snaps).

3.  Cloth diapers (even if you’re using disposables, they make the best burp cloths and are very handy for draping over the changing pad or wherever you’re changing baby)

4.  Aden & Anais swaddle blankets

5.  Boppy pillow

Did not use: 

1.  Fussy “mini adult” outfits (my son is 10 months old and he still mostly lives in the “first favorites” line from Baby Gap; all those tiny jeans, sweater vests, khakis, etc. we got as gifts are adorable, but he’s outgrown most of it without ever wearing it)

2.  Crib bedding set (all you need is a fitted sheet)

3.  Wipe warmer

4.  Bottle warmer (I EBF and when my son had a bottle of pumped milk, I just warmed it in a bowl of warm water)

5.  Pacifiers (depends on the kid, obviously, but mine never used them)

Post # 10
260 posts
Helper bee

Zipper pajamas (MUCH easier than snaps)
“Whale” bathtub from Fisher Price
Baby Swing
Travel system with carseat that clicks into stroller

Personally I only used my Baby Bjorn once.  She didn’t like it at all.  This time I got a Moby wrap, i’m hoping it’s as good as I’ve heard)
I never bought a bottle or wipes warmer, but I’ve heard they’re both useless


Post # 11
2512 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@SoontobeMrsAM:  I know some people will say you don’t need a changing table, but you do. 

We didn’t get one because a friend told me we’d never use it. Yeah right. Try bending over & changing a baby on a low bed or the floor, right after a c-section (which I didn’t know I would have to have) & see how much fun it is. Hint: it sucks like a mo fo. 

Get a changing table 🙂


Post # 12
260 posts
Helper bee

Oh ya, I say get a change table too, or strap a changing pad to the top of a dresser.
You’re going to be changing diapers for 2 years or so, it’s a good investment.  Especially if you can house all their clothes and stuff underneath it.

Post # 13
1414 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Essential Newborn Items:

1) Aden & Anais swaddle blankets – my little guy loves to be swaddled and these blankets are the perfect size for swaddling and I love the soft muslin material

2) Zip up sleepers with feet in them (make sure you have some in newborn sizes, not just 0-3 months. My baby was 8lbs 8oz when he was born and is 4 1/2 weeks old now and just started outgrowing some of his newborn clothes)

3) Burp cloths – I use the Aden & Anais burpy bibs and they are awesome! They’re bigger than the other burp cloths we have and they can also be worn as bibs when your LO gets older.

4) Fisher Price Swing – my little guy loves his swing and often takes naps in it during the day.

5) Coconut oil – I use unrefined coconut oil on my baby’s skin and it keeps him moisturized and smelling great. He even had a bit of a diaper rash and I put coconut oil on it and it went away.

Non-Essential Items:

1) Scratch mitts – I bought a few pairs and he didn’t end up wearing them. He never scratched his face.

2) Snowsuit – I have no idea why I bought this. We have one of those Jolly Jumper car seat bags so he doesn’t need to wear a snowsuit. Plus, it’s not safe for babies to wear a snowsuit in their car seat anyway.

3) Crib bedding set – Fortunately I didn’t pay a lot for ours because I didn’t realize until after I bought it how pointless they are! The bumper pads aren’t safe so I can’t use those and the quilt is too heavy to actually use on the baby so it’s basically just used for decoration. The only useable pieces of our bedding set are the sheets Undecided.

4) Electric Bottle Sterilizer – Since I’m breastfeeding I only use bottles on the rare occasion when I need to pump because I’m leaving the baby with someone else. I can easily wash the bottles, nipples, etc with hot water.

5) Baby booties – I bought some cute newborn size booties with monkeys on them but they will not stay on his feet.

Just FYI, I know that some people think they are a waste of money but I LOVE dressing my baby up in cute outfits. I know they won’t fit him for long but I don’t care lol. I also think that some sort of change station is essential. We bought a long dresser and put a change pad on it.

Post # 14
2187 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My son is almost 4 months old, so here are my top 5/worst 5! 

Top 5! 
1. Footie pj’s with zippers – way easier for middle of the night changes in the dark.
2. Good car seat & stroller
3. SWING. One that plugs in as a PP mentioned
4. Burp cloths x 100 / good swaddle blankets
5. An assortment of newborn and/or size 1 diapers

Worst 5 (for us)
1. Cute outfits. Especially ones that weren’t a onesie/pant set and were actual shirts taht would ride up 24/7. Useless. Baby Gaps line of firsts outfits though are really awesome.
2. Carrier. We tried 3 different ones and we hated them all. Still not a huge fan.
3. Too many bottles. We registered for a ton of Avent bottles and of course, they gave him gas. We had to go and find ones that worked, which ended up being the Playtex Ventaire
4. My son also hated pacifiers, I had about 15 of them lol
5. Baby wipes warmer. No baby likes cold wipes, but they really do get over it after a couple of weeks. They can dry out your wipes which really is frustrating (and $$!). 

Post # 15
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@As_You_Wish:  Glad to read this because I”ve already bought some super cute little summer things and I”m like… “damnit if this kid is going to spend his summer in footie pajamas!” it’s too hot anyway!

Post # 16
5506 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@okqueenbee:  haha I didn’t even think about that. I had a c-section also and can’t imagine if we hadn’t had a changer both upstairs and downstairs. I never would have been able to get down on the floor to change him those first few weeks!



Electric Swing (our baby took most of his naps in it for many months…loved it!!)

Easy clothes to put on and off-some of the cutest are a pain in the butt. Like someone said, pj’s with easy snaps for diaper changes during the night.

Lullaby CD or sound machine for sleeping through the night. We used a Disney Lullaby CD for about 6 months, then switched to a homedics sound machine that plays throughout the night.

Activity Mat

Jumperoo for when a bit older

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