Must haves for your baby

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Aden and Anais swaddling blankets were nice.

Lots of cheap swaddling blankies to use as burp

footed pj’s. My DD was a winter baby and that’s all I dressed her in for most of her first few months. They were just so easy, and I didn’t spend a ton of time fussing with outfits.


Post # 4
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Boobs and a carseat. 🙂

So, the Aden and Anais swaddling blankets are lovely but my hyper-strong baby broke out of any non-velcro attempts to swaddle him. Halo, Swaddleme, Kiddapotamus, Summer Infant…all those velcro-type swaddle blankets were lifesavers.

A breastfeeding pillow like Boppy or My Brest Friend.

Gah. It’s hard. Babies all like different things, so it’s lousy to spend a ton of money on stuff your kid may not even like. Get as much used and hand-me-down stuff as is safe and available.

What do you want to do for sleeping arrangements? A crib straightaway? Pack and Play or bassinette or cosleeper in your room? Those can be pricey, so that might be a good big-ticket item for Black Friday sales. Oh, or maybe a high chair for later? But you have to have room to store that. :-/

Post # 5
1143 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@annifer:  unfortunately, all babies are different. My DS hates velcro swaddle rs because ripping the velcro wakes him up when I change his diaper in the middle of the night. I finally caved and bought a woombie. Expensive, but worth it. I also don’t like AandA swaddle blankets for my winter baby. It’s like wrapping him in paper. No warmth whatsoever!

I also used my boppy for a week and then decided it was just too combersome, especially lugging it around so it was near where I was feeding him at the time. Now I just hold him, but I may use the boppy to help him sit up when he gets head control.


@urchin:  I second footie pj’s with zippers. My October baby lives in them, and they’re so much easier to diaper change than snaps. 

Biggest waste are cutie outfits for 0-6 month olds. My DS may wear them once before he grows out of them, and it’s only because I go out of my way to put him in them. I’d rather have him in footies, but I feel like I need to get use of them…

DS likes his fisher price rainforest playmat and bouncer chair, but there’s no way to know if yours will. They keep you guessing!


Post # 7
1143 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@pittgirl4:  DS sleeps in a fisher price rock ‘n’ play. It’s great because it’s so lightweight and portable. 

Post # 8
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Things I absolutely NEEDED:

car seat

Lanolin for the nips


infant tylenol


Things that I liked and used really often:

swing that moves in both directions (swinging & cradling)

I liked the velcro swaddlers as well, and when she outgrew those I got the Halo fleece sleep sacks (in the smaller sizes they also have velcro for swaddling, and they unzip from the bottom so you can check a diaper without waking baby!)

Nursing cover (I use it for pumping as well)

Medela steam bags and breast milk storage bags (the Target Up & Up brand are by far my favorite)

play mat (I think I got Taggies Bugs & Hugs- I really like it!)

Moby wrap

zipper sleepers

Jumper/bouncer/exercauser once they have good head control

Bumbo seat



Things that I like that are nice, but totally not necessary:

Homedics sound spa- it plays tunes or sounds and projects a rotating image onto the ceiling

bottle warmer

little baby bathtub with newborn sling (though I know some people use a laundry basket once the kiddo is able to sit up but you don’t need to run an entire bath tub full of water)

Teething tablets

high chair


I know there are a million other products out there but in the end all you REALLY need is a car seat and boobies 🙂

Post # 9
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@pittgirl4:  We’re going to use a Pack n’ Play for the first few months!

I also LOVE Vent-Aire bottles, or Doc Brown bottles. Or Platex Drop-Ins.

Soothies are hard to latch onto for young babies, so I prefer NUK.

If your baby has sensitive skin, check out bibs with snaps instead of velcro (which can irritate their sweet little necks!)

I’m a HUGE fan of those half-stuffed animal, half-blankie Lovvies, ESPECIALLY if your kid’s going to daycare! They can be super comforting.

Post # 10
6633 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Sophie the Giraffe!!! My little guy loved her. 


His minkie blanket, he loves that thing! 


Def halo sleep sacks. 

Post # 11
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@pittgirl4:  We’re either going to go with the rock n play for sleep or the graco day2night pack n play with bassinet.  Probably the RNP.  My sister used a bassinet with her first and he hated it, her second loves the RNP.  We’re going with the Fisher Price Snuggapuppy swing.  Love the mamaroo but it’s too low to the ground for us – our pup will be all over LO, so we wanted something a little higher.  

Post # 12
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Sassygrn:  omg soo cute clutching onto his sophie!!!

Post # 13
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

things I needed, were clothes and diapers, barely any newborn clothes my son was 9lbs and only wore them for a few weeks, sleepers and onsies and a few “outfits”.
shoes are pointless, socks or sleepers with footies are important. Carseat of course, my stroller was 800$ it was such a waste, I found it easier to just carry him lol but I also didn’t drive at the time and found it pointless to try to get my stroller on city transit.
I had a bassinet he never slept in, a babybath that was never used, toys, etc.

Its so hard to say what is a need, my child hated the swing, but loved his bouncer and it was god send to me because I was a single mother and it was the only way I could shower was bringing it into the bathroom lol


Post # 14
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@CanAmBride:  yeah, that “babies like different things” bit in my post was supposed to acknowledge that! 😀

mine was soothed by the bouncy chair with the vibration. some babies hate those. Used stuff is a lifesaver. 

Post # 15
953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We couldn’t live without our rock n play or mam pacifiers. She did not like soothies because she couldn’t keep then in her mouth, but mams start (they are lighter and smaller- made so newborns can keep them in their mouths) were perfect. She also spends a ton of time in the ergo baby carrier. 

We we also have the fisher price snug a bunny swing, which Evelyn did not like at first, but now she really enjoys it. She will happily swing and look around for a while if I need to put her down. She did not like her bouncy vibrating chair.

The bottle/pacifier sterilizer bags (medela and dr browns make them) are also SO handy. I bought one of the big bottle sterilizers and have never used it because the bags are so easy.

When Evelyn was brand new and spent a lot of time sleeping, we usee a frame stroller that her car seat just snapped into. It was light, portable, and easy! Now that she’s a bit older and wanting to be out of her carseat, we don’t use it as much, but for the first 6 weeks it was invaluable.

We have a sound machine that plays ocean sounds all night in her room. She’s a really great night sleeper, and I feel like that contributes. 

hmmmmm, I’ll keep thinking but that’s all I have for now!

Post # 16
2690 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Lets see… baby is 2.5 months and these are the things he loves.

He likes to nap in his swing.  Sometimes it’s the only place he will nap without me.

He LOVES his bouncy seat… this is probbably by far the best purchase we made.  he loves to sleep in it too, not in his bassinet.

He loves his homedics travel sound spa, which plays music and other sounds.  I attach it to his carseat ans he is asleep in seconds, we love the music feature.  He use to love the heartbeat when he was younger.

For me: nipple cream, omg life saver.  Breast pads.  Breastpump (when baby was too stuffy to feed and my boob got engorged, having that pump was a life saver).   Stroller and carseat which we love… so much fun strolling the mall…baby loves it too.  Bathtub with newborn sling.. so much better than a tub without the sling.  Saline nose drops and bulb syringe… baby is so stuffy that we need this daily.  BIBS.. I actually need to buy more bibs.  Pamper diapers with the wetness indicator.. omg these diapers are super absorbant almost like cloth and holds a ton of pee.

We have a pack and play that we put a mattress in for more comfort that we’re using as baby’s main bed… we’ll get him a twin bed later down the road when he outgrows his pack and play… but I think it works better for us than getting a crib and separate changing table as this one has a changing station and is more compact in his small nursery.

Other things we have that I love: baby gym.Activity center… which I hope he’ll love like myother kids when he’s old enough to use it.  We already have a high chair which he won’t use until hestarts solids around 5 mnths or so but I love that it folds up for storage and inclines so baby doesn’t have to have complete head control to use it.  I also am dying to use my front carrier.  All my other kids loved being carried so I hope this baby does too… I have not opened it yet but I think I’ll start wearing him around the house to see how he likes it.  And of course footed pjs and onsies, which we love.  Also for the 1st two months, baby wore mittens to protect him from scratching himself and keep his hands warm.

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