(Closed) Basic baby necessities help! (first baby)

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It depends on what you are planning to do: are you planning to breastfeed? Co-sleep? Use cloth or disposable diapers? Do you live in a rural area where you drive everywhere or a big city where you mostly walk and take public transportation?

Post # 4
589 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My Dear Daughter is 1 month old and is our first child as well. We love our pack and play, we actually have 2 because the baby sleeps in the bassinet attachment of the one in our room and we use the other one in the living room. I would recommend a swing and bouncy seat as well so you have somewhere to put baby when you aren’t holding him/her. I also love baby wearing, we have 2 carriers one thats a fabric wrap for around the house and one more structured for outings so if that’s something you think you might be into I would recommend getting some type of carrier (moby wrap, boba carrier, etc.). You’ll also need a car seat and a stroller, you can often find a set that comes together as a “travel system” which I think is cheaper than buying each separately.


Post # 5
9560 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Necessities for us….pack n play, rock n play, boppy pillow, drying rack (I breastfeed but she still needs bottles for daycare and pumping), bouncy seat (we kept it in the bathroom so I could shower!), jumper or exersaucer, high chair.

Don’t buy a carseat used.

Post # 6
1082 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I haven’t had my baby yet but I help raise nieces and nephews. I will say one big thing we couldn’t have lived without was the swing. It’s the only thing that kept my nephew asleep during naps! 

I agree with PP, you’ll want to buy the carseat new. 

Post # 7
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

Crib, Travel lite pack-n-play with bassinet for in my room, car seat. That’s the basics for me. We’ll probably get a stroller too but its more of a bonus than a necessity. I also don’t really belive in bouncers, swings etc- just more stuff to take up space that we don’t have- and you don’t know if your baby is going to like it. We do have a good source of hand-me-downs though so if I feel the need to try anything like that I don’t have to buy it, which is good.

Post # 8
6887 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I 2nd do not buy a carseat used.  I know of someone who did that at a baby event, she swears that they verified it was never in accident but would never ever trust on that.  

It all depends on the baby, quite honestly I wouldn’t buy to much right now.  Some babies like swings others do not.  Our child he hated his swing.  He did like his bouncy chair though. 

Post # 9
2021 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

swing (in our living room), vibrating bouncer (sits in our bathroom while i get ready/shower), bassinett/pack n play (slept in this x 4 weeks), crib (now sleeps in crib), changing table (so glad i had this as it hurt my back so bad to bend over if i wasn’t using table), boppy newborn lounger (AMAZING)

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Post # 10
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I agree with PP definitely a Pack and Play, we have a newborn napper and change table on ours and we use it in our livingroom. Also I would invest in a swing and change table.  

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Post # 11
1065 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: South Lodge. 2nd of Dec 2017

cooperlove:  gro bag, awesome basically it’s a sleeping bag for babies, never looked back after I found these, my daughter slept soundly every night and worn one till she was three.  Enjoy it’s a wonderful experience xx

Post # 12
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

For us the necessities were infant car seat (buy new), stroller that faces both forward and rear facing with a bassinet that lays down for newborns  and a big basket underneath, pack n play with reversible napper/change table, crib (we skipped the bassinet stage), Angel Care monitor, bottle warmer, breast pump, swing that swings both back and forth, and side to side. Vibrating bouncer (we had 2 and kept one in the bathroom so I could shower), a glider or rocking chair. Even though you are planning on breastfeeding I would recommend getting bottles just in case. My son refused to latch and I couldn’t breastfeed (tried everything but that’s anotjer story). We loved Tommee Tippee bottles because they give a similar latch to breastfeeding, and we found that a bottle sterilizer was a NEED. Also, a good quality diaper bag is a must. 

Post # 13
773 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

Check out the Baby Bargains book. It’s a good read! I’m not TTC yet but found it insightful for when we do start trying. Plus they give you great tips on how to save money as well. They also rank each item based on their own experiences and aren’t swayed over one company or another. I know this doesn’t help in terms of what you need but they do answer some of your questions. Id recommend it before going and purchasing a whole bunch of things you may or may not need

Post # 14
9216 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i’m using the PNP as the bassinet in our room, no need to get something they won’t use for a long time.


i 2nd baby bargains books, it was a great resource.

Post # 15
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Pack n Play for sleeping in your room for a while, then for travel.  

Either a rock n play or swing or bouncer – we loved the Rock n Play for naps during the day.  

Carseat and stroller it attaches to is really convenient for when they sleep all the time, you can just let them snooze while you shop.  

Some kind of carrier is great to actually be able to do something if they’re fussy, too.  A Moby or ring sling is great to try to start before spending $$ on a SSC.  

A baby monitor for when they move to their own room, and a camera is nice to have but not necessary.  

A rocker/glider isn’t necessary but is really, really nice to have.  As is a bottle warmer if you end up pumping or supplementing and have a picky baby.

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