diapers, wipes, good diaper bag, swaddling blankets (not just for swaddling, but for lightweight blankets/makeshift changing “pad”/unexpected sun protection/nursing cover….let’s put it this way….my son is five and we still use Aden and Anais swaddle blankets sometimes), carseat, stroller, basics for baby clothing (onsies/pants or baby legs), thermometer, burp clothes, proper feeding gear– (whether your breastfeeding or bottle feeding)– also, if you’re going to breastfeed, remember that things don’t always work out…so I’d have one or 2 bottles on hand *just in case*. We didn’t have any because I was going to breastfeed and then my son was born early, my milk didn’t come in– then I had delayed post-partum hemorhagging…..and my body took such a toll after surgery and a blood tranfusion that my milk NEVER came in…..and that was that.
Pacifiers (if you’re going to use them), at least one warmer blanket.
Things you could skip:
bassinet. might sound crazy, but we couldn’t even use ours. For baby #2, we’ll likely co-sleep as we did with baby #1 or use a laundry basket or pack n play with bassinet.
You don’t need a million and half outfits with accessories for a newborn/first few months. Babies don’t like them, newborns don’t look cute in jeans (how uncomfortable on baby skin!) and babies are happy and adorable in cute onsies. The outfits are so much more worth it/appropriate for 1+. Trust me on this one.
bottle/milk warmer, wipes warmer
in all honesty, it’s trial and error. I think a lot of new moms get caught up in trying lots of unnecessaries….it’s easy to get caught up in it all. Part of what you’ll want to get/try will have to do with your personality– if you’re cool with hand-me-downs for clothes, I’d reccomend them because they grow out of things SO fast at first. But some people aren’t, and there’s no fault to that, either. I don’t mind hand me downs as long as they are stain-free and I know the source they came from. I’m weird like that, but oh well.
I’d reccomend Chicco for infant seat and stroller- the stroller is the best stroller out there in terms of functionality and price point for so many reasons. I’ve tried many of them– and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again.