Seeking new baby essentials list

posted 7 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Car seat, baby carrier / wrap, some sort of bed for baby, swaddles, baby clothes, stroller. Anything else you could probably live with out.

Post # 3
717 posts
Busy bee

mrsmurphytobee : 


2. carrier

3. stroller (you can skip this if you want to exclusively baby wear)

4. bottles even if you plan on breastfeeding because if you have supply issues in the beginning or you pump you’ll need the bottle to feed the baby

5. pacifiers although not every baby takes to them it’s good to have

6. burp cloths

7. swaddles

8. Car seat

9. Winter bunting that’s safe for the car seat like 7am Enfant. I see you’re having a winter baby and I just had one myself and it was great not having to undress my son to put him in the car seat. 

10. First aid kit with rectal thermometer, nail clippers and cradle cap brush

11. Breast bump, even a manual one or the haakaa 

12. Diapers and wipes

You’ll receive a free baby box with some essentials from here

You can use the box instead of a bassinet in the beginning. I learned about it after giving birth but I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. 

Have a happy and healthy pregnancy!

Post # 4
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Commenting to follow. Expecting our first, not until December but we’ll have limited space so I’d love to have a good reference for the essentials 🙂 And I definitely want to get as much as we can second hand (for stuff that’s not safety sensitive).

Post # 7
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We lived in a 1 bedroom apartment until just after our baby turned 1, so we didn’t go to town on baby stuff but I wasnt as minimalist as I thought I’d be.

1. Halo sleep swaddles (2). So much better than swaddle blankets! 

2. White noise machine 

3. Baby monitor (cheapie sound only kind). If your place is really tiny you won’t need this, but we liked being in the backyard while baby was asleep. It was also great when traveling/visiting family with larger homes.

4. Place for baby to sleep. I’d recommend getting a travel crib with bassinet combo. We got a cosleeper and crib free so we use those, but still bought a travel crib for travel. My friends babies slept in travel cribs until they transitioned to real beds. 

5. Carseat: get one with good safety rating, doesn’t need to break the bank

6. Baby clothes: babies do not need a lot of clothes and this is great to purchase second hand. 

7. Baby carrier (lille baby worked great for us from infancy)

8. Baby bath. A lot of advice says this is optional. Maybe if you have a great kitchen sink (we didn’t). We bought the shnuggle baby bath and still use it at 15 months. Best investment ever. Saved my back, my daughter loves bath time and saves water (which is expensive where I live).

9. Activity mat. If you only buy one toy, buy this. 

10. Not essential but I was gifted a baby Bjorn bouncer and it is awesome. It was so nice having a safe place to put baby when I needed hands free. We also put her in it during dinner before she could sit up. It folds up really small, so great for small homes. It’s also machine washable. My daughter uses it as her lounge chair now and loves “reading” in it. 

11. First aid kit: Aquaphor, infant Tylenol, infant Motrin, Pedialyte, thermometer.

12. With bottles, don’t buy many because your baby may not like the first ones you pick out.

13: An on the go diaper changing station. Skiphop makes a good one.

Things that aren’t necessary but I ended up buying anyway and liked having: bottle drying rack (she drank pumped milk at work so we had a lot of bottle dishes), wipe dispenser, a few additional toys, a wrap carrier (in addition to the structured carrier), hand breastpump, changing table.

Also we didn’t get a stroller until baby was 3 months. I always used the carrier, so I’d say a stroller isn’t an immediate necessity although if you have a C section that might be a different story.

We cloth diaper, so a basic cloth diaper setup was part of our essentials. If money’s tight that’s a good way to save.

Post # 8
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

mrsmurphytobee :  Thank you! I’m not loving the nausea, I can’t wait to look at food normally again. Jealous as I would love to be at 16 weeks already! Hope you’ve been having a smooth pregnancy so far.

Post # 9
7751 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I found Lucie’s List really helpful…

Other than that will echo pp about the activity mat! From months 3-6 (current day) this has been our #1 most used item (aside from barebone essentials like a car seat and crib), and it cost like $70. I actually got a cheap travel one for $30 that we take whenever we go out of town because it is so critical. Our baby will lie there and amuse herself for 30 min at a time…it’s fabulous.

Post # 10
2012 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

car seat, crib, changing area, diapers, a few clothing items, formula/bottles if needed. Baby bath, stroller, monitor, swaddles. First aid kit. 

i would say those are the crucial essentials at least to me. 

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