(Closed) The real basics of what a newborn needs minus all the unnecessary things?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1132 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I find the problem is that it’s different for every baby and situation. One baby NEEDS a swing or else they cry for hours, one baby HATES a swing and will cry if they are put anywhere near it.

Basics – Food, diapers, clothes, car seat (if you have a car)

Everything else you have to do what feels right for your situation (house size, budget…etc) and sometimes, you have to make a run to your 24 hour Walmart at midnight because you think a Rock ‘n ‘Play might be the one thing that will save your sanity and give you an hour of sleep so help you god…

Post # 3
24 posts
  • Wedding: September 2016

I didn’t have high chairs, swing, or bouncer and I have twins. When it was time to eat, I either held them and fed one and then the other, or sat them both in their car seats (we often brought them in the house) and fed them at the same time. They slept in two bassinets for the first few months, so you don’t need both a crib and bassinet. A crib would do just fine. Have plenty of cloth diapers, thin blankets where you can wrap them in, a thick blanket to throw over the car seat when you’re out for winter, plenty of bottles (just because a bottle costs more doesn’t mean it works best for your baby. I often used the kind of bottles that my mother used for me as a baby because they didn’t leak like the newer/more expensive ones). Of course clothes, booties, onesies, binky/pacifiers, small grooming kit (fingernail clippers for baby, hairbrush, suction bulb, etc.) I also bathed my babies in the sink (I’m a bit of old school) and did not need the little baby bath tubs/containers. My daughter and son are 6 years old now and doing just fine. Hope this helps.

Post # 4
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

As the mom of an 18 month old these are things that I personally LOVED and made life a lot easier. The REAL basics of a newborn are a place to sleep, carseat, breastmilk or formula, diapers, wipes, and clothing. The thing is babies are only newborns for a few months, once they get older you quickly learn you do need more stuff to keep your sanity. Here is what I used on a daily basis and loved, in no particular order…

Sleepsacks (specifically the halo brand)

crib (we moved Dear Daughter to crib at 2 months, we wanted our room back!) A crib doesn’t have to be super pricey, bought ours on amazon all in including the mattress was $150

bassinette (loved the rock n play bonus it’s portable)


pacificers (we use MAM brand)

my breast friend pillow for nursing

footed pjs (I liked the ones that zipped up the best)

breast pump 

evenflo glass bottles

stroller (there are lots of threads on this but know that quality is correlated to price)


high chair (definite need IMO)

rattle or some other hand held toy


I’m sure there is a lot more I’m forgetting but those are mostly the basics!




Post # 5
9672 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you’re looking to save money definitely check out craigslist and the second hand stores in your area. Garage sales were always full of baby stuff too in my area.

Things I loved and wouldn’t want to do without:

Rock n play (perfect for naps, get the automatic rocking one!)

Pump (check to see if you can get one free from your insurance)

Pack n play (we use it as a changing table as well)

Boppy (I use this for every nursing session)

Carseat (don’t buy this used)

Stroller or a good carrier

Footed sleepers (so much easier)

Post # 6
5876 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

kbequette08:  I’d start off with

 -a bunch of onesies & basic clothing

 – diapers & wipes

 – a bunch of recieving blankets (can be used to swaddle, to protect your clothes from spit up, to put baby on the floor for tummy time, etc)

 – an infant carseat

–  some sort of sleep solution (co-sleeper or basinet) if you don’t plan to just have him/her co-sleep in the bed

–  bottle/pumping equiptment if you plan to need any of that

 – a stroller and a baby wearing device of your choice (assuming you’re interested in baby wearing)

Other than that, you can pick things up as you go along, because in the first few months he/she will need almost nothing.  When it comes to things like the jolly jumper, swing, etc each kid is going to be different.  If you don’t recieve these items as gifts or hand-me-downs, consider buying them 2nd hand on CL or from a consignment store.  Then you can re-sell guilt free once your baby is finished with them (typically within only a few months or weeks!).  It’s also going to be months before your baby is ready for a high chair.

Post # 7
1551 posts
Bumble bee

kbequette08:  I’ve been wondering this too!! Particularly interested in whether I really need a crib and a bassinet or if there is something else you can sleep then in for the first few months that can be used later…like a pack and play. 

Post # 8
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I didn’t get a high chair (small one that attaches to the dining room chair, free from a yard sale) until my son was 6 mos old. A newborn does not need a bunch of contraptions. 

Somewhere to sleep – we used a rock n play

Clothing – sleepers and onesies (I loved the ones that fold over the hands) in newborn and 0-3 mos size

diapers, wipes, diaper cream

feeding supplies – bottles and if you plan to, breastfeeding supplies (pump, storage, etc)

burp cloths, bibs, swaddle blankets, hats

One contraption that was really useful was a small bouncy seat, easy to transport all over the house so you can shower, make food, etc. 

infant car seat and stroller

Actually I just read the previous poster’s entry and I second that basically. I agree 100% on waiting on other stuff and looking for it second hand, often times you can get stuff barely used or brand new for super cheap/free. I never buy anything new anymore!

Post # 9
48 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

My son is 15 months old now, but at the beginning the must haves for us were:

-pack n play – he slept in this in our room until he was 4 months old and we transitioned him to his crib

-bouncy chair – he napped in this for the first 3 or so months, and it was nice to have a place to set him down when needed

-halo swaddle sleep sack – he started sleeping through the night the first time we used this.  he always escaped the receiving blanket swaddle.  i dont know if he was an escape artist or if i was just bad at swaddling 🙂

-stroller/carseat travel system

-onesies and footie pajamas – he lived in these for the first few months.  i would occasionally dress him up in some cute clothes to go visit family but other than that it was onesies and pjs all the way.

Post # 10
6889 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011


pink.lemonade:  Pack n plays are great if going to say stay at a place that isn’t yours for a night or so. But I would not recommend them for full time sleeping.  I would go for a bassinet or crib honestly and use a pack n play for overnight trips. 

As for things needed basic stuff, clothes, diapers, bottles if needed, sleep sacks are a god send.  and a bed for the child to sleep in.

Post # 11
7430 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

It will be different for every baby, but this is my list:

Sound machine

Swaddleme sacks

Footed zip up pajamas

Baby bathtub/shampoo

Emery boards for filing baby nails

Clothe diapers for burping/cleaning up messes

Diapers/wipes/diaper cream

Somewhere to put baby down. We tried the swing, but DD#1 wasn’t a big fan. We will be trying the swing and rock n play for DD#2.

Infant car seat

Mirror for car headrest so I could see her when she was rear facing

Muslin swaddle blankets


Ergo carrier

Post # 12
1551 posts
Bumble bee

Sassygrn:  hmmm…we’re buying a crib for the nursery, but want baby closer for the first few months. I hate the idea of having to pay hundreds of dollars for a bassinet that won’t be used for very long!! I also thought about trying to just jam the crib in our bedroom for a while. Will need to shuffle furniture but it could work…

Sigh. Or I might just have to fork over the cash!!

Post # 13
4 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

What about a box? If you’re not wanting to spring for a bassinet? 

Finnish babies sleep in boxes, and there are several baby boxes (material and construction safe for babies) out there. 


Post # 14
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

rock n play. swaddleme. boppy. 🙂

Post # 15
8439 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Diapers, wipes, crib, carseat are must haves.  Our boys lived in their sleep n plays for the first few months.  We got cribs from IKEA, so they were easy to put together/take apart; the boys slept in our room for the first few weeks, then in their own room.  Other things that I used were a brest friend nursing pillow, my breastpump and a baby bathtub.  We have two pack n plays that we’ve almost never used.  Our most useful splurge items were mamaroos and our bumbleride.

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