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

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
1128 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Washcloths! Mine was a puker.  We used a crib and bought a bassinette used but he refused to sleep in it. Swaddle blankets. Nail clippers. Car seat. Bibs. High chair once we started on solids. Also bought that used ! We were gifted a swing and that was nice but not essential. 

Post # 17
450 posts
Helper bee

I think a lot of the “buy buy baby” mentality comes from the way many Americans (can’t speak for other cultures) do baby showers. There’s a huge emphasis on getting the new parents set up for the newborn, so I think a lot of new parents feel a pressure to register for anything and everything they think they could possibly need. Even though babies don’t strictly need a lot of this stuff, certain items can really make a difference in maintaining sanity, but you don’t really know which ones until the baby is here.

pink.lemonade:  If you’re balking at buying both a crib and a bassinet, several friends of mine have used mini-cribs that they side-carred to the bed when they had a newborn and then moved out and used as a crib when they weren’t waking up every 2 hours to Boyfriend or Best Friend. By the time their babies outgrew the mini-crib, they were also trying to escape so they were moved to toddler beds. Maybe check out one of those?

Post # 18
6889 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

pink.lemonade:  We did a cradle, that was actually mine when I was baby.  I would do like the PP a mini crib.  I know if we have another child that is what I would like is a mini crib for first few months

Post # 19
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

we have a mini crib for our daughter and I feel like it’s huge. She’s two months. We did research and they fit up to I believe the average height of a three year old- by that time they’re out of the crib and into a toddler bed!!!  I love it and it fits perfectly in our room. I do hate the limited amount of choices for sheets though. We just bought a set of pack and play sheets from target for it. I would recommend starting baby out in the crib that way you don’t have to deal with transitioning the baby from sleeping in one thing to another! 


Post # 20
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My daughter is 9 weeks old.. these are the things I found super helpful in the last 2 months:


  • A big stash of diapers/wipes – so I’m not worried about running out
  • Bottles/bottle brush/drying rack – I’m exclusively pumping, so we use these all day
  • Onesies/sleepers – I have SO many cute oufits for her, but putting on a onesie or sleeper is the easiest
  • Rock and Play – she sleeps in this in our room
  • Swing or bouncey seat – we have both and she likes both,but you only really need 1 or the ohter
  • Carseat – obvious reasons
  • Good quality burpcloths – I bought some cloth diapers and those work great!
  • Lightweight blankets

We have sooo much other stuff, but those are items I use most often and feel are important

Post # 21
2804 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I don’t undertand why you would wait to buy a crib (and purchase a substitute) if you have to get one eventually anyway. If the idea is to save money, it seems like that would be wasting quite a bit. Plenty of people put their newborns in their cribs in the beginning and have no problems. Some do have problems (I did), but if you are trying to save money, then I would wait to see how your baby does. 

Like most have said, the essentials are diapers, wipes, crib, car seat and clothes. What works for each baby is going to differ. What you choose to buy is up to you and your own sanity as well as how your want to parent.  Do you want to wear your baby or use a stroller? Co-Sleep or crib? Nurse or bottlefeed? 

You also don’t need the expensive version of bouncers, swings, bassinets, etc. The cheaper versions work just fine (cheap as in not fancy, not cheap as in not safe). There are lots of second hand kid stores out there that sell all these items in good condition. You can also check out garage sales, facebook parent and sale groups, and craigslist as well. 

Post # 22
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

My daughter slept in a pack n play in our room for the first four months- no separate bassinet. Her crib’s from IKEA, but we splurged on an organic mattress. As others mentioned, you can get a lot of items via craigslist/consignment stores/ facebook swap groups. I bought her Mamaroo and the bulk of her toys second hand. I like Lucie’s List, http://www.lucieslist.com/, and the book “Baby Bargains” for registry suggestions.

And I agree- every baby’s different. We only swaddled for a week (then transitioned to sleep sacks), and my daughter was neutral about her Mamaroo. Keep tags/receipts, and see if friends will let you try things out (rock n play, for example)

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