(Closed) What baby items are a must have for newborns?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

As for the swing/bouncer– yes, probably great to have, but people keep telling us to see if a friend or family member will let you try your baby out in one first before you buy. Some babies like swings, some don’t. Some like bouncers, some don’t. Some like the vibration setting on bouncers, some don’t.

The only truly essential must-haves are

  1. car seat (if you live somewhere where you drive often)
  2. clothing
  3. blankets
  4. diapers & diapering supplies
  5. place for baby to sleep

Other things that seem pretty essential to me or handy:

  1. Being prepared to send someone to get breastfeeding or formula supplies if you need them (knowing what kind you’d like to get, knowing who you will send to get it & from where)
  2. Extra washcloths & spit rags (cloth diapers) to clean up/prevent baby messes
  3. Unless you’re planning to use an infant car seat, a carrier or stroller (that works for newborns)

Other than that– it’s all truly optional– whatever you feel woud be most convenient, fit your lifestyle, and that you think will be best for your baby. Google “bare bones” or “just the basics” baby lists for some ideas… you can always add to them, but they’re a good place to start.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

A SWADDLE!

Fisher Price Rock N Play Sleeper

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

We have a swing and bouncer, and haven’t used either yet. Granted our baby is only 5 days old, but for us it’s hard b/c we don’t like putting her where the dog can get to her.

The things we use the most are definetly recieving blankets. I thought it was kind of boring to get, but we get so much use out of them.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

You may find this thread to be helpful though it isn’t aimed specifically at must-haves.  There are several things that show up over and over that could be considered must-haves.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Aden & Anias swaddling blankets! 🙂

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

my kids both hated swings and bouncers- we had the glider thing and it was amazing. worth looking into….

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Diaper rash ointment. Newborns tend to get terrible diaper rashes in the first few days of life. Desitin Creamy works the best, for my daughter it did at least.

PLENTY of diapers. They will sometimes go through five in five minutes if they get going. 

Bottles and formula on hand JUST IN CASE you cannot breastfeed/the baby doesn’t take to the nipple. My daughter didn’t and fought me for 3 days on breastfeeding until I was sore and bleeding and she was screaming from hunger and I finally had to cave and give her a bottle of formula. Best decision I ever made, but you don’t want to be empty handed if you have to do this and then wait with your squalling baby while somebody runs to the store to get it all. 

Lots of onesies (they’ll puke and get… other stuff on them, so they’ll be changed often) and blankets for swaddling. And plenty of rags for spit up, because they’ll spit up every time you burp them. 

I think, at a minimum, this is what you need. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I agree with camrie, A SWADDLE!!!! Absolutley, loved the swaddle and my daughter was sleeping through the night very early!

Swing was very useful too.  My daughter had acid reflux so the dr recommended her sleeping in a swing until it went away and she loved it.

 

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

ditto what others said — i would also add a graco pack n play to the list if you’re thinking about getting a bassinet. not ESSENTIAL per se – i’m sure many happy babies sleep in their own crib or co-sleep 🙂 but i am so thankful for our pack n play cause our baby loves it! its essentially a play yard with a bassinet and changing table attachments at the top. it has vibration, music, and nature sound options, and a large shade so he can nap next to the window without too much direct light. my little boy loves it and sleeps very soundly, and when he outgrows the bassinet we plan to use the play yard until it falls apart lol.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

ditto what others said — i would also add a graco pack n play to the list if you’re thinking about getting a bassinet. not ESSENTIAL per se – i’m sure many happy babies sleep in their own crib or co-sleep 🙂 but i am so thankful for our pack n play cause our baby loves it! its essentially a play yard with a bassinet and changing table attachments at the top. it has vibration, music, and nature sound options, and a large shade so he can nap next to the window without too much direct light. my little boy loves it and sleeps very soundly, and when he outgrows the bassinet we plan to use the play yard until it falls apart lol.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My son didn’t do well sleeping flat because of congestion issues, so he literally slept in his swing and car seat carrier for the first several months.  The swing was invaluable.  We also had a graco pack n’ play but pretty much just used the changing table function and play yard.  My son is also very tactile, and he LOVED those little plush blanket squares with animals.  Kept him very happy!  Ditto the receiving blankets.  I would also recommend having a pump purchased if you plan to Boyfriend or Best Friend.  Keep the receipt so you can return it if necessary, but nice to have on hand.  I thought I would Boyfriend or Best Friend and didn’t buy one… fast forward three days after he was born, still wasn’t wanting to Boyfriend or Best Friend (despite numerous attempts with lactation consultants), and I was sending my mom out to Babies R Us to get supplies last minute.  Definitely would have been less stressful to have a back-up plan ready.

Good luck!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

sorry for the double post

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

My daughter sleeps in a swing too.  It helped her figure out nights and days since the swing would rock her to sleep if she thought it was play time.

Swaddles – muslin swaddles especially if it will be warm weather 

I just signed up for a bunch of baby stuff so I have a couple different companies that sent me free samples of formula.  We haven’t used any but it was fine to have in the house just in case.

Some sort of sling or wrap helped at first

Bottles – whether you’re breast or formula feeding.  I developed mastitis after 2 weeks breastfeeding and it was nice to let my husband give her pumped milk while I slept off the fever or took hot showers.

Diapers – we’re cloth diapering but had a box of newborn disposable diapers – she’s 9 weeks and we haven’t made it through the box yet but diapers of all sorts are nice to have on hand especially when figuring out what their skin sensitivities are.

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