(Closed) What do you REALLY need when you have a baby?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

You NEED: diapers.

Post # 5
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

What do babies do?  Eat, sleep, and poop.  So you have to be able to feed them: bottles/formula or a good nursing bra and maybe a pump and something to freeze milk in.  They need to sleep (on their back): a safe crib and sleep sack or swaddling blankets.  They need to be kept clean: some baby shampoo and diapers, wipes, etc.  If you have to take them anywhere (like home from the hospital) you need a carseat.  It’s a pain, but you can move the same one to different cars. 

Babies can use adult furniture for their tiny clothes.  They can sleep in a pack-n-play.  They can wear the same outfit more than once (although they make a lot of messes, so unless you like doing laundry 3x a day, it’s nice to have a lot of onsies). 

Post # 6
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011


Stroller and car seat

place to sleep (whether that be bassinet or crib or whatever else) and mattress

place to change bum (whether that be a dresser with a pad on top or a dedicated changing table)

place to put clothes

Diapers and diaper changing supplies (wipes, cream, etc)

place to bathe baby and supplies

Nice to have:



breast pump (although this might be a necessity, it depends on the individual)

Also? Don’t worry about the onesie/clothes thing. Please loooooooooooove buying baby clothes. It’s like they go craycray when confronted with the adorable cuteness.

Post # 8
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Diapers, a place for the baby to sleep, something for the baby to wear, and something for the baby to eat 🙂 after the first couple of weeks, you can gauge to see what else you need (we bring the baby to my moms, we need a pack and play; the baby loves to be rocked, we need a swing; etc) but do not feel like you need to stock up on this stuff…I really think the whole baby buying consumerism industry is worse than the wedding (this coming from someone who cried and fought for a $600 stroller before the baby was even born).


Post # 9
588 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2007 - Radisson Hotel

Necessities: diapers, a form of food (boobs/breast pads, or formula/bottles), a place to put them to sleep, and a car seat. Clothing is necessary for outings and cold weather, things like onesies. A swing or bouncer isn’t necessary but a sanity saver. I have a 2.5 year old, and we used: diapers, the carseat with the stroller frame for it (60 bucks on Amazon), a bassinet, a manual hand-pump for my boobs, onesies and socks, an infant tub with bath products, gripe water and burp cloths.

Post # 10
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Diapers, wipes, a blanket, a car seat, and bottles/nipples. 

Post # 11
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you’re having your baby during a cooler season, for clothes, I would recommend footed sleepers. My little one wore those mostly for the first few months.

They’re easy for diaper changes, comfortable for baby (I hated fussing with my tiny baby, trying to get things over her head or putting pants on, etc), and keep their little toes covered better than socks (which never stay on at that age!).

Post # 12
1575 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012


Bottles if you do not plan on breastfeeding.

A basket (I would never bother with a bassinette)

A bag to carry baby stuff

Car Seat

A few baby clothes – onsies, a few sleepers, etc. Usually everyone else will give you clothes or hand them down. Yard sales are great place to get baby clothes.

Later –


High chair

Heaven knows, if I had it to do all over again, that’s ALL I would buy.

Post # 13
575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

This sounds bad, but we put a registery together with some things we just want and it comes to $3,000. I feel like what every child needs is so different. I have heard from many moms that they can’t live without a swing or a bouncer… so we put both on our list. We got a pack and play only because we travel often… otherwise we would just get a crib. It really is overwhelming but I have found that it is less like the wedding registry because at the end of the day we are confident we will buy everything off our registry because we will need it. Of course a baby can survive on much less, but thats our perspective  

Post # 15
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Diapers and a car seat.  Dh was raised in the woods on less than that!

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