When Mr. STS and I found out back in August that I was pregnant with our first baby, we started reading. A LOT. We had no idea how to prepare or what to expect. I got used to telling myself that we had nine months to figure things out. Then, time started flying by and I was nearing the halfway mark with a bunch of scrambled baby information in my head that I had gained through books, online reading, and (informal) interviews of moms I know. It was time to make decisions and put together a list of newborn baby essentials (in my first-time mom’s eyes).
I created my baby registry on Amazon, since most of the items I buy will be from there anyway. You can also add items from other stores to your Amazon registry and have it all in one place. The best part is that you get 10%-15% off when you purchase the items off your Amazon registry! I don’t plan on having a baby shower, but I still made an Amazon baby registry for the perks!
The items below are things I have either already purchased or plan on purchasing before Baby STS arrives. I will be splitting up the purchases over the next four months for ease of budgeting and to avoid getting hit with a huge statement!
Stroller – This was the first item on my list to tackle. I wanted a smooth ride, option to have baby rear-facing, and a large basket. It also had to be easy to fold and unfold. We went to Buy Buy Baby and test drove a few strollers. Ultimately, we decided on the Uppababy Cruz and got it during a Cyber Monday sale. I am in love with it! I hope Baby STS will be, too.
Snug seat – Newborns are supposed to lie flat instead of sitting up in a car seat for an extended period of time. Instead of buying a pricey bassinet that will be useless in a couple months, Uppababy has an Infant Snug Seat that I can use with my stroller. I pop it right into the stroller seat and recline the seat all the down. It isn’t completely flat, but it comes very close.
Infant car seat – Since we went with an Uppababy stroller, it made sense to get their Mesa car seat. It clicks into the stroller easily with no need for additional adapters. My sister-in-law loves her Maxi-Cosi and I agree that it is the lightest infant car seat I have tried. However, the Maxi-Cosi is quite long in length, making it difficult to fit in my car’s backseat. I drive a small sedan. At a pound or two heavier, the Mesa was a much better fit.
Carrier – I decided early on in my pregnancy that I would be baby-wearing as much as I could. I think it will free up my hands to get things done around the house, go grocery shopping, and bond with Baby STS. I’m always afraid that baby will be too hot, because he is due in May and we live in Florida. I kept this in mind when looking for a carrier and decided on the Lillebaby Airflow. It’s made of a breathable mesh, which I think will be perfect for us year-round. Lillebaby offers a few other models if you live in a state with actual seasons.
Bathtub – This tub on Amazon has amazing reviews and a great price! I like that the tub keeps baby from sliding everywhere. A slippery baby is a dangerous baby!
Washcloths – I think it’d be easier to bathe a baby with a washcloth. You’d have better water control and easier access to tiny baby parts!
Hooded towel – I love aden + anais for anything towel or blanket-related. They have the softest stuff! I like the owl print that matches the washcloths! This hooded towel from Pottery Barn Kids is another one that is too cute to pass up!
Mustela 2-in-1 wash – Who doesn’t love a good 2-in-1?
Mustela body lotion – I apply lotion after my showers, baby should too, right? I’ve read that the Mustela line is great for babies’ sensitive skin.
DockATot – This is a newer product on the market and moms seem to be LOVING it. Moms says their babies (and toddlers!) are sleeping much better and longer with the DockATot. I’M SOLD! The dock can also be used for diaper changes, tummy time, or just lounging.
Pack ‘n Play – We are still deciding where baby will sleep. In the first few months, baby will be in our room so that I can feed him more conveniently. This Graco Pack ‘n Play has great reviews and comes with a reversible newborn napper/changer. However, I don’t want to have problems transitioning Baby STS to a crib later on if he’s used to the Pack ‘n Play. Most moms I know say their crib was never used. Some co-slept and others used a Pack ‘n Play until their child transitioned to a toddler bed.
Crib – I would love to skip the crib, but Mr. STS gets up at 5am for work and we don’t want to wake the baby. Depending on how things go, we might move baby into a crib in his nursery. I like this Babyletto Hudson crib. It’s a nice, simple design and converts to a toddler bed. The price also includes the toddler bed conversion kit, which is great because many places make you buy that separately.
Crib mattress – This is another 2-in-1 item. One side of the mattress is firmer for infants and the other side is more plush for toddlers.
Crib sheets – Elephants were my absolute favorite when I was a kid! These organic sheets are adorable and come in three colors.
Swaddle blankets – As I had mentioned before, I love aden + adais for blankets. I don’t plan on buying a Woombie or anything like that, unless I have trouble with the aden + anais blankets.
Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment – I hear this stuff is great, not only for diaper rashes, but for other skin irritations as well.
Philips Avent pacifiers – I see them in green the most, but I want them in yellow! They also come in purple and pink.
Nursing cover – This one from Bebe Au Lait is the cutest! It comes in a variety of designs. There are different fabric options as well, and I chose the muslin for breathability.
Nursing pads – Lansinoh seems to be the go-to brand for nursing pads. I trust the 1500+ 4.5 star reviews!
Bandana bibs – Tell me these are not the cutest bibs ever! Another 2-in-1 product – bib and fashion accessory. I follow the company, Copper Pearl, on Instagram and can’t stop scrolling through all the stylish cuties they have on their feed!
Swing – Every mom I know SWEARS by this swing. I will not doubt their expertise.
Rock ‘n Play – The incline of the Rock ‘n Play is comfortable for some babies. Many moms say their babies will only fall asleep in a Rock ‘n Play. I figure it doesn’t hurt to have one handy just in case.
Bouncer – I see this being a lifesaver for when I have to shower or pee.
NoseFrida – Mmm, a snot sucker! Seriously though, the NoseFrida will make clearing those baby nostrils so much easier.
Thermometer – A good thermometer is a must-have! When baby is crying and you’ve already fed, changed, and rocked him, you might want to make sure he isn’t running a temperature.
Nail clipper – This nail clipper comes with a magnifying glass to help you with those tiny baby fingers!
Boogie wipes – These saline wipes are perfect for the face and nose.
Laundry powder – I’m excited to try this laundry powder. Reviews say it’s safe for babies, yet powerful enough to fight stains. If this is true, I’d love to use it for all of our laundry.
I didn’t list any toys or books, because I can get those after baby is born. This list is primarily for things that I must have ready before baby’s arrival.
Alright, moms, am I missing anything? What are your must-have newborn baby essentials that I need to add to my list?
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