There is absolutely nothing more overwhelming than walking into buybuy BABY for the first time and attempting to register for the baby you are absolutely clueless about. There’s so, so much baby stuff you just don’t need and it’s hard to see clearly when everything is so foreign and unfamiliar, and also teddy bear or fox-shaped. But, the truth is, you really don’t need all that much for a baby. Below are the bare necessities for you and your baby, so you can spend less time stressing over what you need, and more time eating ice cream from the carton. Because, girlfriend, those days are numbered…
Before diapers (although, yes, those are important too) and before baby powders and ointments, you’re gonna wanna get a big supply of baby wipes. Since your little is going to be doing a lot of pooping and peeing, you want to make sure you’re cleaning them up super thoroughly, and it helps to have a durable and high-quality wipe. Amazon Elements baby wipes for sensitive skin have over 21,000 reviews and 4.6 out of 5 stars. Parents loooove these wipes because not only are they tough (without irritating Baby’s skin), but they’re easy on the wallet. When you’re going to be spending a fortune on diapers, you’ll want to save where you can. With wipes, it’s smart to just go ahead and stock up, because your need for them will be never-ending — literally.
Again, we can’t stress *enough* how important wipes are. If you’re looking for a fresh scent to mask the lovely baby poop smell, these are still incredibly gentle and get the job done really well. These wipes have almost 10,600 reviews and 4.7 out of 5 stars. And with these, you can actually subscribe and save 5-15%, which is huge, considering you’ll be using baby wipes until the day your kids are going off to college (and TBH you’ll still be using them, anyway, because baby wipes are a godsend).
You need a tried-and-true diaper brand to rely on, and Huggies has been there for us for awhile. Huggies offers diaper sizes for newborns up to 6. Parents love Huggies for their GentleAbsorb Liner which protects your little one’s skin while the Pocketed Back Waistband helps prevent, um, explosions from happening. Their Leak Lock System also helps eliminate leaks for up to 12 hours — so no matter what, you and Baby are protected from a big ‘ole mess, and your little one stays as clean and comfy as possible.
If you want good diapers that are also good to Mother Earth, Seventh Generation diapers will be your go-to eco-friendly option. These specific diapers are ideal for sensitive skin and are made for newborns up to 10 pounds. (Plus, the prints are suuuuper cute.)
There’s nothing in the world better than a freshly bathed baby. Nothing. And once you get past the first panic inducing one, bath time is actually fun. You’ll want a dependable and easy-to-use baby tub, especially if it’s your first time dealing with one. Parents love The First Year’s because it’s durable and budget-friendly.
But if you don’t go the Snoo route, you can always swaddle your baby yourself. This helps keep your little one nice and snug and secure. The fabric is so soft, you’ll wish you were the one getting swaddled.
Much as we hate unnecessary laundry, it really is a must to wash clothes before putting them on your baby. (But don’t make the mistake of taking the tags off of every outfit and washing them all before the baby is even born. There’s a good chance the sizing will be off and once they’re washed, you can’t return them.) Dreft detergent costs a fortune, so most moms love All Free and Clear.
Get yourself a convertible baby crib so you don’t need to swap out a crib for something bigger for a toddler. This 4-in-1 easily converts from crib to toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed.
Outfits with buttons and snaps are cute and all, but when you’re seriously sleep deprived and your baby needs a diaper change every hour, quick and easy is the way to go. Your baby will most likely live in shoulder gowns because they’re just *so* easy. Here are some cute fall-themed ones, but you can easily find others on Amazon.
You don’t have to be an attachment parent to wear your baby, you just have to want to get shit done. If your baby wants to be held constantly, you can either hold him or her and do nothing, or wear him or her and do everything. Obvious choice, huh? Even better, dad can wear it, too. Ergobaby’s baby carrier is super high-quality and comes in a bunch of fun prints you can choose from.
The nurses won’t ask if you know CPR or how many years of babysitting experience you have, but they will ask you if you have a carseat, and they won’t let you leave the hospital without one. When the baby is little, you’ll want an infant seat, and then you’ll need a convertible one once he or she outgrows it. Brita B-Safe is a mom favorite, as it’s proven to be super safe and comfortable.
You’ll want a stroller that you can use both with the infant seat and once the baby outgrows it. The most recommended was the Graco Modes Click Connect stroller, which transitions from an infant car seat carrier to an infant stroller to a toddler stroller (up to 50 pounds.) That’s a lot of bang for your buck.
If you breastfeed, you’re going to want a nursing pillow. Is it *essential*? I guess not, the job will get done either way. Is it super helpful and make you and Baby more comfortable during feedings? Hell yes. Just get a good nursing pillow so that while your baby is eating for the 20th time, you can also get some rest (sorta). This one from Boppy truly gives your arms and back the support they need by helping you lift your little one more ergonomically. It’s machine-washable, too, so no need to worry about cleanup.
If you choose not to breastfeed, you’ll need to stock up on LOTS of formula. We love Mama Bear’s because it’s easy to digest, doesn’t contain icky ingredients like growth hormones, includes 2’-FL HMO for immune support, and it’s also on sale right now. You get 15% off your first purchase and if you subscribe, ya save even more.
At some point, you’ll most likely need bottles, and Phillips Avent bottles come with a natural nipple shape baby’s respond well to (its wide shape makes it easier for them to latch on to). Plus, these are BPA-free.
Whether you choose to opt for one of these or the traditional audio monitors, these will let you breathe a little easier should you put the baby down to sleep and leave the room. This camera/baby monitor is cost effective, easy to use, *and* syncs with Alexa.
Every part of newborns grows super quickly, and their nails are no exception. But because they’re always flailing about, the likelihood of them scratching themselves in the face is pretty high. Newborn mittens are the best way to combat this and protect those pretty little faces from those pretty little fingers. Cotton is best for ultimate softness.
New parents are always fretting about germs and sanitizing everything for their new little bundle of joy. For your own peace of mind, buy a sterilizer for bottles and pacifiers and let that do the work for you. There are plenty of microwavable and electrical options to choose from at a variety of prices. We like this one because it’s super fast, effective, and under $25.
So there you go; everything you really need for a baby.
Changing table? Sure, they look nice in the nursery and make life easier, but the top of a dresser or the kitchen counter work fine, too. Wipe warmer? Puh-lease. You want to be warming up wipes for life? No, you don’t. You will probably want a baby swing or bouncy seat of some sort, and people are obsessed with that , but for the most part, you can go without too many extras. Stressing over everything you need to buy just isn’t worth it. The baby will be fine.
And so will you.