Preparing for a new baby can be overwhelming. There are so many different products available out there, it’s hard to know what you will actually need and use. After having baby number 1, I learned a lot! I bought things that I never used, and didn’t buy enough of things that I used all the time! I thought it might be helpful for some new momma’s, and even some experienced ones, to create a checklist of sorts. Below are some of the basics that you will want to have for the first six weeks with your new baby (and beyond!) Products I have grown to love, and new products I will be using for baby #2!
1. Bassinet – Rylee slept in a bassinet beside our bed for about the first 3 months. We used a larger wicker bassinet from Pottery Barn that was handed down to us….but I really love this simple understated folding bassinet by Cariboo. The moses basket is another great option for when they are tiny.
2. Crib – Of course, you will need a crib. As well as a crib mattress, a waterproof mattress pad and bedding. This Oeuf Classic Crib has always been a favorite of mine. Fortunately, I was able to save a pretty penny here because my handy dad just finished building Rylee her own “big girl bed” and also did a matching crib for Cru. My splurge went to linen bedding from Restoration Hardware.
3. Baby Seat / Bouncer – I found this really helpful in getting things done around the house or while working on the computer. I would strap Rylee in and she would usually fall asleep to the subtle vibration, or if nothing else, just be soothed by the motion. Pictured is the Nuna Leaf which I will be using for Cru. It was designed to mimic a falling leaf and gently sways from side to side with a light push. It is noise-free and motor-free.
5. Bath Tub – I love this PUJ infant tub. It’s simple to set up, fits perfectly in your sink, and can store flat on a hook behind your door.
7. Nightlight – I was gifted this Porcelain Owl Nightlight and I am in love with it :) It’s nice to have just a tiny bit of light during all of those midnight wake up calls.
8. Swaddling Blankets – I used these all the time in the beginning. I’d recommend having at least 4-5. My favorite are these cotton muslin ones by Aden + Anais.
9. Swaddle Pod or Wrap – These things saved us when Rylee was an infant! She was a wiggle worm and this was the only thing we found that kept her hands tucked in and away from her face at night. Pictured is what I recommend: Organic Cotton Summer Infant SwaddleMe . We also used the SwaddlePod.
10. Mobile – I initially got a mobile for the nursery just for the sheer cuteness factor, but they really do entertain baby while he/she is getting changed. This Sheep Herd Mobile is super cute.
11. White Noise Machine – This Sleep Sheep was another life saver early on. A sound box is tucked inside with 4 soothing sounds to lull your baby to sleep.
12. Pacifiers – …or as we call them “binkie’s”. Rylee always used the Philips Avent Soothie Pacifiers. But I recently discovered the Natursutten ‘Small’ Natural Rubber Orthodontic Pacifier. It’s made of all-natural rubber and is specifically designed to gently touch baby’s nose so it more closely mimics breastfeeding. It also matches baby’s natural mouth movements to promote healthy orthodontic development.
13. Onesie’s / Overalls – Lots and lots of them. Simple is better. I preferred the ones that buttoned down the legs for easy diaper changes. Pictured is the Union Suit by Goat-Milk.
14. Booties – Infant shoes are pretty over-rated. All they really wear for the first 6 weeks are socks or knit booties (find a pair that are snug around the ankle and don’t fall off all the time).
15. Take Me Home Set – I love this sweet organic cotton thermal blanket and hat set by Little Merry Fellows.
16. Carseat – Of course, you will need a carseat. Pictured is my favorite Pipa infant carseat by Dutch brand Nuna.
17. Stroller – A stroller is one of those items worth spending a little bit of money on. You will get more use out of it than almost any other item you buy for your baby and you want it to stand the test of time. I love the design and functionality of the Stokke Xplory. This is the stroller I will be using for Cru….along with the riding board for Rylee to tag along.
19. Washable Breast Pads – You’ll want a handful of these! Keeping those embarrassing leaks at bay! I recommend these by Boob.
20. Nursing Pillow – These help keep your arms and baby comfortable during feedings. Pictured is the gray minky pillow by Nursing Pillow.
21. Nursing Bra – I’d suggest investing in 2 of these. If you plan on breastfeeding your baby, this bra will be replaced by your “cute” ones for everyday use. Fortunately, Boob Design has a few pretty cute nursing bra options, like this Dotted “Fast Food” bra. (such a fitting name too!)
22. Burp Clothes – Just get a lot! And bring them everywhere :) Featured are SwaddleDesigns Baby Burpies
23. Breast Pump – Pictured: Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Double Electric Breast Pump. I was still working at an office outside of my home for the first 6 months after having Rylee. I used a Medela breast pump everyday. It’s fast and efficient, and allows you to be hands-free! It’s even useful for when you are at home and need to be multi-tasking while pumping. Just purchase a pumping bra along with it and you are good to go.
24. Diaper Bag – I searched and searched for a cute diaper bag before having Rylee and had the hardest time finding anything I liked. I ended up with a really simple one….but now have come to the conclusion that really any large tote with pockets will work just fine. A waterproof inside is nice, but not totally necessary. I’d say just find a bag you really love that is large enough to fit all of your baby essentials, and use that! I am a big fan of all of the Cleobella totes, and use one myself as a “diaper bag”.
25. Diapers – an obvious one you are likely not to skip over….but I recommend Honest Diapers. They have a snug fit and great absorbency…and really cute designs on top of it!
27. Diaper Wipes – Recommended: Water Wipes
Hope these suggestions help some of you in preparing for baby! xx