If you peruse Pinterest you can find lists upon lists upon lists of all the hundreds of items you need for your newborn baby. Honestly, regardless of the season, I’ve found that all you really need in the beginning is diapers, wipes, a few receiving blankets, a carseat, a diaper bag and, if you’re not breastfeeding, bottles and formula. Everything else you can get as you find yourself and baby in need of.
That said, however, there are a few items that I would recommend to have off the get-go.
1. Baby Carrier
My baby carrier was a lifesaver, especially in that first month when M cried all of the time and just wanted to be held. As you do your research, you’ll find that there a quite a few different styles of carrier, all ranging in price. While it might be best to get a second, heavier duty carrier if you’re doing intense walking/hiking, I highly recommend getting a Moby Wrap for carrying baby as you go about your regular day.
I loved my Moby Wrap. In fact, it was one of the first things I pulled out when I learned we would be welcoming a 4 week old baby boy into our home. The reason why it’s so great is because it’s lightweight and comfortable, and when you wrap it up properly it holds baby firmly in place, giving you free reign of your arms. Plus, along with being able to wrap a couple of different ways depending on how your babe likes/needs to be held, the Moby Wrap is quite affordable at around $75 CA. You can learn more here.
2. Travel Bassinet
I’ve found it super useful to have a good, sturdy travel bassinet hanging around the house (usually stored up in the kids closet). The reason why I recommend a travel bassinet in particular is that you can easily fold it up and pack it in the vehicle when you go on overnight trips, or even when you go out to the park for a picnic and play, and you can easily put it into storage when your babe outgrows it without having to take up too much room.
We have the Summer Infant By Your Side Sleeper (Lock Link) and I highly recommend it. It’s a solid travel bassinet that folds up pretty compact, and when open it has a lock link system to make sure it doesn’t unfold when baby is sleeping (especially if on a softer surface like the middle of a bed). I’ve looked at the Summer Infant website and unfortunately you can’t buy them there anymore, however you can still get them at Walmart or Toys’R’Us.
3. Bouncer Seat
Like the travel bassinet, a foldable bouncer seat is super handy to have stored up in the kids closet because even though you may not use it around the house all that often (though it is nice to be able to bring baby with you as you do your hair) it’s super useful when going to a friends house or anywhere else where you’re staying for a longer period of time that probably wouldn’t have a baby swing. Though I have a different fold up bouncer by Eddie Bauer (see here), I’ve heard really good things about the BouncePod by Kidco.
4. 4Moms Mamaroo
A Mamaroo is a must-have in my books. Why? Because let’s be honest, it’s exhausting having to rock your baby all day long or take random car rides to get the little one to fall asleep when you have household duties to tend to and/or another little one. The great thing about the Mamaroo is that it has multiple settings for whichever motion your little one likes best, multiple speeds, a white noise machine built in with a volume control, and it even has an adaptor cord so that you can plug in and play music via your phone. Cool, right?
The not-so-nice thing about Mamaroo’s is that they are pretty expensive. This is one of those items that are good to peruse your local buy and sell on Facebook for (or Kijiji/Varagesale). I’ve found that most used Mamaroo’s still have lots of life left in them. The cloth cover is easily removable to be washed, and everything else is wipeable. The only thing with a used Mamaroo is that the mobile often sags too close to the babies face, which, I’ve heard is true of brand new Mamaroo’s after a few months.
Check out the Mamaroo here.
5. Guzzie + Guss Perch
Though the Guzzie + Guss Perch hanging high-chair isn’t for newborns, as soon as your babe is able to sit up on his/her own (4+ months) they are able to sit in the Perch. This is great for having your baby join in on family meals, whether they are eating solid food yet or not.
The Perch high-chair cover is easily removable and machine washable. It easily clamps onto most tables/countertops and safely seats baby. The only disadvantage I have found is you have to wash a black chair more often as food residue shows up more blatantly than a coloured chair. I think it’s well worth the $100.
HINT: If you buy from MEC you get lifetime waranty!
I’d love to know what baby items you couldn’t live without? Post them below in the comments!