Today a friend suggested I share my must-have baby products for newborns.
I don’t claim to know it all about babies. I only have one, and I’m betting she’s one of a kind. I do, however, know what worked best for us and I’m hoping this list will help someone out there.
(Disclaimer: You won’t find things like car seats and strollers on my list because those are obvious needs.)
So, in honor of theBABY’s first six steps (taken tonight!!), here are my top six must have newborn items in no particular order…
1) WonderKids Newborn Bubblestich Booties
theBABY has the tiniest feet, and these were the only socks that stayed put in those early months.
2) Gerber Cloth Diapers (Burp Clothes)
We went through burp clothes like crazy, and these beat the pretty ones any day of the week.
3) Halo SleepSack Swaddle
theBABY slept in one of these every night for the first four months. There are lots of swaddlers out there, but this one is coupled with a sleep sack that zips from the top down (for easy diaper changes). Plus, when your baby decides they want free arms, you can easily remove the swaddle altogether and use the sleep sack on its own. (Tip: Dress the babe in a sleep gown instead of a onesie or sleeper, and you’ll have absolutely no snaps to mess with during those middle-of-the-night diaper changes.)
4) Quality Hooded Towels
If more than two come in a pack, they probably aren’t quality. The best towels are the ones that are thick enough that you could use them to dry your hair. Bundle those cold, wet kiddos up in a cozy warm towel after the bath!
5) The Snot Sucker from the Hospital
Whatever they’re really called, you won’t find a better one! Take it with you guilt free. They won’t reuse it anyway.
The pediatrician will probably have samples of all kinds of baby lotion. Stay away from the stuff in the pink bottle for the first month or so. Aquaphor is great for the baby’s delicate, dry newborn skin. As they get older, it’s great for dry noses and chapped cheeks.
Well, there you have it! Nothing earth-shaking or life-changing, but it all sure helped our transition into parenthood!
Do you have something to add to the list? If I missed your newborn must have, leave it in the comments!