10 Must-Have Baby Items
When I was pregnant with my first baby, I was so stressed out that I wouldn’t have everything I needed before she arrived. I realized later that you really don’t need much those first few months. However, some items make life much smoother and more comfortable.
Here are the ten baby items I used the most during the first ten days after giving birth. If you can get through that first week and a half then you’ll be good to go.
Keep in mind that I had a vaginal birth (happily medicated) and I am breastfeeding.
1. Boppy Nursing Pillow
We continued using it every single day whether for nursing, tummy time, or propping a newly sitting baby. I think it is a must-have item for the first year!
2. Arm’s Reach Cosleeper
It was a lifesaver with both of my newborns. I think co-sleeping is great, but I don’t feel comfortable having a newborn in bed with me. The ARC is perfect because my little one is right beside me in her own little bed.
4. Baby Blankets
I could go on and on about the aden + anais swaddles, especially the bamboo ones. We use them for everything around here!
5. Rock ‘N Play
The Rock ‘N Play is a great solution if your baby has infant reflux and cannot sleep flat on his back. My friend said it really helped her baby.
6. Newborn Mittens
7. Footed Pajamas
Carter’s always has tons of cute ones on sale.
8. Baby Tub
We used ours for about 7 months before we transitioned to the regular tub.
9. Earth Mama Products
- Angel Baby Bottom Balm
- Angel Baby Body Wash & Shampoo
- Angel Baby Lotion (This really works on sensitive newborn skin that gets super dry from the shock of being out of the wet womb)
They all get a top score of 0-1 with EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database too.
10. Newborn Diapers
BONUS: Baby Wipes
Wipes are an obvious necessity during the first ten days but I’ll mention that Huggies Simply Clean Wipes are my favorite because they’re thick and sturdy. (Update: Although we still use Huggies wipes sometimes, I also love Water Wipes (the purest baby wipe with only water and grapefruit seed extract) and Seventh Generation wipes because they get the best scores with EWG.