Last updated on January 12th, 2023 at 02:29 pm
It’s time to register for your upcoming baby shower. Wandering the aisles of Target or scrolling through hundreds of items on Amazon can be seriously overwhelming. Or maybe it’s exciting for you, and you’re about to register for all the things. Either way, let me help you out with this list of 11 must-have baby items.
The truth is, there’s so much more out there than you will ever need. You want to make sure that your family and friends gift you things that will be useful, and you certainly don’t want to waste money on the unnecessary when there are diapers to buy. So take it from a seasoned mom, and start with these essentials.
11 Must-Have Baby Items
A diaper bag that doubles as a purse
Gone are the days when the diaper bag matches the baby. Even if you try to carry a separate purse, it’ll get tossed in the diaper bag more often than not. So go with something stylish that fits your needs while having all the necessary compartments for everything baby needs.
It’s just super convenient to have an infant seat that clicks out of the car and right into the stroller without having to disturb a sleeping baby! A travel system stroller is an absolute must.
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Don’t do what I did and bring baby home from the hospital, look around, and wonder what on earth you’re going to do with the tiny bundle. You can get a bouncer with all the bells and whistles or something very simple and under-stimulating. If you do want to go higher-end, try the 4moms mamaRoo 4 infant seat with five speeds and unique motions (including car ride, rock-a-bye, and wave), plus built-in sounds.
Your arms, shoulders, and neck can actually get sore holding that tiny little baby at feeding time. The Boppy Pillow is a lifesaver! It helps position baby so that you’re both comfortable and baby is supported. In later months, baby can use it to practice tummy time and sitting up.
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I never did have one of these cute little chew toys for my kids, but I sure wish I had! It is made of natural rubber and is for some reason the perfect teether. Ask just about any mama!
Sleep sacks or swaddle blankets
Many moms swear by the Aden + Anais swaddle blankets. If your babe is anything like mine were and hates to be swaddled, a sleep sack is the perfect alternative. Either way, you’ll be keeping baby warm and safe.
If you plan to breastfeed, a breast pump is a must! Not all pumps are alike, though. This is an item that is totally worth splurging on.
Whether or not you plan to be a baby-wearing mama, a quality and comfortable baby carrier is really nice to have. There are so many options out there, and the truth is several of them are really great. Personal preference plays a huge role, so see if you can borrow a friend’s to test it out. My personal favorite is the Tula Ergonomic Carrier.
The exact type of tub is not nearly as important as simply having one. That slippery babe will be much easier to bathe in an infant tub than in the kitchen sink. Trust me.
No matter what you do, that innocent baby is bound to poop, pee, or spit up through just about every cute outfit he wears. Having a stack of simple onesies to keep in the diaper bag for emergencies or to have him wear when you’re hanging around the house just makes life easier.
A baby monitor
OK, so baby monitors aren’t a necessity, and people lived for thousands of years without them, but they sure do make life easier. When it’s just you and your baby at home, it can be difficult to even take a shower. But, when you’ve got the baby monitor turned on and can hear (or watch) your little one, it does give you much more peace of mind. There are lots of baby monitors to choose from, so you will definitely find one to fit your budget.
That’s it! These are the must-have baby items–the things you need to care for your new, sweet baby. Don’t forget to register for diapers and wipes. And then go ahead and register for some of those not-as-important items because let’s be honest, it’s fun! Welcome to parenthood!
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