It can be overwhelming as a new parent, to decide which baby items are really necessary and which ones are not too important. This is a list of my baby must-haves.
1. Moby Wrap: Our son loves to be held close. With the wrap we can go on walks, run errands or just snuggle with both hands being free for other things. He can sleep for up to two hours in the wrap, which gives us the chance to get some things done, without him being unhappy.
2. Medela Electric Double Breast Pump: Without it, I probably wouldn’t be able to breastfeed at all, because he was in the nursery for a couple of days. And even after that, he was so tiny and wouldn’t latch on very well, so he had to be topped up with pumped milk. I only used it for a few weeks, but I’m sure it will come in handy, when I will return to work, or when I start working out and daddy will be taking care of him for a couple of hours.
3. Medela Tender Care lanolin nipple ointment: soothes sore and cracked nipples.
4. Nursing pillow: brings baby closer to the breast and can prevent a sore back. I didn’t get one until our little guy was a couple of weeks old and, let me tell you, it does make a difference! Many pregnancy body pillows can also be helpful for breastfeeding.
5. Nursing bra pads: to prevent embarrassing leaks when out and about and to stop nighttime leaks.
6. Swaddling Blankets: I love Aden+Anais Muslin Wraps. I use them for swaddling, as stroller cover, and burp cloths among other things. They are super soft and come in a bunch of cute designs.
7. Stroller: The bassinette allows us to go for walks, when he is sleepy, and it has a seat, for when he is bigger and can sit more upright when he has more head control. It can also be adapted for various car seats. However, new babies shouldn’t be in the car seat for longer periods of time (you can read more here), so a bassinette is a safer option if you plan on going for longer walks with your baby.
8. Sleepers and kimono style onesies: These make nighttime changes a lot easier, because of front buttons. No awkward pulling of tight diaper shirts over baby’s head!
9. Enough diapers and wipes: Whether you are using cloth or disposables (or both), you do not want to run out of these!
10. Healthy snacks for mom: When daddy is back at work, and all baby wants to do is breastfeed and snuggle, it can be hard to remember to eat healthy. It is however super important for baby’s sake that mom is fed properly, as insufficient nutrition can affect the milk supply. My go-to snacks are: instant oatmeal (I prefer steel cut oats, but don’t feel like cooking them right now), apples and bananas, cereal bars, baby carrots and other cut veggies (Whole Foods sells them pre-cut…). These are also portable, in case you have to run to a doctor’s appointment but had no time for breakfast or lunch that day.
Keep in mind, every baby has different needs, so the items I list here are those that work best for our son, and I am very glad that I’ve bought them! Your little one might enjoy completely different items and toys than ours, such as mobiles or swings. We can still entertain him with our silly faces right now.
What is your absolute #1 baby must-have?