Welcome! I’m so glad that you’re here! I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this you are probably about to have a baby – CONGRATS! That’s one of the best feelings in the entire world. This post will naturally be a little long so I won’t keep you waiting too long.
This is just a list of items that I found to be the absolute essentials for when we brought our sweet daughter, Vandy, home. Everyone’s idea of the essentials is probably different but I will give you my list of essentials and I’ll add just a little bit about why this was an essential for us. I will also leave a link to the exact item that we have so that you can check it out, if you’re interested. I am not an affiliate for any of these items and this is not a sponsored post!
- Crib OR Bassinet – This may not be an essential for everyone because tons of people co-sleep with their babies. My husband and I do not (and haven’t)co-slept with our daughter and this is just how we felt the most comfortable. Our crib is a really awesome metal-style crib, I can’t seem to find it online!
- Diapers – I feel like pretty much everyone can agree that this is an essential. We, personally, use Huggies because our daughter ended up having the beginnings of a rash (super red and splotchy skin) the very first time that we used a different kind of diaper. So, we’ve just stuck with what worked well for her.
- Wipes – We do use Water Wipes and we have from the very beginning. We love these and they seem to work really well. They are a little bit more pricey and you will probably need to order them. We have them shipped to our door from Amazon Prime so shipping is free.
- Sleep Sack – We use a sleep sack because it makes us feel better about Vandy’s sleep habits. Maybe not technically an essential but it was for us. Also, our hospital provided one so we had a backup! We have the Halo Sleep Sack in Medallion Whisper.
- Outfits – You’ll probably want to put your baby in some clothes. I would recommend getting 10 or so sleepers for cold weather babies and maybe a mix of sleepers and onesies for warm weather babies. We really love Carter’s or Target options for cute clothes for our daughter. I also suggest getting the sleepers with snaps because if you have your baby in a sleep sack, you’ll have to unzip from the top of the onesie and because the sleep sack unzips from the bottom – you’ll basically have to un-swaddle your baby completely. Trust me: you do not want to do that at 3 am.
- Lotion – After bath time and throughout the day, you will want to put some baby lotion on your baby to keep his/her skin hydrated. Vandy has SUPER dry skin and we even resort to using Aquaphor on her because her skin is just so dry in places. We use the Johnson’s Baby Lotion and it works great for our sensitive skin girl!
- Swaddle Blankets – Even if your baby doesn’t like to be swaddled, these blankets are great lightweight blankets to keep around for so many things. We actually didn’t care for muslin blankets and constantly used the swaddle blankets because they are softer and were just more versatile for us. Our favorite place to get these was Milkmaid Goods.
- Burp Cloths – If you search for actual burp cloths, you’ll find that they are crazy expensive pieces of fabric to literally wipe away spit up. UH, WHAT? Nope. We use these ‘cloth diapers‘ and they are great. Seriously so absorbent and you can buy tons for pretty cheap!
- Monitor – Everyone will feel differently about this one. We actually use 3 monitors because we are a litttttttle crazy. But, that’s okay. We use the Owlet (complete review here), an audio monitor, and a video monitor that we watch from our phones or iPad. I just suggest getting some type of monitor if you plan for your baby to sleep or nap in a separate room so that you can always be aware.
- Diaper Rash Cream – We haven’t had to use any diaper rash cream, yet, so I won’t give you a suggestion on this one. I don’t want to tell you that we love something that we really have no experience yet. However, I completely suggest having some on hand, just in case! Every baby is different and some babies get diaper rashes often.
- Bathtub – You could probably just use your sink for awhile. However, this will be pretty short lived because once the baby’s umbilical cord falls off, you’re free to give your baby full baths! This is one of Vandy’s favorite times of the day now. We actually just got this super easy to use bathtub and it works GREAT! Honestly, no fuss and I love it.
- Laundry Soap – So, again, you could probably get away without this. However, if your baby has sensitive skin, this is a must have. I recommend spending the little bit of money and being proactive on this one. We just washed all of Vandy’s clothes in this laundry soap to begin with and we didn’t have any issues.
- Baby Wash – You will definitely want some baby body wash/shampoo. We use this Johnson’s Baby Wash and we haven’t had any issues, at all!
- Carrier or Wrap – Do you still want to get some things done around your house? Want to take walks without dragging out the stroller? This is what you need! Now we did get the Tula Baby Carrier and we also have the Boba Organic Wrap. I, personally, prefer the Tula because I just feel like our daughter is more secure in this than the wrap. But, that’s just me. Most people that I know LOVE the wraps and prefer them. You could always start with a wrap and then move to the Tula or Ergo (I’ve heard great things about these, as well), if you want to!
- Car Seat – THIS IS A MUST. You literally won’t be able to leave the hospital without one. Be sure that you have a safe, non-expired car seat. This is so, so important. We have this Graco SnugRide 40. We chose this one because we knew that we’d be able to use it for a long time. The ratings were really good and I actually liked the looks of it. So far, we are in love with it. It is pretty heavy, however, it is so nice and it’s completely worth the price, in my opinion.
- Car Seat Cover – This will be super important because you don’t want to leave your brand new baby exposed to the wind, sun, cold air, or anything else. We really love this car seat cover from Milk Snob.
OPTIONAL (but super necessary for us)
- Bottles – if you exclusively breast feed, you can skip this (and the next few)! We love the Dr. Brown’s bottles, bottle brush, and formula dispenser. I would highly recommend them! We’ve had 0 issues with any of these awesome products from Dr. Brown’s!
- Hats – if you have a cold weather baby, these will be a must. We have tons of different brands and styles and really anything but the ‘cap’ style is great! The cap style doesn’t cover a baby’s ears well.
- Formula – if you’re breast feeding, this won’t really apply to you. However, you may end up supplementing and sometimes things don’t work out as we plan (that’s okay!). We exclusively use formula and our little chunk is as healthy as can be. No shame from us, either way!
Okay, I think that’s it! Do you have anything that you think should be added to the list? Leave your feedback in a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!
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