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Having a baby sure is a big business. For you and the baby product companies! My oh my do they love to cash in on the business of having babies!

As a mom of 3, I wish I had known then what I know now-

You DO NOT need to spend a boatload of money and buy a million products. In fact, newborns are probably the easiest stage (in some sense) of all of them, and the least expensive!

One thing I do recommend, though, is signing up for Amazon Family. It offers the same benefits of Amazon Prime plus some extras:

  • Free 2 day shipping on all orders
  • 20% of diapers 
  • Exclusive coupons and deals from Amazon Family
  • Exclusive Baby Registry benefits
  • All other Prime benefits such as Kindle ebooks, music, TV shows and movies

Because even though you don’t need a million things, it’s nice to be able to get the things you do need on a regular basis (like diapers) delivered right to your door! You can sign up here for 30 days free and then cancel very easily– I’ve actually done this like 3 times haha.

If it’s your first baby, it’s amazing to not even question getting ready and going to the store. You can get pretty much anything on Amazon and can save even more by adding things that you would be getting monthly anyway (household items, dry goods, baby stuff) to Subscribe and Save where they offer higher and higher discounts for more items!

If you have other kids plus a newborn- getting shit delivered is probably the best thing ever. All you will miss by staying home is meltdowns, angry mom blow ups and strangers judgement!

This list is of the absolute baby must haves, NO FLUFF!

FEEDING: BABY MUST HAVES

If you are breastfeeding:

Nursing Pillow

You may have come across the ‘free nursing pillow, just pay shipping!’ While free is pretty awesome, these won’t do your shoulders any favors. They don’t shape or hold your baby up properly. This nursing pillow isn’t too expensive and has an adjustable strap to raise your baby to the right height! I only used a nursing pillow with my first and second babies. I found by the 3rd I just didn’t need one. But I LOVED having one with my first baby when I wasn’t as confident.

Nursing Bra

I searched high and low for the perfect nursing bra. I made do with some hand me downs that weren’t even the right size and really didn’t have great support. When I finally found this nursing bra, I couldn’t believe the difference!! It’s comfortable, supportive and doesn’t have any wire that digs in. The clasps are super easy to use. I recommend this bra to every mom to be, it’s that awesome!

Nipple Cream

This really is a must. If you are a DIY’er, try this recipe– just make sure to leave out the tea tree oil! If you are short on time but still want to DIY- mix a drop or two of lavender in some coconut oil and voila, nipple cream. And finally, if you couldn’t care less about making your own stuff cause babies- this is the cream I’ve been buying since my first baby. It smells like chocolate and is completely organic!

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If you are formula feeding:

Bottles

This is a bit obvious for formula feeding. Decide on whether or not you want glass bottles. Some people are worried about using plastic- I never was but that’s up to you!

Nipples

Try grabbing a couple of different sizes so you can see what flow works for your baby.

Dishwasher Basket

These are great for keeping things together and not getting lost in the dishwasher. You can buy a specialty one but the one in the dishwasher works just fine if it has a lid already!

Burp Cloths

Burp cloths are a must for feeding newborns, whether it’s breastfed or formula. Babies tend to spit up a lot! The burp cloths we bought in the beginning with my first baby are still going strong 3 kids later- you’ll use them for everything!

SLEEP: BABY MUST HAVES

White Noise Machine

This is not completely necessary but so helpful in the beginning and up until they are sleeping in their own bed. After you give birth to your baby, they are used to being inside you and hearing the muffled sounds of your heartbeat, voice and body. Having a background noise really helps them to stay sleeping, especially when you set them down! We’ve been using this one for about 4 years and love it.

Bassinet

Using a bassinet is truly for newborns, it won’t last long. However, every time I have a baby, it’s one of the most used things simply because it’s nice to have somewhere safe to put them down and not worry about other kids, animals or rolls off the couch/bed! This one is portable and comes on a stand.

Crib

This is only if you decide not to co-sleep. Someone gave me a crib for my first baby and it ended up being a great place to store laundry! If you’re curious about co-sleeping and it’s right for you, check out this article.

DIAPERING: BABY MUST HAVES

The first question you need to ask yourself is if you want to cloth diaper or use disposables. We’ve done a mixture in our family, using cloth at home and disposables overnight and when we’re out!

That’s worked great for our family, but what makes sense for you? Are you going to be home with your baby or sending them to daycare? Do you want to be dealing with laundry all. the. time?

Cloth Diapers

To be honest, I loved cloth diapers when I had one baby. I enjoyed doing it and felt like it wasn’t really that hard. I still enjoyed it with two children. I cloth diapered my 3rd baby until she was 9 months and then I didn’t want to do it anymore. The days were so hectic- making time for that was something I decided to let go.

If you decide to cloth diaper, find a good price. When I first started I bought these top of line diapers that were over 20$ a pop- yeah, not worth it. There are so many bundles and cute things for cheap and still great quality!

Don’t bother getting all different sizes- buy a one size that’s adjustable from birth to toddler and if you need something smaller in the beginning, grab a pack of newborn disposables. The newborn stage is over FAST.

 

Disposable Diapers

If you decide to go with disposables, I’ll say the same thing as at the beginning of the post- sign up for Amazon Family! Seriously, the 20% discount on diapers makes it worth it, not to mention all the other perks.

 

PUTTING DOWN

Bouncer Chair

Buying this bouncer chair was almost the best money I ever spent and I only discovered it with my last baby! Being able to set your baby down safely while you shower, cook, grab something quickly, run downstairs for something- whatever! This is such a great thing to have from 0-6 months. Worth every penny, and they do not have to be fancy or expensive.

Baby Wrap

Although not technically ‘putting down’, you will have your hands free and babywearing is absolutely, hands down one of the best things you can do for your baby. In the beginning newborn stage, throwing them in a cloth wrap keeps them snuggled up tightly (like they are used to in utero) and right next to your heartbeat can help with colic and sleep confusion. We have used this one for all three of our babies and LOVED it!

Once they start getting a bit heavier, we switch to a more heavy duty wrap. So far this has been our favorite because it’s forward, rear and side facing and machine washable.

CLOTHING

The only thing I ever dressed my babies in from pretty much 0-6 months were sleepers. If you want to go all out and have cute little outfits- go for it! I learned pretty quickly that the only things I cared about were if my baby was comfortable and I could change them easily. If it’s cold- grab full sleepers. If it’s hot, grab legless and sleeveless- these ones come with pants if you need that!

Obviously, there is a bit more to clothing. It’s really your personal preference! 3 babies later, I’ve learned to simplify the hell out of everything, including clothing.

Also, if you are having a baby shower because it’s your first, don’t go buying too much clothing. You will get LOTS of clothing!

TRAVEL: BABY MUST HAVES

Car Seat

If you have a car, you must have a carseat! Check with family members to see if someone has one to pass down or ask family and friends to pool money to get you one. People love to give gifts, never be afraid to tell them what you actually need! Otherwise you may just end up with newborn sleepers and blankets. You only need so many baby blankets…

Stroller

I tried two types of strollers- a city stroller and a jogger. The jogger was hands down my favorite, not only because of going for runs, but because it was way more sturdy and went up and down curbs a lot easier. It also holds up better for when they’re older and heavier too. This jogger is the one we’ve been using since my daughter was born 5 years ago, sometimes I even had my two older kids in it together!

BONUS

A Snot Sucker

Yep, it’s as gross as it sounds. But it’s also life-saving- for your baby and your sanity/anxiety levels. With my first baby, she was extremely congested from being in the birth canal so long. When we brought her home we were up at night trying desperately to help her breathe, sometimes by holding her pointed toward the ground and tapping her back to try to loosen it and get it out.

Had I known about a snot sucker, I would have bought one. Let me repeat this- LIFE-SAVING.

All you do is put a tube in their nose, suck and the snot will come out into a separate chamber, nowhere near your mouth.

This is the one I’ve been using for newborns up to toddler when they have a cold and can’t breathe, especially at night or during feeding.

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This list of baby must haves is the basics of what you need to get by with a newborn! You could probably pare this down even further if you wanted. Having a baby doesn’t mean you need to go into debt or buy every single gadget out there, newborns are definitely the least expensive part of having children.

Get what you need and research so you’re not getting things you don’t. Assess the needs of you and your family and you will be fine! You can always get something after the baby is home, that’s something that took a long time for me to learn.

Is there anything else you’d add to this list of baby must haves? Let us know in the comments!

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