As soon as we found out the gender of our baby, I started panicking. I kept asking myself, “What would my baby need in her first couple of months?” Now before you say that the Internet is full or articles and blog posts that touch on this subject, let me tell you that the Internet is also full of misleading information. A lot of these articles and blog posts mention things that are completely unnecessary and a waste of money. Newborns don’t need fancy nurseries and fancy outfits. In fact, they don’t need much. So don’t feel pressured to buy everything you see on social media.
If you’re wondering what I consider newborn must-haves then look at the list below:
I don’t think this needs explanation, but in case it does… you NEED a stroller.
This is probably another no-brainer, but you’re definitely going to need a car seat, a rear facing car seat to be precise. The hospital won’t let you leave without it.
Footed pajama onesies
As mentioned before, babies don’t need fancy clothes. My baby is now nine weeks old and I’ve mostly been dressing her in footed pajama onesies. Why? Because it’s just easy. They’re easy to put on. They’re easy to take off, which is what you want especially when you change diapers. And it keeps your baby warm. So forget fancy pants and fancy sweaters, and please forget shoes!
If you’re planning on breastfeeding your baby, you’re going to need a vitamin D supplement. The reason behind this is because babies need vitamin D for healthy growth and development of muscles and bones, and breastmilk is unfortunately a poor source of it. There are many vitamin D supplements on the market, but I’ve been giving my baby the one from Ddrops. Why? Because the drops are tasteless and odourless, and only contain two ingredients - fractionated coconut oil and vitamin D.
You’re going to need diapers, lots of diapers. Babies go through at least six diapers per day. So do the math!
Diaper change mat
You don’t need a changing table. All you need is a changing mat. Place it on top of a set of drawers and you have yourself a changing station.
I’m aware that not every baby wants to be swaddled, but for us it’s been a game changer. I’m not sure if you know this but babies are born with a startle reflex. What does a startle reflex do? It makes babies startle. In other words, it makes babies throw out their arms and legs. So why is that a problem? It’s a problem because it interrupts their sleep, which is the last thing you want. By swaddling them, you’re restricting their movements and therefore keeping them calm. Plus, it’s a technique that mimics the coziness of the womb.
This is another life saver. A baby carrier is a win-win situation because it allows you to snuggle with your baby while having your hands free to do other things. And babies absolutely love to be carried around.
Baby care products
Baby shampoo, baby wash, baby lotion or oil and diaper rash cream. Everything else you’ve probably already got at home like towels, nail clippers, etc.
If you feel like I’ve missed something, let me know in the comments! You can also let me know what is YOURS newborn must-have!