When you’re pregnant, one of the most fun, and honestly complicated, things you get to do is build you baby registry. We all love sitting down and looking at all of the cool new gadgets and adorable little baby items that you would love to have for your baby. But let’s face it, there’s a lot of stuff that you may not really need. I’ve already been over my most overrated baby items, make sure to check that out.
Now let’s discuss some of my top baby must haves for the home.
Baby First Aid Kits
I love to get a pre-built baby first aid kits. It’s great to be able to grab it and go and not think about adding a lot to it.
The only other thing I would recommend would be getting a Nose Frida. They work a lot better than the Nasal aspirators that come in the kits and they don’t collect mold like the bulb in the nasal aspirators tend to since you can clean and dry them better.
I always like to keep a bottle of this on hand just in case a random fever pops up. Always contact a doctor if an infant or newborn is injured or begins to run a fever but it’s nice to have this on hand if the doctor recommends to give the baby a dose.
This is pretty obvious. You can’t just have a naked baby all the time… although naked baby bellies are the freaking cutest! So you want to make sure to have some things on hand. I recommend stocking up on clothes from newborn to 12 months old before the baby is born. I like to have the following in all sizes from newborn to 12 months: 5-6 onesies both short and long sleeve, 7-8 shorts, 2-3 pants/jeans, 8-10 shirts, 2 jackets, socks, hats, and 5-10 dresses/skirts.
You can’t bring a baby home without a properly installed car seat. Take your time and do the research. I’ve had a lot of different car seats over the years and I can tell you that there are big differences based on the brand and price point for the car seats. Figure out what will work best for you and your vehicle. I have an article all about car seats coming up, so make sure to hit that follow button and check back for that.
Swaddle Blankets and burp towels
You can never have too many blankets and towels for babies. I actually like to use the cotton receiving blankets as spit up blankets just because they are bigger and cover more of you. Trust me, after having a baby with severe reflux… you learn you like the thicker wider receiving blankets. And muslin blankets are just perfect blankets for babies and toddlers. They are light weight, big enough to swaddle, and are oh so soft to the touch… especially after they are washed a few times. I may or may not be hoarding a pile of these in my closet.
Boppy or Nursing Pillow
I always recommend new moms get a good nursing pillow no matter if you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding. They are a great way to hold the baby and be more comfortable while you’re doing it. Plus they provide a bit of support when those core muscles may not be as strong as they once were. And once your baby no longer needs it, they make a great lap pillow to support your laptop.
This, again, is pretty obvious. No matter if you’re using cloth or disposable, you’re going to need to have diapers. I recommend asking for gift cards instead of packs of diapers though. Babies tend to grow very quickly and if you have a ton of newborn or size one diapers piled up in the closet, you may not get to use them all. Also, some babies do better in specific brands, so having a gift card allows you the freedom to buy the size diapers and brands that you need as you need them
Wipes are a way of life once you have kids. Stockpile as many packs of wipes as you can. these can be used to do everything from cleaning up messes, dusting, getting makeup off, getting sticky jelly off of faces…oh and cleaning butts.
Diaper Rash Cream
Babies have really sensitive skin and Diaper rash cream really does work to help prevent rash and irritation. My personal favorite is the Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. It’s a Zinc Oxide based diaper rash cream that seems to work the best for my kids. I use it on everything from the butt to help prevent/heal diaper rash to the neck and under the arms in the arm pits if they start to turn red which can happen from all of the drool.
Pack n’ Play
I prefer to have a Pack n’ Play as opposed to a dedicated crib simply because I can move it easily from room to room. I can have it in my room at night to start out with and move it into any other room or take it on trips as needed. It’s just way more convenient.
What’s your must have baby items? Let me know in comment section below. And don’t forget to follow me for more mom and baby tips.