I was recently talking to a sweet friend of mine mentioning how this year must be "the year of babies" because I don't think I've EVER seen so many pregnancy announcements before this! All jokes aside this was me only a year ago and I wanted to do something special for all of my expecting mamas out there! Y'all know how much I appreciate affordable and practical items for mom and baby so I created a list of things that I actually used and found beneficial when I brought my son home from the hospital (other than diapers and wipes). All items of the exact brands we use will be linked below!
-Mini Crib: Our living arrangements are in close quarters and if you're in the same boat you'll want to get a mini crib for your baby. Takes up half the space and still has many of the features of a standard crib. Don't forget the mattress to go with it!
- Changing Pad: Yup, that's right- JUST a changing pad. Don't waste your money on a pricey changing table, my husband and I find it easiest to lay the changing pad out on our bed for needed diaper changes! Easy to store in our closet- just make sure to wipe it clean before you do!
- Dock A Tot or Boppy Newborn Lounger (We used both!)- We started out with the lounger and then switched to the dock a tot. My son loved both, but if you are looking for longevity, I can't recommend the dockatot enough! It is a bit of an investment but well worth it. He's six months now and still sleeps in it, he outgrew the lounger at around four and a half months.
- Swaddles (Either Swaddle Blankets or The Ollie Swaddle)- We used both with these as well, again either one works but I would recommend getting the Ollie and sticking with two of those verses a bunch of swaddles that you'll baby will eventually learn how to wiggle out of. The Ollie binds together with velcro and can still be used for many nights while they are newborns and even during the transition stage!
- Rock N Play: My son LOVED sleeping in this and it was an awesome alternative to just laying him down on our bed. He liked the automated motion and snoozed in this often, long enough for me to get a few things done around the house!
- Zip Up Footed Sleepers (0-3 Months): I recommend going with this size because you don't know how big your baby will be officially until they are born. For me, I was told Isaiah was going to be a solid 6.5lb baby and much to our surprise he was 5lbs 11oz! He was able to fit in the 0-3 month size and wear it for a while as well!
- Bath Wash & Baby Bath: Find something that will be gentle on your baby's skin as well as a simple bathing solution that won't cost you an arm and a leg! Babies don't need to have a bath every day when they are newborns. My son is just turning six months and as of last month he just started getting frequent baths. I'm thinking by seven months we won't need his bath sling anymore!
-Wrap Baby Carrier: I had both a traditional carrier and wrap style carrier and loved how comfortable my son was in a wrap. He slept in it often and I loved the fabric feel verses a stiff carrier on my sore postpartum tummy.
- Baby Medical Kit- Got this on a whim and ended up using almost all of the products provided in this kit during Isaiah's first three months of life. I think this is the best one on the market right now in terms of value, you get so much for a decent price point!
- Burp Cloths- You'll be using these for sure! We have about eight in various colors and styles and still use every single one.
- Baby Monitor- This one is up to you and your lifestyle, but if you co sleep consider grabbing one so you can check on your baby without opening and closing your door all of the time! Sounds minor now, because believe me I thought the same- until my son refused to sleep because we kept disturbing him to check up on him. I got this one for convenience and because it has the best picture quality but there are plenty of monitors that work just as well that are cheaper!
- Bottles- Needed if you are bottle feeding or plan on pumping milk! Isaiah had some gas issues when we started bottle feeding him, but these bottles kept reflux and spit up at bay! My mom recommended these and I thought they were so old school, until it worked. We use Nuby bottles now but for newborns I would recommend this brand!
-Sound Machine- We love our sound machine and it's great for drowning out noise in the house. This one comes with a variety of different noises to help soothe your little one.
- Diaper Bag- This item does not have to be fancy at all! Just something to carry baby's items when you go out and about. I love my JJ Cole Knapsack and it's held up well so far! Price is AMAZING compared to some of the $300 pricey diaper bags you see!
- Diaper Rash Cream- Thought this was a waste as well but it was SO HELPFUL to have already handy when my son got a diaper rash for the first time. The Burt's Bee's Diaper rash cream has the highest amount of zinc oxide on the market which is the BEST at getting diaper rashes to go away- his cleared up in no time!
- Diaper Pail- We have the diaper genie and it works great! No smell and the off brand refills aren't a bother to stock up on as well!
- Pacifiers- If you're planning on using a passi, be sure to stock up before hand! This brand is a mom favorite and my son takes to it well.
Hope this was helpful for all of you!