What do you really need for your baby (car seat) and what’s a total waste of money (wipe warmer)?
Babble put together a comprehensive Top 100 Newborn Essentials list — although a few are thrown in there to plan ahead (like a high chair and teether) and some aren’t material items (like a shoulder rub and scheduling time with your parents).
In my opinion, here’s the 7 real bare-minimum newborn essentials:
1. Somewhere for your baby to sleep:
Whether it’s a bassinet, co-sleeper, baby crib or even your own bed — doesn’t matter. Just have somewhere safe, warm and dry to lay your baby to sleep.
2. Something for your baby to eat
Whether it’s breast milk or formula. (We like these Lifefactory glass bottles as an alternative to plastic.)
Coming from a cloth-diapering mom, it is easier to use disposables during those first few weeks of non-stop fecal matter, but it eventually gets easier to use cloth. Take a look at our favorite cloth diapers of 2011 + the cutest cloth diapers we’ve ever seen + one of our favorite hybrid diapers.
4. Something that bounces, vibrates or swings
Some kind of soothing movement (whether it’s vibrating, swinging or both) is usually very soothing for newborns, such as with this high-tech Mamaroo bouncer. (Of course every baby is different.) When your baby gets a little bigger, we love this BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance.
5. Something for your baby to wear
See our favorite baby onesies.
6. A car seat
Read our Babble Best Car Seats review for the best of the best infant car seats.
7. A baby carrier
Not all babies like to be swaddled, but even so, moms can use these Aden + Anais swaddlers to drape over strollers, line portable cribs or even lay down for on-the-go diaper changes. In fact, my two-year-old son still uses his swaddlers as a security blanket to sleep with each night.
See the entire Babble.com Newborn Essential List.
What would be on your list?