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The Top 10 best Newborn Baby Products

Updated on October 28, 2014

What do new parents need to survive those first few weeks with a new baby?

There are too many choices when it comes to getting baby supplies. Recently, I brought home my seventh newborn. Although I am thrilled and incredibly blessed to have had seven precious little wonders, I admit the first few weeks with a new baby are hard. How do you get through those first days, and even more, those first nights with that new little person? What are the baby basics that you really need? As a mom to 7, I have found 10 products that made my life easier in the first few days and weeks. Read on! Any of these 10 products would be a perfect gift for new or expecting parents.

1. A Swaddle blanket

Okay, it took me 7 kids to figure out that this blanket with a bit of velcro to keep the baby swaddled would make my life much easier. Call me a slow learner, but I finally got it. I had seen these before but never thought I needed one. But I decided maybe it would be a nice gift. So I registered for one. Thankfully, someone bought one for me. I have delivered all 7 of my babies at the same hospital, but this time even the hospital was using the swaddle blanket. This is a nifty little blanket that comes with a bit of velcro to swaddle wrap the baby. And the neatest thing is, he stays swaddled! My little one went from fussing to instant calm the minute he was swaddled. Hurrah! Instant calm can be hard to come by!

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Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle Blanket, Green with Beige Trim
Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle Blanket, Green with Beige Trim

This blanket is well named. It will be a miracle when you see how much better your newborn sleeps when swaddled in this blanket! Swaddle blankets come in light weight cotton summer versions or heavier weight fleece for winter babies. Get several. You won't be sorry!

 

2. A sling or carrier

Most of my babies never wanted to be put down. And I usually didn't want to put them down. But how do you get anything done while holding a baby all day? You wear him! I used a sling constantly for my babies. I have several ring slings and a hotsling too. I just treated myself this time to an Ergo baby carrier. Now I can carry this baby hands-free and still attend to my other children, the grocery shopping or whatever.

3. Pampers Swaddlers

Okay, I know that there are dozens of different kinds of diapers. Believe me, I have tried them all. I have been changing diapers for almost 14 years straight. (Did I mention that I have 7 children?) Often I had 2 in diapers. I like other diapers, but for newborns, Pampers swaddlers are my favorite, hands down! I go into withdrawal when my newborns outgrow the swaddlers. Try them, you'll like them!

Pampers Swaddlers on Amazon

Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers, Size 1, 180 Count
Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers, Size 1, 180 Count

These are the same diapers my hospital uses on newborns. I LOVE swaddlers. Get the next size up too! Size 2 diapers make a great gift because new parents will use them a bit later.

 

4. A swing

My babies didn't like to be put down much. But when I did put them down, I put them in a baby swing. This was a lifesaver for me! I had a swing in my kitchen and a portable swing in my bedroom. Newborns aren't very good at sleeping when or where you want them too. Mine napped in the swing for the first few weeks. Believe me, I needed them to nap. When you are not able to nap at the same time the baby is napping, a swing in the same room where you are is a good option. We took our portable swing camping when this latest little guy was just 8 weeks old.

All kinds of swings

Graco Lovin' Hug Swing, Barcelona Bluegrass
Graco Lovin' Hug Swing, Barcelona Bluegrass

The classic baby swing. I have had Graco swings for years and I love them!

 
SnugGlider Classic Connect Infant Car Seat Swing Frame
SnugGlider Classic Connect Infant Car Seat Swing Frame

Here's a neat idea. You already have the car seat, now convert it into a swing!

 

5. The Boppy Pillow

I have used the Boppy pillow with all of my babies. This is a great pillow to support a nursing baby and it is great later to help your baby learn to sit up. He or she can be propped up a tiny bit in the Boppy pillow (supervised of course) so he or she can see around. I use mine to nurse and to take pictures. The Boppy has different covers available, so you can throw one in the wash and still use your Boppy. This is a wonderful, versatile product!

Boppy

Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner - Bare Naked
Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner - Bare Naked

Start with the boppy pillow. After you have your boppy pillow, you can get some cute covers to suit your baby's personality.I'd recommend at least 2 covers so you can have one to use while the other one is in the wash.

 

6. Really Good Wipes

My favorites are Huggies Wipes

You will go through thousands of wipes! Again, this one is my opinion, but my favorite wipes are Huggies. They are thicker than most wipes. They are plenty big enough. (There's nothing grosser than wiping your baby and finding the wipe just doesn't measure up and now some of it is on your hands. 'Nuff said, but it happens.) Again, as a mom to seven and one who has been changing diapers for 14 years straight, I have tried them all. Huggies wipes are worth their weight in gold. Keep a pack upstairs, downstairs, and in your car. You will be glad to have them. Wipes are also great for cleaning up the big kids' messes too!

Huggies Wipes - Get more than you think you need, you will need them!

Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes - 720ct
Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes - 720ct

You go through a lot of wipes, get the big box!

 
Huggies One & Done Refreshing Baby Wipes, Tub, 512 Total Wipes 64-Count (Pack of 8)
Huggies One & Done Refreshing Baby Wipes, Tub, 512 Total Wipes 64-Count (Pack of 8)

I love Huggies wipes and the tub has a pop-up top for easy one-handed dispensing.

 

7. A bouncy seat

A bouncy seat will give you an easy, portable way to have your baby nearby you. There are many kinds of bouncy seats--fancy ones with toys, music and motion or simple ones with no bells or whistles. I have had several. I like the ones that have a bit of vibration and a toy bar. When your baby is a few weeks old, he or she wants to be able to look around a bit. A bouncy seat is a safe way to have your baby a bit upright. Pictured is my 6th baby outside in her bouncy seat. (It had a removable toy bar, but I took it off so she could see her siblings playing.)

Fisher-Price Newborn-to-Toddler Portable Rocker
Fisher-Price Newborn-to-Toddler Portable Rocker

You will get lasting value from this seat. It's perfect for newborns to snuggle and nap in, then older babies will enjoy the toy bar, then toddlers can use it as a rocking chair. Folds up to travel and store too!

 

8. Celtic Lullabies (this is Dad's pick)

Make this music part of your baby's bedtime routine

I have heard a lot of lullabies in my time. But none have been as wonderful as this one. We were given this CD as a present for our sixth baby. I wish I had had it for all of my babies. It is one I could listen to over and over. A bedtime routine is so important to help get your baby to sleep. Make this lullaby CD part of your bedtime routine. It will calm and soothe the baby and you!

Celtic Lullabies on Amazon

You can buy the whole CD or download a few of the songs to your Ipod.

Celtic Lullabies
Celtic Lullabies

This is the perfect sound to lull your newborn to sleep. Mom and Dad will feel totally relaxed too!

 

9. Lansinoh Nursing Pads

This one is for breastfeeding moms. Those first few weeks are tricky. Breastfeeding isn't always easy in the beginning. You get engorged, you leak. I have nursed all 7 of my babies. I have used all kinds of nursing pads. I have used the washable kind and the disposable kind. With some of my babies, the only nursing pads I could use were the Lansinoh brand disposable pads. When I used any other kinds, I got sore. So I figured I would always go with the sure thing.

10. A camera!

I love my Canon Powershot!

Okay, so maybe this one really isn't a baby product. But these newborn days are going to go by so fast, you won't believe it. Take lots and lots of pictures! You will treasure them later when that new baby is a big teenage boy (like my first baby is now). I prefer the Nikon coolpix so I can take lots of shots without thinking too hard. I use 16 GB SD cards and I still fill them up fast. Hey, I may have to buy a whole new computer hard drive just to hold my pictures. (Have you figured out by now that I take a lot of pictures?)

Here are all my "babies" - The newest one is 8 weeks old in this picture

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The Most Important Thing

The most important thing is to enjoy your newborn baby. He or she is a gift from God and will be a blessing in your life!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Washington State

      A useful list of products every new parent needs for sure. And baby too. I always love getting a swing and of course a camera, how often we forget that! Great lens, congrats.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Very great lens! My favorite on your list is the boppy pillow!

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      Stella Markham 4 years ago

      This is a really nice baby lens. Your experience with babies really comes through.

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      My babies loved the swing. These are all great baby products.

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      maceemiller123 4 years ago

      What a great lens packed full of information. Very informative. Thanks!

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      aishu19 4 years ago

      I think these are some great baby products that every new parents would love to have and appreciate. I know my kid loved the bouncer a lot.

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      @Vikk Simmons: Glad it helped!

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      This is a very good page for me to visit as my new neighbor is about to have her first baby in about two months and I've been trying to figure out what to get her. Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      swaddle! actually if you have the option: hired help, i would choose that

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I thought the boppies were hard to use I prefer the breastfriend

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      @balancebydesign4u: Congrats on your upcoming grandbaby! I had never used the swaddle blanket either until I had my 7th, but it was so worth it!

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      Carol 4 years ago from Arkansas

      Helpful lens. I like to keep up with what new mothers find helpful so I can get those as gifts for new moms. I love the swaddle blanket, haven't seen those before. My oldest is having her 7th soon so maybe I'll go for those!

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      mommytalks lm 4 years ago

      Great lens! I had 3 girls in 3.5 years and every one of the above is essential :D

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      Frederiksocial LM 4 years ago

      This is one quality lens! I'll keep your top 10 in mind, when I get my first-born :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is actually lens

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      squid-pinkchic18 4 years ago

      Awesome lens, you've got tons of wonderful ideas here! Every time a friend or family member has a baby, I give them a bundle of burp cloths, you can never have too many!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      lexuscommander 4 years ago

      nice lens, cute baby :)

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      kayla_harris 4 years ago

      I love all these gifts for newborn baby!

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      Nancy Johnson 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      We have a brand new grandbaby boy as of Thanksgiving day! Thank you for the excellent ideas for a grandparent to buy for the new parents (their first!).

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      @maceemiller123: Thanks so much!

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      montanatravel52 4 years ago

      Perfect ideas... you are so right about the difficulty of the first few days home, etc... still can't believe you have 7 (I only have 2 and my hands are full:)). Thanks for sharing your very useful recommendations, I definitely concur!

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      maceemiller123 4 years ago

      What a great lens and a beautiful family you have there :)

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      spids lm 4 years ago

      Very cool! Congrats on LOTD!

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      FantasticBdaypa 4 years ago

      what great gift ideas!!

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      khanshireen 4 years ago

      wow!!.....thinking about what i could get for my aunts newborn made my mind puzzle but now by going through your lens I know what I can get....thanks!!

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      khanshireen 4 years ago

      wow!!.....thinking about what i could get for my aunts newborn made my mind puzzle but now by going through your lens I know what I can get....thanks!!

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Great newborn gift ideas. Congratulations on your LotD.

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      LadyLudo 5 years ago

      I'm going to be an aunt in a few months, now I have some ideas for baby gifts! Yay!

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      RGrieco 5 years ago

      No but just bought a bouncy seat for my friends newborn.

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      mytone 5 years ago

      great information..i enjoyed a lot..thanks

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      adminghb 5 years ago

      Not now, our children were growing up, but we have a lot of friends with newborn babies and your lens is an amazing source of inspiration to choose a proper gift for them! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 5 years ago from Johanesburg

      Great lens ,great products ,can't wait to have another baby

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 5 years ago from Johanesburg

      Great lens ,great products ,can't wait to have another baby

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      Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

      No babies, but this lens is a great help for those like me that cannot have children and therefore have no experience in what a new mom needs. I got my niece the Boppy pillow, and she loved it.

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      babynstar 5 years ago

      Love it! Your kids are adorable

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      I just became an uncle a couple of weeks back. Shall consider buying some of these for my niece. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice selection of gifts. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      Well chosen gifts from a pro. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Congrats on LOTD! Newborns are special gifts. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just returning to smile and celebrate LotD with you!

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Great list of items. I've yet to go down the mommy path, so this is something I will be tucking away.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Back to say congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      Margot_C 5 years ago

      My niece isn't quite a newborn anymore (she's 9 months), but still some great ideas!

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      MacPharlain 5 years ago

      Pampers Swaddlers are the best diaper for a newborn. Congrats on LOTD!

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      TamarWrites 5 years ago

      Congrats on being LotD!

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      Thanks for these ideas from an experienced mom! congratulations on LOTD.

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      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD. Swaddle blanket, wrapping the kids up tight makes them feel more secure. Don't they talk about swaddling clothes years ago... Didn't have a blanket with velcro years ago, but would use a receiving blanket with folding correctly and then another blanket folded would secure all the hands and feet.

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      Rodaussie 5 years ago

      You just forgot the soccer ball... First thing every baby was supposed to get... Loved the lens.... If you have a time have a look on mine lenses

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      Markwell1 5 years ago

      As a future daddy really i like the swaddle blanket and the boppy pillow. Looks very cute. I don't think ill be able to resist getting one :(.

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      DaisyTaylor 5 years ago

      This the perfect list. I used everything on it when mine were tiny. (Except the Celtic CD!) I hate it when I see lists for new parents and it's a bunch of stuff that on one really needs. This list is great. Now, if I could just talk my husband into one more baby....... :)

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      exotickitten731 5 years ago

      My favorite thing about having my own child other than spending time with him/her is being able to take a billion pictures of her :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks, some friends just had a kid and these are great!

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      missmary1960 5 years ago

      I miss having the newborns!

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      TopDigitalMarke 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! These are some great ideas!! :)

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      beautifulhome1 5 years ago

      Indeed...my 10 month old is gowing too fast fo my liking. Meanwhile, I just have to enjoy her...thanks

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Great list!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Lots of great choices for newborns here.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Congrats on lotd ;)

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      acreativethinker 5 years ago

      Just love these gift ideas and very helpful for new mothers. Thanks for sharing.

      Take Care :)

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Brilliant gift ideas for any newborn baby. Angel Blessings**

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      MelissaRodgz 5 years ago

      Great ideas to welcome a newborn. These are fun.

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      jd1797 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I had my baby last year...he never did take to a baby swing unfortunately. I also never had a bouncy seat. I had everything else on your list and agree they made my top 10! You have a beautiful family btw :)

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      jd1797 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I had my baby last year...he never did take to a baby swing unfortunately. I also never had a bouncy seat. I had everything else on your list and agree they made my top 10! You have a beautiful family btw :)

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I don't have a newborn right now, but my sister does. You picked some great stuff for newborns; lots of the same things I liked when my daughter was teeny tiny. Indeed, Pampers Swaddlers are the best newborn diapers and Huggies are the best wipes. Pampers wipes are too oily. I loved swaddle blankets, but didn't like the velcro ones. The velcro would rustle and startle the baby, so when I have another baby I'll use something like the woombie which has a zipper.

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      MiaMusement 5 years ago

      Lovely lens and children! It's been 26 years since I had a newborn around, and it looks like there are A LOT of new products. That swaddle cloth is brilliant! Congrats on the well-deserved LOTD recognition!

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      Ashly Rain 5 years ago

      No, my baby is 4. Congrats on LOTD. Nice job.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I can see you have this down to a science. Congratulations on LotD.

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      cassieann 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. You have a beautiful family. I thought my family was huge with four sons!!

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Just stopping by to say well done and sprinkle a little dust. This is hands down (no pun intended) the best list of newborn baby needs for parents ... well, after a nanny to help with all the household stuff and play with the older kids.

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      Tom 5 years ago

      Great lens and gift ideas. Congrats on LotD!

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      candy47 5 years ago

      These are all great gift ideas, and affordable! Congratulations on Lens of the Day :))

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      You're amazing! I don't have kids, but do agree about the Nikon Coolpix. I'm going to get the Celtic Lullabies cd for my newest nephew. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Ahh, Love the baby picts, too! Great products, congratulations on LOTD! SquidAngel Blessed ~ B : )

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      dealnation 5 years ago

      LOTD indeed!

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      beautiful lens...Congrats on the LOTD

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      Art Inspired 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your lens of the day. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on your LOTD!

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      reginaaj2gerica 5 years ago

      Very Nice Lens! I love all your gift ideas. My daughter had her first child, giving me my first granddaughter last year. She was only 1 lb and 11 oz at birth. She is now 18 months old. I have to say, that we purchased everything on your list and all the items were a God send.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations !!!

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      jadapotata 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      motobidia 5 years ago

      I would also add a Costco, BJs or another wholesale club membership - new parents will need to buy mountains of diapers and wipes that don't come cheap retail.

      The biggest saver is actually an Amazon Prime membership, but that's not a gift, because it's offered free for new parents. There'll be no time to go around stores!

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Great ideas for newborn gifts! Congratulations on LotD!

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      Ravyn LM 5 years ago

      When I had my first child, of all the things I received for him, my Aunt gave the best gift of all. Since then, I have repeated her gift for family and friends who are about to give birth. My Aunt gave me 2 boxes of size 1 diapers, 2 of size 2, and 1 of each size 3, 4 and 5 and a huge box of baby wipes. Every time I needed to size up, I already had a pack waiting and didn't have to rush to the store with a baby who was cranky with a diaper that was too small.

      Congrat of the LotD

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      Great ideas for the new born.congrats on having 7 beautiful babies and congrats on your lens of the day.

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      sandi_x 5 years ago

      Beautiful!

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      prefabricatedhouses 5 years ago

      nice lens, i like it and has nice information

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD and I am sure this lens will be very helpful for new parents and folks looking to buy for them. Swaddling blankets were an absolute necessity with our youngest daughter in order for her (and us!) to sleep - I even invented a couple of products to keep her swaddled. Might I also suggest Dr Harvey Karp's book, the Happiest Baby on the Block, which has some great tips for colic and infant sleep.

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      Louidam1 LM 5 years ago

      You have a beautiful family! Great lens and congrats for getting LOTD!

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      velasuede 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! I can see why; you can't go wrong with this list. (Swaddles are a life saver!)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, great looking kids! It's amazing you find time to write online. Well done.

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      You are blessed with such a gorgeous family

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      Joan Hall 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Congratulations!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like bouncing boll because sometimes I also can use that boll. (:

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      If this were 8 years ago the answer would be yes. I am not sure if this was listed on the other comments but one thing that I have offered to new parents is my time. Watching the child for them so that they can get some sleep or even some alone time is a nice way to give a gift and it doesn't feel like you are. But trust me as a former newborn parent anything that can help you is a gift from above.

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      graphicdesignindia 5 years ago

      Last 4 years age there was... Your information is good...

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      harshamz 5 years ago

      My baby boy is just a 18 days old... He is very cute... I Love my son...

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      Rosetta Slone 5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      It's so nice to see personal suggestions from someone with your experience. We've been pretty minimalist with our baby - we bought some cloth diapers, a couple of slings (one always got spit up on!), nursing bras & pads and some burp cloths. Our friends gave us clothes and toys and that was it. You definitely don't need a lot with a newborn.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awwww.. That's such a cute lens.. Very cute :D

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      Kay 5 years ago

      My baby is now nine years old :)