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10 Must-Have Newborn Baby Essentials

Updated on June 25, 2015

Preparing for your new baby can consume your entire pregnancy. This little tiny human somehow seems to require a brand new home all to themselves - a nursery, stroller, high chair, clothes, toys. The list goes on and on.

But what do you really need for a newborn? Luckily for those of us that may not have acquired our full wish list, a newborn really does not need all that much. There are, however, some essentials that you really should have ready for your new bundle when they arrive home from the hospital. Some your baby will truly need, some you will just be unbelievably grateful to have at a time when you'd forget your head if it wasn't attached to your neck.

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Carrying Your Baby

My plan was to carry my baby everywhere. By Day 2, however (yes, still in the hospital...), my arms were like jello from carrying my little 7 lb. bundle. Some quick thinking led me to my personal essential newborn device.

NuRoo Pocket Skin to Skin (M/L, Black)
NuRoo Pocket Skin to Skin (M/L, Black)

There are lots of baby carriers out there, but none cater to newborn needs like the NuRoo. It is the only carrier that allows skin-on-skin contact which is great for calming a newborn and keeping them warm.It is also stronger than you think - your baby will not slide out.

 
Beachfront Baby Sling – Versatile Water & Warm Weather Ring Sling Baby Carrier | Made in USA with Safety Tested Fabric & Aluminum Rings | Lightweight, Quick Dry & Breathable (One Size, Sky Blue)
Beachfront Baby Sling – Versatile Water & Warm Weather Ring Sling Baby Carrier | Made in USA with Safety Tested Fabric & Aluminum Rings | Lightweight, Quick Dry & Breathable (One Size, Sky Blue)

Bathing is not fun for a newborn. In fact, until your baby can sit up, they may hate baths. Showering on the other hand, is great for the promotion of breastfeeding and bonding with your baby.This waterproof carrier makes showering with your baby safe and enjoyable. A bonus is that you can use it at the pool and beach when your newborn grows up.

 

Bassinet Meets Travel Crib...and Changing Table

Most parents plan to eventually have their baby sleeping in their own crib in their own nursery. But this leaves a predicament for those that want their newborn in their bedroom for the time being. A bassinet is always a great option...except it only gets used for the first few months of your child's life.

Graco Pack 'N Play Playard with Reversible Napper and Changer, Forecaster
Graco Pack 'N Play Playard with Reversible Napper and Changer, Forecaster

Instead of a bassinet, what you really want is a Pack N Play that has a newborn sleeper attachment...which also reverses to a changing table! This means you not only have a place for your baby to sleep in your room, but you also can change the diaper.What's better is once you are ready to move your baby to the nursery, you will be able to pack up the Pack N Play and save it for future use - travel, play pen, outdoor use, whatever you can think of!

 

The Car Seat

Unless you live at the hospital, you will need to get your baby home. Most hospitals will not even let you leave until they see your newborn securely strapped into the car seat.

Newborn Rocker

Fisher-Price SnugaMonkey Deluxe Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper
Fisher-Price SnugaMonkey Deluxe Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper

Even the most dedicated baby-carrying Mama needs to put her baby down at some point.The greatest part of this newborn rocker is that it easily folds up and is lightweight. Which means you can not only slide it behind a couch or under a bed when you're not using it, but you can also easily carry it in one hand if the other is full.The rocker also has a vibrator that can console a crying newborn and even helps with gas (which you will soon find can be very painful in a little tiny baby).

 

A Video Baby Monitor

You will spend the entire first week watching your baby breathe. With a video baby monitor, you can at least do that from the comfort of the downstairs couch.

Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor with 2.8 Inch Color Screen and Infrared Night Vision
Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor with 2.8 Inch Color Screen and Infrared Night Vision

This baby monitor also tells you the temperature of your baby's room and will actually let you see your baby in the dark.

 

Nursing Nightgown

Leading Lady Women's Nursing Tank Chemise , Azalea, Medium
Leading Lady Women's Nursing Tank Chemise , Azalea, Medium

A nursing nightgown may actually be the first piece of essential newborn gear you need and use. If you're wise, it will be the first thing packed in your hospital overnight bag.You may be surprised how much time you spend nursing your little bundle and sometimes you need to do it quickly - you just don't have time to remove extraneous clothing!

 

Stylish Nursing Covers

When you have a newborn, you need to be ready to nurse at a moment's notice. Nursing covers will help give you some privacy, but honestly it's nice to still look stylish!

Nursing Cover that Doubles as a Scarf

Jolly Jumper Pashmama Nursing Cover, Black
Jolly Jumper Pashmama Nursing Cover, Black

This is one of the best purchases I made and I used it ALL the time. In the beginning you will feel like you nurse your baby EVERYWHERE. This nursing cover is great because you can wear it all day, even when you aren't nursing.

 

Mitten Onesies

I've already told you how your feelings will change about the adorable little outfits you've been saving up for your baby. Here's a great way around it - something soft and comfy that goes under the ruffles, buttons, and bow ties.

Gerber Unisex-Baby Newborn 3 Pack Longsleeve Mitten Cuff Onesies Brand, White, 0-3 Months
Gerber Unisex-Baby Newborn 3 Pack Longsleeve Mitten Cuff Onesies Brand, White, 0-3 Months

The most important part of these long sleeve onesies is the mittens. Not only will you be constantly worried that your baby is too cold, but he will also start scratching himself with his tiny - but razor sharp - baby nails.The plain white onesie will also be a great match for your adorable swaddler blankets and can go underneath any other outfit you've been dying to wear.

 

What worked for you?

Which of these items was most essential for you and your newborn?

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      Diapers! I had two in them at the same time.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Nice & practical collection of newborn essentials.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      @Namsak: As a granny to 4, soon to be 5, I applaud your insight sir! LOL Thanks.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      SLEEP! Joking apart, I love that Nuroo pocket. I loved carrying my babies but we didn't have slings then. As a child, I used to see the women carry their babies in a shawl wrapped around their shoulders. It helped with the weight and kept the baby warm. Not many people could afford prams in those days. My daughter is carrying her latest baby in a sling but I think the Nuroo would be even better.

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      Namsak 3 years ago

      If I remember correctly the most useful newborn accessory we had was the baby's grandmother!