Below is my list of ten newborn essentials (for the first 0-3 months). If you are thinking about what to purchase for a new baby, I hope you find this list helpful! These are the items that we found to be MOST useful during my son’s first three months of life (in no particular order).
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OUR NEWBORN (0-3 MONTH) ESSENTIAL ITEMS
1. DIAPER CADDY
This is something that we never had with my first baby. This time around, I decided to purchase a diaper caddy to hold any essential items we might need to care for the kids. I’m so glad I did! This diaper caddy made the newborn stage so much easier because I always had everything I needed at my fingertips. (I had a more physically difficult recovery this time than with my first, so it was really essential that I wasn’t doing a lot of up and down during this time.)
The caddy that I purchased has adjustable dividers on the inside, so I was really able to customize it to fit my storage needs. At the time of writing this post, my baby is almost four and a half months old, and we’re still using it!
2. STRETCHY SWADDLE
A nice, stretchy swaddle blanket is such a helpful tool. Plus, I find it to have multiple uses! Obviously, they’re great for swaddling. If you’re an unexperienced swaddler, a stretchy blanket can be very helpful because it makes it easy to get a nice, tight swaddle. My favorite swaddle blankets are the ones from Copper Pearl. They’re perfectly stretchy, they’re so soft, and they’re nice and big.
My other favorite way to use these swaddle blankets is as a nursing cover. I simply tie two corners together, put the knotted part over my head, and away we go! It’s great not having to pack an extra nursing cover. I just throw one of these in my bag and I have a blanket AND a nursing cover.
(Note: I have NO problem WHATSOEVER with public nursing without a cover. I am 100% for it. I often nurse in public without a cover. However, there are some circumstances where I personally am more comfortable nursing with a cover.)
3. CAR MIRROR
We had this mirror for my first when he was a baby, and we definitely use it every time we drive somewhere this time as well! Neither of my babies really likes riding in the car, but this mirror is a huge help.
Not only are we able to watch the baby safely as we drive, but we have peace of mind. We can make sure he’s okay if he either starts screaming or if he’s “too” quiet (moms, you know what I mean). Also, ever since he was a few months old, he really enjoys watching himself in the mirror. So this is really a form of entertainment too! We plan on using this mirror up until we turn his car seat around.
4. SILICONE BREAST PUMP
If I were ranking this essential newborn items list, THIS PUMP would probably be in my top three.
I know these pumps have become very popular as of late. I never got to use one with my first baby, but when I heard about them I KNEW I had to get one for my second. The one I purchased is a “generic” one (lower price, exact same product!) and it works awesome! If you’re unfamiliar with what a silicone pump is or how it works, it creates gentle suction on your breast and is best used to catch (and encourage) the let down on your opposite breast as you nurse. I loved it when I was newly postpartum and my letdown was unpredictable. I also love using it whenever I’m using my manual breast pump. It is a great way to start building a milk stash while also preventing messes.
Check out my post all about silicone breast pumps here! I have tons of helpful tips and tricks, as well as a how-to guide for silicone pump beginners!
5. MANUAL BREAST PUMP
With my first baby, I used an electric pump for most of my pumping needs. I was working away from home, and I didn’t have a lot of time available to me for pumping. Now that I work from home, I don’t need to pump nearly as much.
I have really loved using my Lansinoh manual breast pump. It is easy to clean (as far as breast pumps go!) and it is so convenient for me because I can just throw it into my purse or diaper bag.
Since giving birth to my son mid-May, we’ve had A LOT of weddings to go to. That pump and I have spent a lot of time together in the car! I know a manual breast pump isn’t for everyone, but I would highly recommend getting one to use as a quick “backup”.
6. DIAPER BAG
Its no secret that a good diaper bag is a huge game-changer when you’re a mom on the go. Especially when you have multiple little ones!
The diaper bag I had when my oldest was little was good. It had good pockets and plenty of space on the inside. However, I am in LOVE with my current diaper bag. I can’t believe I went so long into my motherhood journey without a backpack style diaper bag!
For me, a backpack diaper bag is a great newborn essential and makes a huge difference with multiple kiddos. My arms are already full! A backpack is great because I don’t have to have ANOTHER thing to carry.
7. BABY CARRIER
If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to sit for long periods of time, or you like to always be productive/busy (like me), a baby carrier is a must.
We love using our baby carriers whenever we’re running errands, going on outings, or just trying to get housework done. My favorite style for very little babies is the wrap style. This is the one we use. This is great because it offers a closeness that is comfortable and familiar for both mama and baby. It does take a little bit of practice to wrap, but if I can do it, so can you!
The other one we love is this one by Ergobaby. It is easy to put on (once you try it a few times), and it is comfortable for all parties involved. Plus, like the Moby wrap, it can be worn in a few different ways. Just keep in mind, if you want to use the ergo carrier during the first few months of baby’s life, you will need to purchase the newborn insert so that baby’s body has all of the support it needs.
8. GLIDER CHAIR
We love our glider. It is perfect for the middle of the night when we were getting up to feed baby and try to get him back to sleep. We have a regular rocking chair as well. The rocking chair is great, but something about the fluid, back and forth motion of a glider is so perfect when we’re sleep-deprived and getting up multiple times in the night.
We were lucky enough to find our glider used, but besides color, this one is the same as the one we’ve come to know and love.
9. REUSABLE NURSING PADS
With my first baby, I never really had any “leaking” issues when I was nursing. However, after I had my second baby I was leaking ALL. THE. TIME. Crazy! These reusable nursing pads have been a lifesaver.
They are nice and absorbent, washable, and they’re very soft. I really like the idea of reusable nursing pads because not only are they better for the environment than the disposable ones, but you don’t get a mess if you accidentally forget them in your bra and put them through the wash (whoopsie).
10. BABY NAIL CLIPPERS AND NAIL FILE
When my first baby was small, I attempted to clip his tiny little razor-sharp fingernails. Oh, man. I nicked the tip of his thumb and it was horrible. He screamed for a little while, nursed, and then moved on with life. Honestly, I think it may have healed almost overnight. However, I was traumatized. I don’t know if I’ll ever forget that instance, and ever since then trimming baby’s fingernails has always been something I’m afraid to do.
This little nail kit has been a lifesaver. I love that the file is S-shaped. It makes it super easy to get just the right angle for shaping baby’s nails. And the clippers have a very convenient shape for “easing” into the cut. They also have a handy little window, so you can see exactly what you’re doing.
And there you have it! My 10 newborn essentials. Did you find this list helpful? If you’ve taken care of a newborn, what are some of your favorite items? Let me know down below!