Whether you’re a first time mom or well seasoned, we all tend to buy up Target when a new baby is on the way.
I’ve been there, done that.
But when I became pregnant with my third child, I vowed to only personally buy and include on my baby registry what was absolutely necessary.
There is nothing wrong with wanting toys, books, and other cute items on your list of things that you want to buy.
But, let’s face it; babies are expensive. So the more intentional your list is, the more money you save to go toward other important purchases that you will make later down the line.
Newborn item must-haves that make life a little easier
Whether you plan on breastfeeding your baby or formula feeding, the Leachco Cuddle-U Nursing Pillow surely comes in handy. Each feed is comfortable for both mom and baby. What I love most about this nursing pillow is that it can be used for various things outside of feeding time. Once your little one gets older, nursing pillows are great to use for tummy time and to help your baby learn to sit up by themselves.
How this makes life a bit easier: Comfortable feeds, no backache for mom, benefits and develops baby’s muscles during tummy time
Diaper Pail and Refills
Every day life is easier (and a lot less smelly) with the Munchkin Diaper Pail. The pail has a twist and lock feature to keep the odor sealed tight, and comes with lavender scented refills that hold up to 105 diapers.
How this makes life a bit easier: Soiled diapers have their own designated area, no more smelly rooms
While your newborn still has their umbilical cord attached, sponge baths are all that’s needed. Once their stump falls off, save money and time by getting an infant tub that grows with them and is safe for each stage.
How this makes life a bit easier: No need to buy another tub as baby grows, saves money, bath time is comfortable for both mom and baby, easy to use for every stage
Newborns spend nine months inside their mother’s womb, so there’s no doubt that they are used to be snug and comfortable. Swaddle blankets are great for keeping baby from being startled out of sleep so that they sleep longer and more peaceful. Muslin blankets can also be used for discreet breastfeeding.
How this makes life a bit easier: Helps baby sleep more comfortably and sound, prevents baby from startling themselves awake, mimics life inside your womb, can be used for various activities outside of sleeping
Learn and Play Gym
The Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick ‘n Play Piano Gym is a personal favorite in our household. I wanted a gym that would occupy my baby while getting things done around the house. The cool thing about this gym is that it features three stages and grows with your baby until the age of one. Learn and play gyms contribute to your babies development, make tummy time fun, and improve their hand and eye coordination.
How this makes life a bit easier: develops baby’s fine motor skills, allow baby to play independently, gives mom a breather, great for babies who don’t enjoy tummy time by keeping them entertained, builds hand-eye coordination
Nursery Care (First-Aid) Kit
Life with a newborn can be a little more unexpected. You just never know when a cold, runny nose, or warm forehead will present itself. Having a first-aid kit with all your essentials in one bag is comforting and comes in handy.
How this makes life a bit easier: buying a kit over purchasing each item separately saves money, everything you need in one bag that is easy to tote anywhere
My baby bag has upgraded over the years. I went from an over the shoulder bag, to a back pack, and the change has made life with three kids so much easier. Finding a suitable bag (with specialized compartments) is ideal for the many items you’ll need on hand for when you and baby leave the house.
How this makes your life a bit easier: every item is organized in its proper place, no clutter
Hanging Shelf Storage
Whether you’re a first time mom or well seasoned, having organization is a must. Since babies grow fast, they need plenty of clothing. The Delta Shelf Storage is a personal favorite of mine because it helps me keep my son’s baby clothes and items organized and easy to find, and doesn’t take up a lot of space.
How this makes life a bit easier: clothes are organized, extra storage space, maximizes storages space
If you only leave this blog with one piece of advice, it would be this; have plenty of onesies in a variety of sizes! Babies go through a growth spurt within the first three months of life. On top of the size change, your baby will eventually begin to spit up quite a bit throughout the day, which means you may have to change babies shirt a few times. Motherhood is demanding, so save yourself another trip to the laundry room by stocking up on onesies.
How this makes life a bit easier: cuts down on laundry, keeps baby clean and comfortable
Bottles and tops and nipples…oh my! Washing and sterilizing bottles many times a week will make any mom’s head spin. The last thing you need are bottles scattered around the kitchen. A drying rack will keep your bottles (and their accessories) organized as they dry.
How this makes life a bit easier: provides storage space, keeps bottle and accessories free from bacteria and germs, sanitary
(Easy to use) Travel System
The Graco FastAction Fold Click Connect Travel System Stroller is another personal favorite of mine. As a mom of 3, I’ve had experience with quite a few (not so easy) strollers. What I love most about this travel system is the price, and the one second- one hand fold to put away. This feature truly makes in and out of the car a breeze.
How this makes life a bit easier: no hassle fold down, light weight, easy to use, comfortable for baby
If you’re anything like me, getting household chores, or dinner cooked, is still important after baby is born. Having a baby carrier that is comfortable for both you and your newborn makes a world of a difference. Consider yourself lucky by purchasing a carrier that will accommodate and feel comfortable as baby grows.