You guys! I have at least six friends who are pregnant right now. You guys
suck are lucky because it’s been such a mild summer. I waddled around in 100+ F last summer when it was one of the hottest seasons on record. But, no complaints. I recently had a few of you ask what you should put on your registries and baby wish lists. If you had asked me this a year and a half ago, I wouldn’t have had a clue. But by almost making it through the first year, I have a much better idea now, also thanks to so many other new parents who shared their experiences with us before we had our little one. Everyone’s opinion is different, but below is a list of my must-have items for the first 6 months or so. I figured, why not throw this into a blog post instead of emailing each of you separately? Anil and I are all about value, practicality, and stylish-ness. We don’t pick the most expense baby gear, and don’t run to the very cheapest either. We do tons of research and then pick the products that we think will work best. So far, I can honestly say that we haven’t made a single purchase that was not worth the money. So here you go!
Top 20 Baby Must Haves
Soft hooded baby towels – No particular preference here, but get at least four of these.
Bibs & Burp cloths – Again, we love the aiden + anais ones. Get a few of these and then at least 10-20 other ones. You’ll constantly be covered in spit-up for the first few months, so don’t get just one or two. You’ll be washing these constantly!
Footie pajamas with zippers – I like the Gerber Sleep & Play ones. You can get them pretty much anywhere they sell baby clothes. We have them in every size they come in. Get at least 5 – 10 per size, unless you want to do laundry 15x a day. I wouldn’t get too many of the snap-up ones, because who wants to deal with snaps in the middle of the night? Zippers are the way to go.
Onesies – Can’t beat these. Any kind will work, but I’m a Gerber fan again here. Great fit and quality. We got most of Dilan’s onesies at Target and also received a few hand-me-downs.
Nose Frida – Love this thing! I know it looks gross, but I can’t tell you how much better we all sleep if we use Nose Frida when Dilan has a cold or allergies. Don’t forget the filters.
Humidifier – Lots of choices here, but it will help your little one breathe much easier, especially during winter time.
White noise machine – We wouldn’t have survived the first few months (and even now!) if it wasn’t for this thing. Perhaps the most important gadget ever. Read all about it in my post about white noise.
Thermometers – We have a digital one that scans the forehead, but you’ll need a manual one for an accurate measurement in the first few months.
Baby bath – You can easily just wipe down your baby for the first couple of weeks, but after that, we love the Puj Tub (up until about 4 months). Very easy to put together and fits in just about any sink. Super simple to store as well and unlike other baby baths, it’s so soft!
Pacifiers – Lots of controversy about these and not every baby will take one, but these work great for Dilan. I would wait at least a month or two to avoid nipple confusion.
Breast pump, pump parts, and bottles – These usually are made to connect with each other and are a must-have if you’re planning to go back to work and breastfeed or want some flexibility at home. I have the Medela Pump & Style Advanced and absolutely love it. A double electric breast pump is the way to go. Many insurance companies even cover the cost of breast pumps now in the US, so check with your insurance provider before you buy one!
Bottle drying rack – You’ll have tons of bottles and bottle / pump parts. A well designed bottle rack will help keep things organized.
Boppy Pillow – These really do help you get off to a good start when it comes to nursing. Pick a cute design and be sure to wash the cover periodically. An extra cover doesn’t hurt either, for when the other one is in the washing machine.
Diapers, diaper cream, wipes, lotion, and soap / shampoo– Tons of choices here. For the first few months, we used Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive with the wetness indicator. Great for new parents, since you’re probably not sure what a wet diaper feels like. Dilan had tons of eczema so the sensitive kind of diaper worked great. We still use Pampers Baby Dry at night, but I recently switched to The Honest Company for Dilan’s diapers, creams, soap, shampoo, etc. A bit more expensive than Amazon Priming this stuff, but well worth the money. Their diapers are amazing and totally fit in with my eco-geek lifestyle.
Chux or waterproof changing pad liners – Chux are those disposable underpads you see at the hospital. Totally not eco-friendly, but for the first week or two, they were great for not having to deal with cleaning up leaky diaper messes. Chux are also great for travel, especially if you’re a germ-o-phobe like me and don’t like public changing tables. After the first few weeks at home, we switched over to washable changing pad liners. We have 3 of them and just rotate.
Books – It’s never too early to start reading! I like soft or board books with big objects and contrasts for the first 3 months or so.
Swing & bouncer – Dilan slept in the swing almost every other night and for most naps during the first few months. He’s a motion junkie, but even if your baby is not, the swing does wonders with soothing cranky babies. The bouncer is great for naps during the day and feeding first solids before you get a high chair in the later months.
Mirror for the back of the car – One of those that you can see via your rear view mirror. Helps to know what the little one is up to when you’re driving.
Super soft blanket – Pick a cute and cozy one!
BONUS ONE: Baby Connect – Ok, so technically this is not really an item, but an app. If you have an iPhone, this app is SO worth your $4.99. After you give birth, the nurses and docs will ask you when your baby last ate, how many wet diapers he / she has had, etc. You’ll want to log this for at least the first few weeks to ensure that your infant is growing well and is healthy. We logged every single diaper, bottle, nursing session, nap, nighttime sleep, and solid food for at least the first 6 months. We still log Dilan’s sleep. Ok, so we’re a bit extreme, but trust me on buying this app!
Of course there’s furniture and linens as well, but I think this pretty much sums up my top 20 baby must-haves. I’m sure I’m missing a few things. What else can you think of? Hope this helps, guys! Happy pregnancy!