I am expecting baby #3 and wanted to share with you what you really need for a new baby. It is overwhelming as a first time mom to see all the baby gear! So many options and reviews! (I cannot believe how much time I spent researching a car seat for baby #1! ) Unfortunately, I wasted time and finances on buying things I didn’t need and watched friends/family do the same. So in hopes to help a new parent out, here are a few of the basic necessities to get you through those first few months.
Crib – skip the bassinet, pack n play and go straight to the crib. Those smaller options will only work for a few months, so buy a crib that will get you through start to finish with a new baby. I didn’t purchase either with any of my pregnancies and I got by just fine.
Car Seat – a must to bring home baby, as the hospital will help check/overlook to make sure you will have baby secure in the car seat.
Stroller – there are so many options for strollers; jogging, lightweight, umbrella, etc. For the newborn phase/early months pick out something that will recline, as baby will be sleeping a lot.
Sleepers and onesies – these are most practical and functional. My kids lived in these for the first 6 months, so comfy, affordable and easy.
Receiving blankets – babies love to saddle. I did not go with the pricier woombie, or name brand velcro types, I went the old fashion way and used receiving blanket to wrap the baby up. The blankets were multifunctional and were used for swaddling, nursing, warmth, and tummy time.
Boppy – this pillow is so great to have in the first few months! If you are nursing or bottle feeding it is nice to have a place to rest your arms and hold baby, you will be tired and any extra support is needed! I used mine to rest babies in and for tummy-time as they grew. My 2 year old still loves resting on his boppy.
Pick up diapers, wipes, a thermometer, feeding supplies and you will be set!
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