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There are so many things that people think that they need when they have a new baby. It is an entirely new world, and you want to do your best to be prepared. People around you will have so much advice about the things that you need, but there are many things that you can skip. It can be completely overwhelming to try to get everything on all the baby registry lists, and many times, later on, you may realize that you didn’t need all that stuff after all. So what’s a mom to do?
Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! We’ve put together a list of the top 10 things you’ll need for the first few weeks, at least, with baby. Everything else is nice to have items, but you can always explore them later.
If you plan on exclusively breastfeeding, you don’t need too much. A nursing pillow can be helpful but not required, as well as a good nursing bra, nursing pads, and nipple cream. If you are going to exclusively pump or formula feed, you will need bottles, storage containers or bags, a breast pump, a bottle warmer, a bottle brush, and sanitization products. Slow flow bottles are best for newborns, so it’s a good idea to have those on hand.
Old Navy Unisex 5-Pack Long-Sleeve Bodysuit for Baby
I loved swaddle blankets. They were multifunctional and so helpful. When my babies were newborns, these were great for swaddling and keeping them cozy. When they were older, I also used them as blankets or a playmat option for the floor. While I liked the typical swaddling blankets, many choices have velcro or other fasteners. As long as I wrapped the baby by the instructions, I had no problem using ones without velcro, but then you can use them in multiple capacities.
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TwelveLittle Companion Diaper Bag
Lily Jade Caroline Diaper BAg
Itzy Ritzy Dream Convertible Diaper Bag
Skip Hop Evermore 6-in-1 Bag
You will need a safe place to wash your baby. I’m a fan of plastic baby bathtubs because they are easy to use and will keep your baby safe. These are easy to place in the kitchen sink, and your baby will love splashing the water all over the counters.
There is no deficit of advice regarding what you need to have for a newborn. Don’t let it freak you out. Many things are supplemental and nice to have, but you need to be sure to have the items above. As you get settled into motherhood, you may want additional things, and you will also learn which ones you and your baby really need.