As a brand-new mom, things you need for a newborn baby are fresh on my mind these days! Newborn babies actually require very little, but the market would have you believe otherwise. So before you go and throw down all your hard-earned cash for all the trinkets with bells and whistles that promise a lot and then get tossed to the back of your closet, take a look at my list of things you need for a newborn baby! These are mostly the items that I have found to be helpful and indispensable with my very own brand new baby!
1. Boppy Pillow
One of the things you need for a newborn baby whether you bottle-feed or breast-feed is a boppy pillow. It makes feeding much more comfortable, and helps support baby so mom’s arms don’t get tired! Plus, boppy pillows are great for helping prop baby up and encourage tummy time as he or she grows.
2. Gas Drops
Gas drops have been my ultimate lifesaver! When baby has a little bubble that refuses to come out, you may be in for a long night of crying. Gas drops can immediately offer baby (and mommy!) relief and rest! You may need to try a few brands before finding one that works best.
Most newborns like to be swaddled, since it helps keep them warm and feeling secure. You can use receiving or swaddling blankets, but they can be tricky to wrap a squirming, fussing infant in. Get a couple of swaddlers! They are easy and quick to use, and machine washable so that if baby spits up, you can throw it in the wash, no worries!
It’s good to have a few outfits on hand for those rare outings the first couple of weeks. But what your baby will likely end up wearing the most of will be little onesies and gowns. These are easy to put on and take off, and you can change a diaper with no fuss. Plus, babies like to be comfy too, so dressing them to the nines every day might just make them more fussy and irritable.
You will probably want to keep a hat on your little one for the first 2-3 weeks of their life whether you’re indoors or outdoors. Babies like to be warm, and keeping a hat on their bald little heads is an easy way to do that. Get some hats made of thin, breathable cotton, especially during summer seasons or warmer climates.
6. White Noise Machine
I can’t tell you how invaluable my white noise machine is! It helps my little one to relax and sleep through the night, which is great for mama! If you don’t have a white noise machine, a radio or TV set to static and turned down low will work just as great!
7. Extra Diapers
Of course, diapers are important, but how about EXTRA diapers? Always have at least 2 packs in your home, and keep an extra diaper or two in your diaper bag, car, purse, and at grandma’s house. Your baby can and will go through diapers more than you expect, so being prepared is important!
These items can help make life much easier for you as a new parent, so make sure you have them on hand before your munchkin arrives! I didn’t include feeding supplies since those are kind of a no-brainer. I think the absolute most important thing you need for a newborn baby that tops everything on this list is unconditional love! What are some of your go-to things you might need for a newborn?