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Newborn Essentials: What You Need The First Month

Baby/Parenting · January 20, 2020

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Now that I have done the whole newborn thing twice I feel like I can easily say what you do and don’t need the first month you have a baby in the house. I remember my first time thinking we needed ALL THE THINGS. Which we just didn’t. There are a lot of newborn essentials you need in general but this is what you need the first month.

Newborn Essentials: What You Need The First Month

As far as clothes I feel like even though both times I’ve had “outfits” for the babies the majority of what they wear are footie pajamas and side snap t-shirts. I will say Charlotte has not worn these because she likes to be warm but Liam only wore these LOL.  I recommend the side snap shirts to everyone. We also LOVE the Magnetic Me Pajamas. We didn’t have these with Liam but Magnetic Me sent me a few this time and I got a few as gifts. They are super soft and thin plus magnetic! No buttons or zippers! I have also LOVED Kickee pajamas with Charlotte. She is a slim tiny baby and they fit her so great.

As far as swaddles we use two different kinds. The first few weeks with both we used SwaddleMe Swaddles with velcro and we also use Love to Dream Swaddle Up because it has zippers and allows their hands to be closer to their face.

We are big pacifier believers. For one it reduces the chance of SIDS and for another, it’s a great way to soothe. We use Avent soothies as well as Wubbanubs.

For bottles, we LOVE Avent anti-colic bottles and used them with both of our kids.

When Charlotte is NOT in footie pajamas I always have socks on her since it’s winter. We love Gerber socks! But my mom also bought these for her in pretty much every single style.

We use the Dockatot a ton during the day for baby lounging. We also have the toy arch. Both our babies have loved the Dockatot. But we NEVER use it in the crib or if we aren’t right there watching.

For baby care, we love Noodle and Boo products and Aveeno Baby products. We also love Fridababy snot sucker and nail clippers.

For our stroller and car seat, we are using a Nuna Pipa car seat which the brand so graciously sent us. We are still using our Uppababy Vista stroller we had with Liam which is great because it acts like a double stroller.

Of course, we also use bibs, burp cloths, washcloths, bottle sterilizer, diaper bag, and some other favorites I have linked below!

My favorite diapers with Charlotte have been Honest Company diapers. They are so precious!

I would love to know what newborn essentials you find the most handy?

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  • 23 thoughts on “Newborn Essentials: What You Need The First Month

    1. Mandie

      My son is 3 now and my 3rd child, but since you asked, I would add to the list cold pressed coconut oil. I really tried to do everything as natural as possible for him and as he got older, he loved eating bits of it which is really good for him.

    2. Clarice

      Thank you for sharing this list. Motherhood may be overwhelming for first-time moms and knowing the essentials and the things that you need to prepare for your newborn is just helpful.

    3. Grace Fredericks

      Having a baby is such a hectic time, this is great for first time moms! Thank you for the specific recommendations, there is so many options out there, its hard to know what really works.

    4. Joline

      So true. My sister’s firstborn had so much stuff, some of which went un-used because she grew so fast. So now they’re more relaxed with daughter no. 2 as they didn’t have to buy 90% of the things.

    5. Brandy

      This is the perfect list of newborn essentials. I love how simple your list is, and true! I haven’t had a newborn in 11 plus years, but I remember those days.

    6. Marysa

      There is so much baby gear out there, and it is good to know just what is needed! It helps to save on money and all the clutter too. Baby stuff can be overwhelming.

    7. Stephanie

      I also found that you don’t need near as much those first few months as people think. My oldest son was born in June, so it was warm. That with his reflux and he hardly ever had clothes on if we were home because he would just spit-up on them.

    8. Lisa

      So many good suggestions. We love and still use our uppababy vista, and I’m a big fan of the Love to Dream swaddles – I remember discovering those and being so happy since my son was busting out of everything!

    9. Melanie williams

      There are some really handy ideas here. I think people can go overboard when all you need are the essentials x

    10. Courtney

      Oooo so many great newborn suggestions!! It’s been so long since my daughter was a newborn that I swear baby gear is so different now lol

    11. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

      It was so much different when I had my kids. What we considered essentials then were cloth diapers, baby clothes, blankets and washcloths. Now there are so many things that would help new moms cope with the responsibility of caring for her infant child. I will share this post if I get to know of any relative/friend who will be expecting a child soon.


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