Everything You REALLY Need For A Baby
Are you pregnant or planning to be and wondering what you truly need for a new baby? This list will break down the must haves, the nice to haves, and the don’t really needs.
There are baby must have lists with hundreds of items on them. When I first put my registry together I was completely overwhelmed. Whether you’re looking at What To Expect or Babylist or Motherly, they all suggest you need so many items to bring baby home.
I detest clutter. I’m not exactly a minimalist, but I really hate having unnecessary items around. Ryan is always on my case because if he leaves something on the kitchen counter for too long, I get rid of it. It bothers me so much to have crap laying around.
I tried to keep that in mind, but the must have lists definitely got the better of me. As a tried and true veteran mom now, I’ve put together my own list for baby #2 on the way
My Must Haves
Safe place to sleep- we purchased a crib on a great Black Friday sale but cousins let us borrow their Halo Bassinet for the first few months which was a life saver. Our second baby (due in January) will sleep in our 4 Moms Pack N Play Bassinet attachment next to our bed until she is ready for a crib.
Clothing- we were gifted so many adorable clothes! To be honest, James spent his entire first year in onesies and sleepers. As cute as they are, skip the cute outfits unless they’re super comfortable. You want your baby to be as comfortable as possible!
Diapers- pretty self explanatory. Whether you’re doing disposable or cloth, you need some ready when baby is born.
Food source- James was a bottle fed baby and I’m preparing for another bottle fed baby unless breast feeding comes easily. I pumped for about 6 weeks with James then switched to formula.
Car seat- we got the car seat that clicked into our ridiculously overpriced stroller. Do your own research, but any car seat on the market is probably safe.
Baby Carrier/Wrap- James lived in the Baby K’tan or the Ergo baby for most of the first 6 months of his life. I love baby wearing and think it’s the only way to get things done with a newborn. The Baby K’tan is definitely my go-to in those first few months because its so snuggly and baby just snoozes on you as you go about your day. I tried a hand me down Moby Wrap as well, which I liked, but found myself always grabbing my Baby K’tan because it was so easy to get on and off. I’m actually going to purchase a second one for this time around so I will always have a clean wrap to wear while the other one is in the wash.
Stroller- I had a hard time deciding if this was a must have or a nice to have… but for me personally it’s a must! I love walking, it’s essentially my only form of exercise right now and it’s always a fun way to get James out of the house. So for me, a stroller is a must.
My husband is a major researcher and I left the car seat/ stroller research up to him. I did mention to him that I loved the look of the Uppa Baby Vista and the fact that it could turn into a double stroller… so he did his research and ultimately decided that’s what we should get.
At first, I LOVED it! I loved the bassinet attachment and the fact that the seats were all removable and you could configure it in different ways.
But after using it for a year and a half I’m not loving it and honestly thinking of purchasing a different double stroller and selling the Vista on market place or something. The Vista is freaking heavy, pinches my fingers when I fold it, and huge to take in and out of the car. So if anyone has any recommendations on a better double stroller please let me know! I’m leaning towards this double wagon instead.
Burp Cloths- I had no idea one tiny baby could produce SO much spit up. I lived with a burp cloth over my shoulder for the first 6 months of motherhood. They have super cute ones out there but mine were just hand-me-down trifold cloth diapers, the old fashioned ones. They work perfectly.
And honestly that’s it… that’s all I have on the “Must Have” list. I know it’s probably missing a million things some other moms think are must haves, but I think if your really just start with the basics you can fill in the rest of the stuff you need over time if you decide you and your baby need it.
What’s on your “Must Have” list?!