Your baby registry may be massive, but the list of things you’ll really use in the early days, weeks and even months, doesn’t have to be. Stock up on diapers and wipes and then pair down the rest of your to-buy list with this flipbook filled with essentials that will help get you through those first months. High chairs, toys and even the crib can wait.
Wraps make a sweet carrier option in the early months as the fabric is soft on Baby's skin and snaps don't get in the way. They look tricky, but we promise you'll catch on quicker than you think, especially if you pick a style (like this one) that makes putting it on as easy as dressing in a t-shirt.
We Love: Baby K'tan PRINT baby carrier available at babyktan.com, $59.95.
Loose blankets are a no-no for the first year, but swaddling blankets are a yes-yes. You wrap baby like a burrito, which keeps restless arms and legs from jolting them awake. These are also great to have on hand to use as a stroller covers when Baby falls asleep on the go, nursing covers, park blankets and more.
We Love: aden anais Silky Soft Swaddles available at adenandanais.com, $45 for 3-pack.
Infant Car Seat
Priority number one: the car seat. You'll need one installed in your car before you leave the hospital with your newborn, so hop to it!
We Love: Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Elite Infant Car Seat available at gracobaby.com, $219.99.
With 2 a.m., 4 a.m., and 6 a.m. wakeup calls you'll want to keep baby within reach those first few weeks and months. A bassinet by your bedside does just the trick. Find other rooming-in sleep solutions in our round up of the Best Baby Bassinets and Nappers.
We Love: Chicco Lullago Deluxe Portable Bassinet available at toysrus.com, $129.99.
Baby Care Tools
A pair of little nail clippers to keep those teeny tiny (yet razor sharp!) nails short at all times, a thermometer to ease your fever fears and a nasal aspirator to keep Baby's nose clean will all come in handy in the first days. Do yourself a favor a pick up a comprehensive health kit that'll cover all your bases.
We Love: Boon Health & Grooming Kit available at booninc.com, $29.99.
Give your arms a rest during breastfeeding or bottle-feeding with a fit-to-your-body pillow. Baby can use it in later months to practice tummy time and sitting up.
We Love: Ergo Baby's Natural Curve Nursing Pillow Sheep Cover available at ergobaby.com, $70.
Your newborn doesn't need a fancy wardrobe at this point. He'll spend most of his time swaddled and sleeping anyway. But having an arsenal of onesies ready will make dressing your baby quick and easy.
We Love: Primary The Babysuit 7 Gift Set available at primary.com, $48.
It's a sponge bath the first few weeks until the umbilical cord drops off, but then it's time for baby's first bath. Make it easy with a tub that's made to accommodate newborns.
We Love: Splash N' Store Collapsible Tub available at summerinfant.com, $49.99.
If you're bottle feeding or find that you've got a baby that spits up, you're going to need a stock of bibs. Buy them in bulk. You'll be swapping and washing them often!
We Love: Cat & Jack Baby 5 Pack Bib Set available at target.com, $9.99.
Getting out of the house with your baby is a must in the first weeks and days - not just for your sanity, but also for the little one's first (and frequent!) doctor's appointments. Arm yourself will a well-organized diaper bag so you're prepared with everything from a fresh onesie to a warm blanket.
We Love: 7 a.m. Enfant Soho Diaper Bag available at 7amenfant.com, $68.
Mill about during naptime with this portable video baby monitor. You may think video is an unnecessary luxury, but you'll thank us later when baby is fussing and you want to see whether his eyes are open or closed. Some monitors, like this one, even work with an app so you can check on your baby from your phone or computer, which is especially nice when you're out on that first date night or back at work.
We Love: Motorola 2.8" Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi available at toysrus.com, $149.99.
Slow-Flow Baby Bottles
Not breastfeeding, need to supplement or pumping? Look for bottles that mimic the breast and slow down the flow of formula or pumped milk to help reduce colic, spitting up, burping and gas.
We Love: LUX Baby Bottle available at luxbabybottle.com, $16.95.
Middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes will go a lot smoother with a little light that doesn't wake up Baby or your partner. Better yet, choose an illuminated gadget that doubles as a sound machine. The repetitive sounds of white (static) or pink (rainfall) noise can help soothes your newborn throughout the night.
We Love: Hatch Baby Rest available at hatchbaby.com, $59.99.
Swaddling from scratch isn't for everyone (especially in the middle of the night). These sacks make it easy with simple zippers and swaddling arms you can Velcro shut. Baby will feel cuddled, and you'll feel like a superstar swaddler!
We Love: HALO SleepSack Swaddle available at halosleep.com, $28.95.
When your baby is crying and you've tried everything from the bottle to a diaper change, this little must-have might buy you a few quiet minutes. Be smart about which one you choose - sticking to orthodontic designs may protect your baby's future teeth and a one-piece design isn't only safer, but also easier to clean.
We Love: Natursutten Orthodontic Rubber Pacifier available at diapers.com, $12.09.
Did we miss anything? What did you use frequently in the newborn stage?
–Julie Seguss & Theresa Gonzalez