As a first-time mom I'm learning everything through trial and error...mostly error. Now that I'm officially 8 weeks into being a mama, I have very strong opinions on my newborn baby essentials.
I now look back on my baby registry and have a good laugh – because why did I feel the need to register for 3 Solly Baby wraps? Was I planning on hitting the town and couldn't be seen wearing the same wrap twice? (Actually yes. That's exactly what I thought. Little did I know I'd prefer to spend all of my time in bed cuddling my baby with zero care for who saw me in what wrap.)
My 10 Newborn Baby Essentials
This is not a full list of everything you will need. Most likely you will come home from the hospital and within the first 24 hours have your own running list of items you wish you had. Hopefully my newborn baby essentials guide will minimize your post-hospital panic.
I registered for beautiful layettes and cute little rompers, but do you know what I learned on night ONE of having a baby – fast access to the diaper is the only thing that matters. At 3 o'clock in the morning you will not care if your one-of-a-kind linen overalls and matching knit tights look pretty. You will be fumbling around in the semi-darkness, leaning over a changing table and muttering, "Why is this taking so long?"
Enter the zippered onesie. Aside from a few clothing items purchased by family members (which Desi must wear to maintain the family peace), he exclusively wears these. They are incredibly soft, have built-in hand covers and come in adorable patterns.
Some of you may know this as my very expensive dog bed. Scrappy tries to hijack Desi's Dock-A-Tot any chance she gets. When my pup isn't snoozing in it, it's the perfect bed to carry around from room to room for an easy sleep spot. Pair this with a cozy Halo Sleepsack and it's lights out for my babe.
Above is the Mod Mountains quilt pattern (Available April 4) and the Campfire quilt pattern.
Another funny thing I registered for was TONS of swaddle blankets. There are so many beautiful ones out there, I assumed I needed at least 10. The truth is, when Desi is over stimulated and just needs his hands snuggly out of his own way, this velcro fleece swaddlesack is where it's at.
4. Burp Cloths
OK, I'm sure if you've been around a baby for any length of time this is going to seem like a no-brainer. I knew, in the theoretical sense of the word, that I would need some form of burp cloth, so I registered for about 5 soft organic bamboo washcloths that were probably free trade and also profit sharing to help orphaned gorillas. What I'm saying is I was living in total lalaland and NOT prepared for the amount of liquids that would come out of my baby.
However many burp cloths you think you need, go ahead and double that. Then double it again. Now you're prepared.
5. Pacifiers (that actually pacify)
You might have already figured out based on my overall cluelessness going into this newborn baby phase, that I created my registry from things I saw Insta-moms use. The best example of this is the type of pacifier and pacifier accessories found on my registry.
I saw fashionable mamas use stylish binkies connected to equally stylish wooden bead clips. Obviously that's what I needed. There's only one problem – my baby hates those pacifiers. He HATES them. Somehow they manage to do the exact opposite thing a pacifier is supposed to do.
I finally conceded and gave Desi the same pacifier they gave him in the hospital and guess what? He loves it. Calms him right down every time!
Desi was born in February on one of the coldest days of the year. My biggest worry as a new mom was keeping him warm and cozy at all times. The great thing about these booties is that once you snap them on they stay on. I actually pair them with a footed zipper onesie and he's layered up and ready to snuggle!
Above is the Modern Fans quilt pattern.
A mother of four reached out to me on Instagram while I was pregnant and wrote me this message, "I've been debating for weeks whether or not to write to you because the last thing you want is unsolicited advice, but after having four babies I can't help myself. You must get the Blooming Bath Lotus. It will save your back from bending over a bathtub and will make bathing your newborn so much easier."
Well IG mother of four, you are absolutely right! I don't bathe Desi as much as I should, but when I do it's really nice doing it from the bathroom sink.
One thing I didn't put together until after bringing Desi home is that after spending months decorating a nursery, you won't really use it. Sure, you may go in there from time to time to smile and remember all of the fun times you had designing that nursery, but for the first few months of a baby's life, chances are he's going to be in your bedroom – it makes those midnight feedings and diaper changes so much easier!
We have this playard set up in our bedroom and use it as a changing table and organization station for his diapers, wipes, burb cloths, nail file, my breast pump, bla bla bla you get the picture – all of the stuff you just bought on Amazon after coming home from the hospital and realizing you weren't prepared at all.
I've never 180-ed so hard on something as I have on this booger sucker. I actually bought one of these for my sister-in-law as a joke when she was pregnant with my nephew. I thought there was no way this could actually be a thing!
Well, not only is it a thing, but it's one of my most used products. My husband has a whole booger process now. It starts with a squirt of saline spray, is followed by suction, and ends with delicate Q-tip wiping. It's very entertaining to watch.
10. Bottles (that are right for your baby)
Even if you're breastfeeding, you'll probably still want to have a bottle on hand just in case you can't be there. I wish I could tell you that the bottles that work for us are going to be the bottles that work for you. Unfortunately, I don't think that's how it works. I went through two different brands before landing on these Dr. Brown's bottles. What I like about them is that you can graduate the nipple for faster or slower flow.
I was told by many people that we wouldn't need a bottle warmer. Well, this mama doesn't agree. Desi does waaaaay better and is a lot calmer if the milk isn't coming straight from the fridge.
What are your newborn baby essentials? Every parent has a list. I'd love to know yours!