As a new mom, it can be completely overwhelming trying to figure out how to prepare for a newborn. There are endless products out there, and it’s almost impossible to know exactly what you will need.
If you’re struggling to figure out what you need during the first 3 months of newborn life, you’re in the right place! Here’s my ultimate list of newborn essentials that I have compiled through three babies!
Through trial and error, moments where I didn’t have what I needed, moments where I purchased products that weren’t necessary, I’ve done it all and this is my final list of newborn essentials that I recommend to any new mom preparing for a baby!
1 | HALO SLEEPSACK
I tried swaddle blankets, velcro swaddles, arms up, arms down, the whole nine, but this one blows the others out of the water.
Swaddling is so important in the early stages helping your little one feel safe and secure.
This particular swaddle is excellent quality, has lasted years throughout multiple babies, and prevents them from busting out of their swaddle and waking themselves up!
A good swaddle could be the difference between a fussy baby and actual sleep. Trust me, it’s worth it.
2 | GRACO PACK N’ PLAY
Pack ‘N Plays are so versatile. You can use them throughout many different stages as a portable crib, a playpen, or even a bassinet.
I couldn’t bring myself to buy a separate bassinet that would only be used for a couple of months. Multi-use items are the way to go, and this one is amazing!
It’s also super easy to pack up and bring with you anywhere!
3 | FISHER-PRICE SWING
A swing comes in SO handy when you need a break from holding your baby.
Sometimes (most of the time) laying them somewhere flat or stationary doesn’t do the trick with a squirmy baby.
This swing has saved my arms (and sanity) on several occasions.
You can also adjust the speed of the swing, direction it swings, and it even has soothing music options.
4 | PLAIN WHITE ONESIES
Babies grow extremely fast. You blink and they go from newborn clothes to 3 months, & before you know it they’re in 6 months clothing.
The trend continues for the first year & as cute as all the baby clothes are, my go-to was a plain white onesie.
I got the cute outfits for taking pictures and going out etc. but babies have blowouts and spit-up situations on the regular. You end up changing their outfit upwards of 3 times a day! Why waste your money on that many outfits when they grow out of them SO FAST?!
Also, the white onesies are much easier to bleach & get stains out of, because there will be stains. LOTS of stains.
5 | ZIP-UP SLEEPERS
Zip-up sleepers are SO convenient.
Nobody wants to be buttoning a million buttons in the middle of the night, only to realize that you missed one and have to start all over.
Zippers are the way to go. Trust me. Take the path of least resistance.
Carters is my favorite brand for these, affordable and high quality.
7 | WUBBA NUB PACIFIER
All three of my kids were very picky when it came to pacifiers. The ONLY pacifier they would use was the Wubba Nub. Shark Tank product for the win!
These are great because they have an adorable plush stuffed animal attached to them, which is not only cute, it helps with functionality also!
Pacifiers get dropped and spit out constantly. Having a weighted toy at the end of it can help keep it in place without constantly falling out.
Also, when they get a little older, they will love having a soft stuffed animal to hold on to and play with.
9 | CAR SEAT COVER
Another multi-purpose item! Yes!
This car seat cover doubles as a nursing cover as well.
It is incredibly soft, stretchy, easily machine washable and so handy! It’s wonderful to shield your little one from the sun, crowds of people, and works perfectly as a nursing cover.
They also have a bunch of really cute designs.
10 | CRIB SHEETS
Soft and comfortable crib sheets are harder to find than you think!
These ones are the perfect soft heather neutral colors.
They’re INCREDIBLY soft and VERY affordable. AKA perfect.
11 | BABY BATH
We tried a few different styles of baths and found this one to be our favorite. (It just so happens to be the most affordable too! Score!)
This one is sturdy enough to keep them supported, soft enough for them to be comfortable, insanely easy to clean, and even has a little hook to hang it up when you’re done!
Bonus tip: Flip it upside down when your little one is able to sit up on their own! It doubles as a great little support chair when they are no longer interested in laying down during bathtime.