There is a list a mile long of what you need for your newborn.
Everyone knows you need a carseat, crib, stroller, and all that good stuff. Then, there are people that will say you need all the equipment: wipe warmer, bottle warmer, and every gadget there is. No thanks. I am a minimalist and I only what what I really need. If it isn’t necessary or if it isn’t going to make my life easier, forget it.
A couple years ago (that’s hard to believe!!), I posted my Baby Must Have’s. I highly recommend going to that post if you are doing your registry. Here are a few more items to add to your list now that I’m older, wiser, and more sleep deprived.
Rock N’ Play
I put Baby D in little seats when he was a baby. Now that I have a curious toddler, I love the Rock N’ Play. It keeps the baby down in the seat so that my sweet boy can’t pull her out. Not that he’s ever tried that before…. 😉 It’s also great for babies with acid reflux, because it keeps them on an incline.
Boppy or nursing pillow
Save your back friends! You need a pillow, especially if your baby likes to nurse for 30-45 minutes like mine.
Swaddle- SwaddleSure by HALO
My littles both slept so much better when they are swaddled. I love this swaddle because it is easy and velcro. In the middle of the night when you are half dead, you can still swaddle your baby without getting frustrated!
Full Discloser: I was sent this swaddle to try for free, but I love it! Since then, I have bought another with my own money.
I wish I had known about the HALO Bassinet Luxe before baby girl was born!! I am drooling over it.
If there was a way to have a coffee IV, I would… and I don’t even like needles. When you have a toddler and a newborn, there is no sleeping when the baby sleeps. Caffeine me up!
As much as I love to cook and be creative in the kitchen, I don’t have the time or energy. While baby girl catnaps and I can distract baby delight with breakfast, it is easy for me to throw some things in the crockpot and call it dinner! Plus, I can usually make enough for two dinners in the crockpot.
Handy snacks are a must have! I’ll do another post on my favorite easy snacks.
Comfy and cute clothes.. that fit!
Those girls that look normal 6 weeks postpartum and are all cute with hair and makeup done make me gag. There I said it. Find some cute and comfy clothes that fit your new body so that you feel good about yourself. Once you find things you like, buy a couple of them. You will get spit up on, peed on, or pooped on.
Direct TV, Cable, Netflix, Amazon Prime, or some other way to stream TV shows/ movies
When you are nursing, you need something to distract you. For you Amazon Prime members, I highly recommend the show Justified! If you have cable or Direct TV, do yourself a favor and get a DVR. Late at night, there is never anything on TV. Plus, when I’m nursing it is a good distraction for Baby Delight. Mouse, Jake, and Miles have saved me more than once! (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Miles from Tomorrowland) It’s bad when you find yourself watching Disney shows when the kiddo is napping…
What are your newborn must haves?