What You Need to Have for a New Born Baby
Before having Ava, I was super worried about getting everything that she would need before she came. But never being a mom before, I wasn't really sure what that was. Let me clear this up. I know babies can use a lot of things but I was really only concerned about what she would absolutely need. Not the frills. Now having her for a month, and seeing what we use on a daily basis, I'd like to help the next new mom out on what you need for a newborn baby.
Your child clearly needs to be fed. My daughter is a greedy monkey who initially came out drinking 4 oz of formula in one sitting. I credit that to her dad though. We eventually brought it down, but now at 1 month old, she's drinking a consistent 3 oz.
If you're feeding with formula, you'll need:
- Filtered water.
- Burp cloths.
If you're breastfeeding, you'll need:
- Breast pump. Hand or mechanical. I recommend mechanical if you can get it because the hand pump is an actual work out.
- Nursing pads. But only if you have overflowing breasts.
- Nipple cream. Even though I breast fed for a short amount of time, I know that nipple cream is a very important purchase. It keeps your nipples from drying or scabbing over if your baby hasn't mastered the latch yet. Save yourself a bit of pain and discomfort.
- Bottle(s)/Storage Bags. If you're returning to work, your breast milk has to go somewhere.
- Burp cloths.
- Bottle bristle brush. It helps get the residue left in the bottle and nipples.
- Bobby. I love the word! It's a U-shaped pillow that helps support the baby as you feed, breast or bottle. I love my boppy too.
2. Bath Time.
When your baby comes home, they'll be getting sponge baths for a little while. After a few days, they can get the works.
- Baby soap/lotion/shampoo. (I ended up using baby oil instead of lotion. Ava had peeling dry skin after we brought her home. My mom recommended baby oil because baby lotion helped to dry out the skin.)
- Bath cloths
- Bath towels
- Bath tub (But you can do it old school and use the kitchen sink.)
3. Clothes and accessories.
If you were blessed like us, you received a lot of clothes from your baby shower but in the initial days, you don't need that much. For us, baths are every other day and unless we're going out, Ava just wears one of her many onesies.
- Onesies. (To be safe, we purchased one 4 pack of Gerber newborn sized onesies before Ava arrived. We didn't know if she was going to be a plump baby and we didn't want to purchase more if we didn't need it. She came out ready for a newborn size but has also made it into some of her 0-3 month onesies as well.)
- Socks, mittens and hats.
- Blankets. We use our blankets to keep her warm but also to cover nap areas, to swaddle and for tummy time.
Because it's a baby.
- Newborn diapers.
- Diaper Wipes.
- Baby Powder. You can use it as a diaper rash preventative from the start.
- Changing Mat. If you don't want to lay your baby down just anywhere or protect any surface from diaper overloads.
5. Baby Gear.
We live in a one bedroom apartment, so we didn't want to stack up on too much stuff for no reason. When she gets bigger and can hold her head up, we'll get more. Right now there isn't much gear you need for a newborn baby.
- Infant Car Seat.
- Diaper Bag. You need something to carry all of this mess in.
- Stroller. Only if you plan on doing a lot of walking for any kind of reason. After a month, we have yet to use our stroller.
Again, since we live in a one bedroom apartment, the nursery is part of our bedroom so there's limited space.
- Bassinet/Crib. We have a bassinet; it's smaller than a crib and it works. She won't be able to climb out of it for some months, so we're fine for now.
- Dresser/Drawers/Storage bins. We are using plastic drawers for all of Ava's clothes. I have them labeled with a post-it on the inside of each drawer and marked what type of clothing is in each. On the other hand, Julia used storage bins for Jayla's clothes and kept them under the bed. It was an easy way to save on space.
- Changing Table. We do have a changing table but it is primarily used for storage. I change Ava on my lap so I don't use it that often.
7. Health and Safety.
Honestly, you may not use these right away, but you should definitely have them on hand.
- Nasal aspirator. Ava hates when I use it but getting the little boogers is a fun challenge for me.
- Nail clippers.
8. For Mom.
- Maxi Pads w/ wings. The hospital will give you a few industrial sized pads but you'll eventually need your own. I had a c-section and still needed them. You will bleed.
- Comfortable pajamas. Because I only put on actual clothes twice a week while on maternity leave.
If you are a bit clueless, like I once was, hopefully this list of things you need for a newborn baby will help you out. Everything on this list is arguable depending on the type of parent you want to be, but these are the items that I've used throughout the first month of baby Ava's life.
Experienced moms, is there something else you would add to this list of what you need for a newborn baby? Let us know in the comments below. I just might have to pick something up from the store!