Having a new baby is a very exciting time for expectant parents. It can also be an incredibly overwhelming time as well. There seems to be a never-ending list of items that new parents need to buy before bringing their bundle of joy home. Anywhere you look there are checklists of what you absolutely need to have before baby arrives, but often they contain products that you don't really need immediately.
While new babies do require a lot of new items, you don't need everything as soon as you deliver. Some items, like baby exersaucers and high chairs and feeding items can be bought after you've had the baby and had time to decide on what works best for your newborn. Lots of these baby items can't be used until your little one is a few months old at a minimum, so you don't have to stress yourself out about buying everything right away.
However, there are some items that you're going to want to have before the baby comes because you're going to need to use them right away. Baby's aren't very predictable either, so although you may think you have time to stock up on essentials, your baby could surprise you and come early.
It's important that moms are ready for baby, and here are 15 products that you definitely should buy before your baby comes (and 5 we haven’t even heard of yet) so you're ready when the big day arrives.
20 Baby Carrier
A great baby sling or baby carrier is super helpful and definitely a product all new moms should have. Babywearing is becoming increasingly popular because it allows mom to have her baby close while still being hands-free and able to do other things. If you're home and don't want to always be carrying your baby around, a sling allows you to still have your baby close and comforted while allowing you to tend to the freedom to use both your hands.
Not only is a sling, like this Baby Wrap Ergo Carrier Sling by Sleepy Wrap great for the baby, but having the baby close can also help stimulate milk production. It's also really convenient for new moms who want to be able to leave the stroller at home when out and about as well. Even better is dads and partners can use it too.
19 Baby Bath
A baby bath is one of those things that just makes life easier for new parents. Sure, you can bathe your newborn in a sink or regular bathtub when they're little, but you may find it cumbersome to hold them and uncomfortable for yourself.
A baby bathtub, like this adorable Blooming Baby Bath Lotus will help support your little one and keep them safe while you bathe them. Not all babies love to be bathed, so it's important that you choose a tub that provides maximum comfort and ensures your baby won't hurt themselves if they kick and fuss.
A baby bathtub will be one of the most used products that you purchase before the baby comes home, so choosing one that works for you is very important.
18 Swaddling Blankets
Swaddling blankets, like this adorable Aden & Anais set, are a staple for every nursery. You will probably get many swaddling blankets as gifts before baby comes, but you want to ensure the blankets you have work for you and your baby.
Not all swaddling blankets are created equal. Some may be too small to work for your baby, while others you may find too rough and not soft enough. Those will always work well for you as burp pads but you'll want to make sure you have at least a few swaddling blankets that are big enough and soft enough for your baby.
You'll go through them quickly as newborns often spit up or create other messes, so you can never have too many of these nursery essentials.
17 Tucks Medicated Cooling Pads
As if delivering a baby isn't hard enough, many women suffer from hemorrhoids before or even after pregnancy. It's the last thing new moms need to worry about after welcoming a baby, but it's a reality for so many. Tucks Medicated Cooling Pads can provide instant relief and comfort for new moms who are dealing with hemorrhoids.
The pads contain witch hazel and can be used to treat any burning, itching, and irritation that goes along with having hemorrhoids. The pads are awesome and a definite must have for new mothers because of their soothing, cooling abilities. Dealing with a new baby is hard enough, you don't want to be distracted by hemorrhoid pain.
16 Baby Mittens
New babies have very sharp fingernails and very little coordination, so they often end of scratching themselves on the face. Nothing is more heartbreaking than staring into your newborn's little face and seeing a large, red scratch across their cheeks that was caused by sharp nails. It can be a bit difficult to cut a new baby's nails until they're a few months old as they're still quite soft and attached to the fingers when they're so little.
One of the best items you can buy before baby comes is baby mittens. Baby mittens are a lifesaver when it comes to protecting your newborn from their own sharp nails and can be purchased relatively inexpensively from most department stores like Walmart or Target and Amazon.
15 Baby Monitor
Every new parent will want to have their baby monitor ready to go when they come home with the baby. You can go as low tech or hi-tech with baby monitors as you want these days. This iBaby Monitor comes with a webcam that allows you to see and hear your baby as they sleep.
No matter what kind of baby monitor you choose, they provide a level of peace and comfort knowing you can hear and/or see your baby as they sleep so you're always aware of any issues and you know exactly when they're waking up.
Monitors are one of these must have baby products that you can't go wrong purchasing because you can use them as your child grows.
Having a new baby is stressful and exhausting but you also don't want your new baby too far from you when they go to sleep. Even if you choose to co-sleep, a portable bassinette allows you to put the baby down for a nap anywhere in the house or on the go.
A bassinet, like this Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bassinet, is great for your newborn. It's not too big so you can move it from room to room if you want your baby sleeping around you. The basket in many bassinettes is also removable so you can just bring that section from room to room or when you travel to provide a comfortable sleep solution for your newborn.
13 Bottle Warmer/Sterilizer
Baby bottle warmers might be the best invention ever. Instead of waiting as you place your bottle in hot water for it to heat to the right temperature, products like this Bimirth Smart Bottle Warmer not only heat bottles of formula or breast milk, but it also sterilizes bottles too. In addition, it can heat up baby food and sanitize pacifiers.
Having one of these products in your bedroom for night time feedings lets you relax in bed with baby while you wait for the bottle to warm, and instead of sanitizing a pacifier by placing it in boiling water everytime your child spits it out on to the floor, this bottle warmer/sanitizer is there to do the trick.
12 Nursing Pads
While disposable breast pads are a must have for all new moms, whether you breastfeed or not, these gel pads are a definite must for all breastfeeding moms.
The pads, like these Medela Soothing Gel Pads for Breastfeeding, provide instant cooling relief for new moms suffering from sore and tender breasts. These also come in handy if you're suffering from cracked or sore nipples, as they provide a much needed shield between the breast and bra/shirt. The gel pads prevent the sore breast from rubbing against the fabric that is next to it.
There are other brands on the market you can purchase that go in the fridge as well to provide extra cooling relief when you need it.
11 Ready Made Formula Bottles
Not every mom can or wants to breastfeed, and even those who do often end up needing to supplement with formula. Having some ready made infant formula bottles on hand, like these ready made Enfamil ready to use nursing bottles can come in very handy for an overstressed mom and baby who is hungry.
These ready to use bottles are also great when you're on the go and need to be able to feed baby, or for late night feedings when you don't feel like preparing a bottle. For moms who are formula feeding, having some of these pre-prepared bottles during the beginning weeks when life is hectic with a newborn takes the pressure off of having to prepare bottles in the middle of the night or when baby decides they need to eat immediately!
10 Gripe Water
Gripe water is one of those products that some moms swear by, while others have never heard of it. I was one of those mothers that swore by it with all my kids and it's something I think every new mom should have in her home before the baby comes.
Typically gripe water consists of either agave, ginger, fennel and purified water and the ingredients vary depending on the manufacturer. Gripe water is typically given in small doses to babies who are colicky or cranky or seem to be having gas pains.
Most gripe water options are all natural and alcohol-free (which wasn't always the case) and can often help soothe a baby who otherwise can't be soothed.
9 Laundry Detergent
Despite being teeny tiny, babies definitely create a lot of laundry! Your little one could potentially go through multiple outfits a day thanks to spit-ups, spills and diaper disasters. Like your baby's cleansing products, you'll want to choose an all natural laundry detergent for your baby's clothes as well, to eliminate any possible reaction to the perfumes or chemicals in the regular laundry soap you may use.
Seventh Generation offers a wide range of all natural 'free & clear' laundry products including soap and a stain remover. You'll want to have these products in your laundry room before baby comes so you can wash all their clothes and blankets before they arrive.
8 Postpartum Undies
New moms are often so focused on their impending arrival that they forget about themselves. One of the most crucial items for any new mom to have on hand before the baby comes is a few good pairs of postpartum friendly underwear.
After the baby, your stomach is going to be tender and sore, and if you happen to have a c-section you're also going to have to deal with an incision that requires either stitches or staples. Investing in a few pairs of high waisted, cotton underwear that will get you through those first few weeks or months after you have the baby is one of the most important things you can do.
Comfort is key for new moms, and you don't want to be worrying about waistbands rubbing on stitches or staples, or wearing undergarments that aren't fully supporting your post-baby belly.
These Fruit of The Loom high waisted bikini panties are a great and inexpensive option for new moms who want to ensure their comfort post-baby. You can also use maternity underwear or other postpartum underwear from maternity stores.
7 Baby Cleansing Products
Although newborns don't do much more than eat, sleep and poop, they sure can get dirty. between dripples and spit ups and diaper disasters, newborns are often being bathed or cleaned, so you want to ensure you have the cleansing products for you.
Choosing all natural products, like The Honest Company's line of baby products or even a tried and true like Johnson and Johnson is important because you're going to be using them often. You'll want to choose a product that is gentle on baby's skin and free from many of the harsh chemicals that other name brand cleansing products contain.
Having a baby shampoo, diaper wipes and infant cream ready to go before baby arrives is a must have for all nurseries.
6 Sleep Sack
Sleep sacks have been growing in popularity over the last few years and are now a must have for every new parent. Sleep sacks act almost like a sleeping bag for your baby, ensuring they are covered and warm but there is no loose blanket for them to kick off or pull up over their faces.
Many sleep sacks, like the Halo sleep sack pictured above, feature a zipper enclosure for easy diaper changes and allow you to swaddle your baby with arms in or out, which means the sleep sack can grow with your child as well.
Loose blankets can pose safety risks for infants and they don't always stay on, leaving your baby exposed when they sleep. The sleep sack works great in ensuring your child is always comfy and warm when they're sleeping.
5 We Haven't Heard Of: Owlet Smart Sock
New parents are understandably very nervous when they first bring their baby home. Having a baby is a huge responsibility and not to be taken lightly. For those parents who want to be able to constantly monitor their baby, even when they're sleeping, there's the Owlet Smart Sock 2.
According to their website, the Smart Sock "comfortably wraps around your baby’s foot to track heart rate and oxygen levels using clinically-proven pulse oximetry. The base station glows green to let you know everything is okay but will notify with lights and sounds if something appears to be wrong."
Many parents, especially those that have previously experienced infant loss, claim the Owlet Smart Sock 2 has given them peace of mind and the ability to sleep worry-free.
4 We Haven't Heard Of: Shittens
While Shittens have often been given as gag gifts, these moistened wipes that are literally disposable mittens can definitely come in handy during that messy newborn phase. Any new parent will tell you that they can go through many, many wipes during diaper changes, but a full hand covering 'shitten' may help eliminate that. Not only do you avoid getting any mess on your hands while using them, but they provide more coverage as well.
Once you're done using them simply throw them away like a regular wipe, without worrying about what you've gotten all over your hands. These may not be practical for everyday use, but they'd definitely make a fun shower gift!
3 We Haven't Heard Of: Beebo Baby Bottle Holder
Just when you thought everything you needed for your newborn, along comes the Beebo baby bottle holder. The Beebo is a hands-free bottle holder made of foam so it's sure to fit almost any bottle. It allows you to be handsfree when bottle feeding your baby, allowing you to use your hands to read your child a book, read another child a book at the same time, eat dinner or simply surf on your phone during those late night feeding.
The Beebo also works well for anyone who may be helping feed your child, and for those who have dexterity issues. New parents can spend hours in a day feeding the baby, and sometimes they need a free hand to tend to older siblings or simply answer the phone.
2 We Haven't Heard Of: A Pacifier-Thermometer
Most parents will have a digital thermometer in their homes so they can record their child's temperature in case of illness, but many brands are now beginning to offer an alternative to the traditional thermometer.
Digital pacifier/thermometer combinations seem like a pretty ingenious idea. It's hard to keep a standard thermometer in a child's mouth long enough to get an accurate reading, so combining a thermometer with a pacifier helps solve that problem.
While some reviews have complained about how long a child has to keep the pacifier in for to get an accurate reading, it's nice to have an idea of your child's temperature while at home before deciding whether to take your child to the doctor or not. If your child refuses to cooperate with a traditional thermometer, this may just be the solution you need.
1 We Haven't Heard Of: Alexa Speaker And Smart Baby Monitor System
Baby monitors have come a long way, and now you can purchase a monitor that sync's with your Alexa device. The Alexa Speaker and Smart Baby Monitor System from Project Nursery is a wife enabled baby monitor system that allows you to check in on your baby from anywhere, using your smartphone or tablet.
It comes with an Alexa enabled baby monitor camera and a Project Nursery Alexa smart speaker, so you can use your Alexa device to voice control the camera, turn on lullabies and even take video.
The package includes high-definition video, the ability to pan/tilt/zoom the camera, two-way talk, infrared night vision, sound, motion and temperature detection with alerts to your smartphone and the ability to add up to 4 cameras (sold separately).
There's so much to think about when preparing for your new baby. Hopefully, this list of a few much needed necessities will help you decide what you really need before baby comes and what can wait.
References: amazon.com, thebeebo.com, owletcare.ca, honest.com, seventhgeneration.com, tucksbrand.com, adenandanais.com