Since I’ve done this new mom thing a time or two, okay, or four. I’d like to think I have a pretty good grasp on what things you’ll need for a new baby. These top 5 new baby must haves work for all moms and all babies. Breastfed, bottle-fed, disposable-diapered, cloth-diapered, adoptive mom or dad, biological mom. You get the idea. All things that a parent will need for a new baby. (I didn’t include the obvious like a carseat. There are so many things that go into deciding which will work best for you and your vehicle….but hey, you have to have a carseat!)
In no particular order of importance, I give you my top 5. I use all of these items in our house, most of them daily! I recommend these to any of my new mom friends, or even friends that are having a tough time with their current choice.
After trying out several other ones, and literally throwing them away, we’ve kept the EuroBath/Prima Bath for our last three girls. Yes, it’s on the bigger side, but it makes bath time so much better. You can see N, E and B’s first bath in it!
We have swaddled all of our girls. It helps them sleep. It calms them. It relaxes them. We’ve tried them all. Some of them have worked for us at various stages and to varying degrees, but hands down, our favorite is the The Miracle Blanket. It’s like it has two layers of swaddle-breaking protection. While our kids can get out of the others, they are stuck in this one. Baby-straight-jacket wins! (See my Miracle Blanket review here.)
Forget having the bassinet in your room. Or a bigger pack n play. We put the Little Lounger right next to our bed. Our babies can sleep in it, they are easy to reach, and I can rock them or turn on vibrations to help them get back to sleep. (Also, notice, she’s in yet another Miracle Blanket). See my full Graco Little Lounger Review including a video review of all of the features.
Our house is loud. With two adults and four kids in three bedrooms we have to be able to cover up that noise while little people sleep. We actually have three of these in our house. One in every bedroom. The Noise Machine has traveled with us on every trip and vacation. It’s almost always on white noise, and our two year old actually asks for it before her nap and bedtime. When we first turn it on, it tends to calm even the most upset of babies.
5. Baby carrier
There are a ton of choices for a baby carrier. My favorites are soft structure/buckle carriers because pretty much anybody can wear it and I can get you using it in about 30 seconds. I’ve tried the Ergo, Boba 4G and the LILLEbaby. (You can see my Ergo Review, Boba 4G Review, and LILLEbaby review). The LILLEbaby is my favorite, hands down! Buy your LILLEbaby carrier at LILLEbaby.com or on Amazon.com.
I wish somebody would have told me about carriers with my first. And, not just any carrier, but a carrier that ensures proper positioning of baby to keep their hips properly aligned. All of these are super comfortable, easy to use and position baby in the right way. Babies 2-4 have/are still worn in these carriers almost daily.
What would you add to this list? Or take off?
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