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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Newborn Needs: The List!

One Soon- To- Be- Father asked: How Much stuff could a new baby need? My Answer: A LOT!!
Calling all moms! Calling all moms! Do you remember the daunting task of shopping for the needs of your first child? If you're lucky your friends throw you a baby shower and you score tons of awesome stuff that you need, but if not, where do you start? Lets assume you have the big stuff taken care of like:
Car Seat
Stroller/ Travel System
Bassinet/ crib
High Chair 
So what else is there? Help me complete this list!! Please! What are the baby products that I missed and what are the products that you love? Now is the perfect time to leave a comment! What were your can't-live- without baby items!!! Lets help all the new moms out there!

 So far I have:
In the Category of Sleeping:
bassinet sheets (4)
Crib sheets (4)
crib bumper (*edit- I have had two comments that say bumpers are a suffocation hazard- this is new to me, but I thought it was worth the mention so you know what the knew information is.)
quilts/blankets (2)
receiving blankets
swaddler blankets
baby monitor

When You Need Extra Hands:

In the Category Of Bathing:
Baby Bath Tub
Wash Cloths
Gentle Soap
Baby Lotion
Cotton Balls

In The Clothing Category (Basics Only):
Onesies (14, 2-3 per day)
Layettes (6)
Sleepers (6)
Hats (3)
Socks (14)
mittens (4)

In the Category Of Feeding:
Nursing Cover 
Nursing Pads
Nipple Shield (optional)
Breast Pump (optional)
Boppy (optional)
Cabbage leaves to put on engorged breast:) Learned that tip from a nurse too late:)

Bottle Feeding:
Bottle Nipples
Bottle Brush
Breast Pump (optional)
Boppy (optional)

In the category of  Diapers:
Cloth Diapers Like Booty Buns
or Regular Diapers: Newborns or Small
Diaper Wipes

In the Category of Hygiene:
baby nail clippers
emery board
Small soft bristled brush (if your baby is lucky enough to have hair)

In the Category of Other:
Burp rags
Gentle detergent
Mylicon Drops (gas)
baby nail clippers/ emery board
Thermometer ( I like the one that You can run across your forehead- it is not intrusive- The Exorgen Temporal Thermometer)

Helpful tips:
Hydrogen peroxide removes blood and poop stains (unfortunately these accompany new babies) I keep hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle near my washing machine. I spray it on and wash immediately aften rinsing off excess mess- you don't want chunks circling around inside your washing machine:). If I can'twash immediately, I also spry the soiled garment with Shout.

A Few of My Favorite Products Have Been:
( the bumbo chair was great for my third child, but not for my 4th- she was too wiggly for it- so I guess it depends, but I loved it for my son. It was a life saver!)

Now Its your turn! Please help me add to this list!!!
Happy Crafting!

P.S. See here for Baby Shower Themes
See here for Baby Shower Cakes
See here for Baby Shower Games
See here for affordable baby shower prizes and here for cute gifts


  1. Crib bumpers are dangerous

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    2. Thank you for this comment, it is hard to keep up with all the safety info and that is part of the reason for this post! I appreciate your comment. Can I assume that it is okay to use bumpers after age one?

  2. You're right Lori, crib bumpers are a suffocation hazard and are not recommended.

    1. Thank you for this comment, it is hard to keep up with all the safety info and that is part of the reason for this post! I appreciate your comment. Can I assume that it is okay to use bumpers after age one? Also Also, is there a place that you go that has current safety recommendations?

  3. I would highly recommend a baby Bjorn potty to.practice elimination communication. Rarely changing poopy diapers is the most amazing thing ever and.makes you so in tune with baby!

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    1. would have died without my rocking chair!

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  6. I loved the Swaddle Me blankets/wraps @Wal-Mart. They are definitely a must for a new mommy.