I can remember when I was pregnant with my first child and going to start my baby registry, I was like a kid in a candy store. Now, onto the second child we’ve gotten rid of many things we didn’t even use. Sometimes I wish I could go back with the knowledge I have now as a mother of two and tell myself to control those nesting urges when I would walk into a store and felt like I needed absolutely everything, included the ridiculous designer hospital gown.
If you’re a first time mom trying to determine what you need for those first 100 days, I’ve put together this list of must-haves for newborns to share with you. Here’s my top 9 list of baby products that saved me much needed time, helped me keep my sanity, and that I highly recommend!
1. Boppy – This product I’ve used this with both of my kids. It’s such a functional product, I’ve used it for just about everything – nursing, feeding, propping ,tummy time and sometimes just as a pillow.
2. Diapers and Wipes – So this is obviously a must, but what you don’t want to do is buy one size in bulk instead buy a variety of sizes because they out grow them so fast! I used Pampers Swaddlers and Pampers Sensitive Wipes. When my son was a newborn and using about 10 diapers per day, I would go through one packet of these wipes in two days. So I wanted something that was sensitive and fragrance free for his little bottom. And the Pampers Swaddlers were great because they have a wetness indicator so it made keeping track of diapers easy! It’s also what we were recommended when my son was in the NICU.
3. Gentle Detergent – Newborn baby skin is so sensitive that you need a gentle detergent to do their laundry. We’ve always used Deft, I also recommend their stain remover. They make a handy little stain remover pen that you can carry around in your diaper bag for emergencies! This stuff has saved so many outfits for us!
4. Play Yard with Bassinet – You’ll want to have a smaller, portable bed nearby for those early months. We purchased a Pack N Play that turned into a bassinet to save on space and kept that in our room for those early months.
5. Stroller – When looking for a stroller try to find one with the most adjustable seat back. If it can sit upright, your child will be able to grow and still use it when they’re a little older and want to be engaged with all of their surroundings.
6. Baby Carrier – Investing in a nice carrier is a must, trust me. For my sanity, I used our Boba carrier all the time because my daughter always wanted held. It was so much easier to get work done around the house while using my carrier and leaving my hands free.
7. Car Seat – You’re going to research the heck out of car seats, and you totally should. Make sure the one you pick has awesome safety ratings and also something with an easy base to install and move between vehicles when needed.
8. Rock ‘n Play – This thing had saved me during the thick of sleep deprivation when I hadn’t showered in days. (And, yes, that really happens.) I also used it for naps or I would sit it in the kitchen when I was trying to make dinner or wash dishes.
Still feeling overwhelmed? Check out our 12 Tips For Mom’s First 100 Days With Baby and Must Haves For Baby Babies “R” Us Pinterest board. Best of luck to you expecting Mamas out there! I hope this list has helped you!
What are your favorite baby essentials? What would you add to this list?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Babies “R” Us/P&G/Pampers. The opinions and text are all mine.