Good evening! How’s your Cinco De Mayo going? Mine was pretty great, spent the day with my daughter and now that its 10pm I am chowing down on Sour Patch Kids. I know, I’m a wild one.
With having only 10 weeks left until my due date I wanted to give you all a list of baby essentials. I know there are hundreds out there, but some have a few excessive items that aren’t really necessary for baby and you to survive. The list I have for you is what has worked for me, but remember everyone is different and we all have different needs that we need to be met. I don’t know if that really makes sense, it’s late so bear with me. Alright lets jump right in.
- Crib/Pack and Play/ Bassinet: I feel like any of these will work, I have all three. We found out the hard way by putting our daughter in her crib for the first week or so and she screamed all night long. We then found a small bassinet that fit in between us on our bed that she slept in til she was at least 8 months. They just feel more cozy in a smaller space to start.
- Baby Mattress and Crib Sheet: If you go with a crib you will need a mattress and sheet. I recommend not putting anything else in the crib while baby sleeps.
- Baby Monitor: We are obsessed with the monitor we chose. We picked the Summer Baby Zoom Wifi. Its a video monitor that allows you to see, hear, speak and adjust the camera. You can also download an app on your phone where you can see baby while they are sleeping. Don’t worry it’s not where anyone can hack it, it has a special code that lets you have access to your monitor. We loved it so much we bought a second for baby boy.
- Car Seat and Base: Do your research before you buy. We looked at so many different ones and found which had a cozy feel. With there being so many options out there, it is a little intimidating to choose.
- Changing Table: A lot of people wont think this is necessary, and it kind of isn’t. I really liked having one because it was easiest for me to change my little one. I also liked that I had a place to store diapers, wipes and all those other little things baby needs.
- Breast Pump: If you plan on nursing its a good idea to purchase or go through your insurance to get a breast pump. There might be times that you want or need to have milk stored up for baby. Also if you become engorged pumping is an excellent way to help ( sorry to any males reading this, I’m sure it’s not what you wanted to read). I found that the Medela Pump In Style worked really well. I started using a different one and I didn’t like it, so I switched and loved how much nicer it was.
- Milk Storage Bags/bottles: They make both, but if you are pumping you will need these.
- Nursing Bra: If you decide to nurse, these come in handy!
- Nursing Pads: Even if you don’t nurse, you will need these or you will leak all over the place.
- Nipple Cream: If you are breastfeeding, you will want this I promise!
- Bottles: If you aren’t breastfeeding, baby will need bottles for formula. If you are pumping baby will need bottles to drink milk.
- Diapers and Wipes
- Diaper Cream: At some point your baby will need this.
- Diaper Bag: I would do some research to find what kind of bag you want. Make sure it has enough space for all the fun items you need for baby and you! We had two bags, one was the usual style that goes on a shoulder, and the other is a back pack. We use the back pack diaper bag more because it is easier to cart around. Also you will want to find one that is durable.
- Baby Clothes: Who doesn’t love to shop for baby clothes? So baby will need onesies, sleepers, baby mittens so they don’t scratch up there face, baby socks ( can also use on their hands if they take mittens off, and they probably will), pants, shorts, so on and so forth.
- Burp Cloth: You will want something to clean up the spit up and there will possibly be lots!
- Pacifiers: Not all babies take pacifiers and that’s ok, my daughter used hardly used them until I stopped nursing. She then became obsessed with them.
- Swaddle Blankets: My daughter loved being swaddled, not all babies do, we found a light weight swaddle kept her cozy so she slept better. They do sell Swaddle Sleepers which I am totally going to invest in for baby boy.
- Baby Swing/ Baby Bouncer: I have both and I used both so much. My daughter hated sleeping and still does, but when she was little she would sleep in these which made getting things done around the house much easier.
- Stroller: I don’t like feeling cooped up in the house, so taking my little one on walks was how I spent a lot of my time. Again, do the research because there are so many styles out there.
- Baby Carrier/ Wrap or Sling: I didn’t use any of these with my daughter but I plan on getting a carrier for this baby. I do have a Moby wrap but I found it was very difficult to use, you just have to try things on to find what works.
I know this is a very long list, again you might not need all of these things or you might want to add in some things. Find what works for you and your new family and it will all be good! I hope this list helps you, if you have any questions please let me know! Also, I am so sorry I tried to link some of the products I listed but it wouldn’t let me.
Thank you all so much for reading!
Have a safe and fun Cinco De Mayo!