A New Baby Checklist
One of the most common questions we receive from expecting moms is “what do I really need, and what can I do without?” The truth is when it comes to essential gear for your baby, less is more! We’ve created a New Baby Checklist full of all the do’s and don’t when it comes to newborn essentials for your little one…
Take a minimalist approach…
We encourage new and expecting parents to take a minimalist approach when it comes to baby gear and especially for your newborn essentials. Look for gear that serves more than one function, items that last over a period of time and that match your lifestyle and needs. By following these guidelines, you’ll find yourself making better investments on more helpful products!
What you DO need…
- A versatile travel system – This includes a stroller that fits many different on-the-go functions, as well as has car seat adaptability. They generally will last from the day you bring your baby home well into their toddler years, and then can adapt to serve multiple children as your family grows! One of our favorite travel systems is the Orbit G3 Stroller and Infant Car Seat.
- A two phase technology breast pump – As certified lactation consultants we recommend going with a pump that has two phase technology like the Medela Freestyle. What does this mean? Well, it means that the pump mimics a newborns natural feeding rhythms which in return optimizes what you produce during a pumping.
- A safe place to sleep – The current recommendation from the APA (American Pediatric Association) is to have your baby sleep in the same room as you from the time you bring them home through the first 6 months. This is encouraged to decrease the risk of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. To keep everyone safe and comfortable we recommend investing in travel cot that can sub as a crib and bassinet, as well as a travel system for your little sleeper when you’re on the go. Our go to is the Nuna Sena Travel Cot.
- Hands free help – If you’re an active family who likes to get out and about, or if you just need a little help to free up your hands around the house, having a structured baby carrier that can work for newborns well into their toddler years will be essential! We love the Ergobaby Four Position 360 Cool Air Carrier because of it’s functionality, lifespan, and the fact that it won’t leave you and baby hot and bothered while using it!
- A safe place to soothe your baby – Newborn babies love being in motion! The Nuna Leaf Curve Bouncer is a perfect soothing option, as well as a safe place to set baby to play, and it also provides a gentle incline perfect for feeding time.
- A Comfy Cozy Layette – This may go without saying, but new babies love to be warm and cozy, so having a dresser stocked full of sleepers, onsies, blankets, sleep sacks, etc will be essential to keeping baby comfy!
What you DON’T need…
When it comes to baby gear, there are some things you don’t need right away, or just plain don’t need at all. ..
- Bottle warmer – Why? Because the truth is there is no medical reason to warm your baby’s bottle
- Bottle sterilizer – Good old fashioned hot water and baby friendly bottle soap with a good scrub will do the trick!
- Wipes Warmer – This is another one of those products created for convenience rather than necessity.
- Special laundry detergent –Due to your baby’s sensitive skin we do recommend switching to a “free and clear” detergent, but we would recommend you do that anyway baby or no baby!
- Expensive burp cloths + bibs
- Anything meant for baby after 6 months of age or older