Baby Essentials For First-Time Parents

There are so many baby products out there. Here are the ones that we swear by, especially for anyone new to the 24/7 experience of parenting.

Woman carrying baby in a Nuna Infant Car Seat

Anyone who’s ever been pregnant will tell you that there’s no shortage of baby products out there — everything from diaper warmers to a glove designed to feel like a human hand that “hugs” your baby to sleep.

For first-time parents, the choices can seem overwhelming, so we’ve curated a list of our baby essentials and shared why we love them. These are the products we recommend to friends and buy again and again. As time goes on, you’ll need more, but we think it’s best to begin with the basics, and see how you go from there. We’re only ever a click away!





Nest diapers are incredible because they offer maximum absorption and comfort while remaining free of common harsh diaper ingredients. Each diaper is made using the finest plant-based materials, cotton, wood and biomass, that greatly reduces the long-term impact associated with disposable diapering.


Nest Diapers Diaper - 4 Pack


Infant Lounger


Being able to put your baby down in a safe place while you shower, get dressed, eat or simply take your first sip of coffee is one of the greatest gifts a parent can receive. Lucky for us, the DockATot Grand Dock is that safe (and cozy!) place.


DockATot Grand Dock in Pristine White




Nursing Pillow


The Nook Niche Organic Feeding Pillow is one of our favorites because it’s great for supporting your arms, neck and back while breastfeeding, but can also be used to help you find a comfortable sleep position or as a prop for when your baby is ready to start sitting up.


Nook Breastfeeding Pillow


Baby Bouncer


It’s no secret – babies love movement! Completely battery free and designed with three positions for play, rest or sleep, the Bombol Bamboo Bouncer will save the day!


Bombol Bamboo Bouncer Pebble Grey



Baby Bathtub


Is there anything worse than feeling like baby gear is taking up every inch of your home? Designed to fold up for easy storage, the Boon Naked Bathtub can be used from birth – 18 months and is our go-to when it comes to minimal baby products.


Boon Naked Collapsible Bathtub



Hooded Bath Towel


Hooded bath towels keep little heads and ears warm, which means less protesting post-bath! Made of a sustainably bamboo/organic cotton blend, the TOWL Hooded Bath Towel is naturally antibacterial, mildew-resistant, and oh-so snugly. Yes, please!

TOWL Organic Hooded Baby Towel




Contoured Changing Pad


Whether you set up a mobile changing station in your main living area for easy access, or you have a dedicated space in the nursery, you’ll need a changing pad. The Naturepedic No-Compromise Organic Cotton Change Pad features a luxurious GOTS certified organic cotton fabric with a clear polyethylene food-grade waterproof coating.


Naturepedic Changing Pad


Fuss-Buster Kit


From gassy tummies to snotty noses to hang nails, there’s no shortage of things for your baby to fuss about. Designed with a new baby’s needs in mind, fridababy’s Bitty Bundle of Joy has everything you need to help them feel like their best selves!


Fridababy Bitty Bundle of Joy



Baby Carrier


Babies love having close contact, while parents love being able to have their hands free! Made of light and breathable linen, the Zarpar Bebe Bohemian Sands Snap Baby Carrier is ergonomically designed to keep your baby’s hips in the right place, while evenly distributing their weight across your body.


Zarpar Bebe Snap Carrier in Sand on woman



Car Seat


At less than seven pounds, this lightweight yet durable car seat helps make the transition from hospital to car to home as user-friendly as possible. Not only is setup quick, simple and safe, its state-of-the-art safety features will give new parents peace of mind.


Nuna PIPA Lite RX Car Seat and RELX Base - Caviar





Designed to make life on-the-go easier than ever, Bugaboo’s lightweight, streamlined design lets you easily maneuver with one hand, while its smooth suspension glides over most terrains with ease.


Bugaboo Lynx Stroller In Aluminum Frame with Blue Melange Fabric





Sleepsack Swaddle


Designed to help your little one wind down and fall asleep more quickly and for longer stretches of time, this weighted swaddle naturally increases serotonin and melatonin while decreasing cortisol, to promote a more restful night’s sleep. Made of soft, pure cotton, it can be worn as a baby swaddle or sleep sack.



Organic Cotton Baby Basics


The truth is, babies often go through a lot of outfits in one day. That’s why we are all about these organic cotton basics! Available in a range of colors, HART + LAND Organic Essential Gift Sets tick all the right boxes!