The new baby checklist
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the world of new baby gear so we’ve narrowed the list down for you. The thing to remember is: keep it simple.
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, that 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’ts 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 — especially 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 your needs. By following these simple guidelines, you’ll find yourself making better investments on practical products.
What you DO need…
Being able to get out and about with your newborn is going to save your sanity. Being able to save your strength is also crucial, which is why we love the Nuna PIPA Lite LX. Made with a Merino wool and TENCEL™ lyocell fiber blend and GOTS certified organic cotton inserts, there are no added fire retardant chemicals making it extra safe and cozy.
We recommend choosing a pump that has two phase technology like the Medela Freestyle because it mimics a newborn’s natural feeding rhythms which in return optimizes how much you produce during a pumping session. Like we said with the Nuna PIPA LX, being able to get out for meals, playdates or getting back to work is totally possible thanks to products like these!
Sustainably produced in Europe out of non-toxic materials, the Oeuf Classic Crib is a solid choice literally a figuratively. It meets and exceeds safety standards globally, is beautifully designed to fit any nursery decor, and offers the ability to grow with your child making it a wise investment.
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 its functionality, lifespan, and the fact that it won’t leave you and baby hot and bothered while using it.
Newborn babies love being in motion as this mimics their time in the womb. 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 which is perfect for feeding time.
Having a sleepsack is a must because babies are notorious for kicking off their blankets. They’re also way safer and can reduce the risk of SIDS. As for swaddling, many babies love feeling wrapped up tight and cozy and it prevents them from waking themselves up at night.
Made from sustainable bamboo rayon, the Kyte Baby Solid Footie is insanely soft and all sorts of functional. With snaps down the front, it’s safe for baby and makes diaper changes a breeze. It’s also cute enough to wear out and about or while doing tummy time at home.
Just like the Kyte Baby Footie, the 12 | 12 Short Sleeve Bodysuit is an absolute essential. Since babies like to wear one extra layer more than an adult, these are perfect for putting under outfits, or a casual outfit on a warm sunny day.
We’re not exaggerating when we say an organic cotton muslin swaddle is the most versatile item you can possibly own. It can be used as a blanket, swaddle, pram sun canopy, nursing cover, scarf, wall hanging, mat for tummy time or a comforter. You can also use it as a make shift bag for dirty clothes.
Another versatile gem of a product – a breastfeeding pillow! Whether you’re actually feeding or just holding your newborn, the Nook Sleep Systems Niche Organic Feeding Pillow can save your neck, back and arms from aches and pain. You can also use it as an aid to help your baby sit up later on or as a prop for a book or laptop.
What you DON’T need…
When it comes to new baby gear, there are some things you don’t need right away, if at all.
- 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.
- Bottle warmer: There is actually no medical reason to warm your baby’s bottle, so this is another item created more for the comfort of your tot!
- Expensive burp cloths + bibs: Trust us.. There will be countless spills, fluids and stains!
- Anything meant for baby after 6 months of age or older: Save on space and only buy the absolute necessities!