Must-Haves For Baby

by GettingFreedom on July 19, 2010

I’ve found that many things baby have changed over the last 5 years (since I’ve had our third child).  When we were sorta preparing for Blake’s arrival, I was absolutely overwhelmed with all the baby gadgets, toys and the latest trends.

Since Blake was our 4th child, we were taking our sweet time actually purchasing things for him.  You can imagine our utter surprise when Blake arrived 7 weeks early, and we didn’t own so much as a car seat.  Let alone a sleeper.  No joke.  So in the 18 days Blake was in the hospital, we were scurrying to find and purchase baby must-haves.

Here is what we found, in no particular order.

  • Car Seat. We went pretty basic on the actual car seat, but we did make sure to get one that had a pull down shade to block out the sun, and one that was Side-Impact Tested.

  • Diapers/Wipes. Personally, I think cloth is a pretty good option.  While they may seem pricey they end up being cheaper in the end.  If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Diapers.com.  Not only do they have diapers and wipes but other baby must-haves with super fast shipping!  Enter in the code GETFREEDOM and get 15% off of your order.
  • Receiving Blankets. They are just light enough to keep baby warm without burning them up.  Perfect for swaddling.
  • Clothes. While clothes are obviously a necessity, keep in mind that baby will grow rather fast.  A couple sleepers, outfits and onesies in each size (Newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9months, etc) are plenty.
  • Bassinet/Crib.
  • Burp Cloths. While breastfed babies spit up less, they still do.  Spit up on your clothes, or theirs isn’t the latest fashion–that I know of. ;)

  • Moby Wrap. I LOVE.LOVE. LOVE my Moby!  Makes it very easy to do housework, and go grocery shopping with 3 children and a baby.  While I’ve gotten many looks and even a lecture (check out my Twitter stream for details), I’m not giving up my new love of babywearing!
  • Bouncy Seat. Not necessarily a need, but a simple seat with a toy bar is handy to sit baby in and give him something to look at and encourage play.  In our quest to find a used one for Blake we found that anymore they’ve become quite complex and over the top.
  • Tummy Time PlayMat. Again, the same is true here as with the Bouncy Seat.  Tummy time is important to help the baby learn to pick up their head and use their neck muscles–amongst many others.  Having something for them to look at and play with helps encourage this.  We are still trying to find one that is simple, but fun.  Have any recommendations for us?
  • Love/Attention. The most important thing on the list! Every babe needs love, affection and attention to thrive and develop.  What’s not to love anyway? :)

What doYOU think is a Baby Must-Have?

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Amy @ Finer Things July 19, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I can’t wait to try a Moby wrap with this one! Have never done the baby wearing thing before…

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GettingFreedom July 20, 2010 at 6:49 am

Oh Amy, you’ll love it! This is my first time, too and oh how I wish I would have done it with the other 3.

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Elizabeth July 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Love your list! I can’t get twitter to load to check out the drama but, a lecture? Don’t you just love when people tell you how to parent? Ppppfffttt.

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Miriam July 19, 2010 at 9:48 pm

A good breastpump!! :) Once my milk came in, many times Susannah didn’t eat everything, and in the mornings she still doesn’t. I am SOOOO glad I got one!

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jeni July 20, 2010 at 7:54 am

I have a Moby and I used it a lot when my boy was wee. Now he’s enormous (14 months today, and roughly 28 lbs!) and we use a Beco carrier. It’s great for bigger babies, as you can easily wear him on your back.

Something that’s essential at our house is Johnson’s Bedtime Bath & Lotion. The scent is heavenly, and it lingers on baby’s skin for quite a while. It’s supposed to help relax and calm your baby – I don’t know if it does, but it sure relaxes & calms ME!

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GettingFreedom July 20, 2010 at 9:18 am

@Jeni–
I used that lotion all.the.time with #3. Then he got to where he wouldn’t let me lotion him up anymore–so I used the rest of the bottle. That stuff smells SO good!

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Alea July 20, 2010 at 8:07 am

Great list! The only thing I would add is a stroller. Even though I wear/carry my babies, I use a stroller to hold the diaper bag and/or purchases when I am out.

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Kim Kauffman July 20, 2010 at 8:31 am

I’m thinking I might have to try the moby wrap. We are having our first in about seven weeks and it’s been so overwhelming looking at all the things you “need”. I’m really trying to simplify and not go overboard. Congratulations on your little guy, he is adorable!

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Katena dyser July 20, 2010 at 11:22 am

I just want to say I love carrying my baby. I did not do a moby wrap but do plan on doing it. My friend had one and i feel in love with it. I have found my weakness is the avent bottles. We did breast feed but dried up and love these bottles. I will still do my pampers. I have a 5 year old special needs and have to clean his undies. I have no desire to cloth diaper. For the people that give u strange looks what ever you know whats right for your baby. I agree a baby needs love and lots of attention.In our house there is no shortage of it with 5 brother congrats and we had our baby 6 weeks early. I am always ready by 30 weeks just because 3 of my babies came early. Congrats again

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Julie @ Gettin' Healthy....Still Cheap... July 20, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Thanks for checking out my blog today! I’m loving yours and just wrote down your instructions for homemade fabric softener.

Your baby is too cute!

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oh amanda July 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm

So sweet! Those Moby wraps are adorable.

I’m w/you on swaddling—the most important thing is a LARGE blanket…at least 44 inches. I love my big swaddlers!

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oh amanda July 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm

ps–thanks for linking up today!

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Jacqueline July 20, 2010 at 4:15 pm

What a doll! So early, lucky you, even though it was a big surprise, we had five and all were late. Right now, I am at the point where I think the most important thing a baby and the mom needs is a loving grandma who lives close by and can’t get enough of them. I just had grandbaby number six on July 1st and someone asked me if it gets old. I said it is like going on exotic vacations, like to Paris or Rome or London, each one is so different and just because you have gone to one doesn’t mean the next one is going to be just as wonderful only in a different way. Hope you have a mom close by so she can share in the joy .

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Amy Lynne July 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I loved wearing my boys! We had a snuggli and they lived n it when they were tiny. As they got bigger I used a backpack. My kids loved it!

Your little man is too cute! I hope you are enjoying your time with him at home!

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Betsy (Eco-novice) July 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I love my moby wrap, but it is HOT for a summer baby. I used my Beco more as soon as I could. I disagree with burp cloths — most I received were too small to be at all useful. I prefer to just use cloth diapers (infant prefolds) that actually cover my shoulder. Here from top 10.

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GettingFreedom July 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm

@ Betsy– I agree that some store bought burp cloths can be a bit small and thin, for that matter, which is why I use a lot of homemade ones. Hopefully I can get that tutorial up soon. :)

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Sarah July 20, 2010 at 6:28 pm

We also love our Moby wrap. I also LOVE my Family Tie Wrap by So Nurturing (it’s basically like the Moby, but made with lighter fabric so you don’t get as overheated). Now that my littlest one is getting bigger, I am super loving my Ergo baby carrier. (Can you tell that I’m in love with babywearing?)

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Robyn July 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Just had to offer a frugal tip on the Moby wrap front: you can buy 6 yards of one-way stretch knit fabric at your local fabric store (JoAnn for me) and make your own. It’s especially easy if you can borrow a friend’s Moby to trace, but if not you can find pictures and dimensions by searching online. The fabric I got was wide enough to cut two, so I’m planning to give the second as a gift. I used a 50% off coupon and paid $25. Since the knit fabric doesn’t fray, you don’t even have to sew a stitch. I use a small safety pin to mark the middle in mine.

One of the things I’ve dearly loved with both of my children now is a floor gym. My first played under it happily for months, and my second appears to love it as well.

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FoodontheTable July 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

This is so helpful! It’s so hard to figure out what you really need!

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The Messy Mom July 23, 2010 at 10:50 am

We have the infantino tummy time play mat, which I like because it has the a measurement chart and that is what I use to know how long my babies have gotten :)

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