I like to think I’m some what of a pro when it comes to things you absolutely need to have for a new baby. I’ve had a new baby twice, and put way too many hours into my own baby registry. I remember reading posts with so many things that you must have on your baby registry, seriously so many things. It was overwhelming. And I honestly had a bunch of baby things that I didn’t need, or even use!
As a mama who has a basement full of baby stuff, and whose husband calls her a hoarder, I’m going to give you 10 things that you absolutely need to have for your new baby. Thanks to the baby cubby for partnering with me on this post. As always, any thoughts and opinions shared are 100% my own.
- A solid stroller. A stroller is the most important piece of baby gear, in my opinion. You use it all the time, and it needs to last you through the toddler years. I’m a huge fan of the Baby Jogger brand, we have the City Mini and I’ve borrowed a friend’s City Mini GT Double on our Disney Trip. If I did it over, I would get this Baby Jogger City Select Stroller, you can add a second seat and it goes up to 45 pounds per kid. Plus it had a decent amount of storage underneath and is super easy to fold up.
- Ergobaby Carrier. I am a huge fan of baby wearing, and I think my Ergobaby Organic Collection Carrier is the best purchase I made for baby gear. I registered for a different brand which I ended up hating, but I love the Ergo. Even for carrying my 35 pound two year old. It’s a lifesaver and doesn’t kill your back.
- A carseat. I know some mamas swear by the convertible carseats because you can use it longer, but I would’ve been lost without an infant carseat and base. I have this Chicco Keyfit, and have zero complaints about it. The base makes it super easy to click in and out. And, think long term, it’s way easier to carry an infant carseat while holding onto your toddler’s hand in the target parking lot than it is to unbuckle tiny new baby, nestle them into the shopping cart, and then get your toddler out of the car. Check out their in-depth Carseat Buying Guide for some great information on how to choose a carseat.
- Convertible Crib. I love our Babyletto crib, both of our babies have used it. Elijah slept in it converted to a toddler bed for several months before we needed the crib for Emaline. If their age gap was larger, he could’ve stayed in the converted crib until we moved him to a twin! This model is stylish and totally mid century modern…makes me dream about my sister-in-law having tiny hipster babies…hint hint Ariel…
- Mattress and Bedding. I did crazy research when I was pregnant with Elijah, and decided on this Naturepedic 2 Stage Mattress. It is organic and has a baby side and a toddler side, so it’ll last through the toddler years. Don’t forget you’ll need some cute sheets, and mattress pads. I recommend at least 3 sets of sheets and mattress pads. It may seem excessive, but when baby is sick or soaks through his diapers, you’ll be glad you have back-ups.
- A diaper bag you love. Since you will be bringing this bag with you everywhere for at least the next year, probably longer, you want a bag that you love. Babies need a lot of stuff. Things I look for in a diaper bag include: tons of pockets and compartments, easy to clean, and multiple ways to carry it. And don’t forget a spot for all your mama items, because you do not want to lug around your purse in addition to your diaper bag. I sort of love the back pack varieties, like this Ju Ju Be BFF Diaper Bag.
- Baby swing. We used our baby swing often when Elijah was tiny, but we used it even more with Emaline, since I couldn’t just leave her on the floor when I left the room because Eli always wanted her to play with him. I don’t have this 4Moms MamaRoo, but I have heard amazing things about it. And from what I’ve heard, it can replace having a swing and a bouncy seat.
- High Chair. Things I look for in a high chair are style, function, and easy to clean. I absolutely adore the Stoke Tripp Trapp. I love that it pulls the baby up to the table, and that your kid can use it for years. I dream about getting the red one for my sunny yellow kitchen. If the Tripp Trapp is out of your price range, then I suggest making sure the high chair can be easily wiped down. Babies are messy, especially when they’re learning to self-feed. The high chair we have drove me crazy because food would get stuck in the seams and it has to be washed on delicate and air dried.
- Swaddle Blankets. Not all babies like to be swaddled, but Emaline needed to be swaddled to sleep for several months. And while she outgrew the need to be swaddled, she still adores her muslin swaddle blankets. She calls them her cozies and she slept with 4 in her crib last night. I also found the sleep sacks incredibly useful when my kids were too big to be swaddled but too young to sleep with blankets in their cribs.
- A sound machine. Again, this is something that I absolutely swear by, but not all moms think it’s necessary. It is especially nice when you have an older child or a loud neighborhood. Eli and Emmy still each have one in their bedrooms, and when we travel I bring one along with us. An app on the iPhone works in a pinch, but I’m clearly going to want my iPhone while my kids are sleeping.
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The baby cubby is made up of a team of parents who are passionate and want to encourage you in your parenthood adventures. They have been in the trenches and want to inspire and remind parents how amazing they are and how important their roles are. They find the best and safest baby gear, and test it out. Yep. They actually test out the baby gear. The baby cubby even has a stroller track! They spend hundreds of hours on their research, so you can spend your time doing other important things like picking out cool baby names and deciding what your maternity photo shoot vibe is going to be.
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What did I miss? Is there something you think you absolutely need for a new baby that I forgot? What things do you think a new mama must have on her baby registry? Let me know in the comments!