It can be confusing for a new mom to know what to buy for their unborn baby. The sheer amount of baby products is overwhelming. You’ll want all the stuffed animals, cute dresses and outfits, the latest gadgets and toys. STOP. You do not need these things. Trust me. The kid will not notice a stuffed animal much less care about it. And after several frustrating attempts and failing to put on a “cute” outfit on a wobbly, squirmy, throw up-y newborn, you’ll want to burn down his or her wardrobe. Trust me, I’ve been there.
Among the essentials (bottles, nipples, diapers, wipes, crib, baby monitor etc.), these are the five top items I used most when Max and Loggie were wee babies. Hope this helps!
Swing. Some kids hate it, my kids loved it. For the first few months Max and Logan lived in these things. We had the Fisher Price Snugabunny.
Baby Brezza. It’s pretty much a Keurig for babies. Breastfeeding did not work for me (but that tearful story for another day). Having newborn twins and using formula meant a lot of bottles. Sleep deprived and stumbling in the middle of the night making and warming bottles (16+ of them!) would’ve been the death of me. This machine makes perfectly mixed milk bottles at breastmilk temperature in under 30 seconds. It was our most used and most loved item on this list.
Zippered onesies. Trust me, fumbling with buttons on a squirmy baby whilst doing diaper changes in the middle of the night, snaps will be the end of you! Zippers are quick, easy, magical and all around wonderful. 🙂
A good camera phone. I didn’t have the energy to lug out my clunky DSLR to take photos. A good camera phone is quick and convenient. They grow and change at such a rapid rate; capture everything as the newborn stage flies by so quickly.
Muslin Swaddle Blankets. I love Aden and Anais ones. However, many companies make good quality muslin blankets. We used these thin, breathable blankets for everything: swaddling, burping, strollers, car seat blankets, for tummy time. Uses for them are endless.
Honorable mention: Baby Bouncer. So you have a place to put one baby (or both) down to free up your hands to do other things. If they are not rolling or crawling, a play mat works for this purpose as well.
If you just had a baby (or babies), congratulations! If not, hope you found some nice gift ideas for the new mother and baby in your life. xx