Updated: Jul 26, 2021
Let's be honest, when I was pregnant, I wish someone would have told me the things I would actually use and need to make my life easier... and the ones that really didn't matter
I want to start off by highly recommending Babylist. That way you can literally put anything on your baby registry from any store. So simple and you will be able to add all of your wishlist items from Amazon, Target and Buy Buy Baby.
1. DIAPER BAG
I love our Jujube. It has lasted us 4 years so far and it's still going strong! So comfortable and fashionable with many compartments. You will also love this more affordable option.
2. DOHM SOUND MACHINE (bring to the hospital too, thank me later)
We have one in each baby's room and it works miracles. They rarely wake up - even when there's a loud thunderstorm or one of them is screaming.
You can always resell when you are done and reuse it if you have more children. We used it for 6 months with each baby and sold it after! Holds its value well and is SO WORTH IT.
We got a cute inexpensive white one from Target that worked great.
6. CHANGING PAD + CHANGING TABLE TOPPER
Obviously, a changing table is a must but I wanted to use my old dresser I had growing up with a changing table topper because I can remove it when they are no longer in diapers and still have the dresser.
7. SLEEP SACKS
Newborn sleep swaddles are key. We found these were the best ones and the easiest to change and wash. When they were 3+ months we switched to the regular sleep sacks. **PRO TIP: try leaving their arms out if they don't like it, my babies hated their arms swaddled
8. ZIPPER SLEEPERS
My babies lived in these. All day, all night literally. When you are changing them every 20 mins, convenience is everything! You will also only need a few newborn ones, buy 0-3 month sizes and ONLY zipper ones - thank me later.
Best cream hands down. We used it whenever they would start to get a diaper rash and it would go away super quick.
10. BURP CLOTHS
These are nothing fancy. There's no need to spend a lot of money on something that will get so dirty. So skip the cute, expensive ones because sometimes they get so gross you just throw them away.
This is a must whether you are nursing or bottle-feeding. Great for night time feedings in bed. I remember watching tv late at night during the lovely witching hours.
skip the next 3 if you are formula feeding
12. SPECTRA S2 BREAST PUMP
I literally lived in these when I was home. Basically a nursing sports bra, ha! Convenient, comfortable, easy, no clips etc. just pull down whatever side when you are nursing.
15. COMOTOMO or AVENT BOTTLES
We tried so many bottles (Dr. Brown, Munchkin Latch, etc.) and these were the best, most easy to clean with only 3 parts. Plus baby loved them. I'd also suggest skipping the 5 oz. bottles and just purchasing the 8 oz. ones because we only used the 5 oz. ones for a couple months.
A must have if you are formula feeding, but also when they get to be a little older, it's perfect for snacks.
This thing is a lifesaver, my babies are now 4 and almost 3 years old, and we still use it for sippy cup lids and toddler utensils! When they were babies, it held all of the smaller baby bottle parts.
This is a must have for washing all of those newborn bottles. Even if you are breastfeeding, occasionally you may want to pump or have someone else feed baby.
19. STROLLER + CARRIER TRAVEL SYSTEM
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 - single or double stroller. We had both of the Graco's listed below and this is hands down the best. We have the double stroller, which we can push one handed, it glides, and is the Cadillac of baby strollers, HA. Worth every penny.
If you want something a little more affordable, I'd go with the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Travel System or the Graco Ready2Grow double stroller. Simple/easy to use, super compatible, grows with them from newborn to toddler, and it is inexpensive.
**If you know you are going to have more children, I would consider getting a double stroller. We ended up selling our single after a year and buying a double stroller. We love our Baby Jogger City Mini GT and wish we would have bought it first!
20. CARRIER INSERT
This will be important for helping your newborns head more stable and secure in the carrier while you are on walks or in the car.
This is a must have to prevent crying while out and about. We used it every time we were in the car or did a date night out anywhere and it helped keep them asleep/quiet.
22. PACK N PLAY
This is a given and a must. You might not use it right away but you will use this when you travel and when your baby starts crawling, you will want to contain them.
23. GRACO SWING
We used this nightly while we relaxed together. It kept baby quiet and happy, and let's be honest, it gave mom and dad a break from holding baby 24/7. Lifesaver!
25. BATH MAT
I still use this, 4 years later. It's a must for your knees.
26. NOSE FRIDA
Get this and thank me later.
If you are a new mom or mama-to-be, this is for you.
pass + save your money:
**these are items you should pass on if you have to spend your own money on them
We had three of these and never used them. Mostly because they were difficult to situate baby and they were usually in the stroller or in the baby swing. Also, let's be honest, when I needed a break, the last thing I wanted was a baby on me. These were also pretty hot and I'm almost always COLD. The only one I semi-liked was the WildBird ring sling and I still only used it once. So if you must have one, I'd recommend that one!
Definitely get one if you have your heart set on one! We passed on it though because there honestly wasn't enough room in the nursery for it. I ended up being totally fine without one because I nursed the babies in our bed. No way I wanted to get up in the middle of the night to go feed them in the nursery, so for me personally, I'm glad we didn't get one.
SHOPPING CART / HIGH CHAIR COVERS
We bought one and maybe used it once, don't waste your money. They were a hassle to put on and I would forget to bring them. Just use a disinfecting wipe ;)
CHANGING PAD COVERS + CHANGING PAD LINERS
We used these but newborns get them dirty 24/7. Much easier to wipe down the actual changing pad then washing the covers/liners each time.
Not necessary and more of a hassle than anything- annoying to clean as it got moldy and you have to change the replacement pad every month, which is an extra expense.
Hard pass, save your money. They are not worth it as they smell and you have to purchase/replace the liners frequently. I like the little trash cans that I can empty daily.
LOVEVERY THE PLAY GYM
Don't get me wrong, it's so cute and I was super excited about this but we used it only a handful of times and it took up so much room.