Checklist for Newborn Baby: Baby Basics You Definitely Need!
16 Baby Products You Actually Need
There is nothing more exciting than shopping for your baby! All of those cute little outfits and baby toys. Then you have to plan your baby shower - where you may or may not receive tons of baby stuff you do not actually need. Let this Must Have Baby Product Guide help you learn what you need, and what actually don't have to buy!
Baby Products You Will Actually Need
1. Convertible Car Seat
Sometimes I get the question "Should I purchase a new car seat or re-use an old one?" The truth is, invest in a good quality convertible car seat. You will use it almost everyday for years, so you will not regret this purchase!
2. Diaper Warmer
When my sister told me that this was a must have products for my baby registry, I thought she was nuts. Like, should I just buy my baby a golden throne too!? But I was so happy I did. When you are a parent to a newborn, you will go to the ends of the earth to avoid hearing your baby cry. Would you like a cold wet wipe on your bottom first thing in the morning?
3. Nipple shields and Dr. Brown Bottles
If you plan to breast feed but have nipples on the smaller side, try these nipple shields. They will help baby get a good latch, and save you much frustration in the breastfeeding process. Remember it is a learning curve for both you and baby to breastfeed, so the easier it is to latch in the beginning, the better!
Dr. Brown bottles are a must have for any parent that is going to bottle feed. They dramatically reduced the gas colic symptoms for my son. Some say they take longer to clean, but trust me, it's worth it!
A playpen can be used for so many things. It can be a travel bed while visiting family or at a hotel. It can be used to keep baby safe while you shower. But my favorite use for the playpen was turning it in to a ball pit! My husband had grabbed big bags of plastic balls from the dollar store and dumped them in the playpen with our 8 month old (make sure they can sit up unsupported). Our son had so much fun throwing the balls and moving them around! My fave play pen is in my Baby Store. It is an awesome price and grows with your baby.
5. Baby Carrier
Baby wearing is the new thing these days, although people have been doing it forever! The difference is we have come out with these awesome products that make baby wearing a breeze. If you walk your dog, enjoy flea market shopping, or bring baby grocery shopping, you will want a comfortable baby carrier. I have two listed on my Baby Store page, and I love them both equally.