Everything You Need To Buy For Your New Baby – Comprehensive Shopping List and Helpful Guide

Everything You Need To Buy For Your New Baby – Comprehensive Shopping List and Helpful Guide

Newborn Baby Shopping List Comprehensive Guide

This is a comprehensive list of everything you will need to buy for your baby’s first six months to save you time, money, and energy. You will need it for your new baby! If you are a new mom or dad this list is for you.

If you do not see an item listed then you probably won’t need it.

Are there lots of items you can buy that are “wants”? Of course. You can buy peepee teepees (a real thing), a Keenz 7s Stroller Wagon, a Portable Air Purifier with special attachment for your stroller, and an Owlet Baby Monitor Sock.

If you are a new parent on a very limited budget or you simply dislike waste and having unnecessary items taking up space in your home then this list is for you.

If you have a preemie or twins or another unique situation, or live in cold weather you may have further needs for items not on this list including medical equipment and special monitors, down feather jackets and pants, etc. This list is a comprehensive newborn baby shopping list for most single baby delivery situations.

If you want to buy these items elsewhere such as OfferUp, where if you don’t mind used baby goods, will find amazing prices on a lot of the items on this list, you can go to the products-only list and print it for your convenience.

Btw, if you haven’t created your baby registry yet, go ahead and register for yours now. It will make all of the web searches you are doing much more productive.

Amazon and Target are the best baby registries you can use, the major difference between them being that Amazon has a wider selection with returns up to 90 days and Target has less selection (but a universal registry option) and allows in store returns for a full year.

1. Baby Bottle Nipples

Enfamil Slow Flow Soft Nipples 12 pack

enfamil soft rubber nipples slow flow

You’re going to need baby bottle nipples that your baby will accept. The bottles you buy will come with their own brand of nipples but your baby may not take to them.

Your baby is going to be choosing the bottles you use because he or she will only like or “take to” certain nipples.

Not every nipple fits on every bottle so nipples get determined first.

There are so many different nipple styles. Some are sort of a rounded boxy shape at the end to mimic mommy’s nipples. Some are more bulbous or round at the tip.

For me the nipples that work best for my baby are the Enfamil soft rubber nipples and Dr. Brown’s silicone nipples.

I started on the Enfamil nipples and tried some others unsuccessfully. The slow flow of the Enfamil nipples is perfect for a newborn baby.

Some of the so called slow flow nipples aren’t slow enough and your baby will have a hard time with them.

Too much milk will get into his or her mouth all at once and your baby will cry and choke a bit on the milk and you will know right away the flow isn’t right.

These Enfamil nipples fit the Medela and Evenflo bottles I have recommended below. They also fit the Dr. Brown’s bottles.

With anti-colic bottles like Dr Brown’s, the anti-colic stem is not attached to the nipple so if your baby doesn’t like those nipples then you can use other ones. The Dr. Brown’s nipples are silicone nipples which is also a great choice.

As a side note, when your baby is drinking out of a bottle with a nipple that does not have an air-release system, like Dr. Brown’s and some others have, your baby will be drinking milk against a vacuum (harder to get milk out).

If you buy these Enfamil nipples you’ll need a few sets since they’re disposable. You don’t need to throw them away after each use but they start to get softer and that’s when you can open a fresh one. If you decide on these nipples you should be okay with three packs of 12.

The come individually sealed so you can just open a new one when you’re ready. You must always still wash with a little soap and water before giving it to your baby however.

2. Baby Bottles – Plastic, Glass, Silicone, Stainless Steel or mixture?

The silicone bottles only come in large diameter nipples. The glass ones come in varied diameter nipples as do the plastic ones. The stainless steel bottles fit a few other standard nipples but not all of them.

If your baby takes to the silicone nipples then you can use the silicone bottles recommended below and they are probably the best option health wise for your baby. Glass is good too but it is heavier and they’re more costly. Stainless steel bottles are lightweight but they are also more costly. Plastic is lightweight and comes in many shapes and anti-colic features but drinking from plastic containers over time is not healthy.

You can get away with fewer but you will want 6-12 bottles or you will be washing bottles in the middle of the night.

That is no good because your baby will be crying (screaming) waiting for food while you rush to wash the bottles in your underwear with swollen eyelids.

If you are mostly breastfeeding you can probably get away with fewer bottles than 6-12 because you won’t really be using bottles all the time or so much in the middle of the night.

Tip: Formula is only good for about an hour after you prepare it so you can’t make it and store it in the fridge like breast milk. You must mix it fresh bottle by bottle.

Dr. Brown’s Options Slow Flow Bottle Set

Dr Brown's Options Slow Flow Bottle Set for Breastfed Baby 4 Ounce Pink

These bottles reduce the amount of air that your baby will drink which causes the to burp up.

Babies burp up so much, all the time. You should definitely expect to be spit up on several times a day. The anti-colic feature of these bottles can reduce baby’s gas and burps but won’t eliminate it.

The anti colic stem is not attached to the nipple so if your baby doesn’t take to the nipple then you will just need to use different nipples and forego the anti colic stem.

Medela Breastmilk Feeding Gift Set

Medella breast feeding baby bottle set

I like these bottles because of the diameter. My favorite bottle size to use is the 2oz size. I really like how light weight they are and that my baby enjoys holding them while I feed him. It’s so cute to see his beautiful little fingers wrap around the bottle.

I like to be able to see my baby’s nose airways and face when I’m feeding him. I am not personally a fan of “breast size” bottles (like the silicone bottles down below), but I do prefer silicone as a material which is why they are listed. The size of the bottles you like is totally subjective so go for whatever you and your baby like best.

The downside to the 2oz size is that they don’t hold enough for a feeding once your baby is a little bigger. Your baby will very soon be drinking 4oz instead of 2. I still sometimes just fill up two of these because I like them so much. I have only seen this size bottle in the Medela Bottle set below and this is the set that I have.

The set comes with 6 2oz bottles and 3 5oz bottles as well as some breast milk storage bags. I am also happy with the size and feel of the 5oz bottles. These 5oz bottles are pretty slender and have a nice feel in your hand.

If you’re using formula, you’ll be putting in two scoops and adding 4oz of clean water. This will bring the line up to around the 5oz mark.

Both plastic and silicone bottles are nice and light as well.

Natursutten Anti-Colic 4 oz Glass Baby Bottles

Natursutten Anti Colic 4 oz Glass Baby Bottles with Newborn Slow Flow Natural Rubber Latex Nipples 2 Pack Borosilicate Glass Made in France Natural Rubber Made in Italy

I also have glass bottles which I like because drinking and eating out of plastic containers is not the healthiest option.

However, the glass bottles are heavy and press against the baby’s face and get heavy in your hand.

It’s not that big of a deal considering the healthfulness of using glass over plastic, but if you buy glass bottles you might want to consider getting really good ones. All parts are free of BPA, phthalates, polycarbonates, and PVC. The bottle is made of borosilicate glass, which is dishwasher-safe and thermal shock-resistant (withstands extreme temperature changes, like boiling or freezing). The rubber in the nipples is an all natural rubber made in Italy.

The advantages of glass bottles are that they will last basically forever and go in the dishwasher, are healthier to drink from than plastic, and are better for the environment. These are important factors to consider and even if you decide to use glass as your primary feeding bottle, you will probably want to get a plastic set too.

When you’re on the go everything you put into your baby bag will add to your load.

The baby bag gets heavy fast and remember you’ll be carrying your baby, the bag, your purse probably, your keys, a kitchen sink, and a sombrero hat okay just kidding about the last two. You get the point.

Evenflo Feeding Glass Premium Proflo Vented Plus Bottles

Evenflo Feeding Glass Premium Proflo Vented Plus Bottles for Baby

You can get a less expensive glass bottles made by Evenflo, which I own and they are a little heavy too. They have a good diameter though and also fit the Enfamil nipples.

Remember that if your baby doesn’t take to the nipples that come with the set you can use other nipples.

Comotomo Baby Bottle Starter Set

Comotomo Baby Bottle Starter Set

Probably the best bottles for the health of your baby are the silicone ones. Most of the silicone bottles have nipples that are designed to mimic the breast so generally they are wider.

Some of them actually kind of feel like you’re holding a breast because the silicone is very soft and when milk is in the bottle it has a kind of, breast implant feel, if you will.

My baby did not take to these nipples very easily. But if you can start your baby on silicone nipples you and your baby will probably be better off.

3. Baby Bottle Sterilizer and Steamer

Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer

avent steamer front

You will need a sterilizer to clean your bottles and other little baby things.

Tip: some baby bottle nipples are not supposed to be sterilized, for instance, the Enfamil disposable nipples recommended above. Also not all binkies should be put in the sterilizer. Just use warm soap and water to wash these items.

This Philips Avent sterilizer also doubles as a steamer so that you can actually heat baby food up in it once you have started feeding your baby solid foods.

The sterilizer stacks up via three separate levels. The first and bottom level is the heating element that you fill with a small amount of water that is used to make the steam. The center body is large to hold big bottles and it does hold a lot of bottles. The top section has a handy center handle and this compartment is perfect for the smaller bits like breast pump cones, teethers, and such.

I use this sterilizer every day and I’m really satisfied with it. It does it’s work in just a few minutes and has just one button, a light, and a power cord. Easy.

4. Baby Bottle Drying Rack

Soraco Baby Bottle Drying Rack Countertop Green

Soraco Baby Bottle Drying Rack Countertop Green B01BVEF986

You will be rinsing and washing baby bottles, binkies, teethers, and more, several times a day. Once you’ve rinsed them, dry them on this very cute and very effective drying rack.

It will not only help you keep mold and bacteria out of your baby’s mouth pieces, but it also adorns your kitchen counter in a fun and stylish way.

These baby bottle drying racks are so loved by mom’s everywhere that several companies make them now. Some offer the grass in blue. Maybe that’s a play on Blue Grass or just a fun way to be different. Who knows. In either case, you should get one.

They all pretty much do the same thing well. Look for one with tall grass and you will want one that is a little on the larger size. I have seen mini ones and while I do like having less on my counters, I prefer the larger size. Mine is about the size of an 8×10 sheet of paper and there are definitely days that the whole surface is covered with various items drying on it.

The green “grass” separates easily from the white base so you can wash it too. The tips of the grass hold items perfectly, including bottle brushes (more on those soon).

Boon Twig Grass and Lawn Drying Rack Accessory

Boon Twig Grass and Lawn Drying Rack Accessory B007D1SHUY

The drying rack has a great accessory invented for it called the twig.

This twiggy thing is perfect for hanging rubber nipples to dry and cords, rings, etc.

In addition to the high functionality the twig accessory offers, it also looks really cute stuck in the grass.

It is easy to wash and stands up well. You can hold about 9 nipples, or just about 11-12 rings, a few teethers, your binkies and more. They will dry much faster and that will help make sure your nipples are clean and mold/mildew free.

5. Baby Bottle Brushes

6 in 1 Bottle Brush Cleaner Kit

6 in 1 Bottle Brush Cleaner Kit B01FGW17I0

I have purchased bottle brushes in the past and none have measured up to this handy set. The bottle brush that you see on the left, the one with what looks like little green sponge cubes, is the best for the baby bottles.

When you use them there is no area that the sponge doesn’t get to. The white section has bristles that are the perfect rigidity to do the work without being hard to shove down into the bottle. The tips on the white section are nice and pointy so it helps it to clean well. The handle is detachable so you can use it on more than one brush.

I bought other bottle brushes and the bristles were such that I got splattered with water whenever the brush was pulled from the bottle.

These brushes do not have that issue. They’re just perfect.

Since you will be cleaning bottles often you will definitely need a bottle brush. At least one brush. If you don’t buy a bottle brush you will be very annoyed later trying to clean caked milk from the bottom of your bottles with a sponge.

The little opening where the bottle handle comes off fits perfectly in the grass drying rack so you can stand the brush up to dry when you’re done using it.

6. 100% Cotton Infant Baby Clothes Size 0-3 and 3-6 months

Gerber Baby Girls’ 15-Pack Grow-with-me Onesies Bodysuit

Gerber Baby Girls' 15-Pack Grow-with-me Onesies Bodysuit

As far as baby clothes go, you can definitely go wild. There are so many amazing baby clothes out there by Carter’s, Gerber, high fashion brands like Ralph Lauren, etc.

For this essentials list I’m just showing plain white cotton and letting you know the different styles you’ll need.

Firstly, you can buy clothes new or used. If you go to a thrift store you can find infant baby clothes for around $0.50 to $2-3 depending on how fancy or designer.

If you’ve elected to buy baby clothes new, you will need short sleeve infant body suits, long sleeve infant body suits, and full sleeper feetie suits.

Depending on where you live, you may need some warmer things like thick jackets and thermal baby clothes. I am from the South so the warmest my baby clothes get is a thick cotton sleeper suit or jacket.

Simple Joys by Carter’s Baby 7-Pack Long-Sleeve Bodysuit 

Simple Joys by Carters Baby 7-Pack Long-Sleeve Bodysuit

At the baby stage boys and girls are basically the same delicious shlumpy little meat balls so even when the bodysuits are labeled boys or girls you can go ahead and call them unisex.

Technically, “onesies” mean they are made by Gerber. So when you search you can also find more of them by using the keyword bodysuits.

You are going to need around 3-5 outfits per day.

Yes, per day. Your baby is going to soak each outfit with spit up and you can’t let babies sit around in wet clothes. The bodysuits are very easy to change and their heads go through the head holes easily and getting the bottom snapped on over diapers is very quick.

I was given a few of the bodysuits that have snaps in front at an angle. They’re good too. The various closure mechanisms on these things is basically snaps, zippers, and magnets.

You need long sleeve ones for when it’s a little colder but you’re still okay with legs exposed. You can also put baby pants over these and they’re adorable.

Momsbabe Baby’s Romper Organic Winter Clothes Cotton Sleep n Play Footie Long Sleeve 

Momsbabe Baby's Romper Organic Winter Clothes Cotton Sleep n Play Footie Long Sleeve

When you’re buying feetie suits pay attention to the size of the footie boot. I had so many that had very small feet, too small for my baby. His feet don’t seem that big to me but they were too snug in a lot of the feetie suits.

Your baby will be uncomfortable if his or her feet are jammed into a footie boot that’s too small.

You can buy a size up if you have this issue. Better a loose fit than a too tight fit. Also your baby will be growing so fast a little extra room is good.

I also am a fan of the snap suits. I’m not crazy about the zip up ones because only one side unzips so you have to bend and squish your baby’s leg into the other size. The snap ones unsnap completely and you can gently snap the fabric closed around the leg.

Don’t let anyone tell you that snaps are annoying. They are not that annoying and they don’t take long to snap up. Sometimes you will be saying to yourself, self, you have snapped this thing together wrong or have missed a snap. Sometimes it will matter and other times you will just roll with it. You’ll be taking it off very soon anyway.

They also make sleeper suits that close with magnets. I am a proponent for holistic medicine and believe in magnetic therapies and magnetic fields, however, I don’t know about having magnets all up and down my baby’s body all day long. That being said, they are probably very easy to take off and on. They are also even more expensive. I haven’t tried them so I can’t tell you how good they are but you do have them as an option.

I recommend 100% cotton for all your baby clothes.

I’m guessing you probably agree unless you’re thinking of some other much warmer all natural fabric for cold weather locations.

7. 100% Cotton Infant Socks

Touched by Nature Baby Boys’ Organic Cotton Socks

Touched by Nature Baby Boys' Organic Cotton Socks

Again, I have to recommend 100% cotton socks, organic whenever possible. They aren’t much more expensive and so much healthier for you, your baby, and the planet.

You will be putting these socks on your baby’s hands too and that means they’ll be going into your baby’s mouth.

Better organic cotton than polyester or anything else.

Baby nails are very sharp, like little razor blades.

Turn away for a minute and your baby will be pinching his or her own face, digging into his eyes, etc. You can buy baby gloves or just put socks on their hands to accomplish the same thing. Otherwise your little butter bean will look like she’s been in a cat fight after playing with her face for a minute or two.

When you are buying socks know this: 0-3 months are very small and your baby might grow out of them very quickly. You can get just the 3-6 month size and be just fine. You’ll need 6 pairs of the right size socks. Buy two packs because like all the other socks in your family, they will get lost in the wash.

8. Baby bibs

Green sprouts Baby Terry Cloth Velcro Baby Bibs

green sprouts stay dry bib cotton colorful velcro baby toddler terry cloth B000CP2X9O

Trying to use bibs to keep spit up off your baby is a futile exercise at best. You will be wanting bibs when your baby starts eating solid foods, which is right around 4 months.

These bibs are a good size, made of cotton terry cloth and have a velcro closure. I was given many different styles of bibs and this style was my favorite. The snap on bibs are harder to put on.

The ones with the teethers on the tips, to me, are unnecessary. I’m also just not a fan of the bandana shaped ones. You may also like silicone bibs once your baby is a bit older and eating things like cheerios, etc. because most of them have little cups on the bottom that catch the food from falling everywhere.

9. Baby Shoes

Handmade baby crochet knit sneakers

knit crochet baby sneakers converse red

I am not listing baby shoes on this list as a need because while I did buy a few pairs of baby shoes, I never used them.

Most baby shoes are not very comfortable and, to me, totally unnecessary.

No one is going to kick you out of anywhere for not having shoes on your baby.

You can buy baby socks with little rubber dots and patterns on the bottom for when he or she starts standing or crawling around more. I suppose if you’re taking your baby to an event like a wedding or christening you may have special shoes to buy.

You can also make or buy some extremely adorable crochet knit baby “sneakers”. These are going to be very comfortable for your little shmoop and look like shoes.

10. Baby Sun Protection Hat

Flap Happy Baby Floppy Sun Hat UPF 50+, Highest Certified UV Sun Protection, Azo-free dye 

Flap Happy Baby Floppy Sun Hat

You’ll probably be fine just getting one sun hat. Initially you won’t be out and about with your baby at all. Then you will be out with your baby but you’ll have covers over the stroller.

When baby gets just a bit bigger, starts sitting up, etc. you’ll probably be taking him or her to the park and sitting her up in the sun. For these times you will want a sun hat.

You need a hat because baby skin is very sensitive to the sun.

Also, baby eyes are so new and delicate that any bright light, especially bright sunlight bothers them.

The hat is made of 100% cotton. The tie is soft and goes gently under baby’s chin. The rim is wide so your baby won’t have sun blazing in his eyes.

11. Diaper Changing Station

Costzon Baby Bath and Changing Table, Diaper Organizer for Infant with Tube & Cushion

Costzon Baby Bath and Changing Table, Diaper Organizer for Infant with Tube & Cushion

A few things to consider when deciding on your ideal diaper changing station… Height, storage, comfort, and safety.

The height of the changing station you use can make or break your back. When you change a baby you are constantly bending forward. If the table is too low or too high you will have issues.

I am 5’7 and this changing table is just a little too high for me, just by a bit. If it was a teeny bit shorter I would be more comfortable, but I like its features enough that I make it work.

The wipes warmer with water and the paper towels sit on a small table near the changing table. While the items will fit on the top shelf in one of the compartments of the changing table, it’s annoying to bend down and under to get to the warmer. Also I like to move the changing table around so I’d rather not have things that plug in stored on it.

I really like that the changing station has wheels.

I literally roll the table out from the wall with one hand and lay baby down, do the diaper dance and then roll it back. It also follows me into the kitchen sometimes and sometimes to the onesie dresser drawers too.

This changing table also has a lot of storage. I hold most all of my blankets, diaper stash, butt cream, boogie bulb, baby oil, bibs, and more on the durable plastic shelving. Everything comes out easily for cleaning too.

The side walls of the actual padded changing topper are raised so that the baby can’t roll off the sides. Once your baby starts getting strong with his or her legs enough to scoot off the table forward or backward, this table will probably be unusable.

The table comes with a built in bath tub.

I’m not even going to talk about it except to say that I use it as additional storage and that should be enough to give you the jist.

I have researched other tables and for the price I didn’t find anything else comparable or as convenient.

If you want to spend a couple hundred more on a table you can and it will probably last you longer than 6 months, but this list is for up to six months.

You will want to buy a new changing table when your baby gets taller and stronger, more mobile, etc. This changing table is an excellent value and highly convenient. I believe they actually raised the price since I bought mine since it has become so popular. I want to say it used to be around $80 but I can’t quite remember.

The table comes in pink, blue, and yellow. I bought the yellow one and I’m happy with the color/design.

Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Afterglow Infant Sleeper

Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Afterglow Infant Sleeper

So, you’re going to say, hey Amber, that’s a portable co-sleeper. Why are you putting it in the diaper changing section. I’m so glad you asked!

My brother donated this to me when his baby grew out of it. I didn’t need a portable bed because I wasn’t taking my son to sleep anywhere by home initially and I had plenty of bed options for him.

At the time I didn’t have my changing table yet so all I did have was a fold out card table like you’d buy at Home Depot. I unfolded this on top of the card table and used it as his changing area. It wasn’t the most designer looking setup but it was very functional and extremely comfortable for my baby.

It works so great as a changing table for a newborn I think this company should market it as a portable changing table.

The base is very comfy. It really made diaper changing easy for my baby when he was just weeks old. The pad in the center is covered in a waterproof material so it cleans easily.

I have never taken this anywhere to use as a portable sleeper but it does fold up very easily, closes easily with velcro, and weighs barely anything at all. When you are taking your baby anywhere you might as well be going camping so anything very light and functional is worth the extra mention.

The Snuggle Nest also has a little light at the end and baby music but you probably won’t use it too much.

12. All Natural Baby Wipes

VIVA Choose-A-Sheet Paper Towels

VIVA Choose-A-Sheet* Paper Towels

The tip I’m about to give you is going to be worth more to you than reading 1,000 other baby articles. When it was bestowed to me with love and intelligence by a pediatrician at my hospital I became the next in a series of happy mothers who do this instead of the alternative you will read about below.

Okay, so firstly, did you know that baby wipes are often stored in giant warehouses before they are sold to parents for use, and that while they are being stored they can accumulate bacteria and mold?

Disgusting! It has been discovered that most brands of wipes, even when opened fresh, already have been accumulating the nasties. Of course, you can buy wipes with loads of detergent or chemicals to keep them cleaner but why would you want to put that stuff on your baby’s beautiful chemical free skin?

So, here is what you can do instead.

You buy a wipes warmer (next item) and you fill it with water instead of wipes. Basically, instead of using it to hold wipes, it’s going to act as a warm water reservoir. I already had mine because I thought I needed wipes. If you have a warming thermos or other water warmer you can use that instead.

The water will stay nice and warm for use so that you can tear off a sheet or half sheet of paper towels – Viva are the best for this because they are cloth-like. You will take the paper towel and dip it into the water as wet as you’d like it to get. Then you wipe your baby with the clean cloth.

You can go one further of course and get organic or recycled paper towels that are nice and soft as long as they have a little thickness.

You probably don’t want to use paper towels that are thin to the point they will tear when wet while you are using them. You can also buy thin cotton re-usable cloths and just keep a basket of them nearby the warm water. You would probably want a little baby laundry basket nearby since you wouldn’t be tossing these into the trash.

As far as Vivas go, you can use either the flat cloth texture or the rippled. They both work very well and are smooth and gentle on baby’s skin wet or dry.

For poopies you may find yourself having to scoop up a wad first in a dry sheet and then once you’ve cleaned enough off you can move onto the wet towels. That’s where choose a sheet comes in handy just like it does in your kitchen.

I started off folding paper towels and fitting them into the wipes warmer with water but soon realized this is a complete waste of my time. Just tear off sheets as you go. You will spend too much time pulling apart wet paper towels if you do it the way I started.

It’s also very nice to use paper towels because, again, it’s an item you probably already buy for your home and you won’t have to always remember to buy special wipes.

Wipes are so much more expensive than a roll of paper towels and less effective. I don’t even pack wipes in my diaper bag. I just pack paper towels and a little water.

13. Baby Wipes Warmer

Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer

Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer

This wipes warmer is totally basic and warms up just the perfect temperature. The power cord is nice and long. On the interior there are no holes for water to leak into an electric components. I just put about 3 cups of water in the reservoir and flip up the lid when I’m ready to dip my paper towel in it.

The face has a light on it so you can see it in the dark. That being said, the light is actually pretty bright, so if you have this in your bedroom in view where you sleep, it will probably turn into a night light for the whole room.

14. Newborn Baby Butt Paste/Ointment

Aquaphor Baby Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant

Aquaphor Baby Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant

When it comes to creams and lotions for babies the default is don’t use them. Baby skin is very sensitive. However, when your baby gets a butt rash you will be alarmed at how truly red and inflamed it looks and probably feels on your baby. The rash is in the most sensitive of areas down there and you will want to get rid of it as fast as possible. The rashes are inevitable but they don’t have to bother your baby.

I like this product because it takes the baby rash away within a matter of hours. It’s actually kind of amazing to see it go away so fast after seeing it first looking like a 3rd degree burn. It comes out like a bead of thick vaseline and smears on very oinmenty.

I have used other products and when I run out of this I don’t freak out and use almond oil instead.

You’ll need about 1 every couple months or so. If you buy a six pack you’ll be good to go.

Boudreaux’s Maximum Strength Butt Paste Ointment 4 oz

Boudreaux's Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste deserves a mention because it does a good job. My mom really likes it, likes the way it goes on, etc.

It comes out beige, which is kind of weird to me. It looks like he has white cheese stuck in his little skin creases once the diaper has gone on has absorbed most of the paste. But it does seem more natural and is supposedly better for baby’s skin.

I think the Aquaphor works better but I do like this one too and my mom prefers it, so, is she right? You tell me. Or she’ll tell me. Lol.

If you buy this six pack you should be all set on butt paste for 8-10 months.

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15. Baby Diapers – Disposable and/or Cloth

Did you know that chemicals in diapers are found to cause hormonal problems, chronic illness, respiratory conditions, and even worse? Diapers contain chlorine and derivatives, ECF, TCF, sodium polyacrylate, tributyltin, VOCs, fragrances, dyes, plastics, adhesives, dioxins, and more. Sodium Polyacrylate has been linked to toxic shock syndrome in tampons. Plastics and dioxins are linked to all sorts of endochrine problems, hormonal issues, auto-immune illnesses and more.

Your baby will spend nearly every minute of his life in a diaper which is against the skin, absorbing the chemicals and ingredients from the materials and manufacturing.

You have to make smart choices about the diapers you use or your baby will suffer unfairly.

In the order of my own discovery, I present to you my recommendations.

Pampers Pure Disposable Baby Diapers

Pampers Pure Disposable Baby Diapers

If you want to get more sleep at night, help your baby cry less throughout the day, and minimize the chemical products that are near your baby then you need Pamper’s Pure. Their diapers have something in the bottom that turns to gel as the peepee is absorbed. The gel keeps the urine off your baby’s bottom and locks it inside the diaper.

Switching to Pampers was such a dramatic difference for me. The hospital I gave birth to my son in started me off on Huggies diapers. I used them for the first month or so until my son was big enough to wear a pack of Pampers Pure that I received as a gift in a size 2. Oh my goodness what a huge difference. In Huggies my son cried the minute he would pee and I changed so many diapers it must have been every 15 minutes.

If you buy Pampers PURE you will use less diapers and your baby will cry less. Your baby will sleep longer and more comfortably. That also means you will get more sleep too.

I do not like the regular Pampers because they are way too scented. When your baby poops you won’t be able to smell it because it will be covered up too much by the heavy scent. Your baby will end up spending a longer amount of time in a poopie diaper as a result.

Pampers Pure are the most expensive disposable diapers you can buy but they are a better value because you will use less of them and your baby will be happier in them. They are really worth every penny.

You will need about 4 boxes of 108ct size 1, 3 boxes of 108ct size 2, and 3 boxes of 108ct size 3 for your baby’s first 6 months. You can buy 1 or 2 more boxes of size 3 because they go up to 24 lbs and your baby will still wear a size 3 after the 6 month mark.

Seventh Generation Baby Diapers

Seventh Generation Baby Diapers

Once I was hooked on Pampers Pure for how wonderful they are, due to the cost, I started to look at other healthy, scent free premium diapers. I found Seventh Generation brand and tried a couple of packs.

These packs, when you buy at your local grocery store, are about $3 cheaper than Pampers Pure and contain more diapers.

The Seventh Generation diapers are comparable in absorbency and leak-proof-ability.

They are also well designed as far as fit and tabs, stretchy areas, and other details. These have a strangely appealing outside texture and feel. They are a bit crunchy and rough. It’s not really bad thing, just more like a “recycled materials” feeling if that makes sense.

The gel in the bottom works well like the Pampers. I also do feel a little better about my diaper waste when I use these instead of Pampers.

Nothing is softer than the Pampers Pure, however. They are just a more luxurious, soft, truly premium diaper. Definitely buy and try these Seventh Generation and if you are happy with them use them and enjoy the savings.

Disposable Diapers by Andy Pandy

Eco Friendly Premium Bamboo Disposable Diapers by Andy Pandy

Andy Pandy disposable diapers are the highest reviewed, healthiest and eco friendly diapers I could find. They are 100% free of any Chlorine, Phthalates, Latex, PVC, TBT, Alcohol, Preservatives, and Antioxidants. The company has also confirmed that they do not use any GMO materials and their diapers have been tested to not contain heavy metals.

Do not bother with any other disposable diapers other than premium non-toxic.

Even though many are cheaper, they will cost you more by having to use more of them and your baby won’t be as happy or healthy along the way. If you don’t spend the extra money on the good diapers, you will pay for it in sleep and your baby’s health.

Cotton Pre-fold Diapers

em first time with cotton prefold diapers

This is a picture of my son and I trying cloth diapers for the first time. Notice he is in the Snuggle Nest co-sleeper that I was using as his newborn diaper changing station.

This picture is a perfect example of having bought a product that turned out to be unusable and a waste of my money.

This diaper is a cloth diaper cover that comes with extra padding and a prefold slot at bottom. It also has snaps all over so it’s supposed to be fit for newborn to 3 months. Obviously you can see that it’s completely ridiculous and doesn’t work as expected. I wasted my money on this garment and my baby wasn’t into it at all either. At best it made for a laughable photo after the fact.

If you choose to buy cotton reusable diapers know that many people who opt for cloth diapers often skip the newborn phase.

It is not a financial savings and the disposable ones are so much easier to deal with in the middle of the night.

You may want to eventually transition into cloth diapers and here’s what you will need if you go that route.

Luludew Cotton Pre-Fold Inserts

Luludew Cotton Pre-Fold Inserts

Each size prefold has a different color stitching on the edge. This makes it really easy to tell the difference between diaper cloths when you’ve got them stacked in your storage shelving.

You will fold these over your baby in a diaper shape via specific folding instructions  and close with Snappies diaper closures (see below).

Then you will cover the cloth with a waterproof cover that will either snap or velcro closed (next item). These cotton diapers were actually more comfortable to my baby than the Huggies diapers.

They are very soft and comfortable on the baby’s skin. They are natural and safe for your baby and the environment.

You need to make sure you check and change them soon when they are wet because otherwise your baby will get more diaper rashes and will be sitting in dampness.

The disposable diapers usually have an indicator strip on the front to tell you when they have been wetted. You can also feel by weight. With the cloth diapers you have to get a feel for it. There is no indicator other than your baby crying or you feeling the bottom of the diaper for heaviness.

Rumparooz Newborn Cloth Diaper Cover Aplix

Rumparooz Newborn Cloth Diaper Cover Aplix

When it comes to diaper covers, I prefer thin and with a velcro closure.

You can also buy thicker ones that have snaps on the front but take my advice and just get yourself the ones with velcro that are thin.

They are easier to put on and take off and they keep leaks under wraps well.

These come in many colors and sizes and have a great fit, especially for smaller babies. Some of the other diaper covers are chunkier with too much fabric. All that fabric bunches up under the bodysuits and will make your baby uncomfortable.

Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners 5 pack

Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners 5 pack

In the days of yore safety pins were used to close cloth diapers. Now there are Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners.

These clever little rubber band-like fasteners pull all three points of your newborn baby’s diaper together and hook on and off very easily and reliably.

They are designed to be safe for your baby so he or she doesn’t get poked or pinched.

You will probably need 5 of these, possibly more depending on how easily you lose things around the house.

16. Diaper Pail

Playtex Diaper Genie

diaper genie

Please do yourself a huge favor and do not buy one of these. Not at least within your baby’s first 6 months. Let me tell you why.

Firstly, in my opinion, diaper pails, a long standing baby item, regarded as a staple, to me, are a complete and total scam. Maybe I’m missing something but I just don’t think so.

Your baby will be pooping once a day, maybe twice at the most. Yes, baby poop is stinky, but not so stinky that it requires a two compartment odor locking system and a charcoal filter.

The replacement cartridges are ridiculously expensive, $8 for one pack at Walmart, or online in a 5 pack for much cheaper. But either way, it’s a totally separate item you are going to have to remember to buy and when you run out of them will be sitting there with an overfilling diaper container.

Diaper Genie Top View of Opening

The hole in the top of this thing is only wide enough to fit a diaper so that when you stick the diaper down the hole, you have to touch and squish the diaper down in there. You will get poop on your hands trying to squish the diaper into this little hole.

On days when the can is full, like, every other day basically because it is not very big, you will be looking all around for where to throw your diaper and you’ll have to walk away from your baby mid change to throw it away somewhere else.

While you are walking away to throw your diaper away somewhere else, your baby will probably pee into the air if he is a boy or all over herself if she is a girl, and you’ll have another mess to clean up when you get back, even if you were just gone 10 seconds. (see also peepee teepees)

The whole system is a total waste and very inconvenient. It’s just something you buy because someone tricks you into being afraid of poopie diapers and makes you believe there will be a lot of them.

Your baby is not like a cat or dog, pooing out multiple stinky terds all day that will fill your house with stench. I don’t say that to hate on cats or dogs, I love them, but I’m just trying to make a point. You don’t need a special poo-smell-masking system to deal with a poo smell problem that doesn’t really exist.

Your baby will have many peepee diapers but not many poopie ones.

I’m telling you. Do not buy this thing. You won’t even be able to get $5 for it on OfferUp when you try to sell it later.

I smelled my baby’s diapers more when using the Diaper Genie more than when I was using the next item, which is what I recommend you buy instead.

Home Slim Trash Can Rubbermaid

Rubbermaid Home Slim Trash Can

This lovely, slim design, pedal controlled top opening trash can is a beautifully functional diaper pail that you can probably get at Walmart for $12.

You can use your regular trash bags for it. You won’t smell your baby’s pee or poop. You can put it right next to your changing table and it will look lovely and function perfectly.

I have a black one only because there were no tops available to this one when I bought mine at Walmart. I paid $12. I love it. I never have to touch poop or jam poopie diapers into a tiny trashcan hole.

The diaper gets thrown right in and I never have to touch the bin until I change the bag, which is of course super easy to do.

17. Diaper Bag

HapTim Multi-function Baby Diaper Bag Backpack W/Stroller Straps

HapTim Multi-function Baby Diaper Bag Backpack

I’m really happy with this bag. It fits perfectly in so many of the places it needs to fit, such as under my stroller, under the back seat of my car beneath the car seat, and on the back of my front door where I hook it so I don’t forget it when I leave.

Great features include two wide-mouth mason jar size side pockets. Nice front pocket, large enough for an appliance manual, but not large enough for a file folder. Cushy adjustable back pack style straps. Large, frog mouth zipper opening top that definitely fits a laptop or even a box of shoes. Includes a diaper pad which is not thick but helps a little.

There are no pockets on the back but it is padded nicely. The diaper bag doesn’t look super diaper baggy either. I think it looks like a professional office lunch bag/laptop bag. I saw it available in black, grey, and a diamond print.

You will like the light weight of this bag and the wonderful, well organized mesh pockets and compartments that are neatly sewed throughout the interior. The handle is made of leather and it’s soft and comfy in your hand.

I really can’t say enough nice things about this bag. I think it’s a great value and will serve you well.

18. Newborn Baby Sleeper

If you have room in your bed for your baby, you will most likely want to co-sleep. For co-sleeping I highly recommend the DockATot. If you don’t have room in your bed for baby, then you will want a bassinet and probably will still want the DockATot.

I do not recommend getting a crib in your baby’s first six months. You are going to want your baby as close to you as possible most of the time. In my opinion cribs are better for when your baby is bigger.

DockATot Deluxe+ Dock

DockATot Deluxe

I am so in love with my DockATot and feel it’s worth every penny. I don’t think any of the other infant co-sleepers or loungers compare to it.

You do not need to buy the Grand model at first. The Deluxe is the perfect size for your baby until he is 6 months old. After that you will look at other options like the Pack n Play or the Grand size.

The reason you don’t want to buy the larger one right away is because the smaller one fits a 0-8 month baby really perfectly. It’s easier to manage.

The grand size fits into other bassinets too, but you’re not supposed to use it this way. The warnings on the back say that a baby can get stuck in between the sidewalls and the DockATot and get trapped. You’re only supposed to use it on flat surfaces and surfaces that aren’t very high off the ground.

The side walls cuddle your baby and keep them safe from you rolling over onto them and then turning on their side or face, etc.

The DockATot has a little clip at the bottom that opens when your baby gets taller, giving him more leg room.

The side walls have little loops that you can use to carry the DockATot and you can also attach a special DockATot play bar that goes across like an arch and you can hang toys from it. I don’t have that part but to be honest I didn’t even know it was a thing until I went to go get a picture of mine online and saw it had that extra feature.

At night when you’re sleeping, the side walls are just high enough to protect him and low enough that you can peek into it when you’re laying right beside him with your head down on a pillow.

Em in DockATot Deluxe

I like to wrap the baby blanket around the DockATot and tuck it under to keep it secure. These days most pros tell you not to use blankets anymore.

I do also prefer feetie suits for sleeping over blankets. My baby also isn’t a huge fan of blankets and usually kicks them off of him. But sometimes you will want your baby safely bundled up and this is how I dealt with that.

My baby doesn’t look very smiley in this photo but he’s definitely comfortable in this bed. You can also bring the DockATot with you into different rooms easily.

I have to say, even the covers for it are expensive. For this reason I didn’t buy any additional covers. The material it comes with is a very nice, white, almost corduroy canvas-like cotton material. I keep a towel and then a blanket covering mine.

I also sometimes prop it up a bit and let baby sit up in it and it holds its shape well and is supportive. I don’t do this unattended though simply because it doesn’t have any harness straps (not a flaw, you wouldn’t want them). It’s more of a hands on exercise for getting baby used to sitting up.

I looked through a lot of the other options out there and knowing what I know now about co-sleeping I am even more happy I bought the DockATot.

Tadpoles Cable Knit Moses Basket and Bedding Set

Tadpoles Cable Knit Moses Basket and Bedding Set

Okay, so, this item may be construed as a want and not a need because, yes, you can get by without it. The reason I want to add it is because your baby will want to lay in things that aren’t just your DockATot.

Babies get bored. Mine knows right away that if he lays down in the DockATot that we are probably going to N A P and that’s enough to make him cry sometimes.

You are going to love having a Moses basket. Mine was given to me as a baby shower gift and even though my son has grown out of it, it’s one of the very few items I just can’t and won’t sell of or hand down to someone else.

The pictures you will take in this basket will blow your mind in adorableness. It is so comfortable to sleep in. You can lift it up onto a desk or ottoman or couch and keep near you anywhere you are.

I like that you can wrap your blanket all the way around the basket and tuck it under the same as with the DockATot.

You can use the Moses basket as your bassinet and you can also buy additional accessories for it such as a rocking stand.

Arms Reach Concepts Inc Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper

Arms Reach Concepts Inc Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper

I was given a Halo Bassinet as a gift from a friend when my baby was born. He used it for his baby and lent it to me when his daughter grew out of it. I had heard all about it and thought it was the greatest bassinet I could ever have been given.

I literally never used it even one time. It isn’t very long, so my baby grew out of it fast. The music on it was really lame. The little light feature was useless. It did a few other things and swiveled and went up and down but for whatever reason my baby would just cry as soon as he went into it. The base is attached to the basket on one side and I suspect my baby could feel where it probably ever so slightly dipped from the weight when he was in it.

The reason I’m telling you this story is because the Halo Bassinet is $300 and I don’t want you to go spending all that money on some hyped up piece of equipment that you don’t need.

What you want in a bassinet is something that is comfortable for you to put your baby in and take him or her out easily and comfortably without disturbance. Your baby might be asleep already when you place him ever so gently in the bassinet to sleep and you don’t want to wake him trying to get him in there.

This one has mesh sides which is another feature you want.

The mesh walls make it so you can see your baby through them. You’ll want to be able to see your baby when you peek at him in the middle of the night without having to get up.

This bassinet is adjustable height-wise and also is on casters. It is so nice to be able to wheel your bassinet from room to room. This feature is really one you should look for when deciding on yours. I also like that this bassinet has some storage underneath.

19. Spare Sheets for Your Sleepers and Loungers

20. Baby Blankets

Muslin Baby Swaddle Blankets Size 47 x 47

Muslin Baby Swaddle Blankets 47x47 cotton large

When I was pregnant and watching hundreds of hours of YouTube videos and reading hundreds of eye numbing articles online, it seemed like everyone was saying I would be swaddling my baby. I must’ve bought 10 or so Halo sleep sacks and various other swaddlers.

I did not swaddle my baby more than one or two times, both times he was thoroughly unappreciative. That being said, you do still want and need swaddle blankets.

You want the large size, 47 x 47 is great.

These ultra soft muslin blankets are the perfect baby blanket and are wide and long enough to fit over the DockATot and the Moses basket so that you can tuck it over, around, and then under to secure.

Most doctors say no more blankets at night with baby, that you’re instead supposed to clothe them appropriately for the room temperature.

These blankets are also the perfect size for using them as car seat covers when you’re taking your baby out for a stroll. They are very breathable and airy. Even so, you never want to leave your baby unattended with blankets on.

Mother’s Lap, Classic Swaddle Baby Blanket, Pure Cotton Muslin, Giraffe and Bee Print Designs 47 x 47

Mother's Lap Classic Swaddle Baby Blanket Pure Cotton Muslin Giraffe and Bee Print Designs

These ones have cute bee and giraffe designs and are a bit less expensive.

They are also 47 x 47 and made of cotton muslin.

I have this exact blanket shown left with the giraffe and it is exactly what you want in a baby blanket.

The bee design is really cute too. They also have polka dots and chevron designs as well as elephants and flamingos though for some reason those are more expensive at $17 for two.

OsoCozy Organic Cotton Pre-folds – 27 x 30.5

Osocozy birds eye cotton organic pre folds

Your baby will be spitting up several times per day and you need something to throw over your shoulder when you hold him or her and give your baby a good burp.

These cotton prefolds are the perfect size for this task. They are thin but not too thin, handy in a jiffy, come in a pack of 12 (get two packs), and will last you many years.

You can eventually use them as dish rags so they will never go to waste.

I bought one set of 12 and loved them so much I bought another set.

These also work as a light blanket as well. Technically they are for cloth diapering but I like and use them as burp cloths.

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