Finding out you’re expecting can induce an Exorcist head-spin on its own, but trying to differentiate between what you actually need for the baby and what’s just overkill is anxiety-inducing at it’s finest. Lots of fabulous friends helped steer me toward must-haves, so I thought I’d return the favor by sharing what we could not have lived without over these first couple of months.
I haven’t included linens, clothes or diapers because those are so personal, but you definitely don’t want to forget those…
Feel free to comment with your own must-haves for all to see!
Wubbanub – pacifier with a stuffed animal attached
Play yard with bassinet and changing table – seriously, you can use this instead of a crib
Boppy Newborn Lounger – this is not a nursing pillow. See below for that.
Miracle Blanket – #1 swaddler
Tummy time mat with pillow and mirror – the pillow makes it more comfortable, and they love mirrors.
My Brestfriend nursing pillow – more stable and supportive than the boppy.
Humpty Who – because we don’t all remember how the nursery rhymes go.
Happiest Baby on the Block – the 5 s’s are amazing for soothing baby. We just read the book, but there is also a website for classes, dvds, etc.
Mesh Baby Bath – baby is secure, in a bit of water, and not slipping on plastic.
Mittens – nail clipping is a bit scary, and these will minimizes scratches… plus they look like little boxing gloves, which is really cute.
Double-electric pump – invest in a mid-range double to be efficient.
Hands-free pumping bra – looks hilarious (I made fun of it at first, but then sent family out to grab one up for me.), but is a must-have.