The days leading up to my son Garris’s birth, my main concern (besides wondering if I was going to survive the birthing process) was if I had everything I needed. Did I have all the necessary baby essentials? I wanted the transition into motherhood to be as smooth as possible, and I knew that if I didn’t have all the things I needed during the first few days he was home that I would be a big ball of stress!
Below I have written down a few baby essentials that I found to be extremely helpful my first few days and months with a new baby.
Ok, this is kind of a given, but I almost did not have a bed for my oldest son! I literally waited till the last minute! (figuratively of course). But baby needs a place to sleep! We actually had him in a bassinet when he was a newborn and then got a crib when he was a few months old.
Diapers and Wipes
I would say one of the best things I did in my preparations for my son was stock up on diapers and wipes. I was so thankful to have a nice stockpile the first few weeks of motherhood. I was very tired the first few weeks with recovering and everything else that comes with just giving birth, the last thing I wanted to do was run to the grocery store.
I bought some of my stockpile myself and the rest I received as gifts from my baby shower. I didn’t have to buy diapers for a few months! I highly recommend putting diapers on your baby registry!
Spit rags! Hello! I cannot count how many spit rags I went through those early months of motherhood. I was sooo incredibly thankful for them! I made sure to have plenty on hand and I am so glad I did!
Having a thermometer on hand is a must! Being able to check if baby has a fever is very important! I have the one where you can check baby’s temperature orally, rectally or by putting in their underarm and I have the one where you touch it to their forehead. I like having both kinds on hand.
Diaper Rash Cream
Diaper rash cream is a must have! I realized this the first time my son got a diaper rash and I didn’t have any! It is way more convenient to already have it on hand than to have to quickly run to the grocery store to buy some. There are quite a few brands to choose from. The ones I personally prefer to use are Desitin, A+D and Butt Paste. My son always seems to get pretty bad diapers rashes, so I normally use the maximum strength tubes.
Stuffy Nose Aids
One handy dandy essential I could not have lived without was the blue bulb syringe for clearing out babies stuffy noses. Seriously! It was a lifesaver! I don’t know what I would have done without it. Making sure baby can breath when he has a cold is very important!
When Garris started teething Orajel and teething rings were my best friends! My poor boy didn’t just get one or two teeth at a time, he got his first four front teeth at the same time. Unfortunately for him, that is also how all of his other teeth came in, in fours. So teething was a hard time for him and for me. I don’t like seeing my little man in pain. Orajel and teething rings helped ease his pain when he was teething.
Baby First Aid Kit
A baby first aid kit is a must! I had two, one for our home and one for the diaper bag. You never know when you might need it!
This last one is probably going to sound odd. My mother taught me this little trick. I kept plastic grocery bags and bread bags for dirty diapers. I know I know, weird. It is actually a very helpful trick, especially when you live in an apartment and aren’t going to walk to the dumpster every time baby has to “go”. After baby “go’s”, you put the dirty diaper in the bag and tie it up tight. That way if you put it in your kitchen trash, or for whatever reason can’t throw it out right away, you can’t smell it. Go ahead, give it a try!
There are of course always more things you could add to the list, but these are the basic essentials I found very helpful during my first few months as a new mom. I hope you found the list helpful!
What were some of your ‘can’t live without’ baby essentials?