Baby, Newborn (0-3m), Pregnancy

Baby Products you Need for the First Month

Shopping for your first baby is fun, yet it can be extremely overwhelming.  There are so many baby products out there, half of which you do not need right away or at all.  Fear not! I am here to help you fine tune that baby registry/ shopping list with some pretty awesome, well needed baby products.

Clothing

  • 5-10 Onesies or Side-snap shirts – I prefer either Koala Baby or Carter’s, as they tend to be softer and fit nicer
  • 5-10 sleepers – a lot of moms prefer the zip-up sleepers, but I find they buckle when you try to put a 5 point harness on making it uncomfortable for baby, whereas the sleepers with snaps do not do that
  • 2-4 pairs of pants  – some come with booties attached, some do not.  Keep in mind, baby may out grow the booties before the pants, so sometimes it’s better to get the pants without booties
  • 3-5 socks or booties – the higher the socks go, the better (so they stay on)
  • 2-4 touques – Winter hats for you Americans
  • 3-5 swaddling blankets or sleep sacks – I recommend SwaddleMe, as they are velcro so they stay tight, and they also have a hole in the back so you can put baby in a 5 point harness (car seat or swing) while swaddled.
  • 2-3 pairs of non-scratch mittens – Sometimes I put them on baby when her hands are a bit chilly too
  • 5-12 Receiving blankets – These can be used as swaddling blankets, normal blankets, burp cloths, bassinet sheets, a protective covering for the half of the change table where your baby’s bum will be during changes.  They are like the baby multi-tool.
  • Diapers/wipes – I think this goes without saying.  Although, there are a few different options out there; Huggies, Pampers, or cloth.  It all depends on what your preferences are and how each different brand fits your baby.

Bath Time

  • 5 Wash cloths – Everyone recommended 10.  I have no idea why.  Your baby does not get dirty enough to warrant more than 5 wash cloths in the first month.
  • Gentle baby soap – Cetaphil Organic with Calendula is my favourite.
  • Lotion or baby oil -Again, I like Cetaphil Organic with Calendula
  • Baby brush – I keep a gentle baby brush handy to help with the removal of any cradle cap, which can be done while the baby’s scalp is wet.
  • Towel – Hooded towels are nice as they keep baby’s head covered after he/she is removed from the bath.
  • Toiletries – This Safety 1st 25 piece kit comes with everything you’ll need
  • Baby Tylenol – For when baby has a fever
  • Vitamin D drops – Daily vitamin to keep your baby healthy!

 

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Nursery

  • Crib – If you buy second hand, remember to look into current safety standards. Keep in mind that drop-side cribs are generally not considered safe these days. The mattress should be firm and also be up to the current safety standards.
  • Fitted sheets – Make sure any fitted sheets you use are tightly fitted to the mattress.
  • A chair – It’s nice to have a chair in the room to make nighttime feedings easier, I just used a computer chair, and once she began to sleep through the night, I removed it.
  • A dresser – Not all of baby’s clothes can hang in the closet. The dresser can also double as a changing table with a simple changing pad added to the top and the top drawer filled with necessary diaper changing items.
  • A dim lamp or night light – you don’t want to walk into a baby’s room at night and blind yourself and baby with a bright ceiling light. A small light or night light will give you just enough light to see what you’re doing should you need to change or feed throughout the night.
  • Baby monitor – It’s nice to know when your baby is awake, especially if your room is far from the nursery. Beware: If you’ve got a sleep-talker, you may be up all night with every little coo.  Don’t cheap out on this one.  You’ll be using it for quite some time, you wouldn’t want to buy more than one.  I recommend this one.
  • Diaper Genie and refills– I suppose a garbage pail will suffice, but it’s nice to not have to smell the dirty diapers – on that note, the diaper genie with the foot pedal opens the contraption long enough to leave a lingering dirty diaper smell in the air.  I recommend finding one where you just push the diaper through the contraption.

Feeding

  • Bottles – I like Philips Avent Glass Natural bottles.  They come in 4 oz or 8 oz, they are easy to clean, and durable.
  • Nursing pillow – Even if you are not breastfeeding, these things can come in handy!
  • Bottle brush – Makes cleaning bottles hassle-free.  Rinse, brush, plop the bottle into some boiling water for a while and you’re done!  I Recommend the one with the suction cup on the bottom, so you can stick it to your counter and not worry about it falling in anything gross in the kitchen.
  • Bottle drying rack – If you have a dish drying rack, you could just use that, or if you prefer, there are special bottle racks like this one, or this one.
  • Kettle – Boiling water is almost a 24 hr job when your baby is a new born.  Invest in a kettle that will last!
  • Breast Pump – If you are breastfeeding, pumping can increase your milk supply, or you can pump into a bottle and Dad can help with some of the feedings.  I like Philips Avent Breast pump, as it has silicone inserts for the flange, which make it much more comfortable and effective.  I also recommend getting the double pump, so you only have to sit there for 15 minutes rather than 15 for each side.  They also have a manual pump, which is good for travel or if you want to save money.  I truly believe Avent makes some of the best baby products.
  • Breast milk storage – If you aren’t going to use your pumped milk right away, it needs to be stored.  Avent bottles have caps which you can use to store your milk directly in the bottle after pumping. Or you can get freezer bags or containers (you can pump directly into the bottles and containers, but have to pour into the bags).
  • Bottle identification – If you are using bottles of both breast milk and formula, it is a good idea to label each one.  I just used a new hair elastic around the bottles of breast milk.  I once thought a bottle of breast milk sitting on the counter was an old bottle of formula, and I dumped it down the drain.  All my hard work lost because I didn’t have my bottles labeled.
  • Bibs – A great way to keep formula/breast milk off of baby’s clothes, and can be used to wipe their face.  I like these ones as they are the most absorbent I have found

 

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Hospital Packing List

 

Travel

  • Diaper bag – One of the must have baby products. Find one that Dad won’t mind carrying!  Or if you will be carrying it most of the time, find one that looks like a purse.  Don’t forget snacks and an extra shirt for yourself when packing your diaper bag.
  • Car Seat – Don’t forget to register it, so you will get the recalls on your baby products.  Also, find one that comes with a base for the car and a stroller. Click out of one, click into the other.  Its perfect.
  • Stroller – Again, find one that comes with a car seat.  If you do not have a car, it is still a good idea, so if baby falls asleep while on a walk, you can click out of the stroller when you get home, leave the stroller by the door, and set the car seat and baby in the living room until he/she wakes up.
  • Baby Carrier – Baby carriers are one of my favourite baby products.  These allow baby to keep off the back of the head while out for a walk.  This Guide will help you find a carrier that fits best for you and your baby.
  • Formula Containers – I use Salad dressing containers to hold the formula powder on the go.  I put the appropriate amount of water in the bottle, and the appropriate amount of formula powder in these containers, which hold 2 scoops (4 oz once mixed) of Similac Advance perfectly.  When its time to feed baby, I mix them together in the bottle and it’s good to go!

 

I hope this list helps you with the first month or so of being a Mommy/Daddy!  If you have anything to add to this list, feel free to comment below.

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