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Today, I am going to share my top five newborn must-have items that I swear by for any mama during the first three months!
Let me tell you, I returned a lot on my registry. More than $500 worth. It is so hard to put a registry together for your first baby. You really have no clue the items you will need! So, most of us just pile on the items… click click click!
Read about my favorite baby registry here!
Many of your friends and family members will guide you through the registry process. They will give you the best advice they can about items you will need all based on their experiences.
But, that is the key right there. It is based on their experiences! So, you will end up getting so many various opinions on certain brands and products you might need.
So, why am I sharing this post with you today? I am just someone else with an opinion… right?
Well, yes. But, I consider myself a minimalist in many ways. Especially since our house is small and I get loads of anxiety if there are items around my house that are either cluttering or not getting used at all.
So, today I am only sharing my newborn must-have items that I strongly suggest you purchase for your baby’s arrival!
I am going to share the specific brands I purchased, as well as other options in various price ranges. These are not just items I used here and there. These are items I used every single day, multiple times!
My 5 Newborn Must-Have Items
1. Infant support pillow
When it comes to newborn must-have items, the first one I highly recommend for your baby’s first few months is a support pillow. I personally used (and continue to use) and love the basic Boppy brand’s baby pillow.
It is so easy to use (but, funny story… I used it wrong the first week until my lactation consultant corrected me. I put it around the side of my waist. Much easier once I understood it went across your front! haha). The covers are also incredibly easy to wash and put on/off.
It is an absolute must-have item for breastfeeding and makes the latching process for the baby so much easier and more comfortable. But, I also used it to prop my baby up to give her a bottle while I was pumping or doing another task.
Even if you are not breastfeeding, you can use this while bottle-feeding on your lap, as well as propping your baby up in a laying position (since they can’t support their head yet).
Tips: if you do end up purchasing the Boppy, definitely grab yourself one of these to make your Boppy last a long, long, long time. It will absorb spit, milk, and vomit without it. Also, you will want multiple covers, like this cute one for a girl and this cute one for a boy!
2. Tummy Time Mat
#2 in my newborn must-have items list is a tummy time mat. You really don’t need to set up a baby play yard yet with things dangling for them to play with. They won’t be able to focus their eyes to enjoy it the first month. I set one up at first and found it just took up a lot of room.
I put this adorable tummy time mat on my registry and I am so glad I did. Pediatricians are HUGE on getting your baby on their tummy right away since they are no longer supposed to sleep on their stomach. This one comes with a little pillow that helps prop them up.
Bonus: it is easy to fold up and put away whenever the baby isn’t using it.
I found this helped Grace stay awake during tummy time so she could engage her muscles. I also bought this adorable mirror for her to look at herself. Believe me, babies are obsessed with looking at themselves. This will help you get more time out of tummy time.
Yes, you can just use a blanket and small pillow for tummy time if you are really in a pinch. But, I like how this mat makes spit ups, blowouts, and throw ups super easy to clean up because of the material.
3. Sound Machines
#3 in my newborn must-have items list are sound machines. is Notice I had an “s” at the end of this one. I registered for a small, portable sound machine and one for Grace’s room. I used both every single day that first month.
You will notice that your baby will sleep a heck of a lot the first month. They pretty much eat, sleep, poop, and pee (with a million amazing snuggles sprinkled throughout). So, you will want to do all you can to keep them asleep and help their growth along.
I registered for the Hatch Baby sound machine for Grace’s room. Worth. Every. Penny. There are 12 sound options with a wide range of volume, as well as customized color options with dimming options.
The BEST thing about the Hatch Baby is I control everything from an app on my phone. If I am about to cook and need to adjust the volume to make her noise machine louder, I don’t need to go into her room. I can just adjust it from my phone! So easy and convenient.
I love the colored light option when I was doing feeding in the middle of the night the first month. Instead of turning on her light, I would put a low blue light on her Hatch Baby and a low, soothing sound of the ocean.
Bonus: the app lets you set up programs for it to turn on at certain times. Comes in handy once your baby is on a schedule!
Now, for the little sound machine, I purchased this one to use on the go. I used it on car rides, in her stroller, and overnight at our relative’s house. You absolutely need one of these!
4. Bassinet Stroller
#4 in my newborn must-have items list is a bassinet stroller. Now, there are so many on the market with an unlimited amount of features. For the first month, you’re going to want to get out of the house once you can move without feeling like you’re body was hit by a truck.
Click here to read my post on postpartum recovery.
The key is to get a stroller that has an attachable bassinet for walks. GAME CHANGER! I registered for the UppaBaby Vista stroller and have been more than pleased with the quality for the price.
The reason that the bassinet is so much better than having the baby in a regular stroller with an infant seat is because they are laying flat, just like they are supposed to. You want them flat as much as you can for developmental reasons. Plus, it most certainly helped her sleep on walks.
The great part about the UppaBaby bassinet is that there is a UV cover that comes down to protect baby from the sun. Also, you can buy extra mattress covers (trust me, you’ll need them). You can buy them here.
I bought one of these to keep Grace busy visually as she began to notice colors and patterns. She mostly liked it because it has a mirror on the turtle’s belly!
I do want to note that you should not use the bassinet for the stroller as your nighttime bassinet. It does not have mesh sides and a baby can easily suffocate if they roll to the side. I would use it during the day for naps, at times, but always watched her sleep.
5. Baby Lounger/Sleeper
By far, this is my FAVORITE item on newborn must-have items list. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I am hands-down obsessed with the Dockatot. Holy moly. It is my #1 recommended baby item for any mom.
My daughter has been lounging in her Dockatot every day since the day she came home from the hospital. For the first month, she would only nap on someone or in her Dockatot. I think babies feel like they are still in their mama’s belly in it because it snuggles them all around.
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I not only used it for her to nap, but would put her in it when I had to cook, clean up a room, we were eating dinner, etc. It is great for exactly what the name stands for: to safety Dock a Tot.
When you register for it, definitely make sure you also register for an extra cover! I bought the white Dockatot and ended up buying this beautiful extra cover. They will spit up/drool in it and you will definitely want an extra while it is being washed. WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!
Personally, I don’t recommend getting any other brand. I stand behind Dockatot and recommend that every baby have this item. Moms, it will make your life stop much easier!
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What items did you find most helpful the first 3 months?