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If you’re expecting, you’ve definitely started thinking about all the baby essentials you’ll need in the upcoming months. Some things are obvious—clothing, a crib, diapers—but other baby essentials are easier to overlook.
That’s why the baby experts at Mustela have created the ultimate first year shopping list. We’ve thought of everything, so you can put your mind at ease and focus on other, more important things—like preparing your baby’s room and deciding on a name!
Let’s take a look at all the newborn baby essentials.
It’s not easy to know which baby items are truly essential and which ones you can ignore. Your baby doesn’t need brand-name clothing, but what about a hooded towel or a humidifier? It’s not always clear what’s absolutely necessary and what’s just nice to have.
The truth is that some newborn baby essentials aren’t exactly essential. Humans have survived for thousands of years without things like breast pumps and pacifiers, so we don’t need them in order to take care of our babies.
However, we don’t live in the Stone Age anymore, and life in the 21st century requires a few extra items. Diapers, for instance, are impossible to go without. The same is true of bathing products and cleansers.
If you’re looking to save money on baby essentials or just prefer a minimalist approach, here is a list of what you will definitely need to care for your baby:
These are, to quote Baloo, the bare necessities of life. But there are a number of other baby essentials that will make caring for your child easier. And making life easier for you and your partner should be a high priority!
So let’s get started with the ultimate first year shopping list.
Here are all the baby essentials you’ll need for the first year of your little one’s life.
This is more or less the only clothing item you’ll need for the first year. Onesies that snap between the legs are easy to put on and take off your baby.
You’ll definitely want to make sure your little one’s feet are warm and protected when you leave your home.
Babies tend to lose a lot of heat through their heads, so keep your baby’s head cozy with a hat or beanie.
A good coat is definitely a baby essential. You don’t want your precious little one getting cold! Be especially cautious to protect your baby’s skin in the winter.
A place for your baby to sleep is essential. Some parents prefer a crib, but other folks like to use a co-sleeper, which allows your baby to sleep in the same bed as you. Either way, you’ll need somewhere for your bundle of joy to rest their weary head.
A sturdy changing station may not be 100 percent essential, but it will definitely make life much easier!
Make storing your baby’s clothing hassle-free with a small dresser.
It’s important for your baby to have a special little place to play.
Babies love to play in a baby bouncer, swing gently, or wander around the house with support from a baby walker.
Babies love the warmth and comfort of being swaddled. A good swaddling cloth is an important baby essential.
You’ll need soft towels to dry your little one after bath time. Hooded towels are both cute and a great way to keep your baby warm after coming out of the bath.
Choose soft sheets that fit snugly on your baby’s mattress pad.
Avoid staining your clothes by always having a burp cloth handy.
A firm mattress pad that fits your baby’s crib or co-sleeper is essential.
This will prevent the mattress pad from getting dirty if your baby’s diaper leaks or if they spit up during the night.
Pacifiers are especially helpful when your baby begins teething.
Babies get dry skin, just like any other human! Try Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion to keep your baby’s skin soft and smooth.
Use our soothing baby oil right before bedtime to moisturize your little one’s skin and help them relax.
Mustela’s SPF 50 Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Stick is the best way to protect your baby’s skin from the sun.
Both cloth diapers and disposable diapers have their advantages. No matter which you choose, diapers are definitely essential. Always make sure you’re changing your baby’s diapers the right way.
Mustela's Dermo-Soothing Wipes are specially formulated for the delicate skin of newborns and can be used to properly clean your baby’s bottom.
Mustela’s Diaper Rash Cream 1 2 3 will keep your baby’s bottom just as soft as it should be while also helping to protect against diaper rash.
Whether for breastmilk or formula, feeding bottles are a baby essential.
It’s best to breastfeed exclusively for the first 4-6 months, but you can also use formula if you need to.
Breast pumps are extremely convenient and allow you to always have a bottle of milk on hand for when your baby gets hungry and you aren’t around.
Don’t forget a breastfeeding pad and lanolin cream to make breastfeeding as comfortable as possible.
You won’t need solid baby food at first, but you can start mixing baby food into your baby’s diet around six months old.
Having a baby bathtub makes bathtime a breeze.
Use gentle, baby-specific washcloths for your baby’s extra soft skin.
A few drops of Mustela's Bath Oil makes bathtime soothing and nourishing for your little one.
Mustela’s, Gentle Cleansing Gel and Foam Shampoo For Newborns are examples of safe, delicate cleansers to use as part of your newborn’s daily washing routine.
A good stroller is helpful for trips to places where you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
Car seats are a newborn baby essential. Make sure to have a car seat installed well before your baby’s due date.
A baby carrier or baby sling makes travel easy! And your baby will enjoy being held close to you or your partner. To learn how to properly use a carrier or sling, take a look at our article about carrying your baby the right way.
Use a diaper bag to hold all the things you might need when you’re out and about.
A baby monitor is essential if your baby won’t be sleeping in the same room as you. Video monitors have become quite affordable and are an effective way to keep on eye on your little one at night.
A soft light can be comforting for newborn babies.
Keep plenty of moisture in the air in your baby’s room with a humidifier. This helps your baby breathe and rest easier.
Rattles, shakers, musical toys, stuffed animals—there are many to choose from, and having toys to stimulate your baby’s senses is essential.
Preparing for your baby’s arrival can quickly become expensive. If you’re trying to stick to a budget, take a look at the tips below. They can help you save money while still getting everything you need to be prepared for delivery day.
While purchasing all the newborn baby essentials may be pricey, it doesn’t even compare to the joy and fulfillment of giving birth and bonding with your baby. You can’t put a price tag on love! And with this baby essentials shopping list, you’ll have everything you need to be fully prepared for your little one’s arrival.
Here's our shopping list of everything you'll need to buy for your newborn like diapers, clothes, bedding, gifts, toys, bath, skin care & feeding products.
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