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Newborn Essentials & Wish Lists

As a new parent, you will likely get advice from family and friends on products they like and parenting tips. Researching this topic on your own will help you find what fits your lifestyle best. Products that some moms find essential in their lives may not be as necessary for yours. This section includes tips on the most cost-efficient baby products, products our experts consider essential, and more, including what to keep in your baby bag.

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Your Guide to Newborn Essentials & Wish Lists...

As an expecting parent, coming up with a list of things to buy before your little one arrives can be overwhelming! We know there are tons of things you will need to buy, as well as several items that people will give to you. To help ensure you are ready to bring your newborn home, we've put together a list of some necessary things you will need. While many items will make your life easier, not all are necessary. Here are some things that are absolute must-haves for any new parents. By the time your baby arrives, you should have:

  1. Car seat
  2. Stroller
  3. Diapers
  4. Baby wipes
  5. Bedding (including a fitted sheet and mattress protector)
  6. Washcloths
  7. Baby soap and lotion
  8. First aid kit
  9. Diaper rash cream
  10. Thermometer
  11. Baby wraps

Items such as a baby monitor, bedside sleeper, bottle/cooler bag, and more can also be helpful!

Although it may seem odd to ask for certain things as a “gift,” there is no limit to what you can put on your baby registry! For new parents especially, there are so many things that you'll need to ensure you are ready to bring your baby home. When making your baby registry, include items for feeding, sleeping, changing, traveling and transportation, baby health and safety, safe bathing, clothing, decorating, furniture, and even playing! The list goes on! If you feel it will benefit you or your baby, include it!

With the numerous product options, we know deciding what to buy can be overwhelming. Because of this, we've put together several guides to help you narrow down your purchasing options so that, ultimately, you end up with exactly what you want. From car seats and strollers to breast pumps and video monitors, we've got you covered. With a little bit of product research and a few conversations with mom-friends and loved ones, you'll learn what will work best for you. You can also check out our product reviews to see what other everyday moms think.