Every new mom can remember frantically gathering the last few baby items for the nursery during the last weeks of pregnancy. It’s a natural thing for a woman to start “nesting” during this time.
I made a list of items I wanted to have ready for when my baby boy arrived. G, my boyfriend, asked me why I couldn’t just buy those things after the baby arrived and I just stared at him blankly and replied, “Don’t you understand women yet?” Men, am I right? If it was up to them, the nursery would be empty when the baby arrives and they would just change them on the couch and figure it out along the way. Women love lists, to be over -prepared, and just be ready! Well, at least most pregnant women do. G rolled his eyes, smiled, and nodded. He already knew my answer before I said it, he just wanted to rile me up for fun. That’s how you know you’re in a loving relationship – you can’t stop teasing each other.
I used the app Babylist for my registry and to organize all of the items I wanted to buy. The app also had a lot of useful articles on baby items and product comparisons. I did a bunch of reading before I made my final selections.
Below are the list of items that were on my registry that friends and family gifted us, and some I bought on my own. I will also share which products I selected for each item. These were all very useful for me during the first few weeks I had Dylan and would not know what I would have done without them. It definitely made life a lot easier having these prepared at home.
Must-Have Newborn Baby Items
- Changing pad/table
- Wet wipes
- Nappy rash cream
- Baby lounger
- Diaper bag
- Baby rocker/bouncer
- Baby carrier
- Nursing Pillow
- Baby bath
- Nappy disposal
- Portable changing pad
- Sound machine
- Baby Nail Clipper/trimmer
- Baby thermometer
- Baby car seat
- Play mat
- Baby monitor
- Many small towels (to clean messes)
- Bath Thermometer
- Nasal aspirator
- Mild Baby Detergent
The Newborn Baby Items I Purchased
I was looking for the Keekaroo Changing Pad but I couldn’t find any available in Australia, even online. That’s when I found the Skip Hop change pad which is very similar to the Keekaroo. It is comfortable, made of cushioned foam and It’s easy to wipe clean. I like that it has a safety belt to secure the baby in case you need to step away for a second to grab something. There is also a tuck away toy bar which is a cute accessory to entertain the baby. I secured the change pad to the top of my Hemnes Chest of 8-drawers from IKEA – it fit perfectly.
Tip: I suggest always checking the measurement of the change pad you wish to buy and make sure it fits on top of your dresser before purchasing.
These wipes are by far my favorite. They are larger than most and stay wet longer. I noticed that this packet lasted longer than other wipes because you would only need to use 1-2 wipes per change.
This cream has a good smell to it and I like that it is a 3-in-1 cream. It’s really smooth and lathers on the baby’s bum easily. It really helped Dylan when he had nappy rash.
This diaper bag has so many pockets and expands a lot. It really helps keep everything organized. I bring it with me everywhere, stored under my UPPABABY Vista V2 Stroller. It was extremely helpful when I had to fly to Manila from Sydney alone with Dylan. I wore this on my back and Dylan on a carrier in my front. I had a section of the bag that was for clothes and toys, a section for food and utensils, diapers and wipes, bottles, passports, etc. It could carry everything I needed.
I wouldn’t say this is a must-have but it definitely helped to have another safe spot to place Dylan in when he was a newborn. I would push it once and it would rock him for a while as he stared up at the toys. He is 8-months old now and pretty much pulls the toy bar off, but it’s still useful to place him in to digest his food or if I need to do a few things.
This carrier was great for the newborn phase. It was very comfortable, adjustable, and airy for the little one. He felt very secure and close to me. It’s good until they are 1-year old (11kg), but I upgraded to the Ergobaby Omni 360 when he turned 6 months for travel purposes.
I had a C-Section and spent the first weeks recovering and quite weak. My Brest Friend helped so much when breastfeeding because I did not have to strain my back, core or arms. I’d lay a towel down on top of it in case baby Dylan puked. The cover is machine washable but it was just a hassle taking it off, so placing a towel over definitely saved time!
This stroller is great because of the quality of how it’s made. It is larger than most strollers, so I wouldn’t recommend it unless you live in a place with wide pathways. It made me feel very safe when he was a newborn because it was incredibly sturdy. The recliner and the sun canopy covers your baby from the sun more than most strollers, which is especially important when you live in countries like Australia. One of my favorite features about this stroller is that the storage compartment below is very large and is handy when you’re shopping or doing groceries. Truthfully, I used this stroller for the first 6 months until I got the Babyzen Yo-yo 2 stroller to travel, and have been using the yo-yo everywhere instead. The reason is because it’s smaller and can fit in restaurants and cafes, lighter to push, and easy to load in the car. I think I would save the UPPABABY stroller for when I have another child since it comes with the second seat. The UPPABABY can also carry a bassinet and a toddler seat at the same time.
This bathtub was great for when Dylan was a newborn because the netting held him up very well. He was always comfortable in it. It is also easy to clean and drains from the bottom.
This is not exactly the most eco-friendly choice, but it definitely solves the smell of dirty nappies.
Hatch is incredible because you can control the sound, light, and schedule of everything from you phone. We use it every day and it helps with sleep training.
Cutting baby nails is scary but these worked fine!
This is a great car seat. There is a canopy that covers the baby’s face fully from the sun. However, my brother bought the Doona car seat and he highly recommends it because it clicks out and opens up as a stroller. That flexibility allowed him to travel easily with his baby and use taxis/Ubers. I’d get a Doona for my next baby.
Super comfortable and cute play mat! He learned how to lift his head and turn over on it.
This is the ultimate baby monitor! I don’t think I can rave about it enough. It is my favorite piece of baby equipment we have. It gives us so much freedom with piece of mind.
It can be set up so many ways – on a stand over a bassinet, attached to the crib, and just on a little platform so you can take it with you when you’re traveling.
This baby monitor sends you notifications and alerts if the baby cries or flips over. It reads the temperature and humidity in the room too. It shows you sleep insights and you can scroll back 24 hours to see what time baby actually woke up or fell asleep at any point. Also, it can be used by an app on any device. I recommend having an IPAD available just for this.