10 Newborn Must-Haves for New Moms

At a baby shower I recently attended, I found myself reminded of those newborn days.

Oh, those newborn days…

I don’t know about you, but before our baby girl arrived I basically spent the whole 9 months trying to prepare for this incredibly life-changing event called motherhood, that you can’t fully be prepared for anyways!

I was determined to have my ducks in a row as much as possible.

Regardless of your level of preparation, being a first-time mom isn’t always easy. I’d like to offer my list of top 10 newborn items I used the most as a new mom. For your reading convenience, diapers and wipes will not be included. 😉

Top 10 Newborn Must-Haves for New Moms

1. My Brest Friend
newborn must-haves for new moms

My Brest Friend breastfeeding pillow really will be your brest friend. Bahaha! 😉

But really, it was a life-saver! I highly recommend it. Here are the reasons why:

  • The pillow stays on you so you can focus on baby in case he/she unexpectedly spits up, throws up (there is a difference), or has a diaper explosion during a feeding session – all of which can or will happen.
  • The wrap-around design offers back support to facilitate good breast-feeding posture (a feature that has lactation consultants singing its praise).
  • The firm and flat cushion gives baby a solid, yet soft, platform to lay on while feeding.

2. Glider Rocker

newborn must-haves for new moms

Where did all these feeding sessions with the handy-dandy Brest Friend take place? The glider rocker.

Basically, if I wasn’t sleeping or eating, you could find me in, that’s right, the glider rocker.

Check out this Eames Style Rocking Chair. Looks like a practical yet stylish option as well, no?

newborn must-haves for new moms


3. Burp Cloths
newborn must-haves for new moms

Until I had a child I never knew the difference between spit up versus throw up.

The 6-week growth spurt caught me by surprise when I found myself covered in not just spit up, but throw up as well.

Evidently it’s around this time that a baby’s digestive system develops and can cause minor amounts of throw up, yet it’s completely normal reflux.

It was during that time that I was grateful for the Gerber pre-fold cloth diapers. Yes, cloth diapers make great burp cloths. They’re very absorbent and can be repurposed later as rags. Double-win.

4. Bassinet
newborn must-haves for new moms

For the first 3 months, baby slept in a bassinet next to our bed. Depending on your preferred sleep arrangement, there are numerous options on the market.

Besides a bassinet, you can choose a co-sleeper, regular ‘ol Pack n Play, or even a Rock ‘n Play.

5. Swaddle Sleepsacks
newborn must-haves for new moms

Newborns sleep a lot, so having a few Halo Sleepsack Swaddles around was a newborn must-have.

Being a new mom, I found it to be a much faster way to swaddle them safely when you’re sleep-deprived at 3am.

No folding or tucking, just velcro. Doesn’t the baby in the picture look so happy and content all bundled up like a burrito?!

I must add that the Aden & Anais swaddle blankets are a popular option. They’re just as useful, but not as convenient during the wee hours of the morning. It is nice that they can double as a nursing cover or carseat cover.

6. Nursing Pads
newborn must-haves for new moms

Should you choose to breastfeed, these are a necessity in those first few months. I switched to the washable fabric kind once my milk supply stabilized, but the disposable kind were fabulous during the newborn days because you don’t have to do a load of laundry just to have clean breast pads.

7. Changing Table
newborn must-haves for new moms

I remember seeing this on a list of items you won’t need for baby, because many seasoned moms say it’s not a necessity. I get where they’re coming from. It’s not a necessity for baby, but it was for my back!

I was so glad that I not only put one on my baby registry, but that someone actually bought it for us. Because I used my changing table All. The. Time.

Call me a noobie, but where else would I have changed my baby’s diaper?

There are plenty of creative changing table ideas on Pinterest, but we didn’t have any existing furniture to convert. The floor didn’t seem like an option since it wouldn’t be nice on the lower back.

So, in my opinion, changing tables still have their place.

8. Travel System
newborn must-haves for new moms

A travel system is efficient, economical, and convenient since the stroller, car seat, and car seat base can be bought as a package deal.

Our daughter is 2 and I’m still glad that I went with a stroller/car seat travel system so the car seat could easily click into the stroller for stability.

We used the Britax B-Agile Travel System pictured above, but it’s recently been replaced by the Britax B-Agile 3/B-Safe 35 Travel System. It recevied the 2015 award for Best Travel System by The Bump.

I traveled solo on the airplane with my baby at least twice before she turned 14 months and found this system simple, lightweight, and easy for travel.

9. White Noise
newborn must-haves for new moms

I absolutely love our Homedics white noise machine! Having a little background noise really helped our daughter sleep.

Then, after 3 months of using one, my husband and I realized it helped us to catch some shut-eye too, so we bought our own sound machine as well.

Don’t want to buy a white noise machine? Just download a few songs from a rain or ocean nature sounds CD on iTunes and kept it playing on repeat.

10. Baby Sleep Advice
newborn must-haves for new moms

As a first-time mom I found it useful to read several different resources on baby sleep and advice for creating a routine. It’s helpful to be prepared with ideas to try out and see which works best for your baby and your lifestyle.

And of course, there’s no shortage of unsolicited advice you’ll receive.

That said, the wisdom and advice that Dr. Karp offers in The Happiest Baby on the Block from his years of experience as a Pediatrician was wonderful. Watching this DVD with my husband was invaluable and we used the 5 S’s often!

Of course, his suggestions might not work for every baby, so I also liked On Becoming Baby Wise for routine suggestions (wake, eat, play, sleep). I also frequently consulted The Baby Sleep Site during those late night/early morning feedings.


Now it’s your turn!

Those were my personal must-haves.

What were the items you couldn’t do without in the first few months with your new bundle of joy? Please share in the comments below!


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