When it comes to having a baby ESPECIALLY your first it can be pretty intimidating walking into somewhere like Buy Buy Baby to get all of the stuff everyone says you need. I’m here to tell you that half of that list is a crap loaded diaper (which you should probably get used to dealing with). i.e a wipe warmer, bumbo seat, baby bathtubs and the list goes on and on. There are some things that are worth the money you spend on them, but there are a lot of things that people completely look over all together. I’m here to help you with the most important stuff that you probably looked at, but think you don’t need.
1. A nursing pillow
I know a handful of parents who think nursing pillows are a waste of money, because duh you can just use the pillows you have at home. I did the same thing with my first and it made my life so much harder than necessary. It wasn’t until I had our second and I actually got a good nursing pillow that I really appreciated it. Even if you don’t plan on breast-feeding it still gets incredibly hard to hold that nine pound baby up all the time.
2. Several different types of bottles with all different kinds of nipples
I’ll admit this one sounds a bit excessive, but trust me when I say that you can buy what you think is the “best” and most “natural” bottle around and there will always be a chance that your baby hates it. Now its 3 A.M. you just want to go back to sleep and all of a sudden your baby decides that he’s not going to eat from that particular bottle anymore. Personally for us, all three of mine loved the Dr.Brown bottles (yes even while being breast feed). But who knows, our next one may want to change it up!
3. Bra pads
Buy these in bulk if you can and have them with you at all times! Even before you have the baby you may have to break them out since your body is getting ready to produce all that milk for your little bundle chances are you will start leaking while you sleep. Once you have the baby though.. that’s a whole new ball game. If you even hear a baby crying you could spring a leak and looking like your boobs have been crying while you’re out enjoying your day is not a good look for anybody.
While you’re at it go ahead and get yourself one of those sexy nursing bras. (totally sarcastic) Yes they are not as glamorous as that Victoria’s Secret Bombshell, but you will learn to love it for the continence. Plus I would much rather ruin a $20 bra than an $80 one.
5. Breast pump
Breast feeding can be challenging! while you’re feeding your baby on one side the other side starts to get jealous and takes off like a waterfall without warning. That milk is precious and you don’t want to waste any of it! So while you’re feeding the baby stick the pump on the other side so you don’t lose any! Also save yourself some trouble and buy an electric for while you’re at home and a manual for your diaper bag.
6. NIPPLE CREAM
YOU NEED THIS. I repeat. YOU. NEED. THIS! Babies mouths have no mercy and neither do breast pumps. Even if you feel like you don’t need it put it on after every feeding. You’ll thank me later when you don’t have to go through the trauma that I experienced.
7. Diaper bag changing pad
I can’t tell you how many times we left our house and 30 minutes later one of the kids decides to poop their pants. Into the gas station or restaurant bathroom we go and you just have to wonder how many gross people there are out there in the world. Not to mention the fact that it probably rarely gets cleaned, (Meaning sanitized. Not wiped down with a wet rag).
Get all different sizes and try to get all dark colors if you can. White is so unforgiving with infants. Get you a few cute ones if you must, but please don’t spend a fortune on them because half will never get worn before the baby grows out of them and the other half will be worn once maybe twice before a disaster occurs in it.
9. Tons of fitted sheets for the baby bed
I know its so tempting to spend $60-$200+ dollars on that adorable baby bedding, but it’s a waste of money. The only thing they can actually use out of it is the sheet and the bed skirt. I would rather invest that money in five or more fitted sheets because that baby is going to pee, poop, and spit up on everything so the bedding will need to be changed constantly.
10. A good stroller
This one may sound like a no brainer, but cheaper isn’t always best. If you invest in a good one early on it will save you from future headaches. The strollers with one wheel on the front always work the best because you don’t have to worry about the wheels not wanting to turn, or getting locked up for that matter.
11. A baby wrap
There are some truly great baby wraps out there that are multi functional as a car seat cover, nursing cover, and of course to attach the baby to your body while still being comfortable and secure!
There are tons of things that people will tell you your baby needs, but at the end of the day it’s all up to YOU on what you buy. You’re the mom and you know exactly what will work for you and your baby so don’t let anyone freak you out and make you feel like you don’t have a clue on what you’re talking about. You’re gonna be great, Mama!
What are some other must haves for you? I’d love to hear about it!