It's been four and a half years since I last shopped for newborn essentials for my own kids. That's why, for this post, I turned to trusted moms and friends on the internet (thanks, Facebook!) and beyond to help me put together A LIST OF AWESOME THINGS TO ADD TO YOUR REGISTRY OR BORROW FROM A FRIEND FOR YOUR NEW BABY (OR BABIES)!
Here is a list of new mom must-haves based on your fantastic suggestions.
This list is in order of what was MOST recommended by those kind enough to recommend.
Other baby carriers that are beloved:
3. Rock 'n' Play Swing/Sleeper:
This is apparently THE must-have item of the season because WHOA, everyone recommended this swing and I had never heard of it before. So HEAR THIS, LADIES AND GENTS: The Rock 'n' Play swing is where it's AT.
Other recommended swings:
4. White Noise Machine (or app)
- White Noise Ambience Lite (app)
This was MY must-have baby item and more than a dozen fellow moms agreed. The Baby Bjorn Bouncer chair is a CLASSIC. My twins LIVED in these chairs their first year of life. Besides my Ergo carriers, they were my most beloved items.
6. Nose Frida
I didn't even know this existed and EVERYONE unanimously agreed that THIS IS A MUST-HAVE for new parents so, BAM. There you have it. Add this sucker (zing!) to your registry, friends.
7. Infant Swaddle
8. Binky Clips and/or Wubbanub
- Here are some cute Binky clips on Etsy
- And here's the WubbaNub that so many parents swear by
Other recommended brands:
This was another item I had never heard of that came highly recommended by multiple trusted sources.
Other items that were mentioned:
- Graco Snap 'n' Go: This was the ONLY stroller I used for the first six months of my kids' lives. It's SO convenient.
1. Breast pump
A good breast pump is a must. Recommendations vary on this one. I rented mine from the hospital and also used a hand pump. Feel free to recommend your favorite pump in the comments, below!
For postpartum bods, leggings are a must. Easy, comfortable, weightless ... and comfortable.
4. Good nursing bras (and tanks)
Boob Nursing Bras are a favorite.
So are these by Cake lingerie.
I bought nursing tanks at Target and lived in those. Still do, even though I haven't nursed a child in 7 years.
5. Dry Shampoo
10. SUPPORTIVE FRIENDS WHO LOVE YOU. And/or wi-fi.