9 Newborn Essentials Every Mom Needs

Adriana Velez | Apr 18, 2013 Baby
9 Newborn Essentials Every Mom Needs
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You're expecting a baby -- and there's so much to do! What exactly do you need? Well, it's a pretty long list, but here's a few essentials to get started.

This list of newborn essentials doesn't include clothes, which is a whole 'nother shopping trip. But if you're working on your baby registry, start with these nine items.

  • Glider or Rocker

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    Rocking your baby to sleep is one of the great pleasures -- and it often works! Some people prefer a quiet glider, but a rocker is easier to keep around after your babies are all grown.

  • Swaddling Blankets

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    Swaddling blankets should be simple, cotton, and free of embellishments, which can get caught. And you cannot have too many of these! The work great for cleaning up spit-up in an emergency, too.

  • Nursing Pillow

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    One of these half donut-shaped nursing pillows will save you a world of neck and shoulder strain. Most come with a removable cover you can throw in the washing machine.

  • Nipple Cream

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    If you're nursing, you need nipple cream. It can save you from cracked nipples, especially in the beginning -- total life-saver.  We Lansinoh -- it's kind of expensive, but it's soooo worth it. And it lasts forever. And you can use it as lip balm and hand cream.

  • Wash Cloths

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    Babies are MESSY! You need wash cloths -- loads of them. When my son was a newborn I used wet washcloths intead of wet wipes to clean his diaper area to protect his delicate skin (soap is drying). But besides that, babies are just a never-ending stream of fluids. You're always cleaning something.

  • Changing Pad

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    I definitely think you can live without a changing table. It's easier and safer to just change on the floor. But you definitely need something under your baby -- a changing pad, one you can carry with you and clean easily.

  • Baby Carrier

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    What are you going to tote your baby around in? Could be a Baby Bjorn, an Ergo carrier, a sling, or a wrap. Pick something, because your arms get tired, and sometimes you need both hands.

  • Diaper Bag

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    Diaper bags come in all different shapes and sizes. Heck, a paper bag would do the trick. But if you plan on leaving the house, ever, you do need something to carry a change of diapers, and possibly bottles, clean baby clothes, wipes, and toys.

  • A Place to Sleep

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    Where is your baby sleeping? You may start with a basinet, or a Moses basket and later move onto the crib. Even if you decide to co-sleep, it's helpful -- and safe -- to have a co-sleeper or a barrier to keep baby from rolling out of bed.

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