5 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed for Your First Baby

Tabatha and her baby

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Do you have any idea how much stuff little human beings need? I’m not even kidding! These tiny people require way more than you’d think! By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about all the basics: diapers, crib, clothes, some sort of feeding system (be it bottles or your own natural feeding system). Well, I have a few other things you might not realize you need but will thank me for when you are using them!


A fan: Now, I am not suggesting you blow cold air straight at your baby while he sleeps so peacefully.  I never did this with my first baby, but with my second, I have a fan going every time I lay him down.  I find he actually sleeps better with white noise.  If I forget to plug it in (which is next to never!) either the noise from the dogs wakes him or he wakes himself up because it is so quiet.

Vibrating furniture: Ok, that sounds a bit weird, but I’m talking about a swing or a bassinet that vibrates a bit.  Movement is what you are going for here.  You would think with my second child that I was a brand new mom all over again (they are only 5 years apart!)  With my daughter, I had all sorts of moving furniture to help soothe her to sleep.  Not knowing when #2 would come along, and between many moves, stuff got sold and donated. Unless you want to try and soothe your baby to sleep rocking a bassinet with your hand or foot (like I did this time around) I highly suggest you invest in some batteries and something that moves.

Gentle Laundry detergent: As a new mom, you worry about a lot of things, your baby’s new skin being one of them! You shouldn’t have to worry about harsh chemicals on his clothing. Thankfully, with Dreft Stage 1: Newborn Liquid Detergent, you don’t have to worry!  When I was a new mom, I never really thought about what laundry detergent I would use.  That is until someone bought me Dreft.  I knew my baby’s skin would be sensitive and I needed something gentle. You should know it’s the #1 choice for pediatricians when it comes to gentle detergents for your newborn.

First Aid Kit: I have decided that the next time I get invited to a baby shower or find out someone is pregnant, I am going to put a basket together of medicines, a thermometer and other first aid items you need when baby gets sick.  As sad as it sounds, almost all babies get sick at some point.  And it is not fun.  It was something I didn’t think about and when I was running to the store in the middle of the night for some fever reducer, I wished someone had thought to gift me a first aid kit!

Music Player: You REALLY want a tablet or something where you can continuously play music.  Again, I didn’t do this with my first, but with my second I play classical music or ocean sounds on my favorite streaming music service.  Every time I lay him down for a nap, he gets ocean sounds (and a fan).  It is actually really soothing!  After a few hours, the service likes to know if you are still listening, so for 3am feedings, I just say yes, and the music starts again, soothing both of us.

I feel my job as a mom is to help new moms know the ins and outs of the stuff they don’t tell you about when you have a new tiny person to care for.  I don’t want to keep these goodies to myself!  If it helps me out, I want to help you out.  After all, we’re all in this together!

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Do you have any other new mom must-haves to share? 

Tabatha Pariseau is a pregnancy & family life writer for OurFamilyWorld.

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