10 Essential Baby Gear Items All New Moms Need (VIDEO)

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baby gear breastfeeding pillowAs a new mom, you get a whole lot of advice, some of which is great and some of which is just plain ridiculous. A lot of it has to do with gear. I remember being so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things and then the names? OMG! Those names! It was like people were speaking another language.

Well, relax moms (and dads). You don't need all the things you think you do, and the few things you really DO need are all within reach and you only need one.

Don't believe me? Well, here is the definitive list of 10 must-haves all new moms need to have at their disposal and a video, to boot. See below:

  1. Breastfeeding pillow: There are a few different brands now, but I could never have made it through 10 minutes of new motherhood without mine. Even when I fed my baby a pumped bottle, I still needed this item. All moms have to have it.
  2. Body carrier: My kids liked two different kinds of carriers, so really this is up to the baby. Join a baby wearers group and borrow them all before you buy. Whatever your baby likes and makes you the most comfortable is the one to buy!
  3. Bouncy seat: I found this to be indispensable. Some parents go without, but I don't know how. 
  4. Activity mat: This is a really nice way for baby to stimulate themselves and learn to roll and do tummy time comfortably. Meanwhile mom can get a break from holding the little one for a few minutes!
  5. Baby monitor: In a bigger house this is a must. A baby video monitor is even better for those of us who are a wee bit paranoid and like to see it all at all times. It also eliminates having to "check on" the baby and waking him or her in the process.
  6. Car seat: They won't let you leave the hospital in a car without one, so buy it now!
  7. Swaddle blankets: Muslin in the summer, flannel in the fall. Have a large arsenal of these and you will sleep better. Trust me.
  8. Diapers: When my babe was born, someone told me, "All you need are boobs and diapers and a place for her to sleep." That was pretty much the truth. This item is key.
  9. Diaper pail: Knock it if you want, but unless you want to take out the trash every night, you need one of these to kill the smell.
  10. Nail clippers: Those baby nails grow fast and furious. And then they scratch themselves and that's just sad. Keep them short (or file them if you prefer) and all will be well. Forget the mittens. Those don't work.

What item could you not live without?


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nonmember avatar Guest

We have a simple human 2 gallon small pail, works perfectly. No smell, and has a purpose beyond babies.

elle7777 elle7777

Most of this list isn't a must have for me...

Firen... Firenygirl180

I would say that half that list is unnecessary.  We didn't need a carrier, monitor, diaper pail, swaddling blankets or nail clippers. 


Nail scissors were definitely a must have and way better than clippers.  I definitely needed the bouncer, my son loved it!  A car seat was a must have but the infant carrier was a total waste for us.  

nonmember avatar Jesse

My son hated being swaddled & would freak out when anyone did it. Other than that this list is pretty dead on...

nonmember avatar Meandonlyme

Half of my "must haves" for my first kid got thrown in the attic for my second. But yeah, diapers, car seat and a good trash system will always be good!!

nonmember avatar Cynthia

You don't need the swaddle blankets if you learn how to swaddle, and the activity mat is rather useless if you put toys on a blanket. The baby monitor really depends on the size of your house and what you do during the day. If you have older kids, this can be very helpful as you can get outside with them while the wee one is sleeping. And a good carrier is a lifesaver! The big thing is to find one that supports and fits both you and baby properly, and to avoid the crotch danglers!

LSeab... LSeabolt1982

Agree minus the body carrier, and swaddle blankets. I had them and it was such a waste of money. Both my kids HATED them.

nonmember avatar Samantha

I think this list is silly. You dont NEED much for a baby. No baby is exactly like another, so there is no "one size fits all" list of "needs". Technically you NEED a place for them to sleep, diapers, & blankets. You might WANT a baby back pack or bouncy seat or or or. You get my point.

nonmember avatar Samantha

Oh and baby clothes. Oops. That one is common sense anyways, but technically you NEED those.

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

The only thing I don't agree with is monitor. I have two and don't use either. Baby is with me always.

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