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Must-Have Newborn Checklist

What does a baby really need in the first weeks at home?

The answer is: probably not even half of the stuff you put on your registry

BUT, there are some baby essentials you want to make sure you have ready. 

There is so much information out there, and it’s hard to know where to begin. This is for all you 1st-time moms out there that are as overwhelmed as I was. I am here to help simplify and save you time on researching baby necessities. I’ve provided you with all that I learned as a new mom and what newborn essentials you actually will need.

From what you should splurge on to what you should save your money on, I laid it all out so you can save yourself time. Below let’s chat about the entire list of newborn must-haves, plus I added a few baby product suggestions that worked for us. 


I’m a planner, so when I found out I was pregnant, I wanted to dive right on into research. What did I need for pregnancy, what do I need to do to prepare for our baby, what should I put on my registry, what is the best of the best for strollers, car seats, cribs… my mind was swirling. I was having a hard time where to even start. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent researching and obsessing over every detail. I wanted to make sure I was getting the best for the baby and not wasting money on unnecessary items. 

I’m going to make it very easy for you and lay out my best tips, tricks, and advice for making sure you have all of the essentials when a newborn comes + all those things you aren’t sure if you should get or not.

Being prepared with the items below will get you through the first couple of months and ensure that your baby is comfortable, well-fed, and has everything they need. Let’s first go over the absolute must-haves:

You will want the following items on hand.


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I recommend getting a pack of newborns and size 1 to start. Sometimes babies go straight to a size 1 diaper, but you really just don’t know until the arrival of your baby.

Ours was in newborn size for over two months before he bumped up to size 1 diapers.

I recommend Huggies and DON’T recommend Honest Company. We had way more blowouts with Honest Company diapers. Huggies seem to be the best for no leakage or blowouts. Here are the ones we still use today


Huggies Newborn Diapers, Little Snugglers Baby Diapers, Size Newborn (up to 10 lbs), 31 Count



You will need baby wipes… and LOTS of them.

This is where I DO recommend the Honest Company brand. There are no harsh chemicals to irritate your baby’s skin, so it’s easy on your baby’s sensitive skin.

We’ve used these since our baby boy was born, and we have YET to have any diaper rash. Oh, and they are multi-purpose. You can use them to clean up little messes, especially when you start with solid foods!


The Honest Company Clean Conscious Wipes | 99% Water, Compostable, Plant-Based, Baby Wipes | Hypoallergenic, EWG Verified | Pattern Play, 720 Count


Honestly, I didn’t think my baby liked to be swaddled, but I later realized we just didn’t have him in the right one. I invested in some SwaddleMes, and that’s when the 4-6 hour stretches started happening.

We tried them alllllll, but SwaddleMe worked best in the end. It takes a minute to get good at, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes effortless to tuck them in super snug, so their hands don’t emerge from their neck. If you know, you know. 

Also, make sure you have at least three swaddles on hand. Your baby WILL pee, poop, throw up, do all the things on swaddles.

I remember one particular night Atlas went through so many swaddles that he had none left by morning. You don’t want to be doing laundry in the middle of the night with a crying baby. So do yourself a favor and had enough on hand.

SwaddleMe Easy Change Swaddle - Size Small/Medium, 0-3 Months, 3-Pack (Love)


Did you know that a newborn’s skin peels and is super dry. It was a surprise to me. I mean, I guess it makes sense, but I was not prepared. Our son was so dry and peeling like crazy, especially on his hands and feet. 

Honest Company lotion and the Beauty Counter oil were lifesavers. All you have to do is apply it while your baby is having a bottle or distracted with something, and it worked like a charm. 


The Honest Company Hydrating Face + Body Lotion | Fast Absorbing, Naturally Derived, Hypoallergenic | Fragrance Free Sensitive, 8.5 fl oz


Even if you are breastfeeding, you may need a break, or something might come up where you will need your baby to be bottle-fed.

Get a few differently brand’s of bottles to test out. Don’t be surprised if it takes a while to find the one that works for your baby. My baby initially liked Comotomo for the 1st week or so, then Num bottles, and ultimately Dr. Brown’s. It’s all trial and error, BUT the Dr. Brown’s seems to be a pretty safe bet.


Dr. Brown's Natural Flow® Anti-Colic Options+™ Narrow Baby Bottles 8 oz/250 mL, with Level 1 Slow Flow Nipple, 4 Pack, 0m+


In the 1st few months, your baby will most likely sleep in your bedroom in a bassinet. The Halo Bassinest Premiere Series is fantastic!

It basically has all the bells and whistles and is really beneficial if you are breastfeeding. The side bar easily pushes down, so you can get your little one for feedings seamlessly. It’s a really nice bassinet.

Some of the features include:

  • The sides are mesh
  • It vibrates
  • has a sound machine built in
  • pockets on the side
  • swivels for easy maneuvering
  • + more! 

HALO BassiNest Swivel Baby Bassinet, Soothing Center, Vibration and Sound, Luxe Series, Dove Grey Tweed

Another great option for daytime is a portable bassinet!

Another lifesaver for daytime naps is a portable bassinet like a Moses basket. I strongly recommend investing in one. We invested in a Moses basket is also worth every penny.

I got mine from Plum and Sparrow, which are a little pricier, but so amazing and cute. If you end up getting the Plum and Sparrow basket, you can actually get a stand with it and use that as your full-time bassinet. 

Here is another great option found on Amazon:




Trendy Baby Changing Basket- Unisex Baby Moses Basket Set Of 4 Pieces, Waterproof Pad Cover, Caddy Diaper Organizer,Cotton Blanket - Boho Basket - Nursery Decor - Bassinet Changing Table Topper


You will use A LOT of these.

There will be plenty of drool, milk, spit-up, plus more special surprises.

Always keep one on hand. You’ll want the cute, trendy ones at first, but save yourself the money on this one and purchase this item in bulk. I bought cheap ones in bulk from Amazon. Practicality over style for this one.



Lovely Care 12 Pack Muslin Burp Cloths 100% Cotton Muslin Cloths Large 20''x10'' Extra Soft and Absorbent Baby Burping Cloth - White


Multi-packs of onesies (short-sleeved or long-sleeved depending on what season you are in). Multi-pack of socks OR some booties. We put booties on our son because he had humongous feet, and we couldn’t find socks that fit.

The six months and older were too wide around the ankle, and the 0-6 were just too dang small. Get pajamas with footies. Some little hats keep them warm during the day and baby mittens (they WILL scratch their face… its help).

Side note:  This is coming from someone who went overboard… don’t go overboard with the clothes. They will grow out of newborns anywhere from within weeks to a few months. I had so many outfits that he didn’t even get to all of them.

Plus, we had Atlas in the midst of the pandemic, and not a damn soul saw him in his cute outfits except my husband and me. So here is what you will need, though.



Gerber unisex-baby Short Sleeve Onesies Bodysuits


You will need some sort of baby tub for your little one.

The one below is great because it grows with your baby until they can sit up on their own and don’t need a baby bath any longer.


Fisher-Price Baby to Toddler Bath 4-In-1 Sling ‘N Seat Tub with Removable Infant Support and 2 Toys, Pacific Pebble


Honest Company has a great all-in-one that not only our baby uses, us adults can, too! It’s gentle, smells amazing, and there are no harsh chemicals.


The Honest Company Silicone-Free Conditioner & 2-in-1 Cleansing Shampoo + Body Wash Duo | Gentle for Baby | Naturally Derived | Lavender Calm, 20 fl oz

Tubby Todd is another fantastic brand, especially if your baby has sensitive skin. Here’s 10% off


TUBBY TODD BATH CO. The Regulars Bundle - Lavender and Rosemary


To get in some good tummy time, an activity mat is a great idea. Or maybe you just need a quick fiver? The activity mat is perfect to keep your baby happy and occupied while you get a break. Our baby hated swings and baby carriers, so this was our one saving grace.

This should definitely be a baby registry item, because they can get a bit pricey. If you’re looking to save some money, Facebook Marketplace is actually a great place to find gently used items like an activity mat. So, you might want to check there if you are looking to save a few bucks. 


Fisher-Price Baby Playmat Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym with Musical -Toy Lights & Smart Stages Learning Content for Newborn to Toddler



We got the FridaBaby’s Baby Basics Kit.

It comes with a snot sucker, gas passers, baby nail clippers and nail file, and a skin soother.

You will use EVERYTHING, including the gas passer. Yup, desperate times call for desperate measures when your little one is suffering from gas pain.

My baby came out with claws, dry skin, tummy issues, and we used EVERYTHING in this kit within the 1st two months. The skin soother was great to put shampoo on and scrub his head.


Frida Baby Grooming Kit Includes Finger Brush with Storage Stand Hair Brush with Case Styling Hair Comb Easy Grip Nail Scissors with Nail File and Case


You will be going to your baby’s very 1st doctor appointment just 1 week after your baby is earthside.

Also, a lot of hospitals won’t even let you leave the hospital if you don’t have an infant car seat, so make sure you check with your hospital before buying one.


We got the Maxi Cosi Mico 30 that comes with the base.

MMaxi-COSI Maxi-Cosi Mico Luxe Infant Car Seat, Rear-Facing for Babies from 4-30 lbs, New Hope Navy

I also got this mirror to ease my mind, lol. I was usually in the back with him why my husband drove, but there were a few times I was driving alone with him, and I hated that I couldn’t see him.





Shynerk Baby Car Mirror, Safety Car Seat Mirror for Rear Facing Infant with Wide Crystal Clear View, Shatterproof, Fully Assembled, Crash Tested and Certified


WRAPPING UP: Must-Have Newborn Checklist

So that’s my list of baby essentials that got me through the first couple months. There are lots of other items I could add to the list that made life a little easier, but these are the absolute MUST-HAVE items. Don’t worry, I will share my newborn baby lifesaver items next week!

About Morgan Wender

I’m a boy mom, dog mom, bee mom, lover of all things Disney, and lover of making the best out of this chaotic life of mine. I created this platform to share my life, and help normalize “big topic” motherhood issues. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between.Now that you know a little about me, I would love to know more about you! Find me over on Instagram, and shoot me a DM if you would like to chat!the journey

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