My Baby Must Haves

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I am currently expecting baby #3 and I have learned over time what “must-haves” are really must-haves when it comes to babies.

I asked some of my readers what their must-haves were and this is what they shared:

  • “A ‘carrier’ carseat – if they fall asleep in the car, you can get them in the house without waking them up”
  • “Baby sling, burp rags, extra onesies, hand mits and a bassinet; a good nipple ointment if breastfeeding”
  • “Butt paste, gas drops, co-sleeper, Hylands homeopathic cold medicine, amber teething necklace”
  • “Sleep sacks”
  • “Diapers and blankets”

I agree that those are some great “must-haves”!

If I were to give a new, first time mommy a list of “must-haves”, these would be it:

Baby Must Haves My Baby Must Haves

  1. The carrier car seat for sure! You need a carseat before you leave the hospital and while you will have to upgrade later dependent on weight, the carrier type carseat is great when they are little. With Buddy, we would be able to carry the carrier in with sleeping baby and set in his crib without worrying about waking him (he was a pill to get to sleep!) PS: The carrier car seat and stroller combos are great!
  2. Diapers, diapers, diapers! I have read that if you are cloth diapering, you should start with 36 diapers – a dozen for each day with washing every other day. If using disposables, I would recommend at least two packs to get you through the first few days!
  3. Wipes – again, cloth or disposable based on your preference.
  4. Feeding. If you are nursing, I highly recommend Lansinoh Lanolin for soreness relief. If you are formula feeding, you will need bottles and formula.
  5. Sleeping quarters. Again, this will depend on your preference. With Buggy (#1) we were given a bassinet that we used before moving her to her own room in her own crib. With Buddy (#2) the bassinet did not work for him. We ended up moving his crib in our room next to the bed and then moving the entire crib into his own room. I will do the same with #3 so really, no bassinet is needed.
  6. Fitted sheets for the crib mattress.
  7. Receiving blankets for swaddling and covering baby when needed.
  8. Boppy pillow if nursing. I would not have survived without mine!
  9. Clothing, onesies. We wear lots and lots of onesies!
  10. Gripe water! I learned with Buddy that whatever I ate would impact him and how dearly I paid for that! Fortunately, Gripe Water is natural and worked wonders at breaking down the gas in Buddy’s baby tummy!
  11. A swing! I could not survive motherhood without a swing! There were many a night my kids spent the night in a swing. Buggy slept in one as a baby when she got a cold. Buddy would sleep in one many nights because it was the only way he would sleep! It is a definite must-have at my house!

What would your list of “must-haves” include?

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About Leila

Leila is a part time office manager, full time Masters student in social work, mommy to Buggy (aka Mini Me), Buddy, and Lil Miss (aka Baby Girl), as well as 4 fur babies and a hubby! Leila shares the ups and downs as Life as Leels by way of book reviews, recipes, crafts/do-it-yourself, mental health awareness, parenting, and local events.


  1. One thing I didn’t realize I would need right away is nursing pads. I can’t believe how much I leaked when my milk came in. It can be embarrassing if you don’t have pads! And I love the washable kind!
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    • Yes! I did miss those! I am going to try the washable kind this time around! :) Where do you prefer to purchase yours?

  2. There is NO one that should ever be without a Boppy Pillow!!! :)
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  3. You have a great list already so far.
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  4. My daughter is one and I still use the boppy. I don’t breast feed anymore. She likes to lay on it on the floor. So it stays in the living room.
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  5. I swore by my Moby Wrap and still do. I pass it around to my friends to use for their babies! I love your suggestions as well!
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  6. Great list. I think all of these will be at the top of most people’s lists.
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  7. I’ll definitely have to remember this when it is time for me!
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  8. I swear by my boppy. I loved that thing for the boys.
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  9. Heather Bryant says:

    I really think you hit the nail on the head with your suggestions!
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