The Baby Products Every Newborn Mama Needs

A few weeks ago I found myself running around Babies R Us with my little man when I ran into a couple that looked like they were registering for their first babe. They looked totally overwhelmed. So being the super nice nosy mama that I am, I offered a little advice. And asked if they wanted some help figuring out what they really needed right away on their list and what they could wait to get until they figured out if they actually needed it. They took me up on my offer and the following thirty minutes taught me two things:

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2. While there are a lot of baby products that you buy based on your lifestyle and baby’s personality {high chairs, strollers, baby swings, etc.}, there are some things that are universal.

So how does this benefit you? Well if you happen to run into me at a local baby store and want help registering, RJ and I are obviously game for that. BUT: If you’re looking for a real list of what you need right away for your new baby {not that “Buy this! Buy that!” list they give you at the baby store}, you’re in luck. Because I’m about to share it with you.

Products you can use for any newborn:

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  • Swaddling blankets. These are essential! I really like the Aden & Anais brand from Target {their brand for Target is less expensive than you’ll find elsewhere and they’re the same thing} but try out different brands if you don’t believe me. These are just the best ones I’ve found.
  • Halo sleep sacks. Again, I prefer the Halo brand because that’s what they used in my hospital when RJ was born. Get some of these before you have your baby or you’ll be sending your mom out to find them for you {like I did}. These replace the need for blankets while your tiny babe is sleeping – and significantly reduce the risk of SIDS. They come in summer and winter fabrics depending on when your little one is born.
  • A glider for your nursery {or living room}. TRY THEM OUT before you buy. Make sure that the back goes up over your head so that you can rest your head and neck while you’re rocking – some of them aren’t that tall. Make sure it’s comfy – I know that some of these look overly padded but trust me: you’ll probably be spending a lot of time in this thing. Ours is from Target and we LOVE it!
  • A Boppy/Mambo/c-shaped pillow. We have a Mambo, but it really doesn’t matter what brand you buy. These pillows will grow with your babe. When RJ was a newborn, I would set him in the center to snuggle up next to me while I worked. It helped support him when I fed him. It’s great for tummy time. It helps him sit up. There are tons of uses for this thing, so register for it!
  • Lots of burp cloths and bibs. I think this is self explanatory – but however many you think you’re going to need, double it. There’s nothing worse than needing a burp cloth and realizing that they’re all in the wash.
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  • The ABC Baby line: Ok, I realize I’m a little biased on this one. But I LOVE the Arbonne baby products because they’re all natural, chemical free and gluten free. The brands at the store just don’t offer the same peace of mind that these products do. Gluten can actually irritate baby’s sensitive skin and cause little eczema patches to flare up. And chemicals obviously absorb into their little bodies {in just 26 seconds!}, they don’t just sit on top of their skin. We’re definitely a Baby Arbonne household {and if you want to try the products, email me {cortney.galster@gmail.com}.

    Next up: Baby products you buy based on your lifestyle.

    Tell me in the comments: what infant products could you never live without?

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  • Mandy March 23, 2013, 4:38 pm

    I know several mamas who, despite initially thinking it wasn’t so necessary, were enamored with and dependent on the Itzbeen Pocket Nanny: http://amzn.to/YvR6Kx Not an *essential* and maybe would fit better with your next post topic, but it’s been a fun gift for baby showers.

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  • Victoria from the Busy House Big Heart March 24, 2013, 5:37 am

    This is a great list! I wish I had it when I was shopping for my first born. Thankfully we use everything we bought, but some things could have waited.

    I would add Car Seat to this list. It is a definitely must have :)

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  • Sarah B. March 30, 2013, 8:39 pm

    I would add the plastic wipe off bibs for when you start introducing solid foods. I love that I can just sponge them off when we are done and they dry super fast too! We also love our Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Rocker! It was awesome for the early months when reflux was bad. We would sit him in it after he was done with his baba to keep him upright. At 10 months old it is something he still uses. Now he can sit himself in it and get himself up all on his own. We also love Tommee Tippee bottles, sippy cups and pacifiers! Oh yes, and our Alva Baby cloth diapers! We have yet to regret choosing to go cloth. Little guy rarely has a rash and I love the fact we are keeping all those nasty chemicals off of his sensitive skin. Wish we could afford the Arbonne skin care products for the little guy (RJ is one lucky baby!), but right now the best we can do is Aveeno for his sensitive skin.

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  • Sarah B. March 30, 2013, 8:39 pm

    I would add the plastic wipe off bibs for when you start introducing solid foods. I love that I can just sponge them off when we are done and they dry super fast too! We also love our Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Rocker! It was awesome for the early months when reflux was bad. We would sit him in it after he was done with his baba to keep him upright. At 10 months old it is something he still uses. Now he can sit himself in it and get himself up all on his own. We also love Tommee Tippee bottles, sippy cups and pacifiers! Oh yes, and our Alva Baby cloth diapers! We have yet to regret choosing to go cloth. Little guy rarely has a rash and I love the fact we are keeping all those nasty chemicals off of his sensitive skin. Wish we could afford the Arbonne skin care products for the little guy (RJ is one lucky baby!), but right now the best we can do is Aveeno for his sensitive skin.

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