12 Days of Baby Stuff: Newborn Essentials

by tinysneakers

Time for Day 2 of baby stuff overload! Here’s Day 1 on Breastfeeding Essentials if you missed it.


Today is all about the early days- the newborn stuff to get you through those first few weeks!

Newborn Essentials


1. Boppy Newborn Lounger If you’re a first time mom-to-be you may not even fathom the idea of wanting to put your baby down, but sometimes you’re going to have to. Especially if you’d like to eat with 2 hands or pee by yourself. This is the way to go- it keeps them all nestled, snug, and safe.

2. Rock ‘N Play Sleeper Love this for so many reasons: easy to move around the house {lightweight & folds}, easily rocks with a push from your foot, keeps baby on incline {awesome for reflux, which most infants struggle with at least a little}, makes it easy to keep baby bedside in the early days. It also helped us transition K from our room to his nursery without changing things up on him too much. Once he was ok with the nursery we put him in the crib. This was also great for traveling until he outgrew it. Winking smile

3. Baby K’Tan Baby Carrier If I could only pick one piece of baby gear to have, this would be it. I don’t know how I would have functioned the first few weeks {months?!} without it. It’s comfy, cozy, and secure for even the tiniest of babies, super easy to put on {it’s just 2 loops- no long material to deal with}, and comfortable enough to wear all day long. Wrapping K up in the Baby K’Tan was one of the only ways I could calm him down during the early months.

4. Bouncy Seat I’ll admit K didn’t completely love this, but there was a couple weeks where he did and it was so nice to be able to put him down, let him bat at the hanging animals, and let momma get a shower. {I put the bouncy seat in the tub and kept an eye on him from the shower- it was nice while it lasted.}

5. Portable Swing Kabes liked this less than the bouncy seat, but I think that’s pretty rare in baby land. Most babes love swings. I like this one because it’s so small, yet still cozy and sturdy. I didn’t need baby equipment taking over my whole house. {Please don’t ask what my house looks like NOW…}

6. Velour/Sherpa Blanket I had a winter baby so this was vital. These blankets are SO soft and snugly, I wish I had one for myself. K has 3 and we use them all the time.

7. Mulituse Changing Pads Did you hear babies poop a lot? Yeah, that’s no joke. We were constantly doing diaper changings the first few weeks, and having one of these changing pads within reach at all times was such a time saver.

8. Kimono Shirts with Mitten Cuffs. Again with the frequent diaper changes thing- not having to unsnap a onsie to get to a diaper is really convenient- especially at 3am. And 4am. And 5am… The fold over mitten cuffs protect that precious baby face from razor sharp newborn nails and you don’t have to worry about them falling off.

9. Hairdryer. I’m so serious. Even if you already have one, buy an extra one. The white noise from the hairdryer was like baby crack. It was one of the few things that would get K to stop crying and to sleep when he was in the height of his reflux/colicky-ness. My hairdryer didn’t leave the living room for months. My hair was a disaster. Winking smile

10. OH! I forgot my all time newborn necessity {after the K’tan}- a stability ball. I ran around like a fool trying to bounce, sway, and dance my crying baby into slumber. It was a good work out, but exhausting. Sitting on a stability ball and gently {or not so gently} bouncing away was much more soothing- for both of us!


{There’s a couple things missing from this list because they’re coming later- like swaddles!}

What are your early newborn days favorites?


See all the lists here: Favorite Baby Essentials

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie @ Live from La Quinta December 5, 2012 at 8:49 am

As a new grandma I appreciate the list. Now I have some ideas what they may need. Thanks!


Coco December 5, 2012 at 9:01 am

As long as your dog doesn’t bark at the hairdryer …. that’s why that never worked for us!


tinysneakers December 5, 2012 at 10:42 am

Haha true- that would certainly make that backfire!


Kierston December 5, 2012 at 11:48 am

I have a sherpah blanket and it’s awesome!


Natalie @ will jog for food December 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Love your lists! I will definitely be stocking up on these 🙂


Kristin December 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I must say I am LOVING your 12 Days of Baby lists. But I have to ask, how do you create that cool graphic at the begging of your posts? Do you need special fancy photo editing software or is there and easier simple way to do it? I would love to create something like this. Let me know!


tinysneakers December 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

I used Photoshop Elements, but you can easily do the same thing with Paint.NET, Picasa, or PicMonkey (all free)!


Kristin December 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Thank you!


Sarah December 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

Thank you so much for these posts! I am bookmarking all of them 🙂 I’m 18 weeks pregnant right now and we’re hoping to register after the first of the year so this will come in handy!


Megan December 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Great list, I’m enjoying looking through these. I am a first time mom to a baby girl who will be 2 months old tomorrow. We got the Rock ‘n Play for a shower gift and she has slept well in it since we brought her home. How did K transition to the crib from that? I am nervous that she won’t go to sleeping flat well (most naps happen in the swing, and I’m sure you understand that anywhere a nap will happen is acceptable at this point!)


tinysneakers December 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Congrats on the baby girl! We started by letting him sleep in the rock n play in his room (as opposed to ours), then started putting him in his cribs for naps, then moved to night time. We were only able to get him comfortable in the crib once his reflux was under control- we tried propping the mattress on an angle but he moved too much for that to work. If he was ever having a rough night we just put him back in the rock n play- until he was able to turn over in that!!


Megan December 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

Thanks for the response! We will start with the rock n play in her room and go from there, good thinking. I guess I’ll just try to relax and enjoy the time she does sleep and gradually work toward it so we are ready to transition when she’s more mobile 🙂


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