Baby essentials for the new mom

I saw the Name Train letters in a trendy baby boutique in San Francisco

I remember being pregnant with my first baby and spending a good amount of time reading through Amazon reviews to figure out what the best baby products are.   I didn’t want to clutter up my home with nonessential baby paraphernalia.  I was also looking for the best combination of value, style,  and functionality.  Luckily, I had my sister-in-law and a few good friends with young babies who helped me out with recommendations.  Below are some of the baby products that I couldn’t live without.  It’s not the complete list, but hopefully it’s a good start for you.


  • Baby bath tube.  This one has an infant sling that allows you to use both hands.  I used it up to the first year.  It’s also a great value.
  • California Baby body wash.  Both my boys had eczema and this is very gentle on their skin and was recommended by our dermatologist.
  • Hooded bath towels.  Easy to dry your baby’s hair and body at the same time.
  • Comb for baby’s hair
  • Piyo Piyo nail scissors.  Do not use baby nail clippers.  I love this nail scissor.  It’s works great and is so darn cute.
Piyo Piyo scissors
Baby iPod


  • Little Einstein “iPod
  • Freddie the Firefly
  • Fisher Price swing. Very useful, even if it keeps your baby happy for only a few minutes so you can attend to personal business….


  • Miracle Blanket.  The nurses at the hospital make swaddling look so easy.  No matter what I did, the baby’s arm always came out… until my wise friend recommended this blanket.  Don’t be scared that it comes with an instruction sheet.  It’s not hard and it works.
  • Fisher Price rock and play sleeper.  This is especially handy during the early days when babies spit up so much.  This allows your baby to sleep in a slightly upright position.  This also has a rocking function that has been proven to be helpful for my two babies.
  • Arms Reach co-sleeper.   I would only  recommend this if you are planning on having your baby in your room.  I only used this with baby #2 for three months before I moved him into his own room with the regular crib.  It is also quite small so it will not last long.  It was quite helpful during the infant days because you can reach over and pick up your baby without having to get out of bed every time you have to nurse.
  • Crib and mattress.  This is a matter of personal taste and style. I would highly recommend getting a lighter mattress so that it is easier to change the sheets.



  • Two sets of fitted sheets and mattress protectors.  Place both sets on the mattress.  That way, if there is a diaper blow out in the middle of the night, you just take off the first set of fitted sheets and mattress protector and you have a second set ready to go.
  • Aden and Anais swaddlers.  These are great for all purposes: car seat cover, emergency spit up cloth, changing cover, etc.   My 19 month old son uses them still as his blankets and lovey.

Nursing and pumping:

  • Burp clothes by the dozen.  I recommend these because they are soft and absorbent.
  • Refer to this post for pumping supplies.


  • Diaper Genie and refills
  • Changing pad and cover
  • Honest diaper cream for serious rashes
  • Burt’s Bees 2 in 1 diaper cream and baby powder for general maintenance.  You’re not suppose to use the powder form of diaper powder.  This goes on as a cream but drys into a powder.
  • Pamper’s swaddlers diapers
  • Diaper bag.  I made the mistake of buying a cute canvas Kate Spade diaper bag.  I never used it because it was so heavy.  Diaper bags are generally ugly and/or expensive.  Buy a light weight washable tote bag and put a purse organizer inside.  I bought the large size.
Diaper bag organizer


  • Bottles and nipples.  You will have to experiment and find the brand your baby likes best, unless you’re lucky and have an easy going baby.
  • OXO brush.  Great brush that allows you to clean the bottle and nipples.
  • Bottle warmer.  It’s convenient to have but I can’t recommend a specific brand because I didn’t love the one I purchased.


  • Onesies
  • long sleeve one piece pajamas with zippers (fast and easy to change diapers).
  • Socks.  I especially like the Trumpette socks because they are cute, soft, and have grippers on the bottom.
  • bibs
Trumpette socks

For the mom:

  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing tanks
  • Leggings
  • Cozy wrap cardigan.  I lived in these and I still use it.
My favorite cozy wrap

Are there items that you couldn’t live without?  What would you add to this list?

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13 thoughts on “Baby essentials for the new mom

  1. What useful tips! Love the one about doubling up on the mattress protector and sheets! And the darn cute Piyo Piyo scissors! Keep the posts coming! Looking forward to the next one 🙂

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      1. Congrats on your blog Melissa ! I’ll be following as I’m expecting a girl this April 🙂
        Maria Landaez


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