baby basics

Baby Basics: The Bare Minimum You Need When Bringing Home Baby

If you take a few moments to look at all that is obaby basicsut there for a new baby, it will quickly become overwhelming. How do you know what you really need, what’s helpful but not necessary, and what is a waste of money? Babies are pretty simple, and they really don’t require as much as people think. In our second post in the Baby Basics series, I’m going to provide you with a rundown of the bare necessities for your new little one. This list will be helpful for those who are minimalists, have limited space, are overwhelmed by the selection of “stuff,” are on a budget, or are waiting until after baby arrives to shop.

Baby Basics

At the absolute minimum, you will need the following for your new baby. Be warned, this list is not as long as you may be anticipating.

  • Going home outfit
  • Carseat
    • PRO TIP: I recommend getting your car seat installation checked by a CPST to ensure you have a safe and secure install. You can find one here.
  • 7-10 bodysuits/onesies
  • A few outfits
    • Something to wear when you take baby to the doctor or on a walk around the block
  • Newborn diapers (1-2 small packs, depending on how many diapers are in the pack. You don’t know how big your baby will be, and they grow fast. You don’t want to end up with an abundance of diapers that are too small). On average, your baby will initially go through 8-12 diapers daily, depending on how often they’re feeding.
    • PRO TIP: Save the receipts for any diapers you buy in case you need to exchange for size. Tape the receipt to the package.
  • Wipes
  • 3 Swaddle blankets or sacks
  • 2 Bassinet/Crib sheets (depending on where baby will be sleeping)
  • Changing pad and 2 covers
  • Burp Cloths
  • Towel, Wash Cloths, Baby Soap/Shampoo
    • A baby tub can make bath time easier. I like that this tub takes you from the newborn stage through sitting.
  • Sheet Protector Pads
    • Either the chux pads or the white fabric ones that look like thin cloth diapers. You’ll put these on the mattress and under the sheet in case there are any leaks when baby is sleeping. These are also great to put on changing pads in case there is an accident during changing.
  • A baby wrap
    • I prefer a light weight ring sling or a stretchy wrap. Having a way to keep your baby safe and feeling secure, while still allowing you use of your hands is a necessity
    • Some of our favorites are: the Moby wrap, Baby K’tan (this is a sized wrap, so make sure to check their charts before ordering), and Sakura Bloom ring sling (hands down my personal FAVORITE carrier).

New babies really don’t need much. Try not to overthink it. These baby basics are a great starting point and you can always buy more “stuff” as you see the need. You’re going to do great!


Additional Reading

Breastfeeding Basics – What You Need to Breastfeed Successfully

Hospital “Go” Bag – What Do I Need to Bring to the Hospital?

5 Things You Don’t Have to Do (Just Because You’re Hiring a Doula)


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