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Newborn Essentials

Sarah C. Blaut
The list author says: "This is a list of products that my husband and I feel are indispensable for new parents! It's a work in progress."
BABYBJORN BabySitter Balance, Brown/Beige (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
BABYBJORN BabySitter Balance, Brown/Beige (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This is a fantastic seat! Our son has GERD and this really helped not only with digestive issues but also as a comfy place to nap and veg out."
Boppy Newborn Lounger, Seed Row (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Boppy Newborn Lounger, Seed Row (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This was a lifesaver for the first 2 months!"
UPPAbaby Vista Stroller, Green Carlin (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
UPPAbaby Vista Stroller, Green Carlin (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This is a great stroller for the suburbs!"
Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base, Adventure (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base, Adventure (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"We use this (with an adapter) in conjunction with our Uppababy Vista stroller. It's great, and our son falls asleep in it whenever we put him in the car, so I theorize that it must be pretty comfortable!"
Graco Modern Pack 'N Play Playard with Bassinet and Changer, Zurich (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Graco Modern Pack 'N Play Playard with Bassinet and Changer, Zurich (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This pack-n-play was fantastic. It is easy to put together and has great features: a bassinet and a little electronic hub that plays lullabies, has a light, and vibrates the cradle. It folds up and fits in a closet. Also, when your baby outgrows the bassinet, it is removable and your child can sleep or play in the lower portion. I never used the changing table, but it's a great option to have."
Fisher-Price Cradle 'N Swing, Luv U Zoo (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Fisher-Price Cradle 'N Swing, Luv U Zoo (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This swing is the greatest thing since sliced bread! It moves side-to-side which keeps his head from flopping forward. It is noisier than some of the more expensive models, but it works like a dream."
Mattel The Sing-A-Ma-Jigs - Dark Purple
Mattel The Sing-A-Ma-Jigs - Dark Purple
"Our son adores this toy. It's fun and interactive."
Sassy Floor Mirror, Blue
Sassy Floor Mirror, Blue
"Babies love mirrors!"
Tiny Love Sweet Island Dreams Mobile
Tiny Love Sweet Island Dreams Mobile
"Love this! It helps our little one drift off..."
Brilliant Beginnings Gift Set
Brilliant Beginnings Gift Set
"Great toys for newborns."
Playtex Diaper Genie Elite Diaper Disposal Pail, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Playtex Diaper Genie Elite Diaper Disposal Pail, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"We love this! Easy to use and easy to change the inserts. It keeps the smells out of the room efficiently."
Burts Bees Baby Shampoo and Wash, 12 Fluid Ounce
Burts Bees Baby Shampoo and Wash, 12 Fluid Ounce
"Lovely, with a fresh, mild scent."
Kirkland Baby Wipes - Unscented - 900 ct
Kirkland Baby Wipes - Unscented - 900 ct
"Cheap and effective. Soft and perfume/dye free."
Method 8X Concentrated Laundry Detergent, Free and Clear, 50 Loads
Method 8X Concentrated Laundry Detergent, Free and Clear, 50 Loads
"This stuff is great because it is free of dyes and perfumes but doesn't leave your clothes feeling like cardboard."
Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump Backpack
Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump Backpack
"Expensive, but excellent. It works well and is nice and discrete for pumping at work."
Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads 60 Count Box
Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads 60 Count Box
"I tried several other brands and these are the best. They stay put and have wide coverage."
Dr. Brown's BPA Free Polypropylene Natural Flow Wide Neck Bottle, 8 Ounce, 3 Count
Dr. Brown's BPA Free Polypropylene Natural Flow Wide Neck Bottle, 8 Ounce, 3 Count
"These are really great for babies with digestive issues. Helps to keep the food in! Only downside to these bottles is that they have numerous parts to wash. Get the wide neck, not the regular. Closer to an actual nipple."
Dr. Brown's Bottle Brush
Dr. Brown's Bottle Brush
"Really great brush for getting into the nooks and crannies. The stand is really great, so it stays clean."
Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle Blanket, Beige
Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle Blanket, Beige
"This is an amazing product. It works wonders to calm a baby and help him sleep. A must have!"
HALO SleepSack Micro-Fleece Wearable Blanket, Baby Blue, Large
HALO SleepSack Micro-Fleece Wearable Blanket, Baby Blue, Large
"Great product for cozy sleep. We switched to this after we stopped swaddling and our baby absolutely loves it. It is very soft and warm."
The Happiest Baby on the Block
The Happiest Baby on the Block
"This man is a genius. Get this book! It will help you calm your crying/screaming newborn."
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer
"If you don't have time to read the book, this DVD will do the trick as well. It made a huge difference for us."
Be Prepared
Be Prepared
"I got this for my husband as a Christmas present, but I found it extremely useful and hilarious as well."
Diaper Dude Messenger II Diaper Bag, Black
Diaper Dude Messenger II Diaper Bag, Black
"Great unisex diaper bag. Holds a ton and has convenient spots for bottles and everything else!"
aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blanket, Jungle Jam, 4 count
aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blanket, Jungle Jam, 4 count
"These are great for swaddling and as light sun-blankets when out and about in the stroller."
Dwinguler Safari Large Kid's Playmat
Dwinguler Safari Large Kid's Playmat
"This is the most amazing play mat. Perfect for tummy time and learning to crawl. Easy to clean and safe for baby. You can find it cheaper elsewhere!"