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Newborn Essentials

G. J. Ward
The list author says: "I spent the 9 months of my pregnancy researching baby products in anticipation of my first child. I asked friends, read blogs and even scoured listmania trying to find the most essential, practical and high quality baby products available. These are my favorites..."
UPPAbaby Vista Stroller, Cole/Slate (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
UPPAbaby Vista Stroller, Cole/Slate (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"The best high end stroller out there. You could pay more for a Bugaboo or the Orbit, but why when this one does everything they do. It even comes with a bassinet, as well as a rain cover and bug net. It has a huge basket that can hold up to 12 pounds. I use it for grocery shopping. Plus it's sleek and modern. Everywhere I go I get comments about how cool it is."
UPPAbaby Infant Snugseat Insert, Cream/Grey (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
UPPAbaby Infant Snugseat Insert, Cream/Grey (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This allows you to use the stroller seat while baby is still little. In lieu of the bassinet I used the snugseat from day one."
Cloud b On The Go Travel Sound Machine Soother, Gentle Giraffe
Cloud b On The Go Travel Sound Machine Soother, Gentle Giraffe
"I brought this to the hospital and put in my sons bassinet. He loves the running water sound, which is similar to a heartbeat or white noise.  We use it every night in his crib. I can also take it in the car or stroller.  Now he knows when he hears this sound that it's bedtime. I recommend the "On the Go" size for newborns as it's a better size for small babies."
aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blanket, Jungle Jam, 4 count
aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blanket, Jungle Jam, 4 count
"Get these!! Actually buy two packs. They work for everything from swaddling to burp cloths and stroller blankets to a nursing cover."
aden + anais rayon from bamboo fiber muslin swaddle 3-pack, mela
aden + anais rayon from bamboo fiber muslin swaddle 3-pack, mela
"Made from Bamboo so they're softer than the original aden + anais blankets. These are great for swaddling in the hot summer months.  I recommend getting one pack of the bamboo and one of the original."
Happiest Baby on the Block DVD
Happiest Baby on the Block DVD
"Do yourself a favor and get this now! Our baby cried for the first five days, then we used the 5 S's and suddenly we were sleeping 4-5 hours at night as was our baby and he was happy as a clam. Run, don't walk. It's a miracle worker."
Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper Mini Bassinet Convertible, Coco Natural (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper Mini Bassinet Convertible, Coco Natural (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"I originally purchased a small crib that would function both as a co-sleeper/bassinet and a crib for the first year. However I ended up having a c-section and this saved me from having to bend over in pain every time I picked my son up.  We also used it in the first 5 months as a travel crib/bassinet. This model converts to a playpen as well."
Pocket Nanny By Itzbeen Personal Baby Care Timer (Blue) - Award Winning Must-Have for Moms
Pocket Nanny By Itzbeen Personal Baby Care Timer (Blue) - Award Winning Must-Have for Moms
"Helpful in the first few months when you're sleep deprived and keeping track of feedings, diapers and sleep."
Puj Tub - Soft Infant Bath (white)
Puj Tub - Soft Infant Bath (white)
"Makes it easy to bathe small babies before their cord falls off. Can be used to 3 months plus depending on the size of your baby."
aden + anais Towel with Muslin Washcloth, White (Previous Version) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
aden + anais Towel with Muslin Washcloth, White (Previous Version) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Great quality. Huge towel covers baby completely and keeps him warm after bath time."
California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Body Wash - Fragrance Free - 19 oz
California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Body Wash - Fragrance Free - 19 oz
"Gentle enough for newborns."
Skip Hop Dunks Stacking Bath Toy, Blue, Green, Yellow
Skip Hop Dunks Stacking Bath Toy, Blue, Green, Yellow
"Makes bath time easy. Use to wash infant hair then as baby gets older he can play with cups in the tub."
Diaper Dekor Plus Diaper Disposal System
Diaper Dekor Plus Diaper Disposal System
"Love this diaper pail.  No twisting and turning, just open the lid and push diaper through trap door. You can use regular kitchen size trash bags if you don't want to buy the refills."
Gro-Egg Color Changing Digital Room Thermometer, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Gro-Egg Color Changing Digital Room Thermometer, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Some people don't think this gives an accurate temperature reading but I've loved it. Especially because we don't have central air so I know when to crank up the fan.  Looks really cool too but that's just a bonus."
Fisher-Price Open Top Take-Along Swing - Alligator Stripes (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Fisher-Price Open Top Take-Along Swing - Alligator Stripes (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"I didn't think I'd need a swing but soon realized that newborns love constant motion. This one sits low to the ground and is portable so it takes up less space and can be moved from room to room."
BABYBJORN BabySitter Balance, Brown/Beige (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
BABYBJORN BabySitter Balance, Brown/Beige (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Uses baby's movement and motion to rock. Folds flat for easy storage. Can be used up until 2 years of age as a chair."
Babyjorn BabySitter Wooden Toy, Googly Eyes
Babyjorn BabySitter Wooden Toy, Googly Eyes
"Might as well get the toy if you get the seat."
Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
"I wasn't going back to work so I didn't need an electric pump. This one works great and comes highly recommended by my lactation consultant."
Thinkbaby BPA Free Starter Set, Orange/Natural, 0-12 Months
Thinkbaby BPA Free Starter Set, Orange/Natural, 0-12 Months
"My son took to these bottles immediately. No need to spend tons of money on various brands trying to find one your baby likes.  Plus they don;t have a ton of parts like the Dr. Brown. They're BPA free and very reasonably priced. Highly recommend at least trying."
Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack,Green
Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack,Green
"Great for drying bottles, nipples, breast pump parts and even wine glasses. This is the smaller one but if you need something bigger check out the Boon Lawn Drying rack."
OXO Tot No-Tip Dishwasher Basket for Bottle Parts & Accessories
OXO Tot No-Tip Dishwasher Basket for Bottle Parts & Accessories
"Great dishwasher basket and an inexpensive cost. Holds at least a dozens nipples plus parts."
OXO Tot Bottle Brush with Nipple Cleaner and Stand, Orange
OXO Tot Bottle Brush with Nipple Cleaner and Stand, Orange
"Bottle brush with nipple cleaner. Love the Oxo Tot products."
OXO Tot Sprout Wooden Chair, Green/Walnut
OXO Tot Sprout Wooden Chair, Green/Walnut
"Chair can be used for years to come as it converts to a chair and can be pulled up to the table. Easy to clean. Spendy but will last a lifetime."
Little Remedies New Parents Survival Kit : Baby's First Year Essentials
Little Remedies New Parents Survival Kit : Baby's First Year Essentials
"Everything you need for upset tummy, colic, stuffy nose, etc.  I highly recommend all the Little Remedies products. They don't have artificial flavors or colors and they never contain alcohol. You can buy products separately as you might not need everything in this kit."
American Baby Company Organic Waterproof Quilted Lap and Burp Pad Cover, Natural, 2 Pack
American Baby Company Organic Waterproof Quilted Lap and Burp Pad Cover, Natural, 2 Pack
"Use on top of your changing pad cover, on the couch or bed to protect surfaces when changing diapers. Great to have a few around. These organic ones are softer than the original.  **But note they are actually an off white color rather than white as the picture shows."
Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner, Lots O Dots
Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner, Lots O Dots
"Some people prefer the breast friend pillow but I think the Boppy works just fine. We have two, one in the living room another in the bedroom. You can also prop baby on pillow and use for tummy time."
Motherlove Nipple Cream Certified Organic Salve for Sore Cracked Nursing Nipples, 1oz Glass Jar
Motherlove Nipple Cream Certified Organic Salve for Sore Cracked Nursing Nipples, 1oz Glass Jar
"All natural and works like a charm. Doesn't have to be removed before feeding."
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin 1.41 oz
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin 1.41 oz
"If you need more than a "light lube" I'd say use this instead of the Mother Love. I ended up using lanolin on days when I was most sore."
Crane Drop Shape Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier with 2.3 Gallon output per day
Crane Drop Shape Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier with 2.3 Gallon output per day
"Perfect for baby room. We use one in our bedroom as well."
Gerber Brand 6 Pack Prefold Birdseye Organic Diaper, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Gerber Brand 6 Pack Prefold Birdseye Organic Diaper, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Great burp cloths. Buy lots of them!"
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Original, Black, Cotton
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Original, Black, Cotton
"Our little guy LOVED the Baby Bjorn. It allowed us to wear him while still getting stuff done around the house or taking a quick trip to the grocery store without having to take the stroller. Although it does begin to strain your back as baby grows. Great for the first 4-5 months. We got ours used from a friend."
ERGObaby Organic Baby Carrier, Navy/Midnight (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
ERGObaby Organic Baby Carrier, Navy/Midnight (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Perfect for when baby grows out of the Bjorn. Puts most of the weight at your hips rather than your shoulders. Can be worn on the front or back however baby must be facing in on the front position (unlike the Bjorn). Great for travel!"
BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light , Blue (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light , Blue (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Easiest travel crib on the market to set up and take down. Weighs only 11 pounds! There's a newer version available with an insulated mattress. Expensive but worth every penny. Can be used for 3+ years."
BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller, Black
BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller, Black
"Great for beach living, outdoor hikes and of course runners. Best for babies 6 months+. Holds kids up to 70 lbs. Can even be used in soft sand."
UPPAbaby 2015 G-Luxe Stroller, Ani
UPPAbaby 2015 G-Luxe Stroller, Ani
"Great travel stroller! Even has the extended UV ray shade like the vista and large under basket."
Motorola MBP36 Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor withColor LCD Screen (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Motorola MBP36 Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor withColor LCD Screen (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby's First Year
Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby's First Year
"Great practical guide written by a pediatrician who is also a new dad. Information includes tests done at the hospital, feeding, knowing when baby is sick, etc."
Vulli Sophie giraffe in Natural Rubber
Vulli Sophie giraffe in Natural Rubber
"It might look like an expensive dog toy, but it actually is pretty great. It's soft, squeaks and small for little hands."
Rhino Toys Oball Original (Colors May Vary)
Rhino Toys Oball Original (Colors May Vary)
"Fun for small hands."