If you’re reading this post, chances are you’re either pregnant or planning to buy something for a pregnant friend.
Either way, you’re in the right place as I’m sharing the different products that new moms will need in order to welcome their new babies with confidence.
And, in addition to the products listed this post, you can download the full Newborn Check-list by clicking on the image below. This list contains all the items that a new baby and a new mom will need. AND, it also contains a list of items that a mom can place in the diaper bag and what she needs to place in the suitcase that she’ll be taking to the maternity ward.
This way, you can prepare for your baby’s arrival like a pro!
So let’s get started, shall we?
PART 1: FEEDING
When it comes to the feeding and soothing products, my preference was to get the same brand for as much as I could, simply because the taste and feel would be the same for the baby. But there are no rules about that, and you can absolutely do what you think is best for you and your child, based on your own budget.
The brand that I used for most of the baby bottles and pacifiers was Philips AVENT:
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Little tip here: when you select a product, make sure to choose the one corresponding to the baby’s age – in this case 0-3 or 0-6 months depending on the brand.
So here is a list of items that you need to buy for feeding and soothing my babies:
- Philips AVENT
- I don’t know about the other brands, but with Philips Avent there are small and large baby bottles (with the small ones being more convenient for newborns) and there are different nipple sizes. The good part is that you can keep the bottles and replace the nipples as the baby grows.
- Dr. Drown’s
There are two types of breastfeeding pumps: electric and manual. Based on how much you’re planning to pump (versus breastfeed) and your budget, you can select the type of pump that works well for you. As a working mom, I had to pump a few times a day (at the office!) and I found that the electric one works better.
One thing I’d like to point out is that in addition to the pumps, you’ll need to get storing containers or storing bags (both are good). You can store your milk for when you’re planning to leave the house, or if you’d like to freeze your milk supply and can use it after you stop breastfeeding your baby. You can click here to view a selection of containers,
The two most knowns brands for breastfeeding pumps are:
- The breast pump that I used was from Medela. Before buying it I read very good reviews about it and the maternity ward where I gave birth had a large electric one, so I went along with it and I liked the result.
- Philips AVENT
- Baby dishwashing liquid
- Baby bottle brush
- With both of my kids, I opted for the old fashioned way of sterilizing the baby items in boiled water. I just found it to be more convenient and practical. However, if you prefer to opt for an electric sterilizer, click here to view a few options that you can chose from.
- When you select the bibs, make sure to choose the ones that are appropriate for the 0-3 or 0-6 months age category. At this stage, you definitely don’t need the solid bibs that are used when the baby is introduced to solid food.
- Burp clothes
PART 2: CHANGING
- One thing I’ve learned is that there are no right and wrong diapers to use. Some moms can absolutely love a certain brand, while others won’t. My recommendation is to see which one works best for your baby.
- When mine was born, she had a strong rash from Pampers diapers so we switched to Huggies. But about a year later when we opted for the pull-ups, Pampers worked perfectly well for her.
- One more thing: diapers are bought based on the weight of your baby, so make sure you select the newborn size and adapt the size as your baby grows
- Rash cream
- Similar to diapers, you might have to check which type of cream works best for your baby. With my first, I used Desitin, Sudocream and Mustela and they all worked well for some time until she had a little rash and I switched to a different brand.
- Diaper sacks
- In case you’re wondering, these are small disposable bags where you can put the used diapers. They prove to be pretty handy when you’re not at home – AND they are so practical that I’ve decided to use them at home too.
- My little tip here is to dispose the diaper (in the sack), and put it in the outdoor garbage as soon as you’re done changing the baby – this way you won’t have to deal with the beautiful aromas!
- Changing pads
PART 3: BATH
- The one I used was adaptable for the first year of the baby starting from the newborn stage onwards and is similar to this one
- Shower towels
- Baby sponge
- Bath rinser
- Baby shampoo / body soap
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