Ages 0 – 5

New Baby

Here we have put together a list of baby needs that every mother should know about– no wipe warmers, no bottle cleaning systems, no super-absurd, marketing hype items to make you crazy or to make your diaper bag too heavy to carry- here are the true essentials for a newborn (and even this list is excessive)!

Crib - if it`s not there the first day- the baby won`t know- just have a baby basket or bassinet of some sort.

Baby nail clippers (you won`t believe how long their nails are even after they have just arrived!)

Infant bath sponge – no need for those huge plastic tubs- this lies right in the bottom of your tub, doesn`t make the baby slip and is nice and cozy for them.

Washcloths & cloth diapers to throw over your shoulder to keep YOU dry.

Tons of clean white t-shirts (whenever buying clothes- err towards the larger sizes, they fit in the 0-3 month clothes for about a day)

Car seat/infant carrier

Nipples/bottles (best to have them on hand in case the little one decides that breast feeding is not for them)

Stroller – make sure that they are EASY to fold and lightweight. Also, I happen to prefer that they have two handles- they are easier to drive with one hand…

If you need a pack-n-play, get an extra mattress- those things are awful for little people- they are sooo hard- I don`t know how they ever fall asleep in them!

Pacifiers and pacifier holders – they may be a lifesaver. Just a thought too– you can throw a pacifier away, you can`t get rid of their thumb– go with a pacifier!

Bibs (even though they may not be eating soon- some of these little wonders are spitter-upers- best to be equipped with bibs to protect their clothes)

Receiving blankets


Thermometer (the kind that goes under their arm works in most cases)

Balmex or other diaper rash ointment — for sore bottoms

Only if YOU want one — a simple mobile (don`t bother with the lights and sounds mobiles- just something to look at will do- otherwise you have to go back in their room and turn the thing back on again and again and again!)

Soothing vapor baby bath - great for late nights with their first stuffy nose- a life saver to keep in medicine chest at all times.

An activity mat for the floor – I can`t say enough how important it will become for you to have a child that plays ALONE for any period of time– get them used to it from the start– put the baby down!


Bottle brush for cleaning bottles

Baby shampoo & baby soap