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

Monitor

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!

Wipes/diapers

Bottle brush for cleaning bottles

Baby shampoo & baby soap