Let’s face it, the needs of new babies are fairly straightforward: comfort, feeding, warmth, and love. But will all of the baby products available these days, it can be hard to wade through the extras to get to the essentials.
Here are my top 10 baby basics from Disney Baby! Keep them in mind for shower gifts, baby registry items, or things to stock up on as baby grows.
I don’t think my babies (or their parents!) would have gotten much sleep if it weren’t for swaddle blankets. That’s why they’re on my list of new baby essentials!
Swaddle Duo is available at The Disney Store for $45
I love nursing pillows because they’re so versatile. Use them not only for positioning while breastfeeding, but also during tummy time or even for support just while playing together!
Lion King Deluxe Nursing Pillow, $54.99 at Babies”R”Us
Portable Bouncy Seat
As much as I loved our baby swing, having a portable bouncy seat was even more useful when my babies were newborns. I was able to move it easily from room to room, or even to Grandma’s for a visit.
Winnie the Pooh Folding Seat, $44.99 at Kmart
Baby massage was a lifesaver for both my baby and me when he was a colicky newborn. Calming oil can was one of those little items that I never would have anticipated making such a big difference!
It’s a Small World SHARE Lavender Oil, $20 at Basq Skin Care
Huggies Little Snugglers
I’m a huge fan of Huggies for the newborn stage. They fit so much better than the other brands I tried. I loved the area that was customized to fit the umbilical cord as well
Huggies Snugglers, $8.99 at Target
Believe me- when you have a newborn there will be A LOT of laundry. I love these simple sleepers that can be worn anytime and that eliminate the need to washing extra clothing items. Plus, it couldn’t possibly be cuter!
Pack 'N Play
Whoever invented Pack ‘N Plays deserves some sort of medal. These things do it all! With a nap area, changing table, diaper storage and more, this will serve as newborn command central in your home.
Classic Pooh Pack ‘N Play, $134.09 at Target
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. In addition, she writes about parenting at Babble’s Kid Scoop. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.