The happiness of the arrival of the little one leaves us overwhelmed when it comes to shopping for the unborn child. You research all possible websites, and you also receive the list from your friends too. Well, I am about to add to that too, but, worry not I am only making it easier for you with the minimalistic newborn shopping list that you need to shop. The whole aim of this list is to point out to the new parents that you really don’t need much stuff rather you can invest only in the necessary items. There are certain things considered essential to a few gadgets/ plastic that new parents spend according to me is a sheer waste.
According to me, I don’t think a baby really needs that much. I believe in minimalism. So, here is a list of essentials that a newborn would need.
- Newborn clothes: 8-10 sets. You will receive a lot of gifts.
- 0-3 months: Couple of sets
- Baby towel: 2
- Receiving Blanket:1
- Baby Soft soles: 2 pairs
You can also get the newborn clothes of your friends’ or relatives’ kids since they will have become softer on use. If you worry about the hygiene, then I would recommend you to buy a new set of clothes and wash them a couple of times before use. I mostly preferred using onesies and rompers for my girl since they are easy to put on and take off.
- Baby nail cutter and comb – Those sharp nails grow fast!
- Baby bath and shampoo – I love Mamaearth baby products
- Bather for baby
- Napkins and burp cloth
- Cloth Diapers: I personally like Superbottoms cloth diapers. They have specially curated newborn diapers in the cutest prints. Will be writing a separate post on cloth diapering.
- Changing Mats. If you have a dedicated nursery for your baby, then you can you can consider buying a changing table. I have a basket with all the essentials and set it up on the bed when needed.
- Diaper rash cream if you use disposable diapers.
- Cloth wipes or baby wipes: I would recommend the newly launched Mamaearth organic bamboo wipes.
I would recommend you to browse for a few videos and know a little bit about latching technique and different feeding positions. If the baby latches well, there would not be any need for feeding equipment. Consult a lactation counselor if you find it difficult to feed your baby and if you consider introducing formula or feeding bottle.
- Paleda/ palada: It is good if you have one alternate method of feeding. Palada is a better alternative to feeding bottles in the beginning. Babies tend to get confused with the nipples if the bottles are introduced early.
- Breast pump: If the pumping is occasional, I would suggest you buy a manual pump and if you plan to leave the baby with the caregivers, consider purchasing a primary automated breast pump. It always helps in boosting the milk supply, if need be.
- Breastmilk storage bags: This is needed in the later stages. If you plan to go back to work, it is better you start building up the stash earlier.
- Feeding pillow: This was extremely helpful for me.
- Nursing Cover: You will need this in the beginning until you master the skills of two-tee shirt method or nursing in a carrier.
I personally believe in co-sleeping, so I did not prefer buying a cot.
- Baby blanket: I preferred buying Soulslings baby blanket. They are light, airy and comfortable. Big enough until the baby turns 2 years. I also prefer using the linen blankets from soul to swaddle the baby.
- Neck support pillow
- Swaddle cloth
- Car seat: It is highly recommended to use a car seat for the safety of the baby. You can use the convertible car seat as a carrycot as well. This will be helpful to carry the baby when you are out.
- Baby carriers: Ergonomic baby carriers are a boon. Can’t recommend this enough. Babywearing is far more useful than a pram or a stroller.
From my experience, newborns do not need toys. They need caregivers around them who respond to their cues. Adults who can wear them, feed them, talk to them, sing to them, and love them.
Thanks for reading. Hope you find this article helpful. Please feel free to add to this list if you feel I have missed anything that you absolutely loved.
Until next time,