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Essential Baby Products: Which Ones Do I Need?

Updated: Feb 15

Having a new baby is an exciting, but often overwhelming experience. With so many products on the market targeted at infants, how do you know which ones are absolutely essential? This guide will walk through the basic baby items every parent needs to care for their little one.

The Infant Car Seat

One of the first purchases for your new arrival will be an infant car seat. Infant seats are rear-facing and designed for babies from birth to around 1 year old or 22-35 pounds. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies should remain rear-facing until at least age 2 to protect their head, neck, and spine1. When choosing an infant seat, look for one that fits securely in your car, is easy to install, and meets all current safety standards.

Crib and Mattress

Having a safe place for your baby to sleep is crucial. Look for a crib that meets the latest safety guidelines - that means no drop sides, slats less than 2 3/8 inches apart, and no cutouts in the headboard or footboard. The mattress should fit snugly in the crib frame with no more than two finger widths between the edge of the mattress and the crib side. Organic cotton, dual-sided mattresses provide a comfortable, breathable surface for infants. Waterproof mattress covers and fitted sheets designed for crib mattresses are also useful.

Baby Monitor

One of the handiest tools for parents is a baby monitor. This allows you to hear your little one when you are in another room. Audio monitors, video monitors, and movement/breathing monitors provide added peace of mind. Key features to look for include two-way communication, night vision, and temperature sensors.

Diaper Bag

A diaper bag is a must for carrying all baby supplies when on-the-go. Backpack style bags allow you to distribute weight evenly and leave your hands free. Look for bags with plenty of pockets and compartments to organize diapers, wipes, bottles, changes of clothes, and other necessities. Pockets to store mom's items like cell phones and keys are useful too. Waterproof material makes cleanup easy if spills or leaks occur.

Baby Carrier

Using a baby carrier allows you to bond with your infant while keeping your hands free. Carriers come in different styles including wraps, slings, and soft structured carriers. Ergonomic carriers properly position babies to support the head and neck. Many can be used from newborn through toddlerhood. We recommend starting with an infant insert for optimal positioning for babies under 4 months.

Baby Bathtub

Bathing a slippery newborn can be tricky without the right tub. Look for tubs with contoured seats or pads to support babies from birth to 6 months old. Features like non-slip surfaces, adjustable positions, and built-in thermometers make bath time safer and easier. Consider a tub with a drain for convenient water changes.

Diapers and Wipes

You will go through countless diapers and wipes in your baby's first year. Stock up on about 10-12 diapers per day. Sensitive skin wipes help prevent irritation. Reusable cloth diapers are an eco-friendly choice. These essentials will get you started and offer peace of mind. But each baby and family has unique needs. Click here to learn more.


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