ESSENTIAL BABY GEAR

The process of getting baby gear for your little one can be pretty daunting, especially if you are a first-time mom. While babies definitely don’t take up a lot of room, all the stuff they need usually does. So, if you are getting ready to stock up on baby gear, this list of essentials will be the perfect go-to reference for everything you need. Because most of the time, a little guidance is all you need to make your life a whole lot easier.

IMPORTANT GEAR TO HAVE

Crib – When you choose a crib, go for one with narrow slats, at least 2.5 inches apart. Make sure none are loose, missing, or broken.
Crib mattress – For the crib mattress, make sure it is firm and fits well in the crib. If you can fit more than 2 fingers between the mattress and the rails, it is too small.
Baby linens – Here is a list of essential linens that you absolutely must have. Keep in mind that crib bumpers are a little controversial because while they are great for keeping babies from banging into the bars of the crib, some people worry that they pose a SIDS risk. Here is the list:

Fitting crib sheets
Thin cotton receiving blankets
Waterproof mattress protectors
Crib bumper

Car seat – There are infant car seats that have been specially designed for newborns and very young babies. It is a good idea to get one of these earlier on. Alternatively, you can get a convertible car seat that can be used for both older and younger kids.
Diaper bag – Diaper bags are essential if you are planning to be getting out and about with your little one.
Baby carrier – Get a front carrier that holds your baby close to you as you go up and about your business. Make sure it comes with good head support.

Stroller – There are strollers that can convert from a reclining style suitable for younger babies to an upright mode suitable for older babies. Get one of these if you do not plan to own multiple strollers within a few months.
Bottles and nipples – Get three 4-ounce bottles and two 8-ounce bottles. Bottles and nipples are essential even when you are going to be exclusively breastfeeding.
Baby bathtub – Babies can have full-body baths from the moment their umbilical cords fall off. A small plastic tub or basin is usually enough to set their baths up.
Thermometer – Digital thermometers are great because they are easy to use and easy to read.

OTHER ESSENTIALS ACCORDING TO USE
For nursing:
If you are planning to breastfeed your baby, you need to ensure that both you and baby are very comfortable through every feeding session. These items will help you achieve that:

Nursing pillow
Nursing bras
Nursing pads
Breast pump

For diapering
Look forward to changing diapers so many times that you will be able to do it blindfolded within a few months. Here is what you will need:
2 packs of newborn diapers
Wipes
Anti-diaper rash cream
For bathing
Along with a nice baby bathtub, here are a few things that baby will need every time she takes a bath:

2 hooded towels
Baby comb and brush set
For playing
Having the right arsenal of toys will go a long way in keeping your baby occupied long enough to let you get a few things done. Just make sure that the toys are made with body-safe, cleanable materials that are soft and fun for baby to touch:

Soft books or board books
Rattles
Soft blocks
Play mat
Plush toys that rattle or squeak
Storage baskets for toys
For sitting
When sitting baby down, you need to make sure that he is on a level surface that is not too high off the ground and not movable. Here is what you will need:

Floor quilts
Bouncer seat
Portable play yard (optional)
For soothing
Here is what will come in handy when teaching baby to self-soothe:

Pacifiers
Soothing music
Teething keys
For the medicine cabinet:
Here is what you need to stock up on when it comes to baby’s medicine cabinet:

Petroleum jelly
Nasal aspirator
Teething ointment
Saline nose drops