It’s a wonderful thing that new parents are (in the best case) afforded an 8+ month preparation window, because getting ready for life with a newborn is complicated work. Between doctor visits, insurance paperwork, nursery set up, car seat research and installation, maternity clothes, showers and family events, it’s a time consuming and sometimes overwhelming season. It seems that there are endless lists of “must-haves” for babies out there, with just as many “don’t need” lists—and they all seem to conflict! I noticed that the must-haves varied so widely from person to person, so my best advice for new parents is to consider a wide range of advice and make the choice that feels the most comfortable for your family (kind of an important theme for parenthood in general!). I hadn’t necessarily planned to offer a “newborn essentials” blog, but I had so many people ask for one that I decided to give it a go. And in true Alex fashion, this is lengthy and goes beyond a simple list; I wanted to share commentary and rationale for each choice.
So here it is: a list of all of the (many) items that Kent and I used in the early days of Evangeline’s life —many that we’re still using today, nearly 8 weeks in. If you are preparing for parenthood for the first time or supporting someone who is, I hope this helps you! Congratulations, you’re in for such an adventure.
Months before delivery, I scoured Pinterest looking for checklists for hospital bags. I also read Brittany Viklund’s comprehensive blog about her hospital bag packing list and found it super helpful. One of the recurring themes from Pinterest was that many people felt they had overpacked. However, I had the opposite experience. Besides flip flops, there were very few things I packed in my hospital bag that I didn’t use. I strongly recommend multiple comfy outfits just in case, along with everything below!
Slipper Socks If you’ve read our birth story, you’ll know how important comfy socks were to me. It may seem kind of silly, but it’s such a vulnerable time that cozy socks made a difference. Most hospitals require tread soles on socks for liability reasons. I brought one pair of fluffy tread sole socks and they got ruined. Next time around, I will get this set and bring three pairs. Your hospital may provide tread socks if you don’t have them, but this is a small simple luxury that may boost your morale as you labor and recover. :)
Nursing Tanks If you are anticipating a standard 2 day/night stay in the hospital, I recommend a few outfit options. I brought three comfy outfits in addition to my maternity robe and I was so glad that I did. Most of the time, I wore a nursing tank, comfy pants, and my robe. Nursing tanks are absolutely key because nursing begins right in the hospital (if you do plan to nurse). These nursing tanks are similar to the ones that I had handed down to me from Target.
Nursing Bras I purchased this set of three in the first trimester of pregnancy for comfort reasons and I ended up buying more. Especially in the early days of nursing, I found myself going through more than one nursing bra a day and couldn’t seem to keep up with the laundry. I recommend several of these on hand, starting in the hospital.
Maternity Robe I bought my maternity robe on clearance from Pink Blush and it was perfect. The material was soft and crepe-y and the size was perfect for my immediate post-partum belly, which was similar to my 4-5 month belly.
Comfy Maternity Pants I had a few pairs of comfy pants packed in my hospital bag, and I am so glad that I did. These were soft and loose, which was perfect for post-delivery. These would work well for a c-section delivery as well, as they are higher waist and not too tight. I usually wear a medium in PJ pants and found that these ran pretty large. A small would have worked for me.
Snacks: I strongly recommend packing snacks for your birth support team and for you to enjoy after delivery. We had a huge bag of snacks of all kinds, including granola/protein bars, applesauce pouches, fruit snacks, crackers/hummus kits, etc. Our nurse allowed me to eat jello and applesauce from our stash during labor; the rest of the time I ate popsicles and broth supplied by the hospital. Next time around, I will pack some indulgent snacks, like dark chocolate, for post-birth. I was absolutely STARVING in the hospital and loved having access to quick bites. I’m typically an anti-processed snacks kind of gal, but ease was the most important thing to us in the early days.
Basic Toiletries: We had a short stay in the hospital, and I opted to shower once we got home. I was not a fan of showering in the hospital room, but I brought flip flops just in case. I didn’t go crazy on toiletries, but I did bring and use my travel sized toothbrush, toothpaste, face wipes, deodorant, and lotion. I also brought and used a hairbrush, hair ties, and lip balm.
BLANKETS AND SWADDLES:
We received a mix of blankets as baby gifts, and truth be told, we use them all. I have found myself using a range of blanket types each day: hand-knit yarn blankets, muslin blankets, fleece and minky blankets, stretchy knit blankets, the list goes on. The only blankets we don’t use very often are flannel receiving blankets. In the first weeks of Evie’s life, we folded them up and used them to make her car seat more secure, but we used the other types far more often.
When we were in the hospital, the nursery staff expertly swaddled Evangeline in her stretchy knit swaddle from Copper Pearl. She was too little to wriggle out of it at the time. Since then, we find ourselves just using zip/velcro swaddles and sleep sacks so she can’t squirm out. She LOVES her arms and hands, so we have to swaddle tight unless we’re using the arm-up Love to Dream Swaddles. We put a few different swaddle types on our registry and I’m so glad we did. Depending on her mood, Evangeline prefers one swaddle over another. I strongly recommend that you register for a few different types of swaddles/sleep sacks, as you never know what your baby will prefer. (Word to the wise: If your baby seems to “reject” a certain swaddle (or any product for that matter), try again another time! We’ve found that preferences don’t last forever.)
Stretchy knit swaddle blankets from Lou Lou and Company, Copper Pearl, and Kickee Pants. I love the soft texture of the material on these, and they can be used as nursing covers, stroller blankets, etc. For beginner swaddlers, they’re super easy to work with. I recommend at least 2 of these!
Muslin blankets from Aden and Anais. These are gold standard for swaddles. They are light enough to be breathable but also cozy enough to be warm. Like the stretchy knit swaddles, they have a million uses. The more you wash them, the softer they get. I recommend at least 3-5 of these.
Swaddle Me swaddles: These are so incredibly easy to use—they are a no-brainer. Evangeline immediately calms once she’s in the wrap with her arms to her sides. The bottom half allows for the legs to wiggle around. The only downside is the velcro can be loud if your baby startles easily. I’ve also found that the velcro can make washing a little tricky, as it gets stuck to everything. Remember to secure the tabs before throwing them in the wash. Also, we air dry these on a drying rack. I recommend at least 2 of these. We have three of them in the newborn size, as we received one as a hand-me-down. I use them most often for daytime naps and fussy nighttime sleeps.
Ollie Swaddle: The Ollie swaddle has been all the rage, designed with sensory issues in mind. The presentation of the swaddle is beyond lovely, and the material is super thick, tight and stretchy. I find this one is effective when Evangeline is very calm, as it keeps her legs straighter than the others and she likes to have the ability to kick around. We are going to rely on this swaddle heavily when we transition to the crib, as it will allow for less distracting movement (compared with the Love to Dream below). At nearly 8 weeks, Evangeline’s longest nighttime sleep stretches have been in this swaddle.
The Love to Dream swaddle is one of Evangeline’s favorites for when she wants to have her arms within reach. The position of the swaddle is arms up with a tight belly and lots of space for leg kicks. While this one is good for lounging in the Rock and Play or Boppy Lounger, sometimes it does not provide the security and distraction prevention of some of the other tighter swaddles. We typically use this one in the middle of the night when she’s sleepiest and in the midst of longest sleep stretches, versus when we’re actively trying to put her down for a nap.
Ergo Swaddler: The Ergo company was kind enough to share their swaddle with us, and we love it! I has a unique design for keeping arms secure inside the swaddle with room to move around slightly inside the swaddle. Of all the swaddles, this one provides the most leg movement space. One of my favorite parts about this swaddle is its material—it’s similar to a sweatshirt material. This one works well for Evangeline in the middle of the night as well.
Halo Sleep Sack in the Newborn Size: I had assumed that sleep sacks were better suited to older babies who had graduated from the swaddle, but the hospital nursery sent us home with a sleep sack in the newborn size. The material is thick and blanket-like, while the sack provides full use of arms and legs. Similar to the Love to Dream and the Ergo, this sleep sack works when Evie is in her sleepiest, least distracted state.
It can be really difficult to predict what items you’ll truly need and use. We have used most of what we registered for and are faring well without some of the bigger items we skipped. We did not buy a Dockatot or a Snuggle Me lounger, though friends swear by them. We also didn’t buy a large swing or Mamaroo for space considerations. Below are the miscellaneous items that we used either right away or in the early weeks.
Skip Hop Activity Mat We initially used this the mat part of this activity system for early tummy time as early as the day we came home from the hospital. When Evangeline grew to be more interactive around 4-5 weeks, we added the “jungle gym” additions. Now, at 7 weeks, we use this mat every day to give Evangeline time to kick her legs and gaze at the various rattle attachments. We still use the mat for tummy time. We love the little pillow that she can rest on while she kicks around.
Boppy Lounger We purchased the Boppy Lounger in lieu of the more expensive sensory loungers. This one was $30 and was such a great investment. We only let her nap in it while being monitored, as it is not technically intended for sleeping. Now that she’s getting older, it’s a great option for her to comfortably rest in while I fold laundry or do dishes, always within close distance for monitoring. This will be something I will buy for all baby gifts from now on because it’s so practical.
Ergo 360 Omni Carrier and LilleBaby Carrier We are absolutely in love with our carriers. From the very beginning, Evangeline has taken some of her best naps in her carriers; they have allowed me to get walks and errands done on days when she would rather be held than nap on her own. They are an instant calmer for her. We are blessed to have two—the Lille baby, which we registered for, and the Ergo, which was gifted to us. Both are wonderful and we use both consistently. It is helpful to have two of this type of carrier—one that can be sized for my husband to wear and one for me to wear. That’s the only thing that can be tricky in the moment of getting the baby in the carrier—tightening straps and adjusting is not my favorite thing when there’s a crying baby involved! We get plenty of use out of both.
Solly Baby Wrap and Ergo Aura Wrap Similarly, we have two wraps—one that was loaned to us by my sister and one that was gifted to us by Ergo Baby. The function of the wraps is exactly the same; the wrapping process is identical. It took a little bit of practice to get the hang of putting the wrap on. After watching several You Tube videos that didn’t help, I ended up watching this tutorial and it finally clicked. There are a few differences that lead me to favor the Ergo just slightly. One is that the material is quite a bit thicker, and two, there is a patterned side and a blank side to the fabric, which is helpful when criss-crossing the straps around the back. If I had to choose one, I would buy the Ergo Aura Wrap, though the Solly is very light and cool; if you live in a very, very hot climate, it may be right for you.
Rock N Play Evangeline loves the Rock N Play and this is one of the places where she sleeps on her back, in a sleep sack or swaddle with no blankets. We really couldn’t have survived these early months without it, and it’s really a must for any new parent in my opinion.
Bassinet This is another place where Evangeline sleeps on a flat surface. We are learning to love the completely flat surface and created a gentle incline wedge by folding a muslin blanket under the thin mattress. This bassinet is affordable and just the right size for by the bed. It is the perfect place to transition to the crib.
Bouncer Seat Evangeline started sitting in her bouncer seat at about 4 weeks, when she had a little more head control. Now, at 7 weeks, she seems to enjoy it more and notice the toys. On days when I’m solo parenting, this is a great option for docking in the kitchen (for dishes) and bathroom (for showers), where she can be safely strapped in and relatively entertained. This seat was a really good value, is light, and doesn’t take up much space. Recommend!
Sound machines We really have become connoisseurs of white noise in the Bray household. :) White noise is extremely important for baby sleep, and we tend to have layers of white noise happening during most sleep sessions. We have the Marpac Dohm going all night for general white noise, and then we use the hourlong setting on the White Noise App for naps or a boost of extra sound while she’s drifting to sleep—most often on an iPad on airplane mode. We plan to buy the Marpac Hush soon for a portable option. You get the picture—lots of white noise. ;) We started using white noise right when we got home from the hospital, as it provides babies with a womblike comfort.
A note about pacifiers: We didn’t start using a pacifier until 3 weeks at the recommendation of our Lactation Consultant, and even now, we could probably go without it. We do use it more in the evenings and as part of our bedtime routine. We love the Wubbanub because it stays put! Evangeline also likes Soothies, but rejected a few other types of pacis. If you use a stand-alone pacifier, I recommend a clip of some sort, as we end up dropping them everywhere and find them all around the house in weird places. :)
DIAPERING & HEALTHCARE
It feels like there are a million diapering/healthcare items out there, and as with many of these categories, it’s hard to know what’s going to be necessary right away. There are some items that are necessities that I suggest you add to your registry but don’t have specific recommendations. These include: towels and washcloths, a baby bathtub, nasal aspirator/Fridababy NoseFrida, a changing pad, changing pad covers, shampoo/baby wash (we use Honest or Babyganics) and diapers and wipes. We registered for a few different brands of diapers and wipes so that we could try a variety of options, and we received even more of a variety for gifts. If you are particular about the brand of diapers or wipes you want to use before the baby comes, register for those and then you can exchange any unopened boxes. However, several moms told me not to commit to a certain brand in case your baby has a negative reaction to a type of diaper. We have tried Pampers Swaddlers, Huggies, Target brand, Sam’s Club Brand, and Honest Co., and we will sign up for the Honest Co. diaper subscription once we run out of our (extensive) stash of diapers and wipes.
Boudreaux’s Natural Butt Paste We have the green-bottle version, which is apparently more natural. Works like a charm! We apply it using the Baby Bum brush, below. We didn’t start using this cream until about 3 weeks, but now we use it preventatively with most diaper changes.
Baby Bum Diaper Cream Brush I really love this little applicator for diaper cream. I’m not sure if you’ve ever used diaper cream yourself, but the consistency is super gross and hard to get off your fingers/out of your fingernails. (This makes sense, considering the point is to be a buffer for moisture!) I use this little silicone brush every time we apply cream, wipe off the excess cream with a wipe, and then sterilize it routinely. It also has a suction cup on the bottom, which is very handy so that it doesn’t flop over on the changing table with diaper cream on it. We bought the one with a case, but that’s not necessary in my opinion, considering it only stays at home.
Tubby Todd All Natural Ointment I had heard from several mamas that the Tubby Todd products were the best. This one in particular was a splurge at $16 + shipping, but it was worth it! Evangeline has a bit of baby acne and patches of dry skin on her head, neck, hands, and feet (wasn’t prepared for that coming home from the hospital, but it’s totally normal!) This ointment is completely natural and is extra thick. It heals up really anything we use it for, and a little goes a long way. It can also be used to quickly heal any diaper rash issues. I also bought the Mama Freshening Spray for days when I feel like I’m covered in milk or spit up and just need a quick pick-me-up.
Honest Bottom Wash Spray We use the aloe-based spray when it seems like diaper cream isn’t entirely necessary. It has a nice, natural scent. I’m more apt to use it during the day when diaper changes are more frequent.
Babyganics Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer We use a ton of hand-sanitizer, and we use this alcohol-free one at the recommendation of our hospital safety class. I keep it by the changing table and small travel-sized bottles in our diaper bag.
Munchkin Pacifier Wipes These things are golden! I have become a giant germaphobe as a parent, and I use these wipes to quickly clean off pacis and any other plastic/silicone item that may be germy. I have also used them to clean off shopping cart handles in a pinch. I highly recommend getting a pack for the diaper bag and a pack for the changing table, just in case.
Boogie Wipes We haven’t used these a ton since our baby is still tiny and not teething, but they are a great option for touching up baby’s nose in lieu of a harsh tissue. We have the wipes with the fresh scent, and it’s so pleasant. I imagine we will start using these a TON when Evie starts teething and has a running nose more commonly.
DermaFrida Baby Bath Silicone Brush We use this at every bath time. It’s a little silicone brush with a tiny handle that you can use for shampooing hair and sloughing off dry skin (of which Evie had a ton!). It’s super gentle. For hair washes, we apply the shampoo directly to the brush. Once the bath is over and we’re drying off, we use a soft hairbrush that was provided by the hospital to fluff up her drying hair. :)
Exergen Temporal Thermometer We were really stumped about which thermometer to register for, and my office roommates saved the day by choosing this one, which works perfectly on her forehead.
Fawn Design Diaper Bag This diaper bag seems to be all the rage right now, and for good reason. I absolutely love it. It’s worth every penny. I love that it’s a stylish backpack style that’s easy to wipe clean and can turn into a shoulder bag as well. It was a bit of a splurge considering that I’m usually pretty budget-conscious, but this was a gift from Kent for my birthday and since I use it so often, it was a good investment. The space is just right on the inside, and there are several pockets on the front, back, sides, and insides. There’s also an impressive array of colors, though we have the brown ‘honey’ as it’s fitting for my wardrobe/personal style.
Portable Changing Pouch We have used this trusty little changing pouch several times on outings and also several times while cleaning up blowouts (in the car!). Ours is from the Munchkin brand from Target, but this one by Skip Hop is nearly identical. I love that it comes with plenty of space for multiple diapers and a separate wipes case.
Travel Size Diaper Cream, Lotion, etc. In the process of registering and preparing for baby, you will likely receive lots of little samples. Save all of the travel size samples and stash them in your diaper bag.
Munchkin Disposable Diaper Bags This seems like one of those things that is extraneous and unnecessary…until the day you have a diaper explosion in the Target parking lot. These handy little baggies are scented to mask yuckiness, and they take up very little space in the diaper bag. I also carry an empty gallon-size ziplock in our diaper bag just in case.
Bumkins and Itzy Ritzy Reusable Zippered Pouches We stay organized with these pouches in various sizes by Bumkins and Itzy Ritzy. Both are machine washable (the Bumkins bags are dishwasher safe as well!). We have one large bag for clothing changes, and then small bags for nursing supplies, mom’s supplies & snacks, and so on. When baby is older, we’ll use the Bumkins bags for her snacks.
Diapers and Wipes: Just one more note about diapers and wipes—it can be confusing to know how best to prepare for diapers and wipes. While every baby is different, Evangeline was 6 lbs at birth and the preemie sized diapers were just a tad bit too small for her. She wore Newborn diapers for 6-7 weeks when she was closer to the 10 pound mark. We didn’t buy many Newborn diapers before she was born, and this was the main size we didn’t receive as gifts. In the beginning, we were changing up to 14 diapers a day, so one 30-pack would only last us two days—and one regular pack of wipes would last us 3-4 days. If your baby is projected to be on the smaller side, I recommend stocking up on NB diapers—you can always exchange unopened boxes if needed. However, we had many a Target run to grab diapers because we weren’t prepared for this size. Many friends also swear by Amazon delivery—look into that if your preference is to order online! We have a Target minutes from our house, so running out is always a little bit easier than waiting for Prime shipping if the prices are comparable.
BoobEase Nipple Balm and Lansinoh Lanolin In our breastfeeding class, we learned that the best treatment for nursing-related issues was your own breastmilk. However, I used both of these brands of balm somewhat in the early days of nursing when everything was new and more uncomfortable, but truth be told, I don’t use these much anymore. I am adding these to the list, however, because I had an unusually breezy breastfeeding experience and other friends have sworn by some type of balm. I brought lanolin to the hospital and used it there, though I’m sure the lactation consultant would have given me some if I had needed it.
HaaKaa Silicone Breast Pump THIS THING IS A MUST HAVE. Besides diapers and wipes, if you buy nothing else on this list, get this. Do yourself a favor and just buy one (or two!). It’s an incredibly effective little tool that is less than $15. In the early days of nursing, I would use it on the side I wasn’t nursing on to catch milk. Once you suction it on your breast, it acts like a breast pump. I was able to use it to build my freezer stash of milk before I started pumping at 3 weeks (in the early days, you may have more milk than usual and you want to bank every bit you can!). There are a billion different uses for it—just read the reviews on Amazon to see. I don’t have the stopper, but I totally understand why you would want to get one (we’ve had only one small spill—phew!)
Lansinoh Breast Therapy Heat Packs This is another item I used quite a bit in the early weeks of breastfeeding, when my milk came in. I strongly recommend getting these. I did use them without the felt covers for comfort and to aid in let down. I had my mom or husband microwave them for 10-15 seconds or so and bring them to my nursing station. Be careful—because they can get really hot! You can also use them to warm up your pump flanges if you’re a pumping mama.
Boon Lawn Drying Rack - We started using the Boon Lawn right away for cleaning nursing supplies and eventually, pump parts and bottles. We have the large and the small. The small worked for a few weeks until we graduated to the large. I would just go for the large. :) We also have the “twig” that sticks down in it. We now use it daily.
Medela Steam Clean Sanitizing Bags I absolutely love these handy little bags! They come in a pack of 6, and each one provides 20 uses. I have used these to steam sterilize breast pump parts, bottles, pacis, my HaaKaa pump, and so on. Highly recommend registering for two of these!
Nursing pads are helpful in the early days of breastfeeding, especially at night. I recommend having these on hand before baby comes. I’ve used the washable style and the disposable style and don’t have a strong preference for either beyond convenience.
Breastmilk Storage Bags Even before I started pumping, I used storage bags to freeze milk I had caught with my HaaKaa pump. We are lucky in that our insurance company provided 100 bags for the first three months, and I recently bought more of this style, though I can see most working just fine!
Breast Pump and Bottles I don’t have a specific recommendation for a breast pump, but I wanted to add this bit in, as it can be hard to understand when you are supposed to have a breast pump on hand. I thought that I knew a decent amount about newborns before becoming a mom but was essentially clueless about breastfeeding, and still had lingering questions after a 3-hour class at the hospital. So here’s a quick note about my experience with pumping: Depending on your situation, you may not use the pump at all—you may be instructed to use it right away—you never know. We received one from our insurance company (the Ameda Purely Yours). Though it’s not a fancy Spectra, I am not inclined to critique it because I am very thankful that it was free and it has worked just fine for pumping 1-2 times a day. If I was exclusively pumping, I would probably want an upgrade. I ordered it around 35 weeks and it arrived around 37 weeks. When I was in the hospital, the lactation consultant recommended pumping the first week we got home, once my milk supply came in. I was given different advice by our doula, because pumping when your milk comes in can cause oversupply, which is problematic. (Welcome to the world of very conflicting professional breastfeeding advice!!) So, I compromised, and since I didn’t seem to have any issues with over- or under- supply, I waited until week 2 or so to pump for the first time. It was intimidating at first, but easy once I read the instructions and gave it a whirl. I only pumped once a day or so to relieve engorgement, and now pump once in the middle of the night if Evangeline sleeps in a longer stretch, and sometimes one more time during the day. It was incredibly important to me that Evangeline learn to drink breastmilk from a bottle, since I’ll be working and will eventually want to have date nights with Kent. I have had friends who have had the same intention, and for whatever reason, bottles just didn’t work for their little ones. I wouldn’t say that bottles are needed right away; we started using them around 3 weeks. It was definitely trial and error, but we just kept trying different times of day and different bottle types. Eventually, she got the hang of it. It’s not perfect—but we’re pretty solid, thankfully. That said, I would hold off on registering for large sets of a specific type of bottle and simply get the one-packs of a few different brands when the time is right. Just so you know, the bottles are numbered by the speed of flow—so we started with Tommee Tippee extra slow flow (size 0) and now use those as well as the Tommee Tippee slow flow (size 1). (For the record, Avent bottles were a big NO and Comotomo bottles are a “sometimes”). Evangeline now takes a bottle for at one feed most days—at least 5 times a week or so. If we skip a few days, she is resistant the next time. She also will not take a bottle mid-feed, but she will take it if the feed starts with a bottle. While the Lactation Consultant initially suggested that Kent give her the bottle when I wasn’t around, at first she would only take the bottle from me (le sigh!). The moral of the story is: don’t give up, and try a lot of different things! For us, the absolutely opposite of what was recommended worked. Go figure!
Baby clothing! What an adventure! Between the rapid growth rate of your little one and the rate at which clothes are soiled, we go through a ton of clothing each day. We were so thankful to receive a TON of hand-me-downs for our little one in addition to tons of clothing from our baby showers. Initially, I felt like we had more than enough clothing, but the truth is, we’ve bought several clothing items since our girl was born. Just as a general rule, similar to the diapering note, our girl was on the smaller size (but long!) and wore newborn clothes exclusively for about 5-6 weeks, and is now exclusively in 0-3 month size at 7-8 weeks. However, all brands are sized somewhat differently and there are no hard and fast rules. We tend to outgrow length before anything else, so leggings and tighter jammies work really well for us!
Pajamas with mittens, footies, and zippers for the early days: We did not buy any mittens in preparation for Evie’s birth, but starting the hospital, it was abundantly clear that mittens were a necessity. Evangeline was obsessed with her hands and fingers and would put them directly in her eyes on a consistent basis (yikes, hah!). Most newborn jammies come with built-in mitten cuffs, which is super helpful. We found that the Lou Lou & Co. mittens would stay on Evangeline’s hands, but few others would. Footies were always helpful because Evie’s little feet were too small for most socks. We also prefer any jammies with zippers instead of snaps, simply for ease. This style from Target in NB was a little too big for our girl until about 3 weeks but has now become a favorite at an incredible value. Carter’s zip jammies always worked perfectly. Now that it’s October and colder, we’re stocking up on fleece zip jammies. If you have a consignment store in your area (we love Once Upon a Child), I highly, highly recommend stocking up on gently-used jammies that are in good condition, as your little one will spend a lot of time in them and may go through them/grow through them quickly. We have gone through LOTS of jammies and despite our best efforts, have lost several in the diaper blowout battle.
Gowns can be really helpful, and our favorite were the Lou Lou and Company knot-tie gowns. Other gowns with the elastic bottom were okay, but they were harder to lift above the diaper for diaper changes, and this was disruptive for sleepy diaper changes especially.
A note about onesies: I expected to use onesies more than I did. Since we had a summer baby, they were helpful for walks outside, but they were a little too skimpy for indoors in the AC. I also found that they were harder to get on and off compared to zippered options, even with the trick of folding down the collar. I had a TON of newborn onesies gifted to us as hand-me-downs, and I didn’t use too many of them. I use onesies more now that Evangeline is closer to two months and wearing more social activity outfits, but this isn’t something that I would suggest going crazy with.
There you have it! These are my recommendations for now, and this list is by no means exhaustive. Even as I wrap up, I remember things that I’m forgetting. We are blessed to live in a time with so many inventive products to make the newborn season easier. You by no means do not need #allthethings, but I hope this helps provide some context on what worked for our family and in what timing. If this was helpful, please share it with someone who may also be blessed by it! Thank you for reading. -Alex
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