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Bringing Home Baby: Top 10 Essentials

Before my first child was born I remember feeling SO unprepared. As a new mom, I had millions of questions running through my mind. With all of the baby gear on the market, what did I absolutely need? Were all of these newborn gadgets really necessary? Were particular items worth the investment? Through trial and error (and two babies later), I’ve come up with my Top 10 Essentials for Bringing Home Baby.

This post is sponsored by Dreft. All opinions are my own.  

Bringing Home Baby: Top 10 Essentials

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Photo Credit: Jamie Harper

1. Swaddles: Investing in quality swaddles is essential. Swaddles can be used for EVERYTHING – nursing, swaddling, tummy time, and a car seat cover. Not to mention, because they are so light weight, they don’t take up much space in your diaper bag.

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2. Freezer meals: I can guarantee when you return home from the hospital, you’re not going to feel like cooking a meal. Before the baby comes, be sure to stock your freezer with easy meals that can be prepared in a matter of minutes. Better yet, ask your friends to bring prepared meals in lieu of gifts when they come to visit you.

3. A swing: There is nothing like snuggling a newborn. However, for your sanity, it’s important to have some “you” time after your baby arrives. Investing in a good swing really makes all the difference.


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5. Quality nursing bras: If you choose to nurse your babies, nursing bras are the way to go. They are SO much more comfortable than regular bras. Not to mention, they make nursing SO much easier. 2-3 quality nursing bras should do the trick.

6. Diapers/wipes station: Before baby arrives, stock your home full of diapers and wipes. My personal favorite for newborn’s – Pampers. They’ve worked the best with both of my babies. Something that helps me immensely is having a diapers/wipes station easily accessible in our family room. This saves MANY trips back and forth to the baby’s room.

7. Bassinet: To be honest, I didn’t even need a crib with either of my babies until they were a few months old. Not only are bassinets less money than cribs, but they fit a lot easier in your bedroom; if you choose to keep your baby close.


8. Pads: Be sure to stock up on nursing pads and feminine pads.

9. Entertainment: Have some form of entertainment that you can look forward to each day – favorite TV shows, movies, books, etc.


10. Nighties: I feel like my children lived in nighties and onesies the first few weeks of their lives. My favorite kind of PJ’s are the kind of nighties with the elastic at the bottom – they make nighttime diaper changes a breeze.

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Photo Credit: Jamie Harper

What is your top baby essential?

Maggie Branch

Thursday 19th of November 2015

This is a great list! With my son our must have is the sleep sack. He moves around so much in his sleep and this keeps him calm and still. Plus as its getting colder out the fleecy version keeps him comfortable at night without the risk of a blanket awry.


Sunday 15th of November 2015

Bassinet was key for me when our kiddo was a bitty baby. These are awesome suggestions.

Janis @MommyblogExpert

Sunday 15th of November 2015

You definitely covered the most important baby items to have on hand when you come home from the hospital. That baby in the swing looks so sweet and comfy.


Saturday 14th of November 2015

This is a great resource for new moms. It's been a long time ago, but I still remember the time when I brought home my first born.

Ann Bacciaglia

Saturday 14th of November 2015

I love the idea of the freezer meals! I never did that and I remember wondering what we were going to eat.

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