Bringing Home Baby–What You Need (and What You Don’t)

Mobiles, bouncy seats, swings, activity centers, car seats, rocking chairs, loungers, tummy-time mats–I think it’s kind of funny that the smaller the baby is, the more equipment your teeny bundle of joy seems to “need.”

But before you go crazy with the registry scanner gun, consider this: the new addition might not want to be swayed to sleep by a battery-operated device, might choose to sleep on you rather than the crib at first, and likely will prefer to hear the beating of your heart over whatever version of Brahms’ Lullaby that the latest and greatest mobile is playing these days.

Here’s what you really need to bring home for baby:

-A safe, new car seat

-A safe home (smokers, take it outside, please)

-A safe place for baby to sleep (I’d go for a bassinet first before you invest in the big, expensive crib)

Newborn diapers

Sensitive skin wipes

A soothing cream to protect baby’s skin in between diaper changes–Alba Un-Petroleum Multi-Purpose Jelly is a good everyday lotion, but if a rash occurs, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste will become your new best friend

Receiving blankets for swaddling

-Things to make your life easier if you’re nursing, including cream for sore nipples, pads for leakage (Lansinoh’s disposable nursing pads are my favorite, or if you prefer washable, Avent makes nice ones), a pillow to prop up baby and a lightweight blanket or shawl you can use to nurse in public, if you’d prefer a little privacy

-A few good bottles with stage 1 nipples if you’re going to feed expressed breast milk or formula –my kids were happy with Born Free –– except for my first, who had bad reflux and was a Dr. Brown’s baby

-A little baby bathtub, towels and some gentle body wash and shampoo–California Baby Calming Shampoo and Bodywash is really great for newborns and older babies with sensitive skin

-A gentle detergent for washing baby’s clothes–I like Babyganics Loads of Love, which is fragrance-free

-A baby monitor if the baby will ever be outside of immediate earshot

Oh, sure–you’ll want and need other stuff, too! You’ll probably end up buying or borrowing a baby sling or carrier”¦you’ll most certainly want a stroller, too, and a changing table and a comfy chair where you can rock baby and read Good Night Moon and play, “This Little Piggie” and peek-a-boo.

But give yourself a little time to find out what kind of baby you have and what kind of mommy you are going to be before you buy out the nearest baby warehouse.

Because–as you’ll soon discover–babies are full of surprises.



Jorie Mark is’s Director of Marketing Communications and mom to three kids, ages 4 to 11.

About Jorie

Jorie Mark is’s Director of Marketing Communications and mom to three kids, ages 4 to 11.

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3 comments on «Bringing Home Baby–What You Need (and What You Don’t)»

  1. Abigail says:

    Awww, I remember the days of new babies. I panicked over thinking I needed so many things. Thanks for helping new moms remember to take it easy and focus on the things that make life easier instead of more cluttered.

  2. Rachel says:

    As always, your advice is invaluable. Just finished registering this weekend and took all your advice to heart and applied where necessary :-) Thanks, Jorie!

  3. Jorie @vitacost says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Rachel and Abigail!

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