Top Baby Necessities: Here Is What We Learned

As the time approaches for your baby to arrive, you are most likely questioning what you will need to make the baby comfortable and welcome.  You might have even searched the internet.  There are tons of baby blogs and thousands of items that people want you to buy for your baby.  You can even find lists of essentials from stores.  Did all that information confuse you?

Before our first baby was born, we thought we definitely needed to buy many items in preparation for the arrival of that baby.  We went ahead and bought things we considered essential.  It turned out that many of those items we thought necessary were a complete nuisance.  We could have saved some money to use for items that are more important and more needed than the ones we bought.

If you are on a tight budget or living in a very reduced space, you cannot afford to buy stuff that will only take up available space and – empty your pockets.

In this post, we will share our experiences and list the top baby necessities that we found essential for our babies.

What Do Babies Cost?

Do you actually know what it costs to have a baby?  Have you made provisions and planned for a baby for some time?  It is amazing what it costs to have a baby.  That is why we decided to help you cut some costs by buying only the things that you will really need for your baby.  And slowly you can add things that come up along the way.

There is actually a very good talk show hosted by physicians where they discuss the costs of having a baby.  Take a look.

Wasn’t that video eye-opening?  We found it very informative.  You heard a bit more about the costs of having a baby and that is why we cannot stress it enough that you budget and sort out things before your baby has arrived.

In this post, we have broken up the items that we find essential for new parents in categories so you have a better overview.

1. Clothing

Before your baby arrives, you have absolutely no clue how many clothes you should buy and which ones are the best.

We decided not to know the gender of our baby, which made it even more difficult to choose clothes.  However, we liked it very much to have the gender as a complete surprise for us.  That way we did not need to keep it a secret to those people we wouldn’t have wanted to know and it was a pleasant experience.

That is exactly why we chose to buy only a few gender neutral clothes and wanted to stack up after the birth of our baby.

We bought a few sleepers, a few onesies, beanies, socks, mittens, a few nice outfits, among other things in the newborn size.  What we did not know was that our baby would not use these clothes for more than a week before we needed to change the size.  What was the use of buying all this?  Close to none.  We had to buy new clothes almost immediately again anyway.  Some footies were only for maybe an hour.

If we were to do it over again, we would not buy nice outfit-sets for our babies for the first few months (they get enough of those from friends, grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc.)  For example, a jumpsuit for boys or girls (like in the image) definitely looks pretty nice, also a nice dress for a newborn girl, but they are super uncomfortable for babies, and not convenient for parents.

Even small babies do not particularly enjoy the whole dressing procedure.  And dressing babies in clothes that have all kinds of buttons, snaps, and clips, can take up quite some time because the baby does not cooperate, and most new parents lack the skills to dress the baby.

Not only are nice outfits uncomfortable or inconvenient for parents.  Do you know how many times per day you have to change your baby?  If it is not a diaper leak, it is vomit while burping, etc.  Expect lots of changes per day.  Changing clothes that are a hassle to put on or take off can become frustrating for both baby and parents.

There are special occasions when you want to dress up your baby in nice outfits, but a nice sleeper does its job, or?  We go by that.

And lastly, be prepared to change all the clothes very soon.  Babies grow so extremely fast, that you can almost not keep up to have enough clothes for each size.  For example, our oldest weighed close to 10 pounds at birth.  After a week, no newborn outfit fit him anymore.  So, we switched to 3-month size.  After approximately 5 weeks, we had to switch to 6-month size.  It sounds insane, but our boy was very big and outgrew everything so quickly.  Only after 24 months, things did not go so fast anymore.  That is when we stocked up a bit more.  Our second son was no different.  Weighing over 9 pounds, at 18 months we had to switch to 2T size.  Washing more requently is better than having tons of outfits.

It is very exciting to dress your baby the first week and put on lots of new outfits.  But if you don’t have the money, don’t spend it on clothes until they will use them longer.

What then should you buy for your newborn?

a) Onesies (do both, long- and short-sleeved onesies)

b) Sleepers, also known as footies.  This is the best clothing you can wish for a baby.  It is comfortable, keeps them cozy, and is easy and quick to change.  We did not like the button up sleepers but preferred the zippered ones (and most parents agree on that one).  Just be careful when zippering up the sleeper.

c) Hats.  You might even get one from the hospital or your midwife, as they often give them out for free.  Hats are especially necessary if you do not have your house warm, if you plan to travel, or if you live in a cool climate.

d) Pairs of socks.  Babies’ feet and hands tend to get cold easily, even if you have them in a warm room.  So, socks and footed sleepers are a must.

e) Babies tend to scratch their face all the time with their tiny nails.  That is why we suggest you get some scratch mittens.  While these are not essential, because most newborn sleepers have mitten cuffs, where you can conveniently hide the baby’s hands, make sure you have them on either their sleepers or onesies or get separate ones.

f) Laundry detergent.  Back with our first loads of laundry, we did not think about sensitive skin in babies, so we washed the clothes with a detergent that was rather strong.  However, after some time we noticed that our baby had dry skin and it was getting worse instead of getting better.  That is when one of our moms gave us the advice to check out the detergent and make sure it wasn’t that what was bothering him.  We did, and in no time, our baby had nice and smooth skin again.  That is why we highly suggest that you use a mild yet refreshing detergent.  Look for available organic, non-chemical options.

g) Winter suits for those living in cold climates.

2. Diapering

Diapers are the most important item that you will need for your baby for the first 2 years of life.  And you will need plenty of them.

A newborn baby spoils around 8 diapers every single day for the first 12 months of life.  A newborn will have around 4 bowel movements per day, plus all the wet diapers.  That makes around 240 diaper changes per month.  You can do the math yourself.

You have the option to choose between disposable diapers or washable diaper cloths and that is a matter of preference.  Although you save the planet by using washable diaper cloths, you will need to do loads of laundry and use massive amounts of detergent.  According to comparisons, diaper cloths are only cheaper if you use them on more than one child and if you can buy used ones.  Other than that, disposable diapering is as convenient as cloth diapering because they both have pros and cons.

Diapers are essential and you will need an ample supply at home before your baby arrives, regardless of which ones you choose.

If you are tight on a budget, diaper cloths require an initial higher investment compared to disposable diapers.

We highly recommend that you do not go with the most expensive diapers if you choose disposable diapers.  With our kids, we used Parent’s Choice diapers and we liked them very much.  We tried Huggies, and others, but we did not notice a significant difference except for the price difference.

Here are the essentials for diapering:

a) A month supply of newborn and 1st-stage diapers.

b) Wet wipes.  We prefer fragrance free wipes, so we do not have all the extra chemicals that diapers and wipes already have.  Plus, some babies have too sensitive skin for wipes that aren’t fragrance-free.

c) Diaper rash cream.  With so many soiled diapers, a baby rapidly develops a diaper rash and if not treated immediately, it gets worse very quickly and causes a lot of pain and crying.

d) Changing pad.  No, a changing table is not something we needed.  We love to have diaper and wipes stations all over our house.  One in our bedroom, one in the family room, one in the kids’ room, one in the bathroom, etc.  That way we can quickly change the diaper wherever it is needed.  That is why we never used a changing table, neither a changing pad.   That is a matter of preference.  Nevertheless, if we would have had room and money for it, we would have most likely bought one.

e) Diaper Pail.  We had a diaper pail because we thought we would need it.  However, we did not use it very often.  We rather put the soiled diaper in a bag and placed it in the garbage bin that we keep outdoors.  That was more convenient for us.  However, we know that keeping garbage bins outside is not possible everywhere, so a diaper pail is very convenient to have.

f) Diaper bag.  You definitely need one or more bags to take along all the baby stuff on a day at your parents’ house, and even to go to the store.  Babies always poop, pee, or vomit when you do not expect it.

It often happened to us that we had to change our baby again right that moment we had to leave for a church service.  Imagine this, you get your baby ready for church, feed her, and dress her.  By the time you are ready, you find out that she has a soiled diaper and not only that, she has a diaper leak.  Surprise!  You get to change your baby completely again.  That is why diaper bags are a must-have.  Always carry a few extra sets of clothes, diapers, and other items along.  They are essential.

3. Sleeping

We never fully understood the concept “sleep-deprived” until we had children:-).  When our oldest was born, our midwife advised us to sleep when the baby was asleep.  She said we would get tired and needed our rest.  Of course, as new parents, we did not listen.  Out of pure excitement, we continued with our routine day/night cycles.  But it did not take long until we knew we had better listen to her advice.  On day 3, we looked at each other and asked and thought the same, “Did we know what we were up to when we planned for the baby?”  On night 3 our oldest decided that he did not need any sleep.  That was the first night of 2 years of sleep deprivation until the 2nd baby arrived.  Looking back, we would do it again.  It was totally worth it, but babies and sleeping do not necessarily go hand in hand.  We are just giving you a heads up.

You need to find what makes your baby sleep!

There are few essentials that we find you need to make your baby sleep better and more comfortable.

a) During the first 6 months, a crib is not essential but definitely needed later on.  We coslept with our baby most of the time.  However, we kept a bassinet beside our bed where our babies slept, when not with us in bed.  To co-sleep or to not co-sleep has been a heated discussion for years among pediatritians, parents, families, etc.  But there is enough evidence and research that proves co-sleeping beneficial for babies.  It is not as hazardous as believed by many for years.

Why did we co-sleep with our babies?  Before we had a baby, we never planned for it.  However, we were often so sleep deprived, that the only way to get some rest was to lay down with the baby between us.  Our son was wide awake for at least 3-4 hours every single night.  And parents come to a point where they cannot stand to be up for hours during the night and work during the day.  That is when we decided to co-sleep and it was the only way that we finally got some rest.  People that heard that we co-slept thought we were not ok.  And we understand.  If your baby sleeps through the night, if you do not breastfeed, you will need a crib and won’t be sleep deprived.

In our case, we found a sleeping problem when our oldest was around 2 and a half years old.  By the time our second baby arrived, we were used to sleeping less, but then he slept better than our firstborn.  Remember, every baby is different.  We are here to share our experiences so you can benefit from them.

So, a crib is not essential for the first few months of life, honestly.  Neither is crib bedding necessary.  Crib bedding can even be dangerous for babies.  However, you will need a crib in the long run, so you might as well get if before the baby arrives.  If you cannot afford it before the baby arrives, it is always ok to get it later.

Your crib should be an approved one.  It is very important that you get a crib in which you can put your child and have peace of mind that it will be safe.

b) An approved mattress.  You will have to make sure that you get a quality and firm mattress for your baby.

c) A mattress cover.  A baby mattress is not cheap, and you cannot have it soiled with the first diaper leak your baby will have.  The waterproof cover will completely protect the mattress.

d) You need sleepers, as mentioned above.

e) A bassinet.  For naptime and nighttime, a bassinet is very convenient because you can carry it wherever you need it.  However, if you get a crib, a bassinet would not be necessary.

f) Fitted crib sheets.  You will need at least one fitted crib sheet.  We advise against non-fitted crib sheets, as they can suffocate a child if it gets tangled.

g) Blankets.  No, you do not need blankets to cover your baby while asleep.  Babies tend to move quite a lot while asleep.  At a very early age, babies already start to move around while sleeping.  So a blanket is not a good idea until your baby grows.  However, you do need blankets to swaddle your baby.

Did you know that babies love to be swaddled?  They feel all cozy and rolled up like in the womb.  Our babies always had a big smile on their faces when the time came to swaddle them for the night.  They love to be tightly swaddled.  Make sure you have a supply of receiving and swaddling blankets for your cute little one.  Since cotton is moisture-wicking, we prefer 100% cotton blankets.

4. Feeding

To feed a baby, you do not need many things.  Whatever is in the house usually works fine.  If your baby is being breastfed, there is even less that you will need.  However, there are some items that are convenient.

Studies suggest that you introduce solids to your baby after they are 6 months old.  Before that, babies are usually not interested in solid foods and you shouldn’t be worried at all.  Babies are ready for foods at different times.  For example, with our oldest son, we introduced solids at the 6-month mark.  In less then a month, he ate so much that we were blown away by the amount such a small baby can consume, all the while being breastfed multiple times per day until he was 14 months old.  Our second baby was not interested in food at all at the 6-month mark.  Although we tried to put in some food at each meal, he was 9 months old until he started eating very well.  He was breastfed until around 14 months as well.

Basically, babies are ready at different times for food.  However, we do not recommend to start solids before the 6-month mark.  Fewer problems at mealtime because the baby is more ready at that age for food.

So what do you need to feed your baby?

a) A breast pump.  Engorged breasts at the beginning of lactation hurt and are very uncomfortable.  That is when pumping the ample milk supply comes in handy.  It is also a great way to store excess milk for occasions when your baby stays at some place without the mom.  We also loved to freeze milk for the time the babies were already weaned.  Our oldest drank it even after he was weaned but the second boy did not take any of it anymore.  Once he was weaned, he was done with mother’s milk.

A manual breast pump is just fine and does its job very well.  However, there are great ones that pump the milk with the push of a button.  You will also need a supply of storage bags to freeze the milk.  Also check if the breastpump is provided by your health care provider.

b) Breast pads.  A steady supply of milk can result in leaks, which is when disposable or washable pads are convenient.

c) Burp Cloths.  Babies vomit quite often when burping because their stomach is not fully developed.  However, that stops after a few months.  Until then, burp cloths are very convenient and a must have.

d) A good supply of formula.  Although we strongly advise against giving your babies formula at all because of the impact it has on your baby’s health, we know that there are cases where it is required.  If you cannot breastfeed, you will have to go with formula.  If that is the case, you will also need a thermal bottle for warm water.

e) Bottles and sippy-cups.  We never used a bottle for our babies, since we never brought them away for longer than from one breastfeeding to another one, and also because we never gave them formula.  So as soon as we introduced water to them (which was after the 3-month mark), we started them on sippy cups.  We tried bottles, but they did not like them, and we did not want to interfere with breastfeeding, so we gladly gave them sippy-cups.  Also, we never gave our babies anything else than water or breastmilk during the night or just before they were off to bed.

f) Highchair, or booster.  One thing that you will definitely need at the 6-month mark is the high chair.  As soon as you introduce solids to your baby, you will have her sit at the table, thus learning what mealtime is all about.  Whether it is a highchair, which is more convenient and comfortable, or a booster, which is convenient when you only have reduced space or to take along to restaurants or to friends’ or family’s houses, you will be thankful for these.

We had bought our highchair long before the baby was there.  So that took lots of space for almost a year.  Definitely not an item on the top of the list.

As babies grow, they think it is cool to move around at the table during mealtime, and it does not take long before they start throwing food or smearing it everywhere.  To conserve at least a little cleanliness and have your baby in place, you will benefit from buying a highchair or booster.

It happened to us when we went to the restaurant and sat down at a booth.  They did not have a highchair available, so we had our little one, who was already big enough to stand up trying to push himself from one end of the seat to the other, all the time trying to take some food and spilling the cups.  When we left that restaurant, we were very thankful for the highchairs.  They at least give you some normal family mealtime.

g) A few things that you will not need for feeding your baby are a baby bullet, special spoons, and plates.  Although they are sold as essentials, we found that we did not use them as much as we thought we would.  We rarely used the bullet to process and prepare baby food.  We rather introduced solids and taught the kids from very young to chew whole food.

We also strongly believe that their small stomachs digest whole foods better than if you mush it all down.  Of course, it also depends on the food.  For example, a baby can eat well-cooked rice pretty easy, whereas you will have to cut grapes in very small pieces before your baby can eat them.  Babies cannot chew certain foods like apples them before they get a bit older.  If you also decide against the baby bullet, just be careful when your baby eats and never let her do it unsupervised until she gets older.

If you do not process all the food to make smoothies, do not worry about spoons.  Babies absolutely love finger foods and it helps develop their their fine motor skills.  So, give your baby food that it can eat on its own, as much as possible.  And a spoon will not come into question until they get quite a bit older, which is when they are ready to use regular teaspoons and eventually forks.

5. Bathing

When our oldest was born, we had no idea how to bathe such a cute little baby.  They are so floppy that you do not exactly know how to handle them.  So we figured out a few things to make our baby comfortable at bathtime.

Since babies get cold very easily, you will not want to expose them for an extended time.  They will usually cry once you take them out of the bath because they are freezing.  So we found out that taking the baby with you into the bath or shower is one way of keeping the baby warm and not expose her to the unnecessary Moro reflex, which is when a baby is startled and moves her arms and stretches them quickly as if she was falling down.  That reflex is so present at bathtime and we did not want the baby to be startled all the time.  So taking her into the bath is a great idea to keep her warm, but also make her feel safe.

Here is what you need for bathtime:

a) A Bathtub.  Babies cannot always go with you under the shower, so a bathtub is something necessary to have.  We had bought an infant bathtub, but we like to bathe our babies in the kitchen sink, or in the laundry sink.  We think they are even more practical than a bathtub.  However, not everyone has a large sink, so a bathtub is convenient.

b) Towels and blankets.  We like to put a towel into the sink or bathtub for the baby to lay on, which makes her feel safe.  However, what worked very well for us to not have baby startled or crying is to roll her into a receiving blanket while we bathe her.  You just uncover the body part that you will wash and cover it again once you are done.  When you are done, tuck her into a prewarmed towel and dress her just like you bathed her, by uncovering the body parts that you want to wash.

c) Washcloths.  You will need a few soft washcloths to wash your baby nicely.

d) Shampoo and cleansers.  Use a shampoo that is as natural as possible and does not irritate the baby’s skin nor eyes.

e) Nail clippers and hair brushes.  Cut your baby’s nails frequently so she is not able to scratch her face constantly.  Also, get a very soft hair brush to comb your baby’s hair after a bath.

6. Traveling

Traveling with a baby can be a joyous time (at least if she cooperates).  Babies get so tired of sitting in car seats that you do not want them to be on the road all the time.  However, if you get a decent and comfortable car seat, chances are good that your baby is going to enjoy the trip.

There are a few things that you need if you plan to travel with your baby, regardless of the distance.  Even a trip to the store with your baby requires some basic equipment.

a) Car seat.  One of the most important acquisitions for your baby is going to be the car seat.  And you should definitely consider buying a new one, as used ones may have been in an accident, may have become brittle over the years and they may even have expired.  There are laws that require you to have your baby in a rear-facing car seat until she is 2 years old.  You can be fined for not doing so.

There are convertible as well as infant car seats that are both for newborn babies.

A convertible car seat is one that grows with your baby.  You will be able to use it for the first years of life and up to age 12, depending on what you get.  It starts with the rear-facing position for small babies and transitions into the forward-facing position for your toddler and finally converts into a booster seat for your young child.

An infant car seat will only last for around 8-16 months, depending on the size of your baby.  It is only a rear-facing option and you cannot use it for a toddler anymore.  Infant car seats are convenient because they latch into a base.  You can take the carrier out, cover your baby with attached canopies, thus protecting her from the weather.

Convertible and infant car seats both have their pros and cons.  You will have to check out which one is more convenient for you.  Nevertheless, this is a must-have item, preferably to be bought before your baby arrives.

b) A nice-to-have item is a travel system that goes with your car seat.  Having a stroller for your baby and toddler is not only nice to have but also convenient.  You can usually attach the infant car seat carrier to a stroller with one click, and you are ready to go for a walk, run errands, or whatever you want.  Although this is not the first thing that you need to invest in, if you have the money to buy it upfront, it is a good idea to do so.  On the long run, you will possibly use a stroller.

c) You will also want to have some toys for your baby while you travel.  Some rattle toys or others that will keep baby entertained.  However, plan your trips in a fashion that they coincide with nap times as much as possible.  That makes for less fussy babies.

7. Random Necessities

In this following list, you will find items that are maybe not essential, but always good to have.

a) Thermometer and medication.  While your baby is being breastfed, and mom takes a good supply of vitamin C, your baby will likely not get sick easily.  However, once babies are weaned, they start to have common flu symptoms, fever, colds, teething (which in most cases happens before).  It is then very convenient to have some pediatric Advil or Tylenol on hand to help relieve the symptoms and a thermometer to assure that fever is not too high.  Babies can develop a fever quickly, and it rises much sooner than in adults.  You want to make sure that baby’s temperature stays within normal ranges by frequently checking on her.

b) Playpen.  Definitely convenient for picnic days, but that is the only time we really used them.  Although we thought we had to buy a playpen, we have used it seldom.  We prefer to have babies on the floor on the belly. They can look much further and develop better when they are free, even in a picnic.  No adult would like to be confined to a playpen, so this is one thing that we do not recommend to buy, except if you use it as a crib or as stated, for outings.

c) Baby monitor.  It would be nice to have a baby monitor, but we would not have used it very much if we would have had one.  It depends on they type and size of your house and your daily activities.  In the house that we used to live while our boys were babies, the kitchen was just across the bedrooms, so we noticed every time our babies woke up from their nap times.  Also, since we co-slept most of the time, we were not in need of a monitor.  While it is good to have one for larger homes, or if the bedrooms are not close to common spaces, it is very handy to check on your baby.

d) Rocking chair.  Although we never had one while our babies were small, we would have loved to have one because the mom gets tired sitting up in an upright position and feeding the baby.  While a rocking chair is not essential, they add extra comfort for the mother who can get extremely tired, especially that first month after giving birth.  We recommend that you find a rocking chair.  You will likely not need it beyond the 9-month mark; therefore, we suggest that you get a used one, or seek one with family members who are willing to lend it to you for some time.

e) Pacifiers.  Did you hear that right?  Yes, you did.  Although we are not huge fans of pacifiers because of the damage they do to baby’s gums, we do think that if you do not give your baby a pacifier throughout the whole day, they can be very convenient.  However, if your baby does not want one, do not give it to her just because.  Our second baby did not take the pacifier at all and we were glad he didn’t.  Our oldest started asking for it at the 4-month mark.  And he used it until he was 4.  We just had the rule that he could have it under 3 circumstances: If he was sick, to sleep (at night or for a nap), and while on long road trips.  So every night, we went and took it out as soon as he fell asleep.  That was the way to make sure he did not have it too much.  However, we understand that every baby is different.

f) Baby carriers.  Carrying our babies in carriers was something we only liked to do when we went for a walk, or when walking the streets in a city.  We know of moms that like to carry their babies while cooking.  That is also a matter of preference, but baby carriers are definitely convenient.  If you have the money for that, it is totally worth it.  You attach to your baby in a completely different way when carrying her around all day long.  We carried our babies a lot as well, but we found it time-consuming to get them in and out all the time of carriers.  So we just carried them in our arms.

g) Breastfeeding pillow.  If you or your partner decides to breastfeed the baby, it is always comfortable for the mom to have a pillow to support the baby, thus supporting her back.  A mom’s back gets really tired from holding the baby up, which is why we recommend that you spend on a good nursing pillow for the comfort of both baby and momma.

8. Things That You Will Not Need At All

The market for baby items is huge and it grows every year.  You will find many new things every time you go into the baby store.  However, we found that there are so many things that are more for the sake of luxury than essential.  We even found that many items just pile up in your home without ever using them.  That is why we decided to share a list of things that you will not need at all for your baby.  You can use that money to buy things you really need or save it up for things that you will need in the near future.

So here are some things that we find unnecessary:

a) Shoes.  A newborn does not need shoes at all.  In fact, a baby’s brain develops best when barefoot.  Of course, a newborn baby should wear socks, but shoes are a complete nuisance.  We had a few shoes for our babies, but they always either fell off, or did not fit nicely, and other things.  That is when we decided that we would buy shoes for our babies when they started walking so they would have good support.

Baby shoes are not cheap.  You can expect to pay at least 40% of what you pay for a pair of shoes for adults.  A pair of shoes will easily cost $10.  It does not sound like much, but if you think that your baby will only wear them once or twice, it is not really worth it.

b) Bamboo Seats.  There is a hype about bamboo seats that are supposed to teach your baby to sit and to provide support.  These small seats are very cute and great for babies to sit in.  However, have you ever thought of the experience and learning your baby is missing by sitting in one of those instead of being on the floor, on its belly, and exploring the world?  Babies are natural explorers.  They do not want to sit or lay still on their backs.  They want to move and learn.  Give them that opportunity by providing them with a warm and clean floor, and lots of stuff to explore.  That is much better than having them in the seat.  A one-day-old baby is old enough to be put on her belly a few times per day.  Some may argue that they are good for feeding.  By the time your baby is eating solids, you will need a booster or highchair or a bamboo seat.

c) Baby walkers.  The common misbelief that babies need walkers to develop and strengthen their spine, is completely erroneous.  In fact, babies should NEVER use walkers.  They need to crawl for proper brain development.  If you provide your baby with walkers, she is missing out on some very important developmental stages.  Oscar has been a teacher for many years and he has done some studies regarding learning disorders among children.  In his research, he found that students with learning difficulties often missed that important stage of crawling and were put into walkers are very small age.  There are other factors, but for kids to learn better, it is very important that they go through all the natural developmental stages, instead of providing them with everything.  Babies become more creative when not given sophisticated toys and items that assist development.  They do best on the floor in the belly position and they will develop a strong and firm spine without walkers.

d) Wet wipe warmers.  When our baby was born, we bought a wipe warmer, considering it an essential.  However, we used it only for a few weeks.  First of all, they dry the wet wipes out very quickly.  That was not helpful.  There are techniques to make the wipes wet again.  However, we liked it better to have the wipes in their original package close to the oven or in direct sunlight so they would be warm enough.  Besides, they stay wet and fresh better for a long time in their packages.

e) Potty training toilet.  Yes, a potty trainer is on our list of non-essentials as well.  We bought a potty trainer way before it was time to use it.  How little did we know that babies are ready at different times for potty training and that they will tell you when they are ready if you don’t push them, but only encourage them.  Besides, the only thing we ever really needed was a toilet ring for toddlers.  Actually, we wanted to train our baby for a baby toilet, but it never worked.  He did not cooperate.  So we waited for a few weeks and then it clicked that we did not want to carry a potty toilet wherever we went.  We knew that we needed to train him to use a regular toilet.  And that was when he understood what we wanted him to do and it took less than a week until he was completely diaper-free.


Babies are very expensive and you will spend much more than you ever expected to.  It is incredible how much money goes into babies.  If it is not clothes, they get sick and need to see the doctor, or the insurance bill needs to be paid, you have to keep the house warmer, and the list goes on and on.

Honestly, we never thought that we would spend so much on our children.  And we used lots of secondhand clothes.  In fact, our second baby did not have more than maybe 5 new outfits from us.  The ones that were new were from friends and family.  He used all the clothes from our first baby, which we had carefully stored in case we would have another boy.

Before you go wild about a list of essentials, take advice from parents who have experience and learn from their mistakes.  Consider carefully what you will need and what not.  With our second baby, we only bought things as the need for them came up.  We did not buy stuff before the baby arrived.  And we think that was a wise decision.

If it is your first baby, consider buying a few essentials and see what is needed along the way.


Did we miss something in our list of essentials that you needed for your baby?  If you have not had children and are expecting now, what have you already bought and what are you still wanting to buy? We would love to hear from you.  Please leave your comments below.

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