newborn baby laying on bed

When I was making my registry for my first baby I was SO overwhelmed with the amount of products for newborns out there. Even though I was a first-time mom, I figured I knew enough about babies to know what I would need. But there is SO much out there. It seems like new baby items pop up all the time, so even some of the recommendations from my friends that had babies 2 -3 years ago seemed outdated.

If this sounds like you, I’m here to help! I made a list of my absolute favorite newborn baby products. I edited down my list to include what I feel are must-haves for most babies. All babies are different, so some products that were holy grails for me, might not work for you or your baby. But this list has all the items I think you should for sure include on your registry!

Must-have newborn baby products:

1. Vava Lamp

This Vava lamp is a MUST HAVE for night feeds. I am still breastfeeding my second child and I keep this on my nightstand. You just simply tap it on and off. There’s a few different settings and it can get super bright, or dim enough to not wake my husband but enough so that I can see what I’m doing. It’s small and portable and I’m obsessed.

2. Halo Bassinest Premiere

I’m so glad I got this bassinet. It swivels so when my daughter is sleeping she’s far enough away from me that she’s safe (no risk of the comforter flopping on her or her being too close to it and suffocating) but I don’t have to get out of bed to grab her for feeds. I just pull her over. Plus it vibrates and has sounds to help put her to sleep. I talked to friends who got the Snoo and they wished they had gotten the Halo. Plus, it’s a fraction of the price.

3. Haakaa

This is an absolute MUST if you’re breastfeeding. You suction it to one boob while your baby is nursing on the other and it not only catches all the milk that would otherwise leak, but it suctions out some as well. I was able to freeze soooo much just from this. I did not realize how much you leak at first! When baby is nursing on one side, your other boob lets down too. So not only is that gross and uncomfortable, but a waste of liquid gold! I built up a decent size stash from my Haakaa.

4. Hedgehog

This thing was a cult favorite in one of the mom Facebook groups I was in for my first baby. My older daughter loved it. My second daughter is indifferent, but I still think its worth adding to your registry since most babies seem to like it! It vibrates and plays music so it helps her fall asleep. I usually put it on her stomach or next to her when she’s falling asleep. Of course, make sure it is far from their mouth and nose and NEVER leave it in the crib, especially when they’re newborns.

5. Hatch Night Light

This is both a white noise machine and a night light. I love this thing. You can choose any color you want. I had heard that red light wasn’t as stimulating for babies so we keep on red for the baby, but I also used to let my toddler pick a color for her naps. There’s also a few different sounds. We usually put on the ocean waves one. You can set it to a timer too and when they’re older you can have it turn colors at a certain time to let them know to stay in their room until a certain time.

6. Earth mama nipple butter

This is necessary when you’re just starting to breastfeed (if you breastfeed). Your nipples get so raw and can get chapped (gross I know, but real). I brought it to the hospital. People also really like the Lansinoh one, but I like this one because you don’t need to wipe it off before nursing, which you have to do for most others.

7. Ubbi diaper genie

I don’t have experience with other diaper genies but I’ve heard some are super stinky and this one isn’t at all! My older daughter is 2.5 so we’ve really put it to the test and it still doesn’t smell like poop in their room! Plus it’s nice cause you can use any bags. Some diaper genies you have to use a specific kind.

8. Diaper caddies

I have a diaper caddy in the living room and our bedroom – with diapers, wipes, burp cloths, diaper rash cream/ aquaphor etc. It makes it so much easier to change diapers without having to go in the nursery. There’s tons of different kinds, but this is the one I have.

9. Nose Frida

Okay I thought this was super gross before I used it, but it’s actually not that weird. You basically suck the boogies out, but there’s a little stopper thing so it can’t get in your mouth. It honestly doesn’t even go past the opening. It’s way easier than using the bulb thing. There is an electric one too if you find this too gross. We also have the saline spray cause she gets lots of boogies. Literally every single one of their products is amazing. 

10. Boba wrap

Or any wrap really. This is just the one I have. I love baby wearing. It’s so cozy for her and makes life so much easier when it’s just you and the baby because it gives you a break from holding her and allows you to do other things. The first few weeks I never set my oldest down for naps, we literally held her all the time except at night or to put her down really quickly. So I love this thing. It seems really complicated, but I promise it’s not. Once you get used to it it’s super easy.

11. Dapple stain remover

This is such a good stain remover and it’s safe for babies. I went a little crazy and wanted to avoid harsh toxic cleaners like oxyclean or anything when they’re so little. It doesn’t work quite as well as some of the intense stain removers, but to be honest, they grow out of those clothes so quickly. I knew she’d only need them for a few more weeks, if that, so I didn’t mind if there was a very faint stain leftover. It definitely gets out most of it though!

12. Babylist Bottle Box

I recommend putting a few different bottles on your registry. This is a great sample box that allows you to test out multiple bottles. I will say, it doesn’t include two other popular bottles – Avent and Nuk, but it’s a good place to start! You can add one of each bottle to your registry if you want. I would recommend saving the other bottles if you plan on having more kids – both my girls liked different bottles! Or if not, you can always give them to someone who has a baby that does like them.

13. Babylist Pacifier Box

On that same note – register for a pacifier sample box! Babies all have such different preferences for pacifiers. My girls each liked different ones. So this is a great way to figure out which type of pacifier your baby likes before you buy a whole bunch. This box has 8 different popular pacifiers for your baby to try.

Final Thoughts

Figuring out what products are best for your baby can be overwhelming! These were my absolute favorite newborn baby products. Hopefully they work well for you too, but keep in mind sometimes you need to try a few different things to see what works best for you and your family!

Got any questions on any of these? Are any of them your favorites too? Let me know in the comments! Or contact me directly.

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