What are some essentials for having a baby?

I’m 22 weeks pregnant and still trying to prepare for baby in this craziness. We have a crib, changing table, swing, bottles, diapers, wipes, nail clippers, brushes, boogie thing, bibs, clothes, blankets, diaper bag, bath. Just need car seats and a few other things any other essentials and hospital bag stuff I’m missing? Pregnancy brain is real, and this is my second baby. Just wanna make sure I have everything together


All you really need for baby is a place to sleep, diapers, clothes, a car seat & boobs. Everything else is extra. You seem to be doing good!

Maybe burp cloths, a bouncer, lotion & baby soap (the night time ones are AMAZING!) baby towels & washcloths

I made this list for my best friend when she was expecting:

Pacifier clip
Teething gel
Teething toys
Baby Tylenol
Burp cloths
Baby blankets
Swaddle blankets
Sleep sack
Changing pad
Changing pad covers
Diaper pail
Diaper pail bags
White noise maker
Rocking chair
Dresser/changing table
Mattress pad
Baby hammock
Sheets (get a few)
Heating pads for crib
Cool mist humidifier
Baby monitor
Boppy pillow
Baby tub
Bath thermometer
Baby thermometer
Baby washcloths
Hooded bath towels
Diaper rash cream
Baby soap
Baby shampoo
Baby lotion
Faucet covers
First aid kit
Snot sucker ball
Nail clippers/baby nail file
Play mat
Shopping cart cover
Diaper bag
Travel hand sanitizer
Baby carrier
Travel changing pad
Disposable changing table covers
Travel formula dispenser
Bottle drying rack
Bottle brushes
Different size nipples for your baby bottles
Suction bowls
Food storage containers
High chair
,Pack and play
Laundry detergent
Laundry basket
Storage bins
Net for stroller/car seat
Winter car seat cover
Baby socks
Rock and Play (I know that’s a no go now)
Bassinet sheets
Johnny jumper
Baby walker

Hope this helps a little. Some things are out dated already and some are overkill but hey, I’m a prepper. Congrats too btw!

Mabey something for gas or upset tummy, gripe water, infant friends drops work fantastic.

Im about to be 36 weeks with 2nd baby & I’m having a hard time remembering what to get also. I have some clothes, was cloths, baby towels, soap & lotion, bottles & a car seat. So I’m following to see what other essentials!!

Obviously you know the basics like diapers and wipes. But other than that a carrier and a swing. I promise you those things will allow you to get things done around your house.

It’s nice to have infant Tylenol and infant cold/cough/mucus medicine on hand. It’s really hard for me to find infants Tylenol right now because of everything going on, and of course my baby is sick but luckily I had some on hand already. But it closer to your due date so it doesn’t expire before you possibly have to use it. I made sure I had tylenol, cold medicine, and a vapor rub. I’m glad I bought all three and didn’t have to run to the store when she was sick.


This frightens me. I am a first time mom pregnant with my husband’s 3rd and all we have is a bedding set and a few cute onsies. His daughters are 9 and 11 and I have no hand me down items from them. I haven’t even started a registry because I have no idea what to get…

i would get destin (diaper rash), a bouncer seat (sooo handy as a safe place to put baby), you’ll need something to put in your room for baby to sleep like a bassinet unless your crib is in there, gripe water in case they get difficult gas, make sure you have swaddler blankets or the ollie swaddles, swaddling makes a huge difference in sleep

Amazon does a great checklist registry and you can mark off items you’ve already received/purchased

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A swing and gas drops were the biggest help with my baby, I really recommend a swing or bouncer, helps give you a break, and most of the time it’s relaxing for the baby

Boppy pillow if you plan to breastfeed!


I am pregnant with my 5th…the must have for the first few weeks are…lots of onesies, receivng blankets, diapers wipes, breastfeeding essentials if your are boppy, nipple cream, swing or bouncer or both, sling for carrying …comfy clothes for you, and pillows if you dont have a pregnancy pillow!

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If you go to Amazon they can help with a registry or even just give you ideas on what else you might need

A good digital thermometer. It will be a great investment.

diaper genie is a god send if you live in an apartment and the dumpster is a walk. burp clothes. I used a sling (I call it a kangaroo pouch) every day for months, now I only use it grocery shopping but she will be 1 in April.

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Diaper cream and nipple cream, 2 nursing bras, the trashable breast pads, back up charger for your phone.

All the above zip up jammies. Pacifier if your going to use. Don’t get a lot of the same brand bottle until you know for sure baby will use it. Really is what they live in for a while. Yes you can find lists on line as to what you need.

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