The Only 12 Things You Actually Need When You Bring Home Baby
Congrats, you’re preggers! Now comes the part where you freak out about all the stuff you’re going to need. But good news: Newborns really don’t require that much. We chatted up some super-cool moms—and one neonatal nurse—to get the scoop on the only 12 things you actually need in your house when you come home from the hospital.
A BASSINET OR CO-SLEEPER
Little Ruby or James is going to need a place to sleep, now isn’t she/he?
Arm's Reach ($160)
A ROCK ’N PLAY OR VIBRATING SWING
For when he/she decides he/she hates the bassinet and will only sleep in something that jiggles.
A CAR SEAT
How else are you going to get that kid home from the hospital?
DIAPERS AND WIPES
Plan on needing about 150 diapers in the first three weeks (we kid you not) and remember: Some bigger babies won’t fit in newborn sizes at all, so if in doubt, get size 1s.
Pampers ($28 for 148 diapers)
A DIAPER GENIE
Because those things stink.
Diaper Genie ($54)
Because after a week or so, you’re gonna need to get outside.
A NURSING PILLOW
The typical postpartum feeding session lasts 45 minutes and happens every two hours. You guys need to be comfortable.
A BABY BATHTUB
In the first few weeks, a sponge bath is all your newborn really needs. Still, a tub will help you gently and safely support her head.
FIRST AID STUFF
You’ll want a full-range of supplies--a thermometer, diaper rash cream, Baby Tylenol, a nail file--the works.
Some onesies and burp cloths
Babies barf a lot…so be prepared for emergency clean-ups and outfit changes.
Petunia Pickle Bottom ($46)
You’ve got some long hours ahead of you, woman. You got this!