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    Baby Essentials: The Indispensable Items Every New Parent Needs

    Updated on 27 March 2024

    As parents we hope to make the lives of our babies as easy as possible. From anticipating their needs to fulfilling all the demands they put before us, we ensure that our babies have everything they need and want. As you begin this journey, for the first time or yet again, there are some baby essentials that can make both your and your baby’s life easier.

    In this article, we are going to list the most essential things a newborn baby needs and as your baby grows, the essential baby items that they will need.

    Newborn Baby Essentials to Buy Before Your Baby Arrives

    As your rollercoaster ride of pregnancy ends and the days of anticipation keep you up all night, you might as well make the most of the time left and start gathering some newborn baby essential items. Here are some essential things for newborn baby that you’ll need as soon as your baby arrives:

    1. Diapers and wipes

    Babies and diapers go hand in hand (well, technically bum in bum). A diaper is the first thing your baby will wear. And where diapers are concerned, wipes aren’t far behind. As changing diapers becomes a part of your skillset, diapers and wipes will become your closest allies.

    2. Clothing

    Well, you’ve made your baby wear a diaper, but they also need clothes. It’s finally the time to buy all those cute baby clothes you’ve been eyeing throughout your pregnancy. Some essential clothes you’ll need are onesies, caps, mittens, booties, socks, sweaters and wrappers.

    3. Feeding accessories

    Whether you breastfeed your baby or bottle-feed them, you’ll need some feeding supplies for both you and your baby. These include feeding bottles, nipples, nursing bras, breast pads and formula milk (if not breastfeeding).

    4. Baby bath essentials

    As you gear up for your baby’s first bath, you’re going to need some essentials like a baby soap or wash, baby shampoo, baby towel, a baby bather or bathtub.

    5. Baby skincare products

    Newborn babies have the softest and most delicate skin. To preserve their skin’s softness, you’ll need to use a baby face cream, lotion, talc-free powder, oil and diaper rash cream regularly.

    6. Baby health items

    Your baby’s health is paramount to you and your family. To keep them healthy and hygienic, you’ll need some essential things for newborn baby such as a baby laundry detergent, nail clippers, baby thermometer, tummy roll-on and a first-aid kit.

    7. Sleep essentials

    All parents want their babies to sleep (because let’s be honest those are the only moments of peace you’re going to get). To ensure they sleep well, you will need a baby pillow, swaddle or wrapper, blanket, dry sheet and a crib or bassinet with a firm mattress and sheets.

    Baby Essentials to Buy After Your Baby Graduates the Infant Stage

    As the first three months pass, you’ll become more of a parenting pro and your newborn will become a baby. For this new stage, both of you will need some essential baby items besides the products discussed above such as:

    1. Baby carrier

    As your baby puts on weight and is ready to accompany you outdoors, you’ll need a baby carrier to lift them. A carrier allows you to carry your baby for longer duration without exerting any load on your arms, shoulders or back.

    2. Stroller

    We know you’ve been looking forward to those leisure strolls in the park and have a lot of catching up to do on your travel plans. A stroller can make your journey easy both for those short and long trips.

    3. Diaper bag

    Your baby has become your new adventure buddy, accompanying you everywhere you go. And we love that for you! To ensure your baby’s adventures are fuss-free, make sure to carry a diaper bag with all their essentials in it.

    4. Mosquito repellent

    Everyone loves babies, even mosquitoes. But if you don’t want mosquitoes to kiss your baby, then make sure to apply a mosquito repellent spray, roll-on or sticker on your baby and/or the furniture or essentials around them.

    5. High chair

    As your baby begins to eat solids, things can (definitely will) get messy. To contain some of that mess and support your baby on this milestone, you should bring home a high chair upon which your baby can sit and eat.

    6. Baby utensils

    Just as you need utensils to eat food, your baby’s going to need them as well. So, collect some baby-friendly utensils such as fruit and vegetable nibblers, sippers, feeding spoons etc. for their mealtime.

    7. Developmental toys

    To support your baby through these growth stages, milestones and adventures, developmental toys can come in handy. So, make sure to surround them with safe and age-appropriate toys and books that encourage their development.

    Key Takeaways

    As you and your baby navigate the first year, you’re in for many surprises, late nights and panics. To save you some emergency trips to the baby aisle, we have listed all the baby essentials you will need regularly in the first year. So, stock up on these essentials because a great adventure awaits you!

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    Written by

    Anupama Chadha

    Anupama Chadha, born and raised in Delhi is a content writer who has written extensively for industries such as HR, Healthcare, Finance, Retail and Tech.

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