Top 25 Must-Have Newborn and Baby Items

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Save your sanity during the newborn phase of motherhood by making sure that you are prepared with these 25 must-have newborn baby items and products.  I am willing to put my reputation on the line here and say that these baby products are the most practical, easy-to-use and convenient newborn baby products out there (especially the Leachco Newborn Podster).  These items are available on, which is where I purchased each of these items, but you can also find most of the products at Target, Babies’R’Us, and BuyBuyBaby. 

Last Updated:  October 2015

Top 25 Newborn Baby Items:

1.  Leachco Newborn Podster 
Link:  Leachco Newborn Podster

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LeachCo Newborn Podster

The  Leachco Newborn Podster is my absolute number one favorite baby item of all time.  No question about it.  You can view my post about this product at How to Make Mommy’s Life With Newborn Easier, and the top uses for the Newborn Podster.  We feel so passionately about this product that we will be donating a number of them to an HIV Orphanage in Vietnam (see How My Favorite Baby Product Will Help Orphans With HIV in Vietnam).  I cannot find this item anywhere but and Babies’R’Us.  

2.  Boon Grass Bottle and Nipple Drying Rack

Link:  Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack, Spring Green 

Boon Grass Drying Rack

The Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack is fantastic, and in my humble opinion, it is the prettiest drying rack out there.  More importantly, it works great for drying nipples and bottles.

3.  Rock ‘N Play Newborn Sleeper
Link:   Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Newborn Rock N Play Sleeper

Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper
Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘N Play Sleeper

I refer to the Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Newborn Rock N Play Sleeper as the “Magic Cradle.”  I love this thing.  I brought it with me almost everywhere I went with my baby. It’s easy to bring from room to room, and easy to fold-up and bring with you on the go. Fisher-Price now has a vibrating edition of the wonderful Rock ‘N Play Sleeper – the Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Newborn Rock N Play Sleeper.

4.  Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother

Link:   Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother

Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse
Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse

The Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother is made by Fisher-Price, and I swear this little seahorse is magical when it comes to babies.  Newborns go from crying to happy within a seconds when you put this cute little, glowing seahorse in front of them. I would become frantic when it would run out of batteries during our baby’s newborn stage.  I love the Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother so much that I made my sister buy a “back-up” seahorse for her house.  You can see more about this magical seahorse and other baby toys in my post Top 25 Baby Toys.

5.  Video Baby Monitor

Link:  Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor With Interchangeable Optical Lens

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Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor With Interchangeable Optical Lens

I highly recommend getting a baby video monitor – it will bring you more peace of mind than you can imagine.  I recommend purchasing a monitor that has a “mute” button feature that way you can get some sleep.  The  Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor With Interchangeable Optical Lens not only has a “mute”button, but the display is activated by sound, so it will turn on if the baby makes noise.  Tip: Many of the Motorola brand monitors do not have a mute button. Hopefully Motorola updates their next model with the mute button feature.  If you are interested in a WiFi Baby Video Monitor, the WiFi Baby 2.0 is a great option, but is complicated to set-up.  With the WiFi Baby 2.0, you will be able to view the video stream from your iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, or PC (you can also use the WiFi Baby 2.0 as a Nanny-Cam, and record video and audio).

6.  Crane Cool Mist Humidifier

Link:   Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

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Crane Cool Mist Humidifier

This adorable Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is easy to clean and easy to change, and they are filter-free.  The Crane Cool Mist Humidifier will also fit in most bathroom sinks, whereas many of the Vick’s humidifiers are so bulky that they need to be refilled in a bathtub (which is annoying).  Also, if the hippo-look doesn’t appeal to you, a new a noteworthy humidifier (as of 2015) is the Remedies Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier With Colored LED Lights.   The Remedies Humidifier is also a cool mist humidifier, and it is very quiet quiet – as a bonus, it not only automatically shuts off, but it has seven different colors of LED lights that can help distract a sniffling child (The Remedies Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier With Colored LED Lights is shown below).  See more on humidifiers at Best Humidifiers for Baby that Are Easy-to-Operate.

Remedies Cool Mist Humidifier
Link:  Remedies Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier With Colored LED Lights

7.  Side-Snap Onesies

Link:   Kimono Bodysuit Side-Snap Onesie

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Side-Snap Onesies

Side-Snap onesies are essential for your sanity if the thought of putting a t-shirt over your baby’s wobbly head makes you nervous.  Avoid that pain and invest in at least five side-snap onesies for your newborn.  The above picture is a link for side-snap onesies that are sold on, but side-snap onesies on Amazon are extremely expensive (a single side-snap onesie can run about $17.99), so I would highly recommend going to Target and purchasing a 3-pack for $9.99 (Made by Gerber).  Nevertheless, I have provided a link to the expensive version from for you to take a look at (Kimono Bodysuit Side-Snap Onesie).  For more on side-snap onesies at The Must-Have Clothing Item For Your Newborn Baby .

8.  SpaceSaver Swing and Seat (Vibrates)
Link:   Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing and Seat, Rainforest Friends

Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends SpaceSaver Swing

A lot of baby swings end up taking up a lot of space, but the Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends SpaceSaver Swing is great because it won’t take up 1/4 of your living room.  The 
Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing and Seat, Rainforest Friends has all of the features. It vibrates (which is a very important feature in a baby swing and many of the expensive swings do not have this), and this swing is easily portable from room to room.  

9.  Swaddle Blankets with Velco
Link:  Summer Infant SwaddleMe Blankets

SwaddleMe Blankets
SwaddleMe Blankets

Get yourself Summer Infant SwaddleMe Blankets blankets (make sure that they have velcro) – these are so much easier (and safer) than the traditional swaddle blankets.  The velcro makes the swaddling process significantly faster and easier for tired moms and dads.  

10.  HALO Sleepsacks
Link:   HALO SleepSacks

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HALO Sleepsack

I love the HALO SleepSacks for after the “swaddle phase.”  I recommend getting two of each size (S, M, L)  for the first year. sells them for about $20, but if you have a Marshall’s store nearby, then you can get amazing deals on these ($7.99).

11.  Little Tummys’ Gas Relief Drops
Link:  Little Tummys Gas Relief Drops 

Little Tummys’ Gas Relief Drops

Little Tummys Gas Relief Drops have saved my sanity a few times when we were trying to find the right formula for our baby (which resulted in baby having an upset tummy).  These things are great at relieving tummy pains.

12.  OXO Dishwasher Basket 
Link:  OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket 

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Oxo Dishwasher Basket

If you’re going with the Playtex Drop-In bottles, then I highly recommend the OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket because it is the perfect size for the Playtex Drop-In nipples (which don’t easily fit inside the slots of most dishwasher baskets).  It is also very convenient to have a large dishwasher basket versus many of the common Munchkin dishwasher baskets found in stores, which can usually only fit five Playtex Drop-In Nipples (the OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket can fit up to ten nipples).

13.  Kick and Play Piano Baby Gym
Link:   Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym

Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym 

The Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym is our favorite because not only does it provide a mirror (babies love mirrors), but the kick-able piano feature provides for a ton of entertainment for baby by playing music and lighting up – babies love it.   Another great feature about this baby gym is that you can level up the piano as baby grows and starts sitting.  The only downfall to this baby gym is that it is hard for the baby to roll over all the way without getting caught in the arch.  You can see my little one playing with this baby gym at my post: Favorite Baby Gym Photo Time.  She loves this thing!  This baby gym also made my post Top 25 Baby Toys.

14.  Boogie Wipes

Link:  Boogie Wipes

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Boogie Wipes

Boogie Wipes are great for wiping noses without irritating baby’s skin by rubbing it raw.  They have grape-flavored and also a fresh flavor.  These are a must-have to keep in your diaper bag, and I’d recommend getting one for your changing table as well.  We talk about the best items for your sick baby more in the post – Sick Baby:  Top 20 Must-Have Items to Have On-Hand.

15.  Secure-A-Toy Straps
Link:   Baby Buddy Secure-A-Toy 

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The Baby Buddy Secure-A-Toy is an amazing invention that prevents your baby from losing toys when riding in the stroller.  I love these things.

16.  Jolly Jumper Car Seat Cover
Link:  Jolly Jumper Car Seat Cover 

Car Seat Cover

Car seat covers are a great and easy way to keep your newborn warm in the cold winter months when getting in and out of your car. sells the Jolly Jumper Carseat Cover, but you can find these at Marshall’s for quite a bit cheaper.

17.  Laugh and Learn Fun Activity Table
Link:   Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Puppy and Friends Learning Table

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Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun Activity Table

The Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Puppy and Friends Learning Table is the BEST activity table out there.  Unlike other activity tables, the Laugh and Learn Fun table has multiple settings (e.g., Play, Music, Spanish, Learning Time), so it keeps your baby occupied and entertained for longer than other single-setting activity tables.  You can remove the legs for baby to use it during the Sitting phase as well.  See more about this table Keep Baby Busy, Keep Mommy Happy, and I also mention this great toy in my post Top 25 Baby Toys.

18.  Playtex Drop-Ins Bottles

Link:  Playtex Baby Drop-ins Nurser Bottles

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Playtex Drop-Ins

The Playtex Baby Drop-ins Nurser Bottles are the best bottle out there – in this mom’s opinion.  I could go on and on about these bottles and how much I love them.  The disposable liners make cleaning these bottles substantially easier than any other bottle out there (no more putting bottles in your dishwasher). More importantly, the liner system prevents your baby from gulping air during feedings.  Also, if you plan to have kids in the future, the drop-in bottles are better for storage because you don’t have to worry about the plastic going bad.  

19.  Toys Links
Link:   Sassy Ring O’ Links

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Toy Links

Get yourself the Sassy Ring O’ Links. Toy links are great for attaching toys to strollers and babies just love to hold onto these with their tiny fingers.  Your baby will also love to chew on these toy links (great for teething)! 

20. DaBib
Link:  DaBib 

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Da Bib

If you have a baby with “hole” in his mouth that appears during bottle time (meaning the milk drips out of their mouth and gets everywhere), then DaBib is perfect for your baby.  It keeps your baby’s clothing clean and keeps your baby’s neck dry.  I love, love DaBib.  It’s a lot more expensive than other bibs, but worth every penny.  See more on bibs at Top 5 Baby Bibs that Actually Work.

21.  Disposable Diaper Bags
Link:  Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser

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Disposable Diaper Bags

These Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser are very handy to have.  You will get dirty looks if you put a stinky diaper in a public trashcan without one.  Just strap these on your diaper bag and refill as needed.

22.  The NoseFrida Snotsucker
Link:   Nosefrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator

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NoseFrida Snotsucker

Now, let me explain a little bit about the Nosefrida. I was very reluctant to try this product initially –  the idea of sucking boogers out of anybody’s nose made me gag, but I swear to you that this thing works better than any nasal aspirator out there, and when your baby can hardly breathe because of all the snot in his nose, you will want this thing.  I promise you that the boogers don’t get in your mouth – even with the massive amount of snot my child has, the snot/boogers hasn’t even reached the filter yet, let alone anywhere near my mouth. This thing is awesome.  I talk about my love for the  Nosefrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator in my post How the Nose Frida Changed My Boogie Little Life, and you can also find a video of my baby loving the Nosefrida on that same post.

23.  Washable Changing Pads

Link:   MyKazoe Waterproof Changing Pads

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Washable Changing Pads

Keep changing pads on-hand near your changing table to eliminate constant changing pad laundry runs.  These MyKazoe Waterproof Changing Pads are great, but I’ve seen Babies’R’Us selling changing pads (made by Babies’R’Us) that are made with terry cloth and these work really well too.

24.  Sippy Cup Bungy Cord
Link:  SippiGrip Sippy Cup Bungee Cords
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Sippy Cup Bungy Cord

If your baby is like my baby, then she will love to throw her sippy cup on the floor once she gets to the “high chair phase.”  Prevent this with the SippiGrip Sippy Cup Bungee Cords.  Genius.

25.  O-Ball
Link:  Oball 

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The O-Ball Toy

Baby’s love the Oball because they can fit their tiny little fingers around it.  It’s costs about $4.99 and is a toy that is worth every penny.  This toy is also included in my post Top 25 Baby Toys.

26.  Huggies Newborn Diapers

Link:   Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers for Newborn

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Huggies Newborn Diapers

The Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers for Newborn are my favorite diapers for newborns because they have an umbilical cord cut-out to prevent your baby’s umbilical cord stump from getting wet with pee (it is best to keep your baby’s umbilical cord stump dry in the days after baby is born).

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