Top 100 Must-Haves for Baby

Must-Haves and Essential

Newborn and Baby Items

Save your sanity during the first-year (especially the newborn phase), and make sure you have these items for your newborn baby added to your registry.  I have personally tested each item, and have done the research.  I was in graduate school when I had my daughter, and I needed baby gear that would actually work and perform – I needed baby gear that would make my life easier, and my baby happier.  This list also makes a great list for baby gift idea inspiration.  

Top 100 Must-Haves and Essential Newborn and Baby Items

Baby Gear 

The Rock n’ Play Cradle

“The Magic Cradle”

The Rock n’ Play Cradle has magic powers for newborns.  My mother and sister both bought a Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Newborn Rock n’ Play Sleeper for their houses for when they watched my baby.  

Baby Bjorn Infant Carrier

Link:   BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Air


The BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Air is great for carrying baby around the house, or through airports.  If you are looking for a sling wrap, then the The Moby Wrap (Moby Wrap Baby Carrier) is great.


The Podster (BEST ITEM EVER)

Link:  Leachco Newborn Podster

Newborn Podster 

I am obsessed with the Podster  (Leachco Newborn Podster).  It was the greatest item to ever happen to me as a new mom.  Boppy makes a very similar item (called the Boppy Newborn Lounger) that we have tried,  but it doesn’t have the same curvature and amazingness (washable cover) that the Leachco brand offers.    

Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym
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 and Top 25 Must-Have Newborn and Baby Items.

Take Along Deluxe Swing and Seat, by Fisher-Price 

Link:  Fisher-Price Deluxe Take Along Deluxe Swing 

Take Along Deluxe Swing and Seat

I love the Take Along Swing and Seat, by Fisher-Price .  It vibrates, and it will fit in your trunk for when baby goes to grandma’s.  The other gigantic swings are adorable, but they are almost impossible to transport, and they take up a huge footprint in your living room.

Snugabunny Bouncer by Fisher-Price 

Link: Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Bouncer

Snugabunny Bouncer

Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper 
Link:  Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper  
Baby Einstein Musical Jumper



Skip-Hop Diaper Bag
Link:  Skip Hop City Diaper Bag Tote 

Skip Hop City Diaper Bag Tote

Skip-Hop Studio Diaper Bag  Skip Hop Studio Diaper Tote Bag.  This thing is practical and has a ton of room – and it’s not ridiculously expensive.

“Daddy” Diaper Bag  

Link:  Fisher-Price Fastfinder Deluxe Fashion Diaper Tote, Brown Nylon

Daddy Diaper Bag

Fisher-Price Daddy Diaper Bag  Fisher-Price Fastfinder Deluxe Fashion Diaper Tote, Brown Nylon.  It was brought to my attention that “daddy” did not want a flowered diaper bag, nor a diaper bag that looks like a purse.

Jolly Jumper Car Seat Cover 
Link:  Jolly Jumper Carseat Cover 

Jolly Jumper Car Seat Cover

This Jolly Jumper Carseat Cover beats using a blanket ever time.

Travel Changing Pad 
Link: Skip Hop Pronto Diaper Changer Kit

Travel Changing Pad, by SkipHop

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

You can’t go wrong with the Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser or with the Playtex Diaper Genie On-The-Go Dispenser Playtex Diaper Genie On The Go Dispenser for your baby’s stinky diapers.


My personal favorite for my newborn was the Target Brand that are unscented (the Target brand stays nice and moist and is sensitive enough for a newborn’s sensitive skin) 

Diaper Pail 

Link: Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Pail System 

Don’t Forget:  Diaper Pail Liner Refill Bags   Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Pail Refill Bags

Diaper Caddy

Diaper Caddy

I like using cute baskets with colored liners. If you insist on buying neon-colored storage bins, check out Target’s “dollar aisle” – they have neon colored bins that are great (for $3 each). 
Changing Pad and Covers   Change Pad Cover 

MyKazoe Diaper Changing Pads
Link:  MyKazoe Diaper Changing Pads

Using the Carters Keep Me Dry Flannel Pads beats changing your slip-on changing cover each time.  Just use these to cover your diaper table and toss them when they get dirty.

Sleeping Made Easier

Sooth N Glow Seahorse,  by Fisher-Price

Link:  Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother 

Magic Seahorse

The Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother has calmed my fussy baby down so many times that I lost track.  Even I start to become calm and sleepy when this thing plays it’s enchanting music and glows so subtly in the dark.  Love this thing.  

White Noise Machine  

Link:   Timex Color Changing Alarm Clock with Soothing Sounds

Swaddle Wraps and Sleep Sacks

Links:  Summer Infant SwaddleMe and HALO Sleepsack

Swaddle Blankets by Summer Infant SwaddleMe and Sleep Sacks by HALO Sleepsack are both must-have items.  When you are done swaddling you baby (which happens when your baby can roll over on her own), then you move to the Halo Sleep Sacks.

Aden and Anais Muslin Wraps (Blankets)
Link aden + anais Muslin Wraps

The aden + anais Muslin Wraps are great blankets for the summer (great stroller blankets).  They are rather pricey compared to other swaddle blankets, but they are big and stretchy, which comes in handy as your baby grows.

Baby Video Monitor, by Summer

Baby Video Monitor,
by Summer

Summer Infant Baby Touch Video Monitor Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor.  Get one with a “mute” button!  The Motorola brand may be less expensive, but there isn’t a “mute” button for when you don’t need to hear your baby, but would like to be able to see them.

Wonder Bumpers
Link:  Go Mama Go designs Wonder Bumpers
Safer Bumpers

Go Mama Go designs Wonder Bumpers – (Go Mama Go designs Wonder Bumpers) make a great compromise for those who do not feel comfortable using the traditional bumpers.  

Night Light  

Link:  Little Boutique Night Light – Frog 

Night Light
I just thought this little froggy night light was cute.  You can get adorable night lights off of that match your nursery theme for a great price also.

Baby Health

Link:  Nosefrida Baby Nasal Aspirator


I absolutely love this thing (see my post How the Nosefrida Changed by Boogie Little Life for more information and a video about how great this thing is for babies).

Crane Cool Mist Humidifier 
Link:  Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier (more colors available)

The  Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier tank fits in most sinks, and it’s easy to use and clean (filter-less).  See Best Humidifiers for Baby (Easy-to-Use) for more information on baby humidifiers.

Boogie Wipes  

Link:  Boogie Wipes Saline Nose Wipes

Little Tummys Gas Relief Drops

Link: Little Tummys Gas Relief Drops

Nipple Medication Dispenser 

Link:   Munchkin The Medicator – Nipple Medication Dispenser 

Having a nipple for babies to drink whatever medication it is that they need makes life much easier for mommy.  We use the Munchkin The Medicator – Nipple Medication Dispenser.

Vick’s Baby Rub 

Link:  Vick’s Baby Rub

Vitamin D Drops  

Link:  Enfamil D-vi-sol, Vitamin D

If you’re breast feeding in the wintertime or if you don’t get access to a lot of sunlight (sunlight provides Vitamin D), then ask your doctor if you need to give your baby a vitamin D supplement.

Baby Aquaphor or Vaseline 
Link(s):   Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment or Vaseline 

Aveeno Baby Lotion  
Link:  Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream, 5 Ounce

Baby Nail Clippers
Link:  Sleepy Baby Nail Clipper

I must warn you – clipping your child’s nails is terrifying.

Baby Tooth Brush and Toothpaste

Link: NUK Infant Tooth and Gum Cleanser 

This isn’t really relevant until your baby has teeth, but I like the NUK Infant Tooth and Gum Cleanser simply because my baby likes the taste and is willing to brush her teeth with this toothpaste.  We tried other brands and didn’t have great luck.

Bath Time

Baby Bath Tub – The First Year’s Infant To Toddler Tub with Sling 

Link:  The First Year’s Infant To Toddler Tub with Sling 

First Year’s Bath Tub

The First Year’s Infant To Toddler Tub with Sling is fantastic because it fits newborns safely with the sling.  You can take the sling out of the The First Year’s Infant To Toddler Tub with Sling for when your baby gets older.

Baby Puppet Wash Clothes with Faces

Throw a puppet show while you wash your baby. It’s super fun.  

Baby Towels with Hoods

You can find these just about anywhere (I personally think the Elephant is adorable).  Hooded towels are good since we lose so much heat through the top of our head – and you don’t want baby to get all cold (and fussy) after a bath.

Bathtub Faucet Cover   
Link:  Skip Hop Bath Whale Spout Cover

Baby Bath Soap and Shampoo  

Link:  Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Bath, Lavender and Vanilla or 


Pour and Float Froggy Bath Toy, by VTech  

Link:  VTech Pour and Float Froggy Electronic Bath Toy

Pour and Float Froggy Bath Toy

Babies love light up bath toys and this Froggy Bath Toy (VTech Pour and Float Froggy Electronic Bath Toy)  is the greatest bath toy every invented (for when baby can sit in an actual grown-up tub for bath time).  It’s super fun! It squirts up water and sings!


Side Snap Onesies
Link:  Kimono Bodysuit Side-Snap Onesie

Sleep and Plays with Zippers  

Get Sleepers that have zippers! Buttons are a pain in the butt to deal with in the middle of the night (in the dark and when you’re tired) Circo Sleep and Play with Zippers from Target or Carter’s Sleep and Play With Zippers

See Top 10 Baby Books for the First Years for the Best Baby Books

Best Toys

Link:  Oball

The Oball

Activity Table. by Fisher-Price
Link: Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table

Dino Walker

Link: Fisher-Price Go Baby Go! Stride-to-Ride Dino


Link:  Baby Buddy Secure-A-Toy 

Toy Links

Link:  Sassy Ring O’ Links Rattle Developmental

Laugh and Learn Click and Grow Remote 
Link: Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Click ‘n Learn Remote

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes  
Link:  Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

Toy Winkel by Manhattan
Link:  Manhattan Toy Winkel 

Toy Winkel

Crazy Lady Bug Toy
Link: VTech – Crazy Legs Learning Bugs 

Crazy Ladybug by VTech

Grab and Stack Learning Blocks

Link:  Bright Starts Grab and Stack Blocks 

Soft Building Blocks

Baby Einstein Panda 

Link: Baby Einstein Press and Play Pal Toy, Panda

Einstein Panda 

Lamaze Rainbow Stacking Rings Developmental Toy

Link:  Lamaze Rainbow Stacking Rings Developmental Toy 


Teddy Hammock Stuffed Animal Storage Net

Link:  Teddy Hammock JUMBO Toy Storage Net

Stuffed Animal Storage

Activity Center
Link:  Alex My Busy Town Activity Center or Maxim EverEarth Garden Activity Cube

Activity Center

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