Jess is a new mom to a baby boy. She writes about things she has learned through experience and research.
Deciding which items to purchase for your first baby can be very intimidating. When I was preparing for my first baby I spent hours researching what to buy, and I found myself watching a lot of "Baby products I regret buying," videos. While you are building your registry and making purchases in preparation for your little one, it can be hard to tell what you actually need. Every baby and family is different, so you are bound to hear a number of opinions about which things you need to have for that new baby.
This list is a little different. Are any of these things absolutely necessary? Nope! If they are not in your budget or you are taking a minimalist approach to raising a child then it is nothing to stress about! These are just products that have made my life a little easier.
1. Changing Table
I heard many moms say that you do not need a changing table for a baby. While it is true that you can just change the baby in their crib or on a mat on the floor, I wouldn't trade that for the convenience of a changing table. Changing tables are at a great height so that you can change the baby without hurting your back. Some of them also have shelves, which is great for giving you extra storage room for changing supplies, toys, blankets, or any other small things you need room for.
I think the biggest perk to using a changing table is that things are going to get messy, and if it is at all possible it is great to have an area prepared for the mess. If my baby has a blowout diaper, it is easier to change him on a fully stocked table with wipes, fresh diapers, and diaper rash cream, and it is even better that it is right next to all of his clean clothes.
2. Diaper Genie
This is the one that seems to be the most controversial. No, you don't have to have a fancy trash can to put your babies dirty diapers in, but depending on your situation, it might be a really good purchase.
We chose to get the diaper genie because our nursery is on the second floor. We needed somewhere to put dirty diapers in the nursery, and I loved that the diaper genie keeps odor inside. It is a convenient solution for us, and it was less expensive than some of the other odor trapping diaper trash cans I have seen.
The biggest con to buying a diaper genie is that the trash can does require specific bags that cost more than regular trash bags. Generic brands work just as well and can save you some money, but they still might be more costly than regular trash bags. I think it is worth it to buy the bags because it really does help with odor.
3. Baby Loungers
This is one thing I definitely did not think we would need. I will not put anything like this in my babies crib because these things are not safe for night time sleep, so I thought they wouldn't be useful at all. Luckily I was gifted a boppy lounger, and when the baby came I realized how useful it is to have a soft place for the baby to hang out. We use ours to let our baby nap or hang out on the couch with us.
I do not recommend using a baby lounger for cosleeping, leaving your baby to nap unattended, or putting in a crib or bassinet. Safe sleep is very important!
4. A Breastfeeding Pillow
In the hospital you use regular pillows to prop your baby up, and you can definitely do that at home too, but I found the convenience of a breastfeeding pillow to be super useful. I use a regular boppy pillow, but there are lots of different styles and brands of nursing pillows. There are even pillows that are specifically made for breastfeeding twins.
These pillows are also useful for support when feeding bottles, holding the baby, or for propping during tummy time. Again, regular pillows will work for this too, but a pillow specifically made for this purpose is nice to have.
5. Bottle Warmer
A bottle warmer may or may not be useful depending on your circumstance. Are you hoping to have a baby that is entirely breastfed? If so, a bottle warmer may not be useful to you at all. Are you pumping or using formula? A bottle warmer might be just what you need! Bottle warmers are convenient because they stay at just the right temperature to warm up your bottle all the time, so it makes warming up milk for your baby a little quicker.
These are pretty nice to have, but not the only way to warm up milk for your baby. If you are unsure about buying a bottle warmer I would suggest waiting until your baby arrives to see how often you will use one, or choosing an inexpensive one at first.
6. Electric Nail File
Yes, they make electric nail files for babies. Some moms may think that this is silly, but I absolutely love mine. As soon as my baby was born he started scratching his face, and I was so nervous to use regular nail clippers. The electric nail file I have was fast and had a newborn setting, so there was no way I was going to hurt him with it. Obviously this is pretty fancy, but I use mine all the time.
Remember that all of these products are just nice to have! This list is to help you decide if the benefit of these products is worth the cost. All your baby really needs is to be fed, loved, clothed, and protected, and you can do that with or without these things.
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