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Items You Need for a Newborn Baby

It’s perfectly normal to worry about diapering your newborn.  Deciding what supplies you need before you’ve ever even done it is a thing next to impossible!  Every mom’s brain ticks a bit differently and everyone develops their own preferences with time.

Having the essentials set up and ready when you bring baby home from the hospital can save you (and your fella!) a lot of hassle running out to the store when you have a newborn at home.  As a first-time mom to boy/girl twins, not only will I tell you what items you need for a newborn baby, but I will also tell you what products I love and why.  So here are the most important things needed for a new baby.

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1.  Diapers

Obviously! There is a mind-boggling selection of diapers out there, but like so many other parents, I LOVE Pampers.  The Pampers Swaddlers size “N” even have a notch in the front to allow for proper umbilical cord healing.  We especially loved the wetness indicator (a yellow strip that turns blue when it gets wet).  It took a lot of the guess-work out of knowing when to change diapers.  We were amazed that our babies’ bottoms were still completely dry every time we took off a wet diaper!  We had absolutely NO issues with diaper rash, not once, ever!

Items You Need for Diapering Your Newborn BabyThis box of pampers swaddlers diapers newborn 128 diapers is the perfect start!  You want quite a few but not too many, as your baby will grow faster than you can imagine and you’ll be moving up to the next size before you know it.  

We thought we’d save a little money and tried other brands – even the generic ones from Aldi, but we always kept coming back to Pampers.  TIP:  Use the Amazon Family diaper subscription and get 20% off!

2.  Baby Wipes

Just like diapers, there are way too many different kinds of baby wipes to choose from.  But again…I LOVE Pampers.  Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes fulfill 3 very important criteria:

  • They come out of the box ONE…AT…A…TIME!  You only have one hand to open the box and remove a wipe and if you’re like me, there’s nothing that ticks you off more than pulling out a wipe with 5 others clinging to it!
  • They are able to remove a lot of heavy mess in one wipe.  Pampers has found the sweet spot when it comes to texture:  they’re soft on baby’s bottom but tough enough to remove a heavy mess quickly.
  • To put it bluntly:  they don’t stink like toilet bowl cleaner infused with grandma’s favorite eau de toilette!

Items You Need for Diapering Your Newborn Baby
If you’re diapering two babies all day every day, you’re willing to pay a little extra money for wipes that come out of the box ONE…AT…A…TIME! Seriously!

(Don’t buy too many wipes of the same brand at the beginning.  You may find that your baby’s skin may react to some brands.)

3.  Wipes Warmer

Also on my list of important newborn items is a wipes warmer. Our twins cried continuously every time we changed their diaper in the beginning – it was heartbreaking!  But our wipes warmer changed all that when we got home from the hospital.

Once we started using warmed wipes, Sven would only fuss a little and Thea was totally fine.

I would buy this one all over again as it helped us keep our sanity during the first few weeks.

4.  Changing Pad

Now, everyone has their own criteria when it comes to changing pads.  I’ve been using mine for almost a year-and-a-half and I’m happy to report that I still love it!  My personal criteria were:

  • It’s narrow and highly contoured on the sides so that baby can’t roll out.  Even now that my twins are walking and running (and spinning…and jumping…) they still have difficulties squirming off this pad.
  • It’s portable:  we always take it with us when we go on trips with our camper.
  • It doesn’t have any silly designs on it.
  • A water-resistant, washable cover can be bought separately  It’s really easy to remove and put back on.

We use disposable changing pads on top of our changing pad so that we’re not constantly washing the cover.  It can be pretty messy in the beginning.  Our newborn Sven peed almost every time we took off his diaper, so disposable pads come in really handy!

Here are the disposable changing pads that we use.  They’ve saved our carpets, sofas, and bed plenty of times, are just the right size, and don’t have any silly designs on them – Perfect!  It definitely belongs on my list of important baby items.

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5.  Diaper Pail

Actually, I should have put this item at the very top of my list because having the right diaper pail can make your life so much easier!  We experimented with 3 different diaper pails this first year.  Now I am happy to report that we’ve finally found the right one.  Our criteria are (in this order)

  • it must completely eliminate odor
  • it shouldn’t have to be emptied more than once or twice a week (keep in mind – we have twins)
  • we should be able to open it with no hands
  • it should be easy to empty – no hassling with garbage bags!
  • it should be aesthetically pleasing and easy to clean

We love our Diaper Pail as it totally fulfills all of our criteria.

We have no odor issues.  It makes a twisting motion when you close the lid so that odor can’t escape.  The Arm & Hammer pucks in the lid are sold separately and really do the trick!  The bags also feature odor control with baking soda in the plastic – they are simply awesome!

We change up to 6 diapers per baby per day and we only have to empty it twice a week!  Emptying is also a breeze.  Just take the pail out to the trash can and dump it in.  No more fighting with plastic garbage bags that don’t fit properly or even break.

It has the perfect height – no bending down to open it.  The foot pedal is a huge plus when your hands are busy with the dirty diaper.  You do close it manually – pressing down a little to make sure it’s closed tight.

The design is clean and functional – who needs anything more?

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6.  Diaper Cream, Baby Oil + Friends

Before our babies were born, we bought the Burt’s Bees Baby Gift Set and we turned out loving all of the products. The Baby Oil was especially effective on the tiny pimples that Sven got on his face shortly after he was born.  The Shampoo & Wash have a pleasant fragrance and don’t dry out the skin.  But I was always a little skeptical about all the unpronounceable ingredients on the packaging but didn’t know of a better alternative until now.

A blogging friend recommended buying one of  The Honest Company Gift Sets to try.  I like gift sets because they include products you normally wouldn’t buy but you turn out loving.  Their diaper rash cream turned out being one of those awesome products for me.  Their gift sets also include samples of their diapers and wipes which you can also get for FREE by ordering one of their free trials. Order your free trial from The Honest Company today!

And that’s all you need to get started!  Once set up what you need for your newborn baby, you can stop worrying because you’ll have everything you need at arm’s reach!


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