Newborn Must Haves

We’re here. Piglet is 4 months old. We’ve officially survived the newborn stage and lived to tell the tale! I have 2 older sisters with 5 children between them, plus a sister in law with 2 children. When I was pregnant I asked around on what we should have ready and all 3 gave us completely different answers.

6 Newborn Must Haves | My top 6 must have items for a newborn.. There are so many products out there and it is easy to get caught up in buying things, but these are the items I found essential for surviving those early days with my baby

We all have different parenting styles, different preferences and completely different babies! But here are my 6 newborn must haves:

1. Water Wipes

The recommendation for a newborn is to just use warm water and cotton wool when changing their nappy. Thats all very well at home – but what about when you’ve ventured out of the house?! As Piglet was in the neonatal unit for 8 days we used the cotton wool there, but as soon as we were home we changed straight to Water Wipes. They are a lot more expensive than “normal” wipes but they have no nasty chemicals and are safe for sensitive new bums!

2. Muslins

I had heard that you needed them before we had the Piglet so I thought I had stocked up (I had about 6). It turns out I was wrong. Very wrong. Alexander likes to be sick at inopportune times, so having a muslin on hand makes my life a lot easier. They’re handy with both breast and bottle feeding, when burping, used as a sunshade…. you name it we’ve done it. Now he has started to become rather attached to them and seeks them out to suck on (I don’t see the appeal personally!). One thing I do wish is that I’d splashed out on a few nicer patterned ones as I’m already a bit sick of plain white or grey stars!

3. Swing

Ours is the Fisher-Price Rainforest Take Along Swing and Seat and, as with many of our larger items, is being borrowed from my sister. Why buy when you can borrow right?! I actually love this one because it is brightly coloured and totally unisex. It can be used as a swing, or simply as a seat with a vibrate function. It is designed to be easily transportable (which we’ve actually never done) so it folds away quite small when you’re not using it if you want. The swing is one of the few places I could put Alexander down in the early days and he was happy. Even now at 19 weeks he will sit as it swings for 20 minutes or so having some pretty serious discussions with the elephant (always the elephant….. never the lion). The straps are adjustable so it can grow with him and keep him secure.

4. Ewan The Dream Sheep

We really love our Ewan The Dream Sheep and wouldn’t be without it – or any other baby sleep noise maker. I’ve also heard the Whisbear is good as it has a built in cry sensor. I received Ewan as a baby shower gift and kind of forgot about him. Then on Piglets 2nd night home he would not settle. I suddenly remembered about it and was digging around to find him, open the packaging and get him on the go asap! I can confirm he comes complete with batteries – he’s ready to go straight out of the box! Its hard to whether he actually helps or not…. I think he does but I think that it is perhaps because he is simply part of our routine. When Ewan is playing his music Piglet knows its time for a proper sleep as opposed to a cat nap in his pram.

5. Nipple Cream

If you’re breastfeeding then you’re going to want this! I started off with a small tube of Bennetts Nipple Cream which I really like. My only gripe is it is quite expensive for the amount you get! I then got the Derma Mum Superior Protection Nipple Balm which I bought from Boots. It doesn’t appear on their website now, but you can purchase it from amazon. It is more greasy and is more like Vaseline in texture but it works a treat and you get a really big tube for your money.

6. Sling Or Carrier

Not all are suitable from birth I discovered. I had planned to borrow my sisters Baby Bjorn carrier but I found I was wanting to use it early on and Piglet didn’t weigh enough. My friend recommended the Caboo Close when he was around 4 weeks old and I love it. I wish we’d had it sooner. It is suitable from 5lbs upwards and even has a way of using to breastfeed – perfect for a newborn. It is a good compromise between the soft wraps (which scare me, I’d be too worried I’d done it wrong) and the carriers with clips and straps. It is predominately wrap material but is stitched at the back for the cross over and the sides held with rings that lock. In those early days it would have been so helpful to have my hands free to get bits and pieces done around the house while still having him close. Nowadays I use it when walking the dog and the rocking motion of walking sends him off to sleep (if he’s not being nosey!).

Cabot Close - perfect for newborn stage

The most important thing to remember – shops will still exist when your baby is here. Your newborn won’t know what you have and what you don’t. You don’t have to have everything under the sun upfront, you can work out what you want or need and then buy it. Since Piglet pitched up early we weren’t totally “ready” but it was nothing a couple of trips to Mothercare/ASDA/my sisters loft couldn’t solve!My top 6 must have items for a newborn.. There are so many products out there and it is easy to get caught up in buying things, but these are the items I found essential for surviving those early days with my baby

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  1. 17th July 2016 / 4:25 pm

    You are so right about the ability to take your time over buying things. We’ve got a few things you’ve mentioned. I’m still to wear my close caboo. #TheList

    • OddHogg
      17th July 2016 / 9:00 pm

      I love my Caboo – it is so comfortable! Piglet never liked his head being tucked into the shoulder straps but it never felt like it was unsupported

  2. 3rd September 2016 / 11:26 pm

    I am so with you on muslins. I bought maybe two or three before SB arrives. Two years and six months later and we are practically swimming in muslins. We use them for absolutely everything, and SB still has one as her comfort blanket for bed and naps, and it goes with her everywhere. Lifesavers! (Primark have some nice cheap patterned/coloured ones, and I think Aden & Anais do really lovely soft patterned ones if you’re looking for some?). #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      4th September 2016 / 9:29 am

      yes the primark ones are my favourite of the “cheap” ones as they are the softest. Only gripe is they only do grey, pink or blue. I got some fun HUGE muslin swaddles from amazon which piglet uses for naps and as a comfort

  3. 4th September 2016 / 9:49 pm

    Totally agree about the carrier. We had an ergo and a meitai and they saved my sanity entirely! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • OddHogg
      5th September 2016 / 11:11 am

      Piglet has just about outgrown his little carrier now so I’m in the process of looking into bigger ones so I can continue to keep him close when out walking 🙂

  4. 4th September 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Great list and so true what you say about shops still being there after you’ve had your baby – and you will actually want to leave the house at some point! I totally agree with everything on your list – I think we lasted with cotton wool and water for about one week…and the swings really are a life saver. Wish I’d known about Ewan the sheep! x #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      5th September 2016 / 11:13 am

      I got lumbered with cotton wool and water for quite a while as Piglet was in neonatal – as soon as he was out I was straight to water wipes. They are pricey but so gentle. Ewan is still a favourite of ours at 6m and I don’t see that changing

  5. 5th September 2016 / 12:54 am

    We didn’t have Ewan or water wipes but I do agree with the others. We splurged on a 4moms mamaroo and I have to say it is one of the best things that we purchased! I will most definitely not sell it and will store it away for each baby, so far both boys have been in it and both loved it 🙂
    We didn’t really use a carrier or sling with our first but our second has reflux and food allergies and would only sleep upright so this turned me into a babywearer and I won’t look back and will never buy another pram.. ever! #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      5th September 2016 / 11:15 am

      When Piglet was fussy I wore him around the house – but the carrier is also so handy out and about. We have a dog and when I’m walking him I like having my hands free for the lead and not bothering to push a pram

  6. 5th September 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Oh yeah muslins are definitely key pieces for new baby I would agree. So many uses! And I love the wraps too 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      6th September 2016 / 9:29 am

      I discovered muslin swaddles too late, but they are fab for large lightweight blankets etc

  7. 5th September 2016 / 10:41 pm

    good tips. Muslins are definitely key, as is a thermometer and a breast pump in my experience. thanks. Pen x #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      6th September 2016 / 9:32 am

      I haven’t used my thermometer much, and I have tried 3 breast pumps and all were a complete fail! For some they would be vital though I’m sure

  8. OddHogg
    6th September 2016 / 9:05 pm

    I wish I had seen the whisbear earlier, but I already had Ewan the sheep and didn’t see the point in having 2 similar items

  9. 7th September 2016 / 4:20 pm

    hehe yes we needed more muslins too haha! and we used the use the Ewan music setting ALL the time too. that sheep was a lifesaver and came everywhere with us #kcacols

    • OddHogg
      7th September 2016 / 11:56 pm

      it is still my go to item for soothing piglet! We’re off on holiday at the end of the month and he’s definitely coming

  10. 8th September 2016 / 11:11 pm

    I needed loads of muslins for my boys too! I am just getting rid of some of them now they’re both getting older. I must have had 50 – all boring white! I like your bit of advice about shops still existing after the baby comes. I think I could have done with someone telling me that when I was pregnant with my first. #kcacols

    • OddHogg
      9th September 2016 / 10:23 am

      so easy to get carried away! I found that it was also nice to go out and choose some bits and pieces once Piglet was here as it got us out of the house

  11. Louise
    14th January 2017 / 8:26 am

    Another post read during pregnancy and again retrospectively now my baby is here. Totally agree with your list. I wasn’t sure exactly why I need muslins, but I know I should have done. My baby is also found of inopportune/random vomits and the house is littered with them! Love the water wipes for when we are out. And the caboo sling is fab. Wonder if the post subconsciously influenced what little pre baby shopping I had the chance to do.

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