Baby Gear / July 26, 2018 / Sloan Zambrano.
What’s your baby really going to need when you bring them home from the hospital? Chances are everyone is telling you a different story about what’s a "must-have." To simplify this chaos, we’ve divided our baby essentials checklist into seven tiers from "VERY essential" to "Um, Maybe" with context to help you figure out what’s a "yes" and what’s a "no" for your unique situation.
Often Essential for Newborns: Baby Specific First Aid Kit - Your adult first aid kit won’t do the job. Babies need different thermometers, over-the-counter medications, and nail clippers than adults. About those nail clippers: Babies have no control of their hands, so they scratch everything, including themselves. Clipped nails clipped prevent these minor injuries.
BassinetCradle - As I mentioned in the above section of essential baby items, a play yard is a must have due to its mobility and versatility. So if you are definitely going to buy a play yard, such as a Pack ‘N Play, don’t buy a traditional bassinet or cradle because those would be redundant purchases. You can buy play yards with bassinet features on them that work just as well. That said, the co-sleeper bassinet is an exception since it has additional functionality discussed above.
Diaper Stackers - This is another baby item that many people buy because it will fit into the theme of their nursery. At first, it seems like a good idea to put your diapers in a decorative bag that is hooked onto your changing table. But after a while, the diapers end up stacked on the changing table for easier access. Also, some diaper stackers can be very expensive (up to $100). It’s just not worth spending that much money on something that will become useless or at best is unnecessary.