15 Must-Have Items for New Parents


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It can be a little overwhelming for new parents, only finding out they are missing something seconds before they need it.

We've put together a list of essential items or new parents to have to hand when they bring their newborn home.

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15 Must-Have Items for New Parents

  1. 1. 15 Must-Have Items for New Parents
  2. 2. Stroller A good stroller is absolutely essential. Look for a sturdy model that can be adjusted so your baby can sit up or lay back in the stroller. Other must-have features include a sunshade, a tray for your diaper bag, an easyto-use safety strap and a comfortable handle. It can also be helpful to get a model that easily folds up and can be lifted into the back of your car.
  3. 3. Car Seat You can’t drive anywhere without a car seat, so choose a model that is safe and easy to use. Models that have a base that stays in your car with a seat that can be removed easily are a good fit if you are looking for an easy way to run errands with your baby.
  4. 4. Baby Carrier A baby carrier makes it possible for you to get things done while still tending and caring for your baby. There are baby carriers that let you hold your baby in front of you so you can do things around the house, work on the computer or even shop with your baby. When your baby gets a little older, you can use a model that straps to your back so you can carry him on long walks or around events without having to worry about pushing a stroller.
  5. 5. Nappy Bag A good nappy bag should be on the top of your baby gear-shopping list. Look for a sturdy bag that is roomy enough to carry all the essentials: diapers, snacks, bottles, a change of clothes, toys and your wallet. Also look for a bag that is easy to carry with comfortable straps, so that it is easy to tote around town.
  6. 6. Changing Mat A changing table can be helpful, but a changing mat works just as well and can go anywhere with you. Find a changing mat that is easy to fold or roll up and is very compact, so it won’t take up much space in your diaper bag.
  7. 7. Receiving Blankets You can’t have too many receiving blankets! Stock up on these so that you can keep some in the baby’s bedroom, a few in the living room and one in your diaper bag. These are light weight and perfect for snuggling your baby, make the perfect blankets for swaddling and as your baby grows, can be spread out on the floor for tummy or play time.
  8. 8. Bottles Bottles are another must-have for any parent. Even if you plan to breast feed, you can use a pump and then bring a bottle with you to make feeding easier or leave one with the babysitter when you go out for the night. There are all kinds of bottles and nipple options out there, so it may take a few tries to find the one your baby likes best. You can start with just a few different kinds, choose a favourite and then buy several of that kind.
  9. 9. Burping Cloth Trust us, you’ll want a lot of burp cloths when you have a newborn. They are perfect to hold under your baby’s chin when you feed her, and then to throw over your shoulder when you burp your baby. It’s smart to have a few of these so when one is in the wash you’ll have a few more on hand.
  10. 10. Portable Play Pen A play pen is perfect for keeping your baby in a safe place while you fix dinner or do a few things around the house. A portable play pen is even better because you can set it up anywhere in the house and even take it with you when you go to a dinner party or spend the day with family.
  11. 11. Bouncer Baby bouncers can keep your baby entertained and happy and can actually help him exercise his legs and grow strong so he’ll be ready to walk. There are all kinds of bouncers out there, so find one that is safe and that will work well for your baby.
  12. 12. Baby Bath You’ll definitely need a baby bath! For the first little while, you’ll probably just give your baby a sponge bath, so having a basin to let her rest in while you wash her makes this much easier. Even when she gets a little older, one of these will make bath time easier and safer.
  13. 13. Baby Gate A safety gate is another necessity. You can use these to keep your baby, and soon-to-be-toddler, in a safe area and to block off unsafe areas. Stair gates are also a necessity as your baby grows, as stairs can be very dangerous for a toddler.
  14. 14. Baby Monitor Baby monitors are another safety tool you’ll need. You can leave one baby monitor in your baby’s room when she is sleeping and keep the other with you in your room or while you do things during nap time. Even as your baby gets older, you can leave a monitor near her while she plays and carry the other with you around the house, keeping an ear on her.
  15. 15. Baby Thermometer A baby thermometer, which allows you to take your baby’s temperature in his ear, is another must have. These are much easier to use for babies, who aren’t ready to use an oral thermometer, and will come in handy when your baby isn’t feeling well. When your baby is sick, keeping an eye on her temperature is important because if she becomes feverish you will need to take her to the doctor.
  16. 16. Highchair Before you know it, your baby will be ready to sit in a highchair and eat baby food! Be prepared with a highchair that is safe and that has a large enough tray to allow her to learn to feed herself without dropping food or sippy cups. Being a new parent can be overwhelming, but with this list of essential gear, you’ll have the right tools to help you through those first few months and as your baby grows into a toddler on the go.
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