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The maternity shopping list you'll need to prepare for your newborn baby.

A maternity shopping list to prep for your newborn baby.

Item Recommendation How will I use this? Do I need this?Necessary? When to buy
Stroller UPPABaby Vista Stroller Out + about Mandatory month 5 https://amzn.to/2KRH7Le
Car Seat Nuna Pippa Car Seat and Base Out + about Mandatory month 5
Baby carrier Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier Out + about Nice to have after birth https://amzn.to/2CLZykb
Baby blanket - 2x Out + about Mandatory month 5
Baby sling Out + about Nice to have after birth
Travel crib / basinette Nuna Sena Aire Mini Travel Crib Out + about Nice to have month 5
Travel crib / basinette fitted bed sheets Out + about Nice to have month 5
Co-sleeping crib Bedroom Nice to have month 7
Spare mattress Simmons BeautySleep Siesta Memory Foam Mattress Bedroom Not necessary month 7 https://amzn.to/2wotuxO
Spare mattress fitted sheet Utopia Bedding Fitted Twin Bed Sheet Bedroom Not necessary month 7 https://amzn.to/2BRCMs5
Crib + toddler bed Babyletto Crib + Toddler Bed Nursery Mandatory month 4 https://amzn.to/2ELpr64
Crib mattress Lullaby Earth Breeze Mattress Nursery Mandatory month 4 https://amzn.to/2qeNZKQ
Crib bedding - 3x Nursery Mandatory month 4
Baby audio monitor VTech Audio Baby Monitor Nursery Mandatory month 4 https://amzn.to/2O9yzAI
Baby video monitor Nest Security Camera Nursery Mandatory month 4 https://amzn.to/2ELHnh1
Laundry basket / bag Nursery Nice to have month 4
Humidifier Safety 1st 360 Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier Nursery Mandatory month 4 https://amzn.to/2ELHoBB
Humidity monitor + thermometer Acurite Humidity Monitor + Thermometer Nursery Nice to have month 4 https://amzn.to/2EIi3Z8
Disposable mattress protectors Priva Disposable Mattress Protectors Nursery Nice to have month 4 https://amzn.to/2CLXJ6P
Muslin blankets - 5x Nursery Mandatory month 4
Toy chest 3 Sprouts Toy Chest - Elephant Nursery Nice to have month 4 https://amzn.to/2qfWSUo
First toy Sophi the Giraffe Nursery Not necessary month 4 https://amzn.to/2qfXpWo
Baby night light Skip Hop Owl Baby Night Light Nursery Not necessary month 4 https://amzn.to/2CLcSVX
Breast pump Medela Breast Pump Solution Set Nursing / Feeding Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2nRgFYP
Nursing pillow Boppy Nursing Pillow Nursing / Feeding Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2MPaOOz
Burp cloths - 10x Nursing / Feeding Mandatory month 7
Bottle sterilizer Nursing / Feeding Mandatory month 7
Baby bottles Nursing / Feeding Mandatory month 7
Baby bottle brush Nursing / Feeding Nice to have month 7
Baby bottle drying rack Nursing / Feeding Not necessary month 7
Muslin squares - 5x Nursing / Feeding Mandatory month 7
Teat brush Nursing / Feeding Nice to have month 7
Baby formula Nursing / Feeding Depends month 7
Glider + ottoman Anywhere in the house Nice to have month 6
Table for beside glider Anywhere in the house Nice to have month 6
Lamp for beside glider Anywhere in the house Nice to have month 6
Activity mat Skip Hop Baby Treetop Friends Activity Gym Anywhere in the house Nice to have month 6 https://amzn.to/2N2Xw1j
Bouncer Anywhere in the house Nice to have month 6
Night lights GE 4-pack Night Lights Anywhere in the house Nice to have month 6 https://amzn.to/2MqcVM1
Baby bath Stokke Flexi Bath with Newborn Support Bathing + Grooming Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2KPoB68
Baby bath rinser Skip Hop Moby Bath Rinser Bathing + Grooming Not necessary month 7 https://amzn.to/2MnMvuY
Baby shampoo + wash Burt's Bees Baby Shampoo + Wash Bathing + Grooming Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2L4Mero
Baby wash cloths - 5x Kyte Baby Wash Cloths Bathing + Grooming Mandatory month 7
Baby bath towels - 4x Bathing + Grooming Nice to have month 7
Temporal scanner thermometer Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer TAT-2000C Bathing + Grooming Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2o2pE9S
Underarm Thermometer Boon Care Health and Grooming Kit Bathing + Grooming Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2MVjGT6
Nasal Aspirator Boon Care Health and Grooming Kit Bathing + Grooming Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2MVjGT6
Hair Brush Boon Care Health and Grooming Kit Bathing + Grooming Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2MVjGT6
Fingernail Clippers Boon Care Health and Grooming Kit Bathing + Grooming Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2MVjGT6
Medicine Spoon Boon Care Health and Grooming Kit Bathing + Grooming Nice to have month 7 https://amzn.to/2MVjGT6
Cotton balls 365 Everyday Value Organic Cotton Balls Bathing + Grooming Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2MBmnfs
Cotton swabs Q-tips Cotton Swabs Bathing + Grooming Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2L4KgY2
Avocado oil (for baby massage) Vie Naturelle Avocado Oil Bathing + Grooming Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2LdrP3H
Pain reliever + fever reducer Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension, Fever Reducer and Pain Reliever Medicine Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2OHLrin
Colic + gas reliever Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water Medicine Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2wcYQHG
Nasal Saline Spray Little Remedies Saline Spray / Drops Medicine Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2OJIVrS
Diaper changing station Babyletto Hudson Changer Dresser with Changing Tray Diaper changing Mandatory month 6 https://amzn.to/2EMMMnZ
Diaper changing tray Little Seeds Changing Table Tray Diaper changing Depends month 6 https://amzn.to/2Rgx4CQ
Diaper changing pad LA Baby Waterproof Diaper Changing Pad Diaper changing Mandatory month 6 https://amzn.to/2EPODsl
Diaper changing pad cover Jomolly Changing Pad Cover Diaper changing Mandatory month 6 https://amzn.to/2qdYD4g
Diaper changing pad liners Munchkin Waterproof Changing Pad Liners Diaper changing Mandatory month 6 https://amzn.to/2LbgSj1
Portable diaper change tote Diaper changing Mandatory month 6
Portable diaper change mat Diaper changing Mandatory month 6
Diaper trash bin Munchkin Diaper Trash Bin Diaper changing Mandatory month 6 https://amzn.to/2P7IuIZ
Diaper trash bin bags Munchkin Diaper Trash Bin Bags Diaper changing Mandatory month 6 https://amzn.to/2MNjp4z
Diaper trash bags for diaper bag tote Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Refills for Diaper Tote Diaper changing Mandatory month 6 https://amzn.to/2OBABup
Newborn Diapers - 100x Newborn Diapers - 100x Diaper changing Mandatory month 6 https://amzn.to/2KSqyyH
Baby wipes - 300x Pampers Aqua Pure Baby Wipes Diaper changing Mandatory month 6 https://amzn.to/2OXg8Ab
Diaper rash cream - 3x Honest Company Diaper Rash Cream Diaper changing Mandatory month 6 https://amzn.to/2MMK3KT
"Coming-home" outfit, for leaving hospital - 1x Baby's clothing Mandatory month 7
One-piece full-body outfits - 6x Magnetic Me - Magnificent Baby Magnetic Onesies Baby's clothing Mandatory month 7 https://amzn.to/2Lq7et1
Pull-on pants - 3x Baby's clothing Mandatory month 7
T-shirts that snap-in crotch - 5x Baby's clothing Mandatory month 7
Sweaters / jackets - 3x Baby's clothing Mandatory month 7
Socks - 6x Baby's clothing Mandatory month 7
Hats - 2x Baby's clothing Mandatory month 7
Mittens - 2x Baby's clothing Mandatory month 7
Swaddles - 2x Baby's clothing Mandatory month 7
Baby sleeping bag - 2x Baby's clothing Mandatory month 7
Boob + tummy cream Mama Mio Your Pregnancy Essentials Kit Stuff for mommy Nice to have month 5 https://amzn.to/2EQh3SR
Nipple gel pads Medela Hydrogel Pads Stuff for mommy Nice to have month 5 https://amzn.to/2CLdbQB
Nipple butter Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter Stuff for mommy Mandatory month 5 https://amzn.to/2qesWaZ
Nursing bras - 6x Stuff for mommy Mandatory month 5
Breast pads - 6x Stuff for mommy Mandatory month 5
Maternity tops - 6x Stuff for mommy Mandatory month 5
Apps Multiple Getting ready Nice to have month 2
Books Multiple Getting ready Mandatory month 2
Maternity pillow Leachco Snoogle Maternity Pillow Getting ready Mandatory month 2 https://amzn.to/2qgCouF

Books

For her

The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

For her

Mindful Birthing, by Nancy Bardacke

For him

The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be, by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash

There's nothing like reading aloud the chapters describing how your expecting wife will be acting in the current month to your wife, and watching her eyes grow wide realizing the description has described her to a tee. The other books for guys were rubbish, and this is the only book that I found was worth reading cover to cover.


Maternity Pillow

The only one you'll need

Leachco Snoogle Maternity Pillow


Apps

For her

The Bump + Ovia

Both apps were helpful for reading timely articles related to your stage of pregnancy.

The Bump: iTunes, Android

Ovia: iTunes, Android


For both parents, post-birth

The Wonder Weeks

For amazing insights into the growth leaps your baby will make, and when to expect difficult times during profound periods of growth.

iTunes, Android

For him

None

People recommended a contraction counting app, but we found them completely unhelpful. When a contraction starts, it takes 15-20 seconds to realize a contraction has started, to find your phone, open the app, and start the timer.

I wish I'd have been more present with my wife while she was working through a contraction, and that I'd worn a watch with a seconds hand, and logged the contraction times with pen and paper.


Crib + Toddler Bed

We looked everywhere to try to find the right crib. Ikea's cribs were too flimsy and just looked and felt cheap. Crate and Barrel's cribs were really nice, but so expensive that we couldn't justify the price. Other cribs were either too bulky, or or too flimsy. When we found Babyletto Crib, we quickly found that this was the right crib for us. Sturdy, good looking, and it hit the right price point.

If you buy a co-sleeping crib, you could wait until baby's 3rd month to buy and put together a crib.

The only one you'll want

Babyletto Crib + Toddler Bed


Crib Mattress

This mattress will fit the Babyletto Crib, it's waterproof, firm yet supportive, and made without chemicals. Most importantly, when the baby hits the mattress - out like a light.

Happy Baby, Happy Mom

Babyletto Crib + Toddler Bed


Crib Bedding

We don't have any specific recommendations for crib bedding. Buy 2-3 bed sheets, and a 2-3 quilts, preferably cotton. Make sure it feels comfortable to your touch.

You can find quick-ship crib bedding at Amazon, affordable crib bedding at Target, or luxurious crib bedding at Posh Baby.


Baby Monitor

You'll want a baby monitor to keep an ear out for your baby's cries, and you might even want a camera to keep an eye out as well. Audio monitors are great for listening when you're a few rooms away. Meanwhile, video monitors are ideal for when you're out of the house and want to keep an eye on your baby, or to make sure your caretaker is treating your little one properly.

We love the Vtech Audio Baby Monitor, and the 2 parent units allow us to keep an ear out as we move from room to room without having to carry a device with us.

For video monitors, the Nest security cam is perfect. Easily mount the camera above the crib or anywhere in the nursery, and then configure the device so that you can receive alerts, and login to watch your little one from anywhere via your smart phone. And after your tot is grown up, you can convert the camera into a security device that you can repurpose anywhere in your home.

Also, take it from us - don't buy any baby monitors produced by AngelCare. They're crap.

Recommended Audio Monitor

VTech BA72212GY Audio Baby Monitor with 2 Parent Units

Recommended Video Monitor

Nest Security Camera


Humidifier

You'll want to maintain a humidity level of between 35-50% in the room where the baby sleeps. This will be necessary in dry climates, and in the winter in cold climates.

Recommended Humidifier

Safety 1st 360 Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier


Humidity Monitor + Thermometer

You'll want a thermometer to monitor the temperature, and a hygrometer to measure the humidity levels in your nursery.

Experts recommend a temperature between 68-72°F in the room where the baby sleeps. Higher temperatures are thought to be a cause of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in children under 1 year of age.

Experts also recommend a humidity level of between 35-50% in the room where the baby sleeps. If the humidity is below 35%, use a humidifier to increase the humidity in the room.

Affordable device to keep an eye on things

AcuRite Humidity Monitor with Indoor Thermometer


Toy Chest

Like it or not, you're going to receive hundreds of toys as gifts from relatives and friends. We love this Elephant toy chest from 3 sprouts! It was the perfect size for the amount of toys we received at the baby shower.

Recommended Toy Chest

3 Sprouts Toy Chest - Elephant


First Toy

Recommended First Toy

Sophi the Giraffe


Baby Night Light

Recommended Baby Night Light

Skip Hop Owl Baby Night Light


Co-sleeping unit

Having a co-sleeping crib attached to your bed is amazing for the first month, because it means you won't need to get up every time you need to check on your baby. We bought the Chicco co-sleeping crib, but don't recommend it, because it's too low for a standard American bed.

If you decide to purchase a co-sleeping unit, be sure to measure your bed height and ensure that the co-sleeping unit you choose can be raised to at least that height.


Spare Mattress

If you have a bed that's queen-size or smaller, you're going to run out of bed space really quick in the middle of the night. We bought a spare mattress so that Ryan could sleep in the next room, but still be available for help with messy nappy changes, and feel slightly fresh the next day when going to work.

It's not a necessary purchase, and if you have a king-size bed you might be okay without it.

Recommended Spare Mattress

Simmons BeautySleep Siesta Memory Foam Mattress

Recommended Spare Mattress Fitted Sheet

Utopia Bedding Fitted Twin Bed Sheet


Stroller + Car Seat

This might be one of the most expensive items you'll purchase before your newborn arrives. But it's also the item that will frustrate you the most if you don't make the right purchase.

As one new mother put it to us, "Don’t fuck around with the stroller. Buy a goodie. I tried to go cheap and ended up returning it. Something that's easy to clean, and rolls like butter with 1 hand. I know this sounds ridiculous, but when you’re holding your iced coffee, answering emails, and wheeling the little pork chop along — it’s essential."

Affordable option

Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System

If you're looking for an affordable stroller and car seat, and one that keeps your kiddo safe, this Amazon review right here will tell you all you need to know:

"This was the best money I ever spent. My granddaughter (3 weeks old, 8lbs) was just involved in a car accident. It was a head on collision with all the airbags deployed and both cars totaled. 4 Adults between the two cars all injured with various broken bones. The man in the back seat in the same car sitting right next to my granddaughter was airlifted to shock trauma with a broken back. All the adults were wearing seat belts. But you can imagine the jolt/shock. Ava did not have a scratch. The car Chicco Bravo car seat with the base locking system absorbed the impact and protected her. No doubt this seat with all the safety systems, harness, infant liner, etc. saved her life. I hate to think what would have happened in a cheap seat."

We test drove the Chicco Bravo about 10 times, and really liked it, primarily because we felt so confident in the Keyfit30 car seat and base, and because we'd heard great things from our friends. We were all set to buy it, but decided to spend a little extra money and splurged on the UPPAbaby stroller.

Posh Option

UPPAbaby Vista + Nuna Car Seat

We spent months looking at strollers, and we kinda hated all of them. We were all set to buy the Chicco Bravo, but ended up purchasing the UPPAbaby because it glided along with hardly any muscling, and it folded and expanded so easily that we just did that over and over again in the store — it felt that good. Seriously, the salespeople kept coming up to us and asking if there was a problem, and we said "Nope", and just went right back to folding and expanding the stroller.

For the car seat, you could choose to buy the UPPAbaby Mesa Car Seat, and it looks and feels like a really good car seat. But, when you start using the Nuna Pipa, it will be easy to handle because it's so light (7.9 pounds), and you'll fall in love with the little details — like the magnetic sun guard that pulls out and clings to the sides of the car seat with so very little effort. The only hassle is that you'll need the UPPAbaby VISTA Upper Adapter for the Nuna car seat.


Baby Carrier

You don't have to buy a baby carrier, but you'll be so glad that you did. You can go about your day, doing your normal business, while the baby is right there connected to you. You know — make dinner, buy groceries, do the laundry — all without having to lose sight or worry about your little pork chop. One thing to keep in mind is that babies usually need to reach a minimum weight before they can be placed in the carrier.

Don't bother shopping around — the Baby Bjorn is the only carrier you're going to need to try. That's what all of our friends told us. And now we'll tell you the same thing.

The only one you'll want

Baby Bjorn Carrier


Travel Crib

This is only a necessary expense if you're a frequent traveler, and need a crib for your little one wherever you travels take you.

We love the Nuna Sena Aire Mini travel crib. It works great, folds up quick and easy, comes with a travel bag, is durable, and is light to carry.

Easy Peasy Japanesey

Nuna Sena Aire Mini


Breast Pump + Pump Travel Set

You'll want to find a great pump, with a travel tote, a storage cooler, and bottles, so that you can pump both at home and at work. The Medela breast pump set takes care of all of our needs.

Ask your health insurance company if they will reimburse you for your breast pump purchase. Our insurance company reimbursed us for purchasing this Medela breast pump set.

Pump on the go

Medela Breast Pump Solution Set


Nursing Pillow

We didn't buy this nursing pillow before having our baby — we didn't think we'd need one. Dhara tried nursing using a maternity pillow, bed pillows, couch cushions, and they were all awful. She bought this nursing pillow and now takes it with her to whichever room of the house she'll be nursing in. We'd definitely recommend buying one.

The only one you'll want

Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner


Bottle Sterilizer

This is one of those purchases where your first thought is "I can easily boil water and sterilize a couple bottles". Then, it takes 10 minutes to boil water, the baby starts crying, her nappy needs changed, and because you're sleep-deprived you forget what you were doing entirely and come back to the kitchen 30 minutes later to see the water is still boiling on the stove top.

With this microwave contraption, you add 7 oz. water, then microwave it for 4 minutes. Done.

Simply put: A bottle sterilizer is a keep-it-simple sanity preservation device.

This does the trick

Munchkin Steam Guard Microwave Sterilizer


Baby Bottles

You'll want a few small bottles and a few larger bottles, and look for bottles that help ease colic and reflux.

Baby Bottle Recommendation

Dr. Brown's Bottle Newborn Feeding Set


Bottle Brush

Baby Bottle Brush Recommendation

Dr. Brown's Bottle Brush


Baby Bottle Drying Rack

Drying Rack Recommendation

Soraco Baby Countertop Bottle Drying Rack


Baby Bath

If you buy a baby bath, you'll want to look for a bath that works for a newborn and a toddler. We love the Stokke Flexi Bath because it can be easily transported from room to room, and folds up so that it can be put away every day after we use it.

Bathing + Grooming

Stokke Flexi Bath in White with Newborn Support


Baby Bath Rinser

This really isn't necessary, but it was too darn cute to pass up. Use this baby bath rinser to keep water from getting into your little one's eyes while bathing, as well as to entertain them with the cute whale.

Bathing + Grooming

Skip Hop Moby Bath Rinser


Baby Shampoo + Wash

Bathing + Grooming

Burt's Bees Baby Shampoo & Wash


Baby Wash Cloths + Burp Cloths

You'll need both burp cloths and diaper wash cloths. We've found that burp cloths aren't soft enough to our liking, and use Kyte Baby Wash Cloths for both. Just make sure you buy different colored cloths so that you know which you need to use on your little one's bum and which ones are for the mouth only. 3 packs of 5 each should be enough for you burping and bathing.

So, so soft

Kyte Baby Wash Cloths


Temporal Scanner Thermometer

Getting accurate temperature readings without having to disrupt your little one's sleep is super important. The Exergen Temporal Scanner is recommended by both nurses and friends.

Pro tip: Remove the protective cap before scanning to get an accurate reading. Otherwise, your readings will always be about 2°F below your actual body temperature.

BATHING + GROOMING

Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer TAT-2000C


Baby Grooming Kit

You're going to need an underarm thermometer, fingernail clippers, a toothbrush / gum brush, a hair brush, and a nasal aspirator (for helping your little one get a big boogie out of their nose). Keep it simple and just buy them all together in 1 kit.

The nasal aspirator seems like a weird device at first, and babies hate having their nostrils sucked out, but a couple quick puffs and you'll have those deep-seated boogies out in no time... and most importantly, your baby will be grateful.

BATHING + GROOMING

Boon Care Health and Grooming Kit


Cotton Balls + Swabs

You'll need these to gently clean some of those hard to reach places.

BATHING + GROOMING

Q-tips Cotton Swabs

BATHING + GROOMING

365 Everyday Value Organic Cotton Balls


Avocado Oil

Use for baby massage and moisturizing your little one's dry skin.

BATHING + GROOMING

Vie Naturelle Avocado Oil


Medicine

You'll need these to gently clean some of those hard to reach places.

Pain reliever and fever reducer

Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension, Fever Reducer and Pain Reliever

Colic Relief

Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water Night Time

Talk to your doctor about using gripe water. Some people swear by it as being necessary to help with gas relief. Our family doctor keeps reminding us, "The best medicine is time", but we'll admit that it's easy to get impatient when your little one is suffering.

Nasal Saline Spray

Little Remedies Nasal Saline Spray / Drops

Talk to your doctor about using a nasal saline spray. A quick drop will loosen up those tiny boogers and make it easier to wipe or siphon them out.


Diaper Changing Station

We fell in love with the Babyletto Hudson Changer Dresser with Changing Tray, but ultimately decided not to buy it because it was too tall for Dhara to change "nappies" comfortably. Instead, we bought the Ikea Kallax bookshelf and securely mounted the Little Seeds Changing Table Tray and LA Baby Savannah Waterproof Changing Pad on top of it.

We recommend making sure that the top of the diaper changing station comes to a couple inches below your waist for comfortable diaper changes.

The perfect diaper changing station

Babyletto Hudson Changer Dresser with Changing Tray


Diaper Changing Tray

If you buy a diaper changing station, it probably comes with a tray, so you may not need this. But if you do, the Little Seeds Changing Table Topper is a no-brainer.

Recommended Changing Tray

Little Seeds Changing Table Topper


Diaper Changing Pad

Add a liner to catch the random wee + poo extravangza that happens as soon as you take your little one's diaper off. They may think it's funny, and it is — but only if you have a waterproof liner that's easy to clean.

A changing pad that doesn't suck

LA Baby Savannah Waterproof Changing Pad

Changing Pad Covers


Diaper Changing Pad Liners

Add a liner to catch the random wee + poo extravangza that happens as soon as you take your little one's diaper off. They may think it's funny, and it is — but only if you have a waterproof liner that's easy to clean.

Recommended changing pad liners

Munchkin Waterproof Changing Pad Liners


Diaper Trash Bin + Bin Bags

We argued about whether a diaper trash bin was really necessary, or whether or not you could use a regular trash bin. Dhara told me, "You'd know this was a mandatory purchase if you changed more nappies." Fair point.

This keeps the stink away

Munchkin 15900 Diaper PAIL

Don't forget to buy extra bin bags

Munchkin Diaper Trash Bin Bags


Diaper Trash Bags for Diaper Tote

They get the job done

Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bags


Newborn Diapers

Professionals recommend making sure you have 100 newborn diapers for the first week, and you'll go through 10 or more diapers per day. The newborn diapers can be used until your baby reaches around 10 pounds, at which time you'll need to upgrade to the next diaper size.

The only one you'll want

Pampers Swaddlers


Baby Wipes

The only one you'll need

Pampers Aqua Pure Water-Based Baby Diaper Wipes

You'll be amazed at how quickly you go through these wipes. Plan to go through at least 1 per diaper change. If it's a messy poo, then you'll use closer to 5 or 10 wipes in one diaper change. So, every time you buy diapers, make sure you buy twice as many baby wipes.


Diaper Rash Cream

This will do the trick

Honest Company Diaper Rash Cream

Stash a tube of diaper rash cream any place you might use it — by the diaper changing station, in your diaper travel tote bag, beside your bed, in the living room. You might think you need only 1 or 2 tubes, but they go missing when you need them most.


Activity Mat

Play and encouraging the imagination are essential to your helping your newborn develop their brain. An activity mat will keep them entertained in their early stages of life. Pepper loves her Skip Hop activity mat!

Recommended activity mat

Skip Hop Baby Treetop Friends Activity Gym


Night Lights

Make sure your little one doesn't wake up when you flip on the lights suddenly, and ensure you don't fumble or trip when trying to walk through the through the dark to change a diaper. We've been using these GE night lights for over a year now and they're worth every penny.

These will do the trick

GE 4-Pack White LED Night Lights


Boob + Tummy Cream

Mommy needs some loving too. These creams have helped lessen the stretch marks.

MOMMY'S BODY CARE

Mama Mio Pregnancy Saviours Kit


Nipple gel pads

Give relief to those sore nipples. Store these pads in the refrigerator, then apply them to your nipples to help soothe them after constant feeding.

Nipple Gel Pad Recommendation

Medela Tender Care Hydrogel Pads


Nipple butter

Nipple Butter Recommendation

Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter


Disposable Mattress Protectors

These will help protect the things you care about most when your baby wees unexpectedly. We recommend buying these early for your own bed — just in case your water breaks while you're sleeping.

Just in case

Priva Stay Dry Ultra Disposable Pads


Onesies

THE MAGNETIC ME ONESIES ARE AMAZING!

Sorry for shouting, but you're going to need about 6 newborn-size onesies and the Magnetic Me onesies remove that one additional step of getting your little pork chop's clothes back on after a diaper change or after a bath. Every little time-saving step helps so much.

The Flippin' Best

Magnetic Me - Magnificent Baby Magnetic Modal Footie

Hey there! Pepper's List was created by and , based on the shopping list we created when were preparing for the birth of our daughter Pepper, and what we learned after we all started using the products.

Dhara
Ryan
Pepper

This is the list that we wish we'd found before we had Pepper - a list of all the recommended products that we could buy without having to think about it, so we could focus on just enjoying each other without all of the stress of getting ready to have a baby.

The links to recommended products are affiliate links, so we do receive a small kick back, but we'll only link to products that we can vouch for.

This list was last updated on September 1, 2018.