Top 25 Must-Have Newborn and Baby Items (2013)

Save your sanity during the newborn phase of motherhood by making sure that you are prepared with these 25 must-have newborn baby items and products.  I am willing to put my reputation on the line here and say that these baby products are the most practical, easy-to-use and convenient newborn baby products out there (especially the Leachco Newborn Podster).  These items are available on, which is where I purchased each of these items, but you can also find most of the products at Target, Babies'R'Us, and BuyBuyBaby. 

Top 25 Newborn Baby Items:

1.  Leachco Newborn Podster 
Link:  Leachco Newborn Podster

LeachCo Newborn Podster
The  Leachco Newborn Podster is my absolute number one favorite baby item of all time.  No question about it.  You can view my post about this product at How to Make Mommy's Life With Newborn Easier, and the top uses for the Newborn Podster.  We feel so passionately about this product that we will be donating a number of them to an HIV Orphanage in Vietnam (see How My Favorite Baby Product Will Help Orphans With HIV in Vietnam).  I cannot find this item anywhere but and Babies'R'Us.  

2.  Boon Grass Bottle and Nipple Drying Rack

Link:  Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack, Spring Green 
Boon Grass Drying Rack

The Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack is fantastic, and in my humble opinion, it is the prettiest drying rack out there.  More importantly, it works great for drying nipples and bottles.

3.  Rock 'N Play Newborn Sleeper
Link:  Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper

Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper
I refer to the Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper as the "Magic Cradle."  I love this thing.  I brought it with me almost everywhere I went with my baby. It's easy to bring from room to room, and easy to fold-up and bring with you on the go.  Fisher-Price now has a vibrating edition of the wonderful Rock 'N Play Sleeper - the Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Vibrating Rock n' Play Sleeper.

4.  Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother
Link:   Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother
Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse
The Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother is made by Fisher-Price, and I swear this little seahorse is magical when it comes to babies.  Newborns go from crying to happy within a seconds when you put this cute little, glowing seahorse in front of them. I would become frantic when it would run out of batteries during our baby's newborn stage.  I love the Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother so much that I made my sister buy a "back-up" seahorse for her house.  You can see more about this magical seahorse and other baby toys in my post Top 25 Baby Toys.

5.  Video Baby Monitor
Link:  Samsung Wireless Pan Tilt Video Baby Monitor Infrared Night Vision and Zoom
Samsung Baby Touch Video Monitor
I highly recommend getting a baby video monitor - it will bring you more peace of mind than you can imagine.  I recommend purchasing a monitor that has a "mute" button feature.  The  Samsung Wireless Video Baby Monitor  has a "mute"button.  Tip: Many of the Motorola brand monitors do not have a mute button. Hopefully Motorola updates their next model with the mute button feature.  If you are interested in a WiFi Baby Video Monitor, the WiFi Baby 2.0 is a great option, but is complicated to set-up.  With the WiFi Baby 2.0, you will be able to view the video stream from your iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, or PC (you can also use the WiFi Baby 2.0 as a Nanny-Cam, and record video and audio).

6.  Crane Cool Mist Humidifier
Link:  Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier 
Crane Cool Mist Humidifier
The Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is easy to clean and easy to change, and they are filter-free.  The Crane Cool Mist Humidifier will also fit in most bathroom sinks, whereas many of the Vick's humidifiers are so bulky that they need to be refilled in a bathtub (which is annoying).  See more on this at Best Humidifiers for Baby that Are Easy-to-Operate.

7.  Side-Snap Onesies
Link:   Kimono Bodysuit Side-Snap Onesie
Side-Snap Onesies
Side-Snap onesies are essential for your sanity if the thought of putting a t-shirt over your baby's wobbly head makes you nervous.  Avoid that pain and invest in at least five side-snap onesies for your newborn.  The above picture is a link for side-snap onesies that are sold on, but side-snap onesies on Amazon are extremely expensive (a single side-snap onesie can run about $17.99), so I would highly recommend going to Target and purchasing a 3-pack for $9.99 (Made by Gerber).  Nevertheless, I have provided a link to the expensive version from for you to take a look at (Kimono Bodysuit Side-Snap Onesie).  For more on side-snap onesies at The Must-Have Clothing Item For Your Newborn Baby .

8.  Luv U Zoo SpaceSaver Swing (Vibrates)
Link:   Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo SpaceSaver Swing and Seat
Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo SpaceSaver Swing
A lot of baby swings end up taking up a lot of space, but the Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo SpaceSaver Swing and Seat is great because it won't take up 1/4 of your living room.  The Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo SpaceSaver Swing and Seat has all of the features. It vibrates (which is a very important feature in a baby swing and many of the expensive swings do not have this), and this swing is easily portable from room to room.  

9.  Swaddle Blankets with Velco
Link:  Summer Infant SwaddleMe Blankets
SwaddleMe Blankets
Get yourself Summer Infant SwaddleMe Blankets blankets (make sure that they have velcro) - these are so much easier (and safer) than the traditional swaddle blankets.  The velcro makes the swaddling process significantly faster and easier for tired moms and dads.  

10.  HALO Sleepsack
Link:   HALO Sleepsack 
HALO Sleepsack
I love the HALO Sleepsacks for after the "swaddle phase."  I recommend getting two of each size (S, M, L)  for the first year. sells them for about $20, but if you have a Marshall's store nearby, then you can get amazing deals on these ($7.99).

11.  Little Tummys' Gas Relief Drops
Link:  Little Tummys Gas Relief Drops 
Little Tummys' Gas Relief Drops
Little Tummys Gas Relief Drops have saved my sanity a few times when we were trying to find the right formula for our baby (which resulted in baby having an upset tummy).  These things are great at relieving tummy pains.

12.  OXO Dishwasher Basket 
Link:  OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket 
Oxo Dishwasher Basket

If you're going with the Playtex Drop-In bottles, then I highly recommend the OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket because it is the perfect size for the Playtex Drop-In nipples (which don't easily fit inside the slots of most dishwasher baskets).  It is also very convenient to have a large dishwasher basket versus many of the common Munchkin dishwasher baskets found in stores, which can usually only fit five Playtex Drop-In Nipples (the OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket can fit up to ten nipples).

13.  Discover n' Grow Kick and Play Piano Baby Gym
Link:  Fisher-Price Discover 'n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym
Fisher-Price Discover 'n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym
The Fisher-Price Discover 'n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym is our favorite because not only does it provide a mirror (babies love mirrors), but the kick-able piano feature provides for a ton of entertainment for baby by playing music and lighting up - babies love it.   Another great feature about this baby gym is that you can level up the piano as baby grows and starts sitting.  The only downfall to this baby gym is that it is hard for the baby to roll over all the way without getting caught in the arch.  You can see my little one playing with this baby gym at my post: Favorite Baby Gym Photo Time.  She loves this thing!  This baby gym also made my post Top 25 Baby Toys.

14.  Boogie Wipes
Link:  Boogie Wipes
Boogie Wipes
Boogie Wipes are great for wiping noses without irritating baby's skin by rubbing it raw.  They have grape-flavored and also a fresh flavor.  These are a must-have to keep in your diaper bag, and I'd recommend getting one for your changing table as well.

15.  Secure-A-Toy Straps
Link:   Baby Buddy Secure-A-Toy 
The Baby Buddy Secure-A-Toy is an amazing invention that prevents your baby from losing toys when riding in the stroller.  I love these things.

16.  Jolly Jumper Car Seat Cover
Link:  Jolly Jumper Car Seat Cover 
Car Seat Cover
Carseat covers are a great and easy way to keep your newborn warm in the cold winter months when getting in and out of your car. sells the Jolly Jumper Carseat Cover, but you can find these at Marshall's for quite a bit cheaper.

17.  Laugh and Learn Fun Activity Table
Link:  Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table
Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun Activity Table
The Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table is the BEST activity table out there.  Unlike other activity tables, the Laugh and Learn Fun table has multiple settings (e.g., Play, Music, Spanish, Learning Time), so it keeps your baby occupied and entertained for longer than other single-setting activity tables.  You can remove the legs for baby to use it during the Sitting phase as well.  See more about this table Keep Baby Busy, Keep Mommy Happy, and I also mention this great toy in my post Top 25 Baby Toys.

18.  Playtex Drop-Ins Bottles
Link:  Playtex Drop-In Bottle
      Playtex Drop-Ins
The Playtex Drop-In Bottles are the best bottle out there - in this mom's opinion.  I could go on and on about these bottles and how much I love them.  The disposable liners make cleaning these bottles substantially easier than any other bottle out there (no more putting bottles in your dishwasher). More importantly, the liner system prevents your baby from gulping air during feedings.  Also, if you plan to have kids in the future, the drop-in bottles are better for storage because you don't have to worry about the plastic going bad.  

19.  Toys Links
Link:  Sassy Ring O' Links Rattle Developmental 

Toy Links
Get yourself the Sassy Ring O' Links Rattle Developmental.  Toy links are great for attaching toys to strollers and babies just love to hold onto these with their tiny fingers.  Your baby will also love to chew on these toy links (great for teething)! 

20. DaBib
Link:  DaBib 
Da Bib
If you have a baby with "hole" in his mouth that appears during bottle time (meaning the milk drips out of their mouth and gets everywhere), then DaBib is perfect for your baby.  It keeps your baby's clothing clean and keeps your baby's neck dry.  I love, love DaBib.  It's a lot more expensive than other bibs, but worth every penny.  See more on bibs at Top 5 Baby Bibs that Actually Work.

21.  Disposable Diaper Bags
Link:  Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser
Disposable Diaper Bags
These Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser are very handy to have.  You will get dirty looks if you put a stinky diaper in a public trashcan without one.  Just strap these on your diaper bag and refill as needed.

22.  The Nosefrida Snotsucker
Link:   Nosefrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator
Nosefrida Snotsucker

Now, let me explain a little bit about the Nosefrida. I was very reluctant to try this product initially -  the idea of sucking boogers out of anybody's nose made me gag, but I swear to you that this thing works better than any nasal aspirator out there, and when your baby can hardly breathe because of all the snot in his nose, you will want this thing.  I promise you that the boogers don't get in your mouth - even with the massive amount of snot my child has, the snot/boogers hasn't even reached the filter yet, let alone anywhere near my mouth. This thing is awesome.  I talk about my love for the  Nosefrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator in my post How the Nose Frida Changed My Boogie Little Life, and you can also find a video of my baby loving the Nosefrida on that same post.

23.  Washable Changing Pads
Link:  Carters Keep Me Dry Flannel Pads
Changing Pads
Keep changing pads on-hand near your changing table to eliminate constant changing pad laundry runs.  These Carters Keep Me Dry Flannel Pads are great, but I've seen Babies'R'Us selling changing pads (made by Babies'R'Us) that are made with terry cloth and these work really well too.

24.  Sippy Cup Bungy Cord
Link:  SippyPal Bungy Cord
Sippy Cup Bungy Cord
If your baby is like my baby, then she will love to throw her sippy cup on the floor once she gets to the "high chair phase."  Prevent this with the SippyPal Bungy Cord.  Genius.

25.  O-Ball
Link:  Oball 
The O-Ball Toy

Baby's love the Oball because they can fit their tiny little fingers around it.  It's costs about $4.99 and is a toy that is worth every penny.  This toy is also included in my post Top 25 Baby Toys.

26.  Huggies Newborn Diapers
Link:   Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers for Newborn
Huggies Newborn Diapers
The Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers for Newborn are my favorite diapers for newborns because they have an umbilical cord cut-out to prevent your baby's umbilical cord stump from getting wet with pee (it is best to keep your baby's umbilical cord stump dry in the days after baby is born).

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and baby items by commenting below!


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  1. Because this post has received significantly more views than our other posts (which I am very excited about!), I wanted to ask everyone to share their "Must-Have" newborn items here in the Comment Box so that other viewers can see other ideas from different parents. Mommy's who collaborate with each other end up gaining a lot in the end - all of my "must-have" items have come from other mom's suggestions that I thankfully took. The internet is an amazing portal for us to share with each other!

  2. One vote for the leachco podster!

    1. The Podster is amazing isn't it? It saved me so much back pain - it's truly the perfect newborn seat. It also makes for a great dog bed for a medium/small sized dog for after your baby grows out of the it - my puggle loves to curl up in it!

  3. I loved my boppy, aden and anais swaddles, and the rock 'n play for the early months. A video monitor was a must for me - kept me calm. I would say my favorite item is the arm's reach cosleeper. We were having so much trouble with nighttime sleep because my daughter wouldn't sleep in the pack n play bassinet. We used the cosleeper for 7 months and I got SO MUCH sleep that way.(I was breastfeeding) Great list!

    1. I'm going to have to check out the Arm's Reach Cosleeper! I am all about ways of getting more sleep. Our little one slept great in the Rock N Play for day-time naps, and she snoozed a lot in the Podster too. I'm totally with you on the baby monitor - it was just nice to look over and see that my baby was breathing (it stopped me from running in the room like a maniac all the time).

  4. Very good items may be observed from here. Really must have!

    1. I'm happy you agree. :) Thanks for the comment!

  5. AnonymousJuly 01, 2013

    Footed sleepers with zippers NOT snaps. Caddy for an Infant car seat.

    1. Totally, whole-heartedly, completely agree with the footed sleepers with ZIPPERS and not snaps or buttons. I ramble on about that on a different post. I might have to add "Sleepers with Zippers - no buttons) to this list because I feel so passionately about how amazing zippers are and how much I have baby clothes with buttons (who wants to snap 20-buttons in the middle of the night? Not me!).

      I've heard about caddies for infant car seats, and I've heard amazing things (they look like great space-savers compared to bulky strollers). They look amazing. I think I need a do a "Reader Favorites" post, because everyone has such amazing ideas.

      Thank you for commenting. :)

  6. You loved them but Huggies were terrible for my lil' one... every baby is different. I'm biased since it's my company, but I highly recommend Miny Moe Diaper Samplers for newborns! You get 5 diapers from each of 6 brands (Huggies, Pampers, Luvs, Earth's Best, Target, Walmart) so you can try them out and see which brand works best on your baby before investing in the economy packs (you can also compare price points, irritation, etc with our handy dandy score card)! We do nursing pad samplers as well, which are great for mom!
    Check us out:

    1. This comment intrigued me for a few reasons: I actually made a "diaper sampler pack" for my best friend as part of her baby shower gift. My friend had her baby just a few months after I had mine, so over the few months before her baby was born, I just set aside about 5-15 diapers from each pack of the different brands/styles that I bought for my baby and put them in Ziploc bags to save for her gift. The diapers ranged from Size Newborn to Size 3, and there was an insane variety in the basket because I tried an insane variety of diapers (diaper sampling was almost like a weird hobby that I developed).

      For my gift basket for my friend, I had just put the diapers into gallon-sized bags, made label cards for each diaper, and put it in the basket a cute basket. The gallon sized bags probably weren't exactly the most aesthetically pleasing gift presentation, but they did the job.

      That said, I did this for my friend because I would have loved for someone to have done that for me. i would have loved to save the money that I wasted trying out each diaper. Buying even the smallest packs of diapers to "just try out" is expensive and you loose out on all economies of scale that you gain from buying the largest boxes (yet, the largest boxes are scary and risky to commit to, because, like you mentioned, you and/or your baby might end up hating that type of diaper and then you're left with a bunch of diapers that you hate!)

      I have to say this or it will drive me crazy but I seriously contemplated starting a diaper sampling business (my friends and family can even testify to that) a while back because, like i said before, I would have LOVED something like this when my baby was a newborn. But when I started Googling the diaper sampler idea (to see if this had already been thought of by someone else), my dreams of starting a diaper sampling business that would be a "first mover" in a niche market were crushed when Google led me to your company's website. My idea was not so original after all! Ya beat me to it!

      ...So I decided to stick with the more original idea of a mom blog. Ha. (*sarcasm*)....

      There have been some moms that have commented about their babies having problems when the mom used the diapers that were part of a diaper cake gift that they had received as a gift (maybe the diapers collected dust or something and that irritated baby's bum). This part made me nervous; however, it does seem that the nature of a diaper sampling pack is different than a diaper cake, and that these "dust" problems would be significantly less likely to occur, seeing as the diapers would be kept in dust-proof bags.

      I have never tried your diaper sampling product; however, I'll likely be trying your product with our next baby. Love this idea.

      Does your company offer diaper (and pull-up style) sampling packs for young toddlers?

  7. AnonymousJuly 28, 2013

    is the playtex drop ins bottles just as amazing when used with pumped breastmilk?

    1. I do but I feel like that can depend on the brand/model of breast pump that you use and if its compatible with the Playtex storage liners. I had the Medela Pump n Style double electric breast pump and used the Playtex Dropins Breast Milk Storage kit (the adapters fit directly on my Medela pump perfectly) so the milk went straight into the liners. You just cap the liners and put the milk in the fridge/freezer. I would check if your pump will work with the Playtex Drop-In bottles/liners (read reviews on Amazon and Babycenter boards about your specific pump).

      I would definitely practice sealing the lids on the Playtex Liner Storage Bags (and any other storage bag for that matter), and make sure you have a good feel for knowing when the cap is on completely when you place the bag in the fridge/freezer. Otherwise the liners can leak if you don't seal it properly and then you'll lose some of your hard-earned milk (which is one of the saddest things to happen to a breast-milk-pumping mom).

      I hope this helps! I hope you post an update with what you end up choosing. :)

  8. Great list!

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  10. Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers for Newbornare is my favorite diapers for newborns because its simply amazing and provides an umbilical cord cut-out to prevent your baby's umbilical cord stump from getting wet with pee. The product is of great quality and economical as well..

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  13. Such an amazing post.I have this SpaceSaver Swing in my office so I am constrained on space.This is incredible for small spaces,light weight to move.The locking feature is sublime!You have the best of two worlds with a swing and bouncer in one.Thank you so much.

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  14. Awesome list for all new mom's, I am planning to create a similar list on my own blog. I especially like the side button onsies, very useful during diaper changes.

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