Baby Must-Haves: List Of Items For The First Year

by Sheri @ Purposeful Habits

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How Do You Choose You Baby Must-Haves?

How much stuff does a baby really need? A whole freaking lot! Baby must-haves are important for soon to be moms first-time moms like me because it is new and exciting new chapter in life that is soon to begin!

Questions, questions! What do I buy, how much of it? When to buy it? How soon is too soon?

I think all first-time moms can relate.

We were lucky enough to be gifted so many things prior to our little one’s arrival, so we have paid this forward by giving away as much as we can to expecting parents.

This way, we feel good about ourselves for helping out, and the receiver feels great because it is one or two items less to spend money on.

So here I have put a list together of “Baby Must-Haves: List Of Items For The First Year”

If you are breastfeeding – Can’t help you, I had no milk. *SOB SOB* – It happens sometimes. It is what it is.


  • Bottles with nipples
  • Bibs and burp cloths
  • Baby formula
  • Thermal bottle carrier
  • Formula Dispenser/Pre Measured Cups (lifesavers at 3am!)
  • Crib and crib mattress (duh…)
  • Crib Sheets
  • Socks and booties
  • Sleep sack
  • Baby Lotion – keeps your baby’s skin supple
  • Barrier Cream
  • Baby Oil
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Talcum Powder – great in helping to absorb moisture


  • Diaper Bag
  • Diaper Pail
  • Changing Pad
  • Baby Ointment
  • Wipes – You can never have too many of these – never ever!


I found so many cute baby items when I was shopping for my little one.



  • Baby Seat for the Car Maxi-Cosi Rubi XP
  • Baby Shoes – some, like me find baby shoes unnecessary, it is a matter of personal taste
  • Baby Monitor – these work wonders – though I still go check every 30 mins
  • Baby Stroller – ideally one that can recline so your baby can sleep easily. Look for one that can folds easily!
  • Rounded Baby Nail Scissors – some parents simply bite, but I wouldn’t advise that
  • Baby Thermometer
  • Rocking Chair – not only great for the baby, but for mom and dads too
  • Baby Carrier – I love the Ergobaby
  • Playpen
  • Pacifiers – at least two…no, make that four (they always gets lost)
  • Toys – baby safe, no hard edges
  • Books – It is never to early to start reading to your baby
  • Playpen



TIP #1
Pajamas – when dressing your baby, get pajamas that are the easiest to put on or remove.  
TIP #2
Ribbons and ties may look nice, but they are choking hazards!
TIP #3
Air Purifier – it is important to keep the air in your baby’s living environment clean
TIP #4
Don’t bathe your little one everyday – not yet
TIP #5
Baby Bath Towels – Put on radiator while bathing baby so it’s nice and toasty when you are done

Of course each and every mother experiences the birth of their baby and baby needs differently.

These are just ideas and suggestions of mine as a first time mom.

If you have two or more children already, you might feel that you don’t need some of these baby must-haves. I would rather have too much than too little.

But hey, that’s just me.

If you have any suggestions of items that would be helpful to a new mom, please share them below.

Let’s grow this list!


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livelaughhlovee5 September 23, 2016 - 18:42

Deff burp cloths are a must and some people prefer cloth diapers over regular diapers which I can’t even imagine doing that because I hate poop and cleaning it no thanks, but it’s a lot cheaper.

marshasassycritic September 17, 2016 - 18:14

My baby days are over but this is a really good (but not overwhelming) list of must-haves when preparing to bring a baby into the world 🙂

Szebastian Onne September 17, 2016 - 18:09

This is, in fact good for to-be or brand new parents. Given I am focused on my adoption process, this will come handy. Thank you Sheri Lein

twotinyhands May 19, 2016 - 20:08

It;s interesting seeing other peoples lists. You have a lot of stuff on your list that I didn’t get at all! Everybody and every baby is different though so it doesn’t really matter. I got gifted a lot of clothes and things, it was a lifesaver, we saved so much money. I bought a big plastic toy box to chuck all has toys in at the end of the day, this is a lifesaver to get the house looking normal in an evening! THanks for linking to #abrandnewday

fairyqueen May 19, 2016 - 18:00

Great list and you’re right, babies seem to need so much. Sometimes though its good to just go natural and minimise everything just for a couple of days to see how it feels. I used to get bogged down with taking so much out with me and I just didn’t need to. All it would do was tip up the pram as soon as I’d take the little ones out of it!:)

mainy – myrealfairy


Erin - Suburban Simplicity May 4, 2016 - 06:26

Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays! See you tomorrow!

Kailyn April 27, 2016 - 21:26

I love seeing those cloth diapers in your featured image! I teach cloth workshops so it’s always exciting to spot them on other blogs 🙂

Liv April 15, 2016 - 00:38

Amusingly, that list gets smaller after each child. Things you were sure you “needed” are suddenly no longer essential. This is a good start though!

Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 15, 2016 - 13:56

Yes! You are so right Liv. I have only one child, but was telling my friend who is expecting a baby that she can scratch a few things off that list. I realise that there are some things that are more “wants” for just in case, than “needs”. I think as first time moms we tend to over-purchase just in case 🙂 How many kids do you have?

Rica@ Yoga Mat Monkey April 14, 2016 - 14:05

Great list, and so useful for parents. When my boys were babies, I always seemed to have forgotten some essential. And if that “essential” happened to be the special pacifier with the Winnie the Poo handle, all hell would break loose!

Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 14, 2016 - 14:36

I can relate to this Rica! Pacifiers have saved us so many times, I think people underestimate the power of them. 🙂 The funny thing is, he needed one all the time for soothing for about 3 weeks, and then decided he was over it. Give him a pacifier now, he tosses it away. 🙂

Linda Hobden April 14, 2016 - 13:35

I didn’t bother with baby socks & shoes – I invested in plenty of all in one sleepsuits when they were tiny – plain for night; bright & colourful at night. The sleepsuits with head to toe poppers were best.

I’d add a “top & tail” bowl to the list too – to wash newborns and then later they come in handy as a sick bowl when the babies become children!

Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 14, 2016 - 14:34

You are right Linda! I love sleepsuits and so does my little one. He is now a professional at removing his socks so I get the ones with the socks already made with it which saves me a lot of time putting the socks back on every 10 minutes, or him crying because he hates socks. LOL. It is also easier now that he is crawling and standing up.

I am not familiar with a top & tail bowl (will google it now), and likely add it to this list. Thank you for sharing 🙂

heidi April 5, 2016 - 19:32

So no ribbons and ties? just kidding. Great list, I actually didn’t have to buy anything for my first, well diapers. Gotta love baby showers.

Tania April 5, 2016 - 19:01

I’m not a mom but this looks like a lovely list for expectant mom’s. I imagine it must be quite overwhelming knowing where to start and what are the ‘must haves’ compared to the ‘nice to haves’.

Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 5, 2016 - 20:11

Exactly Tania! This is what got me all confused. We got a lot of gifts and went out to buy stuff but we did not quite know what was needed for the first few weeks because our house was full of so much baby stuff that we didn’t know where to begin sorting, what clothes would be the right ones, furniture, etc. We did have a lot of fun with it though. Now we have given a whole lot of items away and hope we can still give more to moms who need it. Some items we had double so didnt use at all, or used once or twice. 🙂

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