5 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed for Your First Baby

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Do you have any idea how much stuff little human beings need? I’m not even kidding! These tiny people require way more than you’d think! By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about all the basics: diapers, crib, clothes, some sort of feeding system (be it bottles or your own natural feeding system). Well, I have a few other things you might not realize you need but will thank me for when you are using them!

5 Things You Need for Your First Baby

A fan: Now, I am not suggesting you blow cold air straight at your baby while he sleeps so peacefully.  I never did this with my first baby, but with my second, I have a fan going every time I lay him down.  I find he sleeps better with white noise.  If I forget to plug it in (which is next to never!) either the noise from the dogs wakes him, or he wakes himself up because it is so quiet.

Vibrating furniture: Ok, that sounds a bit weird, but I’m talking about a swing or a bassinet that vibrates a bit.  Movement is what you are going for here.  You would think with my second child that I was a brand new mom all over again (they are only five years apart!)  With my daughter, I had all sorts of moving furniture to help soothe her to sleep.  Not knowing when #2 would come along, and between many moves, stuff got sold and donated. Unless you want to try and soothe your baby to sleep rocking a bassinet with your hand or foot (like I did this time around), I highly suggest you invest in some batteries and something that moves.


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First Aid Kit: I have decided that the next time I get invited to a baby shower or find out someone is pregnant, I am going to put a basket together of medicines, a thermometer, and other first aid items you need when baby gets sick.  As sad as it sounds, almost all babies get sick at some point.  And it is not fun.  It was something I didn’t think about, and when I was running to the store in the middle of the night for some fever reducer, I wished someone had thought to gift me a first aid kit!

Music Player: You REALLY want a tablet or something where you can continuously play music.  Again, I didn’t do this with my first, but with my second I play classical music or ocean sounds on my favorite streaming music service.  Every time I lay him down for a nap, he gets ocean sounds (and a fan).  It is actually really soothing!  After a few hours, the service likes to know if you are still listening, so for 3 am feedings, I just say yes, and the music starts again, soothing both of us.

I feel my job as a mom is to help new moms know the ins and outs of the stuff they don’t tell you about when you have a new tiny person to care for.  I don’t want to keep these goodies to myself!  If it helps me out, I want to help you out.  After all, we’re all in this together!

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23 thoughts on “5 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed for Your First Baby”

  1. Even though i have 2 kids already I still feel like my next kid I will still forget majority of the things i WILL need :( thanks for this post!

  2. Wonderful tips! White noise (e.g. fan or sound machine) seemingly didn’t help my daughter when she was an infant, but it certainly helps me sleep at night. :)

  3. When I was about to have my first baby I was totally fishy about the items I might need upfront, but my husband did a great job in guiding me & we got well set at the right time. First aid kit is so important as you never know what awaits with the kid’s health.

  4. I don’t have any babies but I do have lots of nieces and nephews and totally agree with your list!! I am definitely a fan of vibrating furniture and music!!

  5. I agree with this list100%. My kids needed a swing for the first few weeks of their life, musical lullabies and sensitive baby detergent was a must.

  6. Three kids later, I like to share my wisdom of some of the things I found that work. And this list includes 5 of them! The vibrating seat was a lifesaver for all of my kids.

  7. This is an awesome list. I didn’t do the music or sound with my son because I was a afraid that it would break one day and then he wouldn’t be able to sleep! (Yup I am a little weird LOL)

  8. Elizabeth Matthiesen

    It really is amazing, you have a huge long shopping list for a new baby and there are still things that you have to run out and buy because you didn’t know you’d need it. :-)

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