New Baby on the Way? Here's Your No-Nonsense Checklist of Everything You Need to Buy
Regardless of where you are in your pregnancy, you've likely come across a monster of a checklist, rife with more products with cutesy names than you even thought existed. And while you likely would find a use for many if not all of those items (shopping cart seat covers, anyone?), it can get overwhelming to try and purchase it all at once . . . especially before you really know what you'll need. If you're looking for a pared-down list of absolute must haves, we put together a baby-prep checklist. Go through it and see what else you need to pick up before your EDD. You'll be surprised at what little you can get away with really needing in the beginning. (Tip: two Popsugar Moms editors skipped the glider chair entirely!)
Babylist Bottle Box
You won't know until you meet your precious little one which type of nipple they'll prefer to use (assuming you'll be bottlefeeding or using formula at some point), so the Babylist Bottle Box ($25, originally $44) is a great place to start. Rather than having to dart out in the middle of the night to purchase a new brand of bottle, this kit has all of the major heavy-hitters included: Dr. Brown's, Comotomo, Philips AVENT, Tommee Tippee, and Munchkin.
Aden + Anais 2-Pack Classic Burpy Bibs
Stashing burp cloths around the house will save you unnecessary trips to the nursery, and having them by your bed will mean one fewer reason to actually get out of bed. You'll want the Aden + Anais 2-Pack Classic Burpy Bibs ($22), if not two sets.
Ubbi Diaper Pail
The Ubbi Diaper Pail ($76) is the unsung hero of the nursery. The pail's steel body and tightly sealed lid keep the smell of dirty diapers at bay. This is the last place you want to skimp. You'll definitely find cheaper pails, but this is the only one that keeps the odor inside the pail.
Original Woombie Swaddle
Every new mom needs a quality swaddle. The Original Woombie Swaddle ($27) is made of four-way stretch fabric, making it easy to snugly swaddle your baby. While you can swaddle your baby using receiving blankets, it's actually pretty challenging to keep their limbs from popping out. This quick zip makes it easier than ever to keep them cozy — you want this, as it helps prevent the moro reflex from waking them up.
Triple Paste Medicated Ointment For Diaper Rash
Triple Paste Medicated Ointment For Diaper Rash ($24, originally $30) is a fragrance-free and hypoallergenic cream that can help prevent rashes before they start.
Your own mom may try to convince you that swaddling's just a trend, but it's become an essential skill for new parents to learn for good reason. Whether your baby's most at peace when wrapped tight like a burrito or simply likes the comfort of being covered, every mom needs a stash of the ultrasoft Aiden + Anais muslin swaddle blankets ($50 for 4).
Delta Children Emery 4-in-1 Crib
If you want to get your money's worth with a good crib, look no further than this Delta Children Emery 4-in-1 Crib ($190). You'll have it in your home for years because it converts into a toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed. It also comes in gray and a pretty dark wood choice. You likely won't use the crib on day one — most parents start with a bassinet — but it's completely up to you.