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Top 10 Must-Have Baby Products for New Parents

Young Asian mother carry up her newborn baby from crib

You’re probably bouncing off the walls with excitement about the impending arrival of your bundle of joy. We wouldn’t be astonished if you’re also nervous, though!

It’s normal, particularly for new parents, to be worried about a change this big to their family. What’s going to happen? Will everything be ready? What should you even prepare to be ready?!

Today, we’ll help you out with at least one of these so you can start to relax a little. Below is a list of the top 10 must-have baby products for new parents, ranging from must-have baby feeding products to the best cribs. We’ll help you figure out what to buy for a new baby.

Babyletto Bondi Convertible Crib

Convertible Crib

Convertible cribs are amazing, no two ways about it. These modern marvels let you get a crib, toddler bed, and daybed all in one, which means you won’t have to scramble to find a new bed too quickly when your little one grows out of the old crib.

Fortunately, there are a tonne of good options for this now. Our favourites include the ones from Babyletto, DaVinci, Nursery Works, and Delta Children.

Newton Berathable Crib Mattress

Breathable Baby Mattress

The right mattress doesn’t just keep your little one comfy enough to sleep but also keeps them safe. You want one that’s breathable, just in case your baby does decide to flip over while sleeping. 

Look for Babyletto Pure Core, the Hatchling Tamago, or the Newton Baby Mattress. If you prefer organic materials, try Naturepedic’s Organic Breathable Baby Crib and Toddler Mattress.

Graco Pack ‘n Play Close2Baby Playard

Multi-use Bassinet

Baby gear takes up space and can be expensive, so it only makes sense to be smart about it. If you’re already going with a convertible crib, get a similar bassinet. You can actually find ones that do more than one duty, like the fantastic Graco Pack ‘n Play Close2Baby Playard. 

This bassinet can serve as an infant bassinet (that’s portable, by the way), a diaper changing station, and even a full-sized playard. Hard to ask for more than all that in a single package!

Philips Avent Baby Bottles

Complete Baby Bottle/Baby Feeding Set

Whether you’re breastfeeding or not, you’ll very likely need containers for your little one’s milk.  If you want something that mimics the mother’s nipple as closely as possible (great for transitioning breastfed babies to the bottle) try the ones from Philips Avent and Comotomo. Bonus points for them being wide-necked and easy to clean! or fails to provide information about its formulation, it’s best to stay away from it!

Doomoo Buddy

Nursing Pillow

Perfect for supporting your baby when they’re feeding. If you want something that does triple-duty, check out the Doomoo Buddy – it’s a nursing pillow, pregnancy pillow, and toddler pouf all in one!

Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair

Easy-to-Clean High Chair

Your baby will make good use out of this once they’re able to sit up by themselves for meals. Get one that’s as stable as possible and easy to wipe down. We like options such as the Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair and the Hauck Alpha+.

White Noise Sound Machine

White Noise Sound Machine

An odd entry in the list? Maybe, but you need to keep your sanity to care properly for your little one, and the way to do that is to encourage the baby to sleep as peacefully as possible. A good white noise machine helps with most babies, as it happens!

The nice thing about this is that you don’t actually need to buy a dedicated white noise machine, though. It’s possible to play white noise on a regular speaker or sound system. The trick is just finding which one works with your baby.

Peg Yerego Ypsi

Travel Stroller

Many parents like travel strollers for their ease-of-use and convenience. Most have car seat adapters for car infant seats too. 

If you’re getting one, be sure to check which certifications your option has. Furthermore, try to look for ones with SPF material for the canopy and smooth suspensions. We like ones like the Peg Yerego Ypsi and Hauck’s Vision X.

Infant Optics DXR-8

Baby Monitor

Obviously, you need a baby monitor so you can keep an eye on your baby at all times, even when not in the same room. In the smart baby monitor category, we liked the Nanit Pro. An easy-to-use app, nice features like a breathing band to count the baby’s breaths, and decent screen resolution won our favour. 

However, not everyone wants a smart baby monitor, especially one with a subscription fee. If that’s the case, try the Infant Optics DXR-8. No loading time, snappy response, and overall reliability make it a favourite among parents.

Playtex Diaper Genie Complete

Diaper Pail

A diaper pail will make dealing with your baby’s smelly diapers so much easier. Look for ones with carbon filters to help you control the odour, as well as one-handed operation for convenience. We recommend the Playtex Diaper Genie Complete for this.

Get more suggestions on what to buy for a new baby

The products we mentioned for each item above should help you get started with your baby gear shopping – but if you feel like you still need more advice, that’s all right! Simply browse our other articles for more new parent shopping advice. 

Alternatively, you can go to our forums and ask other parents for recommendations. You may even become part of our product trials, where we ask parents to test various baby products for free in exchange for an honest review of them. Join our community now!

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