9 Newborn Essentials for the Modern Mom
Well, believe it or not, my daughter will be ten months this week! It’s hard to believe we are pretty much out of the newborn phase. Since that newborn fog has lifted, I finally feel somewhat equipped and qualified to share my take on newborn essentials for the modern mom.
Now, I first must offer the standard caveat I give friends before doling out any sort of mothering advice. I am by no means an expert! But my experience is fresh. I’ve been through that newborn grind recently, so my perspective is current and vivd.
Next, I’ll preface this list with a second note. In general, I hate clutter! I dislike acquiring stuff and having stuff just in case. I don’t like having visual noise in my home.
Furthermore, leading up to the birth of my daughter, I frankly found baby registries and various lists I found online extremely overwhelming. I didn’t know what half the stuff was, nor did I like the looks of most of it. I tend to have a more modern aesthetic than most baby gear has.
In fact, I remember walking through a big box baby goods store and having a mild anxiety attack at the aisles and aisles of “must-haves”. Indeed, there is a whole industry dedicated to telling us what we “need” for our newborn. And for new parents who don’t know any better, it’s easy to feel like you have to buy it all or else you’re already failing as a parent!
However, truth be told, brand new babies don’t need much. Newborn babies really only need love, milk, and a safe place to sleep. And it doesn’t take all that much to make that happen.
So, without further ado I bring you this list of newborn essentials for the modern mom. I will lay out the essential categories, plus my recommendation for each category. Consider this your newborn essentials shopping list!
From a fellow lover of color, I must ask about two things not listed – your rainbow sweater, and the rainbow pillow behind the pom baskets!
I haven’t been in the baby stage for a while but everything you listed were definite yes-es for me when we were in the thick of those first few years!!!
Hi Holly – You bet! Happy to help…
1. Rainbow throw pillow
2. Rainbow sweater – sadly, it’s older. You can see more of it here and here. If you want something similar, I’m more than happy to find for you! 🙂
Always here to help! Thanks for stopping by and chiming in.
I love how this really lets you know what you MUST have, versus all the things you don’t really need! Shopping for a new baby can be so overwhelming! This is a great list for new to be moms!
Thanks for saying that, Beth! Yes, it can be so overwhelming. So much pressure to get so much, and so many options for each and every “must have” thing. In reality, the baby doesn’t need that much. Love, milk, and a few other things. 🙂