When deciding how much STUFF you need for Baby, the worst thing you can do for your state of mind, and your wallet, is to go to your dear friend’s house (you know, the one with a lot more money than you) and use their nursery to judge what you will need for yours. If you have a room the size of a football field, you can buy so many wonderful things for Baby, including things like a wipe warmer, a wall-hanging ladybug storage bucket, or a steaming and drying bottle spinning machine thingie. But you don’t have that much room, and you may not even have a separate room designated for Baby. And most importantly, you probably don’t have the money for everything you want. Advertisers (and our friends’ nurseries) make us believe we need everything from a Winnie the Pooh framed drawing to five different kinds of lotion for a baby who may never need moisturizing at all! You need to figure out what you need, and hopefully you’ll have money left over for the things you want.
Many baby store websites will give you a list of “essentials”, but most of those lists are made by the stores themselves, so they include things you only need if you’re trying to create a nursery fit for the cover of Nursery Magazine.
Here is a list of things you need for a newborn, and nothing else:
The REAL Essentials:
You don’t need at bottle warmer. You don’t need a baby couch that looks like a fat frog. You don’t need a Diaper Genie. (I take that back – the Diaper Genie’s awesome).