Needs Vs. Wants for Your Newborn Baby

What to buy for new baby’s basic needs

Needs Vs. Wants for Your Newborn Baby

As you get ready to welcome a new baby into the family, shopping can be overwhelming, especially with the abundance of baby products on the market today.

Before you start filling out your baby registry, you have one very important task to tackle first: determine the difference between needs and wants.

While it would be great to have the prettiest diaper bag on the block and the latest technology to monitor your baby, there are certain things you need before you can even step foot out of the hospital with baby.

Here at Babywise, our product experts have identified the six basic necessities every parent needs to prepare for baby: clothes, diapers, food, sleep, bathing supplies and, of course, the car seat in which to get home!

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Our Top Picks for each Basic Need

Need #1: Infant Car Seat

Before leaving the hospital, you are required to have your car seat safely installed in your car. The Chicco KeyFit 30 is rated by Consumer Reports as a Best Buy for its affordability and performance.

For more information on car seat safety read our car seat articles

Need #2: Clothing

Baby needs to be in clothes that are soft and cozy, but also practical. These convertible rompers are the perfect all-in-one outfit: a gown for easy diaper changes at night and romper for daytime play and riding in the car seat.

Need help with dressing baby in winter? Check out these related articles. 

Need # 3: Diapering

Whether you are going with disposables or the cloth diaper route, we have you (or more accurately, baby) covered:
Disposable: Aleva Naturals Bamboo Baby Diapers are made from unbleached bamboo fibers and contain a natural anti-bacterial agent. They are soft and sensitive on baby’s delicate skin.

Cloth: bumGenius New Elemental One-Size-All-In-One Diapers are made from organic, natural fibers and the new design is more absorbent while fitting better than before.

Need #4: Feeding

Breast feeding, bottle feeding, or both? We have what you need:
Bottle feeding: Born Free Breeze Glass bottles have two easy-to-clean pieces, can safely go from the freezer to boiling water, and are compatible with standard breast pumps for pumping directly into the bottle.

Breast feeding: A good nursing pillow is a must have. My Brest Friend Feeding Pillow (despite its giggle inducing name) was my favorite for comfortable nursing. It fit snugly around my body and firmly supported baby.

For more tips on breastfeeding read these articles: Newborn Breastfeeding Basics, Must-Haves When Breastfeeding, and 14 Common Breastfeeding Problems & Solutions

Need #5: Sleeping

Once baby is home, sleep is going to become a top priority (for everyone in the house). To help baby sleep comfortably and for ease of middle of the night feedings, the multipurpose Graco Pack-n-Play Napper Elite is our top choice.

All your sleep related questions are answered on our Babywise sleep page.

Need # 6: Bathing

You may not think of a baby bathtub as a need, but the longevity and versatility of the Newborn to Toddler Bath Center & Shower will soon convince you otherwise. The portable motorized shower unit is convenient for years of easy and enjoyable bathing.

Uncertain about giving baby his first bath? Read 5 Tips on How to Bathe Your Baby Safely.

Now that your needs are covered, there may be a few items that you just really want. These are the three baby items we constantly see rise to the top of registry wish lists.

Top 3 wants for your wish list

When you start with what you need for baby, the shopping list doesn’t seem as daunting. Once those items are covered, you can then look at things that would be nice to have and determine if your budget allows you to buy items in your “want” category.

Ready to start your registry? Download our free registry printable.

If you're looking for more financial help when it comes to planning for baby, check out these articles:

Shop even more of our Babywise team's favorite products below:

Zenoff Products

My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow

$ 49.99

Deluxe Nursing Pillow Features Wrap around nursing pillow design secures to the body helping mom and baby maintain positioning and latch-on Back rest helps you maintain good posture during feeding and prevents sore back and neck Firm flat cushion keeps baby from rolling when breastfeeding Adjustable silent-release strap fits moms or dads comfortably and unlatches without waking baby Arm and elbow rests eliminate shoulder stress Convenient pocket keeps water bottles...


Rock 'n Play Sleeper

$ 59.99

Your baby will love rocking around in this inclined infant seat that helps little ones sleep all naptime or nighttime long. A gentle push from you rocks the sleeper back and forth, with optional calming vibrations for extra comfort. The lightweight design folds for easy take along or storage, and the breathable fabrics help keep babies comfy while the clacker rings help keep them engaged. Plus, the comfy seat pad...


Pack 'n Play Napper Elite - Vance

$ 199.99

Graco Pack 'n Play with Newborn Napper Elite grows with your child as you place your newborn in the luxurious velour napper station, then as your infant rests in the comfortable bassinet, to your playful toddler safe in the full-size playard. The Pack 'n Play with Newborn Napper Elite offers comfort and convenience with a changing table that holds a child up to 30 pounds and a deluxe storage hamper.Features...

Under the Nile

Convertible Romper- Jungle Print

$ 27.00 $ 36.00

Two garments in one! Converts From a Gown to a Romper - Easy diaper changes at night in the gown and comfy playing during the day in the romper; a basic essential for every newborn and baby girl and boy. Size 0-3m Fold-over hand mitts sewn into sleeve hem to keep newborn baby hands warm and protect face from scratches Made of ultra soft 100% organic Egyptian Cotton, certified by...


OMNI 360 All-in-One Ergonomic Baby Carrier

$ 179.00 - $ 180.00

Our all-in-one, newborn ready Omni 360 has all the carry positions you need. The Omni 360 grows with your baby from week 1 to 36 months. You can have it all in this carrier. MAXIMUM COMFORT FOR BABY - With its innovative ergonomic seat that gradually adjusts to your baby, the Ergo baby Omni 360 keeps your baby ergonomically seated in all carry positions (front- inward, front- outward, hip, and...

Aleva Naturals

Bamboo Baby Diapers, Size NB to 1, 192 Count (6 Packs of 32)

$ 79.99 $ 94.99

Nothing is more delicate than your baby's bottom and protecting it requires products that are gentle and free of harsh chemicals. Experiencing diaper rash is often very painful for babies and it's wise to take preventative measures to ensure that no harsh irritants are touching your baby's skin. Frequent diaper changes are essential as wet diapers may trigger rashes and contribute to poor air circulation. Aleva Naturals Bamboo Baby Diapers...

Born Free

Summer Infant Breeze Glass Gift Set

$ 59.39 $ 59.99

With only two parts, the Born Free breeze™ glass bottle is the easiest to clean bottle system that both you and your baby will love. The anti-colic design ActiveFlow® vent puts baby in flow-control, and the "Just like Mom" nipple makes it easy to alternate between breast and bottle feeding. Breeze BPA-free glass bottles are made from ThermaSafe glass and can safely go from freezer to boiling water.The Born Free...

Summer Infant

Newborn to Toddler Bath Center & Shower

$ 33.06 - $ 33.24

Introducing the new, innovative Sit n Style that gives parents a more versatile, easy-to-use feeding seat and booster in one. The sleek, compact design is perfect for in-home or on-the-go use. It folds flat for convenient storage on-the-go. WHAT MOMS LOVE Motorized Baby Bath Shower with ergonomic shaped handle 4 Stages to grow with baby: Stage 1: Updated plastic newborn bath sling fits easily in sink Stage 2: Bath sling...


KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat & Base

$ 199.99

Absolutely the easiest car seat to install! Now available for infants up to 30 lbs. KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat Seat interior lined with "EPS" energy absorbing foam for improved impact protection Newborn infant insert provides substantial padding for improved fit and comfort for smaller babies from 4-11 lbs 5-point harness with one-hand center pull adjustment Ergonomically designed carry handle with comfortable grip Adjustable, multi-position canopy offers maximum protection from...


New Elemental One-Size All-In-One Diaper

$ 24.95 - $ 26.95

Looking for organic, natural fibers next to your babys bottom? The award winning, one-size bumGenius design you love is now available with luxuriously soft, 100% organic cotton inside. The bumGenius Elemental is a one-size, one piece cloth diaper; providing parents with a more natural option without compromising performance. The new Elemental design features an ultra trim fit for more babies, greater customization, and faster drying time.NEW FEATURES: Easily tuck additional...

Annie is a former kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mom who loves God, her family, and her morning cup of coffee. She enjoys hiking in the mountains, traveling to see new places, and creating memories together with her husband and little girl.


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