Baby List: what we use and what we don’t 5 months later

Ultimate Baby List

A few friends are super excited to welcome their new additions and have requested I share my list. Six months in with A and I can absolutely tell you what we’ve used and what we haven’t. So without further ado, the must have list is below followed by my specific recommendations.

  • crib
  • crib mattress
  • Changing pad
  • 3-4 fitted crib sheets
  • Sleep Sack (we have a few to try out and see what works best try out a few and see below for my specific suggestions)
  • Ultimate Crib Sheet/Quick Zip Crib Sheet from Clouds and Stars/ Summer Infant Ultimate Crib Sheet (read the reviews see what might work best for you). These can go over the fitted sheet to make late night messes easier
  • waterproof mattress pad (you want two)
  • humidifier
  • carbon monoxide detector specifically for baby’s room
  • 6 t shirts (side snap)
  • 4-6 sleepers/sleep and play
  • 1 sweater
  • 3 hats
  • 1 snowsuit/bunting for a winter baby (honestly, we just got a Car Seat Canopy)
  • 3 sets of washcloths and towels
  • 6 onesies (you’ll likely get these as gifts! and for the first two months A would not wear them)
  • 6 pants
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 6 receiving and/or swaddling blankets
  • monitor
  • diaper pail (or a trash can with a lid)
  • Baby bath (there are a million kinds out there so pick one that will work for you)
  • feeding pillow
  • car seat – find one that will fit in your car and not make your front passenger have no leg room. I have a corolla so this was a bit more difficult than I imagined. A very smart friend suggested getting two bases so that the car seat could automatically go in either car. Then getting two rear to forward facing when she’s big enough.
  • diaper bag or tote bag for baby stuff and nursing stuff. You can go as fancy as you want.
  • Some sort of play mat
  • pack and play and/or rock and play sleeper
  • Swing

Now for the specifics of what we specifically loved and what we hardly used:
Nursery Needs

Clothes and Sleep essentials

Car Needs

Bath needs

Nursing needs


Babyproofing and Safety

Things we use occasionally or for a very limited time

Things we thought we would use more but actually didn’t (mostly because A let us know what her preferences were early on)

3 thoughts on “Baby List: what we use and what we don’t 5 months later

  1. Thanks, friend! 🙂 This helps give us direction when, let’s be honest, there is a lot of really overwhelming stuff to muddle through! <3

    1. Of course! If you have any other questions, please let me know! What worked for us was to try to make use of things we already had and not buy (or register!) for a bunch of stuff that we might not use. Hugs!

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