First Year Essentials For Your Baby That You Really Need

Published by Bhoomika Sharma on

If you have clicked onto this post, chances are, you might be super anxious about getting everything right once your baby is out and about. You might already be a mom which is why this article will be perfect for you. Carrying a baby in your womb for 9 months would certainly be a test of patience, but there will be more incidents to come! Until the baby adjusts itself, the clock won’t know day and night. You will be awake when your baby is awake no matter what time of the day. As such, only to make things easier here are some must-have first-year essentials for baby!

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Generally, when women are close to their due date, they get anxious about how it would be like when the baby is here. In such a situation, when you already have some basic things around you, it might prove to be a great help. So even if you’re a mother of a newborn or close to your due date, scroll over to know some of the must-haves. Now remember, in terms of little kids, you must always be calm and having everything with yourself beforehand certainly helps in that.

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So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!


One must understand that most of the time when a newborn cries, he’s either in discomfort or hungry. As such a co-sleeper functions a lot better than a crib. It is one of the most crucial first-year essentials for a baby. You can easily station it near the bed and reach the baby at odd hours. For example, if the baby needs frequent nursing in the middle of the night, then with the co-sleeper you won’t have to get out of the bed every time you have to feed the baby. As such, your exhaustion will have a simpler solution.

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Not only this, but a co-sleeper can be packed easily and is portable too!

Cloth Diapers

Let’s just face the fact that plastic diapers cause rashes and discomfort to the baby. Moreover, they cannot be reused and, as such, are a lot of money if used daily. A great alternative is cloth diapers. These diapers are breathable and certainly don’t rash out the delicate skin. They are perfect for newborns as they don’t move around much. Also, whenever you run out of these, you don’t have to rush to the supermarket to get some more.

Cloth diapers can be washed easily. Even if you have twelve of these, you won’t have to allocate more than 3 days a week for washing them. This would do great for your rest as well. Also, they are easier on the pocket.

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Other Diapering Accessories

Not just diapers but there certainly are some other things that you should have for seamless changing. A good rash cream should always be there in your kit. As you know, baby skin is super delicate and one must be very careful about the frequent redness that might occur. Coconut oil is also a great alternative in case you run out of rash creams. You just also keep a box of alcohol-free wet wipes for easy wiping. Along with this, a box with a lid for dumping used wipes and diapers would also help greatly in ensuring cleanliness around your baby!

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Changing Plastic

Now wherever you look up onto the internet, a changing table would inadvertently be essential. But as it turns out, if you don’t want to invest in one, it’s not a big deal. In case you have a small room, a changing table will make your room look even more cluttered. As such, you can buy a changing plastic. You can easily spread this onto your bed whenever you’ll have to change the diaper. When not in use, roll it up and keep it aside. Simple, isn’t it?

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Sippy Cups And Handy Utensils

Sippy cups are great for training your toddler to drink once they attain 6 to 12 months of age and are one of the most important first-year essentials for a baby. They are toddlers who won’t drink from cups even when they are 2+ years old. Well, let’s just say, that’s entirely their mothers’ fault. For a growing baby, Sippy cups help to distract the baby from breast milk. Not only does this open them to other foods but also makes them less cranky.

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Handy utensils are great for browning toddlers. Some toddlers love to eat off the baby chairs. It does get messy. However, utensils are always a fun way for a toddler to learn eating on their own. You must make sure to buy BPA free plastic utensils in case you decide to buy some for your toddler.

Teething Toys

If you’re having a baby, chances are almost every gift will contain one of these. If not, then you should make sure to buy this one of the most crucial first-year essentials for a baby. Teething toys are great for babies as they do away with the itching in their gums. You can get either of the two types of teething toys including the soft and wooden ones depending upon the age of your toddler.

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Teething toys are one of the few toys that are great for a little baby. You don’t have to worry about little parts that might be dangerous with these.

Suction Bowls

If you think your baby would eat out of your utensils decently then you are wrong! Eight out of ten times they would invert the bowl emptying the contents on the table. In such a case, suction bowls are a saviour. They stick to the table by creating a vacuum. As such, even if the toddler tries to move it deliberately, it won’t happen. So much for reducing the mess? We think yes!

A Travel Kit

Well, let’s just say that now that you’re not pregnant you will get to travel frequently and that too with your baby. This is why, to keep you and your toddler comfortable, a travel kit will do you great good. All you have to keep is a utility pouch with extra diapers, rash cream, teething toy to keep your toddler distracted and a few baby wipes. This will help you to change the diapers on the go without any hassle. You can also keep some medicines in case your paediatrician has prescribed any.

If you are a new mother there are a few things that you must be careful about:

  1. Vaccinations: Make sure to visit the doctor regularly. Also, keep a check on the vaccination chart and see if any boosters are required.
  2. Take ample rest: It is always advised to take enough rest for a new mother. When you are exhausted everything might sound irritating to you. Whenever the baby sleeps, you must also take a nap. Not only this but hydrate yourself with juices and water. A number of women complain of headaches because they don’t intake enough water postpartum while caring for the baby.
  3. Don’t ignore your own health: Well now that the baby is here it is quite natural that it will be the centre of everyone’s attraction. However, you must make sure that you take care of your mental and physical health properly. In case you’re facing lack of sleep, even if the baby is asleep in the night, seeing a doctor would be a logical option.

So there you are! All the essentials that you must keep handy before welcoming your baby are in this list. If you’re a mother already, then incorporating these things might ease the process of taking care of a 1-year-old baby. After all, supermoms have their secrets too, right?

About the Author

A 23 years old biology undergrad who loves to put her thoughts onto digital documents!

Bhoomika Sharma

A 23 years old biology undergrad who loves to put her thoughts onto digital documents!

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