This “20 Newborn Essentials (& How To Save On Them With Dubli)” post is sponsored by Dubli. As always, all opinions are my own.
I’m getting down to the last few weeks of this pregnancy and starting to feel the pressure! I haven’t pulled out all the newborn essentials yet but we’re slowly but surely getting there.
I remember being a first time mom and thinking that I needed E V E R Y baby item imaginable. We got so much stuff at our baby shower it was overwhelming just trying to figure out what to do with all of it.
Now that we’re on baby no. 3 we have a much better idea of the the things we need and the things we don’t. Today I’m elaborating on my last post and sharing more of my absolute must-have newborn essentials PLUS an easy way to save money while shopping for them.
20 Newborn Essentials
- Diapers – I know this may seem so obvious but when I tell you you will go through a zillion diapers in your first few weeks/months with baby it really is no joke!
- Wipes – I’ve always opted for the scent-free/sensitive ones since every baby is different and their skin is so delicate. It also helps to keep them from getting irritated.
- Burp Cloths – Babies spit-up A LOT. It’s always good to have a bunch handy in the places you’ll be the most – in the nursery, in your diaper bag, in the car, etc. You never know when you’ll be scrambling for one.
- Onesies – While baby clothes are adorable a good ol’ onesie is the most practical thing to have for all those blow-outs and barf moments. I’ve had instances where it’s been so bad I’ve just thrown the onesie out. You don’t want to waste a ton of money on clothes that will not only last a few weeks but also have the chance of being tossed in the garbage.
- Swaddles – Babies love feeling like like they’re still in the womb. It always helped our kids sleep better plus it made us more at ease knowing they couldn’t move around as much, scratch themselves, etc.
- Diaper Cream – Newborns need a lot of diaper changes and with each diaper change you use a wipe. A good diaper cream will help to keep babies skin from becoming irritating and uncomfortable.
- Bassinet – Especially during the first few weeks of being home you’ll want to keep your baby next to you as much as possible. They eat a lot, wake up a lot and cry a lot. It’s a good idea to have them sleep right next to your bed so you’re right there when they need you.
- Rocker/Swing – As much as we all love holding our babies during the day there are times when you just have to get things done. A rocker/swing with a car or rocking type motion helps to settle baby and many will lay/sleep in them for hours at a time.
- Pacifiers – Some kids love them and some kids hate them. Our daughter LOVED her pacifiers and our son…not so much. It’s good to at least have a few on hand when baby is born to try it out. Most babies find them soothing and it’s helps to keep them calm and sleep.
- Thermometer – No one wants a sick baby but in the event you think your newborn isn’t well it’s best to be prepared. A rectal thermometer for a newborn is recommended by pediatricians and they’re the most reliable way to get an accurate temperature of a newborn.
- Car Seat – I know this is a no-brainer but what’s not is really, and I mean REALLY doing your research first. There are a TON of car seats out there and some will last you MUCH longer than others.
- Bottles – If you’re nursing this may not be something you’re too concerned about. For me however, I always had bottles available in the event I had to go somewhere and knew someone else might need to feed the baby. This is another product that has a million different brands but you want to get one that reduces the possibility of gas. Gas in a newborn baby only means pain for them and lots of screaming for you to deal with.
- Changing Table – Having a changing table in the nursery is one of the most convenient things to have. When a baby gets up in the middle of the night the last thing you want to do is leave the room to change them. Changing baby while turning on minimal lighting in the room is always the best way to go!
- Sound Machine – A stuffed animal with a few soothing sounds/settings can be a life changer! Sometimes all they need is a little background noise to help them calm down or nod off to sleep.
- Monitor – Monitors have come a long way over the years. Many of them now tell the temperature in the room, allow you to talk to your baby through the speaker, play music and offer a panoramic view of the room! We actually still use one for our 3 year old (mainly because we don’t trust him in his room alone lol).
- Diaper Bag – It is unreal how much STUFF one teeny tiny little person can need but I’m much more of a “rather be prepared” type person than maybe some. Getting a diaper bag that functions for both you AND baby is ideal and there are SO many options out there.
- Baby Bathtub – A newborn baby is entirely too small to bathe in a regular tub. I’ve always loved the First Years Comfort Tubs because they conveniently work for baby at every stage as they get bigger. The mesh sling that comes with it is an absolute must for newborns!
- Glider – Those middle of the night feedings will be much easier if you’re comfortable. Some babies get up multiple times a night and having a comfy glider to help rock baby back to sleep is so helpful.
- Nail Clippers – It’s the weirdest thing but babies nails are so sharp! As newborns they tend to reach for their eyes a lot and suck on their fingers so it’s best to keep their nails trimmed to where they can’t harm themselves.
- Baby Mittens – Just to be extra cautious it’s always good to have baby wear mittens! Not to mention it’s probably one of the cutest things ever 🙂
This certainly isn’t a full list of all the newborn essentials you can have but it’s a great start for any new parent who might not know the first thing about taking care of babies.
When we had our first child I remember my husband running to the store several times a week to either return/exchange, buy or look for something.
Now that I have 2 young children and a 3rd on the way online is the only way I do my shopping. Over the years I’ve figured out ways to not only save money but also earn money while shopping for the things that we already buy. The greatest thing about the items above is that you can find all of them ONLINE!
How To Save On Newborn Essentials With Dubli
Saving on everyday items isn’t as hard as you might think. There are tons of programs and apps out there to help do so and one of my recent favorites is Dubli.com
If you read my previous post about Dubli.com you already know that I’ve saved a ton of money on our nursery just by using the site. Not only is it free but it’s also simple and easy to use.
- Dubli.com is an online cash-back shopping platform that rewards you for shopping at your favorite stores.
- Features a database of over 12,0000 international brand name stores.
- You can still use the coupons and special offers that you would normally use on top of receiving cash back.
- The platform offers a “Savemate” section that allows you to search for and clip coupons to store in your personal savings tool before you shop.
- It’s FREE (only pay if you want a VIP account).
- Several options of receiving your cash back (direct to bank account, via paypal, bitcoin, Dwolla, etc.)
Aside from being SO easy to use Dubli.com is also F R E E – so why not give it a shot? With all the money you’re sure to spend on your new bundle of joy you must as well save some where you can!
Here are some of the brands available through Dubli.com where you can save money while shopping at for your newborn essentials!
- Buy Buy Baby
- Nordstrom Rack
- Sam’s Club
- The Children’s Place
- Burts Bees Baby
- and so many more!
Extra Ways to Save On Newborn Essentials
Here are just a few extra ways you might be able to save money once baby gets here!
- Make your own baby food
- Use Cloth Diapers
- Breastfeed (if you can)
- Don’t buy baby clothes too far in advance
- Choose unisex pieces (who knows, maybe you’ll have another!)
- Keep a kit in your car for unexpected trips or if you forget your diaper bag. Buying baby items on the fly adds up quick!
- Get free samples from the pediatrician. Mine always has diaper cream, formula, medicine, etc.
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