Joy’s Favorite Go-To Items for New Moms

Welcome to the list that I wish had when I was an expecting mom!

When you are about to have your first child and you realize it’s time to register for gifts, it can be overwhelming! Just walking into Buy, Buy, Baby and you will see so many kind of baby monitors and bibs it can feel impossible to know which ones to choose.  I am passionate about helping other women not feel so clueless. So when a girlfriend asked me what she needed, I made a VERY extensive list. If you know anyone who is about to have a baby, please share this with them and hopefully it can serve as a tool to make getting baby items easier!


Bottle warmer 

Intro bottle kit from Dr. Brown’s or another brand

Bottle Brush : Dr. Brown’s 3 Piece Bottle Brush

Bottle sterilizer (optional) but made things easier for us since not breastfeeding. Got ours on Amazon. : Dr. Brown’s Deluxe Bottle Sterilizer

Bottle cage for dishwasher : Munchkin Deluxe Dishwasher Basket

Bibs (easy to slip on and wash ) Burt’s Bees Baby – Bibs

Burp cloths or Muslim blankets


Diaper genie of some sort – we like our munchkin diaper pail. Keeps the smell in better. Munchkin Diaper Pail Baby Registry Starter Set

Diaper pail liners for the one you choose

Diaper wipe basket divider 

Changing pad : Munchkin Secure Grip Waterproof Diaper Changing Pad

Changing pad cover

Water proof cloths:  BlueSnail Bamboo Quilted Thicker

Changing table

Diaper rash cream- Butt Paste

Diapers and wipes- I got a Costco membership just to get their brand of diapers. I love buying them in bulk and they are slightly cheaper.


Swaddles :

Love to Dream Swaddle UP, Blue, Small, 8-13 lbs, Dramatically Better Sleep, Allow Baby to Sleep in Their Preferred arms up Position for self-Soothing,

Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit – Swaddle Transition Product – Cotton-Blue-3-6 Months

Halo Sleepsack Swaddle, 100% Cotton, Triangle Neutral, Multi, Small


Crib mattress

Waterproof crib cover sheet : SureGuard Crib Size Mattress

(I bought two water proof covers to layer them so I wouldn’t have to change sheets at night when he wet the bed. Only pull off first layer of sheet and waterproof cover to reveal second set on bed. *MOM HACK*)

Crib sheets

Sound machine– white noise worked best for us.

Black out curtains

Bassinet until they are in their own room

Back pillow- we LOVED using this in bed while up at night with Judah. It was a life saver: Milliard Reading Pillow

Video monitor






Shorts/ skirts

Footie Sleepers with zippers – buttons are so annoying.



Diaper bag

Diaper holder that goes in diaper bag : Skip Hop Pronto Changing Pad

Baby wrap to wear them

High chair

Car seat and base

Stroller – highly recommend rubber wheels. Our plastic ones made for a bumpy not fun ride.

Baby silverware for later :Infant Self Baby Spoon Fork

Dreft laundry detergent for baby clothes

Bumbo seat for when they are bigger


Baby tub (our fav and comes with newborn sling:)

Baby Bath towels and wash cloths

Baby soap and gentle lotion



Nose Frida or bulb to get snot (you don’t think you will want to use it but it helps so much!)

Syringe with measurements

Infants Tylenol and Motrin


I wanted to be super prepared so I got the Frida mom delivery kit. It’s expensive but I liked the gown and a starter kit for healing your body after. Here is the link:

If you don’t want the $100 kit. I would get:

Witch hazel pads : BIRCHWOOD Laboratories A-E-R Pre-Moistened Witch Hazel Pads, 160 Count (Pack of 4)

This peri bottle is SO much better than the one at the hospital they give you.

These ice pack pads are awesome too! You get some at the hospital and I asked for more before I left and took some home. I just loved having plenty.

*I had a tougher labor so I needed a donut pillow to sit on and I LOVED it.*


I hope this list was helpful to you. If there is an item you LOVED that I am missing please comment with it below!

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