Newborn Baby Essentials: What You Really Need and What You Don't

March 14, 2023


If you're expecting a baby soon, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the amount of baby products on the market. How do you know what you really need and what you can skip? To help you out, we've compiled a list of newborn baby essentials based on expert advice and parent reviews. We've also included some nice-to-have items that can make your life easier and some don't-need items that you can save money on.

Newborn Baby Must-Haves:

Diapers and wipes

You'll be changing your baby's diaper often, so it's essential to have plenty of diapers and wipes on hand. Consider buying a few different sizes since newborns grow quickly. Also do not buy large quantities, you do not know what diapers may suit your baby.


Newborns go through multiple clothing changes a day due to spit-up, diaper leaks, and other messes. Make sure you have enough onesies, sleepers, and socks to keep your baby comfortable and clean.

Infant car seat

A car seat is essential for bringing your baby home from the hospital and for any car travel after that. Make sure the car seat meets safety standards and is installed correctly.

Stroller or baby carrier

Both of these items are designed to help parents get around with their little ones, but they offer different benefits and may be better suited to different situations. A stroller is a great option for longer outings or when you need to carry more gear with you. On the other hand, a carrier can be a great option for shorter trips or when you need to navigate crowded spaces. They allow you to keep your baby close and hands-free, which can be particularly helpful for tasks like grocery shopping or running errands.

Crib or bassinet

Your baby will need a safe place to sleep, whether it's a crib or a bassinet. Make sure the sleeping area is free of any potential hazards, such as loose blankets or stuffed animals.

Baby monitor

A baby monitor can provide peace of mind when your baby is sleeping in another room. Consider a monitor with video capabilities so you can see and hear your baby. There is no need to buy expensive hardware baby monitors, just download the Bibino app and use two smartphones, tablets or computer to keep track of everything that rustles or moves.


A thermometer can help you monitor your baby's temperature and determine if they have a fever.

Baby bath supplies

Bath time can be a fun bonding experience for you and your baby. Make sure you have a baby bathtub, baby soap, and a soft washcloth to keep your baby clean.

Burp cloths and bibs

Newborns can be messy eaters, so make sure you have plenty of burp cloths and bibs on hand to clean up any spills.

Nail clippers or nail scissors

Nail clippers or scissors for newborn babies are important because babies' nails can grow quickly and become quite sharp. These sharp nails can accidentally scratch their delicate skin, leading to discomfort and potential infections. Trimming your baby's nails regularly can prevent these issues and keep them more comfortable.

BlogBibinoBabyEssentials (1).jpg

What is Nice to Have:

Swaddle blankets

Swaddling can help your baby feel secure and calm. Consider buying a few swaddle blankets to wrap your baby in.

Changing table

While not essential, a changing table can provide a dedicated space for diaper changes and make it easier to organize diaper-changing supplies.

Diaper bag

A diaper bag can keep all your baby's essentials organized and easily accessible while on the go.

White noise machine

Some babies find white noise soothing and may sleep better with a white noise machine. Check two items off your list of must-have baby gear and use the Bibino app to monitor and play white noise at the same time.

What is Not Necessary:

Baby shoes

While baby shoes can be cute, they are not necessary until your baby is walking outside. For newborns and infants, socks or booties are sufficient to keep their feet warm.

Diaper pail

While a diaper pail can be helpful for containing odors, it's not essential. You can use a regular trash can with a lid, or even disposable bags to dispose of dirty diapers. If you do choose to use a diaper pail, consider whether the added expense and maintenance are worth it for your family.

Special detergents

While some parents may choose to use special detergents for washing baby clothes, it's not necessary for everyone. As long as you use a gentle detergent that is free of harsh chemicals and fragrances, you should be able to wash your baby's clothes along with the rest of your laundry. However, if your baby has particularly sensitive skin or allergies, you may want to use a specialized detergent.

Baby room

While it's nice to have a designated baby room, it's not necessary for every family. If you have limited space or prefer to keep your baby in your room for the first few months, a separate baby room may not be practical. Additionally, newborns don't need a lot of space or stimulation, so a basic setup with a crib or bassinet, a dresser, and a few essentials like a changing pad and diaper storage can suffice. If you do choose to create a baby room, it's important to prioritize safety and functionality over aesthetics. Make sure that the room is free of any potential hazards like cords or loose objects, and that the crib and other furniture meet safety standards. Additionally, think about how the room will function in the long term, for example, will it be easy to access the closet or dresser as your baby grows and requires more clothes and storage?


Expensive nursery furniture

While it can be tempting to splurge on a fancy crib or changing table, your baby doesn't need top-of-the-line furniture to be comfortable. A safe, functional crib and a few basic items, like a dresser and changing pad, will suffice.

Designer baby clothes

Babies grow quickly, and they will outgrow their clothes faster than you can imagine. Instead of spending a lot of money on designer outfits, focus on purchasing comfortable and practical items that your baby can wear every day.

Do not buy everything in advance

It's true that in today's world, there seems to be a shop or online retailer on every corner offering an endless array of baby products. While it's tempting to feel like you need to buy everything in advance, the truth is that you may not know exactly what you need until your baby arrives. This is particularly true when it comes to items related to feeding.

Items related to feeding

Bottles, formula, breast pumps, and nursing bras and clothes, these things are expensive and you may or may not need them. While it's important to do your research and have a basic understanding of your options, it's also important to remember that every baby and every parent is unique. Some babies may take to breastfeeding easily, while others may need to use formula or a combination of both. Similarly, some parents may find a breast pump to be an essential tool, while others may not need one at all. By waiting until after your baby is born to make these purchases, you can save money and avoid cluttering your home with items you may not end up using.

Rather than feeling like you need to buy everything someone else found useful, take the time to do your own research and make informed decisions based on your unique situation. Consider factors such as your lifestyle, budget, and personal preferences when deciding which baby products to purchase. And remember, if you do find that you need something later on, you can always buy it then.