What Does Every New Mom Need?

Published: September 8, 2017


what does every new mom need

Like a lot of new moms, I went a little crazy with my registry. In fact, with three separate people throwing a separate shower for me (I know – spoiled!), I was even encouraged to add anything and everything I could. I wish I knew then what I know now – that it’s best to start small and grow into what you need. What does every new mom need? Here are my top picks as a new mom!

Plastic Bibs

While bibs come in an assortment of colors and designs, a large plastic bib is best. These bibs are easy to clean and won’t stain. Try feeding carrots to a 6-month-old using a cloth bib and watch the food get everywhere, including on the clothes and under the bib. If you don’t treat the bibs right away with stain remover, it’s hard to get out.

There are even plastic bibs that have a catch tray at the bottom. With these, you can just wipe the food out and keep going without letting the bib get soiled as easily as a cloth one would.

Diapers & Wipes

The price of diapers isn’t going down anytime soon, so getting the gift of diapers is awesome! However, be sure to ask for multiple sizes. There were a few diaper cakes at one of my showers, but since they were all made using Ns and 1s I didn’t get to use them all. One of the most useful things a coworker did for me was throw a diaper shower. Every person brought a box of diapers – and she even encouraged them to buy the larger sizes. I still have 4s and 5s at the ready for when my daughter gets to that size. It’s been such a major help.

Meanwhile, a new mom can never have too many wipes. In fact, I have a friend who is still using wipes on her kindergartener. You’ll be so thankful for them and will put them everywhere – the living room, the nursery, the bedroom, the car, even at work. Plus wipes are a great must have because you’ll find yourself using them for more than just wiping baby’s bottom. Baby pooped all over herself in the car or spit up all over the restaurant floor? No problem – you’ve got ALL the baby wipes!


Sleepers With Zippers

Sleepers are my favorite choice because it keeps baby warm all in one piece of clothing. However, it’s not an inconvenience when I have to change a diaper and then button a million snaps together at 2 a.m. Do yourself a favor and only purchase or register for sleepers with zippers. You will have enough to be concerned with, and lining up buttons and snaps shouldn’t be one of them! While the ones at Carter’s are incredibly cute, I find that in the warmer Texas climate we have better luck with Gerber’s Sleep ‘n’ Play collection. They’re lighter weight so you don’t have to worry about her baby overheating in the summer months.

Infant Tylenol or Motrin

No matter what you do, your day will come when your baby needs infant Tylenol or Motrin. Just make sure that you have some on-site so you’re not rushing to the gas station to get some with frantic nerves because your baby is screeching at the top of his lungs. Unless you register for this, it’s rare it will be gifted at a baby shower. As soon as your child starts teething and cold rags just aren’t cutting it, you’re going to be glad you have this around!

Clothes Larger Than 6 Months

As cute as newborn outfits are, you will get plenty gifted to your baby. Instead, register or stock up on clothes bigger than 6 months. Six months is also a good period to have more clothing for her baby because you’ll start taking the baby out of the house more often.  Apparel to avoid? Shoes – baby won’t be walking for awhile. For me, I enjoyed having a couple of dresses for special occasions for my little girl, but otherwise I’m all about the onesies. I also had so many enthusiastic family members shopping for her, so I haven’t bought a single dress yet. (Superhero onesies and onesies with ironic sayings are another story … )


The thing about babies is you just don’t know what he’s going to need until he gets here. These are things that babies have needed for years, are fairly inexpensive, and not super trendy. No matter if your baby is a swinger or a bouncer, struggles with teething or not, all of these items will get used. For the other stuff I’ve found it best to wait it out and see what baby tells you she needs! Be sure to check out our other gift guides including holiday gifts for new parents, Christmas gifts for new moms and gifts for busy moms!

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