20 Things To Buy Before Your Little One Arrives

A pregnant friend of mine suggested me to write this post to aid the expecting and new mothers in buying the things that are REALLY necessary to take care of the baby. This article is wholly based on my experience in nurturing my baby from day 1 till now. I’m a first time mom and I have been taking care of my kid with little to no assistance from elders. Every single product I recommend via this article is experimented with my little one and it undoubtedly made my initial days of parenting easier. This article covers only the baby essentials and NOT the new mom’s needs.

Depending on the space you can spare, plus your budget and the sophistication you desire, you may add or rule out things accordingly.

Note: This is a long post. I have attached a free printable that lists all the 20 essentials I have mentioned below. You may download it for quick and easy reference.

Click to download your free printable checklist

Infant to Toddler Rocker

I recommend you to buy a high-quality infant to toddler rocker that is sure to become your most favorite baby gear once the baby arrives.


Click here to buy this product in Amazon

Why is this a must-have?

  • It can be used as a stationary seater as well as a gentle rocker, if needed.
  • Most of these rockers come with an engaging toy bar that keeps the baby occupied for few hours. If trained early, you can even buckle your baby in the rocker and put them to sleep.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Machine-washable material.
  • Easy maintenance.
  • Portable.
  • Durable.

Swaddlers and Slings

Swaddling is an age-old method of wrapping the newborn baby in a comfortable clothing, to emulate the setup of a warm womb. Swaddler is the piece of cloth which is used in the process of swaddling the baby.

Click here to buy the best Swaddle cloth in Amazon

Slings or sling carriers are used to wrap the baby around the caregiver’s body to provide warmth to the baby.


Click here to buy the best baby carrier in Amazon.

Are these absolutely necessary?

  • Swaddling helps the baby sleep longer by restricting their Moro reflexes (or startling reflexes) while sleeping. This is one of the best ways to soothe a newborn, if supervised properly.
  • Depending on the season of birth (summer/winter), you can choose the cloth material of swaddler. Swaddle wrappers mainly come in two textures – soft, breathable cotton wrappers to comfort the summer babies, cotton-like woolen and insulated swaddle blankets to pacify the winter babies. Some swaddlers come with a removable band that can be used to wrap the cloth in a better fashion.
  • When your baby grows up, they outgrow their swaddlers. That’s when the Slings or sling carriers come to the rescue. These cushioned carriers enable baby wearing, which makes it easy for the restless mothers to put their fussy babies to sleep.

Diaper bag

Diaper bag or Nappy bag is a storage bag which is used to conveniently accommodate your baby’s essentials while you travel.

Click here to buy the best diaper bag from Amazon.

Why is this a must-have?

  • Diaper bags are well-partitioned to store the baby products neatly. Diapers, creams and ointments, feeding bottle, sipper, wipes and spare clothes can be packed inside the diaper bag in an organised fashion.
  • While coming across the term “diaper bag”, most of the 90’s kids (or the contemporary mommies) might think of those hot pink, ‘baby’ labelled , box-like bags. Thankfully, the trend has changed in our favor. Chic and dashing diaper bags are now available in a variety of colors and wide range of prices. Buy one that suits your style.

Reusable dry sheet

A dry sheet is a multi-layered fabric sheet with rubberized material at the bottom, which absorbs liquid efficiently and dries up in no time. It comes in various colors and sizes.

dry sheet

Click here to buy the best dry sheet from Amazon

Why is this a must-have?

  • Dry sheet can be used when you want to let the baby stay diaper-free. Over-use of diapers or wearing a wet nappy for longer period of time may cause discomfort and rashes to the baby’s delicate skin. Dry sheets come with a soft layer on top that keeps the baby’s bottom unharmed. Plus, these sheets aren’t on the pricey side and are easy-peasy to wash.
  • If you’re in India, buying these sheets is highly recommended.

Crib with bassinet

Crib is a small bed for a baby or toddler, that comes with wooden bars or strong mesh to protect the little one from falling out.

Click here to buy Graco’s most recommended crib from Amazon.

If you wish to buy one without a bassinet for a better price, I recommend

Luvlap’s Sunshine Baby Playpen which is good enough for the bucks you invest.

Why is this a must-have?

  • If you’re planning to co-sleep with your baby till they grow up and demand a room for themselves, you may very well rule this option out. Or if you’re like the rest of the crowd who feel co-sleeping with your baby isn’t your cup of tea, buying an easy-to-assemble, portable crib is the best option.
  • Ensures safety and prevents accidents and injuries.
  • Easy to sleep train the baby.
  • Portable.
  • Easy maintenance.
  • Most of the high-quality cribs come with a bassinet, if you are ready to invest a bit more bucks on your baby’s crib, I insist you to buy one that has a nappy changer too.

Scarves, Mittens and booties

These are the most essential baby accessories in the first few months. A scarf is a square of fabric worn around the head. Mittens are baby gloves that are usually made up of super soft cotton material. Booties are thick socks or soft shoes (usually woollen) worn by a baby.


Click here to buy the best mittens and booties from Amazon.

Are these a must-have?

Yes. Because,

  • Scarves cover up the baby’s head and gently protects from extreme cold.
  • Mittens are a must to prevent early suckling of thumb. They also help in preventing accidental nail-scratches when baby touches their face or body parts.
  • Booties protect baby’s soft feet from being over exposed to extreme cold.

Cloth cradle

This needs no introduction. Yet, for those who seek an explanation, here you go : Cloth cradle is a soft bed made up of cotton cloth (or cotton saree), which is hung on a hook just like a traditional swing. It can be gently rocked from one side to another.


Click here to buy the best cotton cradle cloth from Ramraj (India)

Why is this a must-have?

  • Baby easily falls asleep.
  • Good for baby’s body.
  • Helps in shaping up the baby’s head to a perfect round.
  • Prevents insect bites

Bed protector

It is a multilayer sheet that has a waterproof, breathable membrane bonded to cozy top surface.


Click here to buy the best mattress protector.

Why is this a must-have?

  • No matter how cautious you monitor the baby, there is always a chance for diaper-leaks when your baby sleeps in bed. Using a bed protector keeps the mattress dry always.
  • Safeguards the bed from getting exposed to baby’s body fluids.
  • Adds life to your mattress.
  • Machine-washable.
  • Though it is pricey, it’s just a one time investment which prevents unnecessary expense on a new mattress.

Cloth diapers

Cloth diaper or nappy cloth is a piece of folded material that is worn between the legs of a baby to collect their excretion.

Click here to buy the best cloth diaper from Amazon.

Highly recommended, cost effective products:

Why is this a must-have?

  • Extremely eco-friendly.
  • Economical
  • Reusable
  • Free of chemicals

Disposable diapers and Wet wipes

Diaper is a nappy made up of disposable material that can absorb urine and hold poop for a certain period of time.


Click here to buy the best disposable diapers from Amazon.

Why is this a must-have?

  • Easy to use.
  • Disposable.
  • Prevents frequent nappy changes.
  • Keeps the baby’s bum dry.
  • Saves water.
  • Promotes better sleep.

Note: You gotta buy the NB size diapers for your newborn. However, do not buy too many packets because your munchkin is likely to outgrow the size in no time.

A wet wipe is a small piece of disposable cloth treated with a cleansing agent used for personal hygiene.


Click here to buy the best wet wipes from Amazon.

Why is this a must-have?

  • Keeps the baby’s bum clean.
  • Easy to use.
  • Disposable.
  • Comes with a mild fragrance that makes poo cleaning less boring.
  • Saves water.

Mosquito net

A fine net hung around a bed to keep mosquitoes away.


Click here to buy the best mosquito net for cloth cradles from Amazon.

Why is this a must-have?

  • Your little one’s skin is so delicate and needs maximum protection from insect bites. Exposure to insects or mosquitoes can cause red bumps on their skin which depending on their sensitivity may remain on the skin and even trigger further reactions. Using a mosquito net is the best preventive method against insect and mosquito bites.
  • Avoids external application of mosquito repellant creams on the baby.
  • Promotes better sleep.
  • Prevents mosquito-borne diseases.
  • Spares unnecessary hospital visits.

Baby bather

Baby bather looks like an ergonomic semi-seater made up of fine, washable cloth material supported by sturdy and durable metal rods.


Click here to buy the best baby bather from Amazon.

Why is this a must-have?

  • Keeps the baby cozy.
  • Does not skid.
  • Goes easy on baby’s skin.
  • Machine-washable material.
  • Ergonomic design.


A long, plastic container (tub) that is filled with water to facilitate a bathing environment.


Click here to buy the best bath tub from Amazon.

Why is this a must-have?

  • Bather can be kept inside this bathtub, if baby needs a bath inside the nursery or bedroom.
  • Needed when baby outgrows the bather.
  • Easy to wash.
  • Safe.

Oil massage sheet

This is a rectangular sheet made up of thin, water-repellant material, on top of which the baby can be laid and massaged. There are numerous benefits in massaging the baby. It improves blood circulation, aids digestion and helps the baby to sleep peacefully. Oil massage sheet makes the entire massaging process easy and effective.


Click here to buy the best oil massage sheet from Amazon.

Why is this a must-have?

  • Facilitates better space to massage the baby.
  • The material used does not get stained with oil spills.
  • Easily washable.
  • Dries quickly.

Cotton Onesies

An onesie is a loose-fitting, one-piece, leisure garment that when worn, covers the baby’s upper body along with the torso.


Click here to buy the best onesies for your new born from Amazon.

Why is this a must-have?

  • Acts as a comfort wear.
  • Can be worn quickly.
  • Avoids the need to over-dress the baby.

Anti-Rash cream

This cream is a chemical or herbal formulation that is used to treat itches and rashes on baby’s skin.


Click here to buy the best anti-rash cream fro your newborn from Amazon.

Why is this a must-have?

  • Prevents diaper rashes.
  • Protects baby’s delicate bum.
  • Keeps the skin soft and supple.

Nail clipper

An instrument used to trim the fingernails and toenails. Baby nail clippers have blunt cutters that are safe to use even on newborn nails. However, one has to be extremely careful while using any kind of instrument on baby’s body.


Click here to buy the best nail clipper from Amazon.

Why is this a must-have?

  • Keeps the baby’s nails short and clean.
  • Prevents nail scratches.
  • Promotes hygiene.

Picnic basket

A spacious, breathable basket made up of plastic that has a sturdy lid and handles to facilitate excellent portability.


Click here to buy one of these baskets from Amazon. (Visit the supermarkets nearby before buying this product online to compare the prices)

Why is this a must-have?

  • Makes travelling easy.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Easy maintenance when compared to traditional cloth bags.
  • Convenience.
  • Ample storage space.
  • Accommodates all types of baby items – glass wares, clothes, canned food etc..
  • Easy to keep inside the car.

Baby Car seat

A portable seat for an infant or child that when attached to the automobile seat, holds the baby safely. It is a must-have if you frequently travel with your baby in car. It is recommended to keep the babies in the rear-facing seat till they outgrow the weight and height limits the manufacturer has mentioned. It is always better to buy your baby’s car seat few weeks before their arrival to enjoy a hassle-free travel experience later.


Click here to buy the best baby car seat in Amazon.

Note: The above recommended product is one of the best available in the market, it is highly recommended for its assured safety and unyielding comfort. However, the product is slightly on the expensive side. If you need another choice (which is still good, but compromises a little on comfort) that goes easy on your wallet, buy this.

Why is this a must-have?

  • Ensures safety while travelling.
  • Protects baby during a crash.
  • During travel, when the baby is held in hands for a long time, the caregiver is likely to feel exhausted easily. The baby also might experience mild to severe body pain depending on the duration of travel. Early usage of car seat can save you from all this fuss.

White towels

White towels of different sizes may be necessary for various purposes. It is always safe to use clothes and towels that are free of chemicals and dyes, hence white towels are highly recommended.


Why is this a must-have?

  • Can be used as a blanket or wrapper.
  • Acts as reusable wipes.
  • Economical.
  • Environment friendly.

If you’re an experienced mom, please pour in your valuable suggestions to add more essentials, in case you find something missing in this post.

Together, let’s make parenting easier for the expecting moms around us 🙂

(Note: Divya Krishnan is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to merrymotherhood.co.in)

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  1. Hello Divya! Thank you for following my blog!
    I noticed that you have a very comprehensive page and I look forward to read your newest posts and enjoy your written moments.
    This post is really good, eventhough I am 22 now, I wish in the near future to have babies, I have 1 year of marriage and kids will come of course, in time.
    Have a nice day and thank you again!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Katherine. I treasure young followers who peek into my mom blog to understand and appreciate the art of motherhood and parenting in general. Thank you for your positive feedback. I hope I’ll continue to keep you hooked to my upcoming articles 🙂

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