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Basics You Need for Baby’s First Year: Month By Month

September 29, 2019

Basics You Need for Baby’s First Year: Month By Month

Babylist is the baby registry that lets you add any item from any store including this list of everything you need for baby's first year. Basics You Need for Baby’s First Year: Month By Month

As a first-time parent preparing for a newborn, you may find yourself only registering for things you’ll need for baby in their first few months. But before you know it, your baby is sitting up, playing with new friends and coming down with their first colds (ugh). Suddenly your pediatrician clears your baby to start eating solid foods, and you find yourself running to the store, buying up every feeding tool and gadget in sight.

Spare yourself the hassle down the road by registering for a few key items that’ll take you from newborn to beyond the six-month hump. These suggestions, broken down by baby’s age, will help you be prepared for your baby’s first year.

For Your Newborn

A Car Seat

A car seat—either an infant or a convertible—will likely be the first piece of gear your baby touches, as you’ll need one safely installed in your car to take them home from the hospital or birthing center. This infant car seat is extremely easy to install (ideal for new parents), and clicks directly into Britax strollers.

A Newborn Care Kit

Whether it’s a stuffy nose, constipation or gas, a suspected fever or Freddy Krueger fingernails (those newborn nails can be razor sharp!), this kit has you covered. Bonus: This set includes the Fridet MomWasher (a lifesaver for postpartum self-care).

Find more newborn essentials here.

A Swing for Baby

While those early newborn weeks are great for snuggling and cuddling, it’s also nice to have a safe place to put your baby down so you can get something done. The mamaRoo is a favorite because it provides hands-free rocking motion at the touch of a button. (See more about how to choose a rocker, swing or bouncer for baby.)

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For Your One-Month Old

A Swaddle

Swaddling can make a big difference in helping your baby sleep, if you can figure out how to keep the burrito-style blanket wrap from unraveling. The Halo SleepSack takes the guesswork out of swaddling with built-in “wings” that wrap around and stay in place with Velcro. Even better: You can change baby’s diaper without unswaddling, thanks to the opening at the bottom. (See our Best Swaddles guide for more options.)

A Baby Wrap

Babywearing lets you have your hands free to do the things you need to do while still keeping your baby close. There are many baby carriers out there (here are tips on how to choose a baby carrier), but this Babylist/Solly Baby exclusive is a parent and newborn favorite. It’s custom-made from a lightweight, buttery soft and sustainable fabric. Wrap it around your body, tie it off and insert your baby to keep them close to your chest. You may find that even the fussiest babies doze off quickly while being carried this way.

For Your Two-Month Old

A Diaper Bag

As you start to get out and about more with baby, you’ll need to take some baby stuff with you. This dipaer bag has 11 pockets and a slim design to fit all the basics without any of the bulk. It also has all the essentials like a changing pad, pockets for bottles and zippered pockets to stash your phone and keys—and it easily clips onto a stroller. (See more options in our Best Diaper Bags guide.)

A Stroller

Experts say there’s no reason to stay cooped up inside during the first few months. As long as the weather is decent and your baby is appropriately dressed, getting out and about can be good for both you.

This streamlined stroller is a popular pick because it’s easy to push around, even with just one hand. It’s narrow design means it can fit through tight spaces (think: aisles and doorways) and because it only weighs 17 pounds, you won’t pull a muscle loading it into your trunk. But the best feature is the one-handed fold makes it super-simple to open and close. (See more options in our Best Strollers guide.)

For Your Three-Month Old

A Sound Machine/Nighlight

White noise machines can a great solution to help your baby feel secure and calm during nap and bedtime. They also drown out other noises, so no need for an anxiety attack every time a dish clinks or your dog barks. The Hatch Rest provides both soothing white noise and a soft night light (a bonus for night feedings or diaper changes) and can be controlled by touch or via an app on your phone. (See more options in our Best Sound Machines guide.)

A Wearable Blanket

Once baby can roll over around three or four months, they will graduate from a swaddle. Unlike loose blankets, wearable blankets are great because they help keep baby warm but are also safe for crib use. When used regularly as part of a bedtime routine, they also help signal it’s time for sleep. Burt’s Bees Wearable Blankets are made with soft, organic cotton and close from bottom to top for easy access during nighttime diaper changes.

A Baby Carrier

As your baby becomes more social and interested in their surroundings, a soft, structured carrier like this is a great option. It allows them to face inward, outward or be worn on your hip or back, giving them different views and ways to interact with the world around them. The Ergobaby Omni 360 keeps baby in an ergonomic position, which is better for their hips and for your back. (See more options in our Best Carriers guide.)

For Your Four-Month Old

Cute Booties

Baby socks are notoriously frustrating for never staying on tiny feet, especially as baby becomes more wiggly and starts rolling around. These booties are warm, super cute and actually stay on. Get ahead of the game and register for a few pairs in bigger sizes, like 6 mos and 12 mos.

A Teether

You may be one of the lucky parents whose baby doesn’t cut teeth for a few more months. But it’s always best to be prepared, especially when teething is concerned. These adorable teethers are made from food-grade silicone and give your baby shark something safe to gnaw on. The teether clips onto baby’s clothes so you don’t have to stress about it falling to the floor and getting dirty. And, you can chill it in the fridge to give your little one’s sore gums even more soothing relief.

For Your Five-Month Old

An Activity Center

You can introduce an activity center or baby jumper as soon as baby has good head and neck control. And they’ll be very entertained as they bounce and turn to play with different toys and activities in this activity center. This Skip Hop Activity Center also grows with baby, eventually turning into a play table for toddlers. Another plus? It’ll look nice in your living room.

A Fun Ball Set

At around five months, you may see your baby losing interest in the toys you gave them as newborns. Sensory balls and nesting cups are great to introduce at this age—they help develop motor skills and tend to roll away from little ones, which encourages crawling.

Floor Tiles for Play

Once your baby starts trying to sit up, the inevitable happens: They also topple over. A lot. A large, soft play area is ideal for this stage. The Skip Hop Foam Floor Tiles lock together in a variety of patterns to create a cushy and wipe-clean surface. (See more options in our Best Floor Mats guide.)

For Your Six-Month Old

A High Chair

Many parents begin to introduce solids at this age, which means it’s high chair time. While the ANTILOP high chair from IKEA is basic, it functions as well its more expensive counterparts. It’s lightweight, easy to assemble and clean, and its $20 price tag makes it an easy pick for parents who want a modern looking yet affordable option. (See more options in our Best High Chairs guide.)

Feeding Tools

With the introduction of solids comes the need for feeding tools. Munchkin makes a wonderful array of plates, bowls and utensils for feeding little mouths and training small hands and bellies. Their White Hot spoons are also great, as there’s a white strip that indicates if food is too hot.

A Bib

Finally there’s a bib that does the job and looks good too. Made from silicone, it’s way easier to clean than traditional cloth bibs. Just wipe it down with soap and water, or throw it in the dishwasher, and it’s ready for your next feeding session. Bonus: The bibs are downright adorable and adjustable to be comfortable around little necks.

For Your Seven-Month Old

Board Books

While you may have already been reading to your baby, at around seven months, they’ll likely start taking a real interest in books. Some great ones to start with? Sandra Boynton’s books, which are so silly and fun. (For more great board books for babies, check out our favorites to add to your registry here.)

For Your Eight-Month Old

Baby Proofing Supplies

At this age, with a baby on the move exploring everything they can get their hands (and mouths) on, baby proofing moves to the top of parents’ lists. If you have stairs, consider getting a baby gate, as well as covering all outlets that are within baby’s reach. We love Bink’s modern babyproofing line that will keep your home looking a bit closer to the stylish haven it was before baby arrived.

For Your Nine-Month Old

A Sippy Cup

Nine months is a good age to introduce a straw sippy cup, if you haven’t already. These cups are BPA free and dishwasher safe. Handy tip: get a straw cleaner or pipe cleaner to make sure the straws stay clean inside and out.

A Humidifier

By adding moisture to the air, a humidifier helps ease cold symptoms and reduce dry skin or itchy eyes. The large tank on this model provides your nursery with up to 24 hours of cool, soothing mist.

For Your Ten-Month Old

A Digital Thermometer

A no-touch thermometer is great to have for when your baby reaches a less-cooperative, super-squirmy age (rectal thermometers work well for newborns and younger infants).

A Push Toy

If your tot hasn’t started standing and cruising yet, it’ll happen soon. Use the VTech Learning Walker as an entertainment station—it has a ton of interactive features like buttons to push, 70 different songs and a pretend phone—when your child is sitting. Later, it turns into a rolling toy for new walkers who can’t get enough of pushing things around.

For Your Eleven-Month Old

If you started with an infant car seat, your baby will likely graduate to a convertible car seat around one-year-old (be sure to check height and weight limits on your infant seat to know when you’ve maxed out). This car seat is among the easiest to install, and the Click & Safe Snug Harness Indicator gives an audible “click” to aid you in the proper tightening of your child’s harness.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat

$309.99

Something for Snacks

Fill this handy cup with your kiddo’s favorite snack and tether it to your high chair or stroller, and you’ll have a happy baby on your hands. The lid on this snack cup lets your little dig their little fingers in there to scoop up those Cheerios.

Just think of the all the exciting milestones you and your little one will experience during baby’s first year!

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