What Baby Essentials Do I Really Need?

baby in her crib along side her items

Congratulations! You’re reading this because you have a baby bump, know someone who is expecting, or have your adorable ball of joy in your life already. Regardless, you’ve got a new person in your life to care for and love!

Because of the love you have for your baby, you will find yourself worrying and being anxious (even if you’re not a first-time-mom). Parenting is one of the most emotionally and physically demanding jobs out there but is also one of the most rewarding. With the proper preparation, child-raising can be made easier.

A wise parent is incredibly prepared for any possible situation, constantly adapts, and is patient. And we can help you with this! Here are some essential things to buy for your little one.

1. Physiological Needs

Although smaller and more adorable, your baby has the same physiological needs as adults, just more sensitive and particular!

Here’s what you’ll need to have your child well-fed, well-rested, and clean.

Breast Pump

woman holding elvie breast pump

If you’re considering breastfeeding your child, you’ll also need a breast pump to help you express your milk if you’re away from your baby or to build up a supply of milk.

With the right type of breast pump, you can do this silently, discreetly, and even comfortably at your convenience!

Our Elvie breast pump is wireless and compact and can fit right into your nursing bra. This allows you to move around even while you’re pumping, which can give you more time for yourself, your kids, or work.

Milk Bottles and Storage Options

baby milk bottle

You can never have too many bottles. It’s always a good idea to have a surplus of clean bottles, so you’ll always have ones available should you need them.

You may also want to look into getting storage bags to freeze your expressed milk for future use!


baby milk formula

If your little one can’t breastfeed or you wish to supplement your breastmilk with formula, it’s good to always have a can of baby formula on hand.

It’s also great to have this as a “just-in-case” option if your partner or family members need to feed your little one while you’re not around.

Nursing Chair

Not strictly a must-have for babies, but an item we’d highly recommend having for both you and your child!

The soothing rocking motion of a nursing chair will help calm even the most feisty of babies and is very often what puts the little ones to sleep.

The nursing chair is also key for comfortable feeds, and allowing for valuable mother-and-child bonding time.

Baby Crib with Mattress

balance in form and function convertible crib

You need to choose the safest, most comfortable, and sturdiest crib for your child to get quality rest! Keep in mind that you should pick a firm mattress to be placed in your baby’s crib too.

We’d recommend picking out a convertible crib that can grow with your child, so you can keep it through your little one’s toddlerhood!

Find out more about picking the right crib for your baby in our article here.