Baby’s First Week Home: What you Really Need to Buy


It will bring a big dose of glorious reality into your life. You’ll have questions about what you need for the baby, for the house, and for yourself. You’ll have friends, family members, and advertisements telling you what you absolutely must buy before bringing your baby home. On top of that all, you will probably be tired from pregnancy and your postpartum recovery. So I put this list together to help you sort out the real necessities for bringing baby home!

I’m a simple girl and I don’t like spending money on things that I don’t really need, so you’re only going to see my absolute must-haves on this list, the things that truly got me through those first few weeks at home with my new baby. This is assuming that I already have all of my basic toiletries, clothes, and food stocked up, which is a thought for another day.

First, I had to ask myself what babies (and mamas) really need for survival during that first week home. A healthy newborn baby just needs milk, lots of sleep, a clean diaper, a swaddle blanket, and lots of snuggles.

From my experience, a newborn baby that gets sick has a few additional needs, but we’ll still keep this list short for the sake of focusing on essentials. And now, without further ado, here is what you really need to buy for baby’s first week home. I have linked some items to Amazon, so that you can have them delivered to your door and ready for baby’s arrival!

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– Diapers (disposables or cloth)
– Wipes (disposables or cloth)
РSwaddle blankets (get extra large ones, like these)
– Onesies and sleepers (a few of each will do)
– Binkies (Avent Soothies worked best for us)
– Bottles and formula (if you are formula feeding)
– Bassinet or Rock n’ Play (a laundry basket works too)
Boppy pillow (super useful to have!)

I’ll say it again: the only things that a newborn really needs during that first week home is milk, sleep, clean diapers, swaddle blankets, and snuggles. I didn’t give baby a bath during the first week, and I still don’t use any harsh baby soaps or lotions on him. So I don’t consider those necessities, like, at all.


I’ll preface this by saying that the hospital provides all of the “unmentionables” that you need for your recovery, so I won’t be listing that here. These are just the things that I purchased for myself that felt like must-haves during my first week home with my baby.

– Nursing tank tops (These are awesome for nursing, but bra tops work good too)
– Nursing pads (disposables or cloth)
– Yoga pants (I lived in these and they are perfect for recovery)
– Coconut oil (helps with dry skin, dry hair, and stretch marks)
– Hair ties (you’ll probably want to wrap up that hair)
– Breast pump (your insurance will provide this, but this is the one I have)
Milk storage bags (only a necessity if you are pumping)
– Huge water bottle (you NEED to drink water like it’s going out of style)
– SNACKS!!! You’ll probably be starving. Eat up, you need the calories!


Everything on this list will help you get through that first week home with your baby. You’ll likely be staying close to home and learning to feed and swaddle that baby, so there is no need to spend tons of money on fancy things.

We kept our baby daughter in diapers and swaddle blankets for the first few weeks, because it was so hot. And we were also blessed with tons of second-hand stuff from friends and family, that she could grow into for several months.

Now, I’ll admit that we bought a wonderful glider chair that saved me during her 6-week bout of bronchitis when we had to sleep sitting up. The glider/rocker could definitely be called a must-have by moms like me, but it’s probably not an essential for everyone.

You can print out my new baby checklist here.

Now, tell me! What is on your “must have” list for bringing baby home? Share in the comments!
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  2. Anonymous

    December 22, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Car seat, or good luck leaving the hospital

    1. Cate

      January 2, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      I knew someone would think of something I missed haha! I promise, we did take baby home in a car seat. I’ll edit to add this essential.

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