Are you wondering what to buy when you’re expecting your first baby? Are you looking for the best baby gear?

Marlowe, my first child, was born less than one year ago, and I am constantly researching questions about the best baby gear. 

When I was pregnant, it felt like all I did was look up the top things a baby needs.

I remember looking up everything from what the best strollers were to what I could do financially to best prepare for a baby. There are so many companies to buy the best baby items from, and everyone has an opinion on what’s best. 

Because I was so overwhelmed in the beginning, I decided to put together a blog post that outlines must-have baby items for first-time moms, plus the best baby gear whether it’s your first or 5th child!

My hope is that I can answer many of your questions, so you don’t have to spend nearly as much time researching things as I did.

And, I definitely think this will be helpful because I have been writing, researching, and gathering information for this article ever since I found out I was pregnant. I quickly realized that there wasn’t one easy-to-read guide for new parents, and that’s where this article comes in.

The areas we will talk about in this best baby gear guide include:

Now, you definitely do not need everything on this list.

Babies don’t really need much other than food, sleep, and some clothing items. So, no matter your budget, please remember that your baby will be happy and healthy! Also, for every expensive baby item, there are also great budget-friendly baby items as well!

Note: Remember, I am not a doctor or nurse or anything whatsoever remotely related to that. The below is simply what I personally used and liked. I am completely new to being pregnant and becoming a mom, so I am not an expert.


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Her courses are extremely helpful, and they go over everything that you could possibly need to know when it comes to having a baby. Her courses can help you:


I only made two baby registries, but I only really used one of them – the Babylist registry (this will make more sense in the next section).

The reason I used and liked Babylist so much is that you easily create a registry that pulls the best-priced products from multiple websites. My friends and family could then shop from different stores but still find all of the best baby gear I registered for in one place and at the best price. I also like Babylist because it gave me a newborn checklist to make sure I had everything I needed for the first couple of months.

Here are different baby registries you can check out:

For many of these, you will receive a completion discount once your registry is filled out. This is a coupon code for a discount, such as 15% off your total purchase, that you can personally use to buy any items that you might not receive at your baby shower. This can save you a decent amount of money!


Here’s what I received in my free Babylist box.

If you are newly pregnant, this is a fun and exciting way to get some of the best baby gear.

Baby boxes are typically sent out when you create a registry, and these boxes are often filled with free baby samples, such as newborn laundry detergent, baby bottles, toys, pacifiers, baby onesies, and more.

Walmart and BuyBuyBaby also give you the option to get a free baby box for signing up for a free baby registry as well.


Here are the pregnancy and new mom essentials that I have used:


Are you wondering what do new moms really need for baby? The items on the list below are my essentials. This is the best baby gear that we’ve used from day one.



There are many different diapering and bath brands. This is definitely not a full list. This is simply what I use and what has worked for me:


Our boat bedroom with Marlowe’s Snoo.

Oh, baby sleep – what every new parent hopes for!.

Like many babies, Marlowe’s sleep was very rough in the beginning, but thankfully she quickly got the hang of it. She has been sleeping through the night for several months now.

Here are my recommendations for the best baby gear for getting your baby to sleep:


Breastfeeding can be a struggle for many new parents.

Remember, every parent has to do what works for them, and the main goal is to keep your baby fed and healthy. No judgment here on how you decide to feed your baby!

Because I am able to breastfeed, here is some of the gear I’m using:

A quick note about breast pumps: If you have insurance, you may be able to get a free or discounted pump through your insurance. I definitely recommend asking as it can save you a large amount of money.


There are many, many different stores to buy baby clothing from. Below are some that I recommend:


This is entirely up to you!

Some people will run out and buy a couple of things right away, while others will immediately start buying the best baby gear. 

One of the first things we bought were tiny swimsuits for Marlowe because we were in the Bahamas and couldn’t wait for our little beach baby, haha! However, once I filled out our registry, we waited to see which items were purchased before buying anything else. Fortunately, we got pretty much everything on our registry.

Whether you decide to start buying the best baby gear now or later is up to you. But, you can save money if you see what’s purchased from your registry. Also, borrowing baby gear from friends and family can be a great way to save money.


This is a great resource for anyone who is about to be a new parent.

There are worksheets included to help you create a budget for your baby and answers to baby-related money questions (such as what baby things do you actually need? What hand-me-downs are safe? How do you plan and afford childcare? How much will the birth cost?). That’s just a bit of what the worksheets include. It was really helpful and nice to have everything in one easy-to-find guide.


Are you self-employed and pregnant? Are you wondering how to handle maternity leave when self-employed?

Here are some tips for planning how to take a maternity leave:


I hope you enjoyed my list of the best baby gear that I have used and enjoyed.

This obviously isn’t a complete list because all babies and parents are different! So, what may have worked for me may not work for you. There are so many great options out there, and this list could go on and on.

Also, I know how easy it can be to get overwhelmed as a new parent. I have been looking over this list, and it seems so long!

You can easily accumulate a lot of stuff for your baby, and there are a ton of baby items that I have that I haven’t even included in this list (such as a baby bathtub, diaper bag, crib mattress, crib sheets, changing pad, and more!). 

What else would you add to this list for new parents? What’s on the top of your best baby gear list?

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