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Baby Gear: What Do You REALLY Need?

There are entire stores dedicated to baby gear, which makes these tiny creatures seem like complicated and expensive members of the family! The truth, though, is that babies need just a fraction of what is available.

That’s not to say that things like Boppy pillows and baby swings aren’t nice additions, because they are! We had those, plus a separate cradle for those early weeks, an exercauser for older babies and a variety of slings.

With that said, here’s my list of what you need, what’s nice to have and what (in my opinion) is just silly:


  • a car seat: I prefer to start my babies out in a convertible car seat rather than a separate infant carrier
  • a place for baby to sleep: crib, pack ‘n play, cosleeper, your bed
  • stroller: a simple umbrella stroller works great for older babies
  • baby monitor: we sleep with a fan, so this has always been a necessity for us
  • a sling, wrap or carrier

Nice to Have

  • changing table/pad: we change our babies on the couch or the floor
  • bouncy seat: some babies like ’em, some not so much
  • swing: a swing saved our sanity with a couple of our daughters, but it’s definitely not a necessity
  • infant car seat: as I mentioned, we start out with a convertible car seat that will last for years

Just Silly

  • wipes warmer: just hold the wipe in your hand for a few seconds and you’re good to go
  • a quilt to match your nursery bedding set
  • diaper genie: wrap the diapers in a plastic bag instead, or switch to cloth
  • baby tub: nice for that middle stage when baby can’t sit up yet, but they’re so big and bulky

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What else is on your needs, nice to have and just silly lists? Do you disagree with any of mine?