29 Life-Changing Items From Walmart That Every New Parent Needs
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I asked fellow moms in my ~parenting community~ to tell us the products they couldn't live without, and here are the results. You got this, everyone!
Halo sleep sack swaddle so you can feel safe(r) when your baby hits the sack. No loose blankets or need to master the art of swaddling.
“We couldn’t keep my son Cormac swaddled with blankets and we liked that this had the option to keep his hands out, because
he liked to use them to help soothe himself to sleep.” —Melissa H.
Price: $25.99+ (available in sizes newborn–small)
Boppy nursing pillow, because it's multifunctional. Not only does it help position your baby while breast- or bottle-feeding, but it’s also great for tummy time!
“Boppy pillow helps position babies perfectly for feeding. Also, you use it for tummy time.” —Tracy C.
Munchkin high-capacity drying rack that holds many feeding supplies without taking up precious counter space.
“People find the Boon grass to be cuter, but
this can handle the load of bottles and pump parts better.” —Emily B.
A pack of
Gerber cloth diapers so you have quite perfect burp cloths. Take a tip from the hospital and load 'em up!
“These are super clutch...
They’re thick, and soft, and easy to fold. You blow through them really quick early on, so it was nice to have a lot of them on hand. They’re not too expensive and were perfect. It’s what the hospital used too for burp clothes.” —Melissa H.
Nose Frida snot sucker, because so many mamas sing its praise. It may sound gross to suck out your baby’s mucus, but they’ll have instant relief.
“The snot sucker is number one because it
keeps airways clear and always makes them feel better.” —Cher N.
“Nose Frida works way better than the squeeze ones they hand out at the hospital.” —Emily B.
A pack of
Dr. Brown’s bottles that help reduce colic, spit-ups, burping, and gas. They’re lactation consultant—approved, so you know they’re good.
“These were the bottles we ended up using, because our lactation consultant recommended them. They have the straw in there where the air can escape from instead of the baby drinking,
which can help with gas/burping. If you’re combo breastfeeding/nursing like I was, you should use a preemie nipple so the baby has to work a little harder to get the milk out of the bottle. And, so it’s equal work from boob to bottle and they don’t start preferring the bottle (which is what my son Cormac started doing until we swapped out the nipple).” —Melissa H.
A bottle of
Babyganics lotion to keep your kiddo’s sensitive skin moisturized and protected for all of their adventures in the world.
“I put this on after every bath and it
keeps her skin from drying out, smells great, and makes her skin so soft.” —Tracy C.
A hefty supply of
WaterWipes, because they can be used for anything and everything — and aren’t filled with unnecessary ingredients.
“Amazing! Can’t say enough great things about these and
how gentle they are, but wipe SO wonderfully! So pure yet effective and made with 99.9% water and one drop of fruit extract. They're approved by the National Eczema Association. This is one product I will continue to buy well after my baby is grown up and keep in my purse for face, hands, dashboard, etc.!” —Michelle K.
Price: $14.84+ (available in 240–720 packs)
HALO bassinet swivel sleeper that’s a lifesaver during the newborn stage. The swivel design makes it easy to feed throughout the night...considering you’re waking up every few hours!
“I used this for the first few months. Then he went to his crib…Bassinest is awesome. It swivels in and out and
is amazing for breastfeeding, middle-of-the-night feeds, and mothers with C-sections.” —Cher N.
4moms high chair, because it’s pure genius! No more (or rather, fewer) spills, thanks to the magnetic tray and dishware.
“I love the 4moms bucket seat high chair so babies can sit in it at a young age and the tray is magnetic. So you buy the 4moms dish set to-go with (also magnetic) and then
the babies can’t throw the bowl of food on the floor. It's also super easy to wipe down and clean.” —Tracy C.
Price: $299.99 (available in two colors)
Summer infant bath seat that offers an extra set of hands while they splash around in the tub. It makes bath time lots of fun!
“This thing is only $40 and it’s awesome! Once my daughter Tori could sit up, she was too big for the infant tub but the bathtub is slippery with water and you really need your hands to wash them. So this seat is perfect.
It allows her to sit up and slash around while I lather her up and I don’t have to worry about her falling over.” —Tracy C.
Angelcare monitor you can place underneath the crib mattress, so you can have piece of mind while your baby is sound asleep.
“Anything that monitors their breathing while they sleep is our fave. We use the Angelcare monitor and have for all three kids, and super love it.” —Rachel B.
Boon dishwasher basket, because everything gets so darn dirty!
“There are so many little things you need to wash (toys, parts of bottles, etc.), so you put them in the basket and then put the basket in the dishwasher. I use it daily and
just keep the basket in the dishwasher.” —Tracy C.
A supply of
Honest Company diapers, because they’re absorbent, gentle on sensitive little bums, and made of naturally-derived and sustainable materials. Plus, aren’t the rose and strawberry patterns the cutest?!
absorbent and gentle for baby’s delicate skin....plus come in the absolute cutest prints ever!” —Michelle K.
A set of
Fisher-Price rattles to start your little rocker early. Make a jam session out of playtime!
“All babies would gravitate to this at playgroups. They must know something we don't.” —Nickie D.
Dr. Brown's bottle warmer that makes the milk just the right temperature and fast (quite a blessing when you have a hungry baby).
“I recommend Dr. Brown’s bottle warmer because it
warms the milk fast and doesn’t overheat it.” —Emily B.
Aden + Anais muslin swaddle for just about any cloth need. And the sweet Disney designs don’t hurt either!
“Aden + Anais muslin blankets are
breathable, versatile, and soft. They can also be used for a nursing cover, burp cloth, stroller cover, etc. They have super adorable prints, too!” —Michelle K.
Nuby pacifier case, because babies' favorite thing ever is to drop the paci.
“If your child takes a pacifier, you always need clean backups on hand.” —Emily B.
Bumbo floor seat to help your little one sit up during playdates, story times, picnics, and more! It’s designed with your baby’s posture in mind. (But be sure to only use it on the floor and once they can support their own head.)
“Bumbo floor seat helps assist babies with sitting up before they can do it by themselves.” —Tracy C.
Price: $39.99 (available in two colors)
healing Aquaphor ointment for many a skin irritation — from a rosy rash to chapped cheeks.
“Aquaphor was helpful. He kept breaking out in rashes on his face when he slept. We put that on his face every night and
it was really helpful." —Melissa H.
Munchkin sound and light machine to keep your baby asleep. Anything that helps is for sure a secret weapon.
“An easy night light was perfect for
seeing what was going on in the middle of the night without being so bright. And a sound machine is a secret weapon we used from the beginning.” —Nickie D.
My Brest Friend nursing pillow, because we love a good pun! And most importantly, it’s ergonomic for both the mamma and baby.
“I loved this as a nursing pillow. It had good support and I liked that it strapped on so
I could keep it secure if I needed to move around. And my husband even used it when he bottle fed—he found it much easier, especially on his back.” —Melissa H.
Price: $23.99+ (available in 20 colors)
Angelcare bath support for youngins that goes directly into the tub. This is essential for those without large sinks!
“I love that we could put this in our bathtub and wash him in it. It's super easy...I like it better than a sink one because
it’s not as messy. And having them lay on the tub made me feel super secure since they’re slippery.” —Melissa H.
Price: $12.59+ (available in three colors)
A tube of 100% natural
Lansinoh lanolin nipple cream to keep even sensitive nipples protected.
“A little bit goes a long way.” —Cher N.
Price: $8.25+ (available in 1–2 packs)
Lamaze peacock for endless entertainment. With a peek-a-boo mirror, textures, squeaker, and crinkles, your little one will be mesmerized!
“The back is black and white, which is great for newborns’ eyesight. My baby was obsessed with it and
loved staring at it and kicking it. We would put this at his feet and he would kick and kick.” —Melissa H.
Infantino convertible carrier, because baby wearing is oh, so great for the mom and baby. And this carrier allows her to get stuff done without needing help just to get it on.
“Infantino 4-in-1 convertible carrier is much easier to put on without help, compared with similar carriers.” —Emily B.
criss-cross nursing bra so you’re as comfortable as can be. Plus, it provides easy access for your babe!
“I like the pull-to-the-side ones...those were really nice so I wasn’t just constantly topless while nursing. I think they’re technically ‘sleep bras’, but
they’re comfy and I wear them every day.” —Katie W.
Price: $26.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in six colors)
Baby K’tan Active Carrier so you and your little one don’t overheat on warmer days of baby wearing.
“Baby K’tan Active has a breathable mesh for those hot summer months while holding baby close and allows for hands-free multitasking.
It can be positioned in multiple ways as baby grows.” —Michelle K.
Price: $29.99 (available in sizes XS–XL)
Bumbo changing pad that’s thought of everything. It can easily be wiped clean, is contoured with your baby's comfort and safety in mind, and even comes with a belt.
“It’s rubber so it
wipes down really easy and you can move it anywhere. We used it for more than just changing her. When my daughter Tori was little and couldn’t sit up or roll over...we would move it to the table and she would watch us eat dinner.” —Tracy C.
But the most important thing of all is a baby cub snuggle!
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