Nursery Essentials: Our List

As a way to help you prepare for a new baby, I thought I could compile our list of baby essentials & must-haves (after extensive research as we’ve never been parents before =) ). As a note, I live in a very small apartment and we don’t have a separate bedroom for a nursery (think studio apartment style), meaning nursery furniture will be in our bedroom area. I’m also having twin boys =), and we’re looking to be as minimal as we can be. Amounts for twins can be found in parenthesis after a specific baby item.

Essentials:

  • For Diapering
    • Disposable Newborn and Size 1 Diapers (for the first month or so)
    • Prefold Diapers, Diaper Covers, and Diaper Fasteners (at least 24 per baby)
    • Wipes (if using cloth wipes get 100)
    • Changing Pad & Covers – we’re using a dresser top as our changing station; (6 changing pad covers for twins, other sources say 2)
    • Diaper Pail with Lid and Bags
    • Diaper Bag – we don’t go out much (think remote living), nonetheless, you need something for your baby essentials when on the go (and when you’re leaving the hospital)
    • Diaper Sprayer – will be helpful
  • For Bedtime
    • Receiving Blankets (4-6)
    • Cotton Swaddles (at least 6 for twins)
    • Sheepskin Baby Rug – very versatile (can be used in bassinet, on the floor, and even as a changing pad
    • Cribs (2), Mattresses (2), Sheets (2-3 per crib, other sources say 4-6 or 6-8 total), and Waterproof Mattress Pads (at least 4 for twins)
    • Noise Machine – the nursery is in our bedroom area (1)
    • Humidifier – dry climate here in Colorado (1)
  • For Bath-time
    • Shampoo and Body Wash and Baby Lotion
    • Washcloths (at least 12 for twins)
    • Hooded Towels (6 for twins, other sources say 2 per baby so 4 total)
    • Sink Insert for Infants (1)
  • For Feeding
    • Glass Bottles – 4 ounces and 9 ounces (at least 16 total for twins, other sources say 10-16 bottles per baby)
    • Bottle Brushes
    • Breast Pump – I work from home and am going to breastfeed my babies, nonetheless, many mothers told me that a breast pump is essential and helpful
    • Mason Jars – for milk storage (at least 24)
    • Nursing Covers (at least 1)
    • Nursing Pads (at least 20, other sources say 6 sets)
    • Nursing Pillow (1)
    • Burp Cloths (at least 4 for twins, other sources say 20-30 using prefold cloth diapers)
  • For Getting Around
    • Baby Carriers and/or Wraps (2 for twins)
    • Infant Car Seats – can’t leave the hospital without one (2 for twins)
  • For Health
    • First Aid Kit – Nail files, nail clippers, thermometer, brush & comb, toothbrush, scissors
  • To Have on Hand
    • Baking Soda
    • Dried Lavendar
    • Unscented Soap
    • Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaners
    • White Vinegar
    • Coconut Oil
  • For Mother
    • Maternity Disposable Underwear
    • Nursing Bras
  • For Clothing
    • Homecoming outfits (newborn or preemie size)
    • Night gowns (6)
    • White Bodysuits (10-14)
    • Pajamas (6-8 pair per baby); Sleepers
    • Socks (4-6 per baby, 8-12 total)
    • Bibs (16-20, other sources say 8-12)
    • Short Sleeved Onesies (6-12, newborn, 0-3 months)
    • Long sleeved Onesies (4-6, or 6-8, newborn, 0-3 months)
    • Coats
    • Tiny pants (4-12 pairs, newborn, 0-3 months)
    • Overalls
    • Shoes
    • Don’t know if our babies will be preemie or not, should we wait until after they are born?
  • For Living in a Home without Laundry Machines
    • Drying Rack
    • Wash Basin

Items to Purchase Later:

  • Highchairs, Bowls, Spoons (at least 4 for twins), Sippy Cups
  • Stainless Steel Mini Food Containers (at least 6 for twins)
  • Bibs
  • Baby Food Maker
  • Bath Tub
  • Toys & Books

Items We’re Doing Without:

  • Stroller – no place here in the mountains for stroller use; plus, there’s not really a downtown and the closest shopping is over an hour and a half away
  • Bouncy Chair
  • Baby Swing
  • Baby Gym
  • Baby Mobile
  • Pack-n-Play
  • Pacifiers
  • Baby Monitors – our apartment is 600 square feet and I work from home
  • Bassinets – our babies’ cribs are situated in our bedroom, so there is really no need for bassinets

Our set up will be both cribs, and a dresser for baby storage and for the changing station.

For those who have an extremely small baby fund – utilize hand me downs. Don’t be afraid to ask. Also, research pregnancy research centers in your area. Jared and I will be visiting our local center in the near future to see what is available for us there. Then we’ll begin purchasing other items afterwards. If you’re having twins like us, yes, you’ll need to purchase more, but as far as clothing and linens, sources say you only need to buy 1 1/2X, not 2X the suggested amounts for one baby. Also, thrift store it up!

And for something that has been on my mind: Dreaming and planning for your babies’ nursery is such a wonderful thing. However, I’m finding that it’s also important to be careful, as things can’t always go the way in which you dream – due to where you live and how you’re budget looks, you can’t always make your nursery as you’ve imagined it. Some people might have a separate room for their nursery and the ability to purchase matching decor and furniture (which is ok, and a good thing). Others on the other hand might not have a separate nursery room, and can only work with items that are available to them (which is ok, and a good thing) like hand-me-downs and thrift store nursery furniture and baby items. So it’s ok. Babies are wonderful and everything is going to be ok.

Helpful Sources:

  1. Newborn Essentials (Reading My Tea Leaves) | Baby, Registry
  2. The Non-Toxic Nursery Guide (Goop) | Baby, Registry
  3. A Modern Neutral Baby Registry (Thoughts by Natalie Borton) | Baby, Registry
  4. Baby Registry Checklist (Baby Center) | Baby, Registry
  5. Registry Checklist, The Minimalist’s List (Fit Pregnancy) | Baby, Registry
  6. The Minimalist’s Baby Registry: What You Actually Need (Mother) | Baby, Registry
  7. Minimalist Baby Registry Guide Version 2 (The Wise Baby) | Baby, Registry
  8. Baby Essentials (The Bump) | Baby, Registry

For Twins:

  1. Baby Basics: What Will You Need for Twins? (Twiniversity)
  2. Cloth Diapering Twins Cheat Sheet (Twiniversity)
  3. Baby Basics: Diapering Twins (Twiniversity)
  4. Registry Checklist for Multiples (the Bump)
  5. Twins Baby Registry Guide (The Wise Baby)
  6. The Twin Source Registry Guide (The Twin Source)
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