What Do I Actually Need for a Baby?


Having a baby can be a very expensive proposition, especially if you have to purchase everything that people say you should have. Though there are a million and one things new moms think they may need, the number of absolutely essential items is limited. At John A. White M.D. Obstetrics and Gynecology, LLC, we have put together this list with some suggestions for alternatives and why you should have them.

The Essential List

  • Time with mom and dad
  • Crib and crib linens
  • Clothing for at least 7 days
  • Baby shampoo and gentle soap
  • Bulb nasal aspirator
  • Stroller
  • Infant car seat
  • Baby toys
  • Baby books

Cloth or Disposable Diapers

Both are expensive. Cloth helps save the environment, because they can be reused. Disposable diapers are just so convenient. It's a tossup, depending on how much work you want to put into it. You could choose to use both.


As Alyssa Milano knows, breastfeeding is natural. It provides all of the nourishment a child needs and includes health protections for the baby and the mother. This also allows stronger bonding between the two, and it’s free. Women who are unable to breastfeed will find that using bottles, formula, and nipples correctly will be essential.

People have been having children for thousands of years. Babies do not need much more than the love and care that parents can provide.

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