Bringing home a newborn baby is a big deal—like, the biggest deal. Making sure you have all the different things you and your little one need can be stressful. This is my list of the essential baby gear I used every day with our baby girl River during her first month at home.


Birdling Overnight Bag 

My hospital bag was packed by the door and ready to go with enough room for my Hatch to Hospital Box, my husband’s things (which he never even took out of the bag!), and River’s layette. I still use this bag when I’m out and about with both girls. It’s big enough to double as a diaper bag, plus it fits a few extras, but it’s not too big to wear on my shoulder—and it’s waterproof!                                                

New Mom Essential Gear

Hatch To Hospital Box

This was pretty much all I took for myself in the overnight bag, plus toiletries. Having new and beautiful things to slip on made me feel human again after River’s delivery. The robe and gown are super soft and comfy, and the cashmere socks are the little bit of luxury I needed to feel more at home.
Hatch To Hospital Box for New Moms

Munchkin LATCH Bottles

I was really worried about using a bottle so early on, but I needed to get out for work, and I also wanted some help with nighttime feedings, as River was always hungry and ate every 2 hours. The LATCH nipple mimics breastfeeding, which allows the baby to control the flow of milk the way she does on the breast. We had no problem going back and forth, and her big sister was able to get in on the feeding as an added bonus. See my girls snuggling!                                          Feeding Bottles for InfantsLatch Feeding Bottle for Infant


Erbaviva Baby Wash Bags

These are the most gentle thing to wash your baby with, and you can use them on your own face, too.     Erbababy Wash Bag


Sollybaby Wraps

This wrap was a game-changer for us. It’s so lightweight and comfy, I barely felt like I was wearing anything besides a shirt. River used to sleep in for over 3 hours, and we managed to have lunch out with the whole family. The matching wrap for little girls is great for a big sister battling a little jealousy.                                                  Solly Baby WrapSolly Baby Wrap


Misha and Puff Three Ring Hat

When it’s cold, baby needs a sweet hand-knit winter hat on before we can even think about taking a stroll. We got this one in mint and I called her my little elf.                                            Mischa and Puff hat


Super Cool Brooklyn Meets Sweden Crib Bedding By Natti Natti

Even when River wasn’t sleeping in her crib yet, I was so excited to get her room all set up. This organic bedding with original artwork totally made the nursery!                                             New Baby Bedding



The DockATot is a lightweight “docking station” or portable bassinet for the baby, and the only place River would nap other than on top of me. The Dock was a lifesaver that helped our girl sleep in it at night, either between the two of us or in her bedside sleeper. It’s easy to take The Dock from room to room during the day so the baby can nap securely and within arm’s reach wherever you go. The cover can be thrown in the wash for easy clean up.                             DockATot


Halo Bassinet Swivel Sleeper

This bedside bassinet is one of the best bassinets on the market! It turns 360 degrees and can be raised or lowered to your bed’s height, so the baby can be sleeping right up next to you, but you’re also able to swivel the bassinet away so you can get up easily. The side can be pulled down to scoop your baby right up for easy nursing. We found the DockATot fit perfectly into the baby bassinet, and River was so snug and comfy in there. Some other good options are the Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bassinet (a rocking bassinet that plays lullabies), the Disney Baby Ultimate Sweet Beginnings Bassinet (absolutely adorable), and the Deluxe Moses Basket by Delta Children (a travel bassinet for mamas on the go).Best Bassinet for Baby Girls


River Woccasin Moccasin by HeyMama for Neon Rae

We collaborated on this sweet style with the lovely Jillian of Neon Rae while River was in my belly; she arrived just in time to snag a pair before they sold out! These super special Woccasin Moccasins only get better with use. We left the denim edges raw to allow them to naturally fray and gain character, just like your favorite pair of jeans.Moccasins for Baby


Too Cool To Be A Diaper Bag Backpack From Tiba and Marl

With two kids, I’ve found a backpack gives the hands-free access I need. This one looks so cool that no one would ever suspect it’s a diaper bag with an insulated bottle holder, changing pad, and wet clutch. It also has a spot for a laptop, which is super important for all the working mamas out there.Tiba and Marl Diaper Bag Tiba and Marl Diaper Bag



The Laundress Baby Detergent

Non-toxic, smells delicious, is allergen-free, and comes in a nice package. Enough said.                                                                           Laundress Baby Detergent


Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs

These are over-sized, they curve around your neck to cover all the areas spit up can reach, plus they have a snap so they double as a bib right on the baby. The fabric is a soft muslin and they come in the cutest prints.

Aden + Anais Burpy Bib

Monica + Andy Cuddle Box

Delivered to home or hospital the same day your order is placed, this is the best newborn gift box for the busy working mama. The organic kimono bodysuit is my favorite baby basic. River used to live in it! The fabric is organic, so soft, and very high quality. It also doesn’t shrink in the wash, which is important when your baby is growing so fast.monica and andy baby cuddle boxmonica and andy

Coveted Things Swaddle Scarf

This swaddle is so cute and chic! It can be worn as a scarf for mama and double as an Instagram background for quick snaps.Coveted Things infant swaddle scarf

Sapling Child PJs

The slim fit on these keeps them snug in place, a fold-over foot keeps the feet cozy and warm, and the zipper makes them easy to take off for quick changes.

Sapling Child Baby PJs

Sleepy Sheep

We forgot to get one of these before we got home from the hospital; I ended up ordering it at midnight on Amazon. We left white noise on our phones all night to get River back to sleep after every feeding, and my phone overheated and had to be replaced! The small Sleepy Sheep is perfect to take in the stroller and the car too.  sleepy sheep for baby

Gift For Big Sis From The New Baby: Miffy Bunny Lamp 

I’d been eyeing this for the girls’ playroom, and it made the perfect gift for big sis from the baby. Don’t forget to have a special gift for the older siblings from the new arrival. Those who come bearing gifts are always welcome.Bunny Lamp



Want to read more about being a new mom? On HeyMama, you can learn new mom style secrets, discover how to make MORE money after having kids, and try out these science-based mom hacks to help release stress


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