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The Best Baby Accessories for a New Mom

Are you currently expecting? Are you having trouble determining which of the best baby accessories to buy?I remember when I was expecting my daughter at the age of 19, the Internet wasn’t around until after she was born and there wasn’t a wealth of information about what accessories that you need for your new baby. I just had to browse the baby isle and try to determine what I needed and what I didn’t. Remember your baby doesn’t need a bunch of toys when they are little but they do need a few things to play with as they get older.

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You will want to have enough pacifiers on hand for your new baby. Trust me! I purchased several different types of pacifiers until I found the best ones for my baby. You will want a pacifier even if you plan on breastfeeding your baby. If not, they might end up sucking their thumb and this is a tough habit to break as they get older. Your baby sucked on its thumb in the womb so it is only natural that they will want to continue the habit once they are born; however, a pacifier will help remedy this potential problem.

My oldest child ended up being a thumb sucker. I tried very hard to offer her a pacifier but I didn’t have very much luck. Remember that you can’t take away your child’s thumb but you can easily toss the pacifier in the trash. She was around 7 or 8 years old before she finally stopped sucking her thumb. I remember trying all of the wives tales to get her to stop sucking her thumb. They didn’t work.

Most experts recommend waiting to introduce a pacifier to a newborn if you plan on breastfeeding. However, I introduced a pacifier to all of my 3 babies immediately after birth and I had no problems with breastfeeding. Of course, some babies are finicky and do have problems with nipple confusion. Nipple confusion can be frustrating for both mother and baby when it comes to breastfeeding. If your baby has trouble, try placing your baby on your chest using the kangaroo method.

Pacifier Clips

Remember when I told you that you wanted to have a bunch of pacifiers on hand. As your child gets older, he or she will love throwing them or they will get misplaced. Your child might even think it is a game to play – toss the pacifier in the floor. As a mom, you will discover that this will get old very quickly.

Pacifier clips helped keep my child’s pacifier from being tossed on the floor or getting lost. The pacifier clips will help keep your child’s pacifier off the floor that is filled with icky germs. Do keep some pacifier wipes or baby wipes on hand in your diaper bag so that you can wash your child’s pacifier off in the event that your child is able to get his pacifier and pacifier clip off.

Burp Rags

Get plenty of burp rags, you will need them. I only had a few and it seemed like they needed to be washed on a daily basis if not more. Burp rags come in handy for cleaning up spit up, protecting your shirt from getting spit up on, or wiping baby drool off your baby’s chin. They do come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and cute patterns. I always had a burp rag handy every time I picked up my baby. I also kept one in the diaper bag in case we needed an extra burp rag while I was out and about.


Bibs are great even for newborns. They are cute too. Bibs were traditionally used for older babies but now they can be worn as an accessory to help catch spit up. Plus, they are a great way to try and keep your baby’s clothes dry when they start drooling.

Bibs are also great for keeping your child’s clothes clean as you introduce them to solids. Babies tend to be very messy eaters and they will usually end up wearing more than they eat. I recommend that you purchase around 6 or more bibs before your child turns 6 months old. You will quickly discover that your child’s bib will need to wash frequently.

Portable Diaper Changing Pad

This was probably one of my favorite accessories that I kept in my diaper bag. It made changing on the go easier. I could put a small thing of baby wipes, several diapers, and rash cream tucked inside of the changing pad. I could grab this out of the diaper bag. Lay the portable changing pad on those gross public changing tables. It protected my baby from those icky germs. Plus, you could even lay it down in the car or on the ground if needed.


A thermometer is a must have when you have a baby. I personally liked using an old-fashioned thermometer with my babies since taking their temperature rectally is the best way to determine if your newborn has a temperature.

Teething Toys

Most babies typically start teething anywhere from 4 months of age. You will want to keep some teething toys handy for your baby to chew on. My favorite ones are the chew rings that you can put in the refrigerator. They are great for soothing sore gums and they are soft enough for your baby to chew on. Never put them in the freezer. They can give your baby frostbite on their hands and can actually cause their gums to hurt more.

Swaddle Blankets

Swaddle blankets were a lifesaver with my youngest son. They didn’t have them for my older two kids and the swaddle blankets are worth it. They make swaddling your newborn quick and easy. Plus, it helps them feel safe and secure. Typically, newborns who feel safe and secure tend to sleep better. Remember they are used to living in cramped quarters and the swaddle blankets mimic their life in the womb.

If you have ever walked down the baby aisle or headed into your local Baby’s R Us, it can be an overwhelming experience. There are so many choices and there are so many things that you might want or need for your new baby. I remember having to get things for my daughter when I was pregnant with her. The Internet wasn’t around so I was unable to search for other mom’s advice. Now you can find an overwhelming selection of bloggers and parenting sites available to help you determine the best baby accessories for a new mom.


Did you have trouble determining what are the best baby accessories to buy for your newborn?


Christy has three children. She has over 22 years of parenting experience, including parenting as a young mom, a single parent, and dealing with chronic illness/pain. When she isn't writing, you can find her coloring, playing Candy Crush, and listening to Taylor Swift.

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  1. I got the tips and ideas from my mom on what to buy for my baby son that he would definitely need. These were some of them.

  2. Pacifier clips are a must! I don't recall them being available when my kids were little but I sure could have used a few!

  3. Someone gave me swaddle blankets when I first had my daughter and I did not know how much I would use them. Now that is the first thing I think of when gifting a new mother.

  4. These are essential items for babies. My sister just gave birth and I will send this to her.

  5. I haven't needed any of these things for years (my girls are too grown), but I remember how hard it was to choose! They offer so many.

  6. It's great to know the basics and not have too many things. And good to know just what to put on the baby registry. It's hard to know what the best things are to get when you are a first time mom.

  7. These are some great items to consider.Especially bibs, they are great for protecting clothes. I know the clips and changing pads will come in very handy too.

  8. Definitely needs for a newborn baby! All these goodies help out so much!

  9. This is a great list of items, it gives me some ideas of things to pop into a basket gift for a friend.

  10. ALL of these are so important. You literally lead every single one of these.

  11. New mommies are going to be thanking you for this one! Such a great list of items!

  12. You nailed this list. I wish I had a reference like this when I was a new mommy!

  13. These are great tips for moms expecting babies and with young ones. I loved the swaddle blankets I was given when I had my kids.

  14. Terri Beavers says:

    Great list of items! we had to buy a thermometer that would read my sons temperature in seconds because he would never sit still long enough for the old school under arm ones.

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