This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

As a new mom, it can be so hard to know what you’ll actually NEED when baby arrives. The countless ‘registry lists’ I’ve seen are all overwhelming and include items that really aren’t essentials when it comes to bringing home a new baby. So what baby items do you need?! Here’s my streamlined baby essentials guide. I’ve also partnered with Carter’s to provide details on a fabulous giveaway for your baby that you will definitely want to enter! (see below)

Basic Baby Needs

  • Diapers in various sizes
  • Wipes, wipes and more wipes
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Bathtime Soap
  • Baby Lotion
  • 3-4 washcloths
  • 1-2 Bath Towels
  • Soft Baby Tub Sling or Holder
  • Pack and Play or Bassinet for Sleep
  • 5-7 Swaddle Blankets
  • 12 Burp Cloths
  • 5-7 Pajamas (I prefer zip up over snaps)
  • 2-3 Sleep Sacks
  • 8 Basic Bodysuits
  • 3-5 Cute Outfits
  • 3-5 Bibs
  • 8 Pack Baby Socks
  • Baby Carrier, Sling or Wrap
  • Carseat
  • Stroller
  • Baby Swing
  • Diaper Backpack (trust me it’s better than an over the shoulder bag)

That’s it! Skip the frivolous things. No uncomfortable fancy outfits. Forget baby mittens, they NEVER stayed on my babies’ hands for longer than 5 minutes. Tons of baby gear (like jumpers, activity centers or play mats) can’t be used until they’re older. Nursery items (crib, baby monitor, etc) aren’t necessary until you’re ready for them to sleep in a different room which might not be until they’re one year old!

Clothing Baby Essentials

One of my favorite stores for comfortable, affordable baby fashion is Carter’s. Did you know they’re the inventor of the Original Bodysuit?! Imagine how much harder it would be without those little easy snap bodysuits!

We’re lucky enough to have a Carter’s store only a few miles away, but they also have product lines available at most large retailers. Find the store closest to you and check out these adorable outfit pairings below! I love how their collection can easily be mixed and matched.

Baby Essentials Carter's Giveaway

Are you ready to win?! Carter’s Win Every Day Sweepstakes

Carter’s Win Every Day Sweepstakes is your chance to win some amazing baby essentials from brands like Carter’s, Skip Hop, Huggies, and Tiny Prints!

By entering the sweepstakes, you could win a one-year supply of Carter’s Bodysuits, a one year supply of Huggies diapers, wipes and Little Swimmers, plus other amazing prizes! From Monday 9/25 thru Monday 10/2, Carter’s is giving away prizes everyday including:

  • Carter’s Bodysuits for a Year
  • Huggies Diapers, Wipes and Little Swimmers for a Year
  • $200 to spend at Tiny Prints
  • Skip Hop Tuo High Chair
  • Skip Hop Explore & More
  • Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Center
  • and more!

Enter to Win here: www.carters.com/wineverydaysweepstakes

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Win Every Day Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., DC, U.S. territories and PR, 18 yrs. and older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins 9/25/17 on or about 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”), and ends on 10/2/17 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. For a copy of Official Rules visit www.carters.com/wineverydaysweepstakes. Sweepstakes is sponsored by The William Carter Company, 3438 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 1800, Atlanta, GA 30326.