After I had my first little human, I developed a document akin to a “New Baby Essential” list. I’ve revised it with each baby and as new information has arisen. It has been requested by friends and passed along the chain to others who are growing their first bumps. I have peppered it with extra information regarding potential controversy or conflicting information that you may come across (for example in the areas of breastfeeding, soother use, and safe sleeping). The itemized lists readily available to pregnant women are generally sponsored by baby goods retailers who are motivated to sell product. These lists are not an accurate reflection of things that are “necessary”.
Let me know what you think!