My philosophy when it comes to newborns is to keep it as SIMPLE as possible. The stage is so wonderful but so brief, so it's really not worth getting more geared up for it than you need to.
That being said, I reflect back on my months with newborns and have come up with my top basic picks. These are what I'd love to get if I had to do it all again.
First, newborns need a place to SLEEP. There are lots of different possible sleeping arrangements but I liked keeping my babies in their own little bed next to mine for the first few months. These three bassinets would be beautiful, cozy places for snoozing.
Anticlockwise from top right: BABYBJÖRN Bassinet Harmony, so-ro cradle, Stokke Bounce 'n' Sleep.
Second, newborns need a place to SIT. You can't hold them all day. At some point you need to eat or make a telephone call or... gasp! have a shower!
Clockwise from top right: 4moms mamaroo, bombol bamboo, Nuna Leaf, Combi Pod Bouncer.
Finally, they are going to SUCK. Your #1 job as a newborn parent is to be sure your child eats and grows. This takes quite a bit of time throughout the day so you want to be comfortable.
Clockwise from top right: My Brest Friend, milkbar nursing pillow, babybaby Feeding Pillow.
So keep it simple. Have a place for your baby to sleep, sit and suck and you'll be all set!