Getting ready for a newborn is exciting — and a little daunting. Walk through the “baby” aisles in any store and you’ll see hundreds of products you could bring home. Aside from a safe car seat, which ones do you really need?

We  asked experts, including parents, to weigh in on the baby basics every new mom or dad should have, plus which ones deserve a pass.

Diapers and Diaper Bag

Cloth or disposable diapers? Relax, there’s no right answer. “Each family should decide what works best for them,” says Allison Coleman, founder of Austin Baby Guru, which offers early parenting support classes in Austin, TX.

Whatever you choose, stock up! By the time your baby’s a week old, she’ll be having at least four poopy and six wet diapers each day. 

You’ll also need a diaper pail with a tight-fitting lid and a diaper bag with room for:

  • Diapers
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby wipes
  • Extra change of clothes for baby: “During the summer, include a hat since you can’t put sunscreen on a newborn,” adds James Mandelik, MD, a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.
  • Changing pad or paper liner
  • Bag for a dirty diaper