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  • Writer's pictureDr Kali MacIsaac

Newborn Essentials With Love from Your ND

Having a baby is a big deal. I know that you know it's life changing, but the way that it shifts your priorities and the way you think about the world is truly core-shaking. As a naturopathic physician, I always thought I was pretty mindful of the consumer products I chose to buy - support small businesses, shop local, and prioritize low-toxin options were already part of my day to day shopping habits. But having a baby added an extra layer to these considerations - why does so much of our food come wrapped in plastic? Why can't I find a leakproof water bottle for a toddler that is made of stainless steel or something less toxic than BPA free plastic? Where does all of this Amazon stuff come from?

Don't get me wrong - I had many an Amazon package arrive at my door in those first few months. In the beginning, when you feel like it's climbing Everest to leave the house, it's just so convenient to have things show up on your doorstop in 48 hours. As much as I could in those early days, I tried to buy local. I've gotten even better over time. But many of the things on this list are available through online retailers because it makes a difference when you're all adjusting to what your new life is like [especially if you don't have grandparents around to run to London Drugs in Richmond at 7am - thanks, Pops ;)].

I did a lot of research on the products I wanted to have in my home before having a baby. After babe came, I spent many hours scrolling product reviews and searching for items I needed, while nursing at 3am. So I guess what I'm saying is: I tried to be as mindful as possible about buying the essentials, and focusing on healthy non-toxic options. Recently, I've had a few patients become new parents and ask for my top recommendations for things like baby soap and lotion, household cleaning products, and diapering supplies. In light of this, I thought I'd compile a list that you can save for later, or share with those you love. I've done the research and tested the items, let me help you decide what you'd like to invest in for your babe.

I've broken this list up into a few different categories: furnishings, transportation, baby care, home care, and mama care. Some of these links are affiliate links (noted by a *), so I may receive a small % from a company for sharing the details. But I am otherwise not sponsored or paid to promote any products.

I hope this list makes your decision making a little easier - and frees up some of your time to really soak in the newborn stage, whatever it is like for you.

In health,

Dr K.

Newborn Essentials, With Love from Your ND


Snuggle Me Organic

Ofie Mat

Baby Bjorn Bouncer

Leaf Play Mat*

Organic muslin blanket*

Organic muslin swaddles/burp blankets*


Newborn sleeper, organic merino wool

Newborn sleep sack, organic merino wool*

Bamboo rayon zippered footie

Organic footed PJs with zippers (don't underestimate the power of a zippered PJ! Nobody wants to do snaps or buttons at 3am)

Organic merino 2 piece sets

Ribbed cotton baby set


Newborn carrier: Baby Bjorn

Ring sling (disclaimer: I thought I'd LOVE a ring sling, turns out I didn't and W didn't either - but many parents love these so I've linked one I love)

Infant car seat

Convertible car seat

Baby Care

Baby lotion, baby hair/body wash, baby oil *

Skin conditioning cream*(for eczema, other skin irritations)

The best diaper rash cream*

Bottom spray for poop changes

A less-toxic disposable diaper

A less-toxic wipes option

Organic cotton muslin burp cloths*

Mama Care

Perineal spray

Calendula tincture - add a dropper full to your peri bottle of warm water, to be used in the early postpartum weeks after using the toilet

Organic maternity pads* for early postpartum

Lactation tea*

Postpartum support tincture via Finlandia Pharmacy herbal dispensary (ask your ND, but this is indicated for most new mamas to help support nervous system regulation and tissue healing, no matter your mode of delivery)

Belly band (I found this very comfortable - it is not a waist trainer, but can help with diastasis recovery if worn early in your postpartum; check with your pelvic floor physio to see if it's right for you)

Water bottle* (replace the plastic straw with a stainless steel one*)

Nursing bra

Baby Feeding Supplies

Bottles (silicone)*

The hand pump I loved*

Silicone dishes*

First foods silicone set with tiny cup for open cup learning*

Silicone and bamboo spoons*

Stainless steel straw cups with silicone sleeves*

Glass straw cups with silicone sleeves*

Stainless steel water bottle

Silicone pelican bib*

Feeding jackets (makes for less mess!)* Vegan leather splat mat for under the highchair


Home Care (Cleaning)

All purpose spray (bulk)*

Dish soap (bulk)*

Baby bottle and dish soap*

Hand soap (bulk)*

Change pad/surface wipes

Unscented laundry detergent (bulk)*

Hand sanitizer for change station

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