Caffeine: In any form, caffeine is essential to life as a parent. I personally dislike coffee, so for me, it’s Dr. Pepper. Lots, and lots of Dr. Pepper is necessary for me to function as a decent human being.
Comfortable pants: Preferably of the yoga variety, though any pants that don’t have the word jeans in them are acceptable. You will be running, jumping and doing a number of physical activities involving bending and other such motions for a good portion of your day..you must have good pants. Unless you prefer being squished in to confining pants all day (can you tell how much I hate jeans? ), in which case I applaud you.
A sense of humor: Two words here. Bodily fluids. The first few years of your child’s life will involve so many bodily fluids that will end up on you. If you have more than one child, this particular part of parenthood will become second nature, but if you don’t have a sense of humor, you will be one vomit covered grump.
Netflix: Netflix is not only crucial for those few moments of quiet times we get in between changing diapers, preparing lunches and playing hide and go seek..it’s essential to making sure we get that quiet time. Our kids get a few moments to watch their favorite cartoon, and we get a few moments to sit. It’s a win win situation.
Love: Above all, love is the greatest “must have.” You will never experience a love greater than the love a parent has for their child. It is a truly rewarding experience, and the ability to raise tiny human beings in to adults that will shape the future is an amazing responsibility. While the others listed above are definitely helpful, love is the greatest requirement.