Jen - posted on 01/15/2009
- i have the baby travel system, i love being able to pop the car seat right onto the stroller...
- hooded towels
- diapering supplies (nestle has a great diaper backpack that you can get free with a free can of formula (i registered at a maternity store but they likely have a website where u can sign up)
Ashley - posted on 01/15/2009
Thank you so much for your advice, Christie Renew & Mellisa Matranga.....i do remember that babies grow rather quick the first month....my friend was very clever when it came to clothing....she set a list of all the different ages for her baby shower and request that only a certain amount of each age group be purchases...which i think was excellant.... her little one just turned 1 in November 2008 and has clothes untill she is about 2 1/2 yrs.... after 9 years of raising a child....you would think that i would still remember how to do all the baby drills......but just going to all the different shops and seeing all the new and improved things...is actually rather scary....atleast i still have 7 months to get a grip...... thanks again
Melissa - posted on 01/13/2009
I agree with the list below that Christie Renew sent you. What I found helpful after I had my son that no one (with children of their own) mentioned was not to buy too many newborn sized clothing. My husband and I bought our son a bunch of clothes not realizing that he may NOT fit into them. He only wore these clothes for probably a week. My son was 9 lbs, 2 oz and 20 inches long. We even bought him a couple swaddle blankets which he hated. He did not like being swaddled. Also, what I have found helpful is when buying clothing is not go by what the actual size says for the month or months you are buying for. Go by what your weight and inches your infant is currently in. My son is 5 months old and is wearing 9-24 months clothes. Sure the pants are big on him and he will grow into him but the shirts fit him just fine.
Christie - posted on 01/12/2009
I used my baby registry to guide me (ex. the "New parent checklist" on Babies 'R Us online registry). Of course, they want you to buy everything, so here are a few things I got and didn't need: 1.) crib set (you can't use the blanket, the bumpers are dangerous, and the valance may or may not fit your window) 2.) medical kits (the hospital gives you the snotsucker, baby meds come with their own droppers, and the thermometers and nail clippers that come with them are cheap) 3.) activity mats (newborns aren't interested, infants would fare just fine with a blanket or two, and toddlers will need something bigger. 4) Diaper can (concentrated stench producers) 5) changing table (I returned this and mounted a changing pad to the dresser with velcro strips) 6) too many clothes; you might get a picky baby like mine. She hates certain fabrics and anything restraining like footie pjs and sleep sacs!
Besides the obvious crib and car seat, here are a few must-haves:
1) pack n play (multifunctional!)
2) contoured changing mat (great for squimy babies)
3) bathtub with sling
4) bouncy chair or rocker
5) exersaucer (if you ever want to put the baby down and keep her entertained--after 4 months)
6) baby carrier, such as a baby bjorn (sturdy hands-free baby care and no filthy shopping carts!)
7) washcloths (as many as you can get your hands on)
7) visiting relatives (so you can get some sleep!)
1) video baby monitor (for paranoid moms like myself)
2) baby einstein videos (pbs is great, too)
3) high chair with wheels (just roll her around the house with you)
4) swing (gets her to sleep when nothing else will)
5) glider or rocker (comfy place to hold and calm baby)
6) stroller frame (like graco's snap n go, nice for short trips. It's lightweight, easy to open, collapse, and load into car)
Let me know if you want to know about anything specific. I think I have everything.
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