What else do I need for baby?

Vanessa - posted on 12/20/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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I have all the furniture, an assortment of clothes, baby bath, a few pacifers, a few bottles, nappies and wipes. Is there anything else that I need?

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Erynn - posted on 12/23/2009

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Didn't read all the posts, so forgive me if I repeat. Don't forget the cream for your nipples to prevent cracking. Also, I know it sounds crazy, but another way to prevent cracking is to manually express some breast milk and rub it on and around nipple and let dry. Sounds wierd, I know, but it really works. Also, a wipes warmer may be in order. My little one cried hysterically every time I used a cold wipe on his hiney.

Sabrina - posted on 12/23/2009

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Quoting Vanessa:

Has anyone got/heard of/used the angelcare baby sensor? It's a regular baby monitor with a pad that goes under baby and detects gentle movement (ie breathing) and it alarms if there is no movement for 20 secs? I have heard they have little interference so I waiting for the sales to buy one.


 



My MIL bought me one of these sensors and they are a waste of money! I could never get mine to work right and it would go off when everything was ok. They create more paranoia then anything. Save your money and spend it on something more useful. I was also told they've been linked to Autism but I have no idea if there is any truth to that. When your baby is sleeping it's not unusual for them to stop breathing for a few seconds then take a big gasp of air, my daughter would do it almost every night. For me having her sleep in my room was much more comforting then any monitor, she was in her crib about 3 feet from my bed and all I had to do was poke my head up if I thought anything was wrong.



One thing I've noticed that no one put down was baby laundry soap, or at least soap with no perfume, babies skin can be very sensitive. My daughter almost 8 months old and she still has her own laundry soap plus it makes them smell even better, I really love the scent.



 



Oh, and a night lite, the last thing you want to do is turn on the house lights when you're trying to get your little one back to sleep in the midle of the night



 



Good Luck!



:)

Ashley - posted on 12/23/2009

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Get a Boppy! They are wonderful, especially when breastfeeding. A breastpump, cuz then when you get over engourged you can pump some and store it in the freezer for later. Also get the breastmilk storage bags and TONS of nursing pads and Lansinol Nipple cream. Also get some jamies that open from the front with ease.

Faith - posted on 12/22/2009

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babies under 6 months cant take motrin. only tylenol. also baby powder (in powder form) is not recommended either.it can actually cause yeast infections. they make liqiud powder thats goes on as lotion but turns a light powder. plus its less mess!!! diaper rash ointment

Molissa - posted on 12/22/2009

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http://www.expectantmothersguide.com/lib... this is a website that allows you to print the list and mark off what you get. It's the best thing. Right now don't worry about getting spoons or bowls for solid feeding. It's going to be at least 6 months before they're ready to eat that. Also don't worry about getting a diaper genie, they don't work. Just buy a trash can with a foot pedal that pops it open, and put diaper deoderizer disc in the bottom between the bag. Best friend is the Glade sense and spray. Put in the room where you'll walk by when you change their diaper, and it will go off and make the room smell good after you open the can too. Finger nail clippers and a file too. Their nails are flexible and can become sharp as razor blades. Keep them short and file lightly to keep smooth. For the first few weeks, they aren't going to be awake enough to play with anything, so don't worry about toys right now either. Unless you know you're going to have a shower and everyone is going to buy it for you, don't spend that money just yet. Stock up on diapers, but don't go overboard. They do grow fast. Congrats on the baby.

Vanessa - posted on 12/21/2009

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Has anyone got/heard of/used the angelcare baby sensor? It's a regular baby monitor with a pad that goes under baby and detects gentle movement (ie breathing) and it alarms if there is no movement for 20 secs? I have heard they have little interference so I waiting for the sales to buy one. I have not seen any zip up jama's though. I did buy one of those diaper genies though as I have been told they are fabulous! Thanks again for all your advice girls.

Liz - posted on 12/21/2009

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Our big life savers were the kiddapottomus swaddle blankets, a diaper genie, swing, vibrating bouncy seat, one of those wedge things to put in his bassinet to keep him from rolling over (he likes to sleep somewhat on his side) and as many burp cloths as we could find. We bought as many zip up PJs as we could find so we wouldnt have to try to fight with buttons all night long. Our son was having trouble sleeping through the night (or at least more then 3 hours at a time) and we bought a humidifier and put it in our bedroom, hes been sleeping well ever since! Mylicon and Little Tummies Gripe Water were life savers too!!

Gail - posted on 12/21/2009

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yes, dont forgot make sure you have a decent bra,, also a sleep bra, it will help keep them in reasonable shape. and as the other ladies have stated breast pads, a must for all breastfeeding ladies... and lots of them lol.

Rachel - posted on 12/21/2009

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This is not a need but we love our diaper genie...or any other diaper disposal system is great keeps your house from smelling like baby poo : )

Jill - posted on 12/21/2009

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The baby bouncers are great. They vibrate and help put the baby right to sleep. Don't forget diapers and baby wipes as well as baby lotion and baby powder. possibly a breast pump or formula whichever you decide. and the zippy sleepers.. i LOVE those!

Danni - posted on 12/21/2009

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Well you will need cotton wool .. cause some midwifes say to use it to wipe your babies bum instead of wipes :)

You will also need plenty of maternity pads for yourself and breast pads also.

milk formula if you do decide whether or not your breast-feeding or bottle :) x

Jaime - posted on 12/20/2009

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A sling! It is very useful to have in public when you are trying to shop, or something, and baby doesn't want to be in their seat! Or for chores around the house when baby wants to be held alot, and/or fed alot (if you are breastfeeding). I had a front pack with my first, and have a sling with my second, and prefer the sling hands down. If you do get one get one with the buckle like a swing or bouncer, to be on the safe side!

Oh and it sounds funny, but little socks always get lost! So unless you are SUPER organized, you will be buying more anyway! Also the washer and dryer always eat mine even if i do find them, so we got a little mesh bag to wash them in.

Amanda - posted on 12/20/2009

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I had a tin of formula just incase, and I'm glad I did, I didn't produce enough milk to feed our daughter or to even express, at 3.00am in morning with a screaming hungry baby I was glad for the formula, it broke my heart to formula feed and I suffered PND because of it, but in the end I had a happy full baby.

Jilian - posted on 12/20/2009

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maybe a sling if you plan to wear your baby - and I`m pretty sure no one mentioned towels. You will need nursing pads for yourself too and maxi pads.

Vicki - posted on 12/20/2009

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I agree with Gail that it's personal - babies only need boobs, clothing for your climate and nappies. I never bought bottles, I figured it would make it too easy to switch if we run into breastfeeding difficulties - he's never had one. Things I had ready and used:
(cloth) nappies
Cloth wipes
Nappy bucket - a pedal bin with a good lid
Several slings
Lots of flannels/face washers - DS was a chucky baby, flannels are much better than tissues!
Clothes - all secondhand except for a couple of things, they grow so quickly it's not worth spending a lot!
A few blankets/wraps but as we didn't swaddle and he slept with us they didn't get used much.
Change table - also secondhand. Not necessary but a bit back saving!

A couple of months in I bought a hammock for day sleeps - otherwise he sleeps in slings or in bed with us. We still don't have a pram/stroller (nearly 6 months) but may buy one soon as the weather is getting so hot! I have bought other stuff since the birth, a better nappy bag, high chair, but you really don't need as much as the baby shops would have you believe!

Vanessa - posted on 12/20/2009

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Thanks for your advice everyone I guess I have got it covered I have bought almost everything everyone has mentioned lol I think I might have a childrens hosp donation register for the baby shower we have run out of things to buy it seems :) Thanks again mum's I hope you all enjoy a safe and happy festive season!

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toys?? monitor, books, you need lots of stories, and soft books. or maybe taht just me, my son is one, and he loves to look though books and magazines, it's much easier if he has his own, and some taht are soft or cardboard, so he doesn't destroy them. Oh and wraps, and/or blankets.

Nicole - posted on 12/20/2009

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Definitely a swing - it will be a lifesaver! What about a baby monitor? A nursing bra and pads to put in them when you leak, a nursing shawl and some people like Boppy nursing pillows but I didn't use mine. Word of advice...Don't get too many clothes, I know it's so hard to resist because they are so cute, but they grow so fast and you probably won't even get a chance to wear alot of things more than once.

Gail - posted on 12/20/2009

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To be honest its a personal thing,, and the initial needs of a baby are really very little. Clothes, nappys, somewhere to sleep, basic emergancy kit (i.e thermonitor, nail clippers etc) a couple of bottles incase breastfeeding cant be established and of course mommy, changing mat of some sort, every thing else is up to you and your baby's needs. I never bothered with any lotions and he didnt have bubbles in his bath till after 3 months just water, started to use cotton wool for nappy changes then introduced baby wipes and he has never had nappy rash - he will be 5 months on boxing day.

I dont like moses baskets, and not sure what a bassinette is but i have a crib next to my bed, during the day he slept in his carry got which was detachable from the main buggy frame, i couldnt have done without his bouncer helps sometimes when he is overtired to get him to sleep (actually did most of his day time sleeping in there), also happy in a morning sitting there watching mommy do some house work. Lots of muslin clothes, come in handy for alsorts.

For night times i can highly recomment grow bags, (sleeping bags) make sure you have the right tog for the time of year but they cant kick off their blankets, and if your child is like mine he has to have his arms free at night so theses are ideal his chest and legs are covered and now its colder i make sure he has a slong sleeved under his sleepsuit and hes fine.

Kelly - posted on 12/20/2009

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clothes with zippers! you do not want to be dealing with the buttons or snaps during the mid- night changings!

bottle brust to clean as well as a nipple brush...

my 5 month old loves her playgym although she was about 2 months until she used it...she also LOVED her swing..she slept in it for the first 2 months!!!

she also loves the bear that plays the womb sounds...it helps her fall asleep!

dont forget to prep for yourself too! motrin, prep H, etc!~!!!

Mattee - posted on 12/20/2009

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I use the rocking chair a ton!!! I've found that it helps with my son burping and passing gas. And babies loved to be rocked. We also have a boppy pillow for feedings, as I breastfeed my son, but it's also useful for laying him in it so he can sit up and look around.... and I don't know if you're planning on BF but I would reccomend it!!!

Wendy - posted on 12/20/2009

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I might invest in a few more bottles, I hadn't planned on using them often myself so did not get many. About 2 and a half months in, my son just did not want to breastfeed anymore. Nothing we did, either by our own direction or our doctors could make him, he was just done with it. So I pumped a lot for a while, and we had to switch to formula eventually. I needed more bottles than I had bought. Every child is different, and you cannot MAKE them breastfeed if they don't want to, and some just don't. And some choose to be done a lot sooner than mom is ready to be done.

Emma - posted on 12/20/2009

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Everyone's needs are going to be different. Thankgoodness I had a bassinette, I ended up with an emerg c section and couldn't sleep in my bed at first, if we didn't have the bassinette my son would have been sleeping in his carseat lol A good way to judge how many diapers you have...10-12 diapers per day. But other items you might need, burp rags (i used receiving blankets), baby kit; therometer, nail clippers etc, breast pump(only IF you want to express), I had scores of bottles(never needed them) onsies, sleepers, hats, mittens*my son like to claw at his face, socks, towels, washcloths, bedding for bassinette*pillow cases work well, baby shampoo/bodywash, baby lotion, baby oil(helps with cleaning ears), bouncing chair, swing, if you really want comfort while breastfeeding then i would recommend a baby sling.

Ruth - posted on 12/20/2009

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you do NOT need a bassinet or baby chair. everything you have sounds perfect. my daughter is almost 2 months and the only clothes i ever put her in are onesies underneith and bodysuits on top. try to get the bodysuits that have zippers instead of buttons because they're so much easier! and get diapers that have the line on it that tells you if baby went in the diaper. i love those!!

also, i got my baby an infant bouncer and she really loves it. it was well worth the 30 dollars (that someone spent on it to give me at my shower lol). congrats!!

Madison - posted on 12/20/2009

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at my baby shower, i did not get any bedding so make sure u have that and in also didnt get one of those kits wit the nasal thing and nail clippers

Vanessa - posted on 12/20/2009

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That's great thanks. I have got 2 swaddle wraps as well as regular wraps also have borrowed a bassinet and bought a electric rocking swing that plays lullabies. i was going to borrow a rocking chair for feeding. I have bought heaps of nappies well from what I have been told I have a months supply :) I bought 2 bottles with the hope I will be able to breastfeed and express.

Rikki - posted on 12/20/2009

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appart from the change table that saved my life and back :)) best thing i eva got for my son is a kiddopotamus swaddleme wrap they are great and make swaddeling your baby easy with out them unwrapping themself at nite they can also reduce the risk of sids as they cant end up over bubbys face and make it less likely for bubby to move around in his/her sleep they come in 3 sizes too.....the other thing i realised when my son was born was i thought i had plenty of nappies but ran out fast as you will be less likely to leve the house for atleast the first few weeks or will be too tired to lol good luck

Amanda - posted on 12/20/2009

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Not sure if this counts under furniture but did you get a baby chair and bassinet for next to your bed? Wash clothes, shampoo, socks, hats, onsies, recieving blankets to swaddle and a whole bunch more things.

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