What will I need for baby the first few weeks?

Donna - posted on 07/18/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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This is my second child, but it's been 15 years since she was a baby. I am due Nov 1st and would like to know the esentials/must haves for my new arrival. Things that will make caring for baby easier. Thank you for time, have a blessed day.....

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Sacha - posted on 07/19/2011

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make sure that you have the essentials for feeding. If you are going to breastfeed make sure to have a hand pump, and bottle ready. With formula feeding i found having an extra water kettle that has pre-boiled water is great to have, then you only have to warm the water to the right temperature before a feeding and not having to let it cool or buy an extra bottle warmer. Bath time essentials are a good tub or baby swing/seat that they can hang over the water and have a sponge bath. A baby swing came in handy in the beginning when the LO has had everything handed to them but just wants to be rocked and you need to get some more things done. Have a few newborn diapers, and the next size up handy, since most babies grow out of newborn stuff pretty fast. Makes sure to have LOTS of spit clothes and blankets that can be put in the crib that can be easily swapped out after spit up. For clothing for baby... just make sure to have lots of jumpers, or bodies and leggings. Most of the time they will be wrapped up warm in a blanket anyway, so keep them happy with only a few layers that are easy to take off for changing. We kept an extra small blow dryer on the changing table in the colder weather to dry off and warm up when changing diapers. Much better to keep moisture off a baby skin and avoid rashes.

if you are a believer in a pacifier than having a few backups is also good.

What you really need in the beginning isn't too much. But it's always nice to have extra then you arn't stressing to get those last minute things.. or rushing to try to do laundry in order to have something that you ran out of.

Hope that helps!

Kristen - posted on 07/18/2011

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It is going to be trial and error. I have found that no matter how prepared you are you will still need to run to the store after you have baby. My experience included long sleeve onsies that button across the chest and have mittens built in to the sleeves. You can find them in the baby aisle at Target for the best price. Not only does it have the mittens the buttons down the front make for easy removal when baby spits up or has a poopy blowout!!! Another must have is a million diapers and wipes, my kid pooped while I changed her, pooped when she cried and pooped anytime in between!!! I also had to go out and buy a bassinet, I was using the pack and play but it didn't seem cozy enough for such a tiny person! I suggest one that detaches so you can use it as a co-sleeper for your bed (if you're as worrisome as I am) hats to keep baby warm and lots of burp clothes and receiving blankets!!! But like I said not matter how prepared you are you will most likely be sending someone out to get more!!!

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diapers, wipes, vaseline, gas med, onsies, footy jammies, warm blanket, receiving blankets(for messes and swaddling), the essentials for feeding (You, or bottles and formula), a binki or two even if you plan to not use them. Simple quick snacks for you! Stuff in the freezer for quick dinners, a bouncy seat for your quick showers or chores, giant PADS!! and the warm squeeze water bottle(for using the bathroom..) a tub or shallow sink for first baths.

Karen - posted on 11/07/2011

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Diapers diapers and more diapers and wipes (sometimes you can go to a place like costco and get a large quantity of wipes and diapers for a great price), depending on where you live on what you may want for clothes but if you plan on going out with baby some comfy warm but not to bulky sleepers are good, if the baby will not mind hats are good as they like us loose most of their heat through their heads, soft blankets for cuddling, swaddling blankets (wal-mart has some with velcro that are soft warm and breathable and are livesavers and a great price), lots of bibs or receiving blankets for those expected and unexpected messes babies make, something to carry baby around in like a bassinet maybe so you can go room to room as needed and take baby to...I am not big on those slings they worry me but maybe a snuggli - those are amazing to strap on and carry baby around in while you get stuff done or go out - then people wont be so tempted to touch the new little one...other than that - it's really on a as need basis - some stuff like a small tub to wash baby in is better than the sink (sinks are for dishes not babies I think) soft small wash cloths, and maybe some not scented bath stuff (babies skins are usually a lot more sensitive than ours) and lots of batteries for the camera to capture those moments :)

Marion - posted on 11/02/2011

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make sure you have plenty of diapers and wipes, onesies and warm blankets. :) those are the most essential during the first few weeks. best of luck to you and your new baby.

Monique - posted on 10/29/2011

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Diapers
Wipes
Comfortable clothes sleepers
Don't over dress or under dress
Receiving blankets ... It get messy
A nice soft blanket to cover baby
And most inportant a swing or baby chair that vibrates and or plays music it's a life saver for when ur doing shores, taking a quick shower or those sleepless nights :)
Good luck

And the obvious a car seat
A bath tub
Wash clothes
Vasaleine
Diaper cream
Baby soap mild, towel and wash clothes :)

Monique - posted on 10/29/2011

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Diapers
Wipes
Comfortable clothes sleepers
Don't over dress or under dress
Receiving blankets ... It get messy
A nice soft blanket to cover baby
And most inportant a swing or baby chair that vibrates and or plays music it's a life saver for when ur doing shores, taking a quick shower or those sleepless nights :)
Good luck

And the obvious a car seat
A bath tub
Wash clothes
Vasaleine
Diaper cream
Baby soap mild, towel and wash clothes :)

Michelle - posted on 10/29/2011

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wipes - you can use those for a lot of things! food stocked in freezer, for those times your too tired to cook but need the good nutrients!

Stephanie - posted on 10/28/2011

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definitely the side snap long sleeve onesies with the built in mittens!!! they saved my life when my first was born! that's all she work for the first two weeks! so easy to change and keeps her face free from scratches! good luck! :)

Alicia - posted on 08/30/2011

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Clothes wise have both long and short sleeve clothes as November is an unpredictable time of year. Also if it is hot dont feel bad about leaving the baby with just a singlet and nappy. Bottles are an essential weather you are breast feeding or not as you never know what will happen and you may need to stop feeding for many reasons. Having a couple of extra packets of Nappies and wipes is a good idea as well as things for bathing. eg, shampoo and bodywash. Maybe a bath thermometer. also a few things that people dont think of are: An aspirator (for runny noses) cotton buds, hair brush, nail clippers ( those little nails grow fast and can do quite a bit of damage) that is all i can really think of right now but i will check in if i think of anything else.

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