What should I purchase now to stock up?

Shani - posted on 03/18/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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I am a very organized person and I want to start stacking up on things he will need but I don't want to wait until my shower for people to purchase it for me. What is okay to start buying now?

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Jane - posted on 04/13/2010

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Huggies Wipes and Pampers diapers are a good combo. the Huggies wipes are nice and thick (Pamper wipes are thin - NOT good for poopy diapers). grab two boxes of Newborn and one box of 1's Pamper's diapers in the yellow wrapper. Diaper cream. Tubes of Vaseline or Aquaphor are great - always put something on your babies bum after a diaper change so the poo and pee slide off of their skin.

these are things you will always need more of. wait until your shower to see what you get - you can exchange stuff you don't want for stuff you do want and that way there's less money out of your own pocket.

you can start buying once you are comfortable with your ultrasounds and the doctor says your baby is healthy.

and when you're in the hospital - STEAL EVERYTHING that is in the cabinet; half-shirts (there's no point to a full onesie when they're newborns you're changing them so often), blankets, gauze pads, hemorriod pads, diapers, etc. i mean EVERYTHING. you will use it at home. bring an extra bag for just this stuff. especially the little green basins and the sitzbath basin- those are GREAT for when your baby becomes a toddler and gets sick to their stomach, keep two under their bed so if they get sick, you can catch it in that. that was the best advice i ever got.



good luck!

Carolee - posted on 03/18/2010

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One big box of Newborn diapers, two big boxes of Size 1 diapers, and three big boxes of Size 2 diapers (if you want to go that far ahead). Wipes, as well. I would suggest either getting both the scented kind AND the unscented kind (for when they get diaper rash) or getting just the unscented. Also, some Desitin (or whatever diaper rash ointment you choose) is very handy to already have.



I had also bought a ton on plain white onesies in size 0-3 months AND 3-6 months before my son was born. And bottles. Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, you'll almost certainly use them. Baby towels and washcloths, too... and baby soap/shampoo. I would wait until after the baby shower for getting the "bigger" purchases... I got an AWESOME stroller/carseat set and a pack-n-play for mine. I would pick out a crib, though, if you haven't already.



Good luck, and congrats!!!

Kayleigh - posted on 03/25/2010

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i would start with either huggies pure and natural diapers or pampers sensitive just in case. My son is really sensitive to some of the lotions and aloe that are in some baby product. If you and the babies father have sensitive skin and a bit of allergy issues, I would definitely try to stock up on hypoallergenic and sensitive products.
other things to stock up on: dreft (or any other dye/scent free baby detergent), blankets and sheets (try to have at least 3 extra fitted sheets), BURP CLOTHS (you'll be surprised how many you go through. An other thing is if you find a really good deal on food or formula, stock up, BUT check the use by dates. Most baby food has a year or so but check to be safe. And of course, baby soap and lotion and all those good things. Those you will be using for a long time but get a few varieties. My son loves the nighttime bath soap and lotion.
As far as diapers go, it depends on the size of your baby. I went through A LOT of newborns and one size because my son is really long but not chunky. I would start with just a few newborn and one size. Remember that you usually get diapers at your shower also, everyone assumes you can never has too many diapers. WIPES, again remember your allergies and sensitivity. If you are breastfeeding: pads, storage, nipple cream, etc. also, start researching good bottles and pump. I love the first years miPump and the breast-flow bottles. I have no problems giving my son bottles at all.
Important things to consider getting soon, or putting on a registry: Diaper pail, playmat/gym, swing/bouncer, rocking chair, crib, dresser, don't worry so much about a changing table because once they start rolling over and moving a lot it's hard to use, not to mention its easier to change them with their legs in front of you rather than to the side.

Julia - posted on 03/19/2010

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I wouldn't buy a box of newborn diapers...I also have 9 lb baby's and have never used the newborn size!

Wipes definately stock up on those

Bath products and bibs

oh and get some cloth diapers...great spit up rags!

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Audrey - posted on 04/14/2010

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Milk defenitly .. if your going to give formula. I really found it was the budget breaker for me.

Robena - posted on 04/14/2010

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Hi Shani...breast pads and Lansinoh nipple cream if you're planning to breast feed...maternity pads for yourself cos you usually bleed for a while after birth (not just normal period pads, you'll need the big ones)...a couple of boxes of nappies and wipes to get you started...bibs and cloth nappies to use for the chucky chunders lol...good luck and have fun shopping

Amber - posted on 04/13/2010

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Diapers. A lot of them and not just the infants or 1's. You'll want 2's and 3's. Thats what I did along with a crib and a changer and a carseat and all the clothes she'll need until shes a year old but thats just because I'm nexting really bad.

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I just had to say I loved my change table, and used it until they were 2 or so. I cannot change a baby with the legs towards me, sideways all the way, and legs pointing to the right. Just how I was trained I guess. To each their own. I just like the idea of having one place to change baby, especially when "messy" diapers are involved. Changing on the floor or bed, just gross me out.

Tiffany - posted on 03/25/2010

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Yes!!! I was actually so excited just to see wipes when I had my baby shower! A good suggestion is to write down a list from suggestions as well as to go to different stores and write down what you would find yourself running out of the quickest on their shelves. Actually looking at all the baby stuff really helped me realize what I needed and how much

Char - posted on 03/25/2010

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Take Anna's advice she is right on the money. My advice is to buy on sale use your coupons from babies r us, the stores and manufacturer. This is my third child and I felt much like you however, I painfully held back until my shower and in addition to clothes, sleepers, shoes, blankets, burp cloths ect. I received a generous supply of wipes and diapers through size 3 from everyone.

Anna - posted on 03/25/2010

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I received a ton of things at my shower. I got a ton of clothes, bath stuff, toys, bedding, etc. However, I didn't get a singe bottle. People tend to get you tons of cute stuff at showers, but they miss the most practical things. A baby really doesn't need a super fancy bottle sanitizer (you can boil the bottles for a few minutes).
Here is my top 10 list on what I'd recommend based on personal experience:
1. Diapers - I would get a pack of newborn and a few packs of size 1 since you never know what size the baby will be. Newborn diapers go up to 10lbs, but they are starting to feel small for my 8.5 lb baby.
2. Lots of wipes! - I was amazed at how quickly I would go through them. Just to be on the safe side, I would get the hypo-allergenic ones.
3. Bottles - Get a couple different brands. A tip if you are going to breastfeed and pump: Evenflo bottles fit the Medela breast pump. 3 bottles run about $3 vs the medela ones that run around $16.
4. Formula - Even if you plan on breastfeeding, you never know how things will turn out. You will want to have some formula on hand, just in case. Get a can of regular formula, and a can of the hypo-allergenic kind (just in case). Do not get the soy formula, as most doctors will not want you giving that to your baby in the beginning.
5. Clothes - Since I got a lot of clothes at the shower, I didn't think to buy any. After we brought our little girl home, I had to go out and get her some clothes that she can actually wear. I recommend clothes that button all the way down the front, that way you don't have to pull anything over your little ones head. You really don't need a lot.
6. Receiving blankets - I use these for everything. I use them as spare sheets in her cradle, I swaddle her in them, and they also work as a makeshift changing pad.
7. Burp Cloths - I use cloth diapers for that purpose. They are soft (after washing them a few times) and absorb spit ups well.
8. Lots of maxi pads - Get the kind that you would normally use, that way it's a little bit more comforting.
9. Breast pads - even if you don't get much milk, your breasts will still leak a bit
10. Hemorrhoid wipes - Not just for hemorrhoids, but will help if there are any tears.

Octavia - posted on 03/24/2010

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I wouldn't stock up on diapers, wipes, formula, etc. The reason why.. My best friend Monica just had my Godson Connor January 19, 2010 he became allergic to EVERYTHING. Diapers, wipes, lotions, formula, etc. She stocked up on everything and had to give it all away for free! She had to get everything hypo-allergenic. My point is.. you never know how your baby is going to be until he's here. You can start buying stuff now like that or you can wait till he's born. My husband and I are just setting money to the side, that way when he's born we can go buy one thing at a time and see if he's going to be a sensitive baby or not. But it's your choice. Just thought I would throw that out there. =)

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Diapers, Diapers, Diapers! I would buy a box of diapers in different sizes when I'd go shopping. Just stock them and there there when you need them. They are in size 3 for a long time so get more of that size. You'll probably get newborn size at your shower so don't bother buying them (they aren't in that size very long unless you have a preemie or very little baby). Wipes are always good too. I liked Huggies diapers and Pampers wipes. If you buy "cheep" diapers, that is what you'll get - beware!

Jennie - posted on 03/21/2010

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Diapers and wipes start with size 1 and go up(not every kid fits into newborn)! I would hold off on baby meds just because of recent recalls! Onesies! Burp rags(or I used cloth diapers) and laundry detergent(die and perfume free of course). Just start pooling money aside for little on, sometimes it is a test to see what works for each child!

Mel - posted on 03/21/2010

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i had 1 small pack of 1st size. 500 2nd size n so far went through 400 3rd size of nappies .

lots of cotton wool

baby wipes are handy even for cleaning if yu dont want to use on bums

cream is a must

i went for the sayin 1 on 1dirty 1 in wash for clothes n people bought me loads

i havent really used the oil yet

baby socks!!! you always lose them!!

anti bac wipes for surfaces

you need maternity pads for urself i used 4 packs

nipple cream n pads

big pants.... imagine your seze now then add 2 sizes or go buy them when you 38 weeks

blankets n sheets

a very cute outfit for babys home coming 1 for pictures n 4 baby grows/suits while in hospital

Terra - posted on 03/21/2010

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I'd greab something everytime your at the store, stock up on baby lotion, diapers, wipes, baby oil, baby shampoo, and baby wash. They seem like they arn't much, BUT in times of need you'll already be set!

Cheryl - posted on 03/20/2010

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don't forget house stuff to make things go easier: paper plates, plastic cups, disposable silverware!!! It's a treat to not worry about doing dishes for s few weeks.

And definately maxi pads- 2 or 3 large packages should do

diapers are good to stock up on but I never really went through more than one tube of diaper ointment or baby lotion or shampoo, etc. you use so very litte, it lasts a LONG time!!!

Faith - posted on 03/19/2010

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diapers, wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby bathing supplies, some non-gender specific clothing, onesies, bottles, some little rattles.



I didn't get many of the obvious for either of my showers for my first. I had 2 due to family conflicts. i planned on BF, but it wasn't for me. I only had 2 or 3 bottles and had to rush out and get some. as long as you go nuetral, you can get pretty much anything you want.

Bec - posted on 03/19/2010

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oneies but with all the big babies being born I wouldn't buy new born! binkies and bottles if your going to use them.....receiving blankets you can never have to many of those!

Caryn - posted on 03/19/2010

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I would suggest everything these ladies have already suggested:
Diapers, wipes, pads (both kinds, you will at first be leaking from both ends x.x), onesies and socks ( I never used newborn either, and even if you end up having to buy them, I'd rather have to buy newborn sizes than have them and never use them. And so that you can have a comparison I'm 5'2" my now ex is 5'8" or so. My daughter was born 6lbs 9oz but was too long for the new born and grew way too fast). Burp rags, bottles and nipples (I recommend using the insert kind, they are way easier and helped me keep the air out of sky's belly). OH! AND OMG if you are going to breast feed BUY YOUR PUMP EARLY!!! Sky came a month early and we didn't have it. By the time we got home from the hospital and went to go buy one (a few days tops) I was so engorged she couldn't latch on and the pump didn't work either. If you are going to pump, buy one asap. You never know.

Denise - posted on 03/19/2010

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Haha I am 5'3" and weighed 105lbs before pregnancy and my husband is 6'0'' and 145 lbs and my daughter was 9.3 lbs when she was born! I'm guessing my little guy is gonna be just as heavy!So I know exactly how that goes! I told everyone to buy size one or 2 diapers...

Kelly - posted on 03/19/2010

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Don't forget to get yourself some bits too. Especially a few packs of maternity pads, and some sanitary pads for when it starts to get lighter. I got some cheap underwear too so I didn't ruin my 'best' ones lol. I think you can get disposable ones too but they don't sound too comfy to me! xxx

Julia - posted on 03/19/2010

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well I am only 5'6" and weighed 130 prior to getting pregnant with my first...my husband (now ex) was only 5'8" and weighed 160 soaking wet fully clothed....still had a 9 lb baby....

Kat - posted on 03/19/2010

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My daughter was in Newborn nappies for a couple months, so if your small & hubby is small it won't hurt to get some. Wipes for sure. Breastpads & maternity pads, you go through them very quickly & you won't want to be heading out to get them. Knickers for yourself & Bibs for bub. I was given a load of bath stuff & creams that I could never end up using as my baby had eczema.
Something I will do this time round is buy a heap of cheap containers & cook up a heap of meals to freeze. My friend did cook up a lasagne & a pie for us when #1 was born. It was a Godsend, as my daughter & I were in hospital for a week. My Husband was with me from 7am to 11pm. He brought a dinner with him every day & had one when he got home late at night.

Denise - posted on 03/19/2010

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I dunno if they do this where you live but in Kansas City, If you buy your diapers and keep them unopened you can exchange the box for a different kind if your baby is allergic! Which is so awesome! I had to do that with my daughter. So if you can buy a small pack and big box if you want to be stocked up. And if you are breast feeding Lanolin is sooooo great to have on hand! And one or two night time nursing bras for at the hospital. I don't recommend buying your regular nursing bras until your milk has come in! I went from a C to a DD after my milk came in, so I wasted like $40 on nursing bra's I couldn't fit my boobs into lol! Nice to know what to expect so I don't waste my money this time around.And as another lady said, Nursing pads!

Nikki - posted on 03/19/2010

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also stock up on breastpads and amternity pads for yourself as you probably wont feel like going shopping to get them straight after the brith. socks and mittens with come in handy too. and a steriliser for the bottles you purchase. good luck with everything

Brandy - posted on 03/18/2010

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Baby wipes by the case. You will be using them until baby is potty trained so you won't have extras. And diapers. Be careful though because they go from size newborn to size 1 to size 2 really quickly. They seem to stay in 3's and 4's the longest. Baby bath wash. Anything you are going to be using on a daily basis. And if you run out of things you need and still want to buy, you can buy bigger clothes for when baby is older.

Megan - posted on 03/18/2010

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I have bought diapers and wipes, but like everyone else has said be careful about stocking up on things cause you never know if your baby will be allergic or if they will have a preference. I bought 1 box of Huggies and 1 box of Pampers and a case of unscented wipes.



We also have a ton of coupons for baby shampoo, rash creams, powder and all the other extras that I have been using.



I have also bought 2 packs of onsies in nuetral colors cause everyone keeps telling me that we are having a boy but the ultrasound looked like a girl, but i don't want to only have girl clothes just in case!!



I have also bought laundry soap, my doctor said to use Dreft but I also bought All Free and Clear just in case my little one is allergic.



I havn't bought bottles, but I did buy breastmilk storage bags.



I also went ahead and bought my own diaper bag so that I could go ahead and pack it for the trip to the hospital.



You will get tons of stuff for your shower, but I would get some of the everyday stuff now just so you can feel more prepared. You also never know if you are going to be early and you want to have a few things ready if that happens.

Andrea - posted on 03/18/2010

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I was told to be careful about stocking up on diapers. Often times babies can get rashes and allergic reactions to both the scented and unscented kind and you may have to use a wash cloth. I am the same way you are and it was very hard for me not to buy anything before my shower, so we had it 2 months in advance instead of the usual 1. Diapers are always good to stock up on though and I wish I would have because surprisingly...I only got 1 pack at my shower.

Shani - posted on 03/18/2010

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Thank you ladies very much. That is sooo helpful. This is my first so I'm clueless

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