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Christie - posted on 05/08/2011
as the others said you really dont need much, the essentials are warm clothing mostly singlets/onsies/vests and some jumpsuits (the ones with the feet) and some socks, somewhere safe to sleep and play, and nappies, if you plan to formula feed then you wil need bottles teats bottle brush sterilizer (or at least a dishwasher, pot on the stove) and formula, but if you plan to breastfeed then dont buy any of that because if its there then you will be tempted when you are having trouble (which you will but after the first few weeks it gets easy and then you forget about the trouble) i also highly recommend a sling or baby carrier, and ofcourse a car seat.
all the rest such as a stroller, bouncer, activity center are not necessary but can be helpful its best to wait till after bub is born to worry about that stuff. good luck
Food, shelter, a place to sleep and mummy. That's it. A few nappies wouldn't go astray either. :-) I was a minimalist when I was expecting my first. We didn't have money to throw away on everything a baby shop will tell you is "essential", because it's not. So I had a few weather appropriate clothes, nappies, a baby hammock and a carrier (you can get many with newborn inserts). I breastfed so had no need of bottles and the like. I'd recommend not spending too much on stuff at first, because you don't know what baby will like or not like, in terms of bouncers and swings, the big stuff.
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Terri Lynn - posted on 05/09/2011
Mostly you need to have some little gowns or onesies, plenty of diapers, baby towels (these are great not only after the bath but for catching spit-up), baby wash, baby wipes, a crib and bedding, and Desitin creamy to protect against diaper rash. I used my diaper bag as a purse for years so get a pretty one (I got mine at Belk). You will need a good rear facing car seat and I recommend a nice baby swing you can set to rock the baby. Baby will have nights and days when he or she screams with teething, colic, restlessness, etc and these swings can help you more than you know when you are exhausted from walking the baby for hours. Since breast is best, your breasts take care of the food. If you have any trouble with that, check out a copy of THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING and call on the helpful moms at Le Leche League. Congratulations on your baby!
Timora - posted on 05/09/2011
I think most people have already mentioned the things you really need and I saw a lot of people mention not to waste money right away on things like a swing and bouncy seat. I think most kids do like swings and bouncy seats, but they are only used for about 6 months, so if you have any way of finding one used I would recommend that. They're usually still in practically new condition because they've had such little use. And that way you don't feel like you've wasted money if they don't like it.
Sam - posted on 05/09/2011
I think the only things you need is nappies/diapers, baby milk if you arnt breast feeding, good washing powder :) and a bed, think everything else you can get as the baby gets older and needs more things :) On my first child i bought loads of things, mostly clothes etc, but i found that my little one lived in baby grows for the first three months lol i wish you well xxx
âv^âv^ââ¥ - posted on 05/08/2011
A few onsies are nice, but with the umbilical cord we didn't use much at first as we were worried about it.
Those newborn diapers with the umbilical cord cutouts are AWESOME, so I suggest picking up a pack until the cord falls off as it can be stressful trying to worry about this thing lol on a newborn. Or just fold down the front of a diaper before securing it.
I'd definiatly plan MEALS ahead of time. Stock your freezer with lots of things to pull out and heat. Your gonna be soooo tired trying to take care of a newborn and healing. Simple things for the cupboard too, like spaghetti which takes a pot of noodles boiling for a few then dump the sauce over the noodles to get hot and instant hot food for you guys :)
Burp clothes come in handy, but you don't need 50. We definiatly needed about 20 though, but you can pick them up cheap from Ross or Marshalls. A 5 pack for 4 dollars? You don't need anything fancy, it's going to be the last thing you care about. It doesn't even matter how big they are because once they start to get spitup on them you want to chunk them in the hamper after a few hours so when we bought a bunch of burp cloths they weren't very big but they worked good because we had so many of these small ones :)
Wipes.... lots of wipes....
Formula for back up incase you need to supplement feeding because breastfeeding is harder than anyone let on to us and it didn't work out. I cried for 2 weeks before we gave up and sometimes it takes time for the milk to 'let down' ? so some mommies have trouble. Just a thought.
Your partner to be on track with you and from the beginning get him to help with stuff... like doing dishes, cooking dinner, or even putting baby to sleep sometimes. If you can, get him to let you nap at some point you'll need the sleep bigger than anything!
And lastly...... a baby swing. We got ours for 50$ from Walmart online and it shipped for free to our local store to pick up. Took about a week, not bad. And it comes in blue or pink. I think we got the 'bright stars' it runs off of 4 C batteries and we've only replaced them every other month about?? But the swing has been our life saver....... I think I would buy a plug in swing next time though, because buying 10 dollars in batteries every other month kind of burns your butt expecially when you start to realize the batteries are running down. It can sometimes take you a week to remember to buy them! Lol
Toys and stuff come much later....... I'd say 3-6 months..... and they really don't need much. I'd also advise NOT to buy lots of clothes in advance. Our son grew so quickly he skipped whole piles of certain size clothes- I was so bummed!!!!!!!! So really, don't buy more than 5 of each size and I would keep it simple...... in the end, it really doesn't matter much what they are wearing. And I was surprised, my favorite clothes on my son out of all the odd designer stuff family gave us, cute footed zip ups and ear hoodies..... was the hoodies with the Ears of course, way too cute to pass up..... but simple striped onsies from Walmart my mom got for like a dollar each. It was hilarious :)
Sabra - posted on 05/08/2011
I agree that the swings and the bouncy chairs and such can be expensive (along with a lot of baby things out there) A lot of places have gently used baby/ children's items though which I highly recommend checking out if you have one in your area. The one around me is fantastic in the smaller sizes alot of the clothing is brand new (still has the tags on) but will only cost you a dollar or 2 instead of the 10-20 if you bought it in a regular store. I picked up my bouncy chair there for under 10$ I think. If you're worried about cleanliness then read the washing instructions in the store to make sure you can throw it in the washing machine when you get home (which I recommend)
Oh my, so good thing you had 50 to keep from having to do washing every day! I think that's great when you have someone to spoil the baby a little. Actually, my boys were born in summer, so they spent much of their time in just a nappy. Saved on laundry in a way, but I'm a clothie so still had laundry just not as much.
Constance - posted on 05/08/2011
Donna, yeah I reallly had 50 onsies, but I ended up with 2 reflux babies. But I really did love them. The footed sleepers as well. i am all about convience. My best friend spoiled with the 50 dollar baby shirts, shoes, pants, and socks. Completely insane I know but he was a very proud uncle. chapped his girlfriend of five years when he told her he would never have kids of his own. i loved that I hated her.
Receiving blankets are the really thin blankies you get at the hospital.
Constance, that's great advice from your mum! I did that, which meant he was usually falling asleep beside me attached to my boob. lol I can't believe you had 50 onesies! I had 6 and about 5 t-shirts (summer babies).
I'd actually disagree on buying a swing/bouncer. Those things are freakin' expensive! I bought a bouncy chair thing for my first son and he HATED it. I tried to put him in it at least a dozen times because I was thinking there was no way I was wasting money on this thing. Nope, I wasted the money. Thankfully, my second son loved it.
Maybe I'm just a scrooge though. I tried to be so careful with anything I bought. They had to do double or triple duty (cot converts to toddler bed, daybed and junior single; high chair attached to a regular dining chair and was a 3 stage high chair and then booster seat; etc)
BTW, what's a receiving blanket? I keep hearing this term, but can't for the life of me figure out what it is.
Constance - posted on 05/08/2011
I agree with Donna. They really don't need too much. I have 4 and the best things that I found that were most useful for me was: onesies( I had like 50 of them) They only wore those in the house and they are very easy to change in case of spitty and diappy issues.
Just one piece of advice that my mom gave me with my first. there is always a lot of talk about which position to put baby. I ask my mom what she thought and her response was if you want to sleep. You will let that baby sleep what ever way that baby wants to sleep.
As I said just a suggestion. Don't worryy too much either you are going to be a great mommy. Congrads!!!
Sabra - posted on 05/08/2011
You dont really NEED much some clothes and some diapers are pretty much it but there are some things that are nice to have. I had a TON of receiving blankets (i mean about 50 of them) for my daughter she spit up a alot and those little burp pads don't do anything so you just throw a receiving blanket over your shoulder to try and save your clothes plus they are good for swaddling and everything else too. A couple of pacifiers are nice and a clip to attach it to your baby so you don't have to worry about sterilizing it every 15 minutes when it falls out of their mouth. One of those bouncy chairs also is nice to have its great to calm down that fussy baby when your arms are getting tired.
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