Pregnancy/Baby Items

Callie - posted on 12/30/2008 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I am 5 months pregnant and I am wondering if there are any items that are essential or that are great items that I should purchase?

I recently purchased a Boppy Pillow because I heard great things about them. Are there any other products that worked great that you would suggest?

Thanks!
Callie

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Gay - posted on 12/31/2008

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Oh! I can't believe I didn't mention this! When any of my girlfriends were pregnant, I bought them The Baby Whisperer book. This is one lesson that, if you learn, it will pay dividends for the rest of your children's lives. SOOOO important that you kids learn to sleep on their own without your rocking, etc. I would highly recommend it! And it's never too early to start.

Dena - posted on 12/31/2008

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My favorite thing to buy for new mommies now are those gowns with the elastic at the bottom for infants. It's hard enough changing the little hungry squirmers diaper at 2am without having to worry about snaps or zippers! I am having my 2nd baby on Monday and have bought all new ones, as I never registered for them the first time around and the ones my sister in law gave me are really beat now. I just didn't know the beauty of these until week 2!! My 1st son also lived in his boppy for the first 2 months.He loved it.

Gay - posted on 12/31/2008

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I wanted to weigh in on the breat pump thing. I have three boys and rented the big Medela for the first two (it was wonderful) but only used an Avent manual pump for the third one. It really wasn't that much more difficult or time consuming. I will also admit that I pumped in the car alot while driving during work! Anyway, if cash is an issue, a good manual breast pump should work out just great!



Also, on the third baby, we never got out the big high chair! We used the portable folding one that the tray slides on and off of. It's about $35 at Target. By the time they can sit up, they can use this seat. You get alot more practical when it comes to your third kid!



So on the first two kids, I was shelling out lots of money to purchase an expensive high chair and rent the electric double pump when it really wasn't necessary.

Tara - posted on 12/31/2008

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I can't live w/o my moby wrap, a busy bar gym that has hooks for toys for baby to play with, sleep sacks, boobs!!!!!!!!!!! and plenty of sleepers. Babies really aren't as hard as we make them. With my 1 child we didn't have as much money so I didn't have all the big extras like my wrap or my nursing cover (which has boning so you can look down and see baby, but strangers can't see you nursing) all you really need is to love them feed them, change them and take care of them. But THINGS do make kife much easier!

User - posted on 12/31/2008

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Congratulations. Here are a couple of great items that we found. The Prince Lionheart baby seat (green) from Babies R Us - this is incredible and really helps when baby is old enough to start sitting up. The Fisher Price ocean mobile with the fish projector lights on the ceiling and the remote control for your nursery. A good playmat with hanging toys and music. An Exersaucer - you can get them used at garage sales. The JJ Cole Bundle Me if you live somewhere where there will be cold weather. Last but not least - a friend you can borrow baby clothes from! Good luck.

Erin - posted on 12/31/2008

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My favorite things so far (I have a 12 week old) are:
1) My Sling it's saved my back many times (SlingRider With BreatheMesh™ - Black Toile By: Infantino)
2) A baby movement monitor (Babysense V - Infant Movement Monitor) It's a luxury but I have a piece of mind while I sleep.
3) Boppy Rock in Comfort Travel Swing Our condo is on the smaller side and we can fold this into a closet when we have company
4) Sleep Sacks/Swaddler blankets my DD loves to be snuggled in blankets but these prevent her from suffocating
5) Playtex drop-in bottles (we tried 4 different brands before my DD finally decided these would be the ones she liked I'm EBF)

Congrats and good Luck!!

Ruth Elise - posted on 12/31/2008

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You might rent the breast pump first. It is not the type of thing that you can return easily and if you have trouble with breastfeeding it sits there as an awful reminder that things are not working out. I have many friends who received $200 breast pumps that never got used...they would have preferred to wait and rent for a month or two to ensure that they would get full use of it. If everything works out well for you with breastfeeding, then definitely spend the $$ to get a good pump!



Other essentials, nasal aspirator, thermometer, infant carrier seat! Finally for me...Babywise book, my kids slept through the night in weeks and have never looked back!

Dawn - posted on 12/31/2008

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Hi! One thing that I REALLY liked having after my second child was born was a sling carrier. I found one online that was all cloth and not formed like the backpack type ones. I am still able to use it (on occasion...) and my daughter will be 2 years old in a few weeks (the instructions say you can use it up to age 3 or 35 pounds but I'm not sure why you'd do that to yourself!). Because it's not pre-formed, you can use it many different ways depending on the baby's age, neck strength, etc. I used it when going shopping and having to keep up with my older child at the same time. She liked being in it when she was little because she could be close to me constantly (and I could still get things accomplished!). I also even used it a few times on stage at church while I played keyboard! This is one baby item that I would definitely recommend to those who are expecting (especially if this is not the first child and you'll have to be corralling two or more at once!).

Natalie - posted on 12/31/2008

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i cant recommend the 'prince lionheart slumber bear plus' enough my daughter is now 4 1/2 months old & i swear by this. its a teddy bear with a voice box that have 5 different sound but best of all is womb sounds, if you read up on this product it'll tell you more but this worked a treat at carming Gracie down and putting her to sleep. it costs around £35 which i suppose seems a little excesive for a bear but its worth every penny!!! it also comes with a silkie blanket which is made of a special material which absorbs human smells so when you open the box put it up your top for a few hours then your baby will be comforted by your smell!

Adriana - posted on 12/31/2008

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congrats!!! i have a five month old in tiny two bedroom apartment, so it was important for me to stick with things that we needed only just to save space!!!!

1) breast pump. a GOOD one. i know they are expensive, and you can rent them if you dont want to spend the money, but i say it's worth the investment if you plan on having any more kids.i really like my medela.

2) the munchkin bottle warmer (it's, like, $12 at target) and bottle brush.

3) Born Free bottles. they do not contain BPA, the plastic component that scientists now say mimic hormones and can leach into baby products over time.

4) wipe warmer.

5) 1000 spit up rags....you go through them like water and if you dont have enough u'll be doing laundry constantly.

6) pacifiers....thank you pacifiers!!!!

7) Gripe Water. ok. this is an ESSENTIAL that my friend told me about. i'm not into hippy-dippy stuff, but this is an all natural product that gets rid of gas and tummy upset, and ALWAYS worked, unlike the mylacon drops that only worked 1/2 the time. not only was my baby better in under 15 min, but she was usually ASLEEP within 15 min. at first i thought my friend was over exaggerating on it's effectiveness, until i used it. lifesaver.

8)i know lots of people like boppy pillows, but i never really liked it. i think its way too stiff, and i found using the pillows from my bed were much better. i DID love my snoogle pregnancy pillow, though. it was a necessity during the 3rd trimester, and now that she's here i use it as a buffer around her on the bed so she wont roll over. it's awesome. again, a little expensive ($60?) but worth every penny for something u use so much....

and dont buy too many outfits. everyone buys a TON of baby clothes, and i dont know HOW many outfits gabby never even WORE b/c she had so many, when she usually just wore a onesie!

happy parenting!!

Stephanie - posted on 12/31/2008

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oh and if you have a dishwasher they sell holders that you put the nipples to your bottles in and with the heated wash and dry cycle on our dishwasher we never had to starilize a bottle and we also used the avent bottles with one of our girls and she loved them but I would also recommend the playtex drop ins with silicone nipples(those were the only bottles we could get my other daughter to use)

Stephanie - posted on 12/31/2008

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I got a bumbo seat as a gift for my second daughter and she loved it. Also as far as diaper pails go...I would recommend the diaper champ over the diaper geine because instead of having to use a certain refill you use just regular bags.

Erica - posted on 12/31/2008

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1. My Brest Friend nursing pillow. (Much better for nursing early on when the baby is small. Also, straps on to you so that you're not constantly adjusting the pillow.)
2. Bebe Au Lait nursing cover. Other brands were a little skimpy.
3. Breast pump.
4. Snap 'N Go or Graco smililar one. Great light weight option while baby is in carrier.
5. Moby wrap. Carrier that's not hard on your back and very secure. (Available through company website or Amazon. There is a woman who posted a video to UTube on hhow to wrap it. Once you do it a couple times, it's easy. It also has a bunch of different ways to put the baby in it - from when the baby can't hold its head up all the way through toddlerhood.
6. Lots of bibs and burp cloths. (I underestimated how many I would need.)
7. Swing - very calming for baby. Also, bouncer - it's how I shower!
8. Zinc Oxide diaper rash ointment - baby powder is pretty useless.
9. Bath tub with sling for when baby can't sit up. Fisher Price makes one. Later, you can remove the swing.
10. I like Avent wide nipple bottles the best. It has a one-way valve system to limit how much air the baby sucks in, like many other brands. But there are fewer pieces to wash.
11. I got a pack 'n play in lieu of a bassinet. I think it's more useful long-term.
12. Changing pad with several covers. They get dirty a lot.
13. Bumbo chair with tray. I use this as my high chair now because the baby cannot sit up well enough to use a high chair.
14. Sleep sack for when they cannot roll over on their own.
15. If you plan to use formula, get the dry powder because it's cheaper, doesn't require refrigeration, and you can get in single packs that make 4 oz each for when you're on the go. Also, I never got a bottle warmer. I read online that if your baby will take it cold without a problem, then, don't bother. It's just takes more time to prepare a bottle, and you'll be short on time.
16. Large plastic bibs that cover the entire torso of the baby for when you start solids.
17. You may want to use special laundry detergent. I originally just thought it was a marketing scheme, but my baby broke out in a rash from the regular detergent. I've found that the Target brand is the cheapest and works as well as the more expensive brand.

Congratulations and happy shopping!

Jen - posted on 12/31/2008

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It was mentioned earlier, but a vibrating bouncy seat was so useful. I could put the baby down in the bathroom and take a shower or bath. My baby also was gassy and only slept sitting up for a while, so I put the bouncy seat in her crib. If I had to only have one thing, that would be it!

Rose - posted on 12/31/2008

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Congrats! I found that the Bear with Mommy's heartbeat sound worked GREAT for sleep time. AND Colicky babies...God forbid! but this is a woderful item to have. Oh! and the mirror you place in your car that allows you to look at your baby facing the rear of the car, during your driving trips. I cannot remember the name of this product, but you will find it at Babies R Us. God Bless the birth of your baby and your family Fun times await you!

Ryan - posted on 12/31/2008

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First of all Congratulations!!!
These are the things I LOVED with my first born and am ready to take out for my baby due in July
1. I second what someone said about Lansinoh Brand Lanolin Topical Breast Cream....MUST have
2. Arm's reach bassinet. The bed connects to your bed, which makes those late night feedings SO much better.
3. Bottle warmer
4. Swing.

Good luck and Congratulations again!!!

Stephanie - posted on 12/31/2008

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kiddopotomus swaddler blankets, they are soo nice. I love my boppy pillow!

Dara - posted on 12/31/2008

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If you're planning to nurse.... the one thing nobody told me about that I wish i knew. Lansinoh Brand Lanolin Topical Breast Cream!!!!! You'll need it that first few days.

Ann - posted on 12/31/2008

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Hi my daughter is almost 6 months and we loved our boppy, you will get a lot of use out of that. one thing that I discovered is that even thought they are small they can make a LOT of laundry. i found that if I put a cloth diaper under her when she was laying down, if she spit up I didnt have an entire blanket or crib to change, they can also be used as burp cloths and she loves to hold one when she is in her car seat. Oh and you really dont have to use Dreft, which is expensive, you can use any detergent that is dye and frangrance free. Congrats!

Stephanie - posted on 12/30/2008

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Congrats on the pregnancy. My daughter is now 2 months old and what I found usefull was a soother or binky or whatever its called. Also a swing can be very useful, I was told that baby's love the swinging motion the swings do. I also recomend a snuggle bad or sleepy wraps, they make the baby feel more comfortable because he/she can hear your heart beat and since thats all it heard for 9 months it calms them down. Calming, relaxing music sometimes help put the baby to sleep. Oh yeah stock up on diapers as soon as you can because you will be going through a lot of them. Also make sure you have as much support as possible and if someone offers help take it.

Amy - posted on 12/30/2008

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My son will be 2 in May and since he was born we have had a Fisher Price musical aquarium for his crib. He really loves it! My mom also has one for the crib at her house. We turn it on to help him sleep and sometimes in the middle of the night if he wakes up, he will turn it on himself to go back to sleep. I hope your baby likes it too!

User - posted on 12/30/2008

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I bought newborn diapers while I was pregnant, If you have an average sized baby you will go through a lot of these. So I purchased a pack when I went shopping. It was amazing how just doing this in advance helped the load when the baby arrived. Good luck!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi Callie!

The list of "essentials" a baby store or baby web site will give you is pretty much all luxuries. What do you really need?

The Boppy is great! You'll use it forever. You do need a comfortable height, safe changing table. You need a crib; opinions differ whether a bumper is safe or not. Opinions also differ on whether the baby should sleep on her side or on her back. We used one of those foam supports to keep our son on his side; the idea being if the baby should spit up during the night, it'll go OUT instead of back down his throat and choke him.

You need clothes, but try to get everything bigger than you need. Your baby will grow very qiuckly and none of those cute things you start out with will be worn for very long!

For feeding, simple is best: You really can use a microwave to warm the formula so you can make bottles and keep them in the fridge until needed. We used the Avent system of bottles and microwave sterilizer, which was mighty handy but again, you don't have to have one.

You do need a baby bathtub since you'll be bathing her in the sink for a while, and the little buggers are rather slippery. You'll then use it in the bathtub until she's sitting up on her own.

Those are the things that come to mind that are truly essential. Just remember that your baby will grow quickly, and have different needs every six months or so. All those fancy expensive gadgets will have a very short usefulness if any at all.

Hope that helps!

Caitlin - posted on 12/30/2008

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Congrats on the pregnancy. I hope you are enjoying it. Some items I love are a vibrating bouncy chair, a kiddopotomus swaddler (looks like a potato sack with velcro), and the baby belle carrier. I have tried the baby bijorn, the cuddly wrap, and the peanut shell and this one is my all time favorite. A little pricey, but I got a good price on ebay. Happy shopping!

Amanda - posted on 12/30/2008

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I just had a baby in May and some of the things that we found useful right away, were the breast pump as well, a baby swing was great for the times when baby needed to be put down, our son fell a sleep in it alot and loved it, i used a baby sling or carrier quite a bit, a sling is nicer in the fact that it can be used for the baby even if it can hold its head up, i put our son in it when i had to do things like the dishes, make lunch or even fold laundry, it makes the baby feel like it is back in you womb, it works great, and you can get those at like walmart or target or a baby store even. and i too bought a pack of diapers every month when i went to the store to get groceries. also little sleeper sacs are nice when it comes to the mid-night diaper changes, no need to mess with so many snaps.

when i was pregnant, i slept with a body pillow between my legs as i was a tummy sleeper, and also in the last few months i found myself eating tums like they were candy:)

Samantha - posted on 12/30/2008

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Congratulations and hope that you are feeling ok so far. When I was pregnant with my daughter I found a wedge pillow (looks like a piece of cheese) helped me sleep better on my side as I am naturally a tummy sleeper. Also if you are having problems swallowing the awful prenatal vitamins speak to your doctor and she/he can give you a smaller pill which is easier on the system. I also used Oval for my daughter along with Fisher Price Wonder chair that vibrates, both were great for gas bubbles which are painful for your little one. Good Luck

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We have used our Graco Play n' Pack many times and our neighbors have borrowed it as well. Nice to have a bed for lil' one when on vacation.
I also tried to buy one pack of diapers a month--something that could be returned if not used. This helped cut back on the expense some.

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infant mylacon and infant tylenol, pedialite,, always had it... and plenty of nookies or binkies or what ever you want to call them,

User - posted on 12/30/2008

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Congratulations on your pregnancy and your soon to be motherhood! I used a boppy pillow and loved it as well. I definitely think it's a good buy. I know going into the stores can be overwhelming cause there is SOO much. I recommend using the Dr. Brown's bottles. They are a little more than other bottles but we never had issues with gas or fussiness from stomach problems. I also would recommend looking at breast pumps. I breast fed but there comes a time when you just need to sleep. My husband would take the weekend shifts so I would pump, put the bottles in the fridge and all he'd have to do is heat it up and presto...he can do a feeding while you sleep. I also think this allows you to breast feed longer. I had an enormous supply of breast milk so after a feeding, I would pump and then store that milk. It also helps keep your milk supply up. Good luck and welcome to the wonderful world of parenting.

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