What important things MUST i get before the arrival of my little one in February? Any tips?

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User - posted on 12/17/2009

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The only thing I'd add to this list is that you should make or buy meals to freeze for when you come home. And then when you get home, you should eat them. Don't be tempted to skip meals or make them last for longer. Just eat the food! You'll get your energy back faster, and be able to focus on your precious little one.

Karen - posted on 12/16/2009

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I would recommend the Graco Angelcare Deluxe Movement Monitor ...I bought this for my first child! I love this because as a first parent you are so paranoid about you child at night. This monitor detects if your child is breathing or not and if you child stops breathing for 20 seconds a loud alarm will go off. I personally felt more comfortable with the sensor on! I hope this helped!

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Melinda - posted on 11/25/2012

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U can visit www.tauramall.com.it is an internattional baby and mom stuff mall with cheap quality and good design.

C. - posted on 12/17/2009

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Oh, and at least one hooded towel and infant washcloth, since they are a lot softer than the ones adults use.

C. - posted on 12/17/2009

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Make sure you have plenty of diapers (in various sizes, just in case) and wipes.. Newborn babies are famous for blowouts, so that will come in handy. Cornstarch baby powder (talc is not good for any baby as it has been known to cause cancer and respiratory problems), receiving blankets, "cloth diaper" burp cloths (they have them @ WalMart, Target and Babies'R'Us and they are quite absorbent!), plenty of bibs, bottles and pacifiers, Infant's Tylenol and Mylicon Infant's gas drops (Just in case!), crib/bassinet (though if longer babies run in your family, you may want to go w/ the crib), DISPOSABLE CHANGING PADS AND TRAVEL LYSOL SPRAY (they have disp. pads at Walgreen's and are a lot cheaper than the name brand- a lot longer too- and you get more, though they are like the ones they use in hospitals so they're not as pretty as say the Huggies or Munchkin, but they do the job. I always used the Lysol on public changing tables BEFORE I set the disp. changing pad down, so there was less of a chance my son would catch the nasty germs), baby monitor, INFANT CAR SEAT, plenty of onesies and pants.. I think that's just about it!



I have heard that wipes warmers are great, but I never bothered getting one. Sometimes you may end up changing your baby in the living/family room and the last thing on your mind will be running to the bedroom to get a warm wipe.. And if you leave it on too long you will dry the wipes out, which does no good (my oldest sister has one). Also, bouncy seats and swings are great to help soothe your baby, especially if you have to run to the bathroom. Hope this helps! Good luck and early Congratulations!!!

Cindy - posted on 12/16/2009

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Load up on formula (if your using it) when it is on sale and diapers (all different sizes) when they too are on sale. This sure comes handy in the long run when it is yucky out and you need the stuff like yesterday.

Lusungu - posted on 12/16/2009

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As babies grow fast try to buy soft clothes which are size 0-6months to be on the safe side.

Michele - posted on 12/16/2009

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I suggest you stock up on diapers and wipes and lots of onsies and burp clothes. Those are pretty much the main essentials you'll go through constantly. My little ones had really bad gas. So Mylicon drops were a life saver for me. You can find them at Walmart in the baby section. Good luck!

Sally - posted on 12/16/2009

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Unless you have a c-section you will probably want to make sure you have some pads for you.





You still need pads after a c-section! TRUST ME!!!!



:-)

Sally - posted on 12/16/2009

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Washcloths/Washers. You seriously can't have too many. We had about 40, and there were still some days when I had to go grab them off the washing line because there were none left on the nappy change table!

Shannon - posted on 12/16/2009

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Obviously you need the basics- carseat, onesies, sleepers, socks, bottles, baby wipes, diapers, snowsuit if you live in a cold climate, crib, blanket, etc. The thing that saved me from being a total basketcase was what I did to prepare myself before I had my children. I made up casseroles and froze them ready to be baked. After I came home from the hospital, it was so easy just to turn on the oven and throw one of the casseroles in. Also, enlist friends and relatives to help. When people ask what they can do to help, ask them to bring dinner over on a specific day. You would be amazed how much stress it relieves to know you don't have to worry about cooking dinner! Good luck with your little one!

Kalah - posted on 12/16/2009

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basic necessities are best. ONSIES!!!! lol best thing ever and I used drop-in bottles , they help prevent colic and clean up is easy. Bunches of blankets, socks, hats for lil ears. But most importantly a good car seat ( if you cant figure out how to put it in go to the fire dept. & they will do it), one of those things that go around their head in the car seat to keep the head from bobbling around are great, and a good doctor .

Tiffany - posted on 12/16/2009

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A baby wipe warmer!! They have them at target for i believe $20.00. Think of how u feel when a cold cloth hits your backside. lol a swing, enough onesis to get you thru til you can do the housework again. he/she will have accidents if you are breastfeeding. keep something to occupy his/ her time. babies are visual creatures who watch everything in motion. keep away from pets unless being supervised.

Jenny - posted on 12/16/2009

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Stick to the basics. Car seat, blankets, clothes, bottles if you're not nursing. And diapers lots of them.

Heather - posted on 12/16/2009

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Get lanolin nipple cream if you are breast feeding because it can be a real bitch to have sore cracked nipples. Also a nipple guard saved me from giving up breast feeding until my nipples healed.

Lisa - posted on 12/16/2009

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Hello,
I just had my first daughter 6 months ago and I would say first and foremost, a carseat. A few outfits, bunch of sleepers and onesies, also socks. My daughter's feet stayed chilly and she was born in May! I didn't use the baby monitor right away since she slept in our room in her playpen/bassinet. Basically you don't need too much but the few things of clothes. I agree with the ones that say someone to help you the first few days. I have a 3 year old step-son and when my daughter was born, my mother came down and helped me everyday for about the first week. It was great! I strongly recommend that! I know some people don't believe in that, but I say take the help while you can! Good Luck!!

Elizabeth - posted on 12/16/2009

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You will definately need to have a carseat otherwise you won't be able to take your baby home. They sell kits that have nail clippers, thermometers, etc...all those items will come in handy and are in a convenient pouch. I recommend A&D ointment, it is good for more than diaper rashes. If I remember correctly they told us to use alcohol around the umbilical cord, so if you don't have any you will need it. Unless you have a c-section you will probably want to make sure you have some pads for you. Just like most of the other posts you will need diapers, wipes, etc. I loved the pampers swaddlers. Congratulations and best wishes for you and your baby!

Carolee - posted on 12/16/2009

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A lot of diapers and wipes and onesies... and a crib/basinette/general place to sleep.

Cailie - posted on 12/16/2009

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my son was born in july so i can't be a whole lot of help but my son threw up a lot and had a lot of stomach problems so burp rags! and blakets to swaddle with!

Tarsha - posted on 12/16/2009

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i would say definatly get a baby sling of some sort...extremely good when baby is unsettled and u need to get things done...also some cloth nappies even if ur not using them they are good for wiping up baby chuck etc, a lot of people say only get a few sets of clothes becasue they grow so quick, i had a chucky baby and had to change him up 2 about 8 times a day! also a baby mobile is a gr8 item to hang from their cot, there are so many different things to get and i know its hard to figure out whats important to whats not...so just the basics (cot/bassinet, pram, swing, change table, LOTS of nappies, wipes lotions, clothes, wraps, baby themorter) good luck

Jessica - posted on 12/16/2009

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Quoting Karen:

I would recommend the Graco Angelcare Deluxe Movement Monitor ...I bought this for my first child! I love this because as a first parent you are so paranoid about you child at night. This monitor detects if your child is breathing or not and if you child stops breathing for 20 seconds a loud alarm will go off. I personally felt more comfortable with the sensor on! I hope this helped!


 



I got one too and love it!  Just check and make sure it's not picking up the fan (if you have one).  It's sensitive enough it will.  I had to turn the fan down because I'd pick my daughter up and the alarm wouldn't go off until I turned off the fan.  I also got great use out of a bouncy seat.  Many times I'm by myself and I just belt her in and take her where ever with me (it helps when trying to sqeeze in some much appreciated showers!).  Mine is the Precious Planet one from Fisher Price.  Also the swing that goes along with it has come in handy.  Congratualtions and good luck!

Stacey - posted on 12/16/2009

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I found that when my daughter was born that she was a puker! it was everywhere, so i picked up a lot of recieving blankets. that way i could lay her on the couch, bed, floor or in her crib with a couple blankets under her and if she spit up or puked it was an easy clean up. and just having everything organized before she was born was the best thing that i did for myself. it made everything easier.

Laura - posted on 12/16/2009

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Definitely get some people to at least make a couple meals for you after the baby's born- this helped more than you could know! And if you're going to breastfeed, make sure you tell them that you need bland foods (if you're going to go that route)- not spicy, nothing full of garlic, etc. I also found a boppy to be REALLY helpful... your arm gets tired of holding that precious little baby up! Pillows work, but the boppy is much more convenient. Make sure you also have some newborn sized clothes, also. I assumed my baby would be over 9lbs so I didn't make it a point to have newborn sized things, and then he came 3 weeks early and was only 8lbs... he wore the newborn size (at least from Carter's) up until he was like 11 or 12lbs I believe.

Kami - posted on 12/16/2009

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My twins LOVED their bouncy seats...LOVED THEM! A swing definitely helped later on. I think a changing table is a must also. The one thing that saved my life though?? Seriously...an exercise ball. It soothed them right to sleep. My babies both had reflux so were a little fussy after feeds and that exercise ball saved us! Good luck with your little one!

Angelia - posted on 12/16/2009

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Well first off lots of diapers and don't open them all at once, they grow so fast the sizes change so quick you can exchange for bigger size. Then I would recommend a baby swing. All of my children loved this item. Especially the little travel ones that lay out so that the baby is in laying position. Everything else will come. You will use lots of onesis and sleepers at first.. so basic stuff that is all.

Samantha - posted on 12/16/2009

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i just have my first baby 4 months ago, i think the most important thing is nappies they go through so many a day, at first i used cloth nappiesat home which i would recommend and disposilbes when we went out, i found this way saved a lot of money. also baby vicks i found helpfull when my girl came home she had the sniffles from having fluid and mucus in her lungs, this you dont put it on the skin but rub a bit on their clothes and it helps clear their nose.

Emma - posted on 12/16/2009

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You will go through approx 10 diapers a day...maybe a little more or less. Lots of washcloths as you don't want to use alot of wipes in the first few weeks. Lots of sleepers and various blankets to swaddle baby. Burp rags, nursing pads (if breastfeeding), therometer, Gripe Water *just in case for hiccups, toques, mittens, nail clippers.



If you are planning on breastfeeding, maybe a special pillow or sling, extra snacks for you, easy to make dinners/lunches.



Formula feeding, lots of bottles, nipples pre-sanitzed and put away in a secure and sanitized container. Brushes to clean the bottles etc.



Look into getting a swing, babies love the motion and then you can have baby downstairs in the swing and the crib/bassinet upstairs. Carseat approved by your hospital; going home outfit with heavy blanket, toque, mittens etc.

Cyndi - posted on 12/16/2009

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Hi there. Basically all you really need is a bassinette or a crib, a couple of sleepers, a couple of onsies, a blanket, diapers and a carseat. If you are bottle feeding you will of course need bottle feeding supplies. I had way too much stuff for my first and have been trying to downsize & get rid of stuff with each consecutive child, however with all the baby gifts it always seems like my baby 'stuff' is growing.

MARIA - posted on 12/16/2009

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RESERVED HELP FOR AFTER YOU HAVE THE BABY(ie; YOUR SISTER, BROTHER,CHURCH FRIEND, MOTHER,NEIGHBOR..etc)SLEEP AND LOTS OF IT...LOL

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