What should I purchase now to stock up?

Shani - posted on 03/18/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )




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. What is okay to start buying now?


Kimberly - posted on 03/18/2010




I tried to be minimal in purchasing, because they grow out of things so quickly. The best stuff that I had found, and used the most are

Cloth diapers for burp cloths

Lots of onesies

At least two good quality all purpose blankets

Open top baby swings are worth their weight in gold!

Diapers and wipes, wipes and more wipes!

Era laundry soap is the BEST for baby stains and is cheaper

1 piece terry cloth jammies, make sure they are the stretchy kind

baby toiletries- Diaper rash ream. baby powder and baby wash

Lots and lots of baby socks and a net bag to wash them in. You will lose a ton and the washer tends to eat them.

Hats or bonnets of any kind. I have seen so many people that don't have a headcovering for kids of any age

Until you have your baby shower, I really wouldn't buy too much more. I really wouldn't worry too much about food and/or formula until after you have the baby. You never know until then if baby has any allergies.

If you have stuff left over when baby outgrows them (especially diapers) womens shelters are begging for donations.

A huge number of women that go there have small children and infants

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diapers. in various sizes. i would say if u buy 1 jumbo box in size 1-3 it will help out. also clothes, but in bigger sizes. wipes. bottles.

Charlie - posted on 06/06/2010




You can never have enough :



nappy rash cream

nipple cream



also get :

Muslin wraps


Dont buy newborn clothing get a few sizes up , babies can wear them bigger and it lasts longer

Things people wont buy you but you NEED :

Maternity pads for the bleeding

breast pads for leaking milk

Buy it now so you wont have to spend so much money when bubs comes .

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Diapers. we started buying diapers when I found out I was pregnant. My daughter is 8 months old and I still havent had to buy any. :)

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Kaitlyn - posted on 09/23/2012




I'm 16 weeks pregnant yesterday, and doing the same thing as you, though this was intially made 2 years ago.. It came up first in my personal serach results, so I'll go ahead and post for other mommys doing the same.

-Batteries! Everything in baby world takes batteries now! They usually last 4-7 years, you can buy a resuable charger for reusable batteries, and if you put them in your fridge package still sealed, they can last up to 9 years.

-Consider new cloth dipes. I've spent under $200 and have almost EVERYTHING I need for my baby through potty training. At LEAST research it. If you do cloth, buy several brands, consider one-size dipes, and consider several types. Surprisingly, most retain their value if only used a couple of times and properly cared for. You can resell and loose nearly zero money. This is what we've stocked up on mostly thus far, because its SUCH huge savings.

- Art Supplies, I plan to start teaching and doing 'messy art' with my little one as soon as he can hold his head up. If you see a good sale, buy now! Markers and Glue are two things I'd hold off on so they don't dry up.

- Things for yourself. While it may seem selfish (at least it did to me) to buy for yourself when the baby gets here, think about things you love and that you need. We love noodles, for example. So, every weekly shopping trip we buy an extra bottle of juice (that expires 2 years from now), a box of Top Ramen, and a box of spaghetti or something of the sort. Toothpaste, shampoo, pads, tampons, shaving gel for hubby/self, things like that.

- Wipes. I plan on waiting two-three months till before baby is born, but its still a thought.

- First snacks. A lot of times, unsealed crackers, gerber snacks, etc don't go bad for a year to 18 months after possible purchase dates. They'd make GREAT snacks for car rides!

Emily - posted on 06/06/2010




I did not receive any diapers at my shower. If you can find good coupons and sales, start stocking up on diapers (some size 1, more 2 and 3). My son used to dirty them up as soon as we put a new one on him, so you'll probably use them. Sometimes companies will put out a whole bunch of great coupons all at once, and then you won't be able to find any, so use them while you can!

Nikki - posted on 03/18/2010




Wait til your shower, who knows what you are going to get also your baby grows so fats and you have no idea how long they will wear one size of clothing and diapers.... my son was 7lbs @ birth and now is 24 at 9 months, he was in 6-12 month clothing at 3 months and now at 9 in 18-24 months so who knows what size your baby will be... Also you will find a preference over diapers once you have your baby , so you may stock up on one brand which doesnt end up working out.... Id wait til the shower and see what you get first so your not stuck with all these things you don;t end up needing

Nikki - posted on 03/18/2010




The only things i would def. stock up on before your shower would just be diapers and wipes. I received baby bath, rash cream, infant tylenol, and gas drops at my shower and those last for quite a while. I always bought the next size up in everything (clothes and diapers) because they grow so fast. I just wouldn't overdo it, I know people who went crazy and now they have things that they never even used or they have two of something because someone had bought it for their shower. Just remember everyone that gets you shower gifts are going to be thinking of a newborn so the best thing for you to think about when shopping til after your shower is a little older.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/18/2010




Be patient, don't be silly...just wait for your shower. You will get alot of stuff from your registery and stuff you never even thought to get. If you are not asking for cribs or decorations, maybe just focus on that. The only other thing I would recommend getting would be clothing for the baby but older sizes than new born and 0-3...you will get lots of those.

Alison - posted on 03/18/2010




If you use wipes, you will need a lot. The soaps and creams I found lasted a long time, but maybe I am skimpy with those things.

Erin - posted on 03/18/2010




Even if you aren't going to use cloth diapers, stock up on some of the Gerber prefold cloth diapers! They soak up a whole lot more liquid than a burp cloth. Every burp cloth I've ever used was soaked within a half hour. The cloth diapers took much longer to get "unusable." I didn't stock up on diapers because we used the Kushie all-in-one cloth diaper. I'd also get plenty of detergent for the baby (like Dreft) as you won't believe how many onesies a little one can go through some days!

Karen - posted on 03/18/2010




i was the same way! i stocked up on diapers (all sizes and you can exchange unopened ones if they outgrow before you use them) , wipes, creams, baby bath supplies...anything that you are going to use on a daily basis

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child proofing stuff- outlet covers, drawer latches etc.. binkies, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, onesies... =) oh, and stock up on sleep... good luck!!! congratulations!

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Assorted sizes of diapers, diaper wipes, infant tylenol, powder, baby lotion, baby wash, and diaper cream. Burp/spit up cloths are great to have! You'll also go through a lot of receiving blankets.

Kristin - posted on 03/18/2010




Diapers don't buy any newborn diapers you will get some at the shower, I would buy like size 2 or 3 people like to buy you lots of size 1. Don't spend to much on bottles my daughter is ver picky and will only use one type so wait to see what kind your baby likes other wise you are going to have alot of bottles you can't use, same goes with binkies. I hope this helps

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I always stocked up on diapers. If there are good sales on baby food or other baby supplies, I would stock up on that, also. Just be sure to check the expiration dates so it won't be expiring before you get a chance to use it.

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