What do you actually need to have in advance of the baby arriving?
I'm trying to pull together a list of things we're going to need for the baby (because I'm a little bit OCD and want to know it is under control )..
I've been thinking:
To get about:
Travel system (or pram & car seat)
Moby wrap (not a necessity, but I want one!)
Bath support (or baby bath)
Towels (2 or 3?)
Nappies (how many nappies would you need for the 1st month?) Wipes or cotton wool pads EDIT: Just cotton wool pads with water for 1st month
Nappy bags Bathing stuff (do you actually need nappy cream if the baby doesn't have nappy rash? EDIT: Big tube of bepanthen just in case! (Do you really need baby lotion? How about different baby shampoo and baby bath?!) EDIT: nope, just warm water 1st month
Oilve oil (for dry skin/baby massage)
Feeding Burp cloths/muslins (EDIT: 24)
Breastpads (for leaks) (x50) EDIT: Think Kotex Towels without wings (far more comfortable than maternity pads I'm reliably informed! ) EDIT: Steralizer - get it in advance because you might be using dummies/pacifiers (I really don't want to use them, but now I know other people are looking at the list too! )
(I don't know if I need it in advance of the baby or not but I want an electric breastpump, and so will need bottles, somthing to steralize with, teats... IDK what else?)
Scratch mittens (6)
Hats (4) EDIT: Sleepsuits with built in mittens (thanks MrsTy) EDIT: Snowsuit EDIT: Jacket (x2) EDIT: Warm hat (x2)
(baby's due in April hence the warm clothes, thanks BabyHaines)
Cot/Cotbed/Moses Basket & mattress EDIT: sleeping bag (EDIT: x3)
Fitted sheets (4)
Top sheets (4)
Cellular blanket (4)
(just for my own peace of mind) Angelcare monitor
What do you think I've missed?
Is there anything on my list completely unnecessary?
I believe muslin squares are good all rounders (for winding etc.) My mum bought me some the other week - bless her!!
When is your baby due?? You may want to addm a snow suit, or at least a few cardi's/jacket etc.
My bubs is due in March, so I'll be getting a nice warm snow suit and a lighterweight all in one jacket type xxxx
Muslins are burp cloths hun... and ESSENTIAL! I still use them now for my 2.5yr old when she spills stuff, has a messy pudding etc etc, they are cheap, washable and a godsend!!
Nappies... I would factor for at least 8 per day for the first month... they have very runny poo and a lot of them "go" at least 3 times a day... well my daughter did! and I used to change after every feed... if they feed 4-hrly thats 6 nappies a day!
I would also get a few more blankets... cos if they puke over them, or a nappy leaks, you might get through them quicker than you can get them dry!
oh and they dont recommend baby shampoo/bath stuff/soap for the first 4 weeks or so anyway as they dont need it and it can irritate their skin! Just warm water should suffice! same is said for baby wipes... even sensitive ones!
Its always handy to have nappy cream in the house... you never know when they are going to develop a rash and it saves running out at the 12th hour to get some!
muslin clothes are great for clearing up general dribble and sick (we called them 'ick' clothes)
a couple of things i found very helpful:
1)baby sleeping bag (negates the need for sheets or blankets in cot/cotbed/moses basket) and baby cant wriggle under sheets so stops me worrying
2)Next sleepsuits (they have cuffs on their sleeves that turn over into scratch mitts) - my son used to lose scratchmitts ALL the time so this was sooooooo handy!
OK, I've updated the thread to show what I was missing, or don't need for the 1st month...
But can anyone give any guidance on the numbers I was guessing on please?
Towels (how many?)
Feeding Burp cloths (EDIT: x24? that's just a guess!)
Sleepsuits (x12? more guess work!)
Vests (12? guessing!)
Scratch mittens (6? more guessing!)
Bibs (12? I've got 10 already because I can't resist them, but do they need them much to breastfeed?)
Hats (4? I bought 2 today, but I don't have the slightest clue how many you need! ) EDIT: Sleepsuits with built in mittens (6?)(thanks MrsTy) EDIT: Snowsuit (x1? will one do if they have a jacket too?) EDIT: Jacket (x1? Will that be enough?) EDIT: Warm hat (x2? I'm sure I can convince my mum to knit these with the HUGE pompom on top )
(baby's due in April hence the warm clothes, thanks BabyHaines)
Cot/Cotbed/Moses Basket & mattress EDIT: sleeping bag (x2?? I'm thinking they might be sick, and if I haven't bought the bedding yet I'd need a spare. Do you think I'd be better with more than 1 spare?)
Cellular/fleece blanket (x4?)
As regards the amount of jackets/snowsuits, I think I may end up getting a couple. I may get one really warm, snuggly more expensive one, then a few cheaper lighterweight spares. Also, I intend on using either terry towelling/cloth nappies, so am going to investigate how many I need. They are by far cheaper and I hate the thought of chemicals on lo's skin (not meant to offend, just IMHO ) So I doubt I'll be using wipes, so I'll stock up on some re-usuable cloths too.
I have also given strict instructions to all that I don't like any products that are tested on animals, so many toiletries are a no, no!! I have to find all alternative options.
I think your numbers seem good. Although remember the following:
*At least x1 pack Early Baby sleepsuits/vests (in case baby is small)
*At least x1 pack 0-3 sleepsuits/vests (rather than newborn, in case baby is big!!)
The other thing I really want (don't really need!! But want to indulge in!!) is a beautiful shawl. I want to bring LO home in a gorgeous shawl!! xxxx
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