Baby/Pregnancy Essentials

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Second Trimester' started by Western_Belle, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. Western_Belle

    Western_Belle New Member

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    Hi Everyone,
    New to this forum and new to pregnancy so could definitely use some advice from the more experienced ladies.

    So DH & I went shopping this weekend with hopes to pick up all things we'll need for the baby when she's born (yes a girl:kiss: ) but got completely overwhelmed at the store and ended up leaving without but 1 single thing!

    I seriously had no idea there was sooooooooo much choice, so aside from the obvious (like a stroller, a crib, car seat, baby clothes) what are the best things you bought for the arrival of your baby.

    Seriously no judgement on answers cos I feel completely clueless right now.:haha:
     
  2. hayley x

    hayley x 1AngelSon,1EarthDaughter

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    Muslin squares, and lots of them :haha:

    and MAM bottles :)
     
  3. Sushai

    Sushai Mum of 5, soon to be 6

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    I'm in your exact position. There's such a variety out there and I have no idea how much of what.

    Congrats on team pink!!
     
  4. lynnikins

    lynnikins Well-Known Member

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    muslin squares and spit up cloths, i used terry toweling nappies for spit up cloths too, i went for a simple bouncer not a fancy swing or jumperoo and the boys were happy in it when they were little and it was easy to store flat and move from room to room with me and because it was more of a hammock than a solid seat then it was a better position for their spine in the early dayshttps://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/28672_10150172167150123_663595122_12068443_8331949_n.jpg
     
  5. jacks mummy

    jacks mummy Well-Known Member

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    bibs, clothes in newborn and 0-3 i would suggest babygrows and lots of them lol and vests.
    changing mat
    changing bag
    bottles
    steriliser
    baby moniters
    moses basket
    baby bath
    towels
    blankets
    bath stuff like johnsons
    nappys
    wipes
    cotton wool
    cream like sudocream
    hope that helps love and if i think of any more il let u no x
     
  6. Bluebell1

    Bluebell1 Mummy to 1 baby girl

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    Baby bath & changing mat, bouncing chair. I collected a few baby catalogues & had a browse to get ideas & to see what is actually required for our lifestyle. Not everything is essential but the shops do like to sell it all to you. So definantly understand being overwhelmed.
     
  7. Treelo

    Treelo Mum of 3

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    Vibrating bouncer found this a godsend on DS2 lol!!
    Dr Browns bottles,
    Steriliser,
    Im with the girls on the muslin cloths and lots of them :thumbup:
    Cellular blankets,
    Baby monitor,
     
  8. startingout

    startingout Well-Known Member

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    Equipment:

    Pram- Graco Symbio inc accessories (bag, rain covers etc)
    Car seat base
    Cot
    Mattress
    Sling
    Moses basket, matress and stand
    Monitor x 2
    Bouncer
    Play mat
    Mobile

    Clothes:

    Sleepsuits x 14
    Bodysuits x 14
    Cardigans x 4
    Booties x 4
    Mittens x 4
    Hats x 4
    Snowsuit x 2
    Outfits x 7

    Bedding:

    Fitted cot sheets x 4
    Cellular blankets x 6
    Sleeping bag
    Cot bumper
    Muslins x 14
    Ordinary blankets x 3
    Fitted moses basket sheets x 4
    Fitted pram sheets x 4
    Mattress cover moses basket
    Mattress cover pram
    Mattress cover cot

    Feeding:

    Steriliser
    Bottles x 6-8
    Teats 0+ x 6
    Teats 1+ x 6
    Teats 3+ x 6
    Breast pump- electric
    Formula
    Bottle brushes
    Bibs

    Changing:

    Changing mat
    Cotton wool pleat
    Nappies- newborn, 2nd size
    Top & Tail bowl
    Wipes
    Nappy sacks

    Bathing:

    Bath
    Bath support
    Towels x 4
    Body wash
    Oil
    Lotion
    Sponge/flannel
    Bath thermometer
    Cotton buds
    Cotton wool balls

    First Aid:

    First aid kit- thermometer, infacol,
    Lotions and potions- sudocrem etc
    Grooming kit- nail clippers etc

    Nursery:

    Curtains
    Pictures
    Wash basket
    Lamp
    Night light
    Light shade
    Border
    Wall stickers
    Thermometer
    Hooks for back of door
    Waste bin

    Me:

    Nipple cream
    Bra pads
    Nipple shields
    Nursing bras
    Nursing pillow

    Misc:

    Dummies and lots of 'em!

    Hospital bag:

    For Labour
    MATERNITY NOTES & BIRTH PLAN – the most important item on this list!
    TENS machine
    Old nightshirt or t-shirt
    Old towel
    1 x Pyjamas or nightshirt, with front opening if breastfeeding
    Nursing bra
    Socks
    2 x Maternity pads
    2 x Disposable briefs
    2 x Breast pads
    Nipple cream
    Hair band
    Hair brush
    Facial spray
    Lip balm
    Toiletries for a shower or bath after birth
    High energy snacks
    1 x Baby sleepsuit or nightgown
    1 x baby bodysuit
    Baby hat
    2 x Nappies
    Camera
    Phone card & list of people to call
    Phone charger

    Post Birth
    1 x Pyjamas or nightshirt, with front opening if breastfeeding
    Light dressing gown
    Slippers
    2 x Loose comfortable tops
    2 x Loose trousers
    Going home clothes
    Maternity pads
    Disposable briefs
    Breast pads
    Toothbrush and toothpaste
    Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, deodorant, cleanser, toner and moisturiser)
    Cotton wool pads
    Make-up (for those post-birth photos that will be sent to everyone)
    Mirror
    Tissues

    For Baby
    2 x Bodysuits
    2 x Sleepsuits or nightgowns
    Light cardigan
    1 x Scratch mittens
    Cotton wool balls/unperfumed baby wipes
    Nappies
    Nappy sacks
    Nappy rash cream
    Baby wash/shampoo
    Blanket
    Muslin squares
    Going home outfit, including sun hat or snowsuit depending on time of year
    Car seat

    For Dad
    Change of clothes
    Phone charger
    Change for vending machines/car park
    Wallet + money
    Toiletries- toothbrush, toothpaste, deodarant

    I like making lists! lol
     
  9. jess181989

    jess181989 Well-Known Member

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    To the lady above- you are an absolute legend! I am normally the queen of lists but this is my first pregnancy and have been completely stumped so far!! hehe. Much too much choice in the shops I reckon.

    xx
     
  10. ay2808

    ay2808 Well-Known Member

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    I am exactly the same. My husband teases me about making a list to make a list! This is my first and the choice of everything is soooo huge. Yours is a huge help, thanks!
     
  11. KRB87

    KRB87 Well-Known Member

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    Brilliant list - I've addes quite a few things to my list from this now! :flower:
     
  12. startingout

    startingout Well-Known Member

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    oh cool glad it helped! I'm sure there's things I've missed off. but its what we need. Suppose we should start buying some of soon! lol
     
  13. Sini

    Sini Well-Known Member

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    Silly me just thought "ah Ill just need a travel system, some bibs and clothes for baby..".
    There are so many things I didnt even think about. Ive had a snoop around online and I find it very overwhelming. I think it could be really easy to over buy things you dont actually "need".
     
  14. startingout

    startingout Well-Known Member

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    God yeah! We went to Mothercare the other day and Babies R Us to test drive some prams and looking around just thought how much stuff we could buy that we'll probably never use, hence why I made a list instead and will just buy what's on it (providing I haven't forgotten anything drastic!)
     

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