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Baby Items!

I thought I would start a thread to help all of the FTM and also those of us that have BTDT to think about what we need/want for baby.

Questions to think about:

1. What baby item could you have NOT lived without?

2. What items did you forget and have to send someone out to the store and get early on?

3. What items did you get but never/seldom use?

4. List some more essentials of what you want/need!

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1. What baby item could you have NOT lived without? - burp clothes and receiving blankets. I had lots of each and it was so nice to grab one and use it for spit ups, messes, etc. I also loved having a wipe warmer for the middle of the night changes. He would wake up screaming when I didn't use it.

2. What items did you forget and have to send someone out to the store and get early on? There really wasn't anything we forgot, but we did have to go buy bottle nipples a lot. DS was SO picky with the nipple we used that it took a lot of trial and error to find one he would take.

3. What items did you get but never/seldom use?
Some of the pacifiers we got we never used. People mean well when they give you a paci for a shower gift but until you know what kind your child will take, its a waste of money to have several of any kind. I also had several diaper bags that I got as gifts and ended up using the free one that the hospital gives you. I considered buying one this time too but think I will wait to see what the hospital has.

4. List some more essentials of what you want/need! I want a moby this time and the aden & anais blankets. I also need bottles because I sold all of mine in a garage sale.

I'm sure I will think of more things later.

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1. What baby item could you have NOT lived without?

Crib and all of the necessities (mattress, sheet protector, sheets), bouncy chair, breast pump, changing table

2. What items did you forget and have to send someone out to the store and get early on?

pacifiers- I didn't want to use them because I was breastfeeding but they were a lifesaver

3. What items did you get but never/seldom use?

I bought a crib bedding set and I have never used the quilt that came with it. I will use it as a play blanket for this baby.

4. List some more essentials of what you want/need!

We have all of the big ticket items but for this baby I am going to get:
1. Clothes. Probably 7-10 newborn outfits and then 10-15 0-3 months. I'm sure I'll get most as gifts and from consignment.
2. Diapers and wipes
3. if it's a girl: Crib sheets, breathable bumpers, paint for the new room, wall decals that go with my undecided theme

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

3. What items did you get but never/seldom use? Some of the pacifiers we got we never used. People mean well when they give you a paci for a shower gift but until you know what kind your child will take, its a waste of money to have several of any kind.

I got a lot as gifts too and since Nicholas only took a certain kind, I just re-gifted them LOL. Same with all the "cutsey" blankets I got but never used. It was always a go-to shower gift...just throw in a pack of diapers and you are good to go.

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"JuneorJulyBaby?" wrote:

3. What items did you get but never/seldom use?

I bought a crib bedding set and I have never used the quilt that came with it. I will use it as a play blanket for this baby.

Same here - I wish I never would have bought a crib set, I never used it. It was so cute when it was set up but the comforter part was too stick and thick for a baby. I ended up using the sheet and a baby blanket that he got as a gift.

Oh, and baby blankets - seriously - I have way too many! That is one gift I know not to buy people now because they are always a popular gift. I normally give the breastfeeding supplies if I know the mom with BF. Nursing pads, storage bags, the lotion, etc. Stuff that maybe a FTM doesn't realize yet that she needs or no one thinks to buy because its kind of personal.

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If you are breastfeeding definitely remember to pack the nursing pads and the ointment/lotion that you put on your nipples to keep them from cracking and such. I was a first time mom with my daughter and didn't even know these things existed! My mom had to buy some pads and bring them to the hospital for me. And your nipples will thank you for the cream. Mine would have fallen off without them!!

For me the essentials were definitely the short/long sleeved onesies. My daughter (who was born in December) always had one of these under her clothes. They help with extra warmth or if you have a hot blooded baby like my daughter you can shed the layers. Receiving blankets are great because you can wipe the spit up and such all day long with those and same for the burp cloths. Lotion because babies skin can get really dry and my daughter had sensitive skin as well. We used Aveeno because it was thicker and hypoallergenic. Also make sure you have all the medications. Tylenol, gas drops, diaper rash ointments, thermometer. Those are things that you don't want to have an "Oh Crap!" moment if your baby gets sick/fussy at 3am. Socks and bibs were useful to me as well. We also used a hypoallergic laundry detergent. We usually get All Free and Clear. Again this is coming from someone who's kid had really sensitive skin and stuff would break her out in a rash.

For me personally the things I didn't really care for or use that often were the diaper genie's, baby wash cloths (we just used regular sized ones that were soft), baby towels (again just used smaller sized adult towels), and we got infant shoes for shower gifts and she never wore them, and the baby laundry detergent Dreft was crap IMO.

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"_Jessicah_" wrote:

Also make sure you have all the medications. Tylenol, gas drops, diaper rash ointments, thermometer. Those are things that you don't want to have an "Oh Crap!" moment if your baby gets sick/fussy at 3am. Socks and bibs were useful to me as well.

For me personally the things I didn't really care for or use that often were the diaper genie's, baby wash cloths (we just used regular sized ones that were soft), baby towels (again just used smaller sized adult towels), and we got infant shoes for shower gifts and she never wore them. I am sure there's more that I can't think of right now.

So true about having baby meds on hand. And stock up on Mylicon. Its safe to use and you may be surprised how much you go through.

I agree on wash clothes and towels. Don't register for them, you will get plenty without even asking for them. I still use the really nice, thick wash clothes we got for DS but the cheapie, thin ones that come in a gift set or a pack of 12 or something are like using a thin, see through paper towel - just softer. And really, towels with the hoodies are cute - but your LO outgrows them so fast.

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Questions to think about:

1. What baby item could you have NOT lived without? Corona Cream... it was recommended by my pediatrician for diaper rash, it runs circles around Desitin! The only weird part... it's for animals! It's awesome though, and sold in my hospital's pharmacy!

2. What items did you forget and have to send someone out to the store and get early on? Nothing that I can think of...

3. What items did you get but never/seldom use? Ugghhh, stupid diaper genie! Hello, a plastic bag and a regular trash can works just fine, thank you!

4. List some more essentials of what you want/need! A descent breast pump that doesn't cost an arm and a leg! And Christian Dior/Burberry baby outfits! I could only afford one of each cause they're so darn expensive... but so adorable!

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1. What baby item could you have NOT lived without?

I really loved my boppy for breatfeeding in the early weeks while the baby was small and nursing a lot and it helped to have support for my arm. Breast pads and lanolin cream are also really helpful for breastfeeding. I also really liked the swaddling blankets with the velcro on them so that the baby can't get out. Oh, and the bouncer with vibration--I remember putting DD in it and putting it in the bathroom while I took a shower so she would be right there.

2. What items did you forget and have to send someone out to the store and get early on?

You run out of diapers really fast when they're small. Smile

3. What items did you get but never/seldom use?

Bottles and pacifiers. I have never tried hard to get my kids to take a bottle, so they never have, and DD took a pacifier for about a week and then quit, and DS would gag on them, so I quit giving them to him. I also got WAY too many blankets as shower gifts with my first.

4. List some more essentials of what you want/need!

I am considering getting a new crib that doesn't have an attached changing table (the changing table that is on there is really small, and it makes the crib huge) and possibly sidecar-ing it to our bed, so it is kind of like an Arm's Reach CoSleeper, but BIGGER. Then DS can stay in the old crib, which is currently converted to a toddler bed--we only have three bedrooms, and his room is super small--probably too small for a twin bed. I am also considering finally getting a double stroller (got away with wearing DS and pushing DD in the stroller, and now DD will walk and I can push DS, but I think maybe it is time to get one now!) We need a new infant carseat (old one was in an accident and we just upgraded to a convertible for DS when we replaced it), so I can get which ever kind fits on which ever double stroller we get--I'm thinking either a BabyTrend Sit-n-Stand Plus or a Graco DuoGlider.

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Totally forgot about the boppy. They are great for breastfeeding!

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Thanks for the thread Smile I'm taking notes!

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1. What baby item could you have NOT lived without?
my hotsling and ergo! Advice: use the sling right from birth. Don't wait a few weeks and then try. That way baby is forced to like it from day 1 Wink so handy, I would breastfeed with it too.

2. What items did you forget and have to send someone out to the store and get early on? Preemie sleepers! I had all newborn sized, but my daughter was 6 pounds and SWIMMING in the comparatively massive sleepers I had bought.

3. What items did you get but never/seldom use?
Bottles and pacifiers! I never ended up leaving her until she was old enough to use a sippy cup (8 months+) so bottles were unnecessary. I HATE pacifiers but got sooo many as gifts. I just decided I wasn't even going to try. Glad I didn't. Wink just meant she nursed to sleep longer than some, which I don't complain about because I wanted her to take as many as my calories as possible!!
I also never used a bassinet, crib, pack in play, or anything large besides the stroller. haha

4. List some more essentials of what you want/need!
This time I am buying a moby wrap for the newborn as well as a new sling for DH.

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1. What baby item could you have NOT lived without? The boppy is great!!! and you can't have too many burp clothes or bibs. Sleep sacks are great too, Halo brand, or swaddling wraps, especially since we're having winter babies.

2. What items did you forget and have to send someone out to the store and get early on?
nothing that i can think of. i was SHOCKED by the amount of diapers :eek: i had no idea we would go through so many.

3. What items did you get but never/seldom use? Crib sets are cute, but don't fall for it! you aren't supposed to use all that bedding anyway and have to take it out. My husband wanted to get this fancy "spa" bath tub with a pump and little shower hose. We never ever used it. We just used the plastic tub and none of the accessories.

4. List some more essentials of what you want/need!
if you plan to breastfeed, do lots of reading! breastfeeding might sound easy, but the more educated you are about it the easier it will be to continue even when the going gets tough. Also if you have a vaginal birth stock up on witch hazel pads and dermoplast numbing spray. Both are crucial if you end up with a tear.

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1. Could not live without Bobby and swing and mylicon in the beginning and later on the bounced chair. I always give these items for baby shower presents. If your going to pump my medula pump was the best and just buy one child they ate a tax writeoff you know
2.didn't really forget anything
3. Got 2 wipe warmers which I never used
4. Need new bottles. Bags for storing BM. Need a new carseat/stroller ours has expired

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"Carolyn85" wrote:

4. List some more essentials of what you want/need! if you plan to breastfeed, do lots of reading! breastfeeding might sound easy, but the more educated you are about it the easier it will be to continue even when the going gets tough. Also if you have a vaginal birth stock up on witch hazel pads and dermoplast numbing spray. Both are crucial if you end up with a tear.

oh my goodness. I did NOT expect breastfeeding to hurt so much. All of the books said "if the baby has a bad latch, it will hurt" and then didn't mention anything about chapped, bleeding nipples from the bad latch that will last for two weeks, even if you correct the latch quick. If I wasn't so headstrong and WANT to breastfeed so bad I would have given up...

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"Carolyn85" wrote:

3. What items did you get but never/seldom use? Crib sets are cute, but don't fall for it! you aren't supposed to use all that bedding anyway and have to take it out. My husband wanted to get this fancy "spa" bath tub with a pump and little shower hose. We never ever used it. We just used the plastic tub and none of the accessories.

agreed! We registered for the spa tub and received it. Before we opened it I read reviews on it and ended up returning it. None of the reviews had anything positive to say.

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1. What baby item could you have NOT lived without? burp cloths. Lots and lots of burp cloths. Also the carseat cover if it's cold where you're at. Lansinoh for the early breastfeeding days. Mitts for their hands so they don't scratch their faces all up. Wipe warmer is awesome for middle of the night changes.

2. What items did you forget and have to send someone out to the store and get early on? We didn't have any saline solution for noses - like Little Noses. I figured we'd only need that if he was sick, but we ended up needing it quite a bit those first few weeks when he had a little something stuck in his nose. We hated that he couldn't breathe clearly.

3. What items did you get but never/seldom use? Didn't use bibs much the first couple months, just burp cloths. Can't think of anything else right now...

4. List some more essentials of what you want/need! I need a new breastpump. The one I have is a hand me down and is ANCIENT. Also want to get a moby wrap and a nursing cover. I was really shy about nursing in public last time around...so much so that I'd feed baby right before we left the house, and have a bottle of pumped milk ready to go. This time around, I'm not going to worry about that (I won't have time with a toddler, too!) So a nursing cover seems like a good solution...it's hard to keep a blanket held up while trying to hold your boob and latch a baby!