Baby Necessities?

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Mom2009's picture
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Baby Necessities?

Ok, folks, I'm about to start registering for the little bambina. I cannot for the life of me remember what I considered "esential" w/ DS as a baby. Its only been 4 yrs, but apparently my memory is bad. Anybody wanna throw out some ideas of what you consider essential? I know everybody's ideas of absolute necessity are different. For instance, we are a household that absolutely requires a changing table. Many don't think of that as something they just have to have. We do and it gets used until potty training is complete. So, please, even you first-time mamas, what are things just just think you are going to absolutely need for baby? And how many for things you need more than 1 of? I have to jump start my brain here so I can make a list.

So, I'll start...I have to have a changing table or piece of furniture such as a just-right height dresser that will function as such.

Carry on! Biggrin

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Our best purchase (aside from the obvious items) was our video monitor. DS is 2.5 and we still use it everyday and night. For us it's a total necessity. We use the changing table also.

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Onesies, lots of them in long and short sleeves.
Burping cloths/towels, also lots
Beanies, I'd say maybe 3
(As you can see I'm all about the clothes because we don't have space for much furniture)

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I hope you guys don't mind me lurking here. I hit 37 weeks on January 2 so I don't think I would be in December but you never know!

How does one register for clothes/onsies/blankets? I mean, I know you can go around and scan items in store, but I'm really not picky to actually select in a registry which ones I want, kwim? There's no way to register for generic items such as "X number of onsies in 0-3 month size" etc is there?

Jana - going back to your original question.... Is a bath or some way to bath the infant essential? I've been debating this one as "essential" or not. My experience has been that all my younger relatives did the sink bath method. Then I found this. It's cheap, stores easily, and I thought it would be a little safer? I have no experience bathing a newborn so this seemed like a great option until they are old enough to sit and be bathed in the tub...

Everything else I have on the online registries I've created are sort of basic right now. Soother, baby tooth brush, medical kit thingy (with nail clippers, thermometer, etc), nursing cover (just in case I want one), gel nipple pad things. I'm going all cloth so diaper wet bags, pre-folds, covers, snappis, diaper pail. A changing pad for travel...

Oh, winter baby so a winter cover for the carrier/car seat. But you won't have to use that I guess...

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Rachel, I consider baby bathtub essential, but only bc my DS got big FAST, and couldn't yet support himself well before he was a bit too big to bathe in the sink. It would probably work now in my current sink, but that was back before we replaced our way too shallow sink with a "normal" one. So, depends on your situation I guess. So...hmmmm...hadn't thought of whether I'd need one or not for this baby.

And actually I hadn't thought of the cover for the car seat, but that is definitely a must. We don't usually get snow or anything but our winters are pretty bitter (at least to us) sometimes bc of the humidity levels. The moisture in the air can make 40 degrees F absolutely miserably cold out. That being said, last winter was super mild, and we didn't really even need heavy jackets except for maybe a day or two the entire winter.

Some stores allow you to "make notes" for the people buying for you (or at least they used to if memory serves me correctly, I haven't looked in a long time)...you could put it in that section, or you could just register for several different brands, etc. That would give the idea I think.

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hooded towels and the bigger ones too (so they can grow into them or use them when she's older)
onsies - long sleeved and short sleeved. I have a bath that i used for DD, but i'm not sure it's really nessicary....i still have it just in case, but i almost feel those sling things would be better then the little whale tub i have. I never was totally comfortable doing the sink bath and we did when she was a newborn use the kitchen sink to wash her hair, but one of us was holding her while the other washed. So, anyways, on one hand i forsee the tub being more useful this time around since most likely i will be bathing both DD and DD2 together in the tub. Rock and Play - it was a lifesaver, but not all babies like it, sames goes with the vibrating bouncy chair and swing. DD hated the swing (i got it at a garage sale for $10!!) but i kept it incase this one likes it. wash cloths, baby shampoo and wash and diapers. Rattles and some toys they can grow into. I just picked up a carseat cover - and i hope it will like it better then using the blankets.... I also have a snow suit thingy i got a garage sale - DD never wore it, but i'm thinking this baby might since i have DD and I KNOW there will be just some days she will need to play in the snow -right, but i just looked and you are in TX...so, i guess that does not apply. Smile Teethers, maybe some toddler things - bath toys, sippies, bottles, etc.

https://www.carseatcanopy.com - this is similar to the car seat blanket i got - a lot of times they have a coupon code that you just pay shipping.

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Carseat and cover, socks, one piece outfits that cover the feet, bottles(since I will most likely bottle feed) a brush for it, baby shampoo, diapers in muliple sizes and brands(I use disposable), bouncer or a swing or both, baby bath tub, blankets multiple sizes and thickness, I use them for burp clothes, swaddle blankets, to put the baby down on cover the carseat thnigs like that. Cloth diapers to use as burp rags. Bassinett/pack and play/crib(something for the baby to sleep in, clothes.

Some people say carriers(slings and what not) are essentials.

I wanted a rock and play this time they are a more recent thing and found one on a for sale site so I will say thats essential.

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Rachel, I really like that sink thingy! I've been debating with myself re the tub as well. Our bath is very low down and DH won't be able to bath the baby if we only use the bath because he has a spine injury which stops him from bending down too much or for extended periods. I think that thingy will come in very handy for us and will make DH feel more comfortable to bath the baby.

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Ummm.. I'm so glad you asked this question. I was registering and thinking.. HOLY MOLY I HARDLY REMEMBER. It's been 6 years since I was last pregnant so I kinda get that I don't remember much... But I do/did remember some.

Things I found unnecessary:
Bottle Warmer
Wipes Warmer
Don't register for blankets unless there is a particular one your really want

Necessary Stuff/B]
Swing
Pack and Play (with the changing table thingy attached)
Depending on house size- Monitor
Bottles (I BFed and pumped)
Bottle cleaner thing
Bouncer
Travel System
I loved the space saver high chair thing but I registered for a real one this time
LOTS OF DIAPER RASH OINTMENT Smile
Humidifiers are good to have
Binkies (Pacifiers)- I registered for multiple because DS really took to one type and didn't like the others
Baby Bath with multiple stages
Baby Bjorn - I always wore DS around while doing stuff around the house if he was awake!

As for registering of "generic" stuff. I registered for just plain onsies long and short sleeve. That Might work to tell people you want them but they don't have to be anything in particular.

ALSO- I registered for TONS of Diapers.

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Socks! I didn't think of those! I must add that to my list.

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"Maddz" wrote:

Ummm.. I'm so glad you asked this question. I was registering and thinking.. HOLY MOLY I HARDLY REMEMBER. It's been 6 years since I was last pregnant so I kinda get that I don't remember much... But I do/did remember some.

Things I found unnecessary:
Bottle Warmer
Wipes Warmer
Don't register for blankets unless there is a particular one your really want

Necessary Stuff/B]
Swing
Pack and Play (with the changing table thingy attached)
Depending on house size- Monitor
Bottles (I BFed and pumped)
Bottle cleaner thing
Bouncer
Travel System
I loved the space saver high chair thing but I registered for a real one this time
LOTS OF DIAPER RASH OINTMENT Smile
Humidifiers are good to have
Binkies (Pacifiers)- I registered for multiple because DS really took to one type and didn't like the others
Baby Bath with multiple stages
Baby Bjorn - I always wore DS around while doing stuff around the house if he was awake!

As for registering of "generic" stuff. I registered for just plain onsies long and short sleeve. That Might work to tell people you want them but they don't have to be anything in particular.

ALSO- I registered for TONS of Diapers.

I agree! I didn't find out gender in past so never registered for clothes! I found people bought clothes after the baby was born despite having bought a gift prior. Clothes are hard to register for as they may not be available around time of shower. I loved my baby K'Tan. I agree with a baby bath tub. I wouldn't recommend registering for a bunch of older baby stuff unless you have tons of space to store it. I personally didn't register for anything related to pumping or breast feeding as I prefered to buy my own....I'm weird like that.