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Baby Supplies

While sitting here at work, I just had a realization... Not that I wasn't aware of it already, but now..oh boy.

This is my first baby. What supplies do I all need???

I know a few like:
Crib / Bassonette
Blanket
Car seat
Stroller
Bottles
Diapers (for cloth, will need cloth and pins)
Clothes - jumpers, socks, winter clothes (as baby is due in march)
but after that, I draw a complete blank.. I KNOW there has to be more than that...

Any of you experienced mommies have any advice???

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Breast pump if you plan on bfing.

Swing (couldn't live without it during the fussy times)

Bouncy seat

Burp cloths (i like to use cloth diapers as burp cloths)

Hmmmm... Let me think, I'm sure there is more!

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Some Kind of carrier. A stretchy wrap is really nice when they're new and helps you keep your hands free
Breast pads

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What do you need?? Not very much really! Somewhere for the babe to ride in the car, somewhere for the babe to sleep, and something to cover his/her butt Smile Lol! I definitely recomend a Moby wrap, total lifesaver! I LOVE mine to death! I will think on what my other "must haves" are Smile

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Our baby must-haves were swaddle blankets (DD would not sleep without them) and a video baby monitor. The video monitor is obviously not a necessity, but I LOVED being able to hear AND see baby. It helped so much when baby was a little fussy. I could check her on the video monitor and see that she was actually settling herself back to sleep, so it saved me from going in her room and completely waking her up. She's almost 4 and I still use the monitor...she wonders how I know when she's snuck out of her bed to get a toy!

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A nasal aspirator for when baby gets a cold and some saline drops for the nose. Their little noses always seem to get stuffy.

I loved having a swing and used it a lot in the first three months. It was nice to have dinner and put LO in the swing so they could see what was going on.

Swaddle blankets are amazing and I highly recommend them. My kids always slept great when swaddled and they can't get out of these blankets.

If you are planning on cloth diapers there are some great all-in-one cloth diapers that fit from newborn to potty-trained. They work just like a regular disposable diaper so you don't need covers and pins. I loved mine! Am going to be using all of mine for the third time! Totally worth the initial investment.

From about 5-9 months I loved having a johnny-jump-up.

Exercausers are nice to have but I wouldn't say they are a must have. I have one that can be used as an activity mat for when baby can't sit yet, then it can turn in to an activity table once your kiddo starts standing/walking.

Boppy pillows are really nice if you plan on breasfeeding and then can be used when the baby is learning to sit.

Lots of onesies/sleepers instead of cute little outfits that are a pain to get on and off!

I'm sure there is more but it isn't as bad as it might seem... I promise!

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I second the video monitor...total must!!

Are you having a shower? When you register, there's a checklist...it's extensive and way too many things, but it gives you something hard to look at.

As far as big ticket items, if you have friends that have things they're not using anymore, I so suggest borrowing...it's so easy to rack up the $$$! :eek:

ETA: you can never have enough burp cloths or blankies!

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All I have to say is: save the boxes and receipts!

We got a $100 swing from my parents and my son HATED it! We ended up selling it to Once Upon a Child for $26. What a waste. I totally regret not saving the box.

And you will need a tub...and a boppy pillow. Those are great, if for nothing else than letting your baby nap in it.

High chair (you won't need it right away, but you'll be glad that you already have it). Breast pump (I recommend Medela Swing Single Electric Pump, which is about $150).

And invest in the travel stroller. That way you can pop the car seat out of the car and onto the stroller without disturbing baby.

I always would cruise through the babies 'r' us website for ideas.

Cari

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I want to second the mama who said that there's very little you "need." (And you're not a bad parent if you don't fill your house with thousands of dollars of product, despite what marketers say.)

But I also want to second the mama who plugged a Moby Wrap. My never-sleeps-ever baby, as a five-week-old, slept through a five-hour plane ride because of that thing.

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like most new moms, we filled our house with gear and stuff in preparation for our first baby, and yes, there were really only a few things we HAD to have.

1. receiving blankets or other thin, largish blankets for swaddling
2. burp cloths
3. cloth diapers and wipes (i like bum genius organic all-in-ones, but we used disposables--huggies pure and natural--until baby was 10 or 11 pounds)
4. boppy and nursing bras
5. stretchy wrap (mine was called a sleepy wrap, and it really did put him to sleep!)
6. car seat, of course Smile

we had a bouncy seat, a swing, an exersaucer, and other contraptions, but Asher never liked any of them...he always preferred to be held or worn on our bodies. so, i agree, save boxes and receipts if possible so you can return any gear you don't end up needing.

if you want to pump/bottle feed...check with your insurance to see if they cover the cost of a breast pump. mine did! for a $20 copay i got a $300 breast pump (medela pump in style...a GREAT pump). i just needed a "prescription" from my doctor to get it. and don't buy too many bottles of the same brand!! we had tons avent bottles, and Asher wouldn't take them. i had already unboxed/washed them, so i couldn't return them. i ended up giving them to friends. i also had several dr. brown's bottles that were too much of a pain to wash, so those went to waste, too. all we ever used were the two medela bottles that came with my pump! and around 5 months, he started refusing bottles altogether, so we gave up and i just gave him the boob until he was weaned at a year. i hate to think how much money we wasted on bottles!

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Sounds like everyone has given you some good advice. I found there are many things that I didn't need or use. In fact, I don't have a bassinette (baby sleeps in crib from the first night home. And.....I don't do monitors. I also don't do receiving blankets, I think they're too small and a regular warm cozy blanket will do. Smile

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Great lists! I made my own Moby wrap for about $7 so that is an option. I have an Ergo now so I may just get the infant insert and not worry about wrapping myself up like a ninja again.

I think that the meds are the best thing to keep on hand

thermometer - I keep saying I want a temporal, but all we have is an ear one and it's fine
motrin and ibrubroufen - the baby will only spike 103 degree fever in the middle of the night the first time. Smile
Vicks- this is essential for getting a congested baby to get any sleep
Diaper cream - I like Butt Paste, it has worked well for my girls

I also really like Aveeno baby wash, it smells good and hasn't irritated any of my kids skin, it also helped the horrible cradle cap that DD2 had FOREVER!

I know that your a more wholesome mamma, but I'm sure you know the natural version of all these things, this is just to complete your list.

After reading all these lists I have to say that there is really nothing I need for this one! Smile

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the only other thing i thought of is a comfy chair that you can nurse in (or bottle feed), and then be able to just lay your head back and fall asleep! i spent many hours sleeping in the chair in Asher's room. i don't know if it's really safe to fall asleep with a baby on your lap, but it was the only way either of us got much sleep during the those first few months. the "transfer sleeping baby to the crib" thing never worked out too well, so when he drifted off while feeding, i would too! he was always snuggled against my belly on the boppy, and that's just where he liked to be.

of course, if you're thinking of co-sleeping, then you don't even need a chair! but that's a whole other discussion. Wink

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If you are planning on cloth diapering, I highly recommend the bumgenius one size diapers! They are awesome! they grow with the baby so you don't have to keep buying a bigger size. Elliot wore them as a newborn and sawyer wore the same ones as an 18 month old. they both wore them until the potty trained and we will be using them againf or this baby!

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You can never have enough onsies too. I had a summer California baby and that is all he wore. They are also good for winter babies in the colder regions for layering too. But I agree there aren't many neccessities but there are a lot of things that are convenient to have. My fav was a papasan chair...I was able to move it easily from room to room if I needed to get housework done and it was light enough it really didn't disturb baby. Also, a basic first aid kid (Nasal aspirator, thermometer, etc.)

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Oh Wow - Thanks for the replies ladies. I had downloaded a few lists from baby sites and gawked at the size of them. I thought, this kid is going to have more stuff than me LOL

I would love to know what brands of all in one cloth diapers you guys recommend?

My husband already said he wants a video monitor as well. We have one on the chickens, so it makes sense he wanted one for baby too. Baby will be sharing a room with us for the first while, too - no co-sleeping - I co-sleep with my new ktten (he can't sleep without touching me) and there have been many times I have rolled over on top of him LOL Will definitely be getting a breast pump. Both hubby and I want to make sure baby gets breat milk.

The neccessity list and the nice to have lists are VERY DIFFERANT LOL.

I don't think I will be having a shower though (My family is in all differant provinces and i have really only 2 close female friends). Mind you hubby's mom likes to surprise me when we visit at chrsitmas ( she did a bridal shower for me) so, she may have other plans.

I feel a little less over whelmed at the prospect of all the new supplies we will have to get.

Thanks Smile

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i have tried dozens of brands and types of cloth diapers, and finally settled on bum genius organic (also called elemental) all-in-ones. they have snaps (velcro annoys me) and you can adjust the size to grow with your baby. DS1 is still on the medium setting, and he's 21 months, so they will easily last us through potty training. there are no inserts, no stuffing, nothing at all to do except take em off and toss em in the pail til laundry day. they come in cute colors, too. Smile i bought most of mine used off diaperswappers.com. just make sure you buy from people who have sold on there before with plenty of positive reviews. i also sold all the other diapers i had bought but didn't like on diaperswappers and got most of my money back (which i could then use to buy more bum genius!).

the only thing is, i don't think the diapers really fit at birth, unless you have a 10 lb baby. DS1 wasn't big enough to fill them out on the smallest setting until he was about 11 pounds. we used disposables til then. i am planning to do the same for baby #2, and then it will be so cheap and convenient when DS1 and baby #2 can just share the same stash of cloth diapers!