BTDT moms ? (OT and XP)

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sewgirly's picture
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BTDT moms ? (OT and XP)

Here goes another non scrap related post from me! Gheesh! I posted it on what if the Lord willing will be my new birthboard! :eek: That makes me giggle with excitement!

I know this has probably been talked about 100 times but I can't seem to find it. We are having a welcome home shower AFTER placement so I'm needing to know all the must haves before we bring baby home. Since we are traveling, I'd like to be getting the things together that we need to take with us for the birth and then need to pick up the things that we know we need for the first couple of weeks.

So anyone want to make me a shopping list?

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Gosh, that could take a LONG time!!! Hehehehe...how bout I'll just say a few things I felt like I wouldn't have wanted to be without in those first few weeks???
Sorry if some of them are really obvious!! Smile

A night light for babies room or your room if baby is cosleeping. You will be up and down so much at night, it's nice to not have to turn big overhead light on.

Burp clothes, burp clothes, and more burp clothes. Smile Even if your new LO isn't a big spitter upper, these things are so handy for everything from wiping up spilled formula to keeping on your shoulder for burping. We went through TONS of these!

Boppy pillow. Even bottle fed babies like to rest comfortable, and some type of feeding pillow like this is a lifesaver IMO.

Head cradle thingees, not sure exact name. You don't realize how many you actually need till you start setting baby down here and there in things that don't have them like car seat, bouncy seat, stroller, and one of my babies liked to sleep with one around his head even. Smile

Swaddlers...I found that my last two cried a LOT less in those first few months if they were swaddled a lot, so blankets that swaddle well, or even those cool swaddle blankets were a big help to me.

Gripe water...I know many moms say it does nothing, but I swear by it!!

Bouncy seat....so nice to have a place to sit baby when you are busy with both hands.

Gosh, that's a lot isn't it?? Just trying to think of the things in the first few months that were a HUGE help to me. HTH Kelly!

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i 2nd a boppy. its SO easy to just set the baby in the boppy while you run to the bathroom or something. When Ryan was a newbie we would put a comforter on the huge coffee table, and put the boppy on it, and put him in it and he would nap there for hours and i could sit on the couch and watch tv and him. Smile

a BIG one for us was little mitts for their hands. i swore by those until Ryan was about 4 or 5 months old. he would constantly cut his face if he went to sleep without them. and cuts on the face werent cute in those newborn photos Wink

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The list Carrie put up is a good one. You will need some bottles too, I would buy maybe 6 to get you throught the first couple of weeks and then get more from the shower. You can buy the slow flow ones and register for medium and fast flow for the future.

I don't know if all babies are this way but Kaelan is soothed best by his mobile so I bought one that was battery powered so I didn't have to be cranking it constantly. I highly recommend one from early on.

I had a meet the baby shower after DS was born at around 1 month of age. The kind of things I registered for were 3-9 month clothes, extra blankets, extra crib sheets, a bumbo, a second (bigger) play gym, and lots of diapers and wipes. All these things were appropriate for later on.

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The swing. I couldn't have made it without that. I loved my swing. He kept climging in it even when he was too big. We just had to take it down because it would have broken.

It was a great place to put him when I had to run to the bathroom for 30 seconds because I couldn't stand to be away from him any longer than that, and when he did get his first cold, it was a great place to put him cause it kept him upright which kept the nose from being too stuffy.

I definitely think the Boppy is also wonderful!

Sleepers with zippers. Especially at night. I know the buttoned up ones are sooo cute, but trust me, dealing with buttons at 2 a.m., not especially fun.

Avent bottles. They really helped keep the gas bubbles down to a minimum.

Gas medecine. One night we paced the hallway for two hours trying to get him to calm down. He never was colicky so that was a very long night. The next day I bought mylicon. The longest gassy problem we ever had after that was 10 minutes.

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Oh and you'll probably want a minimum of two sheets and two crib protectors. I wasn't at all for this when I got two, but then some girls on my birthboard recomended putting one crib mattress protector, a sheet, another crib mattress protector and another sheet, because if she spits up or poops through the sheet in the middle of the night, all you have to do is pull the first one off and you're good to go with a second one underneath and you don't have to change it right then.

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i wouldn't buy too many bottles at first. just get a couple, she may not take a certain kind very well, or one kind might make her more gassy, some leak really bad, etc.

nose saline drops. i think we're on our 5th or 6th bottle already!! we got the bulb syringe from the hospital.

mitts for hands and a fingernail clipper

gowns are very helpful for those middle of the night diaper changes

i definitely second the nightlight! we have one in our hallway so i can see enough to make my way out of the room into miles's room.

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To get you by until the shower? Hmmmm .... All the gadgets and gizmos are fun to have, but there's really only a few essentials. Smile

Car seat, maybe with a snuzzler insert

A baby monitor (I really wish we had invested in a video one. It's an investment that will last years, though!) if you think you'll want one

Clothes -- onesies, outfits, socks

Diapers

Burp cloths

Bottles and formula (don't buy the formula in advance, though since you never know which one they will start you on at the hospital). We used Dr. Browns bottles, but everyone seems to have a preference for what kind of bottles. Smile

Gripe water is GREAT for calming fussy tummies

Bouncy seat (although you're sure to get one at the shower, it really is handy for cooking dinner and having baby nearby)

Some people swear by an Angel Care monitor to help keep peace of mind while baby is sleeping (it alarms if there's no breathing/movement)

HTH!

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I took pics when getting ready for Damien,lol let me go look for them Smile brb

Okay here they are as well as my list
carseat and carseat insert
diapers
wipes
bringing home baby outfit!!!!
onsies
socks
warm soft blankets bring a few incase she spits up on one
burp cloths
hat
formula
bottles
bottle washer
boppy, it will save you
hooded towel for baby
diaper bag
new outfit for mommy after all you will always see yourself in those pictures Smile
I will add more later Smile

crib Smile I know, you already have that!
changing table pad and cover

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"K9Trainer" wrote:

Gosh, that could take a LONG time!!! Hehehehe...how bout I'll just say a few things I felt like I wouldn't have wanted to be without in those first few weeks???
Sorry if some of them are really obvious!! Smile

A night light for babies room or your room if baby is cosleeping. You will be up and down so much at night, it's nice to not have to turn big overhead light on.

Burp clothes, burp clothes, and more burp clothes. Smile Even if your new LO isn't a big spitter upper, these things are so handy for everything from wiping up spilled formula to keeping on your shoulder for burping. We went through TONS of these!

Boppy pillow. Even bottle fed babies like to rest comfortable, and some type of feeding pillow like this is a lifesaver IMO.

Head cradle thingees, not sure exact name. You don't realize how many you actually need till you start setting baby down here and there in things that don't have them like car seat, bouncy seat, stroller, and one of my babies liked to sleep with one around his head even. Smile

Swaddlers...I found that my last two cried a LOT less in those first few months if they were swaddled a lot, so blankets that swaddle well, or even those cool swaddle blankets were a big help to me.

Gripe water...I know many moms say it does nothing, but I swear by it!!

Bouncy seat....so nice to have a place to sit baby when you are busy with both hands.

Gosh, that's a lot isn't it?? Just trying to think of the things in the first few months that were a HUGE help to me. HTH Kelly!

I highlighted the things I totally totally totally agree with Carrie on! The boppy pillow and bumbo (not needed for a few more months atleast!) were my two most favoritest, couldn't-live-without-no-matter-what items!! And gripe water worked wonders for Kayson.

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Tia, I have the same diaper bag, mine is brown with aqua inside!

Erin, that is a great idea about the sheets in the pack and play. I will definitely do that!!

Thanks girls for all the info. I have alot of what you listed so I'm off to a good start. Never heard of gripe water, had to google that one!! A lot to learn, a lot to learn!!!!!