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Since no one has responded yet I figured I get this ball rolling with my tentative list..
Disposable & “Wash and Try” pack once she’s 10lbs
*Nappies (Disposable & cloth)
*Cloth diaper wet bag
*Baby bath tub
*Nipple shields & shells
*Carseat with base
In addition to the items on your list:
It looks like you’re planning on co-sleeping. I’d still get something for the baby to sleep in-a pack n play or bassinet, or something so that you can lay the baby down somewhere (I wouldn’t have wanted to constantly baby wear, although I did co-sleep for the first few months).
-Detergent for diapers, unless you are planning on using the same kind for everything. I have had good luck with Planet. Not everything works well with cloth diapers.
-Swaddlers. These work well with little babies.
-Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp. This is a fantastic book!
-Either Dr. Spock or Dr. Sears book. Has lots of useful information.
-A bulb syringe, although they might give you one at the hospital.
-hand covers so baby doesn’t scratch him or herself.
-Infant Tylenol to have on hand prior to vaccinations
-I thought the Boppy was great to have for nursing.
I’m sure there is more, but that’s what I can think of offhand.
Cot or baby bed, even if you plan to co-sleep
3 bedsheets and 3 waterproof sheets for the cot
Set of baby clothes 0 to 3 months, all in white ( all white makes life easier with the laundry)
Post birth clothes for you – cotton yoga pants, soft shirts which can be opened from the front and 3 nursing bras. Ah, and bright red nail polish for your toes – the view will cheer you up during the endless breastfeeding sessions and sleepless nights :)
PaintingAStory is against the new buttons
“Ah, and bright red nail polish for your toes – the view will cheer you up during the endless breastfeeding sessions and sleepless nights :)”
That was an adorable suggestion that made me smile =)
Hi there, I think your list is quite comprehensive. The items I would suggest you may find useful are:
- A baby bath seat, you can get them in a mesh material and also in plastic. It’s really nerve-racking bathing a baby – especially a newborn, it’s really hard to have a firm grip on them especially with soap and water involved.
- Another handy thing to have are muslin cloths, they are so handy wrap/swaddle the baby in, to create shade or some privacy when breastfeeding and to mop up spills.
- An electronic thermometer – I have found mine invaluable. You can take the temperature from the ear – alot less intrusive than taking it from under the arm and also more precise. It takes only a few seconds to register the temperature and my thermometer which is a Braun brand keeps the last six temperature reads in memory – very handy to refer back to to see if your baby’s temp is going up or down. It can als be used by the whole family
Hope this helps and good luck!
-Thick burp cloths and lots of them. The best ones I’ve found are the felt Gerber brand (they have them at Target).
-I liked the “My Brest Friend” nursing pillow better than the Boppy.
-A nursing shawl
-Lansinoh lanolin for your nipples (it’s safe for baby)
-Nursing camis, way more convenient than bras IMO
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-An experienced doula
-Someone to check on you (not just the baby) after the birth
-Someone to bring you food, or a full freezer stocked with meals
-A prepared childbirth class a la Bradley Method
-infant carseat, installed and approved by local safety officials (police or fire rescue will check it for free, in my area)
-lots of books on healthy parenting and natural/organic methods of childrearing, since medicine in the US kills off more babies than any other industrialized nation in the world. Hint: look to Europe to see how to do it right.
If you are homebirthing, you’ll have ordered your homebirth kit w/ the help of your midwife.
Other than that, there is nothing absolutely essential for baby that can’t be bought as needed. A few cloth diapers, a few blankets—they can go a long way if you are well-rested and cared for. Newborns really just need breastmilk and attention. They are not dirty little creatures and as long as you have a clean, healthy home and are not parading their fragile bodies out all over creation, they’re not likely to get sick.
Best of luck.
I recommend reading this post: http://simplemom.net/the-things-you-dont-need-but-they-say-you-do-for-a-new-baby/
Simplemom.net is an invaluable resource for me.
Also, I recommend seeing, “The Business of Being Born” (a documentary, see http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com/) and reading this fabulous book: http://www.deliverthisbook.com/
The number-one thing I’m glad I found was wool nursing pads (a GODSEND): http://www.danishwool.com/products/item/nursing_pads.html
Blessings to you and baby!
Because we didn’t have any help (my wife’s mother couldn’t get a visa to visit around the birth), we stockpiled a lot of meals in the freezer some months before. Then we just pulled out something in the morning or night before and didn’t have worry about getting energy to cook.
wailuamama is busy. whew!
I second getting a nursing pillow with an extra cover since they tend to get spit up on them : P. I got the boppy as a present and it really makes it more comfortable to nurse! As others have said mittens, hats and lots of burp rags are also so important during the first month. My favorite burp rags were made of cute pattered flannel which my mom made for me, kinda like these http://rocksinmydryer.typepad.com/shannon/2008/03/its-almost-enou.html :). I almost constantly had one strung over my shoulder so I liked to use cute ones :P.
For cloth diapers I like to use a diaper sprayer (aka hand held bidet) to spray the yuck off like this one http://www.amazon.com/Mini-Shower-Bidet-Multi-Use-Hand-Sprayer/dp/B001OIVDE4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1286844380&sr=8-1. I also love my whammies diaper pail liner so I don’t need to bleach the diaper pail all the time to keep it from stinking (just wash the pail liner). When buying cloth diapers I recommend grovia and bumgenius because you can buy them one size fits all and they last and last! I have some of each and I love them both, but tend to grab the grovia first for some reason. kellymom often has good deals on both : ).
A car seat/ stroller travel system was key when my boys were young too because then when they fall asleep in the car seat you can just click it into the stroller and you’re good to go. I loved my graco snug ride + matching stroller. Not too fancy but they work good and are safe : )
joie de vivre here only intermittantly
Red light bulb for a lamp where the baby is sleeping – much better than a white night light to do middle-of-the-night diaper changes and feedings.
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1. Arm’s Reach Cosleeper (small)
2. Baby blankets
4. Hospital grade breast pump rental (till baby got the hang of breastfeeding)
5. Playtex bottle feeding systeme (with the disposable bags)
6. Onesies/sleepers/Gerber white cotton tees (just about 7 of each—they outgrow so fast)
7. Box of 200+ diapers (Pampers)
8. Vicks thermometer
9. Boppy pillow
10. Changing table & pad
11. Diaper bag with changing pad
12. Bouncy seat
13. BRU unscented wipes
14. Alveeno baby shampoo
15. Soft baby towels, burp cloths
I didn’t buy a diaper pail. Just took out the trash nightly. Also used a cloth diaper service, which was hassle-free.
bwings getting ready to ring in the new year with husband and daughter.
1) A mobile with a remote control trigger that you can sit on your end table (if your putting the crib in your room for the first bit) this way if the baby starts to wake and you want those few extra z’s you can hit the button and start the mobile. Works even better if one of the mobiles options for sound is a heartbeat.
2) diaper genie, when they’re older they go through diapers too quickly and it fills too fast. But when they are young it’s a nose saver ;)
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Hospital or not, you will want your child’s father not to worry about HIS attire during and after your birth, so put aside/pack in your hospital bag not only things for yourself, but also some sweat pants and a fresh T-shirt to wear when baby is born for him. It will be warm in any delivery room for the baby and daddies tend to transpire (and faint) because of it and lack of sustenance. Also pack a Mars bar or whatever he’d fancy for some quick carbs. He’ll feel so much more comfortable and will think you are one notch above awesome for thinking of him when all he could do was think of you.
Good luck! Read my birthing story for some more inspiration, if you like.
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