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Monday, February 4th 2008, 7:19pm

BABY ESSENTIALS!

We have a comprehensive hospital bag list now on the General Pregnancy boards but we don't have a list of the essentials that we need when baby comes along.

There's so much out there to entice us into spending our hard earned cash and yet, before baby comes along how do we know what's absolutely essential and what's going to sit in a cupboard gathering dust (nappy wrapper anyone?? :rolleyes: )

So......together we're going to start a list for expectant Mums of all the things they may find useful and please let us know what you bought but didn't ever use, that could save someone some pennies.





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Monday, February 4th 2008, 7:25pm

baby essentials

Bells - sorry if this is in the wrong place

I'd thoroughly recommend a baby seat for the bath. Fits in a baby bath too - about £14 from Mothercare. A's still in it and makes bath time far less stressful - in fact he screamed at bath time until we used it.

Baby Gym's/Nests/Chairs - possibly can wait till they are 6 weeks?

Rocking Crib for nighttime was also invaluable. Moses Basket was left downstairs for daytime.

Growbags... perfect for nighttime

These are the things I found most useful.

Oh I bought a rocking nursing chair...now gathering dust.. plus a cot top changer.

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Monday, February 4th 2008, 8:04pm

mmmmmm

plenty of baby gro's ( you can go through alot in one day!)

night light for feeding during the night

if breast feeding the frappacino lids from Starbucks they are great for sore nipples as they have a hole in them, pop em in your bra BLISS!

I don't think there was anything we didn't use ?(

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Monday, February 4th 2008, 8:31pm

My gathering Dust item is - Cot bumpers

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Monday, February 4th 2008, 8:32pm

Oh yes! cot bumper never ever used mine either!?

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Monday, February 4th 2008, 8:34pm

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Oh yes! cot bumper never ever used mine either!?


I read somewhere that you're not supposed to use cot bumpers cos of the risk of baby rolling into it ... and ... well, y'know

Sorry, probably not a discussion for here




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Monday, February 4th 2008, 8:52pm

I found the cot top changer useful ! Saves the back , esp if you are tall (not that I am), saying that a friend lent me hers, so saved me £50

We got given a nappy wrapper, but we wouldn't have brought one, the cassettes are quite pricey.

Agree, lots of baby gros, but only the ones that popper up at the front, M has never worn some of the 'over the head' ones, we got a few nice ones and packs of cheap ones from Tesco.

We are still using a baby bath (about £10 from Mothercare), we have found it useful as we can bath her in front of the fire or the radiator. It only needs 3 large jugs of water, but I don't know how useful they would be for larger babies ?

We spent a lot of money on a play mat when a much cheaper one would have surficed (sp), I wish we'd put the money towards something else.

M has only recently got to the correct weight to go in a gro bag, so in hindsight I wouldn't have bothered buying one until I needed to, blankets have been fine.

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Monday, February 4th 2008, 8:56pm

socks work better as scratch mits when a baby is small, they kept falling off spud....little terry socks form asda were life savers



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Definately muslins ... and bibs ... thousands and thousands of bibs




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Monday, February 4th 2008, 9:07pm

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Definately muslins ... and bibs ... thousands and thousands of bibs


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Monday, February 4th 2008, 9:08pm

Matalan baby gro's have little mitts you can fold over, they were brilliant!

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Monday, February 4th 2008, 9:08pm

You don't need bibs if you're breastfeeding though... although you can save them for weaning.





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Monday, February 4th 2008, 9:09pm

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Matalan baby gro's have little mitts you can fold over, they were brilliant!


Agree !

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Monday, February 4th 2008, 9:17pm

Comfy, bulky cushions for breastfeeding at home. Small, compact cushion that fits under your pram for breastfeeding out and about.







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Monday, February 4th 2008, 9:22pm

A tympanic thermometer, the ones that go in the ear (hence the name as they measure the temp of the tympanic membrane, every days a school day!). The blood vessel the supplies the brain also supplies the tympanic membrane (eardrum) so these things are a very accurate measure of core temperature. OK they are expensive but it saves a lot of wondering if your child feels hot.
Also muslins, they also make very good bandanas on hot days.
We have a towelling bath support which we have used since DD was very tiny.
We have a cot top changer, basically we had no where else to change her before we moved her into a bigger bedroom (last weekend!) and actually its easier on my back and its also easier now because she wriggles a lot but on the cot top changer she can't go anywhere.
A dishwasher, how I miss mine!

Pram shoes were pointless. If I remembered to put them on, she took them off and chewed them, I stopped bothering.
I never used the cot mumper, there is no evidence that they increse the risk of SIDS but I didn't want to take the risk.





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Monday, February 4th 2008, 9:25pm

We found shoes / bootees / socks pointless - grows with feet the only way to go.







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Monday, February 4th 2008, 9:27pm

A shallow box for nappies, wipes toys and stuff - everything is easier to get then when there in a bag.
I re fill it every day and where the boys go it goes - If im out and about I leave it in the boot and just shove a couple of nappies and wipes in Pram pockets.
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Monday, February 4th 2008, 9:28pm

You know this time round I will be only using romper suits and baby gro's for the first 12 weeks, the amount of outfits DD had when she was born and they just look uncomfortable, I owuld end up changing her back again :rolleyes:

Cotton wool a must!

We started using wipes at about 4 months can't live without those now!

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Monday, February 4th 2008, 10:30pm

I also found that I bought 0-3 months which go up to what 12lb... having A at 7lb 3 ( then 6lb 10 ) I needed a stock of early baby stuff, then newborn... then the 0-3 rompers/clothes were pointless cos it was too cold.

I echo the bibs...got thousands. Muslins are fantastic....A uses one as a comfort blanky

ASDA/Tesco clothes are fab and soo cheap.


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Monday, February 4th 2008, 10:36pm

Buy White Baby Vests & Grows and then you can do Big clothes washes no need to sort any colours.
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Tuesday, February 5th 2008, 9:04am

ooh yes lots of whites made life a lot easier in the first months - especially with two when you can get a full wash in 1-2 days. Baby gros/sleep suits with feet in that button up the front only too.

With two we've got by without moses baskets - twins slept together on the playmat during the day and in the cotbed at night. Or a baby bath, used a foam bath support in the big bath. or bibs so far (maybe that's why I get so much washing!)

Haven't got a cot top changer but now changing them on a change mat on the bed to give my back a break so may invest in one yet.

Babies went into growbags at 3 months and were swaddled in brushed cotton pram sheets before then which were brilliant.
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Tuesday, February 5th 2008, 5:42pm

Absolutely none over the head babygrow nonsense, had loads as gifts and they're so tricky...lovely to look at but awful to wriggle down a 5 months old.

What about camcorders guys? We haven't bought one and don't miss having films etc... all my friends bought them to video their kids...and they're all gathering dust


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Tuesday, February 5th 2008, 5:44pm

We have a camcorder, I forget to use it! But it does make me cry to watch her first moments and also how lovely it was to show her to her Nanny for the first time!





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dabbling with the idea of a camcorder but not sure how much we'd use it. Got lots of video clips on my mobile which we can download onto the pc which may suffice!
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Tuesday, February 5th 2008, 7:43pm

Must haves:
1) Receiving blankets - you need a good number as they get messed up as often as the clothing does
2) babygro's/rompers/vests/sleepsuits
3) changing mat - which you buy is your choice, I have one that sits nicely on top of the baby compactum and we have been using it since he was a few weeks old up to today
4) Nappy/baby bag for the out and about times - keep it packed and ready to go with several nappies, at least 2 (preferably 4) changes of clothing, spare blanket, cleaning supplies
5) cotton wool pads - the rolls and balls break up and stick to the skin so the little pressed pads are a lot beter. I still use the on his bottom today
6) Lots of bum cream!!!!!



Optional or get later:
1) Bibs
2) mobile for over the change mat - babies can focus on them at about 6 weeks and C still loves to play with it while I change his nappies


What I did not use:
1) baby wipes - I've tried every brand and C always gets a nasty rash on his privates when they are used on him
2) half of the newborn baby clothing never got used - C was not that big but he outgrew all the newborn clothing in about 2 weeks so a lot of it is still in pristine (read unused) condition, esp the cute "keep for special occasions" outfits.
3) mittens/bootees - C never used either...


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Tuesday, February 5th 2008, 7:56pm

My parents bought us a camcorder when M was born and I we have used it lots, it is lovely to watch it back, the last thing we recorded was M dancing in a tutu, black tights and her boots with a really serious face :D priceless!

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Tuesday, February 5th 2008, 8:22pm

Don't BUY a changing bag. Join the Boots mother & baby club and get one for free. The only downside to this is that everyone elses at mums & tots will be the same so you have to put a big label on it or attach a brightly coloured toy so you can identify it, or just have a rummage 'til you find one you like!





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Tuesday, February 5th 2008, 8:48pm

Not for a newborn but I couldn't have lived withour my bumbo, she went everywhere in it and started to wean in it to.

disposible changing mats - two fold 1, after you have had baby can use it under your sheet 'just incase' 2, easy to carry around and stop accidents!

intergrated mittens in babygros a must - from Next and mattalan

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get in things for teething as they can start early (L from 5-6 weeks) Anbesol liquid, parsons teething powders, teething rings, sterile face cloths (cold & wet to chew on) and bongela

Appropriate medication for jabs 'just incase' they react badly.

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Friday, April 4th 2008, 9:21am

A sheep skin to sleep and play on! (we got 3, two for cot and one for buggy)
Mashine washable and so lovely. No matter where we go, DS always got his sheepskin. Any and every bed is his bed with it in!
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Friday, April 4th 2008, 2:20pm

T i was going to ask you about those today! H loves being all snuggly and i wanted to get her one, where did you get yours from hun??? i went to dunelm and there was one there but there was fluff coming off it so i didnt want to chance that.

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What to buy?

We have decided that we are going to buy one 'big' thing each month and a few little things. The other day I purchased my first things which was a little set with a babygro and blanket etc. My question is- erm- what do I need to get for baby's first few months? I look round Mothercare and I don't know what half the things are for! What purchases have you made so far- or do you have any advice on what to stock up on? ?(
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Monday, May 19th 2008, 3:38pm

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8) Happy to oblige

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Friday, May 23rd 2008, 4:40pm

I'd like to say a big thank you for starting this list :smile: Only wish I'd found it sooner as I've made a few boo boos already judging from your comments but it will defo stop me from making any more. Thanks girls and keep the suggestions coming this is precious info :happy:

Can I just ask how many vests & all in ones you took to the hospital? Did you take enough or too many?

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I took 4 vests and 3 all in ones, but DP knew where the extras were just incase he needed to bring them in :happy:

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Friday, May 23rd 2008, 7:46pm

We needed bibs when I was breastfeeding as my babies where very sicky.

My list is

Bibs
Muslins
cot top changer
bath chair
baby swing (helped pacify one while dealing with the other!)
midnight garden dvd"s!
mircowave steamer (much quicker)
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Friday, May 23rd 2008, 9:13pm

I prefered cold water sterilising when DD was 'ickle. OK it takes half an hour but you only have to change the solution once in 24 hours and no waiting for stuff to cool down. I got a 3-in-1 steriliser from boots which could steam, microwave and cold water. I tried all 3 methods but cold water I found most convenient.





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Sunday, May 25th 2008, 3:35pm

RE: What to buy?

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Am the same!!!!

Been looking through the threads (thanks for the info Missy) and there seems to be some easy wins - muslins, baby grows x millions, growbags etc.....

And seems clothes are pretty much gifts or not needed for the first few months, shame - they're ssssssoooooo cute!!!

but the whole Moses Basket debate is a biggie, as I dont wanna spend £50 - £100 only for a few weeks!!!

Changing cot top things seem good, and those nice little blanket things too, but what about smellies, nappies (am doing recycled) and basics how much do yo get???

And car seat / pram sets, can the baby sleep in these until they get in the cot???? I havent yet dare go round the shops, as been to scared to, but intend to venture out there soon and might get overwhelmed!!!

Will be having a winter baby, will they need hats and a big snow suit thing? How do you know if they're warm enough or too hot??


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Sunday, May 25th 2008, 4:49pm

You can tell a babys core temperature but putting 2 fingers on your babys chest, it should feel warm, not hot or cold :happy:

Basics is as it says - basic. While it is lots of fun buying baby stuff :happy: don't go overboard, use your common sense 8) We are getting our moses basket from John Lewis http://www.johnlewis.com/230397510/Product.aspx its £30 and basic, but for 8 weeks use, 12 if you are very, very lucky, what more do you need? I am going to ask for a stand from freecycle, cheeky I know, but that £10 - £20 can buy more lovely clothes! I am having an isofixed group 0-1 carseat instead of a rockatot and then a group 1. They are practically the same thing anyway, and a fixed carseat is much safer than a rockatot kind, plus I save £100 just going for the group 0-1 :happy: I've bought a microwave steriliser, it is £30 cheaper than a steam, takes up less room and keep the bottles sterile for longer :smile:

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Sunday, May 25th 2008, 4:59pm

I've a stand you can have if you like Missy? The thing would be getting it to you ?( In fact, if you like you can have our basket too. No skin off my nose if you'd rather not though x







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Monday, May 26th 2008, 12:53pm

I wish more of the FZ mums would put stuff up for sale!!! Am happy to buy 2nd hand, not bothered at all, but ebay worries me as you never quite know the history of the stuff (smokers / pets etc) but on fz, you trust the gang!!!!

WIll have to rally the sellers markets!!!
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Monday, May 26th 2008, 12:56pm

Never thought really, suppose it makes sense, just tend to give stuff away to tell you the truth. I think its only fair really IMO. See no reason in lining M&P pockets when I can get stuff from friends and family and more than happy to pass things on for the same reason - share the wealth.

Pud is getting to an age where a few bits and pieces won't be necessary anymore. I'll have a look through.







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Monday, May 26th 2008, 1:44pm

Hi - This is a list I was given before having my little boy, which had been put together by a bunch of Mum's in the know, I found it really useful, and its very detailed, might help some:

Baby clothes

o 5 X sleep suits (with feet) - both newborn and 0-3 month sizes

o 5 X long sleeved body suits/legless - both newborn and 0-3 month sizes

o 5 X babygro (long arms/legs/without feet) - both newborn and 0-3 month sizes

o 5X under vests - both newborn and 0-3 month sizes

o 3 X socks

o Scratch mittens (or get sleepsuits with them in already)

o 2 X hats (one cotton, one woolly)

o Coming home outfit (Snow suit if winter)

o 3 X 2.5 tog Grobag

o 1 X 1 tog Grobag

o 5 X Velcro bibs

Toiletries/accessories

o New baby nappies

o Nappy sacks

o Baby wipes

o Ear thermometer

o Grooming kit

o Teething rings for fridge

o Zinc and caster oil cream

o Sudacreme

o Baby or Grapeseed oil

o Cotton wool pads

o Dummy?

o Baby sponge

o Sponge baby bath mat (much better than a baby bath we found)

o Bath thermometer

o 10 X Muslin squares

o Towels/baby robe

General

o Buggy

o Car seat and base

o Digital camera

o Travel cot/play pen

o Fleece blanket

o Lambskin

o Baby sling/carrier

o Changing mat

o Travel changing mat/bag

o Big bag to hold changing mat

Feeding

o Sterilizer

o Bottles

o Slow teats

o Breast pump (electric)

o Breast V feeding cushion

For Nursery

o Moses basket

o 4 X Moses basket sheets

o Moses basket stand

o Cot/Cot bed

o Cot mattress

o 4 X Cot sheets

o 3 X cellular cot blankets

o Night light

o Cot mobile

o Black out blinds

o Monitor

o Baskets/boxes/chest for toys

o Dimmer switch

o Room thermometer

o Baby bouncer seat

For Mummy

o Washable breast pads

o Disposable breast pads (loads!)

o 5 X Nursing bra’s

o Front opening pyjama’s/night shirt

o Front opening tops for feeding

o Maternity swimsuit

o Maternity pads

o Disposable knickers


The thing we didn't get on with were: Moses basket (he only liked to sleep with us, then later in cot lowered to the same level as our bed so we could hold hands as he dropped off), socks and booties (for winter babies get gro's with feet).

Our must have's were: Grobags (when a bit bigger), muslins (obviously!) baby sling, tons of breast pads (I leaked loads!) and breast pump (for those mornings when you have boobs like footballs and baby can't suck fast enough, save milk for evening when you produce less = more sleep!).

Good luck all x x x
Mum to Isa (6, and who has Cystic Fibrosis) & Anouk (2). 1st ICSI+PGD 2008. BFP! 4 blasto frosties. 1st FET Sept 2011, amazing BFP! x

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Reg: Aug 3rd 2006

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Monday, May 26th 2008, 5:37pm

Couldnt do without

Tescos Baby gros ( i found they came up a bit small though)
quite liked the Next ones also but they are more expensive
short and long sleeved Tescos vests
muslins
Johnsons nighttime Baby bath
Cot top changer
bouncy chair
Snuffle babe and Karvol drops
socks for scratch mitts or baby gros with integrated mitts

Could have done without

Baby bath - he went in the bath with dad at 3 days old
Big changing mat ( freebie in the Boots changing bag was good enuf)
lots of Newborn clothes totally unnessasery sp
Sit me up cosy from ELC total waste of money

Sharonxx
Finally
Beautiful Son Charlie William Born 15/01/08 weighing 9lbs 3oz :innocent:


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Reg: Oct 2nd 2007

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Wednesday, May 28th 2008, 8:43am

I know a lot of people give the stuff away, but it really is a sellers market for some of the bigger stuff, like I said am happy to grab what I can get.... I know I'd like to have everything brand spanking new and shiney, but life's not like that at the moment money wise so hey!!!

Will post a thread nearer the time me thinks!!!

C
xxx
Cathie

Proud mum to Eric after 3 years TCC!!!




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