Post # 1
We are starting to think about buying baby stuff. Does anyone have a complete list of stuff that they used to when buying? And any budget info?
I know we need
-diaper changing stuff
-clothing (how many changes of everything?)
-breast pump & bottles
-box/drawers for holding things
Post # 3
Check out Baby Bargains, same writers who wrote Bridal Bargains. Gives you the low-down & also includes a “must-haves” list along with WHEN you “must have” it.
We’re at 32 weeks (8 more to go!) & all we’ve bought so far are the infant carseat/stroller travel system. We’re waiting until the shower (next weekend) to close out our registry with a 10% discount. From what we’ve heard from our friends & my co-workers that are parents, we really only need:
- a place for the Kid to sleep (crib/bassinet/what-have-you)
- a changing space (which could be a dresser top instead of a separate changing table)
- about 600 diapers to get through the 1st 6 weeks (friends have said to get about 120 in newborn sizes & the rest in the next size up, but don’t open too many packages in case you need to exchange them for the next size up if your kid grows)
- something to bathe your kid in
- a bunch of onesies.
This is just to start out with. Most other necessities will be given to you at your shower. These may include: bathing necessities, changing necessities, breast pump & bottles/other feeding necessities. Everything else, including toys, comes later & is mostly determined by your Kid’s preferences, anyway. Depending on what you’re having, you may want to hold off on buying clothes, since people may buy you a bunch of these. We’re having a boy & already have 12 onsies/infant shirts plus two sleepers that we didn’t purchase ourselves. My Maid/Matron of Honor is 1 month ahead of me, having a girl, & has enough clothes to take her new daughter until the 3 month mark…I kid you not.
Post # 4
@ms.pascua: Wow, thanks so much! I will go check out the link and your list is very helpful. The amount of stuff an 8 pound creature requires is astounding 🙂
Post # 5
The baby shop that we purchased some of our things through had a catalogue of all of their products and in the back was a checklist of things you need in categories as well as how many. It was really helpful. I used it for DS and we had everything we needed and didnt have to go and get things after he was born. He is 5months old now and we havent had to buy one thing (other than nappies), we are just starting to buy clothes for him now to last until he is 1. We like te be ahead 🙂
We purchased 95% of the stuff ourselves (my parents bought the pram and some bits and pieces) and got random odds and ends at the baby shower. We don’t do baby registery in Australia (never heard of that before-s it sounds like a wierd concept, people buying things for your baby :-/ ). It is such a relieving when the nursery is done, feeling knowing we started from scratch and did it all ourselves!
Post # 6
I wouldn’t buy any clothes. You will get SOO many because thats the “fun” thing for people to buy for your baby. Plus onesies usually end up being easier anyways.
I would focus on the big gear that you need but the biggest thing I would add is a good carseat!