(Closed) Buying things for Baby

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I haven’t been pregnant yet, but my soon to be siste-in-law is!  People bought her a TON of clothes, burping cloths, and swaddling blankets.  And her family went in together for the bigger stuff like swings and strollers.  She said that she actually didn’t buy much until after she had showers and figured out the bulk of what she was getting. 


Post # 4
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think like @MissMellow: said, it is better to wait until after your shower to buy a lot of things. I think it really depends on if your parents/ inlaws are the type of people that want to buy “big” things or not.

Before our shower we went ahead and bought our crib and a dresser because we wanted specific things. We also bought our carseat, but someone gave us a second base at our shower. My Mother-In-Law bought the breast pump I wanted and she also bought our stroller. Our family was pretty good about buying off our registry for things like a boppy pillow, blankets, crib protectors, etc. We also got a fair amount of clothes and some stuffed animals and some handmade blankets. Things we didn’t get at the shower: diapers and wipes or other more “practical” things.

In terms of brands, I think it just depends on what your tastes are and what reviews you read.. People seem to rave about the aden and anais swaddling blankets, so I got some of those. We bought the chicco keyfit 30 carseat because it gets really high ratings.

Post # 5
3758 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Diapers and wipes are things that you should start stocking up on now and I know most people will probably get you huggies but I personally don’t recomend them at all. I had more problems with them than any other brand. Kirkland, Parent’s Choice and Luvs all work better in my opinion and it will save money. also good things to have are things like a thermometer, nail clippers, aspirator, a little soft bristled brush and baby oil for the potential craddle cap πŸ™‚ oh yea lotion and rash cream! I like “butt paste” the best.

mind you, you may very well get some of these things at the baby shower. people love to gift clothes and blankets and usually bath things like baby shampoo/soap. and you can most likely expect to get some diapers.

Post # 6
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m not buying anything before the shower. Even the little things like butt paste and infant tylenol, it’s all on the registry. I figure we can always run out and buy up the rest of the registry after the shower, and this way we won’t have to think about what we need b/c it will all be on there.

Have you checked at the Babies R Us checklist? I found it helpful to reference to it, and if I didn’t think I’d need something on it I just crossed it off the list.

Post # 7
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re waiting till after the shower as well to buy anything other than furniture and bedding. You’d probably be okay buying diapers and wipes but I’m worried about buying too many of the wrong size. We’ve already gotten a few gift cards so we could even use those after the baby is born and we realize what we might be missing.

If you’re not going to have a shower I think your list is great.

Post # 8
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

check out this recent thread

Baby registry help…

Also I highly recommend the Book Baby Bargains – it has a ton of great advice on what you need/ don’t need, brand reviews, recommendations of where you can save money etc.  Get a recent version so it is all updated.  Such an excellent buy.

I splurged on a stroller because I live in Manhattan and I walked miles every day during maternity leave.  It is not recommended to buy a crib used ,but most other things you could probably find second hand on craigslist or mom boards.  I second not buying too many baby clothes, especially newborn size because I was inundated!!  I found I needed far more burp cloths and swaddling blankets (Aden & Anais are the best!) than I realized.  And that babies grow far more quickly than I could have ever imagined – so clothes and even diapers get grown out of quickly.

I think Fisher Price is generally awesome – they really know what they are doing, especially for things like bouncy chairs, jumpers, etc.  I tried to get a Baby Einstein jumper and it was horrible.  And Amazon has great reviews if you want to do research.

Also if you have a new mom friend nearby that you think is similar to you, take her to the store to sign up for your registry – will be super helpful .

all that said you are on the early side for all of this….so don’t worry about it too much..  I don’t know many people who even started thinking about the “stuff” until maybe 20-30 weeks….

Post # 10
30 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

Congrats mother to be!

A good tip for your shower – don’t register for specific clothes because people will buy you clothes weather you have them on your list or not…women LOVE buying baby clothes…

If you have a relative that likes to sew or if you do – I had an aunt that made me tons of burp clothes and anything home made just seems a little more specical…to me anyways πŸ™‚

We got an awesome baby soother/night light located at most targets, walmarts, babies r us


Beg, borrow, steal a crib..they are so spendy to only be using for 2 years at most for a kid..

If you have a Costco – I find that they have the best wipes..the huggies or pampers etc..that have the hard plastic containers only work well when its completely full otherwise you always have to open it up and dig in for the wipes..

I skipped getting a bassinett and I got a pack n play and it comes with a top layer that when the baby is light weight they can just lay in it and thats what I used for a couple weeks after the birth..I would buy them new…you can’t wash the covers.

I bought flash cards or different shapes, colors, objects, letters and it was so much cheaper than buying books brand new…

This was one of the best baby toys I got..helps them walk and also to just sit in there because my kid HATED tummy time..


I could never figure out how to swaddle my child, but at the hospital the nurses are pretty good at showing you how to do it with a normal baby blanket that may be cheaper than actually buying swaddles..

Some people get mittens for their baby to prevent them from scratching..but you can put socks on them as well..

You’ll need:

baby bath tub – as soon as they can sit up fairly well (around 5 months I think) then you can put them in the tub so I wouldn’t buy a real spendy one.

I’m not sure if you’re having a boy or girl but there are reviews from people that say certain diapers work better for either sex…

baby bottles, extra nipples (the holes come in different sizes too) baby spoons,

diaper bag

I’ll stop now before I get too overwhelming for you πŸ™‚

Post # 11
1032 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I second the suggestion to buy “Baby Bargins”. It is a GREAT book with a ton of product tips and it also tells you to some of the things you don’t need.

I am going to register but will still buy some things before the shower that I will not register for….such as a crib, mattress, and a carseat.

I plan to register for or buy if I dont’ get as a gift:

1) Stroller Frame

2) Glider / Rocking Chair

3) Cloth Diapers, diaper pail, wipes, etc…

4) Dresser & Changing Table Pad (Plan to do this instead of buying a changing table)

5) Bouncy Seat

6) Swing

7) Baby Moniter

8) Baby Carrier : Moby Wrap, etc..

9) Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper (For newborn sleeping next to the bed at first)

10) Boppy Pillow

11) I’m sure a ton of other things that I am not thinking about right now πŸ˜‰


I do not plan to register for any baby cloths because I hear that you will get so many clothes from people. I have also heard to not buy many blankets because you will also get a lot of those as gifts.

Post # 12
1941 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve never had a child/been pregnant, but I used to work at Pottery Barn Kids. Now, the stuff there is *way* overpriced, but … when registerying for or buying a crib set (if you do the cute matchy matchy thing) always register for like 4 or 5 fitted crib sheets for each set (if you get multiples at all). We would have mom&dad-to-bes always come back and buy more b/c they were washing them like crazy and never had enough!

Good luck, and congrats πŸ™‚

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