Post # 1
I’ve had my baby showers and am now finalizing a list of items to purchase so we are set for when the baby arrives. There are a few things where I’m not sure how many items to purchase.
How many of each of these do you plan to have on hand?
0-3 month sleepers
Bottles (right now I am only planning to get 3 or 4oz bottles)
Post # 3
@RunningGal: I ended up with a handful of newborn clothes, but since DD was over 8lbs at birth we moved on to the 3 month clothes pretty quickly. I think I had maybe 10-12 of those layette sets (they have an elastic opening at the bottom- looks like a night gown I guess?)
I also had a velcro swaddle blanket for every night of the week too.
DD is 5 months now and we use the Halo fleece sleep sack instead (since we don’t swaddle any more) and I have 3 of those.
I ended up with a sampling of different kinds of bottles. We don’t have any gas/colic/reflux issues so we ended up not needing anything fancy. I don’t even know what brand we are using now- Medela? Parent’s Choice? Something like that.
Also, I saw your question about sterilizers… I use the Medela microwave steam bags for my pump and I love it.
Post # 4
Thanks, that’s really helpful. I have 6 newborn outfits already. I may just suck it up and do more laundry at the start since I don’t anticipate my little guy will be in them for too long.
I had seen those medela microwave bags but it hadn’t occurred to me I could use those for bottles too. Seems like a good idea bc I do plan to breastfeed so not thinking I’d need bottles all the time, only once in a while and those seem convenient.
Post # 5
For bottles, most women register for a variety of brand and types because you never know what LO will like. You’ll probably only need a few of each for testing purposes. Then whatever LO likes you can get more of. That’s probably more cost-effective than committing to one brand and then finding out LO won’t take to it. In addition, I read online that LOs outgrow the small 4 oz bottles quickly and it may be more cost effective to go with the next size up and just not fill it all the way up. The amount of bottles you need depends on whether you are going back to work or not and if you are strictly on formula, a combination of both, or BF/pumping. If you are going back to work, I’ll assume you need more unless you are committed to washing all those bottles and nipples every night.
Post # 6
I would just get one of a couple of brands of bottles until you figure out what your baby likes – it took us five brands before we hit on one that she took to. I hate that I have a couple of one brand of bottle that she hated – seems wasteful now! Plus there are way cheaper options for breastmilk storage than bottles – like there are ziplocs for breastmilk. I had three newborn sleepers and about 5 0-3 month sleepers and that was enough – you really end up doing laundry pretty much every day! Plus they fit into the 0-3 month sleepers, even if they’re a bit big, really soon after they are born! My baby was pretty little (6 lbs 6 ounces) and she fit pretty well into some of the smaller 0-3 months within a couple weeks!