Post # 1
I’m 12 weeks pregnant with our first baby. DW and I live in Sydney and we’re heading to my hometown (in Missouri) for a vacation over Thanksgiving, when I’ll be 22.5-26 weeks pregnant. Stuff in the US is SO much cheaper than here in Sydney, so I want to take advantage of that by purchasing as much baby/pregnancy stuff as I can, and bringing it back with me.
I’d really like recommendations for things to buy, keeping in mind I have to fit it in my checked luggage. So far I have things like Lanisoh cream, nursing pads and bras, Sophie the Giraffe, Aden + Anais wraps, Tide sticks (glamorous lol). Anything you think are great must-haves.
Any and all suggestions are appreciated! Thanks 🙂
Post # 2
crookedframe: That’s a hard one! I was going to suggest a baby monitor and/or a breast pump and/or a blender (for baby food); but you will need to check that they work with Australian voltage (240 volts, USA uses 110 volts – you need to check that it can handle both) and power points. Also the radio “frequency” for a baby monitor might be an issue.
With bras – you swell up more when your milk comes, so it might be hard to predict the right size.
Clothes are a pretty safe bet, both maternity and for baby. Even if you don’t know baby’s sex, you can plan ahead there. Or some simple baby toys.
Post # 3
I’d be getting an Ergo carrier (not super small, but expensive and important!) and the white noise giraffe http://m.target.com/p/cloud-b-gentle-giraffe/-/A-13398682
Post # 4
Beaudreaux’s Butt Cream. It’s the best diaper cream.
Post # 5
Swaddle Sleepsacks were our saviour, if they’re cheaper in the US grab them.
Post # 6
crookedframe: hey congrats girl! im in missouri too. didnt know you were pregnant – that is so exciting. i remember your ttc threads!! 🙂 yay!
Post # 7
crookedframe: I would get a Fisher Price Rock n’ Play. I know Canada doesn’t sell them and all the stores along the border often sell out. It’s great to use for the first three months. It offers an incline, is portable and has a vibration feature.
Post # 8
Nosefrida and replacement filters for when baby has a stuffy nose. I also second the butt paste and sleep sacks. These are items I received at my shower that almost all of the recent moms said have been a life saver.
Maybe a breathable mesh crib liner, boogie wipes, flat items like sheet savers, pack and play sheets (if you are getting a pack and play)
Post # 9
Thanks for these- awesome suggestions. Adding to my list. Keep them coming! 🙂
Post # 10
I love the Bravado nursing bra (if you’re planning to breastfeed). I ordered mine on Amazon but have seen them in lactation boutiques as well. I have 3!
You mentioned the Aden + Anais products – we LOVE the swaddle blankets, bath towels and washcloths, and burpy bibs. Our baby is quite spitty, so we can’t have enough burp cloths.
We we really like putting our little girl in the sack nightgowns – makes changing her diaper so easy! the ones from Magnolia Baby and one from Kissy Kissy are so incredibly soft.
Not sure how expensive over-the-counter meds are in Australia, but post partum you’ll likely need docusate (stool softener – very important that first week, especially if you have stitches! Trust me…), ibuprofen, and prenatals (if you breastfeed). And vitamin D drops for the baby if breastfeeding exclusively.
Post # 11
I second the baby carrier (I also have & love the ergo–use this thing daily–but there are lots of brands) and swaddle wraps (I tried the miracle blanket as well as the summer infant velco swaddle-mes, both of which I loved and used a lot). And those halo sleepsacks for later (3-4 months+) are also really great. I also used the cloud9 giraffe white noise machine, which was great for the first 3 months or so, but not as necessary as the other 2 things I mentioned, IMO.
And, just in case you end up having painful nipples and the lansinoh doesn’t seem to be cutting it, I really recommend using coconut oil on your nipples. I started out using lansinoh, which was fine, but it’s pretty thick and can be painful and difficulut to apply. Also, because it’s so thick, it can (rarely) lead to a yeast infection on your nipples. My lactation consultant suggested I use coconut oil instead, and honestly, that made all the difference. Breastfeeding went from something terrible, to tolerable, to downright fine in very short order! Just a tip to file away in the bak of your mind.
Post # 12
*oops, cloud b, not cloud 9. 🙂
Post # 13
Baby Carrier- I highly recommend the BOBA 4g! It has been a lifesaver and I still use it and my LO is 7months now!
AngelMamaBottomBalm- If youre planning on having a Csec skip it, but if not this stuff is AMAZING! I dont know what iwooulda done after labor wo it!
Infant gas drops-Just get them!
ITzbeen baby care timer- I personally love it! It’s not a have to have but I use it every day still! Its so nice to not have to remeber the last time your LO ate, slept, or u changed their diaper!
Oball…it was the first toy my LO could actually grab on to and play with!
Honest or other natural baby lotion/wash…make sure it doesnt have the bad chem in it like johnson and johnson does. (feel free to ask if u need more brands)
Congratulations and good luck! Hope you find everything youll need on the cheap!
Post # 14
Thank you all! Spending the afternoon on Amazon spending a bunch of money 😀 any other suggestions welcome!
Post # 15
The blooming bath was my favorite! You put it in your sink and its a foam flower so baby sits nice in the sink. B loved having her bath, lots of times it was the only way to calm her down. We used that thing all the time for about 8/9 months until she got too big and we put her in the bath tub. ( plus it’s supee light so won’t add any weight for you to bring home!)
babywearing also saved my life. I use a tula and an olives and applesauce carrier. Same idea as the ergo/boba. You just need to try a bunch and find what you like for your body.