What do I REALLY need for baby the first three months?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

The things people keep insisting I get right away (and at the shower) are sleepers and receiving blankets. TONS of them!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

If you’re planning to breastfeed – nipple cream (like the lanolin one) breastfeeding pillow, nursing cover, those little absorbent breast pads, nursing bra/tank top

 

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pumping – pump, bags if you want to express extra, bottle steriliser, spare parts wouldnt go amiss, bottle cleaning brush

 

formula feeding – same really, bottles, steriliser

 

then with what you have…id add burp rags? baby shower will probably take care of clothes and toys haha

 

this is not based on experience though, just what im researching for my own LO

 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

Crib or bassinet, infant car seat

Diaper bag, swing, diaper genie, glider, changing table or area, changing pad and covers, drawers,  stroller, stroller base that clips  onto any  infant carseat, baby carrier, baby monitor, mobile, night light, , music tapes, toy or music box that plays a tune to signal it’s time to sleep 

crib mattress, mattress pad, waterproof mattress pads, crib sheets, receiving blankets 

baby bathtub, wash cloths, towels, brush/comb, baby shampoo and soap, rounded scissors,clippers, bulb nasal aspirator

wipes, Desitin or A and D, cool mist vaporizer, thermometer, medicine dropper, baby tylenol, laundry detergent for babies such as Dreft

dressing gowns, onesies, sleepers, outfits, hat, sweater, snowsuit

cloth diapers or burp cloths, bibs,   breast pump or formula, bottles, nipples and covers, nipple and bottle cleaner, dishwasher basket for nipples etc.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Also basing this on my own research/prep for LO but from the new moms I’ve talked to – all you really *need* in the first 3 months is

1. car seat (usually mandatory to take the baby home from the hospital)

2. a safe place for your baby to sleep (crib or bassinet or pack n play)

3. a way to feed your baby (breasts or bottles/nipples and formula)

4. something to keep your baby warm (clothes and blankets)

5. diapers/wipes

6. a way to carry your baby around (car seat or travel system or carrier)

With that said, you seem to have the main essentials down. Like PP, I would buy or register for sleepers/onsies (easier access for diaper changes than full on “outfits”) and lots of receiving blankets or swaddle blankets (most babies love being contained in the beginning and sleep better this way).  

Oh, one thing that isn’t MUST HAVE but is super duper useful, I’ve been told, is a gym/play mat that you can lay them on that will keep them entertained while you do other things like the dishes or fold laundry, etc. 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think people are overstating what you NEED.  You need a car seat, a safe place for the baby to sleep, starter pack of bottles, burp cloths (5-10), clothes (5 sleepers, 5 onsies), something for swaddling, diapers, wipes, something to trim nails, baby bath and butt cream.  If you are breastfeeding, nipple cream and breast pads.  There are lots of other things that are nice to have and may become necessary for you but I think you could safely care for a baby with those essentials

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

@PurpleGem:  You are right.   One doesn’t absolutely  “need” many of the things on my list for example, a diaper genie, a rocking chair,  a swing or a diaper bag.  My list included the very nice or convenient things to have as well as  essentials.  

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper

@PurpleGem:  You are right.   One doesn’t absolutely  “need” many of the things on my list for example, a diaper genie, a rocking chair,  a swing or a diaper bag.  My list included the very nice or convenient things to have as well as  essentials.  

@bijou214:  The play mats ARE a great item to have. I’ve given them as shower gifts several times. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

A basket to sleep in, bottles if not breastfeeding, diapers, a bag to carry baby stuff in, baby bath stuff, onsies, t-shirts, amd baby wipes. And a car seat.

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