(Closed) Baby Stuff – Bare Necessities

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

My mom used to always say the #1 thing you need is a good blanket– you can lay it on the floor for naps, diaper changes, play time, whatever.  And the best part is– the baby can’t roll off! 

You definitely don’t need a changing table.  A crib also isn’t a necessity– a pack-n-play is great because they’re so portable and they can double as a crib assuming you don’t mind bending down/lifting as the little one grows. 

As for clothes– I STRONGLY recommend places like craigslist and such, also look into your local chruch to see if they have a clothing swap or even an “open closet”. There really is no need to buy much clothes new, like you said– they grow out of them so fast! 


Post # 4
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Have you looked into buying some stuff used?  I always see a ton of baby stuff on Craigslist (think bags of clothing for $5, cribs/strollers/etc.. for under $50, accessories and toys for $10, etc…).  Babies grow out of things so quickly, that it’s not hard at all to find gently used baby items for a dirt cheap price in most areas.

I think the very basic necessities are:

  • a safe place for the baby to sleep (if you’re low on cash, you might just invest in a crib, since you’ll get the longest use out of it)


  • food/feeding devices (if you’ll be breastfeeding and will be home all the time, you might hold off on buying a pump/bottles until you actually need them)


  • some clothes (personally, I liked sleep n’ plays the best for newborns because they’re an all-in-one outfit – shirt, pants, and socks)


  • diapers (you might find the biggest savings if you purchase used cloth diapers, since building up a stock from scratch can be pricey)


  • some accessories such as burp cloths, a few blankets, a couple crib sheets, a changing pad (this could be a folding one from your diaper bag, it doesn’t have to be a big one), a couple pacifiers, and some baby toiletries/care items (wash, lotion, clippers, hairbrush, and thermometer)


Post # 6
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Babies don’t really NEED that much. As long as they have season appropriate clothes, a safe place to sleep, somehow to eat and diapers, you are set. I’m not a mom, but friend who are used a pack and play a lot, it works as a bed, some have changing table things on top, it isn’t huge and heavy, so it works instead of a crib. And a baby doesnt need lots of fancy clothes, onesies and socks should be fine for a good while. Oh and a car seat. Most hospitals wont let you leave without one. There was a thread about car seats recently on the baby board, and a couple of bees who could help you with cheap bit safe kinds. Breastfeeding is the way to go, if you can. See if your hospital offers a lactation consultant or classes on it. And other than a car seat or a crib that no longer meets safety requirements, get used stuff! Your baby won’t care and it is way ucheaper.

Post # 8
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Am I the only one who had to look up FTM? It generally means female-to-male (as in transgender), so I was sooooooooooooooooo confused.

Also, I agree on getting things secondhand.

Post # 10
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@MamaHusky3:  Right, sleep n’ plays are footie pajamas.  You’ll want to buy a new carseat, but pretty much everything else you can buy used, as long as you follow current safety practices and look everything over to make sure it’s in good working order (nothing is loose, no parts are missing, etc…). 

There’s a book you might be able to check out from the library called Baby Bargains.  It has a lot of great information on what is truely necessary and what is optional.  It also has some great information on brands, places to buy, safety issues, etc…

Post # 11
5762 posts
Bee Keeper

Clothing wise, it depends on when the baby’s due. You’re heading into winter right now, so onesies won’t take you that far, but sleepers will. You’ll also have to have some kinds of heavier items for when you go outside (for Dr. appts.,shopping,visiting) and plenty of blankets.

A crib is a better use of your money, I think, and you’ll need some kind of dresser to store everything (many come with changing pads for the top,so double duty). Some kind of stroller, a car seat, and a place for them to sleep are pretty much the basics needed from the beginning, and the rest you can get as needed.



Post # 12
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I totally hear you – we weren’t in the best place financially either and I was freaking out about affording all the baby “stuff” (our friends/family are amazing and provided 99.9% of what we needed through gifts).

anyway…. you need car seat/stroller, a bassinet/co-sleeper, diapers and wipes, bath stuff, clothes and blankets. And for you, nursing bras, cream, pads. I would recommend getting something like a swing – I didn’t think it was necessary before he was born but ohmahgawd, it sure is freaking helpful!

One thing I caution is your LO might be too small at first for cloth diapers and it might be cheaper to just buy a box of newborned size (walmart sells a box of 88 for 30$) rather than get the newborn sized cloth that they’ll outgrow in the first month.

When is your LO due for the clothes? Your friends/family will probably take care of the clothes and blankets for you, even a couple packs of diapers too. Our LO wears sleepers in the house since we like it cool and onesies when he’s out, and that’s all he needs right now. 

For a changing table we’re using our dining room table (which we NEVER use to eat at) and we just put a thick towel down and wash accordingly. You can change your LO anywhere, really πŸ™‚

Post # 14
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Also, put the word out that you will happily accept hand-me-downs from friends and family.

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