(Closed) Mom bees, what were things you really truely NEEDED for baby ?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Not a parent myself, but maybe you can offer her a certificate for babysitting services that she can redeem with you when she and her husband need a break? Parents need patience / time for themselves on occasion, and it might be nice to know she won’t be putting you out for the first time she needs to take a breather.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Breast pump if she plans to breast feed, bibs, blankets, nipples for bottles, baby swing, baby bouncer (HUGE life savor), bassinet, bedding for crib, diaper bag, etc!!!!! 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh and look at thrift stores. You will be surprised at what they have and in very good condition. It never hurts to look there. Try target too. Their clearance rack is usually pretty awesome too. I’m a mom of a 3 year old so I know a lot about this stuff. Lol

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Clothes, food, diapers/wipes & a place to sleep are about it on the “needs”. I used cloth diapers (gifted to me) & they were AWESOME. I also breastfed, so, really, the only items I needed were clothes. I did love things like GCs to Panera so me & baby could get out of the house- it’s so isolating to be alone at home with an infant.

You can find cheap baby clothes at Walmart or Target. I also love the clearance rack at Old Navy.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Don;t forget diaper rash cream, bathing soap, washcloths, towels, toys, teething gel, teething toys, thermometer, tylenol, anti-gas drops

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve never known a mom who didn’t need diapers (even if they’re planning to cloth diaper–they still use the disposables for outings and emergencies and “oh screw it” moments). 

And everyone else has told me you can never have enough spit-up mops (little blankets). 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

  • A baby tub one with a back rest that you lay the baby on.
  • not a need but I loved my baby swing
  • snugli
  • car seat
  • recieving blankets
  • bouncy chair
  • sleepers
  • diapers
  • diaper rash cream
  • vaseline
  • baby wash
  • travel bag
  • soother

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wal marts good

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@StuporDuck:  I am a parent and I totally agree with this!!! 

When I had my son I lived states away from all of my family. I felt pretty lonely and even overwhelmed at times. I remember really, really wanting to relax in a hot tub and take a long nap sooo bad. Babysitting services would’ve been so helpful then!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

May I ask, about how much do you want to spend?

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Check the classifieds for used stuff, you get great prices on items that were only used for a few months.

Here are things I couldn’t live without:

– swaddling blankets
– regular blankets
– a good baby carrier
– pack n play
– a good breast pump
– pacifiers
– diapers
– stroller
– car seat

the breast pump, baby carrier and stroller are items that I found were worth putting more thought / money into. I did it from the get go with my pump, but for the baby carrier, I bought two cheap ones I didn’t like before doing research and finding one that was good for me; and I am still unsatisfied with my stroller. I thought I wouldn’t use it as much so I looked for an inexpensive, used one that fit with my carseat, but I should have done more research on available options that would better suit my needs. Will live with it for now, but will invest when we have a second baby.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

First, sometimes when people want to help (NOT YOU) the hardest thing for them to do is listen. In this instance despite what you know about their finances if you asked her what she needs and all she said was clothes…. I would do clothes. Maybe she knows where the other items will come from her parents, a shower, she already has them.

She see’s a need for clothes…so I would go to Walmart, Target, Thrift stores, and all and rack up on clothes for them. If you wanted to do more I would simply get a Walmart gift card… so even if money is tight they can get what “THEY” think they need for their baby… or food for the house. That would be very benefical or clothes and cash.

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Before my wedding people asked what I wanted….. we had a list in three places… we had all of our needs because people had brought it already. Therefore, we simply asked for cash (to use for honeymoon). Well, people wanted to “HeLp” and some bought gifts anyways….. which ended up being a MAJOR hassile for us and we spent the first three weeks of marriage returning items we got 3,4, and 5 of because people THOUGHT we needed it. So, when they say clothes….. please stick with clothes…. it taught me a lesson for others I hope it helps you!

 

Happy shopping,

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