(Closed) must have, nice to have, don't waste your time: baby items

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Ninteenthchance:  I’m glad to see someone say the baby monitor wasn’t a must. I’m a little weirded out by the video monitors. This is largely because I have friends who can’t seem to stop staring at it. Their kid is three and a half and they take pictures of their kid on the monitor that they find cute and post them on Facebook. They seem to have a hard time separating from it but I feel like at some point the kid deserves privacy. I’d rather not start with it and maybe just have an audio one if that.

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@PoppyH:  

Must haves:

diapers, wipes, good diaper bag, swaddling blankets (not just for swaddling, but for lightweight blankets/makeshift changing “pad”/unexpected sun protection/nursing cover….let’s put it this way….my son is five and we still use Aden and Anais swaddle blankets sometimes), carseat, stroller, basics for baby clothing (onsies/pants or baby legs), thermometer, burp clothes, proper feeding gear– (whether your breastfeeding or bottle feeding)– also, if you’re going to breastfeed, remember that things don’t always work out…so I’d have one or 2 bottles on hand *just in case*.  We didn’t have any because I was going to breastfeed and then my son was born early, my milk didn’t come in– then I had delayed post-partum hemorhagging…..and my body took such a toll after surgery and a blood tranfusion that my milk NEVER came in…..and that was that.

Pacifiers (if you’re going to use them), at least one warmer blanket.

 

Things you could skip:

bassinet.  might sound crazy, but we couldn’t even use ours.  For baby #2, we’ll likely co-sleep as we did with baby #1 or use a laundry basket or pack n play with bassinet.

You don’t need a million and half outfits with accessories for a newborn/first few months.  Babies don’t like them, newborns don’t look cute in jeans (how uncomfortable on baby skin!) and babies are happy and adorable in cute onsies.  The outfits are so much more worth it/appropriate for 1+.  Trust me on this one.

bottle/milk warmer, wipes warmer

 

in all honesty, it’s trial and error.  I think a lot of new moms get caught up in trying lots of unnecessaries….it’s easy to get caught up in it all.  Part of what you’ll want to get/try will have to do with your personality– if you’re cool with hand-me-downs for clothes, I’d reccomend them because they grow out of things SO fast at first.  But some people aren’t, and there’s no fault to that, either.  I don’t mind hand me downs as long as they are stain-free and I know the source they came from.  I’m weird like that, but oh well.

 

I’d reccomend Chicco for infant seat and stroller- the stroller is the best stroller out there in terms of functionality and price point for so many reasons.  I’ve tried many of them– and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again.

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

PP have pretty much covered the must haves and don’t really need, but I’d just like to comment to say to check out book Baby Bargains. It is amazing. He helps you narrow down the what is needed, whats not needed and beyond that they give you unbiased reviews on the products and which ones will be worth the money. It has great input from real life moms (like here in this thread) and it gives you a bit of history on the manufactuers with their safety recalls etc.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

Must have: car seat, rock n play, babee covee, skip hop diaper bag, diaper caddy (we have a changing table in her nursery for when she’s a little older but for now she sleeps in our bedroom so it’s nice to have to take all her diaper/changing stuff to whatever room we’re in). 

Waste: bottle warmer, wipes warmer, pjs (I think this is exclusive to us: our baby is ridiculously warm and won’t go to sleep unless she’s in a onesie). 

Post # 36
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Sugar bee

@PatientBee:  yeah, we know someone who is completely obsessed with their video monitor…I think it’s weird

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Ninteenthchance:  My husband was reading their son a bedtime story and they really wanted me to watch on the monitor.I said no.  I mean it would be cute and all but it starts to feel like stalking after a certain age.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

mother of three right here. 

Pacifier,bottles and plenty of nipples. Boppy, nursing pads if breast feeding, Car seat, comvertible preferable. Diapers and wipes LOTS of them. Baby rash cream, gas relief drops. Blankets and clothes, onesies that have open toes, baby grow fast. 

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@PatientBee:  My sister does this and it freaks me out, haha!

Great thread, only 17 weeks ATM but will be coming back here often over the next few months! 😉

Post # 41
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Twiglets:  I second the vibrating bouncer! My son is okay in the swing on occasion but put him in the bouncer on vibrate and he shuts up real quick! 🙂

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I am buying one of these for sister’s shower -weighted changing pad so the baby can’t roll over:

I hope the project gets funded because changing her is a nightmare hahaa!

 

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

MUST HAVE: 1. Some sort of warm swaddling blankets 2. Crib w mobile 3. Bouncer 4. Video monitor (doesnt have to be fancy) 5. An ergonomic baby carrier I HIGHLY recommend the Boba 4g It has literally been a life saver so far and my baby is only 2months. Its pricey but I promise you it is worth the money! I cant get anything done without it! 6. Diaper Bag 7. a good stroller/car seat (i do prefer the travel system..i have the BOB Motion which i LOVE) 8. some onesies WITH mittens attached. we used them like crazy the first month to protect him from scratching himself 9. lap pads to put on top of changing table/cover. it is soo much easier to throw that in the wash rather than having to take the entire cover off 10. some gripe water or mylicon drops for gas. itll save you many stressful nights and your baby many tears 11. Itzbeen baby care timer! You will not be able to remember when the last feeding or diaper change was with all thats on your mind. I use it all day everyday! 12. butt paste to keep diaper rash away 13. Boppy or other nursing pillow

NICE TO HAVE: 1. pacifiers (we prefer mam) 2. baby swing 3. rocker/glider to nurse in or rock baby to sleep 4. baby bath tub 5. diaper genie for smelly diapers

WASTE: 1.wipe warmer 2. bottle drying rack (if you already have a dish drying rack) 3. hooded towels…any towel works just fine 4. thermoter for tub 5. infant shoes

 

 

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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