(Closed) 'Must-Haves' and 'Do Not Need' Lists for mothers-to-be?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Not a mom yet, but I found thist list a while ago when I was in the peak of baby fever. So I dont know how accurate it is, but it seems pretty good.

 

Oh shoot, I lost it. I need to find it.

 

Edit: Found it!

 

Swing
Bouncy Chair
Clothes
Diapers
Wipes
Bottles
Pacifiers
Gloves
Bibs
Burp Cloths
Blankets
Tummy Time Mat
Bassinet ( or Crib)
First aid kit ( you know the one with the brush and the nail clippers and all that stuff)
Shampoo / body wash
Lotion
Oil
Baby powder
Desitin
Highchair
Breast pump
Breast pads
Nipple cream
Car seat
Stroller

 

I dont really think its neccesary to have both a swing and a bouncer though. Everyone I know with a baby just has one or the other. And I think the wipe warmer would be nice, because who wants a cold wet thing on their tushy? But the diaper genie I personally wouldnt get. I couldnt imagine having that many dirty diapers all holed up in one spot. Yick.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I did not really realize what I needed until after I gave birth. Keep in mind that every baby is different. My list is for a very needy baby that craves motion and dosn’t sleep much. Stroller, car seat, diaper genie, baby bjorn, avent pacifier, breast pump, baby first aid kit, grooming kit, wipe warmer, hooter hider, diaper bag, vibrating bouncer, swing, electric bottle warmer, disposable changing cloths, burping cloths, activity gym, a miracle blanket, a co-sleeper….gosh I could go on and on…

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@allyfally:  

I actually empty that diaper genie everyday….I am not kidding. That kid goes through a ton of diapers.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Cady:  lol, I can imagine!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@allyfally:  

That reminds me….hypoallergenic detergent. You will need a lot of it.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@allyfally:  That’s a pretty good list. I agree a swing isn’t necessary. We never had one. Plus, there’s no point getting one until baby’s a few months old and can support his/her head. Same goes for high chair – no rush, wait a few months.

The only other thing that puzzles me on this list is gloves.

The main omission I see is a baby diaper bag. i.e. a bag with all the essentials (diapers, spare suit, wipes, lotion, tissues) to take when you’re out. And a bigger bag for all your other stuff.

EDIT: And some sort of pillow which you can put on your lap to support your arms while cuddling or feeding baby. It’s got a special name whose name escapes me.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@paula1248:  The gloves has also puzzled me and I actually always forget its on the list. Haha. I’ve no idea, maybe the person that wrote it was a gemophobe that always wore gloves to change diapers? And yes about the diaper bag as well. I think thats such a given I never noticed it wasnt there. I dont think we’ll ever get an actual high chair. I plan on breastfeeding (if I’m able) for as long as possible and then when they’re on solids I’ll get a booster chair. 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@allyfally:  Ah yes, nursing pillow.

As for solids and breastfeeding – I’m not sure if advice has changed since I had my babies (90s), but I phased in solids between 4 and 11 months. 4 months is too young for a booster seat. That said, you can delay getting a high chair and see how it goes.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@paula1248:  I disagree with having a swing until baby is old enough to hold his/her head up. Our first baby loved the swing and it was an easy place to set baby down when I needed both my hands. Will be getting one for this bean as well. Was a lifesaver for us. Though i agree gloves seems an odd thing to have on there. It would be hard to diaper a baby with gloves on. Just wash your hands afterwards lol

@allyfally:  We have one similar to that and love it. So much more space saving than a regular high chair/booster and it is easy to take with you as the one we have folds down.

Once our son outgrew the swing he moved to a bouncer, though at one point we did have both. Probably shouldn’t have gotten a stroller as we barely used it and could have done without.

Baby things are such a hit n miss, live and learn as every family/child/budget is different.

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