Post # 1
So i’m sitting here, 12 weeks pregnant, looking online at all this baby gear… Strollers, Carseats, Monitors, Furniture etc and cant help but to feel a little (or shall I say extremely) overwhelmed. Who’s with me? lol
To all the “already” mothers… do you have any advice? Tips? Tricks? Must haves?
Thanks a million!
Post # 2
As the mother of 2 grown adults and the grandmother of 2 children, a baby doesn’t need a whole lot. Don’t sweat it! Just think of the essentials and what will make your life easier. You don’t need a place full of stuff you are going to trip over. A good car seat is a must, something that can be used for a while would be great as they are expensive. Lots of diapers and burp cloths/rags and blankets, lol. And make sure you get something that will be adorable to bring baby home in! 😉 Congratulations!
Post # 3
A good stroller with heavy duty wheels.
Those pillow things for there heads so they don’t go lopsided.
Extra bottles and nipples.
One of those sectioned cups for formula(!!!)
Travel case for wipes
I have too many bibs, but I’m sure they will come into play when she’s old enough to eat food. Newborn size clothes, as my baby is already growing out of most and she’s only 3 weeks.
Diapers she’s allergic too. Sucks because I was pretty much stocked and now we have to resupply with one’s she can actually wear.
Baby carrier wrap thing. I’ve yet to put her in it. If we go somewhere she’s usually in her car seat.
Post # 4
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Which diapers is your baby allergic to, and why (what part of it)?
Post # 5
I suggest Honest Co. and Mustela products.
Many of the mainstream baby products — diapers, lotions, creams, wipes — have lots of irritants, and these irritants can make babies uncomfortable and cause problems. This usually results in the baby crying, not sleeping well, not eating well, and being irritable, and the parents not having any idea what the cause is.
By using the Honest Co. and Mustela products, or products like them, you’ll make life for your baby and yourself much easier and much more comfortable.
I recommend the Honest Co. diapers, wipes, bathing products, and cleaning products.
I highly recommend the Mustela wipes and diaper cream, as well as there physiobebe no-rinse cleansing fluid. The Mustela baby products do have a strong smell, but it is very comforting and soothing for babies. I have a sensitivity to many fragrances, yet the Mustela doesn’t cause any problems for me.
Post # 6
Amazon.com has a registry jump start where they label everything into sections and then show the most frequently bought. You can sort through those and then decide what you want based off reviews. It’s how we did it. If you get overwhelmed do one section at a time and delegate Darling Husband to things he likes. For example my Darling Husband looooves technology so he was in charge of the monitor and electronic decisions.
Post # 8
Pappy8: It’s overwhelming at first, especially if you have no clue where to start. I would suggest finding a list online or starting a private registry, and they will help get you started. Work on one thing at a time. Don’t try to look at strollers, cribs, and high chairs all at the same time.
To me, all cribs and high chairs were created equal. I really went to Target, chose a crib made by Graco that was on sale, bought it, and that was that. My high chair is Graco. My car seat/stroller is Graco. The car seat/stroller was one of the toughest things for me because I knew I wanted to be able to lift baby from the cr into the stroller without taking him out of his car seat, so I bought the Graco classic connect so I could do just that.
Maybe starts with one thing, like I said, and find 3 different ones you like. WB is really helpful where you can post which of the 3 makes the most sense given your situation and that will help you narrow down your choices.
Post # 9
My Dirty Delete is 7 months old so this this is all very fresh in my mind.
Bottles… i went and bought a nmillion of the DR Browns bottles that have a total of 4 peices. They’re great bottles, espcially if you have a gassy baby but my dd isn’t and will take any bottle. I hate these bottles, they’re a pain in the neck to clean. I ended up going out and buying a bunch of basic bottles for $2-3/each that we use all the time.
Bouncy Seat and/or swing. The first three months My Dirty Delete loved the seat with vibration. The swing she started loving at about three montsh and I think she’ll be like 7 still trying to swing in it. She likes the swings that go side to side, but does not like the front to back motion, so silly.
Bedding is useless, we bought some sheets and a crib skirt at Restoartion Hardware Baby online, you can buy stuff individually there. Bumpers/blankets and pillows shouldn’t be used with a baby.
Carseat, if you’re getting tha click and go infant type, get the LIGHTEST one possible. I bought one based on material, weight/height etc. Mine is heavy even without the baby in it. I know most people switch by 1 year to the convertible type and have yet to meet a parent who wanted to lug their 35lb baby in the infant/bucket type. I picked our seat thinking 35 lbs would be great, umm no, it was a complete new mom purchase.
Diaper pail, I have one, we used it for the first three months but now it’s in the basement.
Hope my mistakes help you make wiser decisions than me!
Post # 10
I second the Mustela products, they have been great for Dirty Delete and I love the smell!
Also a baby carrier. You want one that makes the babe face your chest like a Moby Wrap or Boba Carrier. Front carriers that have your child face away from you have shown to put too much pressure on the sciatic nerve. You’ll want something that allows for “frog legs”.
Post # 11
Pappy8: Go to HelloBee (created by Bee who started Wedding Bee!) There are tons of articles on what you really need.
My basic take away from reading them is 1)babies need less than you think 2)you wont know what you really need until you’ve tried it. What works for your family and baby might be different than another family or baby. So plan on having too much stuff (and trying a few different things like nursing pillows or baby slings) and re-sell what you dont use. See if your neighborhood has a FB Virtual Yard Sale group. There is always tons of baby stuff being sold.
Post # 12
lovemygsp: totally agree and was just about to come here and say this! I was also completely overwhelmed, but the Amazon registry made it loads easier. They show you what most people buy, and you can look at all the options with all their star ratings and reviews right there. Makes it so much easier!
Then, once you decide exactly which swing, stroller, bouncer etc. you want, you can start trolling Craigslist and see if you can get any of them for cheaper.
My main advice is only buy what you’re going to need right away. I found that the process got much easier when I just ignored cribs, jumperoos, exersaucers, and the like. Newborn babies won’t need those, so you can wait to look into those until baby is a little older. We just used the infant seat and the snap n go as a stroller for several months, and it wasn’t til Dirty Delete was pushing 6 months old that I finally started researching strollers for bigger babies. Just take it one step at a time!
Also, you may want to look into cloth diapering. You don’t have to actually decide to do it, but maybe just do a quick bit of research on it and see if it sounds at all like something you might want to try. My sister never realized how easy it was until I started doing it, and she was kicking herself for never researching it!
Post # 13
Don’t over do the “stuff.” That’s my advice. You really don’t need a lot of the crap out there. I hated the diaper genie, for example.
I LOVED the carseat/stroller systems and the swings that rocked from side to side. My youngest is 6. Those are the 2 things I remember from her newborn days as must haves!
Post # 14
I have an 8 month old so this is pretty fresh. I used Amazon registry and Lucie’s list for guidance.
I kind of disagree about putting off stuff for older baby. You use them pretty soon and they can add up, so I would put them on there. Things like a jumper/exersaucer, high chair, toys, convertible car seat. (We switched seats at about 5 months.)
Post # 15
My 2 year old has slept 2 (horrible) nights in his crib in his life. He’s done bassinet and co slept. I’ve never needed his monitor. He just stopped bfing 8 days ago, so every expensive bottle and the 3 pumps were a waste. The changing table was used the first 6 months of his life. Diaper pail too.He’s needed his infant and toddler car seats, his nice stroller clothes and diapers. I even skipped baby foods, besides age appropriate snacks. He did like his bouncer and swing too though.
So really, anything extra will most likely not be needed.