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Old 03-07-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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So, this is my first pregnancy & first baby for DH as well.

What do I really need for a newbie? There are 5 million things I'd love to have, but what do I really NEED? Besides a car seat

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Old 03-07-2012, 09:29 PM   #2
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I'm sure I'll come up with a much longer list later, but a good nursing pillow (if you plan to nurse, of course) popped into my head right away. I had both a boppy and a breast friend. And they are both useful, but I plan to get a breast friend first this time (and maybe a boppy too, we shall see). Breast Friends are on the expensive side; I've seen plenty at consignment stores and on craigslist though.
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My cousin is planning to give me her boppy...... Actually, she's really going I have a girl so she can unload all her baby stuff as hers grows lol

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Re: First Time Mommy

It's different for everyone! I think you kind of figure out as you go what works the best for you.
But, the only thing a new baby really NEEDS is food, diapers (I suppose with EC you could eliminate the need for some diapers), a place to sleep, something to wear to keep warm enough, and lots of love=).

We haven't used strollers much, and prefer babywearing. I loved my Moby wraps with the first two - but they were both winter babies. Seems like it might be a bit too hot in August. We'll see!
But, I would totally recommend some kind of carrier.

Bouncy seat/swing: Lotsa people love one or the other (or both), but for us, they weren't very necessary. We have a very small place and borrowed a swing with #1. It didn't get a ton of use. We used the bouncy seat mainly in the bathroom so there was an easy place to set baby for a min or two while in there.

We have a mini cosleeper next to our bed, but certainly could have done without. DD (#2) was in our bed most of the time anyways.

Baby food... breastfeeding is the easiest and cheapest! For jarred food, we didn't bother! We've done 'baby led weaning', which basically is just letting baby eat normal foods after six months (before 6months they should just have breastmilk/formula). Ex: DS's first food was steamed broccoli and carrots. They weren't pureed, but certainly were soft enough. He mostly just played with it anyways.

Clothes - oh, it's so fun to get cute outfits! But, obviously, the baby doesn't care one way or the other! I've found they don't actually need nearly as much as we have. But it is fun to have options.

Baby bathtub - we used it a ton for DS, but didn't have a regular tub at the time. I don't think i used it at all with DD. Right now, it's actually in the donation/sell pile.

I did get a bumbo chair for DD that was really nice to have. Not necessary, but nice.

We have an older pack n play, but have only used it a handful of times with both kids. Actually, we used it the most this past summer outside while working on the entry way. It's certainly not necessary for us.

Hmmm, what other baby stuff....can't remember right now!

Anyways, we've noticed that babies aren't actually very expensive (besides the birth)! We breastfeed, cloth diaper, and don't buy "baby" food. It's when they get older that they start needing/wanting more stuff.

Hopefully that helps a tiny bit!
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:53 PM   #5
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What helps me think of the three basic needs food clothes shelter.Now how easy do you want it to be? Are you concerned about money?space? I can tell you lots of things that just not necessary I wish i hadnt registered for and that i should have waited to buy or that I had bought. Get things that can evolve with your baby....example. your highchair get one that sits on a normal chair can tilt but also converts to a booster seat.(my highchair wasted space and ended up just being to annoying to move around or put away and bring out constantly).swings...be careful on this one because my son hated his 200 dollar swing but loved his johnny jump up. Only register for a couple feeding systems, i ended up getting 3x as many as i registered for.plus got them as hand me downs from everyone and there mother.yes you can return them but it ends up being a pain with all thats already on their plate,and another task most people forget to do untill its to late.
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Except for the absolute necessities (like plain onsies, little t-shirts, diapers) I would honestly ask for gift cards.

If you are breastfeeding, you don't need a high end pillow of any kind. Many moms find that there's a comfortable pillow in their house that they like to use. Unless you're working, you may not need a pump. Some moms never drip milk so don't use breast pads. Unless you're working, you won't need bottles. Don't spend a bunch on any one brand, your baby might hate that brand. Don't buy paci's until you're sure you need one (some babies hate them, or only like 1 brand)

Decide where your baby might sleep. Purchase that item. Expect that your baby might hate sleeping there and would prefer to sleep someplace else. Don't spend a bunch on bedding for a crib. The reality is bumpers are dangerous, and comforters are intended to be decorative only. Have a dozen receiving blankets to use as burp cloths, blankets, swaddling blankets, a place for baby to play, a means of propping baby in a bouncy seat, swing, etc. Baby towels are nice, but completely unnecessary. We own several baby hooded towels, but always use regular towels for baby. The only thing I like are the little baby wash cloths as they are easier to get into little nooks and crannies.

Diapers, diapers, diapers. Even if you ec, you'll need a few. Since you're here, you'll probably want to build your cloth stash. Some families prefer to use disposables until all meconium has passed or until baby is out of newborn size diapers (depending on the diapering system you use). Purchase a pack of disposables. Those first few days can be challenging, and you don't want to feel trapped because you need to wash a load of cloth diapers. Some times, the day gets away from us and we realize we have no diapers left and have to put something on our baby's butt! By the time your baby is beyond newborn size disposables, you'll probably have a system in place that means you won't need any disposables.

We are working on baby #3. I was lucky enough to have a friend have a baby a few weeks ago. She gave me a half pack of newborn diapers which will be our "in case" stash. People LOVE buying baby stuff. Only register for things you really need (not stuff you "might" want). Reality is, people may not care what is on your registry, and just buy whatever they like, cloths, toys, etc.
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Thanks for the tips!
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