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Old 04-12-2012, 02:23 PM   #11
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diapers, wipes, nursing pads, postpartum pads, gowns (these are the best for mid of night diaper changes), clothes, a few blankets, and car seat.
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:37 PM   #13
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carseat, diapers & wipes, a couple blankets. Usually I would say clothes, but our summer baby seriously didn't wear clothes in the house at all, she pretty much only got dressed when we went out...and since that wasn't very often those first couple months, most of her 0-3 month clothes didn't get used....as long as you have some way to keep them appropriately warm/cool for the weather, that's all that matters. Some place to set them down when you're not right there with them is nice too, like a bouncy chair or swing, but they're definitely not required. I've had baby nail clippers with all of our kids, but I find it easier to just bite their nails
Actually, there was an Old Wives' Tale in the days before baby nail clippers that told moms to bite off the babies' nails until they were a year old - I think the "penalty" for using clippers before then was that baby would grow up to be a thief!

In addition to the above, I'd suggest a few other basics - baby Tylenol (or generic) and something for gassy tummy (Mylicon, Colic Calm, etc.), a baby safe thermometer (if you don't already have one), and a baby safe cleanser (baby wash, super mild soap, etc.).

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Besides what gas been mentioned, a place for baby to sleep. We used the swaddle blankets a lot, the bouncer was great for when I wanted to shower or cook and baby was awake and no one else was home (but we only used it for a few months-I found it for $5 though).
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I, for the record, HATED baby nail clippers. It's the only thing I've "gotten" my son with. When he was really little, I'd just tear them off They're so tiny and thin, it worked just fine. After that we used adult clippers.
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Agree with pp- we never use clippers. Add a bassinet or similar for sleeping, naps, and the bouncer. We love our swing and baby carrier too but thats us.
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I bit my girls nails until about a year. Used to do it while nursing. Whichever hand was on that side...

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Re: Bare minimum bring baby home needs?

I hated baby nail clippers too, I prefer to use adult ones. I always clipped my sons skin on accident with baby clippers, but never hurt DS with the adult sized ones.

As for just the essentials:
A few clothes or sleepers or both, baby soap, a few swaddle blankets, post partum care for you, nursing pads, diapers and wipes for baby.

That should it really. I personally would include a moby wrap or something similar and a baby swing (fisher price has a really inexpensive space saver floor model for 90 something). But those are more conveniences for me.
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carseat
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clothes
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these are the only thing we use.
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Thank you all so much! Seems like a lot of you are giving the same answers (no surprise, it's just the essentials) I completely forgot about my postpartum needs will have to add that to the definite list.
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