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post #21 of 32
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Originally Posted by MissMorgan View Post
What do we actually NEED?
So far I have on my list:
-clothes (duh, but what clothes... and I know I wont have to worry much since everyone wants to buy clothes for babies. I'm thinking shirts, not onesies, socks and legwarmers.. what else?)
-baby carrier (thinking sleepy wrap, moby, ergo?)
-breast pads of some sort, nursing tanks, nursing bras.
-car seat
-prefold diapers
-baby bjorn little potty
-wool puddle pad
-moses basket (naps? necessary?)
Clothes: Those little snap shirts are awesome for babies, esp. while ECing. You might consider investing in wool shorties or longies if you want the baby "clothed" while out or when the weather gets chillier.

Baby carrier: I own a Moby Wrap and a Beco Butterfly Carrier. I'd def recommend having the structured in addition to the wrap - the wrap was great at home (though can be hot in summer) and the structured carrier was great while out (no parts dragging on the ground while trying to put on, takes up less room when not in use).

Nursing accessories: Nursing cover. I leaked a ton with DD, so I'd say you'd probably want a few pairs of nursing pads. Sometimes I preferred the disposable nursing pads while out because I knew I wouldn't leak through.
post #22 of 32
Oh! Breast pads! I have a set of wool ones that are GREAT! Same concept as using a wool soaker over a diaper. Very effective and don't need washing everytime they get contact with something. I got mine as a demo set....I think they came from New Zealand.
post #23 of 32
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Originally Posted by BlackSheepPDX View Post
Oh! Breast pads! I have a set of wool ones that are GREAT! Same concept as using a wool soaker over a diaper. Very effective and don't need washing everytime they get contact with something. I got mine as a demo set....I think they came from New Zealand.
I love how wool works with wicking moisture away, but I am wondering, isn't it itchy? Especially against sensitive nips? If not, I just may make some.... TIA
post #24 of 32
I'm allergic to wool, and leak through both cotton and disposable nursing pads. The only thing that works for me are the silicone LilyPadz. They work great. I might try some PUL-lined cloth ones this time, those weren't around 7 years ago. I'm definitely planning on buying some cloth postpartum pads because disposable pads in July/August sound miserable.
post #25 of 32
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Originally Posted by MJB View Post
I'm allergic to wool, and leak through both cotton and disposable nursing pads. The only thing that works for me are the silicone LilyPadz. They work great. I might try some PUL-lined cloth ones this time, those weren't around 7 years ago. I'm definitely planning on buying some cloth postpartum pads because disposable pads in July/August sound miserable.
I used LilyPads after DS2 was born. I must not have put them on right because twice I had them literally POP off of my breast with milk spaying out behind them. Very strange. I've never seen the ones with PUL, but I'd be afraid of it trapping the moisture in & being too warm becoming a perfect breeding ground for thrush. I'll have to look into them & see if the makers say anything about thrush.
post #26 of 32
Both of my boys were born in the end of August, beginning of Sept. Made for some very hot days and nights with babe! Here is what I had for both:

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Package or 2 of disposable diapers for the meconium period, and the cloth rubs their little belly button area before it pops off
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12-15 cloth AIO diapers sz small. I used Mother-Ease AIO for both boys,5 prefolds that I cut into 4's and stitched the edges for wipes, and a wipes warmer box for the water to stay warm.
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3-5 t-shirts. It's so hot, they were mostly in just a diaper during the day. They aren't THAT messy during the first few weeks and I wasn't leaving the house alot with a newborn, 2 pairs thumb size nb sox
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2-3 one piece footed pj's
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Thermometer, blue sucky bulb, nail clipper(their little nails are so sharp!)
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4 thin swaddle blankets. I don't know why I had so many, gifts? Can't remember
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Pouch/sling
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Swing. I loved this thing. It only works for so long, but the gentle back and forth put them to sleep instantly, or kept them quite so I could make dinner, or take a shower. Not so fun trying to dry off with a swing in the b.room tho!
They napped in the carseat, I never got a moses basket or anything like that. Really the carseat was the perfect size, also fits on a bathroom floor well during showers.

That's it really. All the other stuff we didnt' need until fall and it got colder, then it was just clothes and bigger diapers. I never used the crib or co-sleeper, and only used the changiing table for poop diapers.
post #27 of 32
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Originally Posted by isras1 View Post
I love how wool works with wicking moisture away, but I am wondering, isn't it itchy? Especially against sensitive nips? If not, I just may make some.... TIA
These Lanowool ones are what I had. Not itchy.
post #28 of 32
If you are going to have a baby shower and want to keep in minimalistic, I suggest having an "ages and stages" shower, and having whoever organizes it ask people to bring things for the first 3-4 years of baby life. That way you can get clothing in many sizes, toddler plates/cutlery, training potty(s), step stools, tippy cups, etc. While you do have to store all that stuff, I think it is better than ending up with a ton of stuff for the first 6 months and nothing afterwards.

I, too, would scratch the Moses basket. We just let DD nap on a blanket laid on the floor. We also were cosleeping, which meant all I really needed was lots of cloth diapers or burp clothes to catch the milk that always shoots out the other boob when DD is nursing, and some extra towels to lay on the bed in case of accidents.

I would add some baby toiletries, like baby wash, diaper cream, baby lotion, baby nail clippers, thermometer, nasal aspirator, and baby oil. (Everything natural, of course!) And a wet bag for storing cloth diapers in. If you arn't keen on washing diapers, you can look into a service for the first few weeks. We had one for the first 6 weeks of DD life, and it was heavenly! We also have some safety stuff on our list, although it is somewhat embarrising to admit that we don't have it already with a kid in the house, like a fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide detector, and some drawer/cabinet locks.

Don't forget mama stuff, like nipple cream, lotion, and a breastpump for when you need to be away from baby. I love my nursing bras, but never did find great nursing tops. And it can be hard to predict your size when your milk comes in.

Finally, I think it is pretty important to have a couple of bottles made for a breastfeeding baby to serve breastmilk in, some burp rags or cloths, and a couple of swaddling blankets. We also have a pretty large house, and I love to garden and whatnot when baby is sleeping, so a moniter is pretty important for our family.

All that other stuff (swing, stroller, bouncer, etc.) you can honestly do without. And if you do decide that you want it later on, most can be bought fairly cheeply at a thrift or consignment store.

The last thing to note is that many places will let you exchange things with no questions asked if you have a registry on file with them. Silly, I know, but when you end up with 6 bottles of J&J baby lotion, it is really nice to walk into Target and say you would like to exchange them for something off your registry and not have them give you any grief about it. So you might want to create a couple registries just for the added level of customer service you will get. Just ignore all that "reccomend you register for..." stuff and only put things you really want on there.
post #29 of 32
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Originally Posted by lunarlady View Post
If you are going to have a baby shower and want to keep in minimalistic, I suggest having an "ages and stages" shower, and having whoever organizes it ask people to bring things for the first 3-4 years of baby life. That way you can get clothing in many sizes, toddler plates/cutlery, training potty(s), step stools, tippy cups, etc. While you do have to store all that stuff, I think it is better than ending up with a ton of stuff for the first 6 months and nothing afterwards.

I, too, would scratch the Moses basket. We just let DD nap on a blanket laid on the floor. We also were cosleeping, which meant all I really needed was lots of cloth diapers or burp clothes to catch the milk that always shoots out the other boob when DD is nursing, and some extra towels to lay on the bed in case of accidents.

I would add some baby toiletries, like baby wash, diaper cream, baby lotion, baby nail clippers, thermometer, nasal aspirator, and baby oil. (Everything natural, of course!) And a wet bag for storing cloth diapers in. If you arn't keen on washing diapers, you can look into a service for the first few weeks. We had one for the first 6 weeks of DD life, and it was heavenly! We also have some safety stuff on our list, although it is somewhat embarrising to admit that we don't have it already with a kid in the house, like a fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide detector, and some drawer/cabinet locks.

Don't forget mama stuff, like nipple cream, lotion, and a breastpump for when you need to be away from baby. I love my nursing bras, but never did find great nursing tops. And it can be hard to predict your size when your milk comes in.

Finally, I think it is pretty important to have a couple of bottles made for a breastfeeding baby to serve breastmilk in, some burp rags or cloths, and a couple of swaddling blankets. We also have a pretty large house, and I love to garden and whatnot when baby is sleeping, so a moniter is pretty important for our family.

All that other stuff (swing, stroller, bouncer, etc.) you can honestly do without. And if you do decide that you want it later on, most can be bought fairly cheeply at a thrift or consignment store.

The last thing to note is that many places will let you exchange things with no questions asked if you have a registry on file with them. Silly, I know, but when you end up with 6 bottles of J&J baby lotion, it is really nice to walk into Target and say you would like to exchange them for something off your registry and not have them give you any grief about it. So you might want to create a couple registries just for the added level of customer service you will get. Just ignore all that "reccomend you register for..." stuff and only put things you really want on there.
The swing was great for ds#1 because he had colic, that's why I couldn't remember using it for #2. I second the monitor, how did I miss that! I was always told that babies aren't supposed to be cleaned with washes for the first 4-6 months due to their skin being so sensitive. I did use olive oil on the head for the cradle cap, awesome. I couldn't figure out where I was supposed to store the stroller, bike trailer, etc. etc. that we were given for #1. With #2 I def. waited until they were old enough to even need it. Turns out #2 hated being in a stroller or bike trailer, so I'm glad we waited and purchased 2nd hand.
post #30 of 32
With our DD, I had to use baby wash or the meconium was not coming off! But I didn't bathe her daily or anything, and I always used natural stuff. I'm partial to the Burt's Bees Baby wash, which is mostly coconut oil. And here in Colorado, I need baby oil and lotion or else eczema is a sure thing. I love pure apricot oil, although it is so hard to find. Olive oil is wonderful too, if you don't mind your child smelling slightly like dinner. For lotion, we love the Wedela (sp?) calendula stuff, and we had some pure calendula salve that did wonders for diaper rash.
post #31 of 32
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Originally Posted by lunarlady View Post
With our DD, I had to use baby wash or the meconium was not coming off! But I didn't bathe her daily or anything, and I always used natural stuff. I'm partial to the Burt's Bees Baby wash, which is mostly coconut oil. And here in Colorado, I need baby oil and lotion or else eczema is a sure thing. I love pure apricot oil, although it is so hard to find. Olive oil is wonderful too, if you don't mind your child smelling slightly like dinner. For lotion, we love the Wedela (sp?) calendula stuff, and we had some pure calendula salve that did wonders for diaper rash.
We used the olive oil straight to the bum at every diaper change, so that the mec would come off easier. Though i admit, it was weird getting use to that smell on my newborn lol.
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