I was thinking maybe we could all put that list together here for the first time moms...and for the moms with a big gap in ages on a budget.
For a summertime baby: in my imagining this is for a warm/no ac house. I think ac would require more long sleeves and pants.
Clothes- all of this also depends on easy access to a washing machine...I'm thinking laundry every two-three days.
3-4 pairs of lightweight long pants
One lightweight button down or tie front shirt
2-3 flannel/cotton receiving blankets (I use sheets from the goodwill, 1 flannel,1 cotton and sew two sided blankets/ changing pads/ nursing cloths/ burp cloths/ wash cloths etc. highly versatile.
18-25 cloth diapers and 4 plastic covers or wool or fleece soakers (ack! Wool and fleece in the summer!)
Padded blanket for floor time
Sleeping arrangement that suits your preference, ie; bassinet, crib, co sleeper, family bed
Good children's health book-I like Aviva Jill Romm and Dr Sears
Good baby development book- I liked You Are Your Childs First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy
Soap for bathing-I never used it though
Calendula Oil for cleaning all the cracks, bottom, necks and armpits (olive oil will also do fine)
Diaper pail for dirty cloth diapers- we used a dish tub on top of the washer but were laundering frequently so the smell wasn't terrible. I dunno about July though. That might be a whole new ball game.
Any other absolute essentials I missed?
Edited by wrenmoon - 12/10/12 at 6:40pm