Originally Posted by justKate
With the hope that people will continue to add, especially for the benefit of us first-timers....
Well, my LO is only one month old, but I'll bite since no one else has.
Things we have that I would get if we had to buy everything over again:
-a cosleeper and a convertible crib/toddler bed
-a couple of water-resistant "sheet savers" that we use as changing pads (nylon instead of vinyl)
-36 prefold cloth diapers (so easy to use... there was no need to get any AIO or fitted ones)
-a few Snappi's
-6 cloth diaper covers (though I wish they snapped closed rather than using velcro... hubby and I always forget to fold back the velcro and it catches on everything in the wash... lots of pilling)
-a wet bag or two
-some warm fleece sleepers
-some carseat-friendly coats or warm blankets
-a couple of stretchy knit hats (most hats won't stay on well at all; we need something that grabs her head)
-a small collection of onesies (we have way too many; 10 would be more than enough)
-a small collection of sleepers/gowns to put over the onesies (again, we could get by with 10 or less)
-one or two really cute outfits for pictures
-some bibs (I like to put her in a bib before we go out... saves me from having to change outfits before we leave)
-a few receiving blankets
-a mei tai (she doesn't like it now, but I think that's just because she doesn't like her head pointing to the side... it should be better when she has more head control)
-a nursing pillow (My Breast Friend is soo much better than Boppy IMO... it has a large surface for her and buckles closed so it stays on) and an assortment of other pillows to prop up her head or to lift the nursing pillow while she's very little (I just use the pillows from my sofa)
-plenty of burp cloths (at least a dozen, maybe two)
-a couple wash cloths
-an infant bathing seat
-a nursing cover
-eventually, some nursing bras... but don't spend much on your first one or two. all the ones I bought at first ended up being too small -- they give you guidelines for predicting how big you'll get, but they were terribly inaccurate for me. My pre-pregnancy size was 32B, so I fell in the range of size Small nursing bras... but I grew to 34DD, and even some mediums are too tight. Cami's were all I could wear during those first weeks before my size stabilized and I bought some well-fitting bras. Now I have $100 worth of nursing clothes that will never fit.
-some books of poetry, a good hymnal, and lists of kids' songs and fairy tales (bonus points if you can tell the stories by heart, like my dh does!)
-a book or online reference for breastfeeding, the name and number of a lactation consultant, and some lanolin cream
Things I wish we'd gotten:
-some fleece diaper doublers/liners (these are on order.... I think they will help with the diaper rash)
-two sets of wool nursing pads (I have several sets of cotton fleece ones, but I wish I'd gotten wool)
-sling or wrap (to use until she is ready for the mei tai)
-a bouncy chair or moses basket to put her in while I use the bathroom/shower/cook
I think that's it; hope it helps!