I am glad for this forum to help me!!!!! Thanks!!!!
1 1/2-2 dozen cloth diapers
(the more the better IMO. I've listed the minimum number I think you could squeeze by on washing daily. I use prefolds which are the cheapest at $16 for a dozen newborn or infant size)
4-6 diaper covers
(I have several different sizes. I find I can't use newborn size for long so have some smalls on hand too! You need newborn size because the baby's legs are so skinny at first. When baby just wets you don't need as many diaper covers but once baby starts pooping you'll need more! Trust me! ;o))
1 1/2-2 dozen cloth diaper wipes
(The more the better!)
1 diaper pail
(Check you local thrift stores first! Beware the Diaper Genie which can't be used very well for cloth diapers!)
1 Dirty diaper bag
(I like the small Bummis bag from Born to Love. A plastic grocery sack works in a pinch!)
Diaper bag/cloth tote
(I just use a cloth bag I got from Whole Foods for $6. It's blue tie dye with a big turtle design.)
2-3 envelope style shirts
(I don't like onesies with cloth diapers as the onesie always gets wet since it pulls on the diaper wrap and allows the diaper to wick urine on it.)
(I use these forever! Some of the ones at ecobaby are sized larger so you can use them for a year!)
2-3 pairs of socks
(Some stay on better than others and it varied among my kids so you'll have to try different styles. Generally speakign the cuffed ones stayed on better)
(You'll need receiving blankets and a warmer one. We cosleep but I find my newborns like to be swaddled when in bed next to me.)
I like my Rebozo but I loan my Maya Wrap to my friends who become new moms to try. It's very easy and confortable.
(You don't really need much/any but I like to have a tube of Autumn Harp UnPetroleum Jelly on hand as well as a tube of Lansinoh for me. I use the same soap on my babies as I do on myself since it's not harsh.)
Remember there is nothing you can't buy that you might discover you need after the baby is here!
I recommend reading positive birth books like "Spiritual Midwifery" by Ina May Gaskin.
I also like to have a new nursing nightgown for myself after each baby is born; it lifts my spirits to have something new and clean and pretty to wear!
I'm sure I left out tons but you get the picture!
I would say bare minimum:
diapers, wipes and covers (there are a lot of threads on diapering a newborn at the diapering forum right now. Just search for "newborn")
carseat (I liked the infant carrier style, though we didn't use it as a carrier much)
waterproof pads for your bed (the "crib pads" at the stores are hot and uncomfortable, so I'd try the ones that www.motherofeden.com sells)
nursing pads (I want to try wool ones this time)
baby clothes (I didn't use all the onesies I bought either)
we did like our swing a LOT, I must confess, and although we didn't buy a crib, Samuel ditched the whole co-sleeping idea at 6 months old, so we ended up wishing we'd had one. I use the stroller a lot now that he's a toddler and I'm pregnant, but considered taking it to a resale shop when he was about 6 months old. We just NEVER used it!
With this baby, I'll have about the same stuff. I did register for some things, like a ton of pacifiers (your call, but after three weeks of him sucking on my pinky finger, I wanted him to take a pacifier!), a wipes warmer, some baby hangers, baby towels and other odds and ends, including a booster seat for Samuel.
I would say to start with the bare minimum, or if you do go all out, don't take everything out of the package and wash it all, making it completely unreturnable like I did.
You're so smart to be thinking about this kind of stuff now!! All I could think was "WOW! I'm finally pregnant; I want this and this and this." My natural mama plans evlolved from simply being "slightly AP" to being all out AP over my pregnancy and now most people would probably consider me "crunchy." However, this time I *am* decorating a nursery, even if it never gets used. With DS we didn't have the money and were renting out house, so I couldn't really do much. With this one, we own a three bedroom and that room has NURSERY written all over it!!
I just made a newborn gown. I like to use them for the first year so I bought a very easy pattern so I can make them in larger sizes. You can get organic fabric at ecobaby.com and nearseanaturals.com.
If you want some websites for fabric sources, I've got some in my favorites that I could dig up.
He was ready to get the hat yesterday!!!
diapers, onsies (6-9)and socks (lots because thet get lost)
I loved the gowns too. I f you aren't going organic gerber gowns are my favorite. Very simple 100%cotton and cheap. I had 3 and that wasn't enough.
Carseat with 5pt harness
nice pajamas that you can hangout with company in and nurse easily in.
Your due in Nov? is that about right? You should also then get some sleepers, a warm fleecy buunting thing but not to heavy, and several blankets. I made blankets by cutting 2 yards of coordinating flannel and sewing them together turning and top stitching. Simple, not to think, not to big but warm and swaddle-able.
a lamp with a soft bulb in it.
a cute hat.
That is all I can think of - oh, bappy pillow and a bog honking cup - if I thknk of more I will let you know. Oh, and
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
A good washer and dryer?
wipes warmer to fill with water for wipe cloths (you can also set a little jar of baby massage oil in there to be ready and warm)
if it will be cold, a long sleeved nursing nightie or ls nursing t-shirt
For night nursing in bed (in the beginning when getting the hang of it) I like to use a little toy lantern. It gives enough light and turns off by itself after 15 min.
Waterproof cover for bed
I like having a small bouncy seat on the bathroom floor...for obvious reasons. OK! Sometimes I like to pee sans sling! It also makes a shower possible. I put baby in seat, rinse, play peek-a-boo, lather, peek-a-boo, rinse, peek-a-boo, repeat...
If you think you might want a breast pump, Avent Isis
big water bottle
Several precooked meals in the freezer
essential oils of jasmine and lavender to encourage a new mom's "emotional equilibrium"
Hey, it worked well for me on day three! Very yummy...
I agree with everything else, cloth dipes and wipes, etc. And for sure a sling. Still using the sling occasionally with 16 month old. My vote is for the Maya wrap.
I'm so overwhelmed! *So* much to thnk about!