Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Western WA State
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cloth diapers...about 2-3 dozen, but try to find good used ones or use prefolds, because baby will grow quickly out of the newborn sizes. Best thing I ever did was borrow my newborn diaper stash from another cd'ing mom.
clothing...I like the gowns with the elastic at the bottom...trying to get feet and legs that want to curl up back into the legs of sleepers was too much for me. you'll get plenty of "cute" outfits as gifts, so skip those. Lots of blankets of different weights: some cotton, some fleece and a couple of knitted/crocheted. Some people like hats, but my babies heads shed hats like cat sheds fur. But this time, I will make a greater effort to have a few for going out, since this is my first winter baby. Lots of socks. Burp cloths, small washclothes.
CAR SEAT!! make sure it fits in your car, most stores will let you take the model outside and test it.
a sling, or two. a bouncy seat came in handy when I needed to put baby down for a few minutes (shower, cooking, etc). As far as sleeping, we co-sleep at night, but baby usually naps in (at first) a bassinet, then a pack and play. Some babies like swings and I know that some moms abhor them, but when I wanted to have a few minutes to eat or whatever, it was a great way to keep baby occupied.
SKIP: fancy toys, scented products, clothes that fasten in the back, shoes, fancy bedding.
My final advice is to buy whatever you can at consignment stores, etc. Except the car seat, that should be new. Save your money for when baby needs new shoes every two months! Borrow things like a bassinet, bouncy seat, and swing.