I am due Sept. 23rd with our first baby and was wondering when is "too soon" to start getting things ready for the baby. Thankfully, hubby and I have gotten tons of adorable hand-me-downs from friends. I figured it was okay to wash the cloths now, I'm keeping them in a plastic storage tub until we are ready to use them. Then there are things like bottles, pacifiers, teething toys etc that need to be sterilized. Even the pacifiers that are not opened yet say to boil them before using. So when should I boil/sterilize these type of things? Should I wait until about a month or so before baby is due? Or should I just go ahead and boil everything now and keep them in plastic zip lock baggies or something? Thanks so much!
Congrats & Goodluck!!!
And sure, there will be some clothes you never use and whatnot, but it's better to have it all out and ready and then things you don't use, most of it you can take to a consignment shop and get a good chunk of your $$ back.
Oh, and since you are getting ready, can I just recommend getting some side snap shirts? That was my absolute favorite clothing item for a newborn. Side snap shirt + diaper + swaddled in a blanket or 2 makes for easy diaper changes and dealing with the cord until it falls off. And the plain white gerber ones are super cheap, it is worth it to pick up a few and in the newborn size. I never thought I would have a small baby, so I was glad DH talked me into some newborn clothes since she wore them for quite awhile.
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If you're going to be cloth diapering, I'd suggest getting a few different types to try out. The same variety can be great for one baby and not so great for another. I tried 6 or 7 different brands and different styles-- AIOs, fitteds, etc-- as well as a base of prefolds and covers, so that I could find what worked best. For us, it's prefolds and fitteds.
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I'm keeping them in a plastic storage tub until we are ready to use them.
As far as sterilizing things, just wait until the baby is here and do it as needed. You're not going to need teething toys until next spring!
We started gathering baby stuff early in the second trimester and because we just moved to a new country didn't have people around to give us hand-me-downs. We saved a ton of money buying stuff slowly over months and months. I think everything we bought was on sale...literally everything! I waited until last month to really start putting it all together in a nursery and I just finished washing and prepping clothes and diapers- good thing too because I'm exhausted! I have this month to just putter around getting small things done and I'm sooo glad I did all the big stuff and shopping early on.
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Oh, and congrats to all you other mamas who are expecting in the next couple months!
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