The birth of my son and all the research I did after his birth led to me to my crunchy beliefs of today. So much of my baby stuff is plastic or vinyl.
I don't want to spend a fortune but I would like more natural/green baby products this time around.
What do you mamas consider essentials for baby? What are your must haves/want to haves?
Some diapers and wipes.
A few blankets.
A dozen washcloths/receiving blankets/old diapers/whatever for cleaning up spit up and wiping down baby's face, hands and smelly rolls.
That's about it.
Jackie and Rafael (4/15/04)
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I plan to get a carseat, a sling, cloth diapers and wipes, and some baby clothes and receiving blankets. Oh, and I really did use the little baby bathtub so I'll probably get that again. Otherwise, nothing. If something sounds useful after the baby is born, MAYBE.
I will never get a changing table again. What was I thinking? Changing my baby on this high table so far up off the ground. Scary and a PITA because you can't move a few inches from the baby because you have to keep the baby from falling off the table. So it's this tricky "Let me reach for this but not stop touching the baby" thing. I ended up changing her on the floor on a cloth, and that's what I'll do from the start this time.
Slings - probably a wrap and another Mei tai; receiving blankets ; basic layette...like really basic; earth mama angel baby bottom balm (I use this for EVERYthing...it's freakin awesome); cloth diapering supplies; diaper bag; rocking chair; and probably an amby bed for when baby is not in bed with us (naps etc) or if he is like his older brother and just doesn't like sleeping with anyone period (hopefully not), but I wouldn't consider it a necessity.
Also, I will probably make sure I have a good breast pump in case I have any supply issues like last time, as well as some fenugreek for supply as well.
oh yea and a carseat. We will mostly babywear so a stroller is meh...not that important, but maybe when s/he is older.
I had to practically BEG dh to let me sell our stroller, though. He liked using the Snugli but I hear those are bad for their little backs.
I will be getting a new stroller i think. I want a sit in stand. It will help when out with all three. One in the sling one sitting, one standing. For longer days and such. PLus they are great in amusement parks and zoos. Even if to only hold my stuff, Oh and at all of those free events were your kids get to do arts and crafts and get free books and stickers. Yeah I LOVE a stroller then. I just use it as a little shopping cart.
edited to add I use the BF pillows a lot. I think i have to get a new one, as the one I used with the last two is flat now. It saved my back.
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I second the sling, but try to find one that works for you. Try a few out before you invest, if it's possible.
I've never used the changing table for changing, but it's got lots of handy shelves.
The one item I always get new mom's at their showers is a car mirror so you can see the babe in the rear-facing car seat. It was the first item I went out and bought after having the baby.
A breast pump is a good idea too, but depending how often you'll be gone you might only need a small manual one. They are much less expensive.
It's funny I woke up this morning thinking about the things that we plan to do differently this time too.
I plan on getting:
-gowns for pretty much all the time inside
-a new carseat
-an amauti (babywearing coat)
I already have cloth diapers, but plan on ECing most of the time. I also have a full range of babycarriers (which I absolutely consider necessary! ) We'll also be cosleeping in our bed so we are skipping the pack n play this time.
Mama to Toad (08/06), Frog (01/09)... and new baby Newt born on his due date, Sep. 8, 2010
- Cloth dipes
- Good, water soluble detergent for dipes
- Receiving blankets for swaddling
- Lap Pads (they're tightly woven cotton and waterproof-ish and great for putting under baby at diaper changes)
- Nursing pads
- No-wire, stretchy nursing bras
- Hotsling (then mei tai, then Ergo -- at last that was our preference in order of when we used them)
- Papasan style swing (though I'm looking into the Amby Bed for this babe)
- Carseat (we started with an infant seat, and I'm glad as Winnie was small at birth -- 6#6oz and a convertible seat would've been far too big). I washed the cover in cold water and lots of natural fabric softener and Dawn to help remove the flame retardent chems -- hang to dry though as don't want to shrink it
- Baby monitors (our house is big)
- Baby fingernail clippers
- Nasal aspirator
- Socks and hats
- Contoured changing pad that sits on top of dresser
- Small lamp that takes a nightlight bulb for nighttime diaper changes in low light
- SnugTuck bolster pillow for co-sleeping
- Sturdy, non-gadgety high chair for later on (the more gadgets, the more places food can get)
- ETA: Glider/rocking chair (can't believe I forgot that one!)
Not necessary but nice to have:
- Clear shower curtain (so baby can see me when I'm showering )
- Bouncy seat (not the Johnny Jumpup things but the papasan style seat)
- Breast pump (be sure to buy new if you're looking at electric ones)
- Baby washclothes
- Side-snap t-shirts for wearing before cord stump falls off
- Long gowns with elastic at bottom
- Extra Boppy covers
- Wool puddle pads (or you can be cheap like us and get an old thin blanket from the Army/Navy store and cut to fit. Much cheaper and works just as well)
- Organic crib mattress (but, not so much the crib -- and if I could do it all over again I'd invest in an organic mattress for OUR bed instead, but we had the org. crib one and thankfully she's sleeping on it now. New baby will sleep with us until Guinevere's outgrown the crib mattress)
- Pack-n-play (most people either love or hate them. We love ours and used it often as a changing table when she was little, and a bassinet for naps, then later as a playpen for when I was cooking)
- Noise machine/air purifier (but not the ionic ones -- they suck)
- ETA: Nursing stool
Total waste of cash (for us, again, YMMV):
- Baby tub
- Bumbo seat
- Changing table
- Sleep positioner (our baby hated hated hated it. She far preferred sleeping right next to me)
- Crib (though good for temporary playpen when I needed to iron)
- Nursing clothes for me other than bras. I'm a shift lifter. It's just a lot easier.
- Gliding ottoman (nursing stool is so much better)
That's all I can think of right now. And really, all you absolutely have to have are diapers and some clothes. But the necessities I listed all helped us enormously for a variety of reasons, from birth to far past age one.
I think it has been covered. For baby clothes I LOVE the gowns. The sleepers with the snaps or zippers are a PIA in MHO.
Comment on nasal aspirators, you usually get one from the hospital or in your homebirth kit, and those ones are better than some of the ones in stores.
If you are going back to work, a double electric breast pump is a necessity.
I have a swing that I actually need to get rid of, as I didn't use it with baby #2.
Mama to Tornado Boy (6/04), The Brute (11/06), and Mischief (05/09)... expecting in February '15
This is the one I want:
We are very low impact when it comes to acquiring things, so we're trying to figure out what we can do without.
As for the rest of it, we're hoping to get most things second or third hand.
I truly appreciate all the mamas with experience chiming in with what works and doesn't work.
I have a crib (my own, actually). Since we plan to co-sleep relatively short-term, should I be looking at a full on co-sleeper in addition to the crib, or something else?
What do you guys think is necessary?
So far I have a few outfits that I bought when we were ttc, 2 onesies that I bought for Father's day b/c I wanted to get one that said 'My Daddy Rocks' for dh, and it was 2 for 10, and I have a moby wrap that I bought b/c I saw them in a store and thought I'd save on shipping costs. It's the regular cotton in moss green. I can't wait to use it!
We have a crib from my sil that was only used a handful of times (she coslept). I think I'll probably reuse the mattress too. It's 4 years old and I have heard some negative stuff about reusing mattresses, but it was rarely used, and I figured it would be good b/c all the off-gassing would be done. I will buy a nice mattress cover, probably organic, for it.
Sue, Mama to Fiona Aileen (2/1/09) and Maeve Penelope (10/7/11)
A note on used carseats: make sure to check the date of manufacture, to ensure it's not expired. The plastic shell and foam cushion break down and start to degrade over time and cease to be effective. They can actually be very dangerous, as they no longer have the structural support and safety in an accident. Most carseats expire 6 years after date of manufacture.
For naptime we used the pack-n-play or papasan swing. Sometimes we'd lay her in our bed, once we had bolsters in place. The SnugTuck pillow bolster is a wonderful thing. If you leave an infant alone in a big bed, make sure there are no big blankets or pillows that could pose a suffocation risk. You can also put the mattress on the floor to make it safer, in case baby starts rolling early and you don't have a bolster or rail in place.
Guinevere never slept in her crib. She hated it. We did have a cradle early, early on and she'd doze in it briefly, but the best naps she took were either when being worn by me, or in her papasan swing. She always did better when she felt snuggly, I think (yet resisted swaddling like mad after about 4 months).
Not sure if we'll sidecar the crib or use the cradle again, or try the AmbyBed for this baby. I'm so glad I've got a long time to decide.