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Congrats to all you mamas to be! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime"><br><br>
I have an eight year old and a newborn and I just thought some of us BTDT moms could offer some insight on stuff we just couldn't live without for our babes. You probably don't need any more advice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> , but maybe you need some STUFF! Here's what I can't live without:<br><br>
1. A changing table - didn't have one with dd1 and OH! My aching back!<br>
2. Miracle blanket or some sort of swaddling blanket - nice and tight and my babe sleeps like a dream.<br>
3. Comfrey & Calendula Salve - great for diaper rash. Acts as a barrier and heals too.<br>
4. Hanna Andersson pilot caps - only $10 and the best thing for keeping tiny heads warm.<br>
5. MotherEase One Size diapers - the absolute best diaps and only one thing to buy until they use the potty. Mine are holding up incredibly well.<br><br>
What else?
 

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Yes, yes, yes! please! more!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I'm interested in this thread. I absolutley <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"> the idea! I'm a FTM and would love to know more. I'll add the things that I have been told about:<br><br>
1. <b><a href="http://www.handi-craft.com/" target="_blank">Dr. Brown's Bottles</a></b> - I'm going to be most likely working outside the home, so I'll be pumping. I need some bottles, and these have been proven to prevent gas bubbles and colic. Two girls I work with swear that they made all the difference with their babies.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/stork-suprise.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stork Suprise">:<br><br>
2. <b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2Ftg%2Fdetail%2F-%2FB000069RAO%2Fref%3Dwl_it_dp%2F002-0012386-8566458%3F_encoding%3DUTF8%26coliid%3DI2CMCG14W3KVBD%26v%3Dglance%26colid%3D1K032H23WT0DZ" target="_blank">Boppy Pillows</a></b> - Great for nursing and letting baby play on their tummy. Also makes a maternity pillow that I'm getting soon!<br><br>
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3. <b><a href="http://www.babysigns.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=aboutus.main" target="_blank">Baby Signs</a></b> - I'm doing this! Babies have the brain development to communicate much earlier than they have muscle coordination to talk. It helps you both be less frustrated in all!<br><br>
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Thanks for starting it, and I can't wait to see what everyone else thinks!!<br><br>
If there are any items that you feel are a waste, maybe share that too. I've heard that wipe warmers dry out the wipes (not that anyone on this board would use one). I wouldn't get one anyway, but Just passing it along! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shine.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="toothy">
 

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where do i get the hanna andersen pilot caps from? We live up in Northern Michigan! Anything to keep the head warm is great!<br><br>
...oh and I have the mother-ease diapers...love them!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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My Moby wrap! (and its one of the least expensive carriers! and looks very nice)
 

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Thanks for responding August mamas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
For Hanna Andersson pilot caps, try hannaandersson.com<br><br>
I forgot to add my hotsling (could NOT live without it) and, yes, my wipe warmer. I just set it on my changing table and fill it with water. It works great for keeping cloth wipes warm.
 

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I plan on getting one of these too. They look so comfy!<br><br>
Thanks for the great ideas, ladies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I don't have a clue about what to get so this really helps out.
 

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Every baby needs different things so its hard to say. For example neither of my kids liked being swaddled (yet we have some relatives that wanted to be swaddled nearly a year).<br><br>
My essentials are a good nursing pillow if you prefer not to use a bed pillow, otherwise your arms will get tired.<br><br>
Something for teething: things to teeth on, chamomilla or Hyland's teething tablets, fever reducers for those times when you just must give baby something for night time<br><br>
soft soled shoes to keep feet extra warm and prevents loosing socks<br><br>
sling of some kind, helps baby sleep and keeps at least one arm free to do more things. Plus its much easier than carrying around a carseat.<br><br>
lots and lots of burp cloths, at least 2 dozen absorbant ones
 

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My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow<br>
Much better than a boppy, imho, because it has back support, a pocket to store breast pads, pens, etc. and it buckles around your waist. So comfy!!<br><br>
Changing Pad<br>
We put this on top of a dresser so we wouldn't have to buy a changing table. I really didn't want another piece of furniture that we'd only get rid of later.<br><br>
Medela Pump in Style<br>
This is a pretty darned good breast pump.<br><br>
Fisher Price Aquarium Swing<br>
My baby LOVES this. I put her in it when I need to go to the bathroom or when she's ready for a nap. She finds the rocking soothing and the mobile fascinating.<br><br>
Receiving Blankets<br><br>
You can't have too many. I've used them as curtains to block out sun in the car while I nursed, to wipe up spit up, as burp cloths, as blankets to swaddle baby, as a bolster for baby in the car seat.
 

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> I second the Medela Pump in Style. Way worth it.<br><br>
> Love my Boppy. Great for middle-of-the-night nursing when you can't coordinate arms/baby very well.<br><br>
> Also second the Moby wrap. I couldn't live without this.<br><br>
> For CDs, we use FuzziBunz - very reluctant-husband-friendly. He now tries to talk people into CDing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
> Dr. Sears' "The Baby Book" - excellent for those of us new to AP.<br><br>
> Lots and lots of burp cloths. Get the heavy-duty Gerber cloth diapers.<br><br>
> Lansinoh nursing pads. Don't cheap out on nursing pads; it will only make you mad when you have to finish the box because you bought it...!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
> Second the receiving blankets, too. So helpful for everything!<br><br>
> I love my cosleeper. We have a thick, soft pillow top on our mattress, and I hesitate to leave the baby on our bed when I'm not with him. So, the cosleeper is awesome!<br><br>
> A bouncy chair. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Marvelous for when you have to put the baby down. Mine loves it for when I take a shower.
 

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Here are my faves from my first two:<br><br>
1. Baby Trekker, soft carrier. So versatile, folds so small into the pocket, easy to use and COMFY for hours and washable! <a href="http://www.babytrekker.com" target="_blank">www.babytrekker.com</a><br><br>
2. Tons of regular bed pillows. I hated those nursing pillows - too rigid & inflexible. I used regular pillows (so easy to remove the case & wash it too). They are also great for propping babyb up and for keeping baby from roling out of bed.<br><br>
3. My fingers. Best breast pumps ever. Plus also good for slipping into baby's mouth when breast feeding was not an immediate possibily and soothing for baby too.<br><br>
4. Ihle's paste for sore bums (ask at the pharmacy). Way cheaper than Zincofax (or any of those other fancy creams) and way more effective.<br><br>
5. Kushies diaper changing pads, soft flannel on one side, waterproof on the other, foldable. Great for protecting the bed from breast milk leakage (& other fluids) & for presto-changeo on the road diaper changes (actually, I never had a change table, just used one of these wherever I was).<br><br>
6. Bath towels with hoods. Warm & toasty baby is a happy baby.<br><br>
7. Receiving blankets - for everything, as mentioned above.<br><br>
Cheers & happy babies to you all.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">where do i get the hanna andersen pilot caps from? We live up in Northern Michigan! Anything to keep the head warm is great!<br><br>
...oh and I have the mother-ease diapers...love them!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"></div>
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<a href="http://www.hannaandersson.com/style.asp?from=SC%7C3%7C1%7C156%7C47%7C9%7C%7C" target="_blank">Right here!</a><br><br>
Also I would add Lansinoh for breastfeeding. It saved my nipples at the beginning. You can even use it for a month before baby comes to condition the nipples. I recommend doing this!<br><br>
Baby simply Saline (nasal spray, just saline) and a nose snorker. I don't know what they're really called. The saline breaks up any hardened stuff in the nose and makes it immensely easier to snork it out with the snorker.<br><br>
soft blankets. The ones that are bigger than receiving blankets. For layering as weather gets warmer and cooler.<br><br>
Definitely the swaddle blankets - they are wonderful.<br><br>
A changing pad, too!<br><br>
Carriers - the type of carrier depends on you and your needs, but I love the Mei-Tai type carriers, the slings, and the wrap style carriers. Padded ring slings are overrated. My bet is you'll want more than one carrier for different needs. I thought I could do with one and found out that no way, I need at least two if not three. NOT the Bjorn/Shuggli type carriers - the thin strip that holds them puts all the weight on their pelvis and is bad for their spine. If you have a bad back or are prone to backaches, the Mei-Tei and wrap carriers are best.<br><br>
If you're on a budget and want to have an assortment of carriers, you can make them yourself, too.<br><br><a href="http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/index.html?Baby/index.html" target="_blank">Directions are here.</a><br><br>
I made the no-sew ring sling and a friend is making the Frankenkozy for me.<br><br>
Yes, an assortment of spit rags, absolutely!<br><br>
Also the swing or bouncy chair can be wonderful.<br><br>
A glider rocker. Definitely a glider rocker.<br><br>
And yes, soft-soled shoes to keep feet warm and prevent loss of socks, that is definitely a good one.<br><br>
For Mama, a post partum support belt/wrap - helps support back and belly.<br><br>
Nursing camisoles or tanks to go under regular shirts.<br><br>
I'm sure I'll think of more and come back.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">1. <b><a href="http://www.handi-craft.com/" target="_blank">Dr. Brown's Bottles</a></b> - I'm going to be most likely working outside the home, so I'll be pumping. I need some bottles, and these have been proven to prevent gas bubbles and colic. Two girls I work with swear that they made all the difference with their babies.</div>
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Do you need Dr. Brown's if you're not going back to work until your baby is 6 months? I was really hoping to avoid bottles altogether and just use the sippy cups.
 

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Oh, how could I forget!<br><br>
A mini shower for rinsing cloth dipes!<br><br>
and a diaper bucket - $5 at Home Depot/Lowe's.<br><br>
Also, my nylon waterproof bag for dipes when we're out.<br><br>
A humidifier isn't a bad thing to have, either for cold months when the heat is on. The air can get so dry! It's also great for white noise <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
You can never have too many blankets in assorted fabrics. The softer the better. I know its been mentioned but it really bears repeating.<br><br>
Gowns for nighttime! (Like the layette gowns). Makes changing diapers SO much easier when you're half asleep.<br><br>
Okay, gotta change a diaper, back with more later probably. Unless I've covered it. Which I doubt. Heh.<br><br>
Great thread! Would be even better if it gets to be a sticky!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you need Dr. Brown's if you're not going back to work until your baby is 6 months? I was really hoping to avoid bottles altogether and just use the sippy cups.</div>
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Um, I'm not sure! I know that I'm going to BF for at least 2 years, and I'll be going back to work at 3 months, so I'll need a bottle. Maybe someone else knows the answer to this Question.<br><br>
I'm not a mommy yet!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you need Dr. Brown's if you're not going back to work until your baby is 6 months? I was really hoping to avoid bottles altogether and just use the sippy cups.</div>
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It is entirely possible to avoid bottles by this age. I know of a baby who did it from 4 months on. Sippy cups and bottles are something you can wait until you need them, if you need them, to buy.
 

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FYI, you might want to look into sippy cups... my gf is a child development specialist, and she would destroy them all if she could.... they are said to inhibit speach development.<br><br>
I went right from boob to real cup! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Can anyone recommend a breast pump other than the madela ones? I've found them listed at $250 and I just can't see spending that kind of money or asking someone else to.<br><br>
Just wow!!!
 

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For baby clothes, in the early days and at night, I love using those "baby bags" (my made up term, not sure what they are really called. You know the ones, like a night gown that is either sealed or elastic in the bottom. They are so easy & convenient for diaper changes. Also, when not in the bags, I like simple terry cloth one piece jammies w/feet. All those fancy clothes are just a waste of time & money for a newborn IMO. And forget fleece baby clothes in the winter (unless you are going outside). They are way too hot.
 
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