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I'm due in September. We live in Kansas while most of our families live in New England. My mom is itching to buy things for our first child (and their first grandchild), but because we are Jewish, it is traditional to wait until the child is born.
I would like to have at least the very basics before the child arrives. I've seen that a registry isn't a bad thing to have, even without a shower. I looked at Babies R Us and started a registry, but there is SO MUCH to choose from.
We live in a small place and don't want to end up with way more than we need. I've decided that a pack n play would be sufficient for a while, kept in our bedroom. A long-distance friend has generously offered to pay for the first year of disposable diapers. The plan is for him to send money, as shipping diapers across the country every week doesn't make much sense.
There are a couple of thrift stores around, and I know for a fact that used baby items are commonly for sale.
My mom has said that we won't really need too much right away, but I'm afraid that I'll give birth and be released 24 hours later, just to find that we need lots of stuff RIGHT NOW.
Can anyone please (and thank you) offer some advice for this first-time mom-to-be?
Obviously you need a car seat before you can leave the hospital. Now is a good time to decide if you want an infant carrier or a convertible car seat. You will also need to think about where you want to put baby when he or she is napping... You want a bouncer? A swing? Or do you plan on just putting the baby in the crib or pack & play during naps? A swing or bouncer is also a good option for if you need to get things done and baby cries when put down. You will also need enough outfits to last you before you receive gifts. You will need mittens to keep the baby from scratching his/her face, socks & blankets to keep baby warm & nursing pads & such or bottles. You're also going to want a pacifier early on along with plenty of burp cloths (which you'll go through quickly as much as newborns spit up) and probably a little cap or two to keep baby's head warm.
That should at least get you started... I may have left out something very important but its not coming to mind right now