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June 6th, 2014, 06:35 AM
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First time mommy here, with practically zero baby knowledge.... SO I have been polling, researching, reading, and requesting advice from been there done that moms! I am attempting to compile a list of the absolute must have essentials - things you couldn't function without on a daily basis... Necessities, or things that just make life easier..... I have found that something's that are advertised and raved about just aren't necessary. IE wipe warmer, diaper genie, and some other things. So I attempting to find out what I need to have ready before baby is born to be semi-prepared. I know this is going to be trial and error for quite sometime, but I would love any helpful hints or advice! TIA
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June 6th, 2014, 05:57 PM
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This is my first pregancy too, but I do have some advice as I come from a big family..... Wipe warmer are useless, and they can dry out wipes. To save money, and incase you baby doesn't like it, buy second hand. I'm buying or got second hand clothes, a swing, a bouncy chair. Get a new crib and carseat!!!! I recommend getting a baby carrier, it free up your hands, it a must have.
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July 1st, 2014, 01:19 PM
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A rock n play. My son can't sleep flat due to reflux, and this has the perfect incline. It's kind of small and easily moved, which is a plus too.

A medical kit - one of those things with medicine droppers. Better to have it before you need it.

Nail clippers. I do like the special baby clippers because they give me more control.

Different kinds of diapers. DH loved Huggies with his daughter but my son had so many leaks it was ridiculous and uses Pampers.

Calming lotion. It smells wonderful and he sleeps soon after I put it on him at night.

Burp cloths and bibs. I like Gerber flannel and gauze burp cloths and any terry cloth bibs the best for their absorbency.

If you're bottle feeding, use anti colic bottles to reduce the amount of air swallowed. I love Mam bottles, personally.
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July 8th, 2014, 07:26 AM
ducksaresnazzy's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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okay. i totally overbought for my daughter. aside from your basics like wipes, diapers, (i wouldn't buy any newborn size diapers. the hospital will give you some and most babies aren't in nb for long, so a stockpile of nb sizes is useless). we didn't have a diaper genie and we're all still alive.

our swing was a LIFESAVER. oh my god. i wish she still fit in it.

i have heard boys leak a lot in huggies. i don't know why. from shopping around, i have found that personally, pampers baby dry diapers fit the snuggest. that's what we use on Emma.

as far as clothes, you'll mostly keep the kid in onsies for awhile. you just won't have the energy to plan outfits. and if you do, one diaper change in and those pants are staying off. Emma didn't consistently wear pants until she was over 2 months old. by then she was in size 3-6 pants i believe so all her nb/ 0-3 size pants were never worn. oh, and those baby sleepers! Emma lived in those. the zip-up ones. the buttons get confusing at 3 am with a squirmy baby.

if you can, invest in a travel system. ours is a graco something and came with infant car seat, base, and a stroller that we can use until she's a toddler.

hmm. we didn't even use our bottle warmer. we are bad parents and use the microwave. you just have to really shake the bottle after the rid it of any hot spots. and i have never heard of a wipe warmer.

if you have two cars, get two diaper bags. keep them both stocked of clothes, wipes, diapers, toys, everything but fresh bottles. then all you need to do to get baby ready isstrap them in the carseat. our hospital gave us a gift basket that included a little bottle cooler, and we just keep that in a cupboard by the fridge for when we go out.

nail clippers. we had to clip Emma's the day after she was born.

socks. socks. socks. babies will always be pulling on their socks and they'll be falling off. get ones with a nice elastic on the ankle, not a loose opening. those will fit nicer and stay on longer.
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July 10th, 2014, 02:02 PM
LUSHaye's Avatar Super Mommy
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Ooooh gosh.

A good stroller is important. We got one that has a matching carseat so we can connect them when we go out.

A swing! The one we got comes apart so you can have just the bouncer. Especially helpful if you're the only one home and you'd like to take a shower or something. You can just take the bouncer with the baby in it and place them in the bathroom with you.

A baby wrap. This is one of my favorite things. Of course it's not for everyone or for every baby, but if it ends up working for you, it can be great. Keeps your baby close and your hands free.

Lots of onesies! Try to plan out the sizes with the seasons (if you have different ones) that way they you can switch to them seamlessly as baby grows and gets older.

Nail clippers.

Bibs and burp cloths. I think I favor bibs more during the day.

Boppy. Sometimes I'll feed my son in his boppy and that's also what we' used when we first started tummy time (he was on oxygen).

Things I think are unnecessary include wipe warmers and bottle warmers.
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July 11th, 2014, 05:51 AM
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Thank you all! This is awesome and so helpful, hopefully I can finally manage to get my other half to buckle down and baby shop with me now that we have some general direction to go in!
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