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We went shopping last night to budget all the big baby bits, we are moving in 1 month and buying a new "baby" car also so thought it a good idea to know how much from the sale we need to put by.
O.M.G ---- I cant believe how many things for a new born baby we need, I knew it was alot but when you are first timers and have no idea what half of the things do ... for example DH picks up a thermal flask and says "why would the baby need this or is it for you when you need a coffee on the run etc?" .... Then with myself Im quietly thinking "Why is there a clear type bag in the nappy changer" ... DOH!
In just 5months and 3weeks lil one could be here and I feel really unprepared with my knowledge.
Can anyone reccomend a new born item list I could follow ?
Give me a foal/puppies/kittens/lamb and I could tell you everything you need ... give me a baby ... UMMMM ?
Hehe Yes it is overwhelming. I will try to compile a list of absolute essentials that I think a newborn needs...
nappies, wipes, barrier cream
clothes- lots of singlets! warm booties, hat, warm jumpers, scratch mittens
bottles (just in case bf doesnt work)... remember newborn teats!
Formula (if not breast feeding)
wraps/blankets Merino is great for warmth and coolness (it breathes really well)
Diaper bag (in my opinion it really doesn't have to be a fancy one, the clear bag thing can easily be replaced with ordinary plastic bags. The waterproof change mat is very useful though! Can buy disposable ones of them at the supermarket also) I liked our diaper bag having a cooler bag pocket to keep formula mixture cold when we went out.
Baby bath, baby shampoo and wash, hooded towels (at least 2), baby hairbrush
O.K well thats all the ABSOLUTE essentials that I think you need. Anything else would be really useful and handy but not completey essential. That list would include things such as...
a pack n play
a swing chair (they are awweesoome!)
Formula bottle heater/thermal thingy
O.K there will be more that I have missed, i will edit if I think of anything else. Im sure others have probably posted a list by now also.
If you have a babies r us near you i know they have a list you can follow when you register. I, personally, am bringing my mom with me to register/make purchases because she has experience and I CERTAINLY don't lol.
I agree with Mel you can really go cheap for having baby with car seat ,crib stroller ,bouncy seat/ swing , clothes , diapers, baby whips, bottles if you formula feed or end up pumping, baby bath , powder , pack and play if you travel a lot I used it to let my babies sleep outside and get fresh air..
Also, don't forget that people will probably buy you some of the bigger items, or at least enough of the smaller items to save you enough money in the first few months to allow you to purchase the things you need. I know it's overwhelming, but it'll all get done in time! You have plenty of time to watch for good deals and make sure that you have what you need.
Wife to sweet husband Jeff and mother to 2 beautiful girls: Emily (2) and Jocelyn (1).
I'm going to go used items as well.. But the things I want brand new are a car seat & capsule for the same reasons posted above! And a new cot mattress.. If you don't know the person that gave/sold you the cot personally.. It's just a risk I wouldn't take. You wouldn't know if they were smokers, had animals ect.
I will be searching thrift stores, craigslist, etc for a lot of the items I will need, esp clothes if baby is a boy. You can't always buy everything new with a tight budget and I have no interest in buying anything I know I won't need. I was so upset when I realized all the silly stuff I bought and I never even needed to use it. So my advice is buy wisely!
Thanks everyone for your input , and Sarah_19_NZ for your great list!
I dont think DH is to keen on buying anything 2nd hand but I am still looking at strollers and great bargains on ebay Afterall all it helps in saving for all the high school fees in the future !