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#1 minidiamond

Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:40 PM

Hi all
Wondering if anyone has any kind of list of baby 'must-haves' and maybe some added luxuries for someone with not much idea and having baby # 1 in August ?

From basics like large items (cot, car capsule etc) through to how many onesies & bunny rugs do I need ? Obviously there'll be a factoring-in of some gifts etc and the list could go on & on but an 'average' idea would be great.

Any tips ?  I found this any thoughts ? http://www.newparent.com/pregnancy/baby-checklists/


#2 PurpleChicken

Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:32 PM

Ok, I'm going to go through that list and leave what I found most useful.  Some of it you really don't need and can get out of much cheaper/easier than suggested.

This is only my list and what I can remember.  One thing I totally recommend getting a few of is spew rags (I used the Big Softies you can get at Big W, etc.)  Great for all kinds of spills and spews.

Oh and I really really loved my slings.  I used them almost exclusively until DD was about 7/8 months old because she wasn't a big fan of the pram.

NAPPIES

Nappy rash cream (I love Sudocreme)
Softies (old style cloth nappies) for change table mats.  That way they're reusable.
Rattles and small toys
Disposable nappy bags if going with disposable nappies
Wipes or cotton cloths
2 packages newborn nappies


CLOTHING - I honestly can't remember how much of everything we used.  I just know we used the terry toweling onesies a lot and the press stud onesies.


FEEDING

Nursing pillow - I just used a boomerang pillow.  Came in really handy as I could wrap it around myself while feeding DD
6 burp cloths
Bottles if you are bottle feeding
Bottle brush
Insulated bottle holder for nappy bag
Nursing bras
Nursing pads for bras
Breast pump - I actually used this a bit despite the fact that I didn't think I would.


CLEANING

3 hooded towels - I didn't use hooded ones.  I just bought smaller ones.
2 packs of washcloths
Cotton swabs
Baby shampoo
Baby body wash
Infant bathing tub
Baby nail clipper
Soft brush and comb
Digital thermometer
Bulb nasal aspirator
Mild soap for laundry


LINENS - Once again can't remember what we used.  We just had a few cot sheets in flannel and cotton, a few good thick blankets, a few cotton, muslin & flannel wraps and 2 mattress protectors


NURSERY

Crib and mattress
Glider/rocking chair and footrest - Sorta good and sorta not.  I didn't use it so much when DD was little as she kept kicking the arm rests while feeding.  I did end up using it heaps when she was older and we'd read books before bed or if she woke during the night and I had to get her back to sleep by holding her.
Dresser
Changing table
Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer - also worth getting some baby Vicks ointment


ON THE GO

Rear-facing infant car seat with head support padding
Stroller
Sun shields for car windows
Nappy bag
Sling or soft front carrier - Used mine much more than I used the pram.


PLAY

Bouncy seat
Baby books
Digital camera or camcorder
Playmat with toys attached
Squishy baby ball
Noisy toys of all sorts

Edited by PurpleChicken, 29 March 2012 - 03:36 PM.


#3 LeeBee8

Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:32 PM

Check out the shopping for baby thread

#4 a letter to Elise.

Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:01 PM

I'm just going to leave on the things I actually used. I don't think you need anywhere NEAR that amount of stuff.

Diaper rash ointment - We used bepanthum
One inflatable change mat for about $10 from IKEA
Dirty diaper receptacle - we just used a normal bin from the supermarket, you don't need a special one
Wipes or cotton cloths
2 packages newborn diapers

CLOTHING

1 pack T-shirts
Singlets
6 one-piece outfits that snap at the crotch (long- and shortsleeved) - Just get some with feet, then you don't need socks
3 nighties - much easier in the middle of the night then a jumpsuit
2 pairs soft booties
2 pairs stretch cotton pants
3 bibs - we didn't use these until we started solids
Cotton sweater - cardigans are easier - I had about 3 for winter
2 Knit caps - handy to have a spare for winter
Sun hat
Zip-up sweatshirt - total pain as they are always too bulky - layers are easier - long sleeved t shirt, jumpsuit, cardigan, hat and booties

FEEDING

6 burp cloths - just buy cloth nappies. About 10 is useful, not just for burping, but under bubs head in the cot or pram if they vomit a lot, or nappy changes on the go, if you don't have a changemat
6 bottles equipped with newborn nipples - only if you aren't bf - I didn't use bottles at all
Bottle brush - never used it
Insulated bottle holder for diaper bag - had one, never got used
Nursing bras
Nursing pads for bras
Breast pump

CLEANING

3 hooded towels - not necessary, just use a small towel
2 packs of washcloths
Cotton swabs
Baby body wash
Infant bathing tub
Baby nail clipper - use a nail file instead, much easier
Soft brush and comb - not necessary unless the baby has lots of hair. Someone will buy you one most probably
Digital thermometer
Bulb nasal aspirator
Mild soap for laundry

LINENS

4 receiving blankets (? what are these?)
2 cotton blanket
Cradle or bassinet with cotton sheets - get 2 sets, one one the cot, one in the wash.
2 waterproof liners (one for the bassinet and one for the crib)

NURSERY

Crib and mattress
Baby monitor with 2 receivers
Somewhere to store clothes etc.
A change table if you want - we didn't use one, we just laid a cloth on the bed and did it there

ON THE GO

Rear-facing infant car seat with head support padding
Stroller
Portable playpen - only if you haven't babyproofed yet, though it is handy if you need to run to the toilet
Diaper bag
Sling or soft front carrier

PLAY

Bouncy seat
Baby books
Digital camera or camcorder
Playmat with toys attached
soft rattle

People will give you A LOT of this stuff if you have a baby shower, and people always buy clothes after the baby id born. Don't buy many teddies etc. as you get tonnes as gifts.


#5 ScarfaceClaw

Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:06 PM

The things I really love are my B box for the nappy bag, has a mat, fits some wipes and nappy sacks for out and about. I use cloth, so have a couple of them in the bag as well.

Ergo carrier, has been a godsend for travel, those clingy days and anywhere you just didn't want a pram.

People give you LOADS of stuff, and we got so much stuff handed down to us too, I barely even know what we used now!



#6 Frau Farbissina

Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:09 PM

I would add baby sunscreen - good to have on hand


#7 minidiamond

Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:53 PM

you ladies are great ! Thanks for the tips, still a work in progress but lots to think about.

I'm a little overwhelmed by the market in 'big ticket' items like prams etc but will venture out soon.....

#8 mariafitzherbert

Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:07 PM

None of the lists include cash, at the end of the day it's very useful for buying things that crop up once bubs is born and getting guilt free extra help (cleaner, lactation consultant, convenience meals etc).  Babies don't need lots of expensive stuff and often you can buy second-hand which is as good as new.

#9 misschris

Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:55 AM

I won't bother writing my own list as the ladies above have mostly covered it.  But a few things I'd like to add;

Consider using a wetbag rather than nappy sacks.  You can put your dirty nappies (disposable OR cloth) inside and then just empty them into the bin when you get home.  MUCH friendlier on the environment than using a little plastic bag for every dirty nappy.  You can then just throw the wetbag into the wash every so often and reuse.

Remember that there's very little you'll need in the first few weeks and you can always go out (or send people out for you) to get things that you decide you want.  Most people, including myself, end up buying a few things they don't really need until many months later, or never need at all.  Easier to wait until bub is born and then decide what you want, and then you have an excuse to take him/her out shopping!  original.gif

Edited by misschris, 01 April 2012 - 03:55 AM.


#10 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 01 April 2012 - 06:17 AM

Don't buy a lot of nursing bras.  I went from an 18F in pregnancy to a 12 I  ohmy.gif within a few weeks of the birth.  

And you will seriously get a lot of stuff as gifts or (depending where your family and friends areup to) hand me downs.  



#11 ~Panda~

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:03 AM

I'm so excited for you honey! I did some post stalking and just wanted to say yay to a boy! I'm a bit teary!

Anyway, in a rush but I'm going to just tell you things I love quickly.

Medela Swing electric breast pump.
Swaddle Me Up sleeping suits. Best. Thing. Ever. Let me know if you want a link.
Lansinoh nipple cream.
I love my pram - Bugaboo Bee (current model)
Lots of terry toweling nappies for burp rags, change table, etc.
I use cloth nappies but found Huggies great when DS was a newborn. Don't buy too many newborn nappies because if he's on the bigger side, he won't be in them too long.
I liked having lots of Bonds singlets.
Ear thermometer
I love the Bonds bibs. They are extra long and stretch over the head - no velcro.
Gaia bath and body products.

#12 ~Panda~

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:07 AM

Oh and I love the Ergo baby carrier! It's fantastic!

#13 Libertine

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:19 AM

Don't forget to get a uv/insect mesh cover for your pram!

I found it invaluable, SPF50 protection, kept the bugs off and also made the pram dark enough for napping.

You can, of course, just try and clip a wrap to your pram but that's fiddly and doesn't give you adequate sun protection.

#14 Feral_Pooks

Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:40 AM

Ok I'll tell you what *I* love.

Bassinet on wheels.

Car capsule that snaps out and attaches to the pram. Yes, I'll only use it for a short time. But it saves having to wake a sleeping baby between car and pram. And it means a nervous mumma can get baby into the car seat in the house, then carry into the car. The capsule I have rocks when the handle is up, and the handles snap back to make it stable so baby can keep snoozing at home after falling asleep on the car ride.

Lots and lots of muslin wraps. I get through LOTS.

A packet of old fashioned cloth nappies as all-purpose spew rags and so on.

Bonds wondersuits are probably the easiest thing to get on and off baby, just be aware they are cut small so 000 is basically 0000 IYKWIM, I didn't know this and wasted some money.

Huggies newborn disposable nappies and 'newborn and sensitive' wipes. I've intended to use MCNs and flannels as wipes. BUT- for those first days, easy is good. I had a stack of samples of nappies and wipes and I found the Huggies to be far and away the best fit for a small new baby, and the wipes handled the meconium very well.

A play mat.

I love my change table with the bath built into it, but I know it's not a necessary item but I personally love it. Mine is on wheels and has lots of storage underneath so everything I need, including some changes of clothes, spare wraps and so on, is in easy grabbing distance. I wheel it into my room at night, the living room in the day, and the bathroom for baths and find it very practical.

I had issues establishing BFing and had a cheap pump at home that was very helpful in those first days trying to get my supply going, but you can always hire one.

The other thing that was the best was having my freezer STACKED with food before the birth.

I also recommend making sure you have lots of cushions and pillows and things and tables handy to your bed/couch where you will be feeding just to make sure you're comfortable there.

I have also found a waterproof mattress protector for my bed and pillows has been a good investment, as well as for the bassinet/cot, as that is where we do a lot of the feeding and it's where a lot of the spewing happens original.gif

Of course it all comes down to personal preferences. I hope some of this helps.

#15 HurryUpAlready

Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:19 AM

Hi OP. I've just had my first baby and my biggest tip is DO NOT buy any clothes for the baby before it arrives!!! We have received so many gifts that she will never get to wear all of the clothes she had before she grows out of them!! I didn't buy heaps but I seriously needn't have bought anything.

You don't need any clothes for baby in hospital, just a going home outfit and wrap that have been freshly washed. My bubba barely fit into 0000 when she went home, it was all too big for her so maybe take a couple of outfits in different sizes with you.

I have been loving a cotton snuggle wrap that does up with Velcro at the back, she doesn't wriggle out of this one.

Mittens and hats are cute but we didn't use them really.

Oh - and don't buy any toys for bubba. I've received a heap of teddy's and rattles as gifts.

Stock up on baby wipes when you see them on special. I go through a pack (or 2) each week.

Coconut oil is a nice natural way to moisturise baby's skin. I use it in the bath water. You can buy a big tub from health food stores.

My 8 week old DD is happy to be left in the bouncie in front if the tv for a half hour or so. This time is a godsend - it means you get to eat breakfast / have a quick shower / hang out a load if washing.

I hope these few bits and pieces that I have fond invaluable help you out a bit.

PS. As for what you will need... Lanisoh nipple cream, stock up on maternity pads and breast pads, and buy at least one really big bra or feeding singlet because when your milk comes in your boobs will be huge and you won't fit into your regular size.


#16 Feral_Pooks

Posted 01 April 2012 - 12:15 PM

^RE: bringing stuff to the hospital, check with your hospital because mine did NOT provide baby clothes (or bedding for the baby, hand soap, pads, tissues, etc. etc. and I needed to bring those things with me). It's important to know what you need to bring. One thing I didn't think of was hand soap and of course I only realised this after changing a first, particularly disgusting, nappy. Better to bring too much than have poo smell on your hands for an hour biggrin.gif

#17 michie0moo

Posted 01 April 2012 - 12:25 PM

I'm going to cross of the things I didn't use, bold the ones that were really useful.

Nappying

    Nappy changing pads - terry towel old style nappies are super versatile and work well for this
    Nappy rash ointment - free sudocream in the bounty bag and lasts forever, lots of natural options too, they last for ages.
    4 waterproof pads for changing table
    Rattles and small toys
    Dirty nappy receptacle - anything is good for this, even a plastic bag if you empty it on a regular basis, a specialised item is not really required.
    Wipes or cotton cloths
    Small thermos to hold warm water (for cleaning babies
    younger than 6 weeks)

    Plastic wipes holder (for the
    diaper bag)

    2 packages newborn nappies (depending on size of baby, you might not need that many that size)

CLOTHING

    1 pack T-shirts
   6-8 one-piece outfits that snap at the crotch (long- and shortsleeved)
    4 pajama sets Just used wondersuits.
    6 pairs socks - not that important if baby is due in winter and you are dressing them in onsies with feet
    2 pairs soft booties
    2 pairs stretch cotton pants
    3 bibs
    Cotton sweater
    Knit cap
    Sun hat
    Zip-up sweatshirt
    15 baby hangers
Try to avoid anything too tricky to do up and things with buttons at the back for newborn stages. They just seem to be a pain. Also, singlet body suits are great as you don't have to worry about it riding up.

FEEDING

    Nursing pillow
    6 burp cloths - another use for those terry towelling nappies
    6 bottles equipped with newborn nipples
    Bottle brush
    Insulated bottle holder for diaper bag
if you are bottle feeding
    Nursing bras
    Nursing pads for bras
    Breast pump (if you are breastfeeding)

CLEANING

    3 hooded towels - small towels are just fine
    2 packs of washcloths
    Cotton swabs
    Baby shampoo

    Baby body wash - just water does fine to start with.
    Infant bathing tub - can use the sink or laundry tub, but nice to have
    Baby nail clipper
    Soft brush and comb
    Rubbing alcohol
    Petroleum jelly

    Digital thermometer
    Bulb nasal aspirator
    Mild soap for laundry

LINENS

    4 receiving blankets
    2 cotton blankets
    Cradle or bassinet with cotton sheets
    2 crib mattress pads
    2 waterproof liners (one for the bassinet and one for the crib)

NURSERY

    Cot/basinette and mattress
    Glider/rocking chair and footrest
    Dresser
    Hamper
    Baby monitor with 2 receivers
    Changing table
    Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer
    Lullaby CDs or audiotapes

ON THE GO

    Rear-facing infant car seat with head support padding
    Stroller
    Sun shields for car windows
    Portable playpen
    Diaper bag
    Sling or soft front carrier - can initially get away without the stroller if you wear your baby, but most people eventually find one useful

PLAY - all optional, but something to lie on is nice.

    Bouncy seat
    Baby books
    Digital camera or camcorder
    Baby music CDs or audiotapes
    Playmat with toys attached
    Squishy baby ball

Edited by michie0moo, 01 April 2012 - 12:31 PM.


#18 nott

Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:45 AM

For the bib, which one should we buy? The cotton one or the one with cotton on top and plastic at bottom? Or need both for newborn?

Thanks

#19 a letter to Elise.

Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:59 AM

We didn't use bibs at all when DS was a newborn. I kept a cloth nappy and face cloth nearby while feeding because the mess was more likely to me on me then the baby. People gave us endless amounts of bibs at the baby shower, most of which were never used.

Later, (when we started solids) we used the really absorbent polarfleece type ones, with a snap button back. The ones that pull over the head are also good. Velcro is a total pain, because it wrecks other things in the wash as it sticks to other stuff. I bought the polar fleece ones for about $8.00 each, but we only needed about 4, as they dried really quickly. I generally just rinsed them after use and hung them on the sink.

#20 EllenD

Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:19 AM

on bibs
I didn't need bibs for newborn...but did always have a regurgitated milk deposit rag handy (anything from cloth nappy and muslins to a facecloth or hand towel).
For drooly days from 1-6 months we used cloth bibs.
The plastic backed bibs I only started using at 6 months when solids started.


NAPPYING

Diaper changing pads :  why multiple ones?? a little towel would do?  
Diaper rash ointment : we use paw paw ointment.  A layer of this after each change the first few days is super great for enabling those 1st sticky poos to easily wipe off.
4 waterproof pads for changing table: ?? no idea, again a little towel, flat cloth nappy would do fine
Rattles and small toys : wait to see what is gifted...no need for toys for the first few weeks anyway
Dirty diaper receptacle : I did get two buckets with lids in bunnings (as we modern cloth nappy)
Wipes or cotton cloths :  This I do use, we have about 30 resuable cloth wipes (haven't bought a single pack of disposable wipes and DS is coming up on a year)
Small thermos to hold warm water (for cleaning babies
younger than 6 weeks)
Is this for when out and about?  I do take a water bottle (one I had pre-baby) out with me to wet cloth wipes for nappy changing if I'm nowhere near a tap...bub has never objected to room temp water however.
Plastic wipes holder (for the
diaper bag)
  Don't use.  wipes go in bag dry. used wipes and cloth nappies go into wet bags that i got free with my bambooty cloth nappies
2 packages newborn diapers:  Had 12 prefolds and 6 small covers for newborn's arrival, plus 8 one-size-fits- most baby behinds nappies and 6 small bambooty all in one nappies.  Have since added larger sized covers and bambooties to that stash.


CLOTHING

1 pack T-shirts  4 tops would do, the ones with under-bum snaps.  Long-sleeved or short sleeve depending on season
6 one-piece outfits that snap at the crotch (long- and shortsleeved) 4 of long sleeved and 4 short sleeved would do
4 pajama sets  I did use 3 newborn sleep dress things with open bottom for easy changing
6 pairs socks  3 pairs would do fine
2 pairs soft booties only if winter
2 pairs stretch cotton pants  yes
3 bibs and yes
Cotton sweater and Zip-up sweatshirt or wool matinee coat or two if winter.  Front closing make life easier
Knit cap yes
Sun hat yes if summer

15 baby hangers Why not just use the hangers that the clothes come on?


FEEDING

Nursing pillow I did use a milkbar pillow, but did not buy until baby was 7 weeks.  Before that I needed to hold him high while sitting upright to get attachment right, and a pillow would have been counter-productive and towards the end of a feed I'd just let him lay on the sofa cushions on my lap.
6 burp cloths or cloth nappies or muslins
6 bottles equipped with newborn nipples No need if breastfeeding.  If you want bottles later, they are available in every supermarket so easily obtainable.  Getting a small  oral syringe (ebay sells them) may be handy to feed expressed milk if you are having attachment probs while waiting on lactation consultant / ABA helpline advise.
Bottle brush
Insulated bottle holder for diaper bag
Nursing bras I just continued to use my maternity bras (stayed the same size), for the few days of engorgement a bonds maternity singlet was also handy.
Nursing pads for bras 4 -6 sets of reusable ones would have you sorted.
Breast pump I wouldn't buy unless you are sure you would need.  For the odd few expressed feeds DS had when I wasn't there I could just hand express.  If you need more regular expressing I would hire a hospital grade pump from hospital/ chemist.


CLEANING

3 hooded towels  1 or 2 would do fine
2 packs of washcloths  only need a few, or perhaps a sea sponge
Cotton swabs
Baby shampoo so many good reasons not to use soap on baby skin, and totally no need
Baby body wash as above, water will clean them fine!
Infant bathing tub not essential, sink will do.  I did use a tummy tub for 4 months and then the house bath with 2 inches of water worked fine.
Baby nail clipper not essential, could just bite then soft nails, but I found a small chippers handy
Soft brush and comb not nescessary, although DS liked getting his head tickled with a gifted soft brush
Rubbing alcohol  wdf is this for?????  burning the baby skin???
Petroleum jelly again don't know what for
Digital thermometer  we had one of these already, was useful for testing my own temp with a bout of mastitis...don't think i've ever used on bub actually, but certainly handy to have in the house.
Bulb nasal aspirator  I've heard these are handy...don't have one as DS hasn't had a stuffed nose yet
Mild soap for laundry  yes, but then you may already use a mild/ eco detergent anyway


LINENS/NURSERY

4 receiving blankets
2 cotton blankets
  about 6 baby blankets sounds right, breathable materials (wool cotton bamboo etc) are nicer imo

Cradle or bassinet or cot are all not essential and depend on your preference.  We used a cot side-cared to our bed,  my folks gifted us a bassinet...didn't really use it much to be honest, it was handy at times but could have easily lived without.

Cotton sheets for bassinet and cot  We had two sets of each

Glider/rocking chair and footrest if you had one already could be handy I wouldn't buy one
Dresser  Is this a personal dresser for yourself for when you're past caring that you're still in PJ's in the arvo?
Hamper  hamper of choccies would be nice alright, ha ha!
Baby monitor with 2 receivers  maybe handy if you have a large house
Changing table I do find this useful and have storage underneath mine, but floor and towel will do fine
Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer
Lullaby CDs or audiotapes  easier to learn a few lullabies yourself and could always record your singing if you are desperate!


ON THE GO

Rear-facing infant car seat with head support padding YES
Stroller  yes but not essential
Sun shields for car windows yes but not essential
Portable playpen no for me
Diaper bag  yes but not essential, you probably already have a bag that would suffice fine
Sling or soft front carrier YES an essential for me and DS anyway, used a hugabub

PLAY

Bouncy seat mum gave me the one she'd used for me. It was quite handy to be honest although I probably wouldn't have bought one
Baby books yes!  if these are the ones of nursery rhymes or rhyming stories to read to baby.
Digital camera or camcorder Yes
Baby music CDs or audiotapes  i do have one tape of singing nursery rhymes, useful at times.
Playmat with toys attached  can make this by chucking a baby blanket on floor and just hanging toys off coffee table, stool or whatever.
Squishy baby ball no idea why this is specified, some simple toys are nice from a few weeks old, wait to see what you are gifted before buying.

#21 Feral_Pooks

Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:54 PM

I was thinking about this some more last night. Some other things I love are singlets with press-studs a the bottom so they don't ride up baby's back, my cold-water sterilising system, and the cheap dummies and ribbon with a clip to save them from hitting the floor when spat out original.gif

If you bottle feed, my favourite thing is my thermos which I fill with boiling water and can sit a bottle in the lid and then fill it with the water to gently warm it.

I use a plastic lined beach bag from Kmart, I think it was about $10, as a nappy bag- it's very light and practical, with a soft fabric strap, and slings across my shoulders comfortably.

#22 sleeplessmamma

Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:14 PM

One thing that soooo many people told me NOT to get and now I tell people to DEFINITELY get! is a change table. 'Oh you can just change baby anywhere, just get a plastic changemat, you don't need a change table'....well after a caesarian and I imagine even after a natural birth, you have non-existent stomach muscles or any core strength and a change table is heaven sent for not giving you a sore back having to lean too far down. Its also great for storing everything you need (nappies, wipes etc) underneath so all changing stuff is in one place.

So get a change table original.gif

#23 Marchioness Flea

Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:22 PM

I used the top of the chest of drawers in my baby's room as a change table. Got a curved change  mat to fit the top exactly from a baby store and stand sideways, it's great. I didn't have room for a change table in the bedroom sad.gif
Once she's no longer in nappies, she can use the top of the drawers for books and toys and stuff.
I just repainted an old one we had and changed the ugly old 60's plastic handles to new brass ones. Looks great.

#24 paradox

Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:26 PM

If you are looking for a list of things you NEED:Nappies and wipesOnesies and jumpsuits - you can get target terry jumpsuits for $5 each during their baby sale, add a bulk pack of long and or short sleeved body suits.A warm hatFlannelette or muslin wrapsCarseatBaby carrier - like hugabub, sling, manduca/ergo
I think thats everything we actually needed for our baby.  The cradle and cot were worse than useless as we ended up cosleeping from day one.  Pram has been used about a dozen times, usually as a shopping trolley while DS was in the carrier.  Used a breast pump at hospital while trying to get him feeding, but not since.
Oh, the other thing I would highly reccommend - an ABA breast feeding class.

Sorry about format, iPad changed after posting, twice

Edited by paradox, 05 April 2012 - 04:30 PM.


#25 Surprise#4

Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:06 PM

I had a change table for my twins and we never used it - even straight after having them (i had a c/section).  I didn't bother getting one for DD.  So personally I wouldn't get a change table. original.gif

Definitley get the baby seat the clips in and out of the car and clips straight into the pram. THey are a life saver!  






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Fun Sunny Life pool inflatables just for babies

The babies of 2015 will thus be thrilled to paddle their happy baby legs in these brand new flamingo and swan baby inflatables.

Baby and bulldog born on the same day are best friends

When Chicago mum Ivette Ivens saw a French bulldog puppy who had the same birthdate as her son Dilan, she "just knew it?s meant to be" and took him home. Five months later, puppy Farley and Dilan are the best of friends - as Ivens says, "I?m pretty sure Dilan thinks they?re both the same species, as they walk at the same level and are both going through the stage of chewing on everything.?

Breastfeeding basics for beginners

Here are 10 tips to help make breastfeeding successful and stress free for both you and your baby as quickly as possible.

Girl smothers baby brother with peanut butter

This mum had a big clean up job on her hands.

How to hide those under eye shadows

Pandas are the only ones who benefit from under-eye shadows. If you're not fluffy and cute, you'll just look tired.

Young mum dies after being denied pap smear

A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was deemed "too young" to need it.

Birthday cakes banned at childcare centre

A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

Triplet surprise for newlyweds

As the radiographer moved the wand over her abdomen, Shelley King got the surprise of her life.

3 yummy Thermomix baby and toddler recipes

Louise Fulton Keats shares her recipes for babies and toddlers, including corn and sweet pikelets, pumpkin and pea risotto, and cheesy bunny biscuits.

Man arrested over toddler Nikki's death

A 31-year-old man has been arrested over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Adoption ban on pregnant women to be lifted

Pregnant women will no longer be barred from adoption waiting lists in NSW, after the Baird Government decided the practice was discriminatory.

Are you getting enough magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, but we don't talk enough about it and the vital role it plays in great health and energy, as well as disease prevention.

5 workplace lessons for new parents

Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.

Mums to follow on Instagram

A creative outlet for many, there are some savvy women complementing their blogs and businesses with riveting Instagrams feeds. We've chosen a few which have bucketloads of appeal; there are some big time players and some smaller local ones, and they each bring their special brand of magic to the Instagram experience.

Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Kim Kardashian reveals she may have hysterectomy

Kim Kardashian has revealed complications during pregnancy means she might have to have a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child.

Why late night snacks wreak havoc on weight loss

 Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring food.

Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

They say twins have a unique connection. If this cute clip is anything to go by, these toddler sisters like to use their special bond to try to fool their mother.

Dad bags: 10 picks for out and about

Getting out of the house is a big priority in the early years of parenthood and you need to take a well-stocked kit with you. We've chosen 10 of the best nappy bags sure to appeal to dads in style and function.

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To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

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Dads who do their share have more sex: study

For women trying to encourage their partners to take more interest in fatherhood, it could be the ultimate incentive.

Think you might have IBS, coeliac disease or Crohn's?

Conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract are common in modern humans, and many are on the rise - including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and coeliac disease.

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer.

The exercises you know you should be doing (but probably aren't)

I bet your to-do list today is long. But somewhere on that massive list, are you making time for your pelvic floor?

This baby really loves the family cat

Some babies get excited when mum or dad come to get them from their cot after a nap.

Designer kids clothing good enough to eat by Oeuf

Even if you aren't heading to the Northern hemisphere in the next six months, you can't help but love the amazing food-themed knits for babies and kids by cult kids brand Oeuf.

Early exposure to peanuts recommended for allergy prevention

A paediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn one.

Home brand foods contain less salt than pricier rivals

Supermarket home brand foods, long derided as cheap and inferior, contain far lower levels of salt than pricier, branded rivals, new research shows.

Nannies for hire, wherever you're flying

Ever dreaded the prospect of a long flight, dreaming about how wonderful it would be for a nanny to entertain the kids?

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer: with an unusual photo shoot with their 'baby', a groodle (poodle/golden retriever cross) named Humphrey. The talented Elisha from Elisha Minnette Photography caught all the precious shots.

Is it okay to name your baby with a sense of humour?

My husband was sure that Danger was a good option for a boy. And as the pregnancy progressed, it actually started to sound really good.

Woman gives birth after having her own mother's uterus transplanted

In a world first, a healthy baby has been born from the same womb that nurtured his own mother.

So hot right now: double-barrelled baby names on the rise

It's one way to make your baby stand out from the pack – giving them not one, but two first names.

Second time around: is it really better the devil you know?

When I fell pregnant with my second child I was, naturally, very excited. Then it all started to come back to me - and I freaked.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

How did we have babies before apps came along?

Three months ago, my wife, Chrysta, and I were driving along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles when she let out a harrowing cry.

When your toddler disagrees

There comes a time when your child starts having different views to you. I didn't realise that time would come so soon.

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To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

 

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