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#26 minidiamond

Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:23 PM

Hi all
I am just popping back into this thread after a bit of an absence and wanted to say THANK YOU ! I still haven't made any significant purchases but so much great info here to work with.

#27 premmie_29weeks

Posted 04 May 2012 - 02:56 PM

I'm going to add my 2 cents here original.gif

We bought for first child (big stuff)
Capsule - hiring one is probably more cost effective, later we bought a Premier Safe n Sound
Cot & Mattress - If you buy BOORI make sure the linen is marked to fit a BOORI cot. They can be bigger than average so not all linen brands fit
Change Table - non essential but I found it saved my back and was really useful for storage of nappy stuff.
Chest of drawers/Shelves - for clothes/toys etc
Column heater for Baby Room
Small CD player - DS1 and 2 both love their Norah Jones at nap time original.gif

12 cloth nappies
3 cot sheets - no need for whole sets fitted sheets are fine
2 x mattress protectors
2 x cot blankets
1 x pram blanket
2 x change mat covers
Lambskin for Stroller
2-4 Muslin Wraps

Clothes (000)
6-8 Onsies - Bonds or Target I think with feet are best I HATE putting socks on newborns too fiddly!
6 Singlets or the ones that that do up under the nappy
4 Swaddle Me Baby Wraps - expensive but worth it becasue we couldn't wrap to save out lives

They grow really fast I had heaps of hand me downs (beautiful stuff with tags on in some cases) that were never worn because my boys grew out of the NB/000 in less than 6 weeks. Go simple have enough to keep you going for a day or two tops (you'll wash everyday trust me)

2 boxs of NB size nappies
Nappy Bags & Wipes
Cotton Balls & Buds

Feedings (I never BF so this is a list of bottlefeeding stuff)
2 x tins of Formula - we used NAN HA Gold with both kids
6-8 bottles with NB Teats - I've always used AVENT Bottles they really last
Microwave or Electric Steriliser
Bottle Brush

Other Stuff
I swear by my $40 bouncy chair my kids never liked their swing
Keep a supply of infant panadol and nurofen + digital thermometer
We bought a baby bath and stand the first time, its a hassle to fill so this time we kept the baby bath in the big bath tub and bathed DS2 there in the smaller bath. He is now 8 weeks and sitting in a bath chair - so big expense for about 4 months used combined with both kids.

Pram - I had a Mountain Buggy Swift with the Carry Cot which I loved with DS1. If you plan on walking a lot which I did in the early weeks it really was fantastic. Once they are out of the pram attachment it collapses down easily for in and out of the car.
- Capsule (get one that can attach from the car straight onto your pram frame if you can. Massive inconvenience to move a sleeping child from car to pram original.gif

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