Nail file rather than baby clippers
Nail file rather than baby clippers
I have actually been thinking about writing a book on all the good products you can buy. There is so much stuff out there that you don't need and so much you do. One of my fave products is the Target Terry Baby suits (like bonds wondersuits) they are far better than the wondersuits as they wear better and are much bigger also much cheaper. You can purchase them for around 6 dollars wondersuits are on the very small side. The breast feeding band is a MUST and so are the cloth nappies for spew rags!
Also take into consideration the weather when the baby will be born. If it's going to start warming up don't spend out on too many long sleeved suits (although even in summer you might need some at night). I find (living in the tropics mind) that most days I just end up dressing him in a singlet and I have a drawer full of the cutest clothes he only gets to wear once or twice! I got suckered in to buying quite a few cute outfits that were just impractical.
Thanks girls, i'm so glad i started this thread. YAY me
A suggestion on what NOT to buy is the Tommy tippee nappy bin. The one that has the spinning lid that supposedly closes off each nappy and stops the smell...... well it doesn't. The bit where you push the nappy through keeps falling off and when you start the "sausage" as I call it, it unravels and the pooey nappy smell is just gross.
The best solution I found and have used it for over 2 years is to just get some medium freezer bags and put your nappies in them and tie them off. Put them in with the normal garbage and throw it away every day or two.
Hope that helps.
Also what are EXCELLENT are Grobags. Especially if your little one is a wriggler and they get out from under the covers, then use a grow suit. The bub stays warm and covered and you aren't getting up every hour to check that they are still under the blankets. I used these with Dan from about 12 weeks all the way through to about 15 months.
I'm not from IVF forum but thought I'd throw in a few of mine in addition to the ones that's been mentioned:
Night lamp (I bought lava lamp, not too bright);
If bottlefeeding: bottles, teats, steriliser, formula;
Dummies, just in case;
Nappy rash cream;
Shampoo & body wash;
Car capsule insert for head support;
Grooming kit- soft brush, thermometer, nail clippers, suction thingy for runny nose (sorry, mental block, can't remember what's it called..lol);
I'll add if I remember anything else. This is such a good exercise to make sure I haven't forgotten anything myself!
- Cot or bassinette with a firm, well-fitted mattress
- Wardrobe and/or chest of drawers for baby's clothes
- Comfortable chair with straight back for feeding
- Baby monitor
- Heater or fan, depending on the season
- 6 cotton singlets or onesies. Best to buy a few in size 0000 and a few in size 000
- 4 - 6 stretch towelling all-in-one suits, some in size 0000 and a few in size 000. Short or long sleeved depending on the season. Suits that have feet help with babies' comfort and sleeping in the early days.
- 4 - 6 pairs of socks or bootees.
- 1 pair of scratch mittens
- 1 or 2 cardigans
- 3 newborn-size bibs
- 1 summer hat
- Other clothes
- 2 - 3 maternity feeding bras
- Disposable breast pads or 6 - 8 washable pads
- Breast pump for expressing milk.
- Bottles or bags for storing breast milk
- Breastfeeding pillow
- Bottles and teats
- 12 cloth nappies to use as burping or cleaning cloths.
- 3 sets of 100% cotton sheets
- 1 or 2 100% cotton blankets
- 1 woollen blanket
- 1 or 2 waterproof mattress protectors
- Cotton or muslin wraps
- Baby bath
- 3 baby towels
- 3 or 4 washcloths
- Baby wash and baby oil or cream
- Baby nail clipper or scissors
- Bath toys
- Bath thermometer
- Cotton buds
- Baby massage oil
- Playmat or baby gym
- Rocker or bouncer
- Other toys
- 36 newborn disposable nappies or 24 cloth nappies
- Cleaning basics such as wipes, cotton balls, barrier cream, anti-rash powder
- Change mat or change pad (washable)
- Change table
- Nappy bags or bin
Out and about
- Pram, with a rain/sun cover
- Sling or carrier
- Car baby capsule
- Child restraint
- Head support for baby capsule
- Car window shade
- Transport bag for pram, in case you want to take it on a plane.
- Nappy bag
Basic first aid
- Baby paracetamol
I also recommend the Grobags though they cant be used until bubs is 4kg and if you have a bub that is extremely distracted by his arms (ours is lol) you'll need to wrap his arms up overtop of the grobag until 8+ weeks old so you'll need large wraps (or flat cot sheets). I only use the grobag at night to keep it a sleep cue for long night time sleeping. during the day I use a Woombie or ergo cocoon as my ds was able to get out of any wrap no matter how tight I wrapped him. These keep their hands away from their heads but don't constrict movement nearly as much as being wrapped.
www.woombie.com.au and you can get ergo cocoons on ebay for about $30. The woombies are more expensive ($40) but imo have a better zipper in them (our ergo zipper busted fairly easily and could not be fixed).
What a great thread! Thanks ladies, this is so helpful to a first time mum
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