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  1. #11
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    Jan 2012
    Great thread. I'm going to be a first time mum so nothing to share but thanks everyone for the tips!

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Congrats on the pregnancy. I have had a baby born in July and this is what I would dub as essentials:

    2 X Grobags 0-6 months (2.5 tog, or 1 tog as a minimum. The travel ones are great for when you go for walks in the stroller)
    6 X Wondersuits 000
    4 X Wondersuits 0000
    Travel system-- capsule to go on pram, I recommend the Maxi Cosi Mico and one of the strollers that fit it, they're all good (Except Love N Crap...Sorry I mean Love n Don't Care)

    Don't know if you're having a boy/girl, but I would say a minimum of five dressy outfits for the daytime.
    2 Nice warm jackets/coats
    Tights are great if you have a girl

  3. #13
    Join Date
    May 2011
    IMO I would buy the bare minimum as you will likely get presents for bubs and also you don't know what size they will be yet. You can buy stuff as you need it rather than all up front. I bought LOADS of stuff, and got given LOADS - particularly clothes that barely got worn. I know how tempting it is when you are pregnant to buy stuff (especially cute outfits), but you would be better spending money on stuff that will last and also things for your bubs when they are a bit older and can enjoy it with you - i.e. a few nice toys to play with together.

    My DS was small at 2.8kgs, so we used 0000 for the first month, but if your bubs is bigger you may only need these for the first week, or even not at all. I only had 2 sleepsuits in 0000 which I had ready for taking bubs home from hospital. We then picked up more clothes the day after I left hospital. (In hospital they wear mini hospy gowns)

    I would invest in a good car seat and pram and second the pp who suggested a travel system. I could not of lived without mine as it made it so easy to get out of the house, and not waking DS when getting him in and out of the car makes it much nicer for them.

    Extra large muslins are also great, as they can be used as blankets, wraps, over the pram etc etc. Go for the larger ones as they last longer... I love aden & anais ones.

    You only really need 1 box of newborn nappies to start with, as you don't know how quickly bubs will grow out of them. I think we used 3 boxes, but as I said DS was small.

    Things I have bought and wished not:
    baby carriers - I have 2 and barely use them, DS doesn't like it, try borrowing one before investing.
    Mittens - not used at all. If you think you might want mittens, just buy sleepsuits with the built-in mits
    Bibs - got given loads of them as presents
    Slippers - same as mittens, just get sleepsuits with feet
    Target sleepsuits (sorry not sure whether I can say this but,) the ones I got did not wash up well. I went with mothercare after that and although a bit more expensive they last much better and look new for a lot longer.

    Sorry, I feel like a bit of a kill-joy, but I hope this helps.


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