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    Hi ladies,

    While this is my 4th pregnancy this is my first to my partner.
    I am glad he is overly excited about everything that's happening and changing.

    My main thing is that his family is interfering alot. Please do not get me wrong they are being wonderful and supportive but to a point its becoming un-bearable.


    My issue is they are suggesting alot of products for bubs which while in theory seem like great ideas there just not needed. So my question is:

    What products did you buy or did others suggest as important for bubs first year that really were not needed and/or used?
    This is the first grandchild in there family so maybe that has something to do with it...?

    I guess at the end of the day we are on a tight budget and I do not want to be buying things are are not overly important. I have all the main things already lie, cot, pram, toys, some clothes ( will buy more when we find out the sex ), floor mat, change table, bottles and nappies ect.

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    TBH I think you have all the definite 'needs' on your list already for the first year, except perhaps a highchair and a good carrier if you want to babywear.

    Things that got very little or no use for me were fancy clothes (mine live in coveralls for their first year!), walker things (the ones they sit in with the tray table), bouncer, playpen, toddler bed & porta cot. All these things were given to us and we didn't use them, they pretty much just took up a heap of storage space so we ended up giving lots back to MIL to pass onto someone else or to the op-shop.
    Last edited by decemberbubba; 19-08-2013 at 08:24.

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    Someone gave us a jolly jumper. We used it a little bit but to be honest it wasn't worth having.

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    I really loved my digital thermometer. It's not something everyone thinks about getting but mine was a gift & a godsend. So easy to use. I now buy this as a gift for all my friends for baby showers. Other than that, I think you have it covered.

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    Oh, one other must have is a carseat if you don't already have one

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    Best thing ever for me was the newborn insert for the bath. Kind of like a bouncer for the bath so you don't have to hold them. Made bath time last much longer!!

    Loved my monitor with the breathing sensors.

    Crap was the infrared thermometer that hovers above the head, also I didn't like the forehead one either, kept giving erratic readings. The ear ones work best.

    Never used the tummy time mat.

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    Are you going to announce the sex of the baby to your family or leave it a surprise? If you let them know the sex then that is a bit of excitement for them all and you can avoid any massive purchases that are not needed. We have just found out and only told my parents as they help me out alot in preparation so hiding it from them was going to be tough. This has made things a bit easier for us

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    I am waiting until after baby shower to do any buying of the minimum of what is needed (cot, bath & cloth nappies once i make up my mind what im doing, as have heaps of clothes given to me), if family were telling me i need this and that i would kindly tell them that they are welcome to get it as a gift for baby if they feel he will need it. I think i would be different if i hadn't of seen all the stuff of my sisters go to waste that she had brought and she has had 3, this will be my first, and money certainly isn't growing on the tree in my back yard at the moment.

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    I found swaddles useless after the first 6 weeks as age was string enough to bust out of them. Swaddle suits are awesome I.e ergo cocoon, love to dream.

    Look on gumtree for 2nd hand stuff like a change table.

    I found flannels and a breastfeeding pillow really really helpful (flannels for milk spills)

    Also just cheap onsies are fine tell your partners family no fancy expensive clothes you'd rather practical items

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    Why not not-so-subtly send them an essentials checklist as a guide so that maybe they stop suggesting useless stuff? I really like this one:
    http://www.squawkfox.com/2012/10/05/...als-checklist/


 

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