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    Default what did you buy for baby/room and when

    Hi ladies,
    I have been holding off buying any baby items for bedroom or any part of baby for a while. Had my first scan and all is looking good! im 12 weeks so my Q is when did you start buying things and what did you need? REALLY need.. dont want to buy pointless items for bedroom..
    im thinking Cot (3 in 1 cot)
    drawers for clothing (room already has a hanging closet)
    and some cut hanging things for wall/roof or some wall stickers etc to make it look cute and comfy
    we already have a bouncer chair that was given to us.
    oh and a high chair for food time.
    im keeping it pretty basic dont want a million things.. am i right in saying this is all I would need? First baby so NO IDEA!
    then got to get bottles and dummy sort of stuff. what else?

    Any help on this matter would be very appreciated! thanks!!

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    The only thing you really need is a cot and mattress and place to change bub. I find Change tables pretty pointless, had one with both my boys and it barely got used, this time I am getting a chest of draws with the option to put a change mat on top like this. They are the essentials, but another thing that I could never live with out again is a comfy chair to feed baby in, I have a great glider and ottoman that I picked up on sale for $299 2 years ago and it's still in mint condition.

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    I'm the same as you... I'm 15 weeks and have been avoiding doing any shopping because I don't want to be sucked in to buying anything we don't really need (ie, baby wipe warmer lol)

    Soooo any way, today I went and got some stuff

    I feel like now all my large purchases are done with...

    I have gotten...
    Second hand cot and change table (basically brand new) for $200!
    Bassinet for the bedroom for when bubs is only newborn and needs to be in the bedroom $179
    Pram that came with capsule for the car - Steelcraft Agile - $650 package deal
    Swing - everyone I have spoken to has said the swing was their most valued purchase as babies just apparently LOVE it - $200

    Honestly, I really feel like those are the big ticket items I want. We have build in cupboards, so I won't be needing drawers or anything...

    Other things you might want to consider that you will need...

    Good to buy a box or two of newborn nappies (huggies often has specials its like a box of 108 for about $35-$35) Oh and I have asked and usually 2 is standard.
    Sheets for cot or bassinet
    Hand towels/face washers for spit ups (I got heaps from K-mart, from memory they were like 45cents each or something for washers and like 95cents for hand towel size)
    I'm not sure when you are due, but if its near winter, probably some warm blankets.
    Here are some other things that I think are necessary - I got them from a list on an iphone app....
    Are you planning to breast feed..?
    If not...
    Bottle cleaning brush
    How are you going to warm the bottle..?
    Some bottles - Probably 6-8

    If BFing
    Breast pump
    Nipple cream
    Breast pads (someone told me about a box every 10 days)
    Breast milk storage bags

    Nursery
    Blankets
    Make sure your cot/bassinet comes with mattress
    Waterproof mats/pads to protect the mattress

    Clothes (usually people buy lots of this stuff as gifts, no one can ever resist cute bubba stuff)
    Cap or beanie if its colder
    Onsies
    Little socks
    Outfit to wear home from hospital

    For mum....
    Ahem - hemorrhoid wipes or cream... Apparently this is common... (AWKWARD)
    Ice packs for if you are planning a vaginal birth....
    Maxi pads, incontinence pads are apparently SUPER absorbent, panty liners
    Maternity bras (if you are BFing)

    Nappies
    Nappy bag (just any old bag thats big enough I think)
    Nappy cream!!! (Sudo cream is highly rated)
    Nappy bucket with lid for when your changing nappies at night and dont want to take it outside to the bin Haha
    Nappy wipes - Its good to stock up on these..

    Baby stuff...
    Thermometer - Very important
    Hooded terry towels for bath time.. Very handy!
    Washers and hand towels

    Getting around
    Car seat
    Sling or ergo if you want something like that....?
    Pram

    Some other things to think about...
    Baby laundry detergent - Super sensitive
    Monitor if bubs room is far away from yours...
    Bouncer or swing
    Night light (some monitors have this in it)
    Dummies - If you want to use them

    Thats all that I think are really things to even consider, BUT in saying that, all those things can be purchased fairly cheaply if needed

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    I started buying furniture from 20 weeks, a cot was the only thing we had for ages. Then my mum gave me a rocking chair that had been refurbished, that had belonged to her mum which I just love.

    Next I painted the room and got some wall decals, they are everywhere these days but I got mine from http://www.lovemae.com.au

    I re-painted a chest of drawers I already had, and inherited a huge white plush rug for the floor again from mum.

    Then I picked up a rocker, a pram with capsule and bassinet option, a change table, a bath, and a baby bjorn carrier over the next 15 weeks. I got mine all super cheap and secondhand from http://www.babyandkidsmarket.com.au

    There's nothing left I need, although now I think I want a swing...
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    You really need very little for a newborn:

    - pram
    - change table (I used ours for all changes - I'm tall & I have a bad back, so I pretty much always used the change table - rarely used a bed or the floor)
    - drawers (or a bookshelf) for clothes/linen - yes, we used the bookshelf next to the change table for lots of stuff in the early days as it was so easy to grab stuff for quick changes
    - a nappy bag - so you can get out & about
    - car seat/capsule
    - cot or bassinet for bubs - we've got a cot in storage and we're not even bothering to get it out before bubs arrives - we'll be using the bassinet for the first 2 - 3 months, so there's no rush.
    - bouncer/swing - if you want one

    A feeding chair is not essential. I bought a glider chair from ToysRUs, but found it extremely uncomfortable to feed in so I ended up feeding in the recliner in the lounge room - much more comfy & I could watch tv/eat food/socialise/etc/etc easily in there too .

    You might want a portacot in time, but it's not essential before bubs comes.
    You won't use the highchair til at least 4 months after bubs arrives, so if you don't have one already (not quite sure from your post) then don't worry about that yet.
    You might want to buy a baby carrier like an Ergo and you probably do want to get this before bubs arrives.

    Don't forget you'll need linen for the bassinet/cot and you'll need wraps/blankets/etc to keep bubs warm at home & when you're out & about (including to put on the floor so bubs can play on them - you might want to get a portable play mat). You'll also need nappies/wipes/dummies/bottles (if expressing or if planning to formula feed)/etc - those little things do really add up - but you don't need all of them before bubs arrives, just a small amount and add to it when you need things, in case you buy things you never use (eg. newborn nappies - don't buy too many in case bubs grows out of them quickly).

    Don't forget clothes

    There is a checklist for baby stuff on bubhub - http://www.bubhub.com.au/baby-checkl...checklists.php - have a look at that.

    We bought our big furniture shop (cot/bassinet/pram/carseats) at around 22 weeks (for pregnancy #1) on laybuy at a baby shop. Laybuy was good cause we waited til everything was in stock (took a number of weeks) and then waited again til the baby's room was ready (?34 weeks I think) before actually picking it up, meaning we didn't need to store it all before hand.

    Some furniture/prams/etc might take a number of weeks to come in if they need to be ordered, so allow plenty of time, but 4 - 6 weeks should be ample and most things will be in stock at a decent sized shop.

    This time around we didn't need much so I waited to do the 'big shop' (which wasn't really that big and included a swing, but otherwise lots of little things) til I was 36 weeks .

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    With my dd I had everything ready at 5 months. Bags packed, room done, baby shower had, I was ready to rock and roll!!! Lol

    This time I'm being slack. I have no motivation and I know what we're having too so you'd think I'd be hitting the shops!!

    Truth is we can't start anything till dd is in her big bed and we have bought her furniture for her new room, then bub will have all of her stuff.

    My question is, dd will probably still be using Her change table and I'm wondering if it's worth buying another cheap one so I don't have to go into the babies room all the time to change nappies etc. Maybe just the mat would be all we would need.

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    Thank you ladies so much far out there was so much I didnt even think of.. I will start putting a list together with your suggestions and start lay bying that's a good idea!

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    oh and i love those wall stickers!! definately getting some big ones when we know the sex!! thanks for the website

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    I loved having a rocking chair in the baby's room. After the birth I found it exhausting to stand up rocking a baby to sleep - this way I could also feed in the room and when the baby got older we sat in the chair for a bedtime story and a song before bed.

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    Lay away for cot carseat and pram at 25 wks. Picked it up at 36 wks. Got everything else then.


 

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