Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Moms I need your Help With A "Must Have" List for A First Time Mom!

Here is a list Ive taken from an online birth group Im in but Im wondering whats missing and what on here isnt or is a must?? Especially for a fall/winter baby...

(Image Via infantbabytoddlerandpregnancyadvicecenter.com)

Clothing
  • 8 undershirts or onesies (mix of short-sleeve and long-sleeve)
  • 5 nightgowns (for use until the cord falls off)
  • 8 one-piece stretchy sleepers (go for ones with zippers; new moms swear by them!)
  • 5 pairs of pants
  • 2 newborn hats
  • 8 pairs of socks or booties, to wear with nightgowns and outfits
  • 2 pairs of scratch mittens, to keep baby from scratching his face
  • 2 cardigans or jackets, more in winter
  • Bunting bag or snowsuit for winter baby
  • Laundry detergent for infants
  • 4 outfits for dressing up (optional)
Blankets
  • 3 large cotton blankets
  • 8 receiving blankets (they also make handy burp cloths) or more if using for swaddling and major puking
Feeding
 If you’re breastfeeding, you don’t really need any equipment.
  • Hooter hider
Some nursing mothers like to have these items:
  • Lots of bibs
  • Burp cloths (see also receiving blankets)
  • Breast pump (I wouldnt reccomend buying this until you need it)
  • Milk storage containers
  • Nursing pillow
  • Nursing bras (if buying before baby is born, buy one cup size larger than your pregnant bra size)
  • Breast pads (disposable or washable)
  • Lotion for sore nipples
If you are formula feeding:
  • Lots of bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • 8 four-ounce bottles with nipples
  • 6 eight-ounce bottles with nipples
  • Bottle and nipple brush
  • Formula (be sure to check expiry date and note the lot number in case of recalls)
  • Thermal bottle carrier
Diapering
If you are using re-usable cloth diapers:
  • Several dozen (4 or 5) cloth or re-usable diapers
  • 8 waterproof covers
  • 1 diaper pail
  • Changing pad
  • Baby ointment or other barrier cream to prevent rash
  • Snaps, Velcro or safety pins to secure re-usable diapers
  • Disposable wipes or a couple dozen washcloths for cleaning baby’s bottom
If you are using disposable diapers:
  • Two boxes of newborn-size diapers (it’s better not to buy too many in advance in case your baby is large or grows quickly)
  • 1 diaper pail
  • Changing pad
  • Baby ointment or barrier cream to prevent rash
  • Disposable wipes or a couple dozen washcloths for cleaning baby’s bottom
Bathtime
  • 1 plastic infant tub (or use a large dishpan in the sink, or take baby in the bath with you)
  • 12 washcloths, not used on baby’s bottom
  • Baby soap or cleanser
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby soft-bristled hair brush
  • 3 soft-hooded towels
Bedtime
If you are using a crib:
  • Approved crib and crib mattress
  • waterproof mattress covers
  • 2 fitted cribsheets
  • 4 light blankets that fit in the crib
  • Sleep sack
If you are co-sleeping:
  • Firm mattress (not a waterbed)
  • 3 waterproof pads to place under baby
  • Light comforter (keep away from baby's head)
  • Sleep sack
Other necessities
  • Approved infant safety seat for car
  • Stroller that reclines so newborn can lie flat
  • Nail clippers or scissors (or just bite off baby’s nails as needed)
  • Bulb syringe for suctioning mucous
  • Baby thermometer
  • Eye dropper or medicine spoon
  • Medication in case of fever
Nice-to-have items
  • Change table (or just use change pad on top of dresser or bed)
  • Rocking chair for feeding and swaddling
  • Playpen
  • Sling or baby carrier
  • Diaper bag
  • 1 or 2 change pads
  • Plastic hangers for closet
  • Sun shade for car windows
  • 2 or 4 pacifiers (if you choose to use these)
  • Rattles and other baby toys
  • Mobiles
  • Night light
  • Fish Price Aquarium
  • Swing
  • Bouncy chair
  • Bumbo Seat
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7 comments:

MBAMama on June 27, 2012 at 3:06 PM said...

Never bite off baby's nails! And go for a cuddle bag or seat cover for your car seat instead of a snowsuit.

Farah on June 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM said...

@MBAMama I dont think I could bite my babies nails off is that what they say to do? yikes... Ive got a car seat cover down on my registry thanks it just look like baby is so much more comfy in them.

Alisa on June 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM said...

This might sound silly but I would recommend a full spectrum light for yourself. I had a November baby and found it helped with my mood. It's so darn dark in the winter and I was tired (as new mums often are) so the light really helped perk me up.

Farah on June 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM said...

@Alisa hmm a full spectrum light eh? Ok looking into this as we speak thank you for your suggestion sometimes we forget to take care of mama too!

Alisa on June 27, 2012 at 3:29 PM said...

Exactly! You have to take care of yourself so you can take good care of your wee one.

Ella Pretty Blog on June 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM said...

That list seems very comprehensive - I'm trying hard to think if it has missed out on anything - but I can't think of anything LOL (also - the newborn stage was such a blur for me...so.much.sleep.deprivation)

My advice is buy less than you think you need - most of the basics are easy enough to find and pick up over time. What you need will vary a lot according to your child (i.e. some kids LOVED their swing, others never used it...some couldn't live without a baby wipes warmer - others think it's a ridiculous invention).

el03ro on June 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM said...

June 28-A cool-mist vaporizor is a must in case your baby gets a cold. It is a wonderful item to have and great if you do not have to use it. I would have one just in case. Elva Roberts---

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