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What would be the one item you couldn't live without for your newborn?

(75 Posts)
Rosyisgonnabeamummy Sat 02-Mar-13 00:15:16

I'm a mum to be, and I am hugely overwhelmed by all the stuff there is to buy on the market.
What's your best purchase? What made life easier?
Not just the obvious things like a car seat / pram, but for example breast feeding apron, or changing bag, or nipple cream????

AladdinOnRepeat Sat 02-Mar-13 00:17:36

Lanisol nipple cream smile

mrsyattering Sat 02-Mar-13 00:19:07

breast pads

FrantasticO Sat 02-Mar-13 00:31:59

Swaddle blanket.
Can't express how good they are.
Or if I could afford it...a nanny!

FrantasticO Sat 02-Mar-13 00:32:28

Velcro one to be precise...no escape!

Longdistance Sat 02-Mar-13 00:35:52

Got beaten to it, Lansinoh nipple cream.

Baby bath seat, the white plastic ones from newborn. Wonderful.

Signet2012 Sat 02-Mar-13 00:39:52

Things I didn't expect to me useful but where.

More breast pads than I thought existed
Muslins. Lots.
Nipple cream lamisol(?) my best friend through the first two weeks of bad latch
Blankets - to lay on, to cover, in the car seat, in the pram, in the house.
Vibratey chair - was 30 quid from Asda. Best money I could have spent. Only thing that would shift dd wind and allow me twenty minutes to eat.

Later on
A jumperoo. If only they did an adult one.

Rosyisgonnabeamummy Sat 02-Mar-13 22:37:45

Wow this is great
Breast pads. Did you disposable or washable ones?

Where do you get the nipple cream?

muslins and lansinoh.

whattodoo Sat 02-Mar-13 22:41:09

Baby gym

Sling, baby carrier!

r3dsquirrel Sat 02-Mar-13 22:43:08

Baby nighties...... they wear them to sleep in instead of a babygro. Just pull it up to change nappies at night. Not having millions of poppers to undo and do back up makes a world of difference at 3am! They also last for ages size wise so more cost effective than babygros. You can get them in john Lewis (called baby bundlers) or mothercare.

MrGeresHamster Sat 02-Mar-13 22:43:17

Washable breast pads... when you first look for nipple cream you realise they sell it everywhere!

Stretchy sling (I have a Kari Me), allows newborn to have their constant cuddles, allows mum to have constant cuddles AND do useful things like eat/wee/have fresh air/have feeling in arms.

Baby sleeping bag, when you feed them in the middle of the night there is a lot less resettling to do.


Weissdorn Sat 02-Mar-13 22:43:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AmandaPayne Sat 02-Mar-13 22:44:01

Sling- proper soft one you can sit down and that in, not a Bjorn or anything else stiff.

Lansinoh can be got from Boots, Mothercare, supermarkets... it's a very popular item and while it is expensive it lasts ages and is also great on burns and chapped lips. Boots expert nipple cream is rubbish by the way (I speak from experience)

AmandaPayne Sat 02-Mar-13 22:44:36

Oh yes, and gro bags.

whattodoo Sat 02-Mar-13 22:48:06

Yes, infacol! And metanium for nappy rash.
Nail clippers.
Tea tree oil which I put in my bath every day to help heal.

georgyporgie Sat 02-Mar-13 22:48:23

Swaddlepod. Zip up swaddle. Amaaaaazing. And a teddy bear thing that played womb sounds. We swiftly figured out that we could dispense with the bear & just use the little sound box. Got him to sleep swiftly, soothed him when changing & at any other little grizzle. (Nb I laughed at my mother when she suggested it & beadily eyed the bear pre DS with a huge handful of salt. I was so put in my place when he arrived..)

Weissdorn Sat 02-Mar-13 22:50:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Figgygal Sat 02-Mar-13 22:51:24

Sleepsuits all u need

surfingbabies Sat 02-Mar-13 22:51:42

Lansinoh was on offer in tesco, I use avent washable breast pads. I also use washable nappies & wipes, I could never go back to disposables now smile
Good luck with rest of pregnancy & birth x

cafecito Sat 02-Mar-13 22:55:04

mine no longer newborn


nipple pads (I liked the big lansinoh ones, disposable)

a bra bigger than your head if BFing (my B cups went up to an F ++ )

a sling or baby carrier (I liked babybjorn active carrier)

I found the 'tummy tub' style f baby bath caused the least tantrums

I liked camomile organic baby bathshampoo - johnsons caused cradle cap, fr mine

metanium is the best for nappy rash- but hopefully not needed

a toy with a rattle noise inside

and when a little bigger, like 3 months, a prince lionheart rubber seat / pod - was brilliant

smellysocksandchickenpox Sat 02-Mar-13 22:55:32

Bednest, best thing ever!

woven wrap (like a sling but way more comfy) www.nctshop.co.uk/BB-Slen-Sling/productinfo/5348/

washable breastpads, but not the white ones you get in boots, they're not great, these ones are better: mamamoomy.co.uk/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=15_24. Also have a few indivicually wrapped disposable ones for the change bag

rainbow muslins from jojomamanbebe, expensive but you're looking at them every day at every feed so may as well be cheerful!

cafecito Sat 02-Mar-13 22:55:53

and more maternity pads than you can fit in a holdall

Poppins27 Sat 02-Mar-13 22:58:17

Vests with the envelope necks...far easier to remove downwards off the body after a poonami!!

Infacol...colic was heartbreaking.

And my monitor and sensor pad kept me sane in the early days. I would have been constantly checking the Moses basket had it not been for the reassuring beeping in the background!!

HermioneE Sat 02-Mar-13 23:00:30

Ibuprofen and paracetamol. For tackling the cracked nipples and painful stitches.

georgyporgie Sat 02-Mar-13 23:04:42

weissdorn my thoughts exactly. Plus saves the inevitable bollocking from the HV for having 'toys' in the Moses basket with the boy..

FadBook Sat 02-Mar-13 23:06:28

Angelcare monitor or similar brand with a sensor pad. The market has lots of video monitors but you can't watch baby monitor when you are asleep! The sensor monitor means you can sleep and know it will go off if the worst happens (morbid but honestly it's the type of thing you worry about once baby arrives, well I did!)

I never brought much, all you need is somewhere for baby to sleep (could be your bed), something for baby to eat (in my case, boobs but otherwise bottles and steriliser), handful of grows and nappies/wipes. Anything else is a luxury and you could technically live without if you had to.

Lansinol cream is good.

As is a decent box set to watch when your baby won't let you put her down, so relax and watch some tv instead!

VilootShesCute Sat 02-Mar-13 23:09:56

Kari me. Without a doubt THE most used thing I have ever bought. Could actually go to the loo without holding baby in arms. That's priceless

Rosyisgonnabeamummy Sun 03-Mar-13 22:42:13

Wow. This is all great! Thank you. You narrowed down the shopping / saving list.

Wanted to join in with the Kari Me lovers. Brilliant, but if you want a pre-tied sling, the Close Caboo is also wonderful. Good luck.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 03-Mar-13 22:55:59

Muslin cloths. Get 2 dozen at least!

abbyfromoz Mon 04-Mar-13 19:56:12

Nipple guards.... Could not have survived without them as apparently i have the wrong nips for feeding...
But if you are FFing, formula dispensers and a thermos!

VinegarDrinker Mon 04-Mar-13 19:59:27

Sling (i have a Moby). Most Essential Item: No contest.

Montypig Mon 04-Mar-13 20:06:32

Breast pads - the thin ones - Boots own are good



more wine

iphone or similar for MNing and reading/ listening to stories one handed while feeding


of course, the feeding rather buggers up the second, fourth and final options, but still....

Good luck!

scratchandsniff Mon 04-Mar-13 20:24:37

I had a winter baby and for me one of my best buys was a foot muff/cosy toes for the carseat. DS hated going in his snowsuit so was good to zip him up in it and know he was warm enough on walks or in the car. I bought a fleece one from Clare De Lune.

Defo the grobags with a swaddle Velcro wrap!
A jumperoo when bigger.
Washing machine (newborn tv!!)
One of those cheap push nightlights
Record tv programmes now too smile

Did you want waste of money's too?
Mine would be my ilovemybear swing- made dd sick constantly!
Baby bath hmm

Dd is 6 months now, I want my snuggly newborn back just for a day smile

AThingInYourLife Mon 04-Mar-13 20:35:03

Another vote for Lansinoh (or any pure lanolin cream). You can get it in a good pharmacy.

Brazil nuts for the hunger pangs.

I hated washable breast pads. Hated them. They hurt my nipples. Disposable all the way.

HappyAsASandboy Mon 04-Mar-13 20:35:39

Lansinoh nipple cream
Metanium nappy cream (though Lansinoh works well there too wink )
Ready meals or a well-stocked-with-meal-for-one freezer
Box set. Cold Feet was good (recently! I'm a bit behind the times ...)
A tolerant partner who is happy to pick up all the washing/cooking/cleaning duties while you alternate feeding/sleeping/eating/nappy changing for a good two or three months

To be honest, I think the last of these items is the most important smile

Good luck with your birth and early days, OP smile They will probably be the most challenging and rewarding days of your life smile

squiddle Mon 04-Mar-13 20:53:01

Muslins, Lanisoh, prune juice (great to help you go after the birth). I also found the Baby Bjorn bouncy seat amazing.

I would get a few breast pads but not lots - I didn't need them. I used Infacol but think it's main purpose is to make you feel like you are doing something rather than actually helping the baby.

squiddle Mon 04-Mar-13 20:54:30

Oh and Sudacrem!!! Best nappy cream ever.

PoppadomPreach Mon 04-Mar-13 21:10:07

Our cooker extractor fan. Wonderful white noise which would instantly settle DS1.

Swinging chair (turned mt life around at 6 weeks as finally, finally I was able to put DS1 down, whilst still awake, and he would sit happily. Previously I had had to wait until he had been sleeping in my arms for at least an hour before I could think about putting him down. However - it does not work for all babies, so see which type you have before buying!

canran Mon 04-Mar-13 21:12:58

Definitely a gro-bag or similar. DD was such a little wriggler so it kept her warm and therefore kept her asleep. Also:
- Sling - I have a connecta. My one splash-out item. Worth it though.
- Easy to unclip nursing bra. You don't want to faff with the strap. Get something you can undo one-handed.
- Baby bath seat. Got mine from toy's r us for a tenner. It's a soft mesh over a frame. It fits in a baby bath too. It kept her head out of the water, made her feel secure and she started to really enjoy baths once we got it.
- Warm-upable breast pads. When your milk comes in you will want something either warm or cold on them.
- A camera!

Pascha Mon 04-Mar-13 21:14:46

Thermal mug. Sanity saver.

louisianablue2000 Mon 04-Mar-13 21:32:04

You need so so little really: nappies (plus something to clean their bum, either wipes or cotton wool), vests, babygros, somewhere for them to sleep, a car seat, some way of transporting them (buggy or sling).

Anything else you can get later if you think you need it.

Tallgiraffe Mon 04-Mar-13 21:39:59

Bouncy chair
Muslins - the giant ones if possible
Breast pads
Someone to cook for you

Meringue33 Mon 04-Mar-13 22:45:57

Bandanna bibs -dozens - saves changing their clothes six times a day

Weissdorn Tue 05-Mar-13 08:26:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Baby sling! Not a structured carrier, but a soft, stretchy piece of fabric sling. It was amazingly useful

Neena28 Tue 05-Mar-13 08:33:08

Nipple cream and breast pads!!

But mostly breasts. Breast feeding cut down on so much stuff.

Wanted to answer before reading thread, but have now been reminded: washable breast pads x lots. I had breathable waterproof ones and never got thrush (well, not until baby was 13 mo, but that's another matter). And a white noise app on my phone.
Also I had Sky + then and it saved my sanity! Lots of tv for feeding smile

Also, if using washable wipes, which are great, get a thermos for warm water. Babies object to nappy changes far less if the wipe is warm!

Cereal bars are good for middle of the night feeds, keep a breastfeeding helpline number to hand and lots and lots of pillows

Rosyisgonnabeamummy Tue 05-Mar-13 21:39:10

What is this white noise thing all about?
Is it a replica of womb noise?
When do you use it? I thought it was for POW in Guantanamo

smellysocksandchickenpox Tue 05-Mar-13 22:08:43

white noise: hoover, cooker extractor, walking on a path near busy traffic, hair dryer, babysoothe CD, white noise MP3s, Ewan the sheep etc

wombs are very noisey

smellysocksandchickenpox Tue 05-Mar-13 22:10:56

you use white noise when they're fighting sleep or colicey.. if they're fed, clean bumed, hugged, and not to hot or cold.. but still unhappy then sling and/or white noise will do the trick!

Woofers Sun 10-Mar-13 11:05:32

Question about slings - do you need one which supports babies head or do these soft ones do the job?

seeker Sun 10-Mar-13 11:11:21


bsmirched Sun 10-Mar-13 11:32:41

Lansinoh is free on prescription! Don't fork out for it!

Andcake Sun 10-Mar-13 11:53:03

Sling (not carrier) although carrier is also useful.
Angelcare sensor monitor
Gro bags
Dummy :-/
A DP who could/would cook and feed me when no hands free (ideas for food that can be eten with one hand :-)

Andcake Sun 10-Mar-13 11:55:38

Ooh long vest tops for bf out and about
And of course cake

rcs19 Sun 10-Mar-13 12:27:43

Another vote for a sling, wish I'd had my moby with dd1.

Also my widgey feeding cushion gets hours of use each day. Enables you to have a free hand when feeding.

TheYamiOfYawn Sun 10-Mar-13 14:00:45

Wrap sling, without a doubt. It provides all the head support a newborn baby needs.

Also snacks, contact details for breastfeeding counsellors. Washable baby wipes are nice but not utterly essential. Supportive friends and family are invaluable, but not really for sale.

MrsJohnDeere Sun 10-Mar-13 14:17:02


Birdies Sun 10-Mar-13 14:26:09

Baby bjorn carrier with back support (worn all day for a few weeks!)
Ewan the sheep
Kiddapotamus fleece swaddle wrap in large size (as can tighten) - I tried about 4 different swaddles and this was by far the best
Bachs rescue remedy to help me sleep when I got so tired I couldn't

AnAirOfHope Sun 10-Mar-13 14:38:51

Moby wrap

For mum
A supply of frozen gauze soaked in lavander oil/water (heaven on stichtes)
Nipple cream
Snacks of night time feeding
Maternity pads as they are big and softer than normal pads

Evilwater Sun 10-Mar-13 14:44:22

Moses basket,
Infacol/ gripe water


notso Sun 10-Mar-13 15:01:20

Baby nighties/bundlers,
Aden and Anais massive muslins, a billion uses from emergency nappy to sunshade to comforter to towel and everything in between.
Swing wish I'd had one for DD and DS1,
Mummy hook for the pram,
Wallaboo baby wrapper so much easier than a snowsuit and has lasted much longer as well,
Lily Pads silicone breast pads, amazing.

notso Sun 10-Mar-13 15:02:12

Metanium nappy rash cream, works almost instantly.

Woofers Mon 11-Mar-13 11:49:04

Wow there's even more stuff I have no idea about. What's a mummy's hook for the pram

notso Mon 11-Mar-13 13:51:54

It's this essential IMO smile

Woofers Tue 12-Mar-13 10:40:43

Ooooo must get one of those!

Woofers Wed 13-Mar-13 17:55:03

Antenatal group are all about sheepskins. What's it all about ??

smellysocksandchickenpox Thu 14-Mar-13 00:01:58

sheepskins are good pram liners cause they keep them warm in winter and keep them from being sweaty in summer

some people use them for putting the baby down for naps/sleep on at home but that is not considered safe at the mo

MortifiedAdams Thu 14-Mar-13 00:08:03

My favourite item was a set of Aden and Anais swaddling sheets totally extravagant but I fell.in love with them. I used them for every sleep and nap, have used them for laying baby on at the park or the beach, as sun shades, and will use them again for.the next baby and just envisage them making up parts of dens or what ever in the future. LOve them.

Never bought a baby bath, top and tail.bowl or a baby wardrober.

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