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Baby stuff: where to start?

(32 Posts)
FlaminNoraImPregnantPanda Thu 06-Dec-12 11:50:00

Can someone tell me what I need to get for Baby? I'm feeling totally overwealmed by the mountains of stuff available. We have to be careful with money so I don't want to buy anything more than we really need. My friend/neighbour is around the same stage as me and they've bought mountains (eg 20 pairs of shoes already and 3 different baby bouncer/swing things confused). It's starting to make me very anxious. Baby due in April/May.

So far I've got:

- Second hand bugaboo (new mattress on order)
- a baby bath
- cotton wool
- car seat will be provided by local council here in Sweden

Ordered:

- 3 baby grows
- 5 short sleeved vests
- 5 long sleeved vests for cold nighttime
- pack of bibs
- pack of muslins (don't even know what these are for confused)

Being made:

- baby shawl x2
- baby blankets x2
- cardigans x2
- anything else grandma can knit before he arrives

I'm not sure if I'll be BF or FF. I am autistic and have hypersensory issues so I won't know if I can manage BF until I try. If it completely freaks me out, then I'll FF. So I guess I need to prepare for both.

So what else do I need?

VickyU Thu 06-Dec-12 19:40:58

I found a book called 'What to Buy for Your Baby' by Caroline Cosgrove to be really useful. I thought it gave quite balanced advice about what you really need, what is useful but not essential, and what you really don't need.

KelleStarOfWonder Thu 06-Dec-12 20:13:35

I think it's also thinking about what is worth investing in for the future.

We didn't bother with a bath, DD baths/showered with us, meant life was much easier. We did invest in some soft baby towels and flannels. We won't be bothering again. The odd time we've needed a wash tub, we use the washing up bowl.

How likely are you to be able to pop to the shops if you find BF too much for you. If your local supermarket is going to have the items in stock, it isn't worth rushing out and spending money you may not use. I picked a steam steriliser second hand at a later stage. However DD was finnicky about what teats she would accept so we tried a few different bottles until we found the one that worked, so it's not worth investing in a large stash in case they don't get on with them.

I think you will need more vests and sleepsuits, I picked mine up second hand mostly, eBay or nearly new sales. Snowsuits are brilliant and cosy and keep them all snug and warm.

What is the second hand market like in Sweden, do you have family you can have stuff sent to in the UK who will forward it on to you? Would they collect something if it was local? I save searches in eBay for local items to collect and I have made some really great purchases this way.

I also bought my sling second hand, but I also bought a moby wrap at full price, but was a great investment for me, I have an awkward bodyshape for most slings and great big boobies that get in the way.

I agree little and often does the trick. Second hand really doesn't hurt, DD has some gorgeous second hand stuff that really no-one would know was second hand. Except I love to tell everyone about my savvy bargain hunting skills.

Shoes are pointless until they are walking, in my opinion. DD survived in socks/tights for quite a while as she had tiny feet, even once she started walking.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 06-Dec-12 21:08:41

Oh and if you do buy sleep suits, vests etc for your first, its worth getting them in neutral colour so that you can use them with number 2 smile

MyLittleAprilSunshine Thu 06-Dec-12 21:19:49

I haven't bought anything at all yet for her and she's due on the 8th of April, so I really seem to be behind and need to get her some stuff now. Hopefully get her some nice stuff after Christmas.

All I do have is a knitted toy and knitted blanket that my sister has kindly made for her. smile

butteroneverything Thu 06-Dec-12 22:35:10

I'm also due in March and haven't bought anything yet. Do things like pushchairs/prams and cots etc get reduced in the January sales?

xlatia Thu 06-Dec-12 23:11:28

i think you're pretty good already! you def need nappies tho. how about sleeping arrangements? we found a second hand toddler bed (if your budget stretches that far) where one sides comes off and pushed it up to our bed. that'll hopfully save us another big investment in the forseeable future. we found sleeping bags invaluable because DS moves around a lot, but blankets do the job just as well i guess. especially in the beginning when they're not that mobile.

personally, i would add another 15 muslins but that's because DS was such a sickly baby and we easily went through 10 of these a day. also, a few more longsleeved vests and babygrows. but all of this can be bought at a later stage if you turn out to need it desperately. ebay is excellent for clothes bundles for newborns!

all the best!

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 07-Dec-12 15:11:33

A couple of people have mentioned getting a snowsuit. Not sure if its the same in Sweden, but you don't need a snowsuit in the summer in the uk, a cardigan and a blanket will do. If you think Lo will need to be wrapped up more, have a look at baby hoodies as they are so, so much easier to put on than coats or snowsuits smile

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