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Baby stuff!(39 Posts)
So, I'm 23 weeks pregnant and haven't bought any stuff yet. But I have been putting my shopping
spreadsheet list together so I can just do a big internet shop nearer the time when I've saved up some pennies and moved into our new house. So far, I've chosen the pram, car seat, moses basket and bedding.
Other things on my list:
Baby bath - (tummy tub? - anyone used one of these? We have a small house so it appeals on the space saving aspect)
Nappies (starting with eco disposables and maybe moving to cloth)
Nail clipper / scissor set
Breast feeding pillow
Have I missed anything obvious?!
Also wondered if anyone has seen any starter packs pf organic white /gender neutral baby clothes on their travels? I'd just like a couple gender neutral starter packs for my hospital bag (baby grows, cotton hats, vests and the like - M&S and Mothercare seem to do lots but not organic - am I being too PFB?)
Does anyone know of any non toxic baby furniture too? I've found a cot but the company who make the cot don't make any other pieces of furniture. I don't know if I'm fussing too much but it's nice to have the option.
Thanks in advance.
Ooooo, will have to check out TKMaxx, I usually avoid as ours is like a jumble sale and v.busy at the weekends - plus there are some professional TKMaxx shoppers who tend to know when to go and how to find the bargains - so all the good stuff is usually gone. Some of the ladies on my antenatal thread have mentioned that they are selling Aden and Anais muslins and sleep bags and DreamGenii pillows too - I must admit as I haven't bothered looking yet I had no idea just how much cheaper the baby stuff would be in there. I'm popping into town to see a friends new baby tonight and TXMaxx don't shut til 7, so I may have time to pop in and check out the baby section tonight after seeing her. Exciting!
Also, thanks for the H&M tip. We have quite a big H&M baby / children's store here, so I'll see if they do the organic range when I next get to the shops. Having looked at my list and the costs mounting, I think I might have to bite the bullet and start buying some of the little things now out of my weekly spending money.
Ladies of MN you are legends when it comes to sorting this sort of stuff out! Hugely thankful
I second the Aden and Anais muslins, they can be bought really cheaply from TK Maxx, I got four for £5. They are so soft, and the size is much more useful than the smaller squares. They can be used for pretty much anything from emergency nappy to sunshade.
H&M do lovely organic baby clothes and I find the sizes better, they do a 0-1 month and a 2-4 month.
If you can get to a nearly new sale you can probably pick up a tummy tub for £5, and a bouncy chair v.cheaply as well.
If you're getting a big cot-bed for the baby, I think the cot-top changers are brilliant. Once baby is bigger (and you don't want it on the top anymore), they slide neatly under the cot instead.
Oh and I second the poster who said a basket of things in the living room - nappies, wipes, creams, muslins etc. I found that VERY helpful during the first few weeks while we were getting into a routine.
I wouldn't bother with baby bath. Just use bathroom or kitchen sink. Or bath them in with you. You can always run a bath with baby friendly bubbles for yourself/ dh and get the other one who isn't in bath to pass baby to you to bath and is great way to bond skin to skin. My dh loved baths with baby as ment he got close snuggles as I was breastfeeding so he missed out there. Baby would bath for 10 mins or so, then pass baby to me and I would wrap up and feed in towel, then get them changed.
We also didn't get a baby mat thing but a nice baby sheepskin for them to lay on and stretch. It means as they grow you can still use as a rug in their bedroom.
Also toiletries. Babies really don't need anything at all and just water is recommended. From about 6 months we have used an organic baby shampoo and body wash combined and that's it ( so only one bottle). 101 lotions and potions aren't needed
Aden and Anais do the nicest swaddling muslins.
Second little green sheep if you want organic mattress, bedding, clothes, but they're expensive!
With regard to the towel - buy 2 or 3 in the same colour, and they can just be used for the baby. We also use ours as a big rug for LO to lie on and kick around with no nappy on, good for catching wee!
It is sooooo much fun, but I find myself looking at cute things like this rather than sensible things like sterilisers and room thermometers!!
Twitchy good luck with everything - not long to go now - you must be really excited
snowflakepie I haven't even really started thinking about hospital bags - we don't have an expensive camera, we have my digital, which is very temperamental and iPhones!! A disposable is a very good idea. Oh and I have mentioned in passing to DH that I want our cool box to be full of treats (like pate) and edible non hospital food!! The nappy lady recommended cloth wipes to me but I thought they might be a bit faffy. I think I'll get some and see how we get on. So much to think about!
I've got loads more things on my list now - can't keep thanking you enough
I'd say you are missing a baby monitor. Depends on your house/flat though.
Our house is on 4 floors and DS's bedroom and our room was on the top floor, so I couldn't hear him otherwise. Definitely needed one. I'd recommend the BT one which we got in John Lewis - it's got a built in room thermometer, which I found invaluable for keeping the room at the right temperature and it saves buying two different things.
My only advice is that you actually need LESS than you think. And you have plenty of time to buy things as and when you work out you need them.
A few specifics:
You don't need a nail clipper set thing. You can just use normal nail scissors.
Sleeping bags are a god send
If you're buying muslins, don't bother with bins for now. How much you use them will depend on whether you BF or not, and frankly on the whims of your DC. DS never ever wore a bib until he was eating solids. DD was a really soggy baby and wore one every day.
Ikea for muslins. Cheap as chips.
Dont go mad.on clothes - you will get twice as many in gifts as you could.imagine.
I didnt bother with a baby bath, just had a little terry towelling ramp.in the big bath. Same with baby towels, used them many twice.
Definetly get yourself a new dressing gown - a big fluffy one with pocoets for the tv remote and a water.bottle.
Another tip we did was to get a little basket for the lounge and restock it every night with nappies, wipes, spare.onesies, dummy and creams. Saves running around looking for stuff every change.
We spent a lot on the cot / bedding too - got a second hand bednest for £150 on ebay, then bought a Little Green Sheep organic mattress.
and then she refused to sleep anywhere other than our cheapo Ikea mattress with us for the first month! (she loves the cot now)
Baby towels - NO. Far too small, you won't use them for long. I've found the big bath towels the best - you can really wrap the baby up well in them (good if they have no nappy on ;)).
I agree that a nursing chair and a breastfeeding pillow aren't necessary if you have a comfy chair and normal cushions or pillows.
With regards to the sling, maybe go along to a sling meet or similar to try a few out. Definitely avoid the baby bjorn type things; they are terrible for your back and you can't carry your baby in once they are more than a couple of months old. Wraps, ring slings or mei tais are much better.
I wouldn't bother with a Moses basket - if you're buying a buggy with a 'pram' style attachment, that'll do fine.
Oh and I didn't bother with a baby bath. Just put DD in the normal bath and held her myself in very shallow water. Had all toiletries to hand before we started, one handed was no issue. No mess, no heavy bath to carry. Plus my mum told me some horror stories about babies in baby baths that parents had thought were safe and went to answer the door briefly, only for the worst to happen. Obv you never leave a baby in any water, no matter how shallow, but I felt that if I had to hold her the whole time, I wouldn't even be tempted. So I got a bath mat to minimise slipping and that was fine.
That's fair enough Princesschick, you've obviously thought carefully about it
<shuffles off in mild paranoia to check what's in my mattress>
Good luck with the planning - I have finished buying things now at 35 weeks and am a bit sad about it! It's so much fun
Maternity pads, don't think they were on your list? You can get thick or thin ones in boots depending on your preference. I found cloth wipes much better at dealing with newborn poo than disposable, although did take disposable into hospital as the mw's look a bit funny when you ask for water if you can't move easily. Nappy bags or similar, no need for a fancy disposal unit unless you live in flats miles from outside bins to deal with the stench. Unless you feel very strongly about it I wouldn't worry about the organic stuff, it is very pricey for things that will only be used for a short time. Wash the clothes in non bio and remember that some dirt is good for the immune system. Other things which might already have been mentioned... Bottles, steriliser, baby sling (often you can find a sling meet once baby is here and try some out, I found the mai tai style best for me but there are many), bibs by the ton, change mat. Tens machine? You can hire for about £25 from various places.
DH took a disposable camera into hospital with us as he was worried about his fancy shmancy camera going walkies, you won't want anything valuable with you. Also take as much food as you can carry, hospital food sucks big time and that's if they even remember to feed you (speaks from bitter experience...).
Hey Twitchy - we've researched the effects of foams / flame retardants and it's made us quite paranoid! Especially cheap particle fibre board / chip board materials that offgas things like formaldehyde. I know that European makes and even IKEA come out better than some stuff over here. I've noticed that a lot of regular furniture is painted in non toxic paint. I think I may even try and just get hold of a pine wardrobe and upcycle it myself and then at least I'd know what paint I've used and it will probably save some money too.
With the moses basket it's the cost of the mattress that bumps it up, but we have a natural mattress and want our baby to have a natural / organic mattress too. I think I'm happy to spend the money on this but economise in other areas.
As you say, non toxic nursery furniture and organic baby grows are probably a bit overkill. I guess I am being PFB about some of these things
Thanks so much ladies
Sorry, just seen you had muslins, am too eager
As far as change mat goes, I would go for something like this one: John Lewis change mat.....easier to wipe clean than anything with a seam. and DD seems to find it very comfy.
DD has also loved this toy from birth, makes a nice gentle sound and now she is bigger she can grab it easily. We have a few things from Manhattan Toy Co (including a stimulating mobile) and all of them have been hits.
Enjoy your shopping!
No, I mean the hooded ones look cute, but if you are tempted, get one of the bigger ones that will last through childhood for when they go swimming etc. the tiny hooded baby ones get grown out of v quickly.
Understand about nappies, I used disposables early on with my first, moltex were a good Eco brand. Maybe look at second hand nappy classifieds and pick up a few different types that the baby can grow into and try when your ready so it's not a huge expense later on. Saves you buying newborn sizes too.
I understand the worry about the kitchen floor, you really won't like carrying a big bath full of water around! Not sure how much lighter the tummy tubs are but a washing up bowl would work fine, or a baby seat for bath.
Ooh love questions like this. Lots of recommendations but here are the top ones:
Clothes: have found M&S packs of whites the best quality (have 14wo DD) - the Autograph range is lovely and soft. The only organic baby clothes I have seen are fiendish expensive, believe me, even for PFB a few explosive poops and growth spurts will knock you out of that!
H&M and John Lewis also good for lovely bright separates - the John Lewis long sleeved vests are really nice quality, and the H&M baby trousers.
Other recommendations: multi packs of small muslins to use as burp cloths / general mopper uppers - John Lewis or M&S.
Large muslins to swaddle / layer over baby like blankets. They are expensive but I use the Aden+Anais ones every day - in her cot, pram, to cover me and her when BFing in public. I really like them because they're warm but very light (easy to weigh down a tiny baby you're trying to keep warm!) and they're natural and breathable, so won't overheat her (have found as first time mother of winter baby hard to judge how warm she is). And huge and if you pick none babyish designs make lovely scarves for you! they have been much admired....
What else? a few weeks after DD was born I ended up getting a room thermometer, because again I couldn't judge temperature. 18C, which is recommended, initally felt much too cold to me. Am really glad I got one, I constantly refer to it - we chose this one and it's brilliant.
Instead of a big changing bag I got this travel change mat/bag : Munchkin mat and it's been brilliant
and finally an activity gym for LO to lie on? friends bought us this one Skiphop treetops and DD loves it
Finally get some lavender oil for you, to put in warm baths after the birth!
Also, don't forget things for yourself, like comfy pyjamas, nursing gown etc
I'm pretty much in the same boat as you, though a couple of weeks ahead! It seems like you've got pretty much everything covered. I've added breastfeeding pillow from your list to mine.
I've got a highchair (Ikea Antilop) on my list, and even though it is not needed until much later, its just so that if someone wants to give it as a gift. I've also got a video monitor on the list, and baby shampoo, lotion and wipes.
Obviously it's entirely your choice, but I'd think/research carefully what the benefits of "organic" cotton, "non-toxic" furniture, etc actually are. You will end up paying a huge premium for these labels (just looking at your moses basket - mine (brand new with mattress and all-cotton bedding) cost £30!). If you buy furniture from a reputable store in this country it will be non-toxic. Organic food, toiletries, washing powder, BPA-free bottles, etc I can understand - but maybe not clothing and furniture if you are on any sort of budget. Up to you though
Otherwise your list looks great, and very sensible to plan first before rushing to buy too early!
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