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What to buy?

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lpickrell Mon 01-Jul-13 10:44:40

Hi all,

What's the best list to use when buying for a first time mum? I've mainly come up with static lists from blogs and stuff ... any online tools out there?

Thanks a lot,


IneedAsockamnesty Wed 03-Jul-13 09:47:34

Are covers for changing mats a new thing?

I've never even heard of them

VisualiseAHorse Wed 03-Jul-13 12:28:50

Forget about cotton wool and top and tail bowls. Just use baby wipes or a wet flannel which you can then wash.

You don't need much in the early days (first month) - clothes, nappies, wipes, a bed and transport.

Toys can wait.

VisualiseAHorse Wed 03-Jul-13 12:31:23

We have a change mat that came with the nappy bag (present) and one that came with the cot (another present). I would just use a towel.

AmberSocks Wed 03-Jul-13 13:21:53

I have 4 and another on the wayand this is what i buy

clothes,too many!sleepsuits,bodysuits,cardies,hats,blankets,socks.

Use resusable nappies and wipes

I breastfeed so lanolin cream breast pads and a few nursing bras

pushchair,i have a double out and about nipper for dd who is 3 and ds who is 9 months so this one will go into that.

car seat,i have a britax one that can be used from birth to 4 yrs it looks really comfy,some people like one that attatches to a pushchair though and its no good for that.

stuff for home birth,big black cheapoants to throw away after use,loads of pads.

bouncer,playmat,some soft toys?

A sling,although dh uses ours mor ethan me,i don find them comfy and ive tried them all.

AmberSocks Wed 03-Jul-13 13:22:20

have never used a baby bath i just take them in with me and we co sleep to so no need for cots and moses basket.

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 03-Jul-13 19:07:01

Ohhh amber I didnt realise you are expecting again, so am I congrats.

Check out these

They are so comfy and I've had a set for 6 years awhile so last ages

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JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 08-Jul-13 14:33:39

jordan can you try the link again smile

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Thurlow Mon 08-Jul-13 14:57:28

I was about to say Blimey, that's a long list! but actually there's hardly anything on there that seems ridiculous. Though most of it can wait until the baby is born.

Things we didn't use...

Bibs (2-3) - just use muslins
Towelling Squares
Baby bath - only if you don't think your sink will do
Flask - even though we bottle fed I don't think I used one
Bottle Drying Rack - not sure what this is!
Cot Bumpers - not recommended any more
Baby Sheepskin - just used blankets, we must be tight grin
Changing Unit - just use the floor or your bed!
Sleep aid - wait and see if they need one, we had a Dream Sheep but it wasn't needed

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 08-Jul-13 15:38:19

jordan I didn't buy anything to do with feeding at all. Wanted to bf and figured if that didnt work I'd get what I needed at the time.

jordanps Wed 10-Jul-13 12:43:50

Thanks... my take away is as follows:

In general I can wait till after birth to buy a far amount of stuff and play it by ear... more than trying to pre-empt problems / needs etc.

No to baby bath + top & tail bowls
No cot bumpers Changing unit
Yes to bouncer etc.

In fact the list did seem pretty good... at least as a starting point. already feeling more relaxed smile

Thank you

Nellysgirl Wed 10-Jul-13 13:27:09

Wow this is really useful! Going to pinch some pointers... Tee hee smile

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 10-Jul-13 15:00:06

I never had a changing unit jordan. A wriggly baby can't roll off the floor smile

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