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MrsCK Fri 01-Aug-14 12:20:31

I woke up from a bad dream last night that I gave birth without having done even a tiny bit of shopping getting baby bits ready. I think I do need to start organising myself so was going to write the Ultimate List of things to buy for baby. I'm planning on dividing it into areas Eating, Sleeping, Pooing, Travelling, Safety and Clothes.

So for a first time mum to be...what goes on your list?

dancestomyowntune Fri 01-Aug-14 12:35:11

half a dozen bottles
formula (i bottlefed)
a dozen bibs

moses basket and stand
AT LEAST 3 sets of blankets and sheets.

a decent car seat
a pram
changing bag

newborn nappies (several packs!)
nappy sacks
changing mat
bepanthen cream

a baby bath
baby shampoo

vests and onesies. at least a dozen. try to get ones with built in scratch mitts.
i (should take my own advice) advise against loads of cute outfits because you'll be given loads.
a couple of cotton hats.

think thats all you really NEED, the rest is all surplus. definitely advice a bouncy chair or swing though. amazing for getting baby to sleep grin

MrsCK Fri 01-Aug-14 12:44:08

Amazing, thank you smile

WaffleWiffle Fri 01-Aug-14 12:51:19

Further to the above,


Newborn sleeping bag
Baby monitor

Mrsgrumble Fri 01-Aug-14 12:54:49

I would add caldascene powder for bums

If Breast feeding nipple shields and shells

Also if bottle the Velcro bottle holders you can attach to buggy etc and pre made cartons are very handy

Gilraen Fri 01-Aug-14 12:58:49

If breastfeeding some lansinoh nipple cream.

And under travel I'd strongly recommend a sling.

MrsCK Fri 01-Aug-14 13:30:08

If planning on breast feeding would you still buy bottles? I have found a starter kit with steriliser, warmer etc which can be used for food too later on. I am also planning on expressing so DH can be involved in the feeding process too...although I have read not to buy bottles yet as baby likes teats that are similar to your nipples?

Mrsgrumble Fri 01-Aug-14 13:32:24

I still bought bottles,yes.

I bought the tommee tippee kit from Argos when it was on a deal. I also bought a spare set of bottles. Delighted with it. Came with steriliser, the Velcro holders (insulated) etc.

Closer to nature. No probs switching over.

MrsCK Fri 01-Aug-14 13:37:07

Thanks Mrsgrumble it's the same set I am looking at as I have a £10 off voucher for it smile

Estrella1 Fri 01-Aug-14 15:42:30

i read that sleeping bags are not recommended for newborns. Albeit its written on htem from 0 to 6 month. I am so confused!

squizita Fri 01-Aug-14 17:06:57

OP you can get a hand breast pump (Avent) with bottles included if you're planning to BF. Kiddicare sale!! Much cheaper than usual. smile

Sleeping bags are recommended when their heads can't get through the neck, so they cannot wriggle down and suffocate. Hence some newborns can, some can't use them yet.
GroBag who make them also make little swaddle blankets if the baby is too small (which would still fit them for a while anyway). I purchased some of these and a couple of small 'bags'.
Again... kiddicare sale (in store)!

broodysnoopstie Fri 01-Aug-14 19:57:53

Marking my place shamelessly!

Mrsgrumble Fri 01-Aug-14 20:45:37

I would get the tommee set. Even if you feed for a good while, if you're expressing you can stick the kit in the steriliser.

Watch out for aldi. I got all my cellular blankets from there. You won't use the gro bags for a good while. No harm to stock up on them though.

Also I found the boots own brand nappies to outlast pampers, aldi or anywhere and they are often on a grea deal. They have never leaked. Worth a try.

I am not one for mooching in charity shops but for baby toys I couldn't believe it and got a mamas and papas tummy time toy virtually brand new and other bit and pieces. I can understand why- people get so many gifts and haven't storage.

Stock up on water wipes for the first while.

Marks and spencer babygro's and next are worth the extra £££ but tesco are best from the supermarket stores.

I will try and think of other tips. Always repack your nappy bag as soon as you land home as the next day you could be an hour (baby does a stinky nappy, then gets sick, then wants feeding) in the time you get ready grin

pintofmilk Fri 01-Aug-14 21:41:15

Don't forget to buy yourself maternity pads!.....lots of them

I had DC number 3 a couple of years ago and seriously under estimated how many I would need (It had been 8 years since the last one).

I also second the lansinoh nipple cream if you are planning on Breast feeding. I swear this was the only thing that kept me BF number 3 for so long.

Good luck

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