I'm 12 weeks and want to make a start on getting organised so I'm wondering if you could help me in coming up with a list of things I'll need.
So far I have a cot and a pram that a family member has given me. I know I'll need a baby bath, breast feeding pillow etc. But what are important things that I'll no doubt not know about as a first time mum?
Important things are; - somewhere to sleep (so Moses basket/bedside crib) if the cot won't fit in with you - something to eat (so bottles/formula/steriliser if FF) - method of travel - so pram/sling/car seat whichever suits your circumstances - nappies - clothes - muslins are always on my essentials list!
You don't need a baby bath, nappy bag, changing unit so you can take the time to decide what you need. If you're on a budget, look for mum2mum markers or NCT sales as you'll get some bargains. Remember that advise is to not use a second hand mattress or car seat.
I agree, if I could do it again, I'd only buy the absolute essentials, plus Amazon prime membership so you can buy things overnight as you need it. I got a lot of stuff on discount/in sales which ended up not being necessary.
Also this was actually my best buy for my 2nd/3rd trimester and after the birth 😁
NCT= National Childbirth Trust. It's a charity and as part of their fund raising they host sales where paople can sell on used baby gear. Mum2mum (and Table tots)are a similar thing. You can get some real bargains.
Nappies! Loads! Different brands just in case. And different sizes. Average new born goes through 8 a day so work out ish how much. My ds is 17 weeks, were down to the last pre baby pack!! And wipes, again different brands just in case. This was my 3rd dc and this time we got a next to me crib. Absolutely love it. Good luck
As you're so early on I would start by just making a list now and waiting. Then only buy stuff if it's on sale as and when.
If it's your first you'll probably find friends and family want to buy you bits and if you've bought it all then there'll be nothing for them to buy and obviously if they're buying for you it's saving you money!
I also found from experience that buying early made later pregnancy drag more and it would have been nicer to spread out the purchases more.
I've fed three children without a breastfeeding pillow! that doesn't mean you wouldn't find it useful, of course, but ime it's not essential.
I also second the recommendation for a bedside crib. We rented the bednest and loved it. Think others have said that in comparison, the chicco next to me was bigger. It's worth doing a bit of research and window shopping before buying! Exciting!
The best thing you could buy just now is a body pillow...there are loads of different styles just pick which you like best..I got a c shaped one at 14 weeks and I swear I wouldn't have had any sleep without it lol
I would concentrate on saving for now rather than actually shopping. We went overboard when I was pregnant with DC1 and had a Pinterest-worthy nursery all kitted out by the time I was about 24 weeks
It meant that the rest of the pregnancy really dragged as there was nothing left to do, but more importantly, we spent so much money on shit we really didn't need or use.
I'm now 30w with DC2 and have prioritized buying/getting out of storage from DC1 the following:
- Car seat - Pram - Sleepsuits and vests - Nappies, wipes (not going mad on this front because last time we bought a million packs of Pampers wipes and they were way too harsh on DC1's sensitive skin) - Muslins - Breastfeeding pillow, Lansinoh cream, breastfeeding pads - Snuzpod + sheets
The rest can all follow as and when it's needed. Realistically, unless you live somewhere incredibly rural, there's always the supermarket and Amazon Prime if you get stuck!