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1st baby- what do we really need?

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GYo Sun 07-Sep-08 13:54:52

Can anyone recommend a website that will give me a list of what we REALLY need to buy for our new baby vs the expensive items that seem like a good idea but never get used....

Or are there items you bought and never really used?

Im not due til March but keen to work out how much we need to spend!


Bronze Sun 07-Sep-08 13:56:08

Not much
A few clothes. Somewhere for it to sleep.
Nappies of choice

Chequers Sun 07-Sep-08 13:56:23

Don't know of a website but I was thinking today how handy those little cellular blankets are, definitely get some of those..

thisisyesterday Sun 07-Sep-08 13:57:28

clothes, not too much thoiugh as you'll probably get given plenty

somewhere for baby to sleep



that's about it

DonDons Sun 07-Sep-08 13:58:50

and a cart load of muslins. 1001 uses for those with a newborn.

lansinoh if you intend to BF

Denny185 Sun 07-Sep-08 13:59:10

muslins/bibs few of
crib optional could go straight in cot
something to transport in car seat/ sling/ buggy

a cot/cradle
a sling/pushchair
i think a baby bath but i know tons of people disagree

cot bedding

oh and a car seat

Lubyloo Sun 07-Sep-08 14:08:05

Definitely muslins - can't have too many.

Bouncy chair - I found it invaluable. Could eat dinner whilst bouncing with foot!

I am one of the ones that would disagree with MMS on baby baths. Just use normal bath and get a support chair/cradle thing if that make you more comfortable using the big bath. I found it difficult to bend over the bath at first as had a c-section. I bathed DD in a washing up bowl on the kitchen worktop for the first couple of weeks. grin

thisisyesterday Sun 07-Sep-08 14:10:28

just have baby in bath wityh you, much easier

I would borrow stuff like bouncy chair etc if you can. ds1 loved his but ds2 would not stayt in it. he loathed the thing.
so would have been a waste of money for us

sunnytimer Sun 07-Sep-08 14:16:39

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ilovemydog Sun 07-Sep-08 14:17:45

Keep it simple!

cot/crib - even if co sleeping
blankets - cotton are best
about 10 sleepsuits

hannah001 Sun 07-Sep-08 14:51:48

and I disagree about muslins - though that seems somewhat heretic around here. I never used them with DD. I had a bunch of clean tea towels for winding her. Never used lansinoh either.

cathym Mon 08-Sep-08 16:54:17

You could look round the shops at everything to get a feel for the best places to buy stuff, and then send someone else out to buy things as you discover you need them. That way you only get the stuff you really need. You don't need much at first and you will probably get given loads as presents anyway.

DartmoorMama Mon 08-Sep-08 17:01:14

I found a change table really useful, got one from local freecycle for baby no2, didn't bother with baby no 1 and had constant back ache,

Bouncy chair handy for first 4 months approx


Nappies (cloth)


Kamillosan -better than lasinoh

Its nct nearly new sale time-great for bargains. I got our bouncy chair for £5.There are loads all over the country.

jojoisamum Mon 08-Sep-08 17:10:46

Bouncy chair
Cot/crib/moses basket
Sleepsuits and vests
Muslin cloths
Car seat
Changing table - to be it was a must have after a section,

Don't buy too many clothes as you will get loads as gifts. That and soft toys.

ajm200 Mon 08-Sep-08 17:12:39

About 12 sleepsuits (white are good. You can boilwash them if necessary

12 vests (for a winter baby)

Nappies (cloth if you are looking to save money) and a bucket to soak them in.

A couple of pairs of scratch mittens or socks to put on babies hands in the first few weeks. Their nails are sharp and can be quite long.

Flannels and a small bowl to clean babys bott

A carseat (if you intend to transport baby by car)

pushchair or sling

2 or 3 baby blankets (you can use them in the crib and to swaddle baby in the early days avoiding the need for cardigans.)

Somewhere for baby to sleep

a pack of muslins

hubbs Tue 09-Sep-08 14:37:21

Hi - are you ready for this
Hospital Bag
• Tooth brushes for everyone and Tooth paste
• Pillows from home (Use colored cases to distinguish from your birth place's linens)
• Music you would like (You may need to provide your own iPod, CD Player or Tape Player)
• Camera with film and batteries
• Camcorder with charged batteries and accessories
• Water bottles for ice
• Your own wash cloths, colored ones work better
• Waterproof pads for the car ride
• Any clothes of your own that you wish to wear
• List of people to call after the baby is born
• Lip Balm
• Massage tools (Oils, massagers, etc.)
• Change of clothes for partner, including swim trunks for shower or pool
• Focal Point (If you want one)
• Socks for mom
• Special foods or drinks
• candy
• Snacks for labor support
• Calling Card for Long Distance Calls
• Anything else you think you can use (Candles, pictures, etc
• Nursing bras and pads (preferably the washable, soft ones.
• Going home outfit for baby
• Blanket for Baby
• More film (Though you can buy this for higher prices in most gift shops.)
• Your own personal night gown, robe (They will get dirty!) Personal Hygiene items (shampoo, your own pads, etc.)
• car Seat with instructions
• Going home outfit for mom (You will still be look to be about 6 months pregnant. Most women wear the clothes that they wore to the hospital, some bring nursing shirts.)

I also bought a new little bunny for my baby from this site which is great and their prices are fantastic - they even delivered it to the hospital. fantastic baby items

hubbs Tue 09-Sep-08 14:38:35

I bought my friend a starter kit of this site Great Items for baby
and she was really pleased with it x x x

cmotdibbler Tue 09-Sep-08 14:47:18

You don't need to spend much on anything, except on a carseat where you really need a new one.

Join Freecycle, and you'll see people giving away just about everything you could need in terms of pushchairs, baby clothes, bouncy chairs etc.

On Mumsnet For Sale, you can get cloth nappys second hand (much cheaper, and remember that you can sell them when you are finished with them), and second hand slings - or check out the Yahoo groups for nappies and slings for other second hand bargains. Pushchairs are tricky territory as many people seem to regret their first choice. They also depreciate massively, so again, check out the For Sale on here

You only need:

A few, white, babygros
A few, white, vests
Some muslins or other general purpose mopping cloths
A couple of blankets
A couple of Grobags
A cot/crib
Nappies and wraps
Washable wipes/cheap flannels

Anything else that you find you need, you can go out and buy later

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