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First baby on the way? No need to go mad in the shops - just grab the stuff you really need:
Baby wipes and cotton wool
Muslin squares or flannels
Breast pump/bottle and sterilisers
Cot or crib
You'll use this lot rarely, if at all, so buy only if you can't bear not to:
Top'n'tail bowl - honestly, for a quick between-baths wash, any container you already have in the house will do just fine
Baby bath - pop them in the basin, or use a bath seat in the bath instead
Brush and comb set - full head of hair or as bald as a coot, baby styling won't be high on your priority list
Baby food maker - the adult-sized version will do the job just fine
Baby wipe warmer - a baby bum won't freeze with an unwarmed wipe, we promise
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Check out Mumsnet Reviews for tips on the products parents who've been there and done that love.
Do bear in mind, however, that if there was ever a time to get thrifty and start buying pre-loved, this is it. Mumsnetters report having bought everything, bar their cot mattress and car seats, second-hand.
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