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What to buy for baby

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Sazzy312 · 03/08/2020 14:28

hi everyone, just sat here wanting to make a list of what to buy baby and wondered if anyone got any recommendation or ideas of what to get, I'm thinking the smaller things like bottles ect (although I want to breastfeed it be nice for hubby to do some feeds) 😊

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Wheresthebiffer2 · 03/08/2020 14:43

Are you pregnant?
A baby eats, poops, sleeps. So you will need breastfeeding stuff or formula feeding stuff, nappies and nappy rash cream and a changing mat to lie baby on during changes, and somewhere to sleep. That's the basics.
Are you asking for specific recommendations for products, or just generally?

Sazzy312 · 03/08/2020 15:44

@Wheresthebiffer2, yes I'm pregnant, it was just a general nice chat about what products to buy as I've started to look at different bottles ect, I'm just excited so like to look at things

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Oreoreo · 03/08/2020 15:48

I’m currently 29 weeks and have just started thinking about this too. We bought the travel system about a month ago and we’re about to buy the cot this week.
I was looking at the tommee tippee bottles as I was thinking of bottle feeding, we were going to get a mixture of the normal ones and anti colic as we’re first timers and want to be as prepared as we can be.
They have loads of things like nappy bins and swaddles etc that we’d been looking at and considering too as a few people we know have used their products

RedPandaFluff · 03/08/2020 15:52

Hi @Sazzy312 - congratulations! I had my first (and probably only) baby seven months ago and I honestly think that the best thing to do is buy the bare minimum. If you have Amazon Prime, anything you discover you need, you can have delivered the next day! And Prime will come in useful for those long hours spent feeding the baby Grin

As far as your list goes, the non-obvious things I found useful were:

A couple of Grosnugs (which give you the option to swaddle)
A Schnuggle baby bath and stand
A skin-to-skin/baby wearing top so you can carry the baby round the house hands-free (mine was from seraphine.

Leah00 · 03/08/2020 15:55

A baby gym

A sling

Cellular blankets

Nice quality muslins

Ewan the dream sheep

Lansinoh nipple cream

Sazzy312 · 03/08/2020 16:27

@Oreoreo, thanks I'll look at them, I just looked at the Phillips ones and they do a bottle which is good if you breast feed as well, i just want hubby to do some of the feeds lol they do anti colic aswel which I thought was good 👍

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Sazzy312 · 03/08/2020 16:30

@RedPandaFluff thanks for your comment, ah my friends just giving me her schnuggle baby bath which I'm so pleased about :) ill have a look at the skin to skin top thing, i like the sound of that thanks :) we have a look of stuff given to us but just a few bits I wanted to have a look at, your right we will probably end up buying things once the baby is home

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Sazzy312 · 03/08/2020 16:32

@Leah00 oh I love the look of ewan the sheep, Im putting that on my amazon list so if someone wants to buy us a present they can get that :) I'll look at cellular blankets thanks :)

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Spam88 · 03/08/2020 17:10

Everyone will tell you changing tables are a waste of money but I strongly disagree. Being a parent is hard enough on your back without having to do nappy changes on the floor 😂

A sling has been an absolute life saver for us as well.

Hungrypuffin · 03/08/2020 17:37

Bear in mind that if you are breastfeeding, your DH doing some feeds isn’t necessarily the walk in the park you think it is. Expressing milk takes ages and is a faff, bf babies often don’t take bottles and if you go too long between feeds in the early weeks you’ll either get horrendously engorged to the point of being in real pain, or risk your supply dropping. There are loads of other things your husband can do which will both be of more practical help and give him time to bond with the baby - put him in charge of nappies, baths, putting the baby in the pray and taking it for a walk so you can sleep...not to mention all the housework! When my DCs were tiny, DH slept in the spare room so that he got a full night’s sleep and I did all the night feeds, but that meant that he could do all the house stuff during the day as well as anything baby-related except feeding - then I could maximise rest-time during the day. He also took the baby out every afternoon for a walk so I could sleep then. Men don’t need to feed babies to bond with them (women were the only feeders for thousands of years, after all) and there are other ways of him helping you that are actually more practical!

Sazzy312 · 03/08/2020 18:10

@Hungrypuffin thanks for your advice, I was manly thinking of giving me a rest so I wouldn't have to keep waking up during the night but I'm sure once he/she is here I won't mind doing it

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Sazzy312 · 03/08/2020 18:14

@Spam88 yes I've read that, I've got one for in the lounge but not gonna bother up in the nursey just use a changing mat on my dresser in the bedroom where baby will be for at least 6 months, main reason for not getting one is we can't fit all the furniture in the nursey:(its not very big so opted for a nice wardrobe with drawers

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Spam88 · 03/08/2020 18:25

You'll find in the early days you'll wake every time the baby cries anyway, even if your DH is on duty and has bottles of expressed milk. With my second I would go to bed early in the evening and he's just bring him up to me when he needed feeding. Saves all the faff of expressing.

Sazzy312 · 03/08/2020 19:22

@Spam88 yes thats true, I'm sure we will both get into a routine with baby

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FizzingWhizzbee123 · 05/08/2020 11:12

I’d suggest a proper plug in white noise machine over the gimmicky toys. The sound is better and you won’t spend your life replacing batteries!

Mam bottles are the best IMO. Cute designs, easy to sterilise and good shaped teats for breastfed babies.

Check out Love to Dream arms up swaddles. Very easy to put on, hip friendly and promote natural arms up position allowing baby to rub face and suck fists to soothe. They’re brilliant but don’t seem to be used much in the UK.

I received some Aden & Anais muslins as a gift. Absurdly expensive for something to mop up sick when Primark ones will do the same job, however they are lovely quality and prints. I still love my A&A muslins!

FizzingWhizzbee123 · 05/08/2020 11:15

On the breastfeeding thing, my DH would do the 4am feed with an expressed bottle. I went to a different room and slept 4-8am. Those solid 4 hours of sleep helped me survive! So there is an argument for it.

Check out the Hakaa pump. It just suctions on and collects let down milk from the opposite boob while you feed. It’s an easy way to collect a bit of bonus milk while you’re feeding.

Sazzy312 · 05/08/2020 12:07

@FizzingWhizzbee123 ah thank you for those tips I'll look at that pump and yes if hubby can do at least one feed and allow me to get some sleep then super bonus, glad it worked out well for you

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