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Expecting our first baby this August. What should we stock up on?

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Posted on 2 Jul 2012 21:24:10 BDT
Video baby monitor..I got the summer one. Q expensive but a v good buy.. Doesn't interfere with wifi and means you aren't going upstairs to check the baby after every whimper and risking waking the little one up. Good luck!

Posted on 2 Jul 2012 21:25:43 BDT
Lansinoh breast pads are the best.. All the rest seem to leak.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2012 23:34:38 BDT
Ruth Collett says:
Nappies,a few sleep suits..age newborn & babies were average size but newborn from many shops didnt fit them! wipes,nappy sacks,breastpads,cotton wool, & a nappy other post said u get so many gifts once baby is born..and really all a new baby wants is love, cuddles, clean bum & full tum!
have fun XXX

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 01:24:32 BDT
Evie's Mummy says:
Nappies - I find Huggies newborn much better than Pampers as they have a bit cut out for the umbilical stump and we've had far less poosplosions with Huggies, but sign up for as many online and supermarket mum and baby clubs as you can so you get the sample packs then you can experiment to see which ones work best for you.

Lots of sleeveless bodysuits and long sleeved sleepsuits - all the dresses and outfits are adorable but really not that practical on a day to day basis given the amount you'll be changing her. Look for the sleepsuits with scratchmitts that you fold over - if your little girl is anything like mine scratchmitts and socks will stay on for all of five seconds! Also, it's a good idea buy 0-3 months as most people will buy newborn sized clothes as gifts and she'll have grown out of them in a few weeks.

Moses basket and stand, plus mattress along with at least four fitted sheets. I bought flat sheets as wel but haven't found much use for these yet as she is generally warm enough in a vest and sleepsuit. The official NHS advice is to have your baby sleep in your room in a moses basket for the first six months but my little girl is only 6 weeks and she's already almost too long for her moses basket so i'd say get the cot ready before her arrival if you can.

If you're planning to bottle feed you'll need sterilising equipment; cold water is the cheapest but is a lot of hassle - I've got the Tommee Tippee Electric Steam steriliser which is brilliant, you just stick it all in, add some water and it's done in three minutes; Bottles are a no-brainer - I find Tommee Tippee to be the best for keeping wind to a minimum. I'd recommend having a stash of formula - ready made cartons are the easiest for very occasional use - even if you are planning to breastfeed as it's not as easy as it looks and takes a lot of perseverance. If you're having a lot of trouble and have a screaming hungry baby sometimes just knowing that you have another method of feeding her available can take the pressure off a bit. You'll also need bottle and teat brushes (these don't last long so don't spend a fortune on brand names), and i'd definitely recommend Infacol. If you're breastfeeding you might also want a breast pump so you can express milk so that your other half can help with nighttime feeds - believe me this is a godsend when you can't seem to remember the last full night's sleep you had!! If you're going to get one, go electric - the Medela Swing is very good.

Other things that I find ARE useful include:

-Lots and lots of cheap hand towels - burp cloths are far too small and I find muslin cloths quite expensive and not all that absorbent
-Lots of cotton wool pads - essential for the first few days/weeks before you start using baby wipes. Hospitals tend not to supply these so don't forget to pack them
-Baby room and bath thermometer (don't go for the Brother Max one though, it's not the best)
-Black and white baby rattle/books - won't be appreciated for the first couple of weeks, but you'd be surprised how much even a tiny baby will enjoy these
-Babybjorn baby carrier - absolute godsend when your baby has days where they just don't want to settle, this means you can walk around with her and still have your hands free.
-A bath support sponge (i have the summer infant one)
-A baby bath. I found the top and tail bowl not really necessary as you can easily just use a plastic jug with cotton pads to wash her when you change her outfit in the morning (just start at the top and work your way down, using a new pad for each section)
-Cot top changing mat (mothercare do a very good one with raised padded sides) which can be moved around
-Changing bag with lots of space inside and pockets for your purse/keys e.t.c. as carrying a handbag as well is too much hassle. Also, make sure the handle is long enough to fit over the handle on your pram for easy access
-A clothes airer!! Never underestimate a baby's ability to create washing!!
-A travel system or pram plus car seat - try out as many as possible to find one that suits you
- A calendar/diary plus boxfile to keep on top of all your baby's important appointments and documents - there will be lots!!
-Books/magazines, fairly firm pillows and a refillable water bottle if you're planning to breastfeed - baby feeding tends to take at least half an hour and can sometimes last hours at a time, so have everything you need to hand before you start and find things to do so you don't get bored - personally I like to write epic posts on forums!!!
-Lots of bibs to save having to change outfits after every feed!
-A couple of dummies - even if you don't plan on using them, sometimes all a baby wants to do is suck and it's not always convenient to sit while she sucks your little finger for hours on end!!

Things you probably DON'T need include:

-Angelcare nappy disposal unit - handy, but it's just as easy (and cheaper) to use tesco value nappy bags as long as you have a large bin with a lid (a kitchen style touch lid is good if you have the space)

Also, stock up on these things for you:

-Nipple cream and breast pads if you're breast feeding - Lansinoh is by far the best
-Arnica tablets to help reduce swelling - you can get these in Boots or health shops
-Lots of maternity pads - you'll go through these far quicker than you might think and my other half didn't enjoy being sent to Tesco to buy more!!
-Large disposable pants - probably the least sexy thing on the face of the earth but sooo much more comfortable in the first couple of days after the birth
-Paracetamol and Ibuprofen in case you need stitches as you might be quite sore for a couple of weeks

Can't think of anything else off the top of my head although i think i've covered most things - sorry for the lengthiness of my post!! Hope it helps!!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2012 13:47:46 BDT
If you live near Ikea buy guest towels at about 19p instead of terry nappies or muslin squares, just as good.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 21:06:45 BDT
Sara says:
Totally recommend you get Zippy Suits. They are the sleepsuits without poppers...will save you a lotta stress.

All the best!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2012 19:48:10 BDT
Never mind buying loads of stuff. get plenty of sleep, because when the little one makes an appearance, you won't get any. Mother of 4. 25 years,18 years,4 years and 3 years.
Good luck

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2012 12:40:36 BDT
Have a look at for Traditional Spanish babywear. Beautiful items at great prices! Good luck with your baby girl. x

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Posted on 10 Nov 2012 11:01:36 GMT
I bought a bubu breast feeding poncho on amazon a definite must no need to chose between flashing boobs at strangers or dropping baby, if you're intending to breast feed still buy a breast pump as they will be times when baby sleeps through and you have sore boobs a hand pump isn't so easy to use but is cheaper around £15-£20 so handy even if you have it just in case as you can always buy an electric one later I bought tommee tippee and also the bottles though I would recommend that you buy a pump that will attach to whatever brand of bottles you use so you can just unscrew the breast pump and attach the lid instead which is very handy as I express at work, lansinoh nipple cream and breast pads are essential don't bother with other brands the nipple cream heals incredibly sore nipples and the breast pads don't wrinkle up even after pushing your bra around to accommodate feeding I get these off amazon too as the only shop on the high street that does them is toysrus and there's not one of those where I live.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 00:42:44 GMT
Jean Ewart says:
As a grandmother of two babies. (Different parents) I would suggest in addition to what has been suggested previously that you stock up on ready meals. You could have a cooking day and freeze a few weeks before baby is due. As both my daughter in laws were breast feeding I supplied dinners and snacks for the first few weeks as this was what the biggest problem seemed to be. That, and ironing, so bear in mind when buying baby clothes that nothing too fussy is purchased. Pre planning allows you both more time to bond with baby so take advantage of any help offered.
As I am also a Bookbug coordinator I can not emphasise enough the benefits of singing and reading to your baby from birth. It is so good to soothe them and let's baby get used to different tones of your voice. It has been proven that babies recognise music and nursery rhymes they hear whilst in the womb, so it's never too early to start! Good luck and enjoy your wee one.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 03:13:16 GMT
Am I awake? says:
I wish you the best, happiness and health. I had a baby who died, and another who also died 3 years ago, I recommend the best thing you can do is breastfeed your baby, have a baby sling and a backpack, always carry a change of clothes for baby and yrself. I didnt have the money with my older children but now id say follow your heart, get what you want, get what you love, and dont think i wish i bought that, you can always sell on if u dont need x Take a pic everyday x

Posted on 16 Apr 2013 11:08:36 BDT
Congratulations! Don't forget a nice blanket, these are gorgeous and not common like ones from the big brand shops.....not that there's anything wrong with them as they are all very pretty ;-)
I just love the design on this one though Baby Girls Blanket Pink Purple Owl Print 100% Cotton with Anti Allergy Filling

Posted on 24 Jun 2013 11:19:15 BDT
S. Pratt says:
nose frida
moby/close sling (rarely used pram) 9look at the babywearing school guidelines)
amber necklace
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