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Expecting First Baby In July. Gender Will Be Known In Febuary. Any Tips On What I Could Be Getting Now?


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Initial post: 9 Jan 2011 23:58:43 GMT
Josh P says:
The problem at the moment is the sex of the baby is not known until we have the 2nd scan on valentines day :) At the moment i have brought baby monitors and a "WashPod" which has great reviews i must add. But is there anything else I could purchase now to save me time in the long run. Thanks. Josh :)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2011 09:57:48 GMT
xvicx says:
theres lots u can get now. all the shampoos, powders, creams, nappies, wipes, baby bath, towels, bibs, white vests and sleepsuits, bed sheets and blankets, a coat, dummies,steralizer and bottles....you can prity much buy the lot and then just add the last touches, like pink dresses or blue suits when you know the sex..good luckx

Posted on 10 Jan 2011 10:08:26 GMT
K. Gray says:
My top recommendations are

Fun things (not neccesarily essentials but lovely!):

1. Ewan the Dream Sheep. This is an amazing product that will help baby get to sleep easily. www.easidream.co.uk
2. A Cuski. Basically the mother sleeps with the cuski prior to birth and then her smell is transferred to it. When the baby is born you place it with them and it soothes them.
3. A baby music CD. There are lots to choose from. Play it to the baby in the womb and then when they are born it will help to soothe them.
4. A mobile. Even from a young age babies love to look at mobiles. My favourite was the Tiny Love Classic Mobile.
5. A baby play mat.

Essentials:

1. A baby bath. So many people I know said that they wouldn't bother with a baby bath, but they really are invaluable. If you buy a neutral colour you can use it with any future siblings.
2. Baby muslins/ burp cloths. You will use loads of these, they come in useful for everything!
3. A baby sheepskin. Babies sleep really well on these. I bought one second time around and it was amazing. Cool in summer, warm in winter. Also make sure you buy a machine washable one!!
4. Baby blocks and a nasal aspirator. They go under the cot legs and are great if you ever need to raise the babys cot if they have a cold, and the nasal aspirator will clean any mucus out from little noses.
5. A swaddling blanket. I would only get a cotton one if you are having a summer baby. The company "Gro" do some great ones. Again if you buy one unisex you can use it again for any future siblings!!

Hope this helps you in some small way. Please also check out the website www.sophie4sophie.co.uk when you know the babies sex, as the designer will custom make babies clothes and I can't recommend it highly enough.

Good luck!!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2011 10:34:51 GMT
Geordita says:
I'm 21 weeks myself and have started looking at cots, which are all pretty unisex. It's also worth investigating cloth nappies if you're going down that route, as many local councils will give you a discount voucher for their purchase (it cuts down on the amount of disposables you send to their landfill sites).

Plain muslin cloths are a good early purchase, and the unglamorous stuff for mum like Lansinoh nipple cream, maternity and breast pads! It's also worth having a couple of bottles around even if breastfeeding as you never know what might happen. My mum gave me some very good advice, which was to think of how the dad would cope/what he would need if the mum was taken ill or had to stay in hospital for a while. It focuses your mind on the practical bits rather than the cute fripperies! You could also buy one pack of cotton wool/baby wipes per week from now until the birth with your normal supermarket shopping to spread the cost.

I also wanted to warn you that you might not find out the sex of your baby at your NHS anomaly scan, mine had its legs very firmly crossed and stayed that way for the whole half hour of measurements! It's worth not getting too hung up on gender-based purchases. Good luck and enjoy your baby!

Posted on 11 Jan 2011 12:37:55 GMT
Hi
I have 3 children and have found with each its very helpful to buy a pack of nappies everytime you go shopping, in new born and size 1.
Also washable breast pads are much more comfortable than disposable.
Also think hard about your hospital bag. Keep coming home outfits simple, especially for yourself- don't expect to get back into your pre pregnancy clothes and take 4-5 vests for baby into hospital. Buy miniature shampoo etc to cut down on space taken up. Put some energy bars in the bag for yourself and dad during labour.
Good luck xxx

Posted on 11 Jan 2011 13:36:55 GMT
NLuser says:
It all depends on discounted sales and when the next one is expected.
Sometimes, the newborn rompers, towels and other clothing go at a great price now. This stuff does not have to be fully color coordinated (blue or pink). Choose neutral colors as well.
If you are an active Amazon buyer, then subscribe to the RSS feeds so that you van keep tabs on when a product is being discounted again.
I bought my bottle steriliser for 14 pounds more than what it is priced at now! Sometimes it helps to wait a while, it would have saved me the money to spend it on other essentials.

Posted on 15 Jan 2011 10:07:57 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2011 20:36:18 GMT
Congratulations! Our little girl is 23 weeks old today. You may find as we did that you get lots of gifts- new stuff and lots of second hand clothes. Therefore don't worry about buying lots of clothes. Here are the essentials:

Vests and sleepsuits - half a dozen of each as you will be washing all the time!
Muslins - can never have too many.
Baby wipes and nappies - ditto. Buying a pack with every shop will help you no end
Bibs
A car seat - this I feel is one of the most important purchases as you won't be allowed off the hospital ward without it (true!)
An ISOfix base is a great investment if you can afford it, but not essential. It saves time when you (or mum) are feeling stressed and is very secure. Check first that your car has the fittings and which car seats it can be used with.
A decent travel system in a neutral colour. The iCandy Cherry is fab. My friend has a Bugaboo which she loves. The main things: how easily does it fold? Will it fit in your boot? Can you attach the car seat? (very useful) Is is suitable from birth (some aren't, or as with the iCandy you have to buy a separate part) What kind of storage basket is there? and finally How heavy is it? (some are ridiculous).
Moses basket (we had one up and downstairs; she moved into her cot after about 5 weeks)
Grobags are amazing - can't rate them highly enough
Steriliser
Bottles just in case - I had to give up breast feeding after 10 days
Baby monitor - the BT Response 150 is excellent

Good luck!

Posted on 17 Jan 2011 13:33:21 GMT
New Mum says:
Congratulations - my baby is now five months and I've enjoyed every second.

Like many people have said you don't 'need' very much, but it is quite good fun getting everything ready. We were also given lots of things so don't rush out for basics (including wash stuff - I think we were given about 8 bottles of baby wash, 3 talcs and 5 baby lotions!).

Most useful things we have found:
1. Baby vests that wrap over the body, rather than over the head. Seems over the top but makes changing so much easier. They sell them at Tesco and Pumpkin Patch.

2. Proper swaddle blanket - I'm sure it's the secret to good sleep. I now have to wake my baby up at 9.30 in the morning as he sleeps very soundly. Some look complex but they keep baby from escaping and waking themselves up. My baby even got out of the gro ones.

3. ISO fix base makes life so simple as well as the added safety benefits.

4. Maxi-cosi car seat foot muff. If you're going for a maxi-cosi seat this product is fantastic. We were given it by another mum as a present. It is really snug, my baby falls asleep within minutes of being zipped in. A funny thing to consider for a July baby but by the time you are out and about the Winter will soon arrive (sorry!).

5. Angelcare baby monitor - You've probably already thought about which monitor you want, but a couple of things to consider: if you live close to others who potentially use baby monitors consider a digital, as a friend had problems with hers and her neighbours (they could hear each other!). If not the angelcare comes with a mattress sensor which gave me excellent confidence that my baby was still breathing. Sounds over the top but I think most parents go through a stage of checking to make sure their baby is still breathing.

Things we didn't use: baby bath - we went for a towelling rest and used our bath, moses basket, Johnsons baby products as they caused a rash, Huggies size 2 consistently leaked (Tesco nappies were v good).

Hope at least one of the tips prove useful. Good luck with it all.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2011 17:43:13 GMT
A Hopkins says:
I agree that it's like the wedding industry, as soon as it says the word baby in the product title it adds bucks on to the cost! Having navigated the bumpy road of having a first baby (he's now 4 months, and we haven't broken him yet!) i would list the following as my personal essentials;
nappies first born size and cheap nappy bags - forget wipes you use cottonwool and water for the first few weeks atleast
cottonwool (if u are having a boy get tissues aswell to dry him with as cottonwool sticks to boy bits!)
moses basket or similar to use around the house
vests, babygrows and a grobag or two

Posted on 24 Jan 2011 22:43:51 GMT
Miss Sb Ali says:
Please do not waste your precious money on an expensive travel system - put this money in your baby's trust fund instead. I bought a bugaboo chameleon (total spend 800!) for my first baby and then got pregnant again when my first was 9 months sold it and had to buy a double buggy! In hindsight I could've just carried my first baby and then moved onto the altogether lighter and more practical Maclaren stroller. I am very cynical now about so-called essential baby products they are mostly end up unused in the loft - the only essentials are nappies, baby vests and a Baby Bjorn carrier (with the added straps which can be picked up very cheaply on ebay as you will only use for 6 months).

Posted on 25 Jan 2011 17:19:04 GMT
Dodil says:
The best presents I received were baby 'sleeping bags' ('Growbag' is one of the brands but there are cheaper ones which are just as good). The baby sleeps in these instead of using sheets and blankets and it prevent the possibility of the baby pulling the blanket over his/her head. You get them in winter or summer weight. It gives you peace of mind at night.
You also can never have too many bibs if bottle feeding or when the baby starts dribbling.
I also found that the bodysuits/vests worn under sleepsuits are easier to get on if they fasten down the side with poppers instead of trying to pull them over the head of a newborn. (Tesco sell them).
Other items I could not do without are a 'top and tail' bowl for washing inbetween baths, cotton wool balls (you go through a lot of them), muslin squares for mopping up, 'Scout' made by Leapfrog who is a little dog that plays up to 20 minutes of lullabys (most musical toys only play for very short times) - it has always helps to soothe my son to sleep and continues to do so (he is now 5 months old), nappy rash cream and a soft towel with a hood to wrap baby in after a bath.
You don't need some things straight away like a baby monitor as your baby should sleep in your room with you until it is 6 months old.
Don't refuse second hand items from friend if they are in good condition e.g. a moses basket which they are only in it for a short time. I also got a bouncer seat from my friend which my son still uses.
A great present I received was a baby activity mat - a soft padded mat which different textures and bars over the top of it with dangly toys.
Remember that you will get lots of money off vouchers from various companies when you register your details with 'Bounty' - its a pack given out free by hospitals. I got lots of vouchers for money off nappies. Asda and Tesco give out these vouchers too.
Don't buy too many outfits in only one size until you know what size baby will be. My son was 6lb 7oz and the 'newborn' size of sleepsuits were far too big - I had to buy 'tiny/early' baby sizes. But remember they grow so fast that they are not in one size for too long.

Good luck and enjoy this special time

Posted on 25 Jan 2011 20:29:00 GMT
Skater says:
Congratulations! I had a July baby and I think this far in advance I didn't buy anything until about April I think, but I have listed below all the things that I found the most useful...

For you
1) Tens machine - elle tens was brilliant
2) If you want to breast feed - 2 things that saved me (and I managed 10 months) were:
i) LANSINOH LANOLIN NIPPLE CREAM FOR BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS - it is in a purple tube
ii) "The Breast Feeding Book" Read before you have baby it makes you understand how it all works.
The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know about Nursing Your Child from Birth through Weaning
3) to take to hospital...buy 8 bottles of water (small ones) and put them in freezer. when you go into labour take them to hospital from freezer and they stay cold longer and great to use on your back when having a contraction. Best tip I was ever told!

Baby
- Dont buy too many newborn clothes. My 1st baby was 8lb 4oz and really long which I didnt expect and the clothes didnt fit her coming out of hospital so buy and pack newborn and 1 month.
- Even though you're having a summer baby take a hat to hospital with you to bring the baby home in.
- Isofix maxi cosi was a fantastic car seat. definitely buy the Isofix base if you're care has isofix as getting baby in and out of the car is soo much easier especially in the rain! Also buy the rain cover for this.
- I bought a quinny but if I was doing it again I'd pay more and get Bugaboo
- I bought lots of things from www.kiddisave.co.uk and saved a fortune
- Cot bedding - the white company do beautiful bedding - also your due date means the sales will be on and everything will have 20% off which I benefited from!
- Beabe bath thermometer - looks gorgeous and great for checking bath water temp.
- Oioi change mat (my daughter is now 2.5 and we still use it...most used item I think)
- treat yourself to a nice change bag and a practical one with lots of pockets...it becomes your best friend! I bought a Lyn & Leo one and I still use it now.
- cuddledry towel...I didnt have one but I wish I had. Amazon sell them cheapest, I recently bought one for a friend
- for the house buy a plastic change mat rather than a fabric one. Mamas & Papas do really nice ones. I foolishly bought a fabric one and I was forever washing the lining which shrinks and never fits back on the mat properly.
- Lots of nappies
- Vests/baby grows
- Medela swing breast pump. Hand held manual ones were awful and painful whereas this was brilliant.

I've enjoyed making this list and I thoroughly enjoyed shopping for everything so I hope you have fun going through all the suggestions and good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2011 16:47:51 GMT
z khedim says:
hi,hope everything goes well and enjoy that unique expriance,im sure now u have a better idea what get,but one tip i give you i found it very handy ,where ever u see offers on nappies get them1,2,3 size even 4 and stock them you have them nice and handy whenever u want them ,and you dont need to run to shop every week for them as babies use a good bit of them every day and they go fast ,done that with my 3 kids and u never feel the cost as much,good luck.and congratulations

Posted on 26 Jan 2011 18:41:40 GMT
Henry's Mum says:
I'm not sure there's anything that you need to stock up on very far in advance. I waited till I was 32 weeks before letting myself start buying all the necessities but I can understand it's difficult not to get excited and start trying to get organised. I did start compiling my list quite early on and checking out the best places to buy.

Our new baby is almost 4 weeks old and the main things I would recommend are:
1. Boots extra large cotton wool pads - you'll go through lots of these (and I mean lots - you should only clean newborns with water) in the first few weeks and Boots are currently out of stock because of demand. They are a bit pricey but are much sturdier than the other pads available and don't leave as much remnant on baby as the cotton balls. Grab a load when there is a 3 for 2 offer on.
2. Angelcare nappy bin - keeps the cleaning area tidy, and saves having to make a trip to the main bin after every nappy change.
3. Plastic change mat (mine's from Mothercare) and then line it with small hand towel. Stock up on a few of these towels when the sales are on as these will end up in the wash regularly.
4. Just a few newborn vests and sleepsuits - our baby had grown out of them by 2 weeks though so buy more clothes once you know how big and long baby is
5. Lots of muslins - use for mopping up and also to cover moses basket/carry cot sheets. Cheaper than buying lots of pram sheets.
6. If breast feeding lansinoh nipple cream and breast pads are essentials. Also a good idea to purchase an electric expressing machine and keep the receipt to return if it's not used. Wouldn't worry too much about breast feeding clothes, I haven't found any tops that have made the job of breast feeding discreetly easy, just use every day practical tops.
7. Fitted sheets for moses basket (same size should fit carry cot) and cot.
8. Nappies

Posted on 26 Jan 2011 18:41:42 GMT
Henry's Mum says:
I'm not sure there's anything that you need to stock up on very far in advance. I waited till I was 32 weeks before letting myself start buying all the necessities but I can understand it's difficult not to get excited and start trying to get organised. I did start compiling my list quite early on and checking out the best places to buy.

Our new baby is almost 4 weeks old and the main things I would recommend are:
1. Boots extra large cotton wool pads - you'll go through lots of these (and I mean lots - you should only clean newborns with water) in the first few weeks and Boots are currently out of stock because of demand. They are a bit pricey but are much sturdier than the other pads available and don't leave as much remnant on baby as the cotton balls. Grab a load when there is a 3 for 2 offer on.
2. Angelcare nappy bin - keeps the cleaning area tidy, and saves having to make a trip to the main bin after every nappy change.
3. Plastic change mat (mine's from Mothercare) and then line it with small hand towel. Stock up on a few of these towels when the sales are on as these will end up in the wash regularly.
4. Just a few newborn vests and sleepsuits - our baby had grown out of them by 2 weeks though so buy more clothes once you know how big and long baby is
5. Lots of muslins - use for mopping up and also to cover moses basket/carry cot sheets. Cheaper than buying lots of pram sheets.
6. If breast feeding lansinoh nipple cream and breast pads are essentials. Also a good idea to purchase an electric expressing machine and keep the receipt to return if it's not used. Wouldn't worry too much about breast feeding clothes, I haven't found any tops that have made the job of breast feeding discreetly easy, just use every day practical tops.
7. Fitted sheets for moses basket (same size should fit carry cot) and cot.
8. Nappies

Posted on 26 Jan 2011 21:34:39 GMT
H. Watson says:
hi, there is some really good stuff in the sales at tesco and lovely things in the asda baby event, when i had my second i made the mistake of thinking that he would be super long like my first. he was a tiny thing on none of the sleepsuits fit, luckily the hospitl is near a big sainsburys and my hubby and mum rushed out to get newborn clothes. Swaddle blankets are good and they make breast feeding easier without the worry of little arms getting in the way.

Posted on 27 Jan 2011 19:27:28 GMT
S. Innes says:
I've just had my 2nd baby (5 years after my 1st) and I'm so glad we kept the majority of things from when our little girl was a baby. We bought a fairly up-to-date grey travel-system by Britax when she was born and it is perfect for our baby boy - still looks good, not out of date style. We kept other things such as cot, travel cot, car seats - although 1 is pink/black we will still use it as no point buying new one just because it's got abit of pink in it! Also have a pink highchair booster seat that attaches to the dining chair, which we used when daughter was a toddler (borrowed a high chair initially). Luckily enough we were given a high chair as a gift this time round. We knew we wanted more children at some point, so we mainly bought neutral coloured items. So apart from some blue clothing (kept all our girls neutral and white sleepsuits/ bodysuits), we've hardly had to buy anything this time round.

Like another post said, stock up on nappies, toiletries, wipes etc. While pregnant, we would buy a couple of things with our weekly shop - saves you worrying about needing to buy nappies and things for a while after your baby has arrived. Good luck with your pregnancy!

Posted on 27 Jan 2011 23:40:45 GMT
Gift Card says:
Hey,i'm 14 weeks 5 day pregnant with mt 4th child theres always something to buy,but dont worry or you'll probely go out and buy stuff you really dont need!!! as long as you have the basics you'll be fine and you'll always have people asking you ''what shall we get'' you should have a list for them(family,friends)
like baby bouncer,changeing matt,moses basket (if your having one i never liked them and used my carry cot off my pram that will save afew pennys) Make sure you have a car seat,cot or somewhere for baby to sleep,blankets and sheets,bottles,steriliser,milk etc if your not breast feeding,nappies and creams sleep suits and vest not to many cos they grow sooo fast,coats hats and MITTENS is a must they always scratch there little faces,pram/pushchair a toy with a light that plays a lullerby cos they learn to love them and dummies thats a must in my house cause it does help soothe a baby.Also real important thing is fairy washing powder its expenceive so get stocked up on that cos babys cant have normal washing power as it can irrititate there skin and i found out after all that washing you have to do lol and its alot....thats just about it everything else is as you need it good luck hope all goes well for you :)

Posted on 1 Feb 2011 19:23:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Feb 2011 19:25:41 GMT
Vicky says:
Congratulations, July will be here in no time. My second is due in July (30th) as well. This time around I have most things already. I wouldn't rush into purchasing everything at once - rather just maybe get a few things each month.As stated above i'd stock up on the essentials such as:-
Muslins, nappies, wipes, scratch mittens, bibs and for you things like breast pads. Make sure you don't see this period as a chore, relax and enjoy the buying - and remember, the shops don't shut once you give birth! I purchased loads of books during my first pregnancy, but then found Wellstart. This brilliant program gives daily updates on everything pregnancy related and when the baby is born.I still refer to it on a daily basis. I have found that it is now available on Amazon (I downloaded from the Wellstart website). Wellstart Parenting And Child Development (PC/Mac)
It is wonderful, and I can use it with my new bump simultaneously.
Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy and enjoy the shopping! Good luck, hope it all goes well. Get stocked up on the nappies - you will need a mountain of them! :)

Posted on 1 Feb 2011 20:55:07 GMT
Phoebe says:
I would recommend getting some baby bundlers instead of sleepsuits - much easier when changing nappies in the night as no fumbling to do up poppers when you are tired, and trying not to wake the baby by putting the light on. They are widely available - John Lewis have a blue one for 3!
Vests that open flat or fasten at the shoulders are also handy and much easier to dress a newborn than pulling over their head. I think Boots have some.
I have found the best baby towels to be by Cuddledry. They do one which is an apron style and leaves you with both hands free to lift baby out of the bath. They are really soft and thick and much more generous than usual baby towels. I use the Cuddlemoo now for my toddler and it is really lovely.
Hope this helps and best wishes to you!

Posted on 4 Feb 2011 09:27:08 GMT
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Posted on 7 Feb 2011 14:05:40 GMT
size 2 nappies they grow out of size one really fast and buy different types as some fit one baby better than others its trial and error.
muslins lots and lots
baby grows ( most places call them sleep suits now but your baby will be better off in these than outfits for the first month at least. a Moses basket or if you have room and can afford it a crib especially if baby is to be breast feed.
if Breast feeding button up nighties at least 3
fold over vests the kind they advertise for premature babies they are great and you can get them in sizes up to 3-6 months much easier than trying to get them over their heads when they are really little
a push chair that fits in your car. don't bother with the carry cot bit though they a re a waste of money

Posted on 7 Feb 2011 15:29:56 GMT
Dromore says:
Cross over vests - that don't go over the head - so much easier on baby
other than that get lots of sleep, enjoy doing things like going out in the evening etc!! you won't get out that much once baby arrives
Phil and ted pushchair - I've had mine since number one, and use it as my mine and only pushchair and my kids are 3 and 15 months, best investment ever!

Posted on 17 Feb 2011 12:33:55 GMT
nothing! as previous posts have said you will get offers and even if you don't there's only the need to buy the basics to begin with - baby gro's,sleep suits and vests that popper underneath so all the goo hopefully stays contained! and like previous notes I found a baby sleeping bag invaluable for carting baby around. As all mine are now grown up I'm obviously out of date on latest trends but I will emphasise that you clean baby's bottom with water, not wipes. When I had my first two they were all the rage and I couldn't understand why the poor mites had such sore bottoms. Even the midwife/nurse advocated carrying on with the wipes. It was only when I was at a friends and had run out of wipes that made me realise they are the cause; even non-perfumed ones.
And lastly, obviously, millions of nappies - whichever type you use. However if you wish to use towelling then I would advise buying minimum of these as they are very expensive but also stock up on disposables as you never know quite how you, or the baby, will react. I had one friend who was determined to do the whole eco bit only to find that her baby hated towelling nappies and would only quiet with a disposable. And she tried 6 mths! more patience than me, is all I can say!
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