Kerry October 7, at 7: But where do I get some of these used clothes and all that i will need.
Or, do what I did and buy a bunch of flannel at the fabric store and just make your own! Or get a handy-with-a-sewing machine friend or relative to help.
Emma is totally right on the receiving blankets. One of my friends made me 3 flannel ones that are big enough to swaddle my 3 month old. Cheaper than the higher end blankets though. One can clothe their child for nearly free and the only catch is that all stuff gifted must be FREE! I was stumbled on this site and this article is awesome Kerry! Thank you so much Kerry! I really enjoyed staying and reading your article.
The stores will still be there after the baby is born. We can always buy whatever we are missing then. Hi Zhu, Congrats on being new Canadians!
And I love your motto. You have pointed out that there are different baby carriers, I would like to add that there are good baby carriers, thought to be ergonomic for the baby, and bad baby carriers that can cause problems. Please check that out before buying or using one, plus of course check how they are used to used them safely.
The ergonomic position is the one in which the baby is sitting like a frog, with her knees higher than her hips, like making a letter M, that way the hip joint develops as it should do. This is so helpful! Especially for us without children when shopping for baby shower things.
Not knowing better at the time, I did end up failing at installing our infant seat, and sobbing on the phone with Evenflo. Somehow, I think they must be used to that, as the woman who took my call was pretty calm about it. The Camelbak ones are expensive but nice. I agree with this list. I only have 1, but we were in a living arrangement with my parents when we had our daughter. We have to move back home from out of province when he economy crashed.
I had the swing, playpen and basinette. All used mind you, but because of small living quarters and my mom didnt want to re arrange her living room those things barely got used. She sat in the swing maybe 5 times because it took up too much space.
We wanted to cloth diaper… but I had to consider where I was living and we bought disposable. When our last bambino was born, I had to fork over very little in cold hard cash. I reused the cloth diapers from my last, and serged little flannel washcloths from sewing scraps.
We gratefully accepted little sleepers, onesies and stretchy pants from my SIL and friends, and gifts of cozy blankets from friends. Baby slept with us until around 1 year, when we moved him to a twin size mattress on the floor of our room. Exclusively breastfed other than a few weeks of feeding issues, with bottles that came with the pump my midwife lent me! Changed baby on the bed or floor. Found it easiest to bathe directly with baby. Used a borrowed swing a few times, but not really useful for this particular baby.
I did buy some flannel on sale to make my own receiving blankets, just pinking-shear the edges. A friend sold me her deluxe pound convertible carseat. Buy a good one and use for years for yourself. Buy a good thermometer for peace of mind I had one already. And Lansinoh and acidopholus for beginning breastfeeding.
This is the type of advice I looked high and low for when expecting my first, who turns one tomorrow. We probably used less than what you listed, certainly fewer clothes, and use squares of fabric for diapers like commentor Tori described.
We got almost everything as a present or second hand. My partner found the bouncy chair useful during the newborn stage. She just wanted my complete undivided attention every minute day and night.
I waited until after my baby shower and some friends gave me hand-me-downs before even thinking about buying clothes for my LO. Then I just had to fill in the gaps. I also had a June baby, so all she wore was diapers a lot of the time for the first few months. BTW, did you know that you could have chosen to go on medication and pumped to produce breast milk?
I had my kids years ago but some things never change. I bought larger sizes in clothes and got stuff at the baby shower my sisters-in-law gave me. I made my own receiving blankets as the store bought jobs are too small. My sisters-in-law both had kids around the same time as me or shortly after so we had quite the hand-me-down train going for a few years there too!
When my daughter was due with our grandson I refused to buy anything under 12 month size if I could help it. I gave the remains of the pack to my cousin for her baby. Just a few little bits of advise from an experienced mom and Moomah…. I did like Tori with the cloth diapers — they line dried really fast — less than an hour in an Okanagan summer. Easy to double up, fold different ways for different sizes, had half a dozen preformed ones for going out, but found they took for.
I bought very little new for my two, got Please Mum, Oshkosh, Baby Gap, Esprit, etc in new condition, if not still with original store tags, from the VV Boutique for next to nothing. Also, aside from the car seat, stroller and crib, it is sometimes better to wait a bit and spread the cost over a few months.
My two cents, meagre as they may be having not experienced the goods in use yet of course, would be to pay a little more upfront for things that will last longer down the track. We were able to sort and compare the prices and tested benefits. Also our reason for using mcns.
Hi, thank you so much for sharing this information. And it is kinda useful to me. I will share about this information to my sister as well, since she is going to marry soon and plan to have baby afterword. This information does solve their problem. I was glad to read about people still making their own receiving blankets.
But I have a question about other blankets. I am 70 years old and have been knitting and crocheting since I was a teenager. Baby blankets are my favorite things to crochet. Do I have to stop crocheting them? Here is another suggestion for those who like to make their own items. The gift my mother always made for baby showers was a baby quilt.
It was nothing fancy but quite useful. The filler of the quilt was always the good parts of used blankets. The reason for using dark fabric was that the purpose of the quilt was to toss it on a bed or the floor to change baby esp.
The top was made from 4 inch squares, bottom was a solid piece of fabric, and the middle was the old blanket I had mentioned. You could even use a solid piece for the top instead of cutting and sewing squares together. One piece is navy blue and has large crayon-colored polka dots on it. The other piece is wide crayon-colored stripes! I have a three month old and I use the blankets that my sister crocheted and my MIL knitted.
I like to make baby quilts too. They are great and only take about an hour to make. We even own the same two hoodies you have pictured We really really enjoyed borrowing the newborn clothing and other bigger items bumbo, play mat, swing… because we were able to just give it back when we were finished! Bonus points for adding interesting fabrics or appliques that the kid will be able to identify later. KT please keep making baby things!
Home made items are my most treasured things, and I love crochet, whether it be traditional like a blanket or booties or something a little different, like the beard hat trying to wink and nod at my mum a lot to make one of those for our son on the way just google baby beard hat-they look awesome!
We were gifted a pair of crocheted hockey skates. Baby will be coming home from hospital in them, his father has spoken! I would add that you even have too much on your list.. My brain is way overtired from four kids. Storage became an issue when we moved and we lived with less. The last two lived in sleepers and were huge so newborn size was out and had fancy outfits leftover from siblings.
I would definitely not need as much if I were to do the whole thing over again. Sorry, now that I looked more closely at your list, I can say you are spot on. If you have a barfy baby, like my super-barfer, you will need more of anything they can barf on.
There is some one-up-manship going on with which stroller you get. If we lived in the same area, I would say you probably saw me scanning everything at Babies R Us lol.
My only complaint is that I fear they will be ruined if I wash them too much and also one two of the blankets have yarn strings as the border does that make sense , so my LO was always having yarn fuzz and loose strings in her hands and mouth. But…this could just be because of my circumstances. I cloth diaper and am working out the leak situations in regards to cleaning the blankets often and also those specific knit blankets that were made were probably just not safely made lol.
Ashley — Thank you for your comments re: Use the gentle or perma-press cycles and when they no longer look brand new, the person who made them for you will be pleased to see how much they are being used. If you have additional babies, they may be quick to make more blankets for you.
OpenDocument Contents and colors have changed over the years, but it has always given a good idea of the baby necessities.
Many of Finnish babies sleep their first weeks in the box everything is packed in. For some reason the box on the English page is white, but on the Finnish page you can see the real color with the fill-in-family tree. They will survive just fine without one. On the other hand, there are things that, of course, are necessary for a baby, such as a car seat, stroller, crib, a highchair or booster seat, some clothes and diapers.
Everything else is extra. As a reference, here is a great article and checklist on newborn essentials. I fully agree with ur lists of essential must have 4 a new born baby.
What did you miss? I would put either a stroller or a carrier as a must-have though. We use the Pack N Play as our changing table too. I have to say that it was the best buy in terms of both value and practicality.
Great list and thank you for publishing! I do have to add though, as much as we tried to resist it, having a video monitor is soooooooo nice and gives a new mom such peace of mind.
But once we had it we could never go back — it is so great to be able to check on our baby any time without disturbing her! I feel more free to get things done — cook, watch TV or take a bath. You cannot use an ear thermometer on a baby. Their ears are too small and will give an inaccurate reading. I just discovered this list. One item I could not do without was a rocking chair. My mother inlaw bought me a used bentwood rocker. I would lay a regular bedroom pillow across the arms while sitting and this was exactly the right height for baby to breast feed.
Fussy babies were soon off to sleep if I gently rocked them while humming. Later I gifted the chair to another young mom. My personal favorite German blog is schnabelina. I plan to use cloth diapers, and as of now I already collect flannel sheet sets whenever I at tag sales or thrift stores, and I make them in to prefold diapers.
For diaper patterns, I plan to use the free patterns offered from WAHM friendly designers baabaababy. It was great, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. The only items I ever purchased new was her crib mattress, and car seat because I wanted to be totally sure that it was safe for her to ride in or God forbid to protect her in an accident and her diapers and wipes.
Now that I know better, I would just sew reusable cloth diapers and wipes. Thank you so much! This is exactly what we have been looking for!
I understand that it is exciting and everything look so inviting and too cute but you are right that you only need a few thing the first 3 months. They grow so fast and they will out grow the cloths before they can have a chance to wear them if you but a lot. Great advice, but why are you assuming that those of use who are using disposables would necessarily be using disposable wipes as well?
We use disposable diapers and washcloths for wiping! I saved a reusable container that had wipes I received at a baby shower and filled it with wet baby facecloths. I would put the dirty ones in plastic bag along with the soiled diapers and washed them together. I had rubber pants for over the cloth diapers not so many leaks Do they still make those? KT — thanks so much for this list. And definitely no money to splurge on new stuff. Your explanation on the different washable nappies is greatly appreciated too!
I have a cousin giving me a lot of her washable nappy stuff, of various makes, and it helps to understand what the heck I am looking at. They are super easy to make and just as easy to use and traditional disposable wipes. Thank you so much for putting this together. This list will be a huge help to me. Disposable diapers are filled with carcinogens and other toxins, including those linked with TSS.
Disposable wipes are not the only thing you should be warning parents about. I have never heard of any child having TSS from diapers in my 30 plus years as a parent, even with tampons you have to use them for extraordinary length of time,using an absorbency that is to high for flow.
Any substance on earth is toxic if ingested in large amounts including everyday foods. Parenting is hard enough as it is. I read and hear so many alarming facts these days ,I wonder where commonsense has gone. All three of my first children used some disposible diapers and some cloth diapers. My last a set of twins ,now 16 wore only Pampers. My oldest is 33 yrs. I also have 3 grandchildren who wore only disposibles.
None have cancer or Tss. All my children were potty trained by 2. The youngest at 18 months her choice her diapers were dry and she kept removing them and took training pants out of her own dresser and put them on.
There are MUCH bigger things to worry about as you move through your parenting years. Do not feel guilty if you use disposible diapers or cannot breastfeed. A relaxed happy mom is better for baby. My girlfriends put in together and brought me a Baby Setup box, it was the ultimate baby checklist in the one box. All the little bits and pieces I needed.
Best gift ever, saved me time running around and money and I was ready for my baby. I totally recommend it to all my pregnant girlfriends and always suggest it as a Baby Shower gift because I appreciated it so much.
Thanks so much for the list! Definitely needed a good baby basics list. Especially, if your place is larger or has two or more levels. When the TV is on, it can be very difficult to hear her, even with the volume down. Not so big a deal with a 5-yr-old, but you definitely want to KNOW when your newborn is calling, even if your parenting style bids you to pause a moment to see if they will settle.
I would add Vaseline if you are having a boy and plan to have him circumsized. Also on the receiving blankets, I would start with one or two or just the hospitals ones to see if your baby even likes being swaddled, and if so skip the cheaper ones and buy the more expensive ones bc you will be able to use them for much longer!
And I think a changing table is a waste of money, we have a really nice one, had it for almost 5 years now and I think we used it for about 3 diaper changes, it is so much easier to change them on the bed or on a blanket on the floor.
And if breast feeding I would wait to buy bottles, neither of my kids ever took a bottle and we wasted a bunch of money on them! Of course if you will not be a SAHM you will need some, but just buy one or two and get different kinds bc you never know what kind they will like. Thankfully my sister in law and I have had all boys and we have passed everything back and forth, the infant carseat was used for 5 kids and had lasted till it expired, and we have only bought one outfit for boy 3 and its his coming home outfit.
Do the same if you have family or close friends with kids, so worth it!! My daughter is expecting her second child, this time a boy. What I find amazing is that my grandmother had 6 children, all at home births, no electricity or running water, and raised them with little more than a few outfits apiece. One of my aunts told me that she used a dresser drawer for her daughter one of my cousins as a bassinet. Both of my children were clothed from thrift stores until their teen years and everyone always commented how great they always looked not knowing their outfits were thrift store purchases.
We were able to pay for both of their college educations and give each a down payment for each of their homes. But I completely agree that its not logically or financially reasonable to go crazy and buy so many things when the first 6 months all the baby is going to do is sleep, eat and poop! I figure to start off with your suggested items and then once the baby turns One then get some more of the cute and fun stuff!
But where do I get some of these used clothes and all that i will need. Please help this is my first time. I love your baby checklist and find it as a great bare-minimum guideline. Boy Coming Home Outfit. Coming Home Outfit Boy.
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