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Posted 18 April 2006 - 02:08 AM

Hi ladies, DH & I are trying to figure out what things we will need to buy when we get pregnant and try and sort out a budget from that.
So far I have:
Bassinette (poss hire)
Change table
Baby bath
Baby Clothes/Bibs
Night light
Baby Monitor
Baby bouncer
High chair
Car shade
Breast pump
Nappy bag
Rocking Chair

these are the main things i have gotten from everyone.
Is there anything totally obvious that I have forgotten?

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 03:37 PM

I found this page http://www.target.co...00p/0226e99.htm

But here is my list before I even looked at that page

Newborn Nappies (even if using cloth it is good to have some to go shoping, nothing worse than carting a stinky nappy around the shops, or even worse when out at dinner)
Cloth nappies
Nappy Snappy clips
Nappy pants
Baby wipes
Cornstarch powder (normal talc powder is carcinagenic and also the cornstarch does clump together when wet - which can affect the nappy - and this helps to prevent nappy rash)
Bunny rugs
Lucas' paw paw ointment
Change mat
Play mat
Nappy Bag
Baby Car seat
Baby bath (I found I didn't really use mine that much)
Development toys
Grow suits
Nappy inserts
Baby wash
Cotton buds (for cleaning umbilical stump and between toes/fingers if really dirty)
nail clippers
nappy bucket
nappy bin
dummy strap
sheet sets
breast pads
breat pump
milk bags (to put expressed milk into fridge or freezer)
Massage cream
shoulder towels (I made some from hand towels and a plastic table cloth, just sewn together)
Feeding wrap
Baby carrier (so your hands are free)
baby monitor
Change table
highchair (from about 6 months)
bath support
money box (we put $2-$5 away each week, it was great as we had that bit extra if we needed something in a hurry) $2 over 30 weeks is $60 and $5 over same period is $150

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 11:09 PM

Hi. This is my first post on i-do. Stocking up on baby things, oooh what fun. I vaguely remember this before our darling boy was born in December 05. I agree with all the other suggestions. Nappies - terry and disposable, napisan (I bought 1 at every grocery shop I did and 2 when on special), laundry powder, the pricey cleaning stuff, BIBS, singlet suits (b*nds 000 singlet type suits) that button underneath baby botts (great for cooler months), bootees and hats (their little feet and heads get cold even in summer), wraps (muslin for summer baby and double layer flannellette for winter - your friends will buy you the brand stuff!. I got so many creams, powders, oils etc at my shower that I've not bought anything yet and won't have to for quite some time. That was really handy as we worked out quite early what worked for us and our boy. I rate the rocking chair, I got one for Christmas when baby was 2 weeks old. It has been wonderful. It was in his room until just very recently and was the best for feeding and soothing in the middle of the night. I would think also a bonus in winter as you can shut baby's door and keep both of you warm and snug. You will find that your family and friends will get you lots of lovely gifts for your Baby Shower and when baby arrives. Also you could make a "wish list" of the more expensive items or special things you really like. I bought lots of white things and then added accessories like hats, booties, singlets when our darling arrived.

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 11:15 PM

Oh I forgot. I noticed someone mentioned a breast pump. I was loaned one and I stuffed it in the cupboard with no intention of using it. I got mastitis soon after baby arrived and he couldn't latch on to my breast for days. I had an Avent Isis Manual pump. It was a godsend. Also arrange for your Mum, MIL, best girlfriend to stay with you when you first come home to help make cups of tea for visitors (we had hundreds!), wash, change your bed sheets, cook and generally care for you (and maybe slip you the slightest bit of champagne!) so all you do is care for your baby. My beloved Mum was with us (while I laboured, his birth and for his first week) and we will be eternally grateful. It was the best gift we ever received - aside from our darling boy.

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 03:08 PM

I found this thread so useful when I was out buying that I thought it was only fair to add my completed list. I got only the bare essentials at first till I worked out what we really used then did some more shopping - actually the shops turned out to be our first family outing laugh.gif blink.gif
Oh and Hayden was a winter bub.

So without further ado, here is my list...

4 Singlets 000 size or bigger - the only difference in size is length so for longer use get 000 or 00
2 - 3 pairs socks - didn't use them till about 5 months but good to have in case.
1 pair mittens for hospital - didn't use them, but worth having just in case
6 all-in-one suits with feet 0000 and 000 size - got a couple of the Bonds ones and a couple cotton ones from Big W. We couldn't use the Bonds wondersuits on Hayden cause he was too much of a warm body. We just went shopping a couple of days after getting home
1 cardigans, jumpers, jackets - didn't use, but mum knitted a couple up, this is a favorite gift from the oldies
1 - 2 hats - again didn't really use cause he was so warm, however good on those really cold days
3 short sleeve body suits - good for warmer days or under all in ones on really cold days and you are out and about.
1-2 short sleeve, short leg suits - good for warmer days

2 bunny rugs - good for out in the pram etc
wraps - minimum 1m x 1m both Muslin and flannelette, the bigger the easier to wrap plus longer you can use them.
1 cot - umm fairly obvious this one I would think!!!
2 fitted sheets or sheet sets for cot - 2 flannelette and 2 cotton sets.
2 cot blankets - guaranteed the baby will spew on the blanket at some stage!!
1 Mattress Protector
1 safe-T-sleep or anti roll pillow

5 face washers - didn't use nearly as many as I thought we would
2 towels - normal sized towels so that you can use them for longer
1 Baby bath

Bedroom Nursery Furniture
1 change table
1 bouncer/rocker
1 baby monitor

12 cloth nappies for spew rags/burping rags etc - had to go out and buy an extra 12 cause Hayden was a real chucker, honestly these are the best things ever invented!!
1 laundry bag/basket
1 rubbish bin
2 nappy buckets - to put the really dirty clothes, spew rags in for soaking
bum wipes

1 pram
1 baby capsule
1 nappy bag
1 baby sling/pouch/carrier
1 window sox

1 breastfeeding support pillow - I just used a normal banana pillow
disposable breastpads
maternity pads
bibs - we used heaps, again cause Hayden was a real chucker.

1 playmat -
1 cot mobile - we got the fisher price oceans wonder aquarium which he wasn't interested in for ages, but he now turns it on when he needs to go back to sleep during the night
cudddle toys - don't get too many, they don't really do much for the first 3 months

Other extras
1 digital thermometer - bought off ebay measures while just touching the temples, but also measures room temperature etc.

ETA I was talking to a friend at a kids party the other day who is due in a couple of months, she was watching all the toys the child was given which prompted me to think of the one thing I wish I had stocked up on before Hayden was born and we had more money... batteries. Honestly every toy takes them ranging from AAA to D size and they are so expensive you could save a fortune if you got them only on sale. If you stock up on them it also means that when the batteries run out in a favourite toy you can replace them straight away.
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 02:14 PM

bump i didnt know this was here and have found it very interesting
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Posted 09 September 2008 - 01:23 PM

We're planning on just doing the cloth nappy thing.

Any ideas on brands that are really good that you would recommend?

How many will we need? I have read to buy 2 dozen but is this really enough?

Any help would really be appreciated by this first time mum with no idea biggrin.gif

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 09:08 AM

This is a helpful post. I was just wondering how far along were you when you started to purchase all these things? I tend to think we should wait till we are 20 weeks? Is that too over the top?
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 01:43 PM

QUOTE(icantwait @ Dec 13 2008, 08:38 AM) View Post

This is a helpful post. I was just wondering how far along were you when you started to purchase all these things? I tend to think we should wait till we are 20 weeks? Is that too over the top?

Not that I have the best idea, however I am coming upto 20 weeks and we so far have no really purchased anything, but in saying that, if one of the big stores (eg Km@rt, B1gW) have a sale I got a couple of wondersuits, some waffle blankets, singlets, bibs. And the other day they had newborn nappies on sale so I got 2 boxes of that.

Although, thinking about it now, I would say it would be a good idea to stock up on laundry powder and household items as these will always get used.

But we are waiting for our 18-20 week scan and the flavour reveal before we rush out to get most things.
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:56 AM

Hubby has officially gone in to panic mode!

So he wants me to produce a list of EVERYTHING we need from hospital bag to baby at home.
Also with preferable brands/prices etc as well.

This thread has been very useful as a starting point! Thank you to everyone who has posted suggestions.
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Posted 15 August 2010 - 09:09 AM

BUMP!! Found this thread EXTREMELY useful so far biggrin.gif Thanks ladies

... does anyone have any new thoughts?!?

What's the general vibe out there for the all in one traveling system vs buying 1 of each item (capsule, pram etc)

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 07:09 PM

After Baby comes home from the hospital, you need to be ready to rock and roll with supplies and clothing. Sizes you need include infant, 0 to 3 months, 3 to 6 months, 6 to 9 months, and 9 to 12 months. Although it's tempting to purchase everything now, you may want to wait and see how Baby grows. It's not unusual for a big 6-month-old to wear 9- to 12-month clothing.

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 12:31 PM

I could only have the basics when bubs was first born as we were moving interstate not long after. And TBH im glad it was like that because i didnt need much to begin with and then i cold figure out exactly what he needed and buy it. If we were settled somewhere i kid you not i would have had all the bells and whistles laugh.gif and would have used barely any of it.

Also when people say they grow out of clothes quickly they are not kidding. Especially all in one suits.

Also i have found bubs didnt like the capsule (could have been too hot in the Nt for it) and settled alot more when he was in a normal car seat).
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 12:37 PM

Great thread - I knew I should have looked in here before I started making a list. wink.gif I had planned on only buying a few basics before bubs arrived but after sitting down and thinking it through, I seem to have a mega list. Is there something here I'm forgetting or something I could really do without?

Car seat: x 2
Sun shades for car windows
Pram: with newborn seat/basinette
Portable Cot
Nappy Bag

Bassinette Mattress
Cot Mattress
Cot sheets – to be used for bassinette as well
Mattress protectors
Baby monitor
Change Table
Washing basket
Temperature egg
Feeding chair + foot stool
Night light

Bath time
Baby bash wash
Baby moisturiser
Baby bath seat thing
Baby Washer
Baby towels
Bath water temperature gage
Cotton buds (for cleaning umbilical cord)

A bottle brush
Breast pump
Nipple Shields
Nursing pads

Nappy stuff
Nappy rash cream
Nappies (disposable newborn)
Terry Flat nappies (spew rags)
Baby wipes
Nappy disposal bags

Muslin Wraps
Flannelette wraps
Newborn outfits
Baby socks
Singlets / singlet suits

Bouncer (with vibrate)
Nail Scissors
Baby sling / carrier
Play rug for tummy time
Baby thermometer

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 04:20 PM


Goodgirl your list looks great! I am currently in the same position and need a good starting point!

I am trying not to freak out too much, as I figure if I have nappies, clothes and bedding (plus whatever else I pick up along the way) baby and I will be fine happy.gif
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