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09/04/2013 at 09:19
Now I have got past the 20 week scan I an thinking of what I need to get for baby. what are the essentials I need to get and what clothes do you tend to buy before baby is born? Not knowing the weight baby will be I don't know what sizes to buy and how many of each.
We've been given a cot and crib, electric steriliser and a changing station with a bath built in. What else do I need to get?
Thank you in advance x
09/04/2013 at 09:47
10 short sleeved bodysuits, 10 long sleeved. 10 sleepsuits. A coat/all in one. With regards to the pram, get a car seat compatible one. I wish I'd not bothered with a carrycot now as he's in the car seat for 2 hours or less and even if we're out for a full day he's out feeding or bein held so can be put back in the car seat on pram. Or sling. Sling was a much better buy.
09/04/2013 at 09:52
I have got 10 short sleeved vests in newborn size. 10 sleepsuits in newborn size. 6 day outfits in same size, a few bibs for feeding, socks, 3 pairs scratch mitts, 2 hats, 3 cardigans, a fleecy coat as ours is due May so might still be chilly.
Newborn size usually goes up to around 7-9lbs then you have 0-3 months which is up to about 10lbs. Newborn size covers most babies i think...
09/04/2013 at 09:57
Forgot to say I bought 0-3 months. They are too big NOW, at nearly 3 months. His 0-1 months swamped him at birth. He needed first size.
09/04/2013 at 09:59
I'd go with similar to what Missus S and MaisieMoo said - about 10 vests (I'd go short sleeved for a summer baby), 10 sleepsuits, and probably get these in up to 1 month size to begin with. Look for sleepsuits with built in scratch mits as I found the others just don't stay on. A cardigan or thin jacket, blanket for carseat or pram.
Wouldn't bother with outfits as you will probably get lots as gifts, and wouldn't bother with socks or bibs either. A pack of muslins is essential, and sleeping bags are useful too - given the predictions for the weather this sumer, I'd go for 2.5 tog and get two - one on and one in the wash.
Bottles if you are planning to formula feed, if you are planning to breastfeed then I wouldn't get any just yet as they are easily bought in the supermarkets if you need them.
A couple of packs of nappies in size 1 as well and some wipes if you are planning to use them from the start (I did, far less faff than cotton wool and water).
09/04/2013 at 10:00
Oh, and new mattresses for your cot and crib as per SIDS guidelines. Look on Kiddicare or Baby Mattresses Online.
09/04/2013 at 10:03
I forgot about nappies! I would say they are essentials
09/04/2013 at 10:05
Hehe Maisie, I now have visions of a nappyless newborn in your house next month!
09/04/2013 at 10:06
Hmmm messy! I did actually grab 2 packs a few months back and forgot about them!
09/04/2013 at 11:13
Thank you that is really helpful. It's good to know what sizes to get, and also what we can leave and get later if needed. Yes need to look into the new materesses, had forgotten about those! There's a nct nearly new sale near us at the weekend we are going to try and get to, so I can write a short list now of clothes needed and take it with me. To be honest nappies hadn't crossed my mind either!
09/04/2013 at 11:16
Can I just check with a really silly question, are the vests the same as baby grows and body suits where they popper up at the bottom? There are too many different names for what I think are the same thing!
09/04/2013 at 11:29
Vests don't have sleeves or legs and do up at the bottom. They go under the babygro's which do have sleeves and legs and have poppers all the way down (if that makes sense). We just bought lots of vests and babygro's. Supermarkets do great cheap ones.
09/04/2013 at 11:34
Thank you that makes a bit more sense now!
09/04/2013 at 11:36
Bunny - I had a massive confusion about vests/babygros/sleepsuits too!
I always called vests (short sleeved, no legs, poppers under bottom) babygros and then the long sleeved ones with legs sleepsuits. When people were talking about vests, I thought they meant vests like little girls wore and I always thought that was a strange thing to put on a newborn!
09/04/2013 at 11:44
Knees that is exactly what I was thinking.! Glad I'm not the only one and that I asked or who knows what I would be putting baby in ;)
09/04/2013 at 11:54
In the daytime I would dress him in short-sleeve vest under babygro:
and at night it'd be long sleeved vest instead of short-sleeved:
plus babygro (so two layers on the arms) plus sleeping bag.
Depends on temperature obviously, if it is cold/warm then baby might be happier in different combinations. I also had a little cardigan which I adored for if it was cold. If I was doing it again I wouldn't bother with any outfits, they are faffy to put on and are only cute for 30minutes before baby pukes/pees/poops on them!
Have you got:
room thermometer (we got ours in with the Grobag)
09/04/2013 at 20:12
Thank you saisi the pics make it clearer. We've got a thermometer and there's a changing mat on the changing station we have been given. Think I need to start getting some muslins.
09/04/2013 at 20:30
This is the list I used when expecting Zoe and will be using again. Ok, I will admit that a lot of it isn't essential such as cot mobiles but it is a rather good "cover all". Essentially you need somewhere for baby to sleep, something to transport baby in, a carseat, nappies and a few vests and babygros.
Crib mattress (73x35)
Cot top changer
Chest of Drawers
Chair for feeding
Cot Mobile (Tiny Love)
Basket for toiletries
Pram / Pushchair
Pram mattress (75 x 28 curve)
Sunscreens for car
Bottle & teats (8)
Cotton wool pads
Nail clippers / scissors
Bath towels (x2)
As for clothes, if you aren't finding out the sex I wouldn't buy a load of stuff as once you do know you will probably want to dress baby in whichever gender. I will be having 10 babygros in up to 1 mth age (goes up to about 10lb), I have one pack of babygrows in first size (up to 7.5lbs) as Zoe was 7.7lbs and this baby will be born 3 weeks earlier. Get a couple of packs of vests, a cardigan and a hat. Zoe didn't it in to 0-3 mths until she was 8 weeks old. I have an Amazon wishlist set up with all the things I have seen that I like for once we know what size Noodles is, Next do next day delivery too and as my mum kept pointing out last time "the shops don't all vanish once the baby is born".
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