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Old 01-02-2011, 08:12 PM
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BabyMust-Haves?

Please help a new mama out...what are the must-haves for baby? We're in the process of registering and I'm super overwhelmed.

What did/does your baby absolutely love?
What did you think you needed, but it ended up being a total waste of money?

Any suggestions are very much appreciated!
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:04 PM
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Our "Must-Haves"
Both our girls LOVE the bouncy chair!

If you're BFing, the Boppy rocks!!

Aquaphor ointment for diaper rash for the win!

I love Playtex drop in bottles! I do also have some Born Free ones which I really like as well but there are more pieces to clean

If you live in a cold climate a JJ Cole Bundle Me infant seat cover!

Don't Bother...
Diaper Genie -- dumbest invention EVER -- why anyone wants to have a giant diaper sausage is beyond me

Those things are just off the top of my head. I'll add more if I think of anything!
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:18 AM
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Our "Must-Haves"
Both our girls LOVE the bouncy chair!

If you're BFing, the Boppy rocks!!

Aquaphor ointment for diaper rash for the win!

I love Playtex drop in bottles! I do also have some Born Free ones which I really like as well but there are more pieces to clean

If you live in a cold climate a JJ Cole Bundle Me infant seat cover!

Don't Bother...
Diaper Genie -- dumbest invention EVER -- why anyone wants to have a giant diaper sausage is beyond me

Those things are just off the top of my head. I'll add more if I think of anything!
I LOVE my diaper Genie, I didn't use one with my son and decided I got tired of not having something stink proof next to the changing table to put the nasty diapers in, I haven't smelled a dirty diaper yet with my daughter because of the diaper genie and to me it's not big deal to empty it about one a week (when we take the garbage out anyway). That is just my opinion on it anyway.

So anyway the must haves for me would be:


*Diaper Genie
*changing pad for the diaper bag (these are soo nice even if there are changing tables in the bathroon because you can lay it down on top of the changing table to keep sanitary because imo changing tables can be pretty nasty)
*wipes case warmer


These are the things I could think of right now, if I think of anything else I'll come back
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:45 AM
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I had a diaper genie... I'm on the "don't bother" train too. We used it for about a year and a half with our oldest, and didn't bother when the baby was born. It was easier to just use plastic sacks and take them out daily/when stinky. I will say that it's a lot more useful when your baby is in newborn to size 2 diapers. When they're bigger diapers, it fills up SUPER quickly. My cut feature also dulled and made it impossible to cut the bags, I usually had to tear them.

A baby sling (w/e brand works for you). I loved baby wearing! (and miss it!!)

Lansinoh cream if you're nursing! Also the lansinoh disposable nursing pads were the best out of all the brands I had tried.

It's been a long time since mine was a baby, but I'll come back if I remember anything.

ETA: Sleep gowns for when they're new to a few months old. Those were SO nice for middle of the night diaper changes. And of course, onesies, we used a ton of those!
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:24 AM
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I definitely second the bouncy seat and highly recommend a swing. Both of my boys slept in their swing. Pack n play or a bassinet was a must for me. I used the diaper genie the first time but didn't bother the second time. I disliked the diaper warmer; I thought it dried them out. If you are bf'ing and going back to work, invest in a good pump. Bottles are hit and miss and really depend on your baby. I got lucky with my choice but I've heard its a good idea to buy a few of each brand you're interested in to see which works for your child. (Same with pacifiers if you go that route).
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onesies and sleep sacks most definitely!
I third the bouncy chair, swing and a good sling; I had a few slings and the baby bjorn...life savers!

stroller, carseat...all the necessities...

I totally breastfed, so I never used bottles, and if you do breastfeed, invest in a good pump. medela is the best brand I've come across. and for mama, don't forget the lansinoh for your owie nipples those first few weeks.

...and don't forget the obvious...diapers!!

I'm sure there's more, but I'm still half asleep.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:25 AM
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^^^what Shi said!!! If you nurse def invest in a good pump and tons of nursing pads!!!

Please pm me if you have any ?'s!!! I have 2 peckers
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I agree with the swing - my son practically lived in his for the fist six months.

I used the Diaper Champ, and loved it. You use a regular trash bag, and I have never had a problem with odor.

I also had great luck with the Medela pumps - they seem to be the most efficient.

My kids also love the Jumperoo - I think my daughter spent at least 3 hours a day in there, and would cry when we took her out.

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Old 01-03-2011, 08:44 AM
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I love this thread!! It is super helpful to a newbie mom-to-be like me We ended up getting like 80% of the stuff on our registry, and I'm glad to say that so far, I have all the must-haves that are on here! The one thing I need to get more of is nursing stuff, bottles, etc. I have some to get by for a few days, but I am hoping that baby will tell me what her preferences are, and we can stock up after that point
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:27 AM
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Thanks for all the recommendations! I will be cloth diapering so I won't need a Diaper Genie (but it is definitely interesting hearing how some people hate it and some people love it).

I have a few Halo swaddle sleepsacks, but I plan to register for a few more. I plan to get a Moby wrap and bought an Ergo carrier (from redtxstar!).

I registered for a swing, pack-n-play, and a bouncy seat for sure. Is an exersaucer worth the money? Oh, and a playmat? I have both on my registry, but if they are waste of money, I will take them off.

I do plan to BF (or at least try!), but I did register for a few bottle just in case. And the Lansinoh cream was one of the first things I scanned...LOL!

If anyone wants to, you are welcome to check my registries for comments/suggestions. I have one at Babies R Us and Target (Taryn Jones).
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:46 AM
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playmats are really good to have. exersaucers are good too, but you'll have to store it for a bit. they really can't use them until they're sitting on their own...but trust me, that time comes so much faster than you think!

cloth diapers are also excellent burp cloths...just remember which ones you use on baby's bottom! I tied knots in the ones I used for burp cloths.

oh, bumbo chairs were all the rave for my last two.
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Great thread!

Must Haves:
~Bouncy Seat: what a lifesaver! Sometimes Kaila would only sleep in it. We didn't have a swing, but I think we're going to get one this time since we have a house with room now.
~Diaper Genie: used mine! I can't stand stinky diapers!
~ Extra bottles: nice to have a bunch on hand
~B.O.B. Revolution
~Formula divided container: I didn't breastfeed. These are so handy to have the exact amount of formula ready especially when you're out and about

Don't Bother:
~Changing Table: I used mine a few times until she started rolling over. It basically was a storage shelf. Passing on it this time around.
~Tons of newborn clothes: they grow too fast to even wear them
~Baby Bjorn: uncomfortable for me. Expensive thing I never used. Getting a sling this time around!

Can't wait to register
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^ My changing table is just the top of a dresser that my dad modified to have a ledge when I was a baby I did get one of the contoured changing table pads that go on top of a dresser for my youngest, since the "changing table" was my oldest's dresser in his room at that point. So, I'd definitely recommend one of the contoured changing pads. I didn't get the cloth covers for it... since that's one more thing to wash if they get leaked on. I just put cloth on the top half for his head to stay warm and cozy while he was getting changed.

Another vote for the swing. I completely forgot that my oldest would only sleep in the swing or my arms til he was about 6 months old. It was a lifesaver! I'd also say, rechargable batteries, b/c we went through SO many in that time.

For a good multi-use stroller, I love my "baby jogger city mini", it's from newborn up! You're not supposed to actually jog with this model (or go over 5mph I think?) but I walked all over town with it, and the mobility was excellent.
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our changing table is more like a toy shelf. i only used it as a changing table once or twice.

i've nothing to add to the must-haves list since everything has been mentioned already.
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:39 PM
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My personal must haves:

1. Diaper genie. I love mine. Still use it after 3 years
2. Buy those disposal paper cloths and keep them handy. I think they are the babies r us brand. You lay them out when you are in public to change diapers. I put mine down first and then my own diaper pad.
3. Keep antibacterial gel in your diaper bag
4. Wipe warmer for sure!
5. lots of burp cloths

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Don't forget a few extra changes of clothes in the diaper bag for those emergencies. On a few occasions while we out and about, Mason pooped up his front and back that I threw the clothes away in the garbage.

And a few zip lock baggies for those clothes that you absolutely want to save
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Absolutely the swing. We just got a new swing for Sloane that swings in several different directions but the best part is that it is a hybrid swing. Supposedly only needs batteries once a year, we'll see.............
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Thanks for all the recommendations! I will be cloth diapering so I won't need a Diaper Genie (but it is definitely interesting hearing how some people hate it and some people love it).

I have a few Halo swaddle sleepsacks, but I plan to register for a few more. I plan to get a Moby wrap and bought an Ergo carrier (from redtxstar!).

I registered for a swing, pack-n-play, and a bouncy seat for sure. Is an exersaucer worth the money? Oh, and a playmat? I have both on my registry, but if they are waste of money, I will take them off.

I do plan to BF (or at least try!), but I did register for a few bottle just in case. And the Lansinoh cream was one of the first things I scanned...LOL!

If anyone wants to, you are welcome to check my registries for comments/suggestions. I have one at Babies R Us and Target (Taryn Jones).
Yes, the exersaucer is worth it! That is what I used when mine kinda outgrew the bouncy seat...keeps them entertained for a while while mommy can get some things done Loved onsies and gowns, especially from newborn to 3-4 months, cannot have too many of those! Most diaper bags come with a changing pad, but a must have when you are out and about. I actually had 2 diaper bags that I toted around at different times..a larger one with all the neccesities for when I was going to be gone a long time and a smaller one for quicker trips in and out of places.
Because I went back to work after my first baby, I invested in a Medela (spelling?) double electric pump...well worth it, it even had a place in the pump bag to store fresh expressed milk and keep it cold until I got home from work. Plus, it didn't look like a pump from the outside, a brief case look

I would also go ahead and register for larger diapers too...It won't be long before your newborn will be in the next size up
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Here are Elijah's faves (and mine):

wrist rattles/feet finders (Lamaze makes a really great set)

Dr. Brown's bottles in 8oz - a little more work b/c of extra parts, but worth the trouble IMO

Bouncy seat

Swing (we had both a stand swing and a travel, the travel was great for trips and for moving about the house)

Aden+Anais swaddle blankets (for EVERYTHING! work for swaddling, nursing cover, light blanket, stroller shade, changing pad, burp cloth, you name it it's been used for it)

Cloth diapers for burp cloths...I honestly never used the fancy burp clothes as these were more absorbant and cheap enough that if they got funky I wasn't worried about tossing them

Sassy rattles...there are a lot of shapes and colors to choose from but are all made to stimulate young baby's development

space saver high chair...cheaper than regular, attaches to dining chair and easy to clean (I neglected to put the fabric cover on so that I could basically hose it out)

Metal kitchen can for diaper disposal

small fan for white noise

exersaucer

johnny jump up

baby einstein take along tunes (this thing is AWESOME!)

Medela PISA for pumping

pack n play

moby

The things on the never use list:

Boppy...hands down the least often used for its intended purpose, I used it more for a back pillow than for resting Elijah on to nurse him BOO Boppy!

pacifiers...these were used for all of 2 weeks before he decided that he'd just rather not...however, not the case for all babies.

swaddlers w/velcro, halo sacks, gowns - never once used any of these things
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I disagree with the BOB revolution recommendation...if an all-terrain stroller is what you are looking for then I would recommend Baby Jogger Summit XC. Same price and has better features IMO
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for nursing pads, if you are interested in disposable, the Johnson's brand makes really nice, soft and easily concealed pads. These are what I used.
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Diaper Genie - love this!
Cloth diapers for burp cloths (I use a ton of these!)
Fisher price papasan swing
lansinoh ultra soft breast pads (much softer than regular ones)
lansinoh lanolin
Changing table (or pack n play w/ changing table attachment or top of dresser,etc...) - it is great to have a spot for this.
Swaddle blankets

Our wipes warmer is just annoying -I have the prince lionheart one and it always gets stuck!
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for nursing pads, if you are interested in disposable, the Johnson's brand makes really nice, soft and easily concealed pads. These are what I used.
These were my second favorite out of the kinds I tried. Lansinoh ones leaked a lot less for me, and didn't show through. If you wear a soft cloth nursing bra (not the thicker lined ones) the johnson's ones show a perfect raised round ring in the middle of your boob and "nipple" (since the center is raised), so I only used them with a thickly lined bra.

Of course, it was 5 years ago that I used the Johnsons kind, b/c I didn't get them with my youngest, so they may have improved them.
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Thought of a few more!

baby bathtub

baby washcloths -- they're smaller and softer than regular ones

bulb suction a.k.a. "snot sucker" -- (we kept the one that the hospital gave us) our little one has had a bit of a cold so this has helped to keep her nostrils open!

baby fingernail clipper -- baby's nails can be like little razors and really scratch! we clip Ruby's when she's sleeping (less wiggly/squirmy that way! )
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