I’m having my first baby! Now what do I need?

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I’ve been looking through baby books to get a basic idea of some of the supplies I will need. I’m all about getting things done with the absolute minimum (not because I’m cheap or don’t have the money, but because I believe that’s the way mother nature intended it), so I’ve narrowed it down to this list:

2 fitted sheets
ample newborn diapers
ample formula if I decide to formula feed
bottles (how many do you think?)
3 receiving blankets
diaper bag
a few onesies, maybe some hats and socks

Obviously as the baby gets older, I can buy things to fill the needs as they arise, but this list is strictly what I believe I will need immediately upon coming home. Am I missing anything that you thought was important for your newborn? Is there anything on the list I can do without? I am so new to all of this, and though I have been reading the books and trying to prepare, I know I won’t think of everything, so your help is really appreciated!
Thanks everyone’s answers are really helpful!

AWESOMENESS IS ONLY ME: My baby is planned XD


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    June 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    dont forget the nail clippers and they have kits we got at babies r us but you can get them at wal mart as well they come with a brush,comb,gum brusher and thermometer and gloves for their hands so they dont scratch themself and nail clippers, basically all the baby grooming care stuff in it, and we got lots of bottles, you can never have too many, they get lost easily. also bathing stuff like the bedtime bath. we just got the essentials and when she gets here if we find we are missing something we can always get it. but sounds like you have the basics

    you really dont have to get too much or go over board now because they grow so fast anyways its silly wasting money on things they will never use. our friend said buy lots of clothes but he changes his daughters clothes like 4 times a day for some reason so i can see why they run out so fast but then you get stuck with clothes they never wear.

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    June 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm


    A few cute outfits because its fun! Yea!

    Buy maybe 5-6 bottles just to start with. Besides, mother nature would want you to breast feed. 🙂

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    June 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Your list is pretty good — I’m made notes here and there to it:

    crib – Don’t go crazy price-wise; by 10 months, our son had turned his beautiful crib into a large chewtoy. Don’t make the same mistake. 😉
    mattress – Really, you only need 1.
    2 fitted sheets
    ample newborn diapers – Go easy on this; you won’t know what size your baby will be until s/he’s born. Also, the hospital will give you plenty to take home with you.
    ample formula if I decide to formula feed – Again, go easy. Some baby’s tummys work better with one formula than another. Also, again, the hospital will give you formula to help you pick the one that’s most compatable with your baby.
    bottles (how many do you think?) – Go with about 6 – 9.
    3 receiving blankets
    diaper bag
    a few onesies, maybe some hats and socks

    I’d add:

    – Pack-n-Play with a changing table on top – that’s proved to be priceless for us.
    – Cloth diapers to be used as spit rags.
    – Bouncer – Our son loved his bouncer and couldn’t have cared less about the swing. It may come down to your baby’s preferences.

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    June 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    You used to need a condom or pregnancy pills, but its too late. GAME OVER!!!!

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    Diet C
    June 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    To be perfectly honest the majority of your list is unnecessary items. You want to do it the way mother nature intended? Then all you need is baby and boobs. That’s it, nothing else.
    Realistically though, you need a carseat if you plan on putting that baby in a car. A sling is a blessing. Diapers are quite nice and clothing would help your baby be comfortable.
    So, newborn necessities and luxuries…boobs, diapers, clothing, carseat, sling.
    That’s all you need, honest.

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    June 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    have you ever heard of the “pregnancy bible” it is a book called WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN EXPECTING. That book helped me with everything. It tells you everything you need to buy and need for the baby. You can also check out the free website. http://www.whattoexpect.com or go to http://www.parenting.com

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    baby Alyssa is here 7/2/09
    June 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Ya that is about what you need when the baby comes home. I only bought 3 bottles but I have the Playtex drop-in bottles.You should probably get a baby blanket too because some places feel alittle bit cooler, plus at your baby’s visit she/he will have to take all clothing off so it is a good idea to have a blanket to keep him warm. You should think about getting a swing because that helps me alot getting my baby to sleep. So a swing for me is a must. Other than that you got it all under control. Congrats and good luck

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    It is what it is
    June 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Diaper rash cream!! My baby had HORRIBLE diaper rash when we came home.
    Fingernail files, b/c it is hard to clip the baby’s nails at first but they will be long
    Little mittens to protect them from scratching hisself
    And my baby drank about 10 bottles in a 24 hour period so I would have a bunch

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    June 26, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    knit hats
    baby monitor
    a ‘blankie’
    I would say 4 onesies, 2 hats, and 3 pairs of socks
    3 bottles
    burping blankets
    baby books (never too early!)

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    June 26, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    thermometer always comes in handy, hand towels for when ur burping them, bottle brush they come with a teat brush with is great, bout 6 bottles and treats, if u can buy a bottle sterilzer for cleaning they are the best, and flat sheets u can wrap them in them for those really hot nites

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    crazed woman
    June 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Allot of wipes , diapers, warm pj’s , maybe 4 bottles and for the most important……………………PATIENCE!

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    stacy o
    June 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    seems nearly perfect. my first child I over did it thinking he needed everything out there. Im 33 weeks with my second now and I have everything thing on that list to my minimum. I passed on the stoller- im waiting till he’s about six months but its cheaper to buy the stoller and carseat together. I didn’t bother with a diaper bag…a cute tote bag is cheaper. I have 12 receiving blankets…great for towels, spitting up, and wrapping…get 3 warm blankets too. at least 6 pairs of onesies. bottels..I have 3 small ones then 6 large…they will get lost with time and the small ones only go so far before you know it you need more then 4oz also I found out baby bottle warmer machines are sooo nice but not necessary. buy some laundry detergent that is free of harsh chemicals almost all brands carry these now and make sure you wash all of your new baby materials before the baby wears them or lays on them. I also have a crib mobile that I hung on the side of the crib with motion, lights and music…my son loved it. don’t forget diaper balm, gentle washes and wipes:) A baby swing too!!!!!!! anything that gently rocks them…big must have! sorry if this is all over the place! Have a first aid kit- baby meds as well, you never know

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    June 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    That’s a pretty good list. I’m the same way – I never understood buying alllll the baby stuff you could ever possibly want before the baby’s even born. As if the stores will cease to exist as soon as the baby arrives! I’ve gotten along fine without all the changing tables/bottle warmers/diaper genies/wipes warmers…yeah.

    That being said, I agree that you don’t want to buy too many newborn diapers because some babies outgrow them really fast. I also didn’t bother with the bottles and formula, but that’s your choice.

    Also, I hardly ever use my stroller. I know a lot of people think it’s absolutely essential to have one, but usually it’s so much easier to carry the baby in a sling when they’re little, and the Ergo backpack is really nice when they’re bigger. I only use my stroller when we go places where there’s a lot of walking around involved, like the zoo. Even if you do end up getting a stroller, it’s really easy to get by without one for the first few months until you decide you really need one.

    As for clothes, sleepers are really nice for newborns because you don’t have to worry about them getting cold (plus then you don’t need socks!) But I agree I wouldn’t buy much in the way of clothes. That’s what grandmothers are for! What with my baby shower and my mother-in-law being really enthusiastic, I didn’t have to buy my son any clothes until he was about 1 1/2.

    You might want to think about adding baby shampoo to the list.

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