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Shopping for Baby

I know, I know...shouldn't post here, but I've put up a post in the 'Kids' forum about shopping for baby. I'm bewildered with choice and would love some PC advice, if possible. Many thanks x

Posted at 12th Nov 2008 - 10:01AM   Posted by Mootia   Shopping for Baby Comments: 13

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LittleBrownDog's Avatar Well, my advice, for what it's worth, would be that there's a HUGE babystuff industry out there trying to persuade you to buy all sorts of stuff you don't really need, so hold back. People have been having babies for centuries and have got by perfectly well without electric swings and fancy changing stations. Basically, what your baby needs is clothes, nappies, somewhere to sleep, some form of transport - pram, pushchair or whatever - and a car seat.

There will almost certainly be a branch of the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) near you, and they're always holding nearly new sales (and believe me, some of the stuff people sell will have barely been used) where you can get pretty much everything. Newborn babies can't sit up until about five months, so they need a pram/buggy in which they can lie flat, and which has a five-point harness to strap them in. I found a moses basket with handles very useful in the first few weeks - nice and light and easy to carry up and downstairs. It's also useful to have a sling or baby carrier for going out and about.

Can't think of very much else.

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 12th Nov 2008 at 10:45AM

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Ivy's Avatar absolutely d'accord with LBD the only thing I would add are 3 bottles in case you need to feed tea in between of breastfeeding. Otherwise there will be PLENTY of gifts coming your way from friends neighbours colleagues and who ever so just buy a few essentials and wait and see what you really need. A sling is just the thing but I wouldn't use it in the first weeks -too much pressure on the back (of the baby). I know this post will disappoint you as shopping for a baby is such fun but rest assured your time will come!

Posted by: Ivy on 12th Nov 2008 at 11:08AM

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Faith's Avatar Lots of good advice here and in the forum.

It's been 20 years since I had a baby, but here's what I can think of that hasn't been said already.

Breast pads - if you are breastfeeding. Your breast leak, it's a fact of life. These disposable pads fit inside your bra and prevent embarrasing leaks on your top. Also don't forget that you will bleed for up to six weeks after the birth and so will need maternity pads for the first while, and then ordinary ST's. And comfortable knickers.

A small, thin shawl or mini-fleecey blanket - you may get given a big thick one, but a small one is good for draping over yourself and baby if you breastfeed in public, and is also good for swaddling baby to make it comfy. I believe you can buy special swaddle blankets but any thin small blanket or cot sheet will do.

Milton, or other stuff to sterilise things with. Even if you are breastfeeding it's nice to have the stuff in the cupboard handy. You don't need a special steriliser unit if you are breastfeeding. You can use any big bowl or container and weigh the things inside down with a plate.

I agree with whoever said lots of babygrows, vests etc. and cot sheets. Buy s/h from NCT and you will have lots of changes. Stock up on washing powder - something mild - before baby arrives!

Buy small sizes of things like baby creams, lotions and potions. You may not like them in use or they may not suit your baby's skin. I bought a huge pot of something I remember and it lasted two years - ridiculous!

No need to get paranoid when you've got the basics, someone can always run out and get you what you need. Remember to pack your bag in plenty of time.

Best wishes, so exciting for you!

Posted by: Faith on 12th Nov 2008 at 11:26AM

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KittyB's Avatar Breast pads - yes Faith, very necessary if you're planning to breastfeed because they have a mind of their own at first! Johnsons seemed to me to be the best ones, nice and soft.

Posted by: KittyB on 12th Nov 2008 at 12:06PM

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Ivy's Avatar I actually went for men's handkerchiefs folded into my bra as the breast pads used to fall apart all the time and could not cope with the amount of milk I was spilling... but 18 years on the might be better now (never tried them with second child still had the hankies and didn't produce so much milk)

Posted by: Ivy on 12th Nov 2008 at 12:36PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar And tops that are 'made easy' for breast feeding. Was at a friend's christening with our new baby when to my horror I realised that I had put a dress on and couldn't breast feed easily.

I was lucky that a friend of mine was six months ahead with her baby - so a lot of the baby grows were borrowed from her and then again with the second baby - she was three months ahead the second time. So plan pregnancies with a friend is the answer . . .Very Happy And let them go first Laughing

Posted by: Westerwitch on 12th Nov 2008 at 12:42PM

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Mootia's Avatar Thanks everyone for all this advice - it'll take a while to digest! Have an NCT nearly new sale in a couple of weeks which is very local to me - will be there with bells on. And WW, my friend's just had a baby a few weeks ago, so should have plenty of hand me downs to borrow - fingers crossed. Any more suggestions will be gratefully received....x

Posted by: Mootia on 12th Nov 2008 at 02:29PM

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Cait's Avatar I think everyone has said it all but I have been thinking back 30 years!

Babygros. vests, nappies. Lots of cot sheets and a blanket to cover.

A little musical box a wind up one I used to put by the babies as I put them down (when I had no time to sing!). It had a lovely little tune. They also liked loud music!

If you breast feed and I hope you do, drink lots and lots, eat well and rest as much as you can.... the more you feed the more milk you will make.

I had a bottle of Guinness every day, babies slept like a log! And it built me up.

Feed on demand, don't try and have a rigid routine. My daughter who has three girls would echo that.

If a baby cries it is hungry, tired, in pain or wants to be near its mother. Some babies cry a wee bit before they go off to sleep.

As they get older teething pain kicks in - teething gel is great for this.

Bananas you can mash up make great food to carry with you if you are out visiting.

A nice bag to carry all your bits and bobs.

I used a chest of drawers to change my babies on, in the bathroom with a changing mat on.

As they grew, when out visiting I used to take a camp cot.

Baby wipes.

Ah I am getting all broody now I had better stop.

Enjoy your baby, they grow up too quickly.

Posted by: Cait on 12th Nov 2008 at 03:54PM

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I've just bought an adapted Pipany beach bag for a friend to use as a changing bag. She's delighted and when the baby is no longer a baby it can be used as a beach bag again!

Breast pads, tons of themRolling EyesRolling EyesRolling Eyes And perservere with the breast feeding - it hurt likes hell to begin with, but keep at it and the toe curling will stop after a week or so. BlinkBlink
Watch out for mastitis (sp?), but your bovine knowledge will assist you in recognising the symptoms.

Posted by: @themill on 12th Nov 2008 at 04:05PM

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Faith's Avatar If you do get mastitis - get help from NCT breast-feeding counsellor or doctor or health visitor, but don't give up. You can put cabbage leaves from the fridge on your breasts and it helps. I am not kidding! When you are feeding, sort of massage any lumps in your breasts to ease them out.

Are you an NCT member? If not, then consider joining. I know it must have changed but I was a member for many many years and found it all very helpful - in the early days and also for making friends etc. Still see my NCT friends regularly 30 years on.

Disposable breast pads are good as opposed to hankies, imo, because you can throw them away and no washing. Btw, your breasts will settle down - you won't be leaking forever!

Posted by: Faith on 12th Nov 2008 at 06:02PM

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Faith's Avatar PS I've just been on a website to see 'what babies need' and all has been mentioned here, but it said that newborn babies need their nappies changed 10-12 times a day! What does everyone think of that? I certainly don't think I changed nappies that many times a day in the early stages!

Posted by: Faith on 12th Nov 2008 at 06:11PM

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Milla's Avatar Nonsense! who says that? Proctor and gamble?? Wink I NEVER did it that frequently, either, Fairh. Only if sodden or, er, the other. AND mine never had nappy rash, so do take this advice with a pinch of salt. and as for leaking (!) you never know. You can be out and about without your baby - or with - and just think of him/her and they go! or see a sweet one and they go. Quite extraordinary. I think I lived in mine for months. Just in case!

Posted by: Milla on 12th Nov 2008 at 06:41PM

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Mootia's Avatar Oh, the joys of motherhood! Leaky boobs are just the start Wink
(Really getting quite excited now...Very Happy)

Posted by: Mootia on 13th Nov 2008 at 09:28AM

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