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Saturday, 23 August 2008

shopping for baby

i have been making a list of essential things to buy for our baby since my due date is fast approaching. i don't want to be buying things that i never use in the end so i'm quite careful as to what to buy really. as they say, newborns just outgrow their clothes in no time so i don't want to waste money on things that he/she might not actually use. so i've come up with a list that i found online. i wonder if i'm missing something here. suggestions please.

Things I definitely need

  • Cot (plus mattress, sheets and blankets)
  • Car seat
  • Pram buggy or travel system
  • Six sleepsuits/ long sleeved suits
  • Six vests/ short sleeved suits
  • Two cardigans/ jackets
  • Shawl or snow suit
  • Hat, mittens and bootees
  • Changing mat
  • Nappies
  • Baby wipes 
  • Bottles/ teats/ bottle brush (only needed if not breastfeeding)
  • Nursing bra and breast pads 
  • Loads of bibs
  • Loads of towels/ flannels/ muslin squares (for bathing and dribbles!)
  • Loads of kitchen roll and cotton wool pads
  • Brush and comb

Things that are handy, but not essential

  • Moses basket/ crib (plus mattress, sheets and blankets)
  • Baby bath
  • Baby box or bag
  • Sling
  • Bouncy chair
  • Baby monitor
  • Changing bag
  • Steam steriliser
  • Breast pump
  • Baby lotion  
  • Bath thermometer
  • Nail scissors
  • Nappy wrapper

Hospital bag, essential items to take to the hospital:

  • Nighties, dressing gown and slippers
  • Nursing bras, breast pads
  • Maternity, or super-absorbent sanitary towels 
  • Toiletries
  • Nappies
  • Baby toiletries
  • Cotton wool
  • Baby clothes
  • Shawl or cot blanket, hat & mittens if it’s cold
  • Car seat
  • Clothes and a coat if it’s cold 
  •  Money and camera
  •  Ipod
  •  Magazines

source: emma's diary

Friday, 22 August 2008

bugged by buggies

since it's our first baby, we've been really confused as to how to choose a travel system. the market is really confusing what with all the accesories and what have you that goes with it. we have been trolling the shops and surfing the net and found 4 that we have considered. my number one choice is the silver cross 3d pram (third photo). the other three are bugaboo (the best looking but least likely to get it coz it's very expensive considering it's mostly celebrities'choice),  the Loola Bebe Confort (first photo) and graco travel system(last photo). we still have to make up our minds though we are geared towards the silver cross one because of it's practicality (very easy to use and fold for storage) and lightweight as well.  we'll find out  our final choice when we do our test drive.