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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
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