New born must haves

I’m in the last days of pregnancy and nesting instincts have kicked in – a bit, I think. So I’m just getting ready with the new born must haves to prepare for the arrival of our little bundle.

It’s been 8 years since the last time I had a newborn around and believe me, as strange as this may sound, I already forgot how it feels or the things I should get ready. I do still remember the sleepless nights and fatigue though. Those things can’t be forgotten!

Anyway, I’m trying to squeeze my brain here recalling the things I might need (just the basics, really):

1. Clothes – those cute little clothes for the little one that’s perfect for whatever the season. I prefer breathable cottons, WITHOUT tags and ties or snaps to close so wouldn’t have to go through from the head.

Clothing needs would also include towels and wash clothes.

2. Receiving/Swaddle Blanket by Swaddle Designs – The soft, lightweight muslin allows for better airflow and temperature moderation thanks to it’s light open weave. Not only are they excellent for swaddling, these beautiful wraps can be used as burp cloths, sun shades, nursing covers and lightweight blankets.

3. Infant Car Seat – a must when taking the baby home from the hospital.

4. Diaper Cover – I was using cloth diapers for Pristine for two months and I plan to do the same for baby #2 so these diaper covers is a must. I brought all I used before.

5. Baby bath and baby toiletries – to keep baby clean and sweet smelling everyday!

6. Baby wrap/sling – I have not tried baby wearing with Pristine 8 years ago but it’s something I always wanted to try. It’s great right now that there are a lot of brands to choose from though I am not sure which one works best! Suggestions welcome…

There’s nothing like keeping a baby close to you and having two free hands at the same time.

Wish list:

1. Graco Sweet Peace Soother Swing – My siblings and I, when we were newborns, were soothed by using a makeshift cloth hammock back home. Since I couldn’t just nail something in the cement wall here, this is the nearest perfect solution.

2. Nursing Glider (Rocking chair with Ottoman) – I can imagine falling asleep myself in this mama rocking chair while nursing the baby any time of the day.

That’s about it. Anything more I think I missed? (coz I feel there are!)

Just to mention the things I won’t really need but appearing constantly in ‘newborn must haves’: crib, bottles (I plan to breastfeed exclusively), bottle warmer, breast pump (I express breast milk manually) and baby wipes (I plan to use cloth wipes) and baby wipe warmer.

7 thoughts on “New born must haves

  1. I’ve found the most practical type of baby wrap is a ring sling. I won one from Sakura Bloom just before I had Noah and used it non-stop until the off-one-shoulder thing started killing my back when he got to be about 12 pounds. Otherwise… it’s lightweight so you don’t get too hot (unlike the wraps that seem to cover your whole upper body) and there’s not much fabric so it easily fits in any bag when you’re going out.
    You could also try a pouch sling like one from sevenslings.com but they are less adjustable. (google for a coupon, you can usually get one for the cost of shipping only)

    When they get a little bigger I LOVED my ERGO structured carrier. I prefer it to one with ties because the ties are bulky when you have to sit down and to me seemed harder to get on snug enough.

    And out of curiosity… you listed diaper covers, does that mean you use pre-fold cloth diapers?
    We don’t do bottles and all that entails either! πŸ™‚

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  2. I also had inserts for my bra that would keep my shirt dry. I also nursed and apparently I was a good mama and had plenty of milk because I leaked. Your list is a good one, Grace!

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  3. I felt like I was able to use my Hotsling sling for about 2 seconds. My son got too long quickly. So I then got an ERGO baby carrier which was great until he reached 3 feet tall. It has an infant insert.
    Diaper covers? Why not try AOI- All in one with inserts- Bumkins, Bummies, there area lots out there.
    The other thing I used a lot was a sleep sack with an open end. In fact it kept him in that almost all day.
    And a BabyBjorn sitter!

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  4. I have a glider without the ottoman. I love it! Perfect for breastfeeding. Right now perfect for bedtime stories and just to sit on and to glide on quietly while waiting for the baby (Mark) to fall asleep in his crib.

    Another essential, a lot of baby wipes and wash-clothes. Babies of all ages are messy. I still use wash-clothes even for Matthew at age 5! They are better because they are soft and lightweight, easy to wash and dry, rather than a heavy face towel to use on babies, toddlers, small kids, big kids… adults, too!

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