What do I actually need?

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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby sabrina fair » 03 Feb 2015, 19:15

Lily wrote:I really loved my bfing pillow, it was brilliant for preventing sore neck, back and arms in those early months of marathon feeds. It's a My Brest Friend (I know, cringey) - it might suit your purposes as they also make an inflatable version which packs really small for travelling.


Had the same thing which I really really loved with monkeyboy but never used with squidge. The latter was a quicker feeder and had better latch than his brother and I'd mastered feeding lying down with him much quicker. So I'd probably wait to see how you and the baby get on before investing - they're big and not cheap.
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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby Treeb » 03 Feb 2015, 19:44

I had a Boppy nursing pillow which I hated and never used. I was much happier just using a regular bed pillow. (I have heard that the "My Brest Friend" is much better than the Boppy though.)
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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby UnhappyRightFoot » 03 Feb 2015, 21:34

I have some swaddles you are more than welcome to borrow - see if bubs takes to them. Both mind loved being swaddled so I have 3 or 4. If you would like them, let me know (and I promise I will post them to you!!!) :wink:
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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby Violet_Cue » 03 Feb 2015, 21:48

I loved my "My Brest friend" lent it to my cousin and never saw it again. Bought a used one for little bit... but if we had a good latch from the start or I wasn't so large chested I might not need it. This is a pattern for one in case you are handy - she even suggests you could make it and then stuff with whatever (all the 900 baby blankets people seem to give you?)

We just used water for our wipes... and from the tap at that! But you may want some sort of bum cream that works? Unless you have coconut oil on hand anyway - we used that. Agree that a wetbag is fine. We got a medium one for J (overnight cloth) and it is hung on the handle at the top of the stairs... easy for putting in dirty diapers, easy to grab and bring down to the laundry... may get a bucket for little bit or may just get a bigger one for when the two are soiling dipes...

Somewhere to sleep, something to eat, stuff for them to wear... that's the top things... I agree with the nail clippers... although my friend always bit her tiny ones nails if that works for you, lol.

Bathtub you can skip... they can join you, be bathed in the sink, (or if you are terrible like us - rarely bathed at all!) sponge bath when they are very tiny. :)

I keep finding things we "need" but we don't really (my latest is amber necklace. Which we will get, just not right now...)
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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby ToothFairy » 03 Feb 2015, 23:40

RR, I might have a popup travel cot I can let you have. I'll need to ask DH. I certainly DID have one a while back! I'll let you know.
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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby RedRum » 04 Feb 2015, 09:36

Thank you all so much, I've found the responses really useful.

TF - that would be amazing, will happily pay you for it.

I think based on the mixed responses I'll see how I get on without a bf pillow, can always get hold of one later if it seems like it would help. Baby bath is another thing I had for R that was never used, although I did have a big plastic storage box that she used as a bath when we were living in NY in a teeny flat with no shower :D

HF - thank you so much for the offer but I think I will figure out if he/she actually likes to be swaddled first!
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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby ToothFairy » 04 Feb 2015, 10:19

If we still have it it's in the garage, DH is going to have a look later. He seems to think we don't have it any more. I'll let you know.
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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby RedRum » 04 Feb 2015, 10:31

TF - thank you, don't worry if not x

Treek - did you buy extra covers for the sleepyhead? I can just about bring myself to invest in the pod itself but the spare covers feels like a step too far as they're half as much again! Size wise do you think a fitted moses basket sheet would do the trick?
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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby Toasty Crumpet » 04 Feb 2015, 10:36

We had a tummy tub we used to bathe Crumpet in. LC hated it, and the baby bath seats we borrowed from friends, so we just sort of didn't bathe her until she was big enough to sit in the bath (in a cage seat). Who says babies need bathing!
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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby treek » 04 Feb 2015, 11:38

No! I couldn't bring myself to pay that much for covers, so the sleepyhead is covered in a waterproof cotbed sheet and then a cotbed sheet over that (I do have moses basket sheets somewhere, but haven't tried them on it. Not sure if they'd be a bit small? I'll see if I can hunt them out and try it for you:). They're tucked in nice and tight underneath so there's no risk she'll end up with them over her face.
As an added bonus it also means that we don't have to change the sleepyhead cover if she's sick/nappy leaks-it's a complete pita to get back on! Just whip off the top sheets and put new ones on! :D
Totally agree about bathing - little one had a quick dip at 2 days old after a meconium explosion and that's it! She'll be 8 weeks on Friday :oops:
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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby mamapup » 04 Feb 2015, 17:59

Want my swaddle blanket for free? Wasn't going to charge for it. It's nice and light.
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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby mindy » 04 Feb 2015, 20:15

I bathed both my girls in the kitchen sink until they were about 6 months - bathroom is up 3 flights of stairs, too much like hard work!
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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby RedRum » 04 Feb 2015, 22:47

Thanks mp, but I'm ok, I'll give swaddling with a muslin/blanket a go and see Howe get on and if he/she likes it!

We have a washing up bowl in the camper that's gonna have to do for a bath I think!
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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby ches » 08 Feb 2015, 03:48

I've always been of the opinion that you need nappies, boobs, car seat and a wrap. All the rest is a luxury. :D
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Re: What do I actually need?

Postby CaelaCoo » 12 Feb 2015, 19:21

Well this is what I have, some may be useful some not:-

Double pushchair
Moses basket and stand
Nappies/wipes
Muslin clothes
Bibs
Bottles/steraliser (going to try breast again but this is back up)
Blankets
Clothing
Coat
Bath (was bought for me or I wouldn't bother)
Hats
Milk for if breast fails
Baby bag for going out
Feeding pillow

Anything else I need would be bought upon needing. At the ,moment I think I have essentials


Edited to add that I had one of these for molly for the bath. She loved it and fell asleep many times with it. Made bath time easier as I felt I didn't have to grip a slippery new born. Will be purchasing one again
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