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Baby items you couldn't live without (up to six months)
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Infacol. A full burp in every half bottle of milk.:D
Sock-ons- cheap as chips and save a lot of socks!
Muslins- can be used under baby's head to save the sheet from puke. Wrap around as a bib to catch same, and dribble. Emergency nappy, emergency breastpad, quick-drying towel etc. When they get a bit grubby- looking you can dye them pretty colours too
I use it as a nappy cream, moisturisor for mine & baby's skin, used it to heal cracked nipples when breasfeeding (you don't have to wash it off, it's completely safe for baby to ingest) we used it to heal some unexplained spots baby developed on her tummy...the list goes on! Wouldn't want to be without it!
Also, other essentials include bibs/muslins, obviously nappies, wipes, lots of vests and sleepsuits, cotton wool balls, soft, fluffy towels, changing mat, swaddle cloth, lots of small blankets (if winter baby)...I have just ordered a Ewan the Dreamsheep, so will report back once its arrived
DS1 (6/1998) DS2 (2/2001) DD (12/2012)
1) Car seat with isofix- the ease of putting my daughter in the car quickly with the isofix made it worth the money for us
2) Sterilser, bottles ( I didn't breastfeed)
3) baby change mat with nappy cream, cotton wool, nappies
4) baby bath with bathseat and baby towels
5) Lots of vests and babygrows and hats
Gro bags - wriggle proof.
Decent sterilizer - not brand specific as you will be ties into using their brand as it will be the only one that fits.
Insulated mug so you can enjoy a hot cup of tea. Get the one with the metal inner as easier to clean than plastic, although they do ceramic now I think.
Masses of home made meals in the freezer that can be nuked and carbs added. Spag bol sauce or chilli for example. Easy and fillling to cook pasta or rice and no slaving over stove. Seriously, I advise you to pack your freezer with as many 'bung it in the oven all in one' dinners for that baby in bed lets eat when the oven goes beep times.
The plan fails on the fact that the average newborn could sleep through a rock concert, the apocalypse, a rave at the end of their moses basket - but the second you put fork to mouth.... WAAAAH!
For us -
Sleeping bags when they hit the minimum weight limit for them (I've got a mix of different makes - from grobags to supermarket cheapies)
A duplicated set of nappy change stuff upstairs and downstairs - saves your trekking up and down stairs a million times a day.
Thats a good idea, will def do that, and also, as Sparkles said, keep an extra set of stuff at both grandparents so we can stay round when we want - btw is a travel cot ok for the odd weekends, or should we invest in proper cots at both grandparents?
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A car seat is probably essential.
I'd also agree with the Infacol suggestion.
The only thing I'd add that hasn't been mentioned would be Lansinoh cream. I know not everyone needs it, but if you do need it then the earlier you can start using it the better.
We've got a travel cot, it doubles up as a playpen, figure that'll do nicely for the odd weekend staying away.