Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Making a List and Checking it Twice

So I am working on getting a list of baby things to get before our little bundle comes. I am sure we don't need to have everything right away and can get some things afterwards. I am a list person and I have been feeling anxious about making some progress in this area so a list will help put my mind at ease.

Since this is my first I thought I would open the floor to your thoughts. If you know of any items that you found useful and can't live without or items that were a waste of time and money please do share.....


  1. We've found gas drops to be the greatest invention to help ease a poor baby's pain from gas bubbles. Target's brand is our preference, but they all work. (don't get the dyed versions)
    So, when nothing else has worked and they are inconsolable, these do the trick.


  2. This could get long. (Plus everybody's opinions will be different).

    Huggies diapers and wipes worked best for us.

    If you have a boy, don't bother with the "pee pee tee pee's", they're ridiculous and don't work.

    If you breastfeed the best breast pad is made by Lansinoh, I tried them all (including reusable ones) and this was my conclusion.

    When the child gets older and can carry their own snack cup, I love the Snack Trap.

    If you have the time and inclination, make your own baby food. It's better and cheaper. I liked "First Meals" by Annabel Karmel. And give them all a try, stuff that sounded gross to me, the kids loved.

    The best book and method for getting baby on a schedule was "Becoming Babywise" by Gary Ezzo. Saved my life when Jacob was 3 months old. I only gleaned from it what I wanted, but the eat-wake-sleep routine is what helped us the most. (This is a controversial book, but as with all parenting books take from it only what you want and are comfortable with).

    I could think of more, but I'm sure you are getting inundated. Good luck with your list.

  3. First, congrats on the new baby-to-be. I like the concept of the diaper genie, but each refill costs $6+ and using a grocery sack that you just tie and untie every time keeps the smell out better. I still use the diaper genie because I have one, and it's super convenient, but it would be a lot cheaper to just use the free plastic bags I get every shopping trip.

    Also, my favorite wipes have been the bulk ones you buy at Costco. The bulk ones from Walmart (parents' choice, I think) are NO GOOD. They just seem to spread it around and not actually pick it up off the baby's bum. (really frustrating!!)

    I liked the boppy pillow for breastfeeding the newborn, but I stopped using it after about 2 months. By that time it was just easier to hold him without the pillow.

    A rocking chair/glider chair is a MUST. Just remember to stay awake yourself as you rock the baby to sleep. :)

    I'm sure there's more that I can say, but for now I'll just say remember to have fun with it. The baby grows SOOO fast, and there are so many milestones that you just don't want to miss.


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