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Things to buy for newborn babies

Updated on April 1, 2012

The moment you get pregnant, in addition to searching for a name for the baby, you are thinking and shopping for things for the baby. There is a lot of shopping to do and it takes a lot of time exploring your options and shopping for the best safest items and toys while keeping the cost low. Welcoming a newborn baby requires many months to get yourself and your beautiful home ready for the new member to your family. It is always good to buy some of the baby things in advance to care of the baby during the early months. You will be busy in doing things like changing baby diapers, changing baby clothes and cleaning umbelical cord you will not have time to do detailed shopping. Here is a list that you will need to buy before the baby is born.

List of things for newborn babies:

1. Car seat: This is one of the time consuming things to shop for. I would advise buying a travel system that has both a car seat and a stroller. The main advantage is that the car seat fits into the stroller. So, when the baby is sleeping in the car seat, you don't have to wake up the baby to get into the stroller. You can just fit the car seat into the stroller and the baby's nap is undisturbed. I bought the Graco travel system which I have no complaints about. The rear facing car seat can be used up to 1 year or 22 pounds of your baby's weight. Follow the instructions for fitting the car seat and you can go to the local fire department if you need help.

Things for newborn babies
Things for newborn babies

2. Crib: Crib is another thing to buy for your baby to sleep at night and shopping for a crib takes a lot of time. I bought a crib from JC Penny's website that has slats that are no more than 2 3/8" apart so that baby won't fall out from the crib. Most cribs do not come with the mattresses. You have to buy one separately. You can get good ones from Walmart for low prices. Pick out a mattress that has good back support. I bought the one that are not too soft. Buy the crib that comes with the drawer. It helps to store your baby's clothes and toys. Also, buy

  • Crib linens
  • 1 matress pad
  • 2 crib sheets
  • 2 waterproof mattress pads
  • 2 light blankets to cover your baby.

3. Diaper related stuff: I bought the infant diapers at target. I like the pampers brand which is really good and do not leak easily. Check out my other hub on how to save money on baby diapers.

Baby wipes: Try to use thick soft wipes to clean your baby's bottom. I like the huggies brand which is thick and really good. You can buy from Costco or Sam's club in bulk to save money. I prefer the unscented ones.

Changing pad: It helps to change your baby's diaper.

Diaper bag: I bought the backpack kind of diaper bag which is easy to carry, looks good and is very convenient. You can pack all your baby's things like formula food, bottles, diapers, wipes, clothes and toys. I bought the one that has a changing mat and bottle holder.

Diaper rash cream: I bought the A&D diaper rash ointment. You can also use this for baby's lip dryness.

Helpful tip: I have been using valuable free coupons from successfully and saved quite some money.

I bet you will be taking plenty of great pictures and videos once your baby is born and while the baby is growing up. Make sure to organize and save those precious moments.

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4. Baby's clothes: As you know babies grow faster, try to spend less amount of money on clothing. I bought most of the baby clothes at Kohl's during their clearance sale. The clothes were of good quality and at very cheap prices. I got many marked down items for $1 each. You can also buy clothes from the outlet mall, if you have one nearby. Here are the clothes you need for baby.

  • 7 onesies (0-3 months)
  • 4 stretch suits
  • 1 snow suit ( buy if the baby is born during the winter months )
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of mittens
  • 2 hats
  • 4 receiving blankets to cover your newborn baby
  • 2 thick blankets
  • 2 bibs
  • 3 wash cloths

5. Bath items:

  • Bathtub
  • Buy packaged bath kits that contain many acessories like thermometer, comb, scissors, nail clippers.
  • Shampoo: I personally like Johnson and Johnson's head to toe tear free baby shampoo to bath the baby.
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby oil: Again, I prefer Johnson's brand
  • Aquaphor: For dry skin - I bought the aquaphor which is too oily. I heard that Eucerin is also good.
  • Baby comb and nail clippers
  • Towel: Always buy the one which is soft and gentle and wash before using.
  • Laundry detergent: I like the Dreft brand laundry detergent
  • New born first aid kit: I bought the safety 1st brand that comes with the comb, nail cutter, nasal aspirator and thermometer.

6. Breast feeding equipment

  • Breast pump to pump your milk into the bottle
  • Nursing bras if you are breast feeding
  • Breast pads
  • Nipple cream

7. Bottle feeding items

  • 6 bottles and sterilizing equipment
  • 1 bottle brush
  • 1 bottle warmer
  • Infant formula milk: always check the expiration date and ask your doctor first.

8. Medicines

  • Rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs (for the umbelical cord)
  • Infant tylenol - for fever (you will need it when the baby gets immunization shots)
  • Mylicon for gas relief
  • optional: Gripe water. A great way to treat your baby's stomach problems. Babies cry a lot and sometimes it could be due to stomach problems. Giving a spoon of gripe water in the morning helps the baby's digestion. You can get gripe water in many Indian grocery stores or at Amazon. You should always consult with a pediatrician before giving medicines to your baby..

9. Other miscellaneous things

  • Bouncer: I bought the one that comes with the music, toys and vibrating massager. It helps to keep the baby happy. This is a great way to keep the baby entertained so you will have some time to do other things also.
  • 2 pacifiers


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      Amanda 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing with us this information I was so blank but now I know what to buy for my baby and due in November

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      lorr 4 years ago

      I had a long list i thought was complete until i saw yours then i knew there are minor but important items that i did not know about

      Thank you

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      HolidayGiftIdea 4 years ago

      Thanks for this great list of ideas that are needed for newborns. I'm having another kid on the 18th of December. A refresher of things I need is always nice.

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      shasha 5 years ago

      good hub and info here for our moms

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      gingersmaltese 5 years ago from 27597

      Thanks for sharing! Another place to buy cheap clothes is local discount stores like Ross, TJ MAX, Marshalls and sometimes the thrift store.

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      funmi ahmed 5 years ago

      i am expecting twins baby boy and i want 2 deliver them through normal delivery ,i dony want go through cs.what can i take as in medication am about 6month now this my second baby.

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      Shinelly Jonas 5 years ago

      I am currently 4 months into my pregnancy and was starting to get things ready for my Wonderful baby Son Elijah Monduc Jonas.i now realise that i have lots more to purchase but still have some time ahead of me to do so.With that said i simply want to thank you for simplifing the job for me...and hopefully ALL WILL be ready for his wonderful arrival..xoxo Love MoM TO BE...

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      Mariam Aikhu 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot. you've help me realized those things i really may need. Am grateful.

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      Nkay 5 years ago

      This is so nice... Am so grateful.this will rily help a 5 months gone. Thumbs up.

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      Makgoshi 5 years ago

      Thnx 4 advice i ws nt knwing where 2 start,bt atleast i hv got infor nw.

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      staycious 6 years ago

      Good advise. Well prepared. Thanks much.

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      Abhishek Bose 6 years ago

      I want all the details of sudden price change for products of all the brand who ever will change,So that I get know about it,Plz send it on my mail id-(

      Thank U

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      sharlyn 6 years ago

      i want to have a baby

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      Jenny 6 years ago

      Good info and lots of advice for a new mom-to-be. Thanks a a lot:)

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      lahar 6 years ago

      thanks so much! very nice and detailed list....

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      La nena 6 years ago

      Great information, thanx for ur support...

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      Sophie 6 years ago

      Depends on your style of parenting. Here are things that I've found useful:



      -rattles, teething toys, books (they don't need much in the way of toys, once they're able to pick things up and move around a but, they will be happy with a cardboard box!

      -grape seed oil for massages - also works well to get rid of cradle cap

      -cloth diapers (even people who use disposable diapers can find cloth diapers handy to use as a burp cloth, bib, mat, clean up spills etc - also great to use as a cleaning rag when you no longer need them for baby)

      -relaxing music (great for bath time, massages or helping to soothe baby to sleep)

      -wraps (especially muslin wraps)

      -growbags/sleeping bag suits - often best to wrap babies for the first 6 months - it's often what they prefer. As they get older they may like to have their hands free. Growbags are fantastic to keep babies at the right temperature and you don't need to you blankets that can fall off and wake the baby.

      -change mat (can either go on change table, bed, dresser, table, floor etc)

      -night light

      -room thermometer

      I recently bought a great website for kid's thing..i.e Babeez world a one stop shop online store for kids you can check their site .

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      Ify 6 years ago

      I appreciate ur help.

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      Mufresh 6 years ago

      Thank u so much for helpful information for new mom like me!

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      Esther 6 years ago

      Thank u so much.i just got what i've been lookin 4.

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      Sukritijives4u 6 years ago

      Undoubltedly this Hub is excellent,full of information i wonder if i would have seen it before during my pregnancy this is the first time i am commenting on hub,superb the editor has well written what all things one should buy for a new born.

      Well didn't got much help from my family as me and my husband put up alone in this google was only thing which i used to refer for pricing,things what all i have to buy then one day my friend told me about Babeez world..this site is awesome man!all and everything ,every tip i got it from there...i can't expressed how tension free i was after consulting Babeez world..expecting mom this website is especially made gfor us there are many other sites for babies but this is different i even follow them on Facebook and twitter for updates have a look.

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      bimz 6 years ago

      Just what I was looking for! Thanks a lot

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      Windi 6 years ago

      Very helpful! Thanks! Our 1st Baby is on the way and I was looking for a little clarity.

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      Satya 6 years ago

      Thank You So much

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      Sana 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for the list.

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      kassie and steven 6 years ago

      Thanks a lot! This site was very helpful for us. But what about a pack -n- play and a stroller? Those are pretty convenient things to always have.

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      vatha 6 years ago

      Definitely great list for first time mumy like me...big thanks

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      Kate 6 years ago

      Oh thank goodness for this list. Seriously helps clarify a few things.

      My mother in law has been sewing away a heap of clothing etc. And I have been feeling very overwhelmed with what we needed. This is an excellent place to start - so a big thank you to you for this!

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      ishmael -Accra 6 years ago

      so happy thanks

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      Princess AJ- 8mnths 3wks 6 years ago

      I can't explain how releived i am that i have this information handy...i was just buying stuff n didn't know what was the most important.....Thanks a lot for this!!!!

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      treasure 6 years ago

      great and sincere....well done and God bless u

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      Arniciya 6 years ago

      I just turned 24 weeks today! I'm so happy! Is now a good time to start preparing for my baby boy?

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      Godschild 6 years ago

      Thank you so very much for this. Wonderful!

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      julio nieva 6 years ago

      thanks for the tips it is very helpful

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      Christy 6 years ago

      thanks for d list,wt of baby drawer is it nt necessary?Am jst 2 mnths pregnant bt am veri anxious.GOD BLESS U

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      nkechi 6 years ago

      I luv these site,its making me feel like a mum already.

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      Lavanya 6 years ago

      Thank you Hub for providing lot of good information for new Mom's

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      ify 6 years ago

      Really helpful n detailed with reasons.

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      Rachel 6 years ago

      I found a front pack an invaluable item to have.

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      kenny 7 years ago

      exactly what i needed wow don't need to be confused any more. pls update this site tooo. thanks

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      tiffany 7 years ago

      great work , very helpful

      i also think a baby monitor is a good investment

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      Rosemary 7 years ago

      This is a nice site,though am nt yet pregant,i kno i wil soon be mum.

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      Sky 7 years ago

      I am due to give birth to my first baby girl next week and this has been a lot of help thanks. x

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      fiona  7 years ago

      this site has been wonderful im having my first child and don't have much family, it has been a big help, thanks for all the advice.

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      Anyheuris 7 years ago

      Im a soon to be nineteen year old dad , this helps allot..thanks

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      tumi 7 years ago

      Thanx so much guys I live with my granny n didn't have any idea with what I had to buy first but now I'm proud coz I won't look confused again in that store love u

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      chris 7 years ago

      thanks so much did not know i need so much lol this will be fun cant wait for my first kid thanks again

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      ris 7 years ago

      yes..very important messege for new moms..

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      Oluchi 7 years ago

      this is really good. i didn't know where to start cos this is my first. thanks a million.

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      Pastor Tracy 7 years ago

      Thanks! Great Ideals, It was so helpful to me.

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      Lynda 7 years ago

      Very informative article, and the kind of every parents especially the new ones should look into. Parenting is always challenging but lets make their life less hassle with these useful items...

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      Eve 7 years ago

      Thank you so much. Evev thaugh this isn't my first i had forgoten a lot of things. This list is a life saver. Thanks for saving me numerous run to the walgreens.

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      WickedTrumpet 7 years ago

      Very very useful hub, thank you so much i now know what i need to get over the course of the next 8 and a half months =)

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      errorsomi 7 years ago

      Very helpful hub! Thank you for sharing the information.

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      megan 7 years ago

      this information was very helpful im going to be a first time mother and single at that so i have no clue what im doing. My family has been very helpful but i wanted to know what to put on my list for babyshower gifts. thanks

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      uzma imran 7 years ago

      wow good info... i'll b having my first child n ths info is really helpful.

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      Ruthlove 7 years ago

      i love this website.everything important is here. thanks a lot

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      Mydos1stbundle 7 years ago

      Wow I'm just 6 weeks and I'm sooo overwhelmed...I though I had experience with babies however the game changes when you are having your own! I'm one that likes to prepare before any event and your hub has given me clear insight in what I need to purchase!!!!! Thanks ;-)

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      Christie 7 years ago

      thnx.. this is really helpful and on spot.. i love how you put the reasons and details for the items... ill be a first time mom in february... also its really for single dads

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      Stephany 7 years ago

      This info was very helpful especially for me since this is my first pregnancy.

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      hannah 7 years ago

      well i just found out that i am preggo this mornin sooooooo yeah!!!!! i hope to god that they are twins but i know that they will b considering i get to pick

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      jakki 7 years ago

      thanks u have helped me lots

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      Jomana 7 years ago

      am 30 weeks with my second baby, and I needed it coz first baby I had my mom and sister around did all the work for me, so now I really needed to know what I should get from the beginning...thank u

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      kokonana 7 years ago

      Thanks,this list will go a long way in helping me

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      Noma 7 years ago

      Definitely a great thanks from us first time mummies. The information was really detailed helpful and good guidence for the clueless.

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      Omole 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips i almost forget most important ones

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      Danielle Li 7 years ago

      Great info! Thanks for sharing!

      I always feel like it's also good to get some memorabilia for baby as well - photo frames, personalized items, or cute figurines. It's something your family can always look back on. I got some personalized baby ornaments like these ones -

      for my friend's son and they loved it! :)

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      Karen 7 years ago


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      Karen 7 years ago

      Wrist rattle and Tummy time mat

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      lynda.c. enisuoh 7 years ago

      very cool hub!i don't have parent to advise me on this issue,is very helpful i must confess.i have to start buying now.

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      amudha nangai 7 years ago

      we will need bornbaby all items for babyshop in chennai(tamilnadu-india)

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      nica 7 years ago

      Thanks for this site.. Now i have the idea what to buy for my coming baby Chloe. Just 2 mos. to go.. :-)

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      Karen 8 years ago

      Blow up Mattress

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      Cool Baby Clothes 8 years ago from Ohio

      Excellent hub. The internet has really been so helpful for new parents. Lists like these are crucial for new parents to really be prepared for when the new bundle of joy arrives! Thanks!

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      alaina 8 years ago

      thanks, that really helps me get prepared on all the things I need to get.

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      Chizoba Moh 8 years ago

      Thanks a lot, I really didn't know where to begin

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      omnie 8 years ago

      thanks for this list... it will surely help first time moms like me.

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      prabha 8 years ago

      I was exactly looking for a list like this. thank you

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      ting 8 years ago

      for a first time mommy-to-be, this page helps me a lot..this is a very good guide..

      how much will it be worth if you buy all these things in the list?

      thanks for the hub..appreciate you a lot.

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      Olami 8 years ago

      thanks so much for the is my first baby and the information was very useful especially when i was very confused about how to save cost.

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      Nordia 8 years ago

      This information remind me of additional stuff. Thanks a lot

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      OTmommy 8 years ago from Southern USA

      So thorough, I will pass this on to my pregnant friends. I also found a tummy time mat and boppy (R) pillow helpful to lay my newborn on his tummy. So important to start tummy time from the beginning to aid in gross motor development and digestion! Another helfpul toy is a wrist rattle to help the newborn baby realize he has hands and the cause-effect that when he moves his hand it makes noise. Thanks again for the great hub!

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      biola 8 years ago

      this is very helpful,and mostly because i am not from africa and all i needed was to know things to buy for baby and the prices and where to get most of these items.

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      folawe 8 years ago

      thanks for this wonderful tip. it has really help me a lot to knw what to get for my baby.

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      eternal happiness 8 years ago

      Thanks so much for this.. great advice, especially for first time mothers like me!! cheers :-)

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      anxious 8 years ago

      I am definitely grateful to the list you provided, i am now 6 mths and plan to start shopping in August for the stuff. I am away from home but my family do call and tell me stuff but not all of the sstuff you lised here. But i was wondering so little items the baby? as in 3 wash cloth why not 12 or bibs only 2? nevertheless your list is very helpful. thank you

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      Mashood 8 years ago

      Thanks for such a wonderful guidence. we are expecting a baby next month and i thought to check out some stuff which is required because i am very preplan kinda person. So luckly i found the best help and we have no more problems because i've just note down all the things :)

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      Melissa 8 years ago

      Wow this has really helped, although i am only 5 weeks pregnant this is what i need to know so i can get prepared, that's something less stressful to worry about. Thankyou xx

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      ojuolape 8 years ago

      thank you so much for the tip. v v v v helpful. this is not my first child so i thought i had every thing covered. the site reminded me of the things i forget. u bet there were a lot things i left out on my first list.

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      LEN 8 years ago

      nice hub.. it really helps a lot with soon to be a parents... good advices... tnx much to you!!!

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      Olesja 9 years ago

      Many thanks indeed!!! Fantastic job done on here and helped me a lot! I've bought almost everything with your lists help!!!

      Many thanks again!

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      Sarah Songing 9 years ago

      Good job on your hub! Lots of needed information for new (and repeat) parents. For me personally, I could not do without a "Boppy" (kind of like a half inner-tube pillow you can wrap around your waist and rest baby on to nurse or bottle feed). This is the item I miss most when I travel with my baby.

      Another item that's essential for me, although others see it as optional, is a changing table. If you have any back problems, or just would prefer not to be bending over the floor and other surfaces for two years, get one.

      Keep up the great hubs!

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      DeeDee 9 years ago

      This sounds like a very through list - thanks~

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      yinka 9 years ago

      this. was just what i needed. it is so precise. thank you

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      latina  9 years ago

      i love all the information that i have been given today iam so grateful iam 23 having a first child my mother just kick me out on the street and now iam staying with my lovely aunty she has supported me in every way thanks to you guys and her i know what to buy now i am so grateful for everyone that wants to chip in and help me except for my bitch of a mum so thanks to you guys love ya heaps for helping me from latina and my beautiful unborn baby

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      sarah 9 years ago

      thanks heaps iam having my third child and i couldn't remember every thing that i had to buy so iam glad you guys could help me out thanks heaps

      cya love from sarah and unborn baby

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      I know that my brother's kids went straight into bigger than 3 month size - Id say wait until you know the size. Also you get given a lot fo that stuff anyway. The cute basinette the mother in law bought at huge expense fitted for about a week! I never buy any clothes < 3 months- lets face it doesn't actually matter if they are too big does it!

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      ehue 9 years ago from Sydney

      I love this hub - everything is here in a nice little list. I wish I was that organised when I had my first!