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What do you really need for a newborn?

Updated on May 11, 2015

You are having a baby! Here's what you really need...

I was blessed to give birth to my seventh baby a few years ago. As a new mom, there are so many decisions to make. Baby Basics: what do you really need to have for your new baby? What can you live without? There are so many choices! Too many choices. You can spend a lot of money or just buy what you really need. But how do you know what you really need? As a mom of many, I can tell you what things I found really useful, and what things I never even took out of the package. Read on!

The big stuff you really need:

Although there are literally thousands of products for new babies and new parents, there are really only three things you really need in my opinion. These are the big three that it is hard to do without:

  • A car seat
  • A stroller
  • A crib or somewhere for the baby to sleep

You Definitely Need a Car Seat!

You need a car seat! Most hospitals won't let you leave wtihout one. With my first baby, I found the infant carrier seat to be the best option for my newborn. That way, I had both a car seat and a carrier for your baby. When I needed to run to the store, or you got time to go out to dinner, I could easily take the baby with me. If the baby was asleep, he could stay right in the seat and I could take the whole thing with you. However as I had more and more babies, I switched to a convertible car seat. I found it heavy and awkward to carry the infant carrier carseat. I discovered I preferred to "wear" my baby in a sling carrier instead. So the convertible carseat made more sense. I got more for my money and more use out of a single car seat. I keep my babies rear-facing for safety for at least 2 years. I'm a Graco girl. I love the Graco products. It helps that one of our very good friends is a car seat engineer at Graco. I trust their products. I have had Graco carseats for all of my 7 babies.

You need a stroller

There are many options for strollers. You can get a single stroller, a jogging stroller, a double stroller if you have more than one small child, or an umbrella stroller. Things to consider when buying a stroller--how heavy it is, how easily does it fold, how easy it is to maneuver. It is nice if your infant car seat fits onto your stroller, to make your life easier. Those car seats get heavy! You can buy a travel system (stroller and car seat combination). Most strollers will accept a car seat even if they are not designed as part of a travel system.

You need a crib - Or maybe you'd rather use a co-sleeper

The cribs now days are so much nicer than the ones they made 14 years ago when I was buying my first crib. Most of them now are convertible--they start as a crib, convert to a toddler bed, then convert to a full size bed later on. What a great product! Make sure you use a new, firm mattress in your baby's crib. Some new parents prefer a co-sleeper to a crib. That way, the baby is within arm's reach all night long.

The smaller stuff you really need

Many people go way overboard when they buy for newborns. You don't really need that much to start with. You cannot be sure how big or small your baby will be, so I wouldn't buy a whole lot of outfits until you actually have the baby. My first few babies outgrew those cute newborn size (0-3 months) in a week, my last baby wore them for about 2 months. You just never know. I also had a friend who had tiny, tiny babies and she needed all preemie size clothes. You need a few basic things to get started, you can add more later as you find they are needed. Read on...

  • Diapers (you can choose cloth or disposable) I wouldn't get too many newborn size, cause you may not have a small baby. All of my babies outgrew Newborn size in a week or less. I would recommend you start with one pack newborn size and a pack of size 1.
  • Wipes
  • Some onesies if you are having a cold weather baby or some one piece shortie outfits if you are having a warm weather baby.
  • A few sleepers (I like the zippered bag sleepers for my winter babies) or some lightweight gowns for summer babies--I was not a big fan of the gowns, but they did make those nighttime diaper changes easier the first few weeks.
  • Some good socks. Don't go for cute, most of them won't stay on anyway. I found that Gap and Children's place newborn socks stayed on and Carters bootie socks stayed on.
  • Some good burp cloths. Those tiny people erupt all over the place. Again, the really cute burp cloths are more for show, I found that a pack of cloth diapers worked better as burp cloths. They were thicker and covered more of my shoulder.
  • A few outfits to start out. Look for outfits with snaps in the legs, anything to make diaper changing easier! I prefer 100% cotton knit outfits on my new babies; they seem so much softer and more comfortable.
  • A couple crib sheets and maybe a sheet saver or two. A sheet saver goes on top of a portion of the sheet, so if the baby spits up, you don't have to change the whole sheet.

Get some onesies (bodysuits) to start off with

If you have a summer baby, colored or decorative onesies can double as outfits. Onesies come in sleeveless, short, or long sleeves. They come in all kinds of colors and patterns or simply basic white. If you have a winter baby, these keep your baby warm! I prefer the 100% cotton type, but I found that many of them do shrink at first.

Luvable Friends 16-Piece Deluxe Layette Set, 0-6 Months, Blue
Luvable Friends 16-Piece Deluxe Layette Set, 0-6 Months, Blue

This is a great set to start out with. You get a gown, hat, shirts, onesies, pants, hats and booties. This set comes in blue, yellow or pink.


You need diapers and wipes!

I have gone through a lot of diapers and wipes in my day! In fact I have been changing diapers for 13 years straight. I find I prefer the huggies wipes to any I have used. They are just thicker and nicer in my opinion. I like Pampers, Luvs, and Huggies diapers. I also found that my babies tended to get rashes if I used store brand or generic diapers. However, I did use off brand wipes with success.

Other items I found useful - These are not definite needs, but they made my life easier!

There are some other things that I found I used a lot. I am really glad that I had them...

  • An Infant swing--although you may only use this for 4 months to almost a year (depending on the size of your baby) I found the swing was very useful! One of my babies would only nap in the swing--he wanted the constant motion. Some babies don't like the swing at all, but so far, all 6 of mine loved it!
  • An exersaucer--this was great from 4 months on. It gave me a safe place to put the baby and the baby was upright so he could see around. Plus it was great fun to watch my babies play and bounce in their saucers.
  • A pack and play or travel yard--We camped and travelled to visit grandparents far away, so this came in handy as a portable crib. It also acts as a playpen when the baby starts to crawl. I had a pack and play with a bassinet top, so mine doubled as a bassinet when my babies were tiny.
  • Some sort of sling or baby carrier. Makes it easier to hold your baby and be hands free!
  • A camera and/or video camera! Those babies change so fast, you will want to capture all the precious moments!

Baby Items that Made my Life Easier!

Graco Swing 'n Bounce 2-in-1 Infant Swing, Broadstreet
Graco Swing 'n Bounce 2-in-1 Infant Swing, Broadstreet

I really liked my Graco swing. This is just one model, they come in all colors and kind and brands.


Baby Carriers

I used a sling with most of my babies, but there have been some recalls lately and cautions that these are not the best carriers for babies. I have used Hotsling brand and Over the Shoulder Baby Holder which is a ring sling and I really liked them. Other great carriers are the Moby wrap and the Mei Tai. If you use a sling, just watch your newborn to be sure he or she is not pressed up against the fabric or your body too tightly. (Make sure the baby is breathing!) With my seventh baby, I finally got an Ergo Baby carrier. I wish I had gotten one sooner!

Ergobaby Original Award Winning Ergonomic Multi-Position Baby Carrier with X-Large Storage Pocket, Black Camel
Ergobaby Original Award Winning Ergonomic Multi-Position Baby Carrier with X-Large Storage Pocket, Black Camel

I have tried all kinds of baby carriers. I like to keep my newborns and my infants close. I "wear" my babies even at home. I have tried ring slings, Mei Tai carriers, Hotslings, Snugglies and more. Hands down, the best baby carrier I found is the Ergo Baby Carrier. It is long lasting and can be worn on the front or the back. (Newborns should only be carried on the front and Ergo has a newborn insert you can purchase separately or as a package.) I have used my Ergo carrier to carry my toddlers and preschoolers. In fact I was still carrying my 4 year old in my Ergo not long ago!


Here are the things I didn't really use - They just took up extra space

There were some things I found I didn't use at all. This is just my list, other moms may love these same products....

  1. A wipes warmer--I was always worried that this was a fire hazard. Plus I changed the baby all over the house.
  2. A changing table--instead I used a bath towel to put on the bed, the floor, the couch, wherever I was. The changing table was upstairs in the nursery, but I found it was easier to just change the baby where I was.
  3. A bassinet--my babies were all big and outgrew the bassinet so quickly. I did use one for my last baby because someone gave me one, but I would purchase a pack and play before I would buy a bassinet.

Did we cover it all?

Here are my precious 7!

Every mom is different and will have different likes and dislikes when it comes to baby products. I have tried to share some of my favorite things. There is so much out there that you can buy for those little people. Have fun and trust your mom instincts. Having a baby is a joy! I am looking forward to the next one! I can honestly say that baby #7 is just as exciting as baby #1! Congratulations! You are having a baby!

What are your favorite baby products?

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    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image

      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      My baby sling was my favorite! It allowed me to have my babes close to me and still have my arms free - although many times I would still hug them while they were in it!! :)

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      vanidiana24 7 years ago

      Pretty kids! You definitely have plenty to talk about them, congratulation for the newcomer!

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      Jephanna 6 years ago

      Hi, thank you for the many great ideas. Your lens is a great resource especially for new parents. God bless

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      brmadagan 6 years ago

      Great job

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great selection and personally endorsed products make it a good lens. Featured on Baby Specials and top marks

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thanks!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      What a lovely family you have. It's great to see cloth diapers are becoming more popular. They sure are a lot better than the ones from years ago!

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I loved my baby slings so much that I never found a need for a stroller.

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      whataup 6 years ago

      Great Lens. How about adding cloth diapers to your must have list. Here is a great lens about saving the world through making cloth diapers. I like this other site as well, it has pretty cool baby things, and they recently did a baby bath. review that I liked.

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      gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

      You certainly have the experience for this lens! I don't think I'll ever get married again and have another child at my age, but you never know. This was done in a thorough fashion. One could prepare for child birth using this lens, great work. See you around the galaxy...

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Great tips for new parents...nice lens.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Soft toys are some of my favorites.

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      This lens is indeed very helpful to new moms and dads out there. The tips are great and you did a wonderful job of compiling almost everything in this lens of yours! Well done.

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Great tips!

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      @Wedding Mom: Thanks so much for your comments. I've enjoyed reading your lenses too!

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      TeacherRenee 5 years ago

      such great tips. wish all new moms could find this lens -- would give them such peace of mind.

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      activatedminist 5 years ago

      Great lens! I especially agree on the things that just take up space. You should make a poll on that one. :) I bought so many things for my first child that were pointless. :p Besides liking your lens, I am even more amazed that you fit it in while caring for 7 children, one a newborn. You've got to be a real super mom. God bless and keep up the good work!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I totally agree with you on skipping the wipes warmer-never used mine! I had a combo changing table/dresser for my last dd that I got from Burlington Coat Factory. She's 5 and it's her dresser now.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Good list of things a new mom needs. You forgot REST. That's such a big job.

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      laureenr 5 years ago

      Fantastic information

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Things that moms-to-be wonder about so much - they are addressed in this lens - by someone with experience. Nicely done! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Many new moms can use these, it's so nice to hear from a real mom what you really need for the first weeks.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      You are truly blessed having 7 healthy children. It is not hard to tell that they are happy and that you are a good mum. You did a great job on this lens and I congratulate you on getting the purple star, but I am not surprised, it is a very well thought out and impressive lens. Love it!

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      Wow, i loved your lens. Your experience will be sure to help a new mum to be. Your kids look lovely and you are such a blessing to all of us here. Great job and keep up the good work.

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Car seats are a big deal, don't forget the carseats! (And strollers of course....)

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      As a two time mom and six time grandmother, I totally agree with your list of essentials! Great lens!

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Congrats on your recent miracle :)

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      TapIn2U 5 years ago

      Being a mom for the first time is really exciting and at the same time, nerve-wracking. My favorite baby products are those cute little blankies and pacifiers. Fantastic lens! Happy New Year! Sundae ;-)

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      Wendy Leanne 5 years ago from Texas

      Wonderful advice here. I'm a mommy to three. I bought a Boppy when I had my second baby and have no clue how I survived my first baby without one. It was so much easier to nurse my babies with a Boppy. I also love bouncey seats. They are light and portable and don't take up a lot of space.

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      Good hub. This is really valuable list of necessities for a baby.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would say that you have the expertise for giving just the right and only the necessary items for a newborn...7 babies and all that I have met so far are a delight. I thought I'd been here before, so glad I stopped in....blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm confused about how to pick out a carseat. Some of them seem to have a separate base, and some of them don't have a base. What's the difference and which one do I need to buy? Will I have to buy bigger carseat after about a year? Will most carseats detach and fit in a stroller?

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      @anonymous: If you buy an infant carrier seat it will have a base, although you can use it without the base. If you do buy a carrier seat you will have to buy a bigger one later. You can buy a convertible carseat that will last longer than the first year. It has to be able to ride rear facing for the first year (or longer) and then turn around and ride forward facing. Feel free to email me through my lensmaster page (find it by clicking on my name) and I can give you more information.

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      Mike Best 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      @anonymous: Also remember to buy an extra base if you'll be moving your infant car seat from one vehicle to another. Even though modern car seats are pretty easy to install, it's much more convenient to have two.

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      Mike Best 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Great lens! Too many new parents go out and buy everything under the sun, only to find out they only use the basics!

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      7 Children, wonderful! I am blessed to have 6... this is a lovely lens, and a wonderful resource for new mums...

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips, my first child is due this May :D

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      myamya 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      you have beautiful kids, lucky 7. we are 11 in the family excl. my parents. welcome to the club.

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      travelerme 5 years ago

      I heard you had a 1k poll trophy and I was wondering if you wanted to do 100 more on my lens congrats

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      If God blesses us with another baby, I'm going to splurge on an Ergo baby carrier. So many of my friends said it's been their best purchase for their babies. Like you, I think wipe warmers are useless, and Huggies wipes are the best. The Kirkland brand at Costco are pretty good too.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I also learn that milk bottle sterilizer is not necessary, you can just use the hot boiling water to soak it and that will be able to kill most of the gems and bacteria.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was just here in January to bless, so guess I'm just here to smile with you for getting front page honors!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Enjoyed reading this article, congrats on what you're doing.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Excellent lens! I'll recommend this to the first time moms I know. I do remember when I was pregnant with my first and was SOOO overwhelmed by all the options at Babies R Us. So much of it is unnecessary. You've done a great job of paring down what will really be used. Blessed and liked.

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      Writing Nag 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Beautiful intro picture and lens!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      lovely lens and intro photo, really beautiful :)

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      Tracy Arizmendi 5 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Loved your lens! This is great advice and infoemation for first time Moms.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Mommies.. I love seeing mommies with their babies.. so dear. Angel blessed lens.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      Congratulations! Without a crib and fold up stroller I don't know where I'd put my kids lol.

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      bluewren56 lm 5 years ago

      I think the best outfit for a baby is the onesies, they are fantastic. Baby never comes untucked, always warm, can be worn to bed in sleeping bag, or going out under some denim shorts. They look so cute. Love you lens, thanks for sharing your lovely family.

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      BestBuys4Baby 5 years ago

      I love this lense, so much baby stuff is totally necessary and this gives a good indication of what is useful.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I have 5 kids and I totally agree with this lens! I always say that a newborn baby just needs diapers and Mommy and lots of love! :) That's about it! Great lens!

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      knitter82 5 years ago

      What a beautiful family! I was homeschooled, and if I can ever convince my husband that it's the right thing, hope to homeschool my kids someday. For now we're just in the preschool stage so lots of "homeschooling" going on.

      We're expecting our second and there are things I didn't have for my first that I do want for my second. I live in China so baby things that are used in the US are hard to come by. No one has car seats, baby carriers or nursing bras. Diapers, both cloth and disposable are almost unheard of outside of big cities like Beijing and Shanghai! It's funny to see my US friends spend so much on all the "needs" which I mostly did without. That's not to say that I was always happy about not having them :)


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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Hey mommy! I love this lens and can't wait to put all this to use when I am a proud mother myself. You are an amazing mother, and you're training me well! Love you! Blessed this page!!

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      ptnjust007 5 years ago

      so cute baby

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      Heather Bradford 5 years ago from Canada

      Agree with EVERYTHING you said! Very sensible advice. Can't believe how much money we wasted on our first child. Even one of those fancy cribs that converts into a bed... except it never did as the first child was ready for the bed when the second was ready for his crib!! Never did see the sense in a change table either and loved my cloth nappies for everything except the babies bottom!! ;-) I recommend muslin wraps to swaddle the baby. Cool and comfortable. My second was twins and we were happy with lots of second hands by then! The only thing we paid top dollar for was the car seats. Great lens! Awesome!

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      I love reading your lens :) You're children are blessed.

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      lizholy 5 years ago

      I just loooove this lens, my favorite so far (I am new to Squidoo). I am expecting my 7th child (4th from my womb). I am looking forward to reading the other two lenses that you featured here too. Many more blessings and grace to you and your family!

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      KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

      I have no kids, just two nieces. I imagine parents today can be led to believe they need more than they do. When my brother and I were growing p in rural Virginia, it was kind of the opposite. Parents weren't necessarily aware of all they did need for safety or well-being. Long-ago pictures tell a curious story. I am guessing I slept in the bassinet for a big part of my first year; I moved into the crib when my brother -- two years my senior -- was still in it. I think he got his big boy bed around his third birthday. But back when my mother was born in rural Kentucky, I think some babies were sleeping in bureau drawers. I know shoes were a winter thing only. Nowadays most parents in the US can find the resources for the most basic things... might be harder to find the balance!

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      tainlaulence 5 years ago

      True happiness mother. Best wishes to you.

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      I have to say that a bouncy chair was a lifesaver for us! While a swing is nice, a bouncy seat can be moved around very easily, so I used to take my firstborn outside with me while I was washing clothes (by hand back then, heh) and my second sat in it while I worked on my laptop around the house. We're currently expecting #3 and this was the first purchase I made! A sling is also a good thing to have on hand. I like the Guatemalan style sutis because you can move the baby around easily to your side or back if you are doing something that requires space in front.

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      Beadsnresin 5 years ago

      Great lens, don't have any kids yet, but nieces and nephews.

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. Well done!

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      spartakct 5 years ago

      Nice lens!!

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      ContentbyCasey LM 5 years ago

      This was a very good lens. As a mother of 7 children, I can agree with you on the products necessary.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      This is helpful lens buying baby gifts.

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      Kellenmadagan7 5 years ago

      I love babies!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      And you need lullabies and love! Congratulations - sent out to my board "Being a Mom."

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Your children are beautiful! Great page for helping new moms.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations! I love your intro photo of you and your baby. This lens is a great resource for new moms. Well done!

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      bluefire1020 5 years ago

      Wow, this is really helpful. Having a baby carrier is truly helpful, I'm so grateful a friend gave one as a gift. It helps a lot whenever we shop or just strolling. Thank you so much for sharing this. =)

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Babies are sweet. Nice work.

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      Great lens, you have a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing such practical advice. :)

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      Wow, great info you got here! Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was bought a suitcase full of clothes and she didn't get to wear most of them. I will ask next time for what we need. As some of them just ended up in the loft and I didn't have another baby close due to relationship breakdown and being too young in the first place lol. However wouldn't change my little girl for the world. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We just started to shop for our 1st baby, and these details were fantastic. I have no idea what should I do, or which is useful and which is not. I don't wanna waste our money and space.


      P.S: you are so lucky to have 7 gifts!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Great ideas - loved this lens

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      I would say to get as many diapers as you can. Make sure they are of all sizes because your newborn will grow, but you will go through a lot so keep getting them whenever you can!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      this is such a nice lens that it is now featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2 and also on Parenting Young Children. Hugs

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      thaqwerty88 5 years ago

      This is a REALLY great lens! What an aspiration for an up and coming squid!!

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      Ene_Ina 5 years ago

      Thank you, you are being very helpful. Baby shopping can get so overwhelming for first time parents.

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      Great tips for futures mothers :) Thumbs up !

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      This is very helpful for new parents! Youâve done a wonderful job on it. Thank you for sharing.

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      katieross 5 years ago

      Super helpful for first time parents! Thanks!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Congrats on your new baby.

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      Pampers-Diapers 4 years ago

      Wow, thank you for using your skills to put together this awesome lense! :)

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great lens!

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      sarasentor lm 4 years ago

      Well there are various but i congrats you for new cute baby.

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      MelanieMurphyMyer 4 years ago

      I love the picture of your family. What a beautiful bunch! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, tough question for me. Well done for the great lens.

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      Kellenmadagan7 4 years ago

      I miss having a newborn in the house.

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      VicPalombo 4 years ago

      You have a beautiful family! God bless you!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Seven is a perfect number by God. I'm blessed to be one of seven also.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Kellenmadagan7: its okay

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @sarasentor lm: aw thats so cute

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @getwellsoon: shutup omg


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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Kellenmadagan7: i hate that im a seen yer in high school and having a baby in two days

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      well i was going to have a baby in two day but my water jest brock

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      it's a boy yay i will name it alix

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      Helpful lens...and blessed!

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

      I love all baby products, but having a bop pillow while breastfeeding is something that I appreciate a lot :). Bibs, baby swing, mittens, hats, cute onesies, socks, diaper bag, diaper pail, etc are some of my favorite baby products, just to name a few. This lens is wonderful! It brings me back to that joyous moment when expecting and welcoming a new bundle of joy in the family. I just got a miscarriage 2 months ago, and it was quite difficult at first because I truly enjoy welcoming a new addition, and going through the preparation, etc...but the good Lord knows what was best for me, so I'm humbly embracing my loss and moving forward :). Now, I'm happy to say that I'm enjoying my motherhood, and I cherish every moment I get with my precious little ones. Thank you for this fascinating lens and God bless you, my dear friend!

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      maryLuu 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I wish I knew all these things before having my baby...

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      BelleBanks 4 years ago

      After having my first I learned there a lot of baby products that you DON'T need. Now when we have a new baby in the house we get the bare minimum and then go from there.

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      You have 7 beautiful children. Congratulations on the purple star and your new little one.

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      spids1 4 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      abarth76 lm 4 years ago

      Well done. When do you find the time to do anything with 7 children?

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      halloweenprops 4 years ago

      Fantastic info for any woman that needs to prepare for their first baby.

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      RebaC 4 years ago

      My favorite product...the swing! It is a must.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      On the stroller thing - My wife was working at our local Wal-Mart when we were expecting one of our kids. Shortly before leaving on maternity leave the store manager and several of the other employees came over and presented her with a sort of going away / congrats on the new baby present. It was a combination stroller and baby carrier. At this time my wife is a stay at home mom and its amazing how many times the folks will stop me and say to send a hello to my wife for them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for all the wonderful information. I am expecting my first baby march 3rd. N it is overwhelming trying to make sure everything is perfect. N they have so much out know for babies n all the different brands n then all the safety points n recalls i look at. You just made it so much easier for me. N god bless u n ur family.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      What a great resource for new parents needing to know what they really need for a newborn.

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      irminia 4 years ago

      Wonderful! Not really that much is really needed for a baby. Congratulations on the seventh child! I admire you!

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      bamalife 4 years ago

      Great lens. We used a Graco car seat for one of our kids.

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      kimark421 4 years ago

      Great lens. Glad I am past this, it's grand kids now!

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      You must be a pro now with 7 kids. Great lens.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Frederiksocial LM 4 years ago

      Quality writing from a mom with a lot of experience! Thank you for the good lens :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My baby girl is due on the 3rd of March also. Congrats and good luck to you

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      aliciamaggie54 4 years ago

      Love this! With seven children, you must be supermom.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The one thing that I treasured most was the Madella breast cups! They allowed your nipples to breath to prevent chapping, and naturally expressed a little milk if you started to become engorged. You could dump the milk, or use sponge inserts to soak it up. They also created a barrier that normal breast pads didn't - so no chaffing or irritation from your bra or the cotton pads. I couldn't have breast fed without them!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very helpful. Thank you.

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      makarenko 4 years ago

      thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      very helpful thanks god bless you and your 7 kids

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

      GREAT LENS! I don't know whether you breast fed you babies because unless I missed it you don't mention that moms need a good feeding bra and nipple shields - ouch! Giovanna

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I would say my babies bouncy chair was the one thing I couldn't have lived without. She spent so much time in it in the first 4 months. A really useful lens and I agree completely with your choices.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      your baby is so cute.

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so much, I'm blessed!

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      @Jogalog: Yep, the bouncy chair can be a life saver!

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      Evelyn Saenz 4 years ago from Royalton

      As a mom of three, my favorite baby products were a sling so that I could nurse and cuddle baby while having hands free, onsies with snaps all down the front for easy changing and a microwave for heating up cold washcloths. A playpen was great for putting small toys, like Legos where older siblings could play and baby couldn't get in. Mothering Magazine, now online, for advice. Love you lens and helpful tips for new moms. :)

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      RetroMom 4 years ago

      Very nice.

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      bossy gal 4 years ago

      thank you so much, this lens is very helpful for me :)..

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      bossy gal 4 years ago

      thank you so much, this lens is very helpful for me :)..

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      dreamteam2013 4 years ago

      wow, this helped me a lot. very nice and helpful lens! now i know what to buy and what not to buy for my coming baby.. hehe!

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Usuful lens I don't have childreen but still amazing lens

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thank a LOT needed that quadruplets on the way so i got all i need right here keep you up dateed on how they are doing and how i'm doing too

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      noner 4 years ago

      Receiving blankets. They became EVERYTHING for me and my first son. Burp clothes were never big enough, so use a blanket. They were used as bibs/napkins, public changing table covers, and even as blankets. lol

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      vicky71 3 years ago

      Awww.. I love this lens.. very comprehensive.. Didn't miss out on anything..Thanks

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      seodress 3 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Wonderful lens, very informative and helpful. We share a lot of the same ideas, pleasure reading!

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      maceemiller123 3 years ago

      a great read. your family look very happy so well done you.

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