Your Questions About Baby Care

Daniel asks…

List to buy for Newborn Baby

I’m expecting to deliver my baby somewhere in September. What shall i buy for him.. besides clothes, stroller, baby car seat..
What else.. Share ur experiences with me.

The Expert answers:

The essentials that you will need are:

Rear-facing Carseat
Crib or Bassinet
Diapers, Wipes, and Ointment
Baby Powder and Lotion
Changing Pad and Covers
Bottles and Formula / Breastfeeding Accessories
Bibs and Burp Cloths
Baby Shampoo and Body Wash
Baby Bath or Bath Sponge/Cushion
Hooded Towels and Wash Cloths
Newborn/0-3 months Clothing
Onesies (both long and short sleeve)
Zippered Sleepers
No Scratch Mittens
Blankets and Swaddlers
Baby Relief Kit
Baby Grooming Kit
Diaper Bag
Dreft, All Free & Clear, or other baby safe detergent

I would also suggest you consider a baby monitor, pack-n-play, stroller, a swing or bouncer, and a boppy/feeding pillow.

Good luck!

George asks…

where will I find a complete list of what I need to have for a newborn baby?

Thing like clothes for summer months (how many singlets etc), how many nappies, how many bottles etc?

The Expert answers:

My favorite website when I was pregnant was I found everything I needed to know on this website. They have a checklist for almost everything!

Michael asks…

Needs a list of stuff to get for my newborn baby?

I’m 20 weeks pregnant, I’m starting to really stress about getting things together.
I’m starting with the nursery and have everything set up, Like walls painted got the cot, changetable, drawers and stuff like that.
What clothes would I need to buy for her? Shes due in december,., xx

The Expert answers:

I you would need to buy her/him you’ll need baby clothes(warm clothes-depending on where you live),
Crib mattress
High Chair
Rocking chair or glider
Baby changing table and dresser
Car seat
Baby play mat gym
Sling or Baby carrier
Diaper bag
Changing table pad and cover
2 sets of crib sheets
bassinet sheets
Jogging stroller if you plan on running or jogging with baby
Pack n play
Breast pump
Plenty of diapers in sizes 1, 2, 3
baby wipes
Diaper rash creams
lotions and baby powders
Infant tylenol
baby grooming kit, nail clippers, hair brush, etc
baby bath robes/towells
baby wash cloths
baby nightgowns
a few outfits in different sizes
teething rings
play toys, books, rattles, stuffed animals
blankets, receiving blankets and plush cozy ones
fresh food feeders
bottle brush
different sizes of nipples
breast sheilds
breast pads
nursing bras
baby shopping cart seat
baby book
photo albums
digital camera
teething tablets
diaper genie

Good Luck with the baby.

Jenny asks…

Is this a good list for “what to buy newborn baby”?

I’ve been looking at “essential” shopping lists and found this (for clothing). I’m wondering, from experienced parents, is this a good list? Is there anytthing I should ignore? Anything I should add to it? It just seems like so much to buy in one size when she’ll grow out of it so fast. lol. It’s a little overwhelming for me.

Just looking for your opinion on it. Thanks

8 undershirts or onesies (mix of short-sleeve and long-sleeve)
5 nightgowns (for use until the cord falls off)
8 one-piece stretchy sleepers (go for ones with zippers; new moms swear by them!)
5 pairs of pants
2 newborn hats
8 pairs of socks or booties, to wear with nightgowns and outfits
2 pairs of scratch mittens, to keep baby from scratching his face
4 outfits for dressing up (optional)

The Expert answers:

Congratulations on your baby! I just had a baby girl 8 weeks ago, and let me tell you, I bought way more stuff than I needed! I was so excited to dress up baby! Here’s what I’d recommend to mix practicality with fun:

I would get mostly long sleeved onesies, maybe 7, with the special sleeves that fold over baby’s hands. Nix the mittens. They’re hard to put on, and the almost never stay on. Onesies with the sleeves come in a ton of cute patterns, I think they’re by Carter’s.
If you’re worried about the umbilical cord, get a few shirts that aren’t onesies. We put the onesies on her anyway and she didn’t care.
Get 5-7 pairs of matching pants with attached footies, that baby can’t kick off. These are to wear with the onesies. Makes baby look adorable!
Get two or three cute little coats/hooded sweaters. These are to wear with the onesies and pants when you’re going out. It’s so fun to dress baby up this way and it’s also easy.
2 hats sounds about right.
I got a few nightgowns, but if baby’s a mover they’ll ride up. My baby is active so I never put her in a nightgown.
I got a couple of sleepers, but my husband likes them more than I do. I find diaper changing difficult with them. I prefer the zip-up ones to the button up ones; just be careful not to snag baby’s skin! Get three or four if you think you’d like them.
It’s hard to resist the dressing up outfits, so get a few. They’re only 5-10 bucks, so why not have some fun? When baby grows out of them, you’ll be heartbroken, as I am now. So try to limit yourself and make sure they’re comfy enough so baby can sleep in them.
When buying the socks, go for practicality over cute. Here are the best socks in the universe. My sister is a shoe freak so she bought my daughter about 20 pairs of socks, no joke. None of them stay on but these:
Lastly, get one pair of shoes that are itty bitty sz 0-1 for when baby goes out.
I also recommend that you get some high quality, large swaddling blankets. With these, baby is happy in just a diaper, especially when she’s fussy. Make sure they’re big!
I’d also recommend the blankie soft diapers by pampers. They make the clothes fit better and they’re super comfy for baby. They also don’t leak as much as the plastic-feeling ones.

I could go on, but those were the essentials for us.

Most of all, have fun! Get stuff that makes you smile!

Lizzie asks…

What are the necessities for a newborn baby?

i was wondering what are the necessities for a newborn, all i seem to have on my list are crib, carseat, bathtub,diapers,bottles, formula, nursing pillow, blankets and clothing. is there anything else that i really need. im trying to buy stuff before hand.

The Expert answers:

You will want to invest in a good stroller – preferably one to stick the carseat in. Tons of onesies, bibs, pampers, and baby wipes. Also get Desetin or Boudreaux’s Butt Paste and A&D Ointment to prevent diaper rash and chafing when using baby powder. Johnson and Johnson’s No Tears Shampoo and Johnson and Johnson Baby Wash.

A bottle warmer is great for middle-of-the-night, 45-minutes of sleep feedings – if you can afford two, get two (one for home and one in baby’s bag). Bottle brush, pacifiers, and pacifier clips to keep them from falling on the floor, burping cloths, changing pads.

Two or three baby bags and insulated bottle bags to keep cold things cold.

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