Hey Pregnant Friend,
I was pretty concerned with what to buy for Bub when I was pregnant. I didn’t want to buy too much and be wasteful. I didn’t want to buy not enough either, I definitely wanted convenience when it came to having a newborn. I wrote a list of what I wanted when I was pregnant to guide me. Now that I have had Bub, I have written a list of what I use to guide you.
There is a lot of stuff! Buy it brand new if you want but there is so much great second hand stuff out there. Ask your friends or colleagues with older babies, they are normally really happy to palm off their baby stuff. Try local facebook buy swap sell pages, Gumtree/Craigslist equivalent or Op Shops. Also, some lovely people give you random presents when they hear you are having a baby. If you have a baby shower, and you feel comfortable, have a list of practical presents so you don’t get a bunch of stuff you won’t use.
Remember, you don’t have to listen to my advice at all. Buy whatever you want Pregnant Friend. If you don’t want to go too overboard however, this list might be helpful for you. Also Bub is breastfeed and I realise this list would look a bit different if you bottle feed.
- 10 singlets
- 10 longs sleeve jumpsuits with inbuilt toe thingies (then you don’t need bloody socks!) That’s what Bub used the most for winter, that is what is mostly practical. If you are in summer you might want to get short sleeve bodysuits instead.
- Any cute little outfits you want to dress them up in, the more fancy you are, the more you need.
- Some cardigans, jackets or jumper. Your winter is far more extreme than in Sydney so you be the judge of that. You might also want some thick pants, socks and shoe thingies for outdoors.
- A beanie and a sunhat. Bub had a giant head and didn’t fit into her ‘size’.
If you think you are having a big baby (you can generally tell from checkups etc) I would get barely any newborn clothes. Bub used them for about a week but we both know she is a chubba bubba.
Other Baby Stuff List
- A cot
- 3-4 fitted sheets.
- 6-8 Wraps. Wraps are more versatile and can be used for more things, some parents prefer swaddles.
- Some baby blankets
- White noise machine. Not necessary but totally awesome.
- A stroller. We didn’t get a pram attachment, though they did look good and I was slightly envious of ALL the other mums with a pram. We survived without it though.
- A baby carrier with newborn insert. I LOVE my ergo baby. I know you don’t have a car so I am leaving out the car seat.
- A change mat that had a baby bath underneath it. Not necessary but totally awesome. I didn’t have to break my back bending over. Bub has grown out of the bath now but we still use the change mat.
- Lots of wash cloths
- 4-5 baby towels
- Baby bath liquid soap stuff (or just water). You DON’T need baby powder, baby lotion or baby oil.
- Zinc oxide healing/nappy rash cream
- Baby nail clippers or scissors
- Baby thermometer. We used it once, peace of mind.
- Baby paracetamol. We used it once, peace of mind.
- Baby Wipes
- Nappy bags
- Nappy bin like Sangenic. Not necessary but totally awesome.
- Playmat and some books and baby toys. You don’t need many. It is difficult to even use them for a while.
For You List
- Maternity pads
- Lots of paracetamol
- A nightie or two with some buttons down the middle to reveal the boobies.
- Breast pads
- Feeding cover and/or a few feeding singlets or tops, if you feel the desire to cover up in public.
If you are planning on going back to work and continuing to breastfeed you may need a breast pump. I don’t have one. I think they are also good for increasing your supply if it is on the low side.
The end, geez!
If there are any parents who have something they absolutely loved to use let Pregnant Friend know in the comments. Alternatively, if you happily raised your newborn on far less please share your experience.