When it came to buying things for the baby we started quite late. This was my choice more than anything because I’m a natural born pessimist and I anticipated the worst to happen from the very beginning. At 5 weeks I had some bleeding and as I was also working that day I remember doing the long slow walk from my department to A&E and checking in thinking I’d lost my beautiful baby. It was too early to scan so we had to go back a week and a half later to be told the baby was growing as it should be and there were no signs of miscarriage. Since the day I saw those two little lines to, the day I sit and write this I’ve worried more about this baby than I think is physically possible but we’re almost across the finish line (currently 38 weeks and full term!! eek!) and although I’ve left myself with little to no time to fully enjoy the pregnancy I’m now letting myself breath a sigh of relief and I’m enjoying the nesting stage.
At around 7 months we finally bought our own home and had a joint house warming/baby shower and were lucky enough to be given a lot of the things on the list above from friends and family. It was only after that we started going out and buying the rest but even so I think I’ve been quite restrained up until very recently. I may have had a baby clothes binge/splurge in the Next sale and picked up quite a few little sleep-suits in various sizes and I’m not even sorry!
The list above I think is quite restrained, I’ve tried to keep it to the essentials and spent a lot of time reading about what other mothers had bought for their first babies and how much of that was actually useful, and I’ve broken it down into the following categories.
- Car seat – if you want to take your baby home from the hospital you need one of these.
- Pushchair/buggy – if you want to take your baby out of the house, you need one of these.
- Rain cover for pushchair – if you live in England, this will come in pretty handy.
- Travel blanket – again, read above reasons for these.
- Moses Basket/bedding – We’re planning on keeping baby with us for the first few months at least and the cot will be in baby’s room so the basket will stay with us.
- Cot/Crib and all the bedding that goes with it.
- Sleeping bags – these will be used mainly for daytime, around the house use and will come most useful in winter.
- Changing station/Mat – we are lucky enough to have a built in changing station in baby’s room but the mat is useful for bringing downstairs during the day.
- Changing bag – currently being used as my baby’s hospital bag but essential for on the go.
- Nappies/wipes/barrier ointment – do I really need to explain these?!
- Breast pump – If you’re planning to solely breast feed you obviously don’t need one of these but I’m planning on expressing and bottle feeding so that hubby can also do some of the feeds. I think there’s a lot of emphasis on mums to feed and bond with their babies and rightly so but why should fathers miss out on some of that bonding?
- Nursing bras
- Muslin cloths
- Baby Bath
- Bath Support – I’ve heard newborns can be wriggly
- Water thermometer – safety first
- Top and Tail bowl – One side for washing baby’s face and the other for washing baby’s bum!
- Hooded towel
Baby Clothes – my favourite category by far!
- Vests – I’ve bought half sleeved and full sleeved as we’re having a winter baby
- Sleepsuits/Babygrows – I could shop for these for hours!
- Snowsuit/Pramsuit – for when we bring baby home
- Hats – I have big ones, small ones, ones with little ears and even a double pom-pom number!
- Scratch mittens/socks and little booties – I could stare at these all day!
Electrical and extras
- Baby Monitor
- Playmat – more for when baby is a little bit older and being tortured with tummy time.
- Cot mobile/night light – just because we’ve been gifted these but also a nice extra to have.