Avoid Overbuying

Onesies

I hated onesies and I know a lot of people that do. You assume that babies need onesies so you buy a ton with cute prints and then you realize that it’s just an extra layer to lift up whenever you change a diaper, an extra layer to change whenever they puke and babies hate having things put over their heads.

You’re better off just buying a thicker PJ for days that are cold enough to need a onesie. And if you really do need two layers (rare), even putting a thick PJ on top of a thinner PJ is less annoying than having to pull something over their head and snap buttons.

Pants

Diaper Rash Cream

Baby Soap/Shampoo

Socks

Stuff I Didn’t Use

Baby monitor
Bought one but since the baby stayed in the room with me for the first 6 months, I didn’t need it. Even when you leave the room, you know what you’re baby is capable of doing (rolling over, ect) so you just make sure they’re safe.

I ended up returning the monitor and buying a 40$ Wifi security camera instead. Better quality than even a 250$ monitor (baby monitors have the shittiest video quality ever) and you can access it from anywhere (baby monitors have a limited range) so if the baby is with someone else, you can leave them the camera and watch the baby from home or you can buy multiple Wifi cameras for multiple rooms/houses and access them all on one app (I have 2 at home and 1 at my parents’).

You become so intune with the babies that the smallest sound wakes you up, so even now that I have James in another room, I wake up if he cries more than a few seconds. You don’t want to be able to hear every sound because the baby will never learn to fall asleep on his own if you’re running in for every sound and you won’t sleep well and become miserable.

The only downside is that a Wifi camera can be hacked, so it depends on how much you care if someone you’ll never meet can randomly see your baby. You can use a VPN though.

Bottle Warmer
Breastmilk you can take out and leave at room temperature and both breastmilk and formula can be warmed up in a cup of hot water.

I don’t warm up formula but for breast milk, I either just leave it out for 30 min or pour hot water from the kettle into a mug and put the bottle into the mug (if I don’t have 30 minutes).

Bottle warmers actually make a lot of bottles leak since it loosens the seal.

Baby Carrier
Obviously you won’t want to use one with twins, but even if you have 1 baby, some babies hate it or you might hate using it.

Baby lotion
Not recommended anymore. Also nobody likes a greasy baby. Any dry skin will go away on its own.

I have sooooooooo much lotion that I got as samples and as gifts that are unopened.

Changing table
WAY easier to change the baby on the bed or a carpet.

When you change a baby, you need to prepare the clothing first, so it’s easier to lay the baby down next to the spot where you’re gonna change him, spread out the clothing and then plop the baby on top.

With a changing table you have to hold the baby while you lay out the clothing or put down the baby somewhere else while you lay out the clothing. Like it’s doable but you’ll eventually end up not wanting to use it.

Receiving blankets
Not really sure what the purpose of these is. You can’t use them to swaddle the baby (swaddle blankets are a different thing) and it’s not safe to use in the crib.

You can use them to cover them in the carseat/stroller but you might as well use swaddle blankets for those since they do more than one thing, or fuzzy blankets since they’re thick enough to actually be warm.

Baby swing

A lot of babies love them, but some don’t care so might as well buy it at the end so you can return it if the baby doesn’t care for it.

Bouncy seat
Only worth it if you don’t wanna bring the portable napper from room to room. It’s kind of awkward to have the baby on the floor when everyone else is standing or sitting on a chair. You can put it on counters at the beginning but you’re not really supposed to for safety – once the baby is a couple months old they can easily flip it and by the time they’re old enough to make it bounce, they’re grown out of it.

Another thing that I would buy at the end and return if you don’t like.

Onesies
Buy very little. I still don’t understand why someone would add an extra layer of clothing to take off for diaper changes when they can just buy a thicker PJ. I only use them when I put pants on him.

Stuff to Buy

Swaddle Blankets

SwaddleMe SwaddlePods comes in 1 size, newborn 0-12lbs and SwaddleMe OriginalLarge 14-20lbs

Don’t buy the Small size when they grow out of the newborn Pods they’ll wear it for like 2 weeks. Just go straight to the large Original Swaddle.

Better than a regular swaddle blanket that you have to wrap yourself and hope they don’t get out of at night. There are other ones but these are the cheapest good ones. I’ve tried like 10 different kinds and returned them.

Changing pad covers (2 for 12$ at Walmart)

I could never have enough. I keep one under James at all times in case he pukes or pees through his diaper.

Also bring it to people’s houses to change baby.

Electric kettle
Any water that you use for formula or baby cereal needs to be boiled

Also if you want to warm up bottles, you can just pour the boiled water into a mug or put the bottle directly into the kettle once it’s done boiling.

Microwave sterilizerthe Phillips Avent one is the best

I never really sterilized my bottles/pacifiers since they say it isn’t necessary, but you’re supposed to sterilize before the first use and I also sterilize anything that I brought with me when we go out, especially hospitals/clinics.

You can also boil the bottles instead but it takes a lot longer and you usually have batches to do.

Bottles
Don’t buy any sets of bottles since babies can be picky and end up hating certain kinds. Buy a bunch of random single bottles and then buy a set once you find a bottle that the baby likes and that you don’t find annoying to clean.

Try to stick with wide neck bottles since you can just use a regular sponge to wash them instead of a bottle brush.

Pacifiers
Same thing with the bottles only babies are even pickier with choosing one. Again, buy a bunch of different brands to try at first. Most babies take the Mam, Tommee Tippee and Avent pacifiers (don’t buy the Avent ones though, they’re super bad for teeth) and the Nuk ones are popular too. Once they choose a favourite, they’re gonna need a bunch lol.

Also don’t forget that you need to move up a size once they reach the limit on the package because it can ruin their teeth.

Bibs
Buy a bunch of different kinds. You’re always gonna end up hating a whole bunch of them and everytime you think you found a favourite, you’ll end up finding another one that you love more. I’ve never bought the same pack of bibs twice lol. Probably the item you’ll end up rewashing the most so they fall apart within a month.

Avoid velcro. They stop sticking after like 5 washes and ruin other clothing in the wash.

Burp cloths

A lot of people say it’s useless, but I disagree. Sure you can use receiving blankets, bibs or face cloths but they’re really annoying to use (bibs and face cloths are too small, so you can only use for spit up once, blankets are too big to keep around covered in puke). Burp cloths are nice and soft, super absorbent and you can just keep it folded nicely next to the baby.

Pyjamas
Avoid the ones with buttons and get the ones with zippers. Takes 2 seconds to zip them up versus doing a million buttons. I only buy buttons if it’s really cute or super cheap and then keep them at the bottom of the pile to use last lol

Onesies
Buy very little. I still don’t understand why someone would add an extra layer of clothing to take off for diaper changes when they can just buy a thicker PJ. I only use them when I put pants on him.

Hooded towels

Seriously you only need like 2. Babies only need to be washed once or twice a week and guaranteed you’ll be doing a load between baths. You also don’t need to wash it after every use.

Summer Infant Baby Bather – or any similar sling bathtub

The sling bathtubs are SOO much easier to use. The ones that look like little tubs are a frickin pain in the ass and I regret the one I got so bad. It’s annoying to fill, annoying to maneuver the baby in and once the baby gets bigger it’s literally garbage.

The slings ones you just put in the bath and fill the bath as normal. They fit bigger babies too because at one point the baby will be too big for a plastic tub but not sitting up well enough to just sit him in the tub.

Evenflo Pillow Napper

This napper was a lifesaver, I brought it from room to room and he used it full time. Its also the cheapest good one (I tried a couple of cheaper one but they weren’t great)

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