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    Default Those little items/products you couldnt do without!

    Hello there everyone!

    I am about to hit the shops in the next few weeks for a buying frenzy. I have noticed there are so many fantastic handy products out there for mum and baby.
    I was wondering if any of you fantastic mums out there in BB land could give me some ideas on what the ‘must buys’ are for baby? Just those little things that you couldn’t do without and rave about to friends. The items that made your life easier? Maybe it is a sheep skin blanket for babies pram or a temperature gauge in the nursery?



    Thanx everyone

    XOXOX

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    Amby Baby Hammock (available online....Google.......) I honestly would not be without this bed, ever.

    BabyBjorn (or sling)

    A comfy nursing chair.....

    A CD player in their nursey to play Peacebaby CD

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    a bath support i used one similiar too babyhood bath support just google that and go to first page best thing out we used it up till 5 mths

    i couldn't livewithout my angel care sound and movement monitor

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    i couldnt live without

    bath thermometer
    mosquito netting for pram ( always good when at MIL for dinner and it bbq)
    baby monitor
    nappy sacks (great for wet clothes, mushy bikkies etc..)
    travel container for baby wipes ( the huggies one with pop lid in middle)
    if you cant breastfeed, one of those containers with 3 spaces in it and pour lid for formula ( saves making milk and having it spoil)

    good luck and have fun shopping!!

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    one of those play gym thingys that you lie the baby under... kept seth amused for hours!!
    a swing and vibrating bouncer were absolute godsends to!!

    have fun shopping!! i could go crazy buying baby stuff!!

    Eryn xoxo

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    My baby sling - still occasionally use it with my now 2 year. He loved it from birth

    It's funny, I bought heaps of stuff ready for him and so much stuff went to waste.... He hated the pram - so the sling was perfect (and HEAPS cheaper), he slept in our bed so the cot was useless and no bottles needed cause I had boobies.

    Oh, if you haven't bought a pram yet, I learn't from hindsight that a good layback stroller is much more useful, not to mentions folds up smaller and is lighter Much better than a chunky pram

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    Definitely a sling, it doesn't matter which sort just make sure you have one.

    We had this little yellow duck that you float in the bath and it says the correct water temperature or if it's too hot/too cold. This lead to a happy munchkin at bath times.

    Phone number of your nearest ABA breastfeeding counsellor!

    A rocker, good for rocking baby with your foot while you eat tea.

    A microwave - for reheating tea when it has gone cold (again!) While we're on the whitegoods make sure you have a clothesdryer too, esp for winter babies LOL

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    I couldnt live without.....

    Bepanthen or Curash Cream for any slight redness on the butt

    My baby carrier snugli sling

    My microwave steriliser & Avent Bottles just in case bf dries up

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    Oh yes we neeeeed to buy a clothesdryer!

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    ummmmmmm personally I wouldn't buy a sling till you have had bub then maybe try them out with him.her, jack hated both the sling type and pounch type so $100 down the drain there for us

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    Covitol nappy cream (with zinc & cod liver oil)
    Nothing else seemed to clear up any redness on DD's cute little bot-bot

    Cloth nappies

    But not for bot-bots!!! They were the perfect 'catchers' for any overflow/reflux after feeds!! Bigger & thicker than bibs (could fold multiple times) and saved multiple clothing changes....me included!!!

    AVENT BREAST PUMP & microwave steriliser & avent bottles etc

    Even tho DD was b/f, pump was great for that excess booby milk (and so easy to do in the middle of the night!) and the steriliser...sooooooooooooooooo easy to set up and sterilise!!!

    Lansinol Nipple Cream
    Oooooh heaven for me as I got cracked and sensitive nipples (now have more knowledge so am hoping to avoid as much as possible second time round - but will still have the cream for the 'just in cases')

    Room thermometer
    Could see what temp the room was and certainly put my mind at ease!!

    Angel Baby monitor
    We didn't use the sensor pad but just having the sound monitor almost right on my ear at night (when DD went to her own room) and near me during the day was also a peace bringer for my heart! Plus just the sound monitor was soooo sensitive that if I turned it right up, I could hear her little snuffly cute bubby breathing anyways!!!


    And things that I have since discovered that would've been handy first time around and are now on my 'TO GET' list before this littl'n pops out:
    - Baby Bjorn baby carrier/sling thing
    - Rocking chair that is easy to feed in for nursery
    - CLOTHES DRYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    So just a few bits n bobs! Hehe!! Will let you know if I think of anything else!

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    My Washer/dryer - the amount of clothes DS pooed and sicked on, it was going daily!

    Baby carrier. I borrowed a Baby Bjorn but that was bad for my back, then borrowed a Kari-Me and got on with that so much better so bought one: try out other people's carriers first!

    Travel system: when DS is asleep it's easier to move the carseat, not him, even when he then goes into the pushchair.

    Bibs. We get through up to 10 a day with reflux.

    Dummies. I always hated them (as I've mostly only seen them used to shut up a talking baby), but when DS just wants to suck and bite, not feed, these are fab. Get the ones with the button front, not handle front, or flailing hands will knock them out.

    Washable breast pads. I hate running out and these are so much softer than disposable ones. On this topic, nipple cream. That kept me breastfeeding through the early days.

    Vaseline. DS's bum is covered in this and when he does a big poo it doesn't stick!

    Cotton wool balls. Dip in a small bowl of warm water for bum-cleaning.

    Coffee morning groups BEFORE bub arrives - this way I was out and about when DS was 3w old, which made me feel so much better and gave DS a comfortable day structure, I made friends with other local mums and have loads of people telling me how handsome DS is.

    Buy clothes in the next sizes up before bub gets here - an unexpected growth spurt means that even with just one bigger outfit you can get more clothes without your baby going cold around the shops.

    I found temperature gauges unhelpful, as DS hates the "right" temp, but will sleep much better 2-3 degrees warmer than he is "supposed" to be - and I ran it past a midwife friend, who did the same with her lad too. All babies are different, stands to reason they'll like different temperatures!

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    Hi Renee - i had one of those flip-out children's sofa's, and used to let my bubs sleep on it, if i needed to move downstairs. It also came in handy when they were just starting to sit up. Another item I would suggest is a night light- something with a soft glow.

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    I agree with Ryn and recommend you try out some different baby carriers before buying. I had a baby bjorn but found it hurt my back and bub didn't feel very secure in it. My Hug-a-bub on the other hand is perfect!

    C.D player with music (we have Music for Dreaming) in bub's room - is part of our sleep routine...when Ella heard it she was comforted by the familiarity and she'd know it was sleep time.

    Large muslin wraps - these were invaluable as they wrapped around bub keeping her tucked in tight and secure and are breathable so we could throw them over the pram...

    Avent Isis breast pump and steraliser. The pump really helped establish b/f as it relieved the full breasts so that bub could attach correctly. For the first few months i'd also express throughout the day so that DH could do the early night feed while he was still awake and i got to go to bed early so i had a chunk of sleep before the 3am feed. If you are planning to b/f then i'd go with the microwave one cause it's quick and convenient and doesn't take up too much room. Prob not big enough to do the job if you f/f though.

    Lanosil (?) nipple cream.
    Curash cream and powder - for first sign of nappyrash
    Pigeon breast pads - soft, mould into bra nicely, very absorbant and not too thick.

    Large playmat - so bub could have her own play space in front of me and enjoy tummytime, toys...

    Play gym - to entertain and stimulate bub and encourage kicking, grabbing...

    Oh there are so many fab things - have fun with it!!!!

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    Our daughter is only 4 weeks old, but a couple things which have been useful so far are:

    Cloth nappies have been reallly handy to use as spew towels.

    CD player to go in babys room. She settles well to music at night.

    Wondersuits. So easy to do up and take off.

    Portable change mat. good for when you are out somewhere and theres not really anwhere good to change baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucy View Post
    Amby Baby Hammock (available online....Google.......) I honestly would not be without this bed, ever.
    I totally second that!! Oskar LOVES his.

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    Now that I have one... a Phil & Teds Hook on High Chair. Hooks on to tables, the kitchen bench... really good. Light & Compact, easy to use and handy to take to others houses, cafe's, to use at the park on the picnic bench etc

    about $60 I think...

    *hugs*
    Cailin

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    Our daughter is only 3 weeks old but so far the things we love are:

    wondersuits - went and got more. They are cheap, easy to put on and change nappy, and keep her warm.

    flat nappies for protecting clothes when burping etc.

    dummy - we didn't need one until this week but there are definitely times when she just wants to suck (it is a reflex after all), and it calms her down and saves my boobies. We got fancy avent ones which she rejected, advised to get cheapo cherry teat ones and she loves it. We take it out once she falls asleep and she is fine without it too.

    Large muslin wraps - have to definitely agree with this, great for swaddling and not worrying about making her too hot. Also good for covering up while trying to breast feed in public (I don't like being on show).

    cotton balls for wiping bottoms.

    baby monitor - we have a scientific oregon monitor which has a room thermometer on it. It is fantastic. It is small and It has a lanyard so I can hang it around my neck if she is asleep and I'm wandering around, that way I can't forget it. Very sensitive to sound to.

    Bath thermometer - never thought I'd really use it, but I like it as it gives me peace of mind that the water is definitely not too hot.

    Vibrating rocker - great during dinner when slightly unsettled as switch it on and rock with foot = sleeping baby!

    I'm sure there is heaps more things that I have yet to discover but these are the main ones that I have found great. Have fun shopping.

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