A Conundrum

There are dozens of things you “need” to buy for a baby-to-be.  The question is – how much of it is really necessary?  And must it all be bought new, top of the line?  I’m sure the answers are 1) not as much as you’d think and 2) no.  The conundrum then becomes – which items are essential to buy, and which are important to spend a bit more on?

Searching all of the websites out there just made me more confused than before, but in an attempt to get organized before the summer rummage sales begin, here’s a list of potential baby items to keep my eyes peeled for.

To buy new

  • crib
  • crib mattress
  • fitted crib sheets (2)
  • disposable diapers for infant
  • diaper wipes
  • baby soap/shampoo
  • bulb syringe nasal aspirator
  • baby nail clippers
  • BPA free bottles (4 oz and 8 oz)
  • bottle brush
  • baby first aid kit
  • breast pump/breast milk bags
  • infant car seat
  • baby hair brush
  • teething rings (non-plastic?)
  • baby-friendly laundry detergent
  • non-plastic sippy cup
  • diaper pail
  • nursing bra
  • baby powder

To buy used or get as hand-me-downs

  • dresser (or baskets for closet)
  • rocking chair or glider
  • waterproof mattress pad for crib
  • infant gowns (open elastic bottom)
  • swaddling cloth
  • clothes
  • hat
  • baby bathtub
  • bibs
  • diaper bags
  • baby toys
  • stroller
  • baby swing
  • infant seat
  • high chair
  • ring sling
  • boppy pillow (c-shaped pillow)
  • baby spoons
  • board books
  • safety gate
  • outlet covers
  • toilet seat lock
  • cupboard and drawer latches/locks
  • toy basket
  • hamper

To Make

  • crib mobile (black/white/red)
  • cloth wipes
  • changing pads
  • burp cloths
  • bibs
  • baby toys

Wait and See (or ask other people)

  • changing pad
  • sleep positioner
  • cloth diapers
  • separate thermometer
  • calibrated medicine dropper
  • baby monitor
  • baby washcloths
  • breastfeeding accessories (lanolin, cloth breast pads)
  • pacifier
  • night light
  • dishwasher caddy for bottles
  • bumpo seat
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