Wraps, toiletries, etc.?

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Wraps, toiletries, etc.?
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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 9:30am

Hi everyone! I definitely need some advice on the last few things we need to get for Baby G!

First - wraps. We bought a Baby Bjorn, but I'd like to get a wrap-style carrier too. Any suggestions - or any to stay away from?

Toiletries - what do you really need for baby? The only things we have so far are diapers, wipes, and baby shampoo. Anything for baby OR mom that is a must have?

Feeding - I'll be breastfeeding (hopefully!). I have bought an electric pump so we can have some extra supply just in case. How many bottles should I get? Anything else I need?

Thanks so much ladies! Sometimes all this stuff - and choices - can get overwhelming!





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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 10:05am
I LOVE my Moby wrap. You'll also want to get baby lotion. Are you having a baby shower? You'll usually get toiletry items there. We have 4 bottles that we use, but Amos Jr doesn't often get bottles since I'm a SAHM. He just gets them when I go out with the girls or if I really need a full night of rest and DH is on night time duty. Definitely get yourself some breast pads and nipple cream - you'll need those badly!








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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 10:36am

I have 4 bottles....4 oz size

Breast pads and lanolin...I like the Johnson and Johnson disposable....they are super soft, dont make noise and disappear under your clothes. You can get those at Walmart. I also like the Medela Tender Care nipple cream...you can get that at a Guardian drugs if you have one down there.

I have the Baby K'Tan and I love it. You can do 8 different positions on it, its soft and its super easy to use.

Also as for baby...the BEST wipes I've used are the Kirkland brand from Costco. They are 15.99 for a box and you get 704 wipes which are packaged 88 wipes per mini box. Works out to about 2 cents a wipe and you have a stock of them forever. Soft, alcohol free, clean up the bottom awesome and they leave no slime behind. You'll want to pick up some diaper rash cream too.

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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 10:38am

I have about 5 bottles of 9 oz and then 4 4oz bottles. Now that I am done BF'ing I use them a lot more than I did before when I was pumping and BF'ing. My son didn't latch on in the beginning so I am glad I got that many as I used a lot of bottles until we got it figured out.

We have baby lotion, baby shampoo, baby wash for the bath, q-tips for their ears (get the baby ones) my son gets a ton of wax in his ears. I got the big bottles of shampoo and lotion and barely have used anything so they will prob last me a long time. Also diaper cream if you haven't gotten that yet and I got a big thing of that and will have to get new one soon but it has lasted me over 8 months now.

I agree on the nipple cream. The hospital got me nipple butter and that was better than any nipple cream I got. I am not sure where you would buy it from though. It worked so great though.

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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 11:51am

I agree with the others. I have the Johnson & Johnson lotions, shampoos etc, but I also got as a gift the Mustela (sp?) gift pack, my cousin swears by it, so I am going to give it a try.

I bought the moby wrap too, a friend of mine has it and uses it with her son and LOVES It. We also got a Chicco carrier for DH to use. He wasn't going to wrap the baby up in the moby over him :)

we got a gift pack of bottles, I think we have WAY more than we need, but we have about 5 or 6 9oz and then 4 4oz bottles. We got the Dr. Browns, but who knows if she will like them when it comes time.









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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 12:53pm

I've had a bunch of different wraps (Moby, K'Tan, and Sleepywrap) and I found the K'Tan was the most convenient. It's a little more expensive than the Moby and Sleepy Wraps, but if you have a sewing machine, you can make it yourself very easily. I started out with the sleepy wrap (a little stretchier than the Mobywrap, which I found more comfortable) and then got a Moby Wrap for when I was washing the SLeepywrap-they were both great but I got really tired of tying and untying them after 5 months of it.

The Baby K'Tan is like a pre-tied moby/sleepy wrap-it has all the same carrying options without all that extra fabric, but it is also sized, so you'll want to try it on first. I ended up making one for me, one for DH, and then a winter one to fit on over my winter coat. (If you want to make your own, I can post/email you the instructions I used--I have little to no sewing ability and was still able to do it in an hour or 2)

As for toiletries, in general, I found that the hospital supplied us with everything we needed at least for the first few days-they had samples of nipple cream, etc, and even sent us home with a bag and a half of diapers as well as wipes. I know every hospital is different though.

You will want baby lotion for after the bath and/or baby massages. I also agree with PP that you'll want some kind of nipple cream for when you're nursing (I also used it while I was pumping to cut down on friction)-I really liked Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Cream. Diaper Cream is also good to have on hand--I think the hospital actually gave me a tube or 2 in the "goody bag" they handed out. You might also want some rubbing alcohol around for the umbilical cord-depending on the doctor they might tell you to use it or just let it fall off on its own.

For the pump, you'll want storage bags so you can freeze the milk--I just used snack size ziplock bags (and wrote the date on it with a Sharpee). We didn't use bottles very often, but we bought 3 Breastflow bottles that worked out really well.

HTH!

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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 1:04pm
Don't forget about diaper rash cream... you never know when one might strike, so it's good to have on-hand.

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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 1:20pm
OH and milk storage bags....The Medela brand are $20 for 20 bags at Guardian but the Gerber Nuk bags are 50 for $15 at Shoppers Drug Mart.
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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 1:55pm

Things are a bit different here in Germany as they really suggest putting no products on your baby in the first weeks besides water and perhaps a marigold cream for dry skin. We did follow this so the first weeks we just used water and cloth instead of chemical baby wipes, and we still don't use baby shampoo (not necessary IMO) although we do have a marigold (calendula-not sure if it is called calendula in the States and Canada?) soap that we sometimes use for bathtime.

So I guess my list of must haves is water and cloth wipes :)

Oh and I might be a crazy exception but I never needed any sort of breast/nipple creams, diaper rash cream, etc. Although it can't hurt to stock up, sometimes these things are expensive and your doctor may have a specific brand he or she recommends...

Also our pediatrician specifically said not to clean babies ears, their ears are self cleaning and any wax on the inside of the ear is healthy and shouldn't be bothered with, the wax on the outside can be wiped with a cloth.




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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 2:20pm
I'd love your sewing instructions for the K'tan. If you don't want to post them, you can email me through my profile, or my user name @gmail.com. Thanks!!





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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 2:30pm
I would love those baby k-tan instructions as well!
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