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 - 2:47pm

Here's the link to the instructions-it's I think the 3rd post down from the top:

https://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1055795

Here are some tips that a friend of mine who also made her own K'Tan gave me:
Measurements for a Size Medium:
main loops = 24 in. wide (direction of stretch) x 52 in. long
belt = 12-14 in. wide (direction of stretch) x 78 in. long
small back loop = 4 in. wide (direction of stretch) x 14 in. long (I folded it in half lengthwise and wrapped it around the two main loops so that when I started sewing the seam it was 2 inches wide doubled)

if you measure from the top middle of one shoulder to the very top part of your pelvis bone on the opposite side of your torso and double that measurement plus add 3/4 - 1 in for the triple sewn seam will give you the length you need for the main loops. I hope that makes sense!

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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 2:58pm
I guess that tells you how different things are where you live as our pediatrician said to make sure to get the wax out of his ears. In fact at his 4 month visit she went in his ears to get the deep ear wax we couldn't get. She said not to do that and if it needs to be done she would do it.
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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 3:21pm

It must just vary by region, because my pediatrician also told me not to use any q-tips on babies ears, and just clean then with a washcloth. Anything deeper than that she said not to touch.

As for toiletries, I just wanted to mention that I love my burts bees baby stuff. I love the diaper rash cream and the baby shampoo, it smells so good and isn't all full of harsh chemicals!

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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 3:41pm
Burts Bees is definitely a brand I like to stock up on when I am in the States:)
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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 3:47pm

No q-tips for DS either, granted that was 6 years ago.

Oh and an all over baby wash might be better than getting a shampoo and body wash. DS didn't have any hair till he was well over a year old, so shampoo was a mute point (we never bought any when he was born). Also if sensitive skin runs in the family, stick to "free" products (no dyes, perfumes, etc).

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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 5:29pm
I was just scanning down to see if someone mentioned the Burt's Bees baby stuff yet!

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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 5:53pm
I actually prefer the California Baby stuff to the Burts Bees stuff at this point. It is more natural and is less irritating on Eloise's skin.



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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 6:54pm

We have a J&J all in one foaming wash that we use on Selin. She only gets a bath 2-3 times a week since she's not really getting dirty yet. We've never used lotion on her and our pedi said it's not necessary unless her skin is visibly dry.

Costco wipes are awesome!! Can't beat the price and they are bigger and stronger than most out there. Once Selin was out of newborn diapers we started buying them from Costco. Their brand is ok but I found that they ran smaller than the name brands. However now that she's a size 2 their Huggies boxes are actually cheaper per unit than their brand so we've been buying Huggies for now.

I use Lansinoh bags for pumping and have only had 1 leak in 6 months. I ordered some through BRU and got a box of 50 for about $12. I also used their nipple cream in the early days and it was a lifesaver!!

Jess - just wanted to say that we bought a Chicco softshell carrier when Selin was 3 weeks old and it worked great at first but once she hit 12 pounds, it was murder on my shoulders and neck. I took it back and bought an Ergo instead. Well worth the extra money and I got a steal from babysteals.com so keep your eye out. The difference in the carriers is night and day!!

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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 8:01pm

Even better than diaper rash cream- which have, but don't use often is vaseline/petrolium jelly. Works great for diaper rash. William was very susceptible to diaper rash and so we put vaseline on after every diaper change and it worked great. It kept the diaper from sticking to him and made any poop less stuck to his bottom. It is also great since your LO will be born in late fall the winter months can be quite harsh on chins/cheeks and we used a little bit on his chin and cheeks bc he was a drool monster.

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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 8:07pm
This has all been great, ladies! Keep it coming!




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