The essential (not my first baby) baby buys

Monday, 25 February 2013

I'll be the first to admit it, I have a tendency to procrastinate. As exciting as it is to buy everything you need for a new baby, I enjoy the research and planning as much as the actual shopping part. Especially now that shopping leaves me exhausted with freakishly puffy feet.

So, now I find myself at 33 weeks (!) and I still haven't actually bought anything. Unless you count two vests and a babygro.

To me, this doesn't feel unusual. My friends however seem to find this behaviour bizarre. I must admit, recently realising that the pram could well take a month to arrive has prompted me to get a wriggle on. So, first things first, a list. Any excuse.

* A quick disclaimer - this is very much a 'list in progress'. Any comments/suggestions gratefully received.
  • Pram - the big purchase. Having sold our double buggy, I am taking this as the perfect excuse to persuade my hubby that we need a Bugaboo Cameleon. I have looked at a few different brands but this one comes out on top for me, for design features, function, the fact you can customise your colour scheme. Sadly it doesn't come out on top for price... but you can't have everything.
  • Cot/moses basket - we still have a lovely Izziwotnot moses basket which I bought for my daughter. Bedding and covers all washed and ready to go. 
  • Car seat - again, our good old Maxicosi will be spruced up so no need to purchase a new one, but I will need to look into pram adaptors so it can be used as part of a travel system.
  • Baby gym - currently leaning towards this one. Reviews are good but would love to hear thoughts from anyone that has it. Our last Baby Einstein gym has had most of its bits removed and scattered around the house, never to be seen again, so its pretty much just a mat now.
  • Monitor - our existing monitor has seen better days, so I would feel happier getting a new one. Not sure whether to go for a video or motion mat version. A bit more research needed methinks.
Now for smaller but essential items:
  • Babygros and vests - I'm already on the case with this one! Obviously, I have quite a few sleepsuits and outfits to recycle from beanies one and two, but there's nothing like picking out those tiny newborn outfits. I have a shopping trip planned this weekend for just that. I found some great vests from H&M which have a cross-over neck which means you can out them on from the bottom up - handy if your little one doesn't enjoy things being put on over their head. 
  • First toy - both beans had a small white soft animal as their first ever toy (you can see my daughter's in the photo above), so I plan to take them both out shopping to choose the toy for beanie number three.
  • Changing mats - plural. One for downstairs and one for upstairs. I don't plan on using a changing unit this time around - we bought one when I was pregnant with beanie number one and I can't say we used it a great deal - so a mat available for use wherever we are in the house is fine for me.
  • Muslins - an absolute essential. Also handy for DIY facials!
  • Swaddle blanket - I can't remember these being available when my two were babies. I'm sure they must have been and I just overlooked them at the time. They look great to me. I plan on investing in a few.
I need to get all the other obvious essentials too - nappies, breast pads, a large bottle of witch hazel for use post-labour (ouch). 

I better get cracking. That's a lot of puffy feet deflating to fit into seven weeks!

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