June 2013 Moms

What to have ready at home?

I'm popping over from Aug 13. Congrats on the adorable babies:) 

I was curious what you were glad/wished you had ready at home when you got home from the hospital. Things like certain medicines, thermometers, types of clothing, wipes, certain toys, etc....

Any other advice? :) 

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  • kh59kh59
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    Burp clothes easily accessible around the house.  I use prefold cloth diapers, and by now I have them in every room.  I'm also really glad I had baby carriers right away.  My LO would only sleep while being held for the first few days, so it was awesome to be able to give my arms a break sometimes.
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    I use a ton of burp clothes. a TON. Baby gloves, lots of socks. I ended up needing to buy more sleepers bc we go through 2 a night usually. We use the halo sleep sack so having at least 2 is necessaryone is alwaya in the wash. Get way more diapers than you think you need. We bought a diaper warmer After he was born and I actually love it. The snugabunny bouncer seat is a musthe naps in it every morning while I shower. We set up a little changing station on the main level of our house so we don't have to go upstairs for every dirty diaper. Oh and I love the boppy.
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  • skioskio
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    Diapers and wipes, tons of burp cloths, gas drops or gripe water, a thermometer, infant Tylenol, swing, pacifiers sanitized and ready to go.

    I was more prepared for baby than I was for myself. Have Motrin, lots of sanitary pads in different sizes, stool softeners and fiber, breast pads, lanolin and medela softshells [if BFing] and extra tuck's pads ready for yourself.
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  • Most of the things I was glad to have on hand were for me. The LO pretty much just needed onesies and socks. Some people like to have those mittens, but my guy wanted nothing to do with owe, so I was glad to have baby nail clippers.

    For me, I was grateful to have a stock pile of pads, witch hazel wipes, lanolin, and these gel things for my nipples. I am breast feeding, and my nipples hurt badly when we came home, so anything to soothe them was great. Also, it was nice to have one handed snacks and freezer meals. Oh and it was nice to have tops that were easy to nurse in. I didn't love a lot of my clothes that were specifically made for nursing and preferred loose tanks or vnecks.  I waited to buy actually nursing bras until about a week after he was born, but I had some sports bra style nursing bras that came in really handy. Hope that helps! Good luck to you! 

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  • Motrin, Tylenol, stool softeners, lots of sanitary pads, some sort of ice packs or frozen pads for yourself. My hubby made frozen fingers for me. A plastic glove with one finger filled with water and frozen. This is what my hospital provided.

    I had everything for baby except nail clippers. She was born with really long nails and the nurse helped me shorten them in the hospital.

  • this is really helpful- thank you!
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  • We have a two story house so I made sure to have stuff for me and baby on both levels.

    In each bathroom I stocked nursing pads, maxi pads, dermoplast and a clean shirt.

    I put together a decorative basket that hides diapers,wipes, burp cloths and spare clothes for LO.

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  • We have a two story home and having a changing station on both floors has been a huge help, especially that first week when I wasn't supposed to climb too many stairs.  We have burp clothes, an extra outfit, a suction bulb, and blankets there as well.  Having her swing or another place to put the baby on the first floor has made life easier too.  We haven't really needed a ton of stuff and the hospital sent me home with lots of extras.  

  • Wherever you will be doing nighttime feeding, keep a snack stash.
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  • The bulb sucky thingies, multiple outfits/burp cloths nearby, hand sanitizer, way more diapers than you think you need, and caffeine velcroed to me at all times were the big things for me!
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  • More burp cloths than you could possibly imagine. I second the prefolds.

    Tons of sanitary pads for you.

    Swaddles! Swaddlemes have been our lifesaver for bedtime.

    A couple if different sleep options. You may plan for LO to sleep in his/her crib from the getgo, or a bassinet in your room, but find that s/he wants to be right next to you or ON you that first week or two. For your sanity you might want a snuggle nest keep it in the box to return if you don't need it.

    An app or book to track feeding and diapers.

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  • OH and ice packs for your boobs if you're planning to breast feed. When your milk comes in odds are good you'll be engorged for a day or two and it can be really painful!
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  • ameh13ameh13
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    Biggest thing for me was that we had a bassinet set up on our main floor. I ended up with a c section, and never would have been able to make it up and down the stairs to his nursery. It was a lifesaver he slept in it for the first week home from the hospital!

     

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    OH and ice packs for your boobs if you're planning to breast feed. When your milk comes in odds are good you'll be engorged for a day or two and it can be really painful!


    This too! For two days solid I was in SO much pain! I actually stuck the ice packs they give you in the hospital in my bra:

     

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    Wished I had:

    1. More newborn clothes: 0 to 3 months drowned my son, and we only had a few newborn items.
    2. Gas drops: We have a gassy baby, and these help a lot! We had to run out and buy some.
    3. Saline nasal solution: We didn't have these either, but got them on the recommendation of my pediatrician when I mentioned he sometimes sounds congested, but nothing comes out with the nasal aspirator. Apparently, sometimes babies sound congested when they really just have dry nasal passages, if I remember what she said correctly. The saline drops help.
    4. Swaddle pods: We had some of the bigger Swaddle Mes, but I like the swaddle pods so much better for newborns! We didn't have any originally, so my husband went out and bought several.
    5. Basin for sponge baths: I didn't have one, but luckily my mother had one that she gave me.

    Glad I had:

    1. Rock and Play: Seriously great for naps, putting the baby down to use the bathroom, etc. One of my favorite gifts, and I will be sad when he outgrows it.
    2. Pack and Play: I thought we would put him in his crib early on, but I ended up wanting to keep him in our bedroom much longer than anticipated.
    3. Bottles: I had wanted to solely breastfeed, but we ended up having to supplement. I was glad we already had bottles on hand to do that.
    4. Burp cloths made out of diapers: These are the best kind of burp cloths. They are so absorbent. Don't get cheapie cloths.
    5. Plenty of diapers and wipes: I think this goes without saying. I had stocked up, and I was glad because we didn't have to constantly run out to the store for them.

    I'm sure I forgot something, but this is all I can think of for now.
  • I had a bathroom station setup (for me) and a pumping station setup. These were invaluable in my opinion. In the bathroom station I had pads, toilet paper, peri bottles, baby wipes, and extra underwear.  This was all setup on a little table next to the toilet so that I didn't have to do any bending or reaching while recovering from my c/s.  At the pumping station I have my rocker and on the table I have my pump, spare pump parts, pump wipes, breast pads, a cloth, lanolin, and DH had a TV series lined up for me on our bedroom DVR. This really made pumping sessions go by quickly.  I also have a little plastic bin now to put dirty parts to take out for washing twice per day. This saves time and keeps me at the sink less often.

    Anything you can do to make your life easier when you come home will make it easier to care for your LO.  Good luck and I hope you have a wonderful birth experience! 

  • Nipple shields if you're planning to breastfeed! After struggling for five days and LO losing too much weight, and a not so great LC telling me to just give up and formula feed, I couldn't believe that all she needed was this little plastic nipple thingy! Once I tried that, breastfeeding clicked and has been going well since!
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  • You're getting a lot of good answers on whats needed for baby. I'll be selfish and tell you what I am thankful I had for me!

    -at least 3 packs of pads, you'll want some super thick and then some regulars... I loved the long ones. 

    -tucks pads, I got the target brand but they were great to lay on a pad for instant cooling.

    -stool softners, I started taking them immediately and never had an agonizing bm. and I have IBS so I was terrified of the first BM. 

    -snacks if you are breastfeeding. I was surprised by how hungry I was! I ate and still eat at every feeding. I bought several packs of protein/granola bars and a big bag of raw almonds.

     

    also, baby carriers are the best thing ever! I was able to do things by putting her in my moby! 

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  • plus1plus1
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    Formula. I had planned on breast feeding but I wasn't producing anything. I ended up having to formula feed before leaving the hospital. They didn't give us samples, just enough formula to get home. We had to stop at the store on the way home to buy some.
    I would at least get a sample in case you need it.

     

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    More burp cloths than you could possibly imagine. I second the prefolds.

    Tons of sanitary pads for you.

    Swaddles! Swaddlemes have been our lifesaver for bedtime.

    A couple if different sleep options. You may plan for LO to sleep in his/her crib from the getgo, or a bassinet in your room, but find that s/he wants to be right next to you or ON you that first week or two. For your sanity you might want a snuggle nest keep it in the box to return if you don't need it.

    An app or book to track feeding and diapers.

    g/l!


    I second all of this also. Esp. the sleeping options. We planned on LO sleeping in the pack n play but he had his own plans. We are just now getting him to sleep in it regularly.

     

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    Most of the things I was glad to have on hand were for me. The LO pretty much just needed onesies and socks. Some people like to have those mittens, but my guy wanted nothing to do with owe, so I was glad to have baby nail clippers.For me, I was grateful to have a stock pile of pads, witch hazel wipes, lanolin, and these gel things for my nipples. I am breast feeding, and my nipples hurt badly when we came home, so anything to soothe them was great. Also, it was nice to have one handed snacks and freezer meals. Oh and it was nice to have tops that were easy to nurse in. I didn't love a lot of my clothes that were specifically made for nursing and preferred loose tanks or vnecks. nbsp;I waited to buy actually nursing bras until about a week after he was born, but I had some sports bra style nursing bras that came in really handy. Hope that helps! Good luck to you!nbsp;


    All the nursing stuff, swaddles, onesies, rock n play, nose frida I'm obsessed, my Brest friend and boppy, comfy sleep clothes, depends silohuite for you in conjunction with always Infiniti pads with wings and the witch hazel wipes. Have bottles and pump ready just in case you gave trouble bf'ing.

  • VASCVASC
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    I'm only four days PP...but so far I've appreciated all of the female healing supplies already mentioned, as well as a freezer and fridge full of ready-to-make foods.
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  • I had a basket in the bedroom and livingroom with wipes, diapers, burp rags, pacis, swaddle blankets, etc. I didn't want to have to run to the nursery every time I needed something.

    Oh and breastpads and lanolin if you're nursing.


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  • These:  http://www.target.com/p/gerber-newborn-girls-3-pack-long-sleeve-onesies-assorted-0-3-m/-/A-14353894#prodSlot=medium_1_8&term=gerber+onesies

    Amazing.  They're mildly confusing to put on at first because there's a lot of snaps, but once you get the hang of it, SO much easier and less traumatic than putting the onesie over LO's head!

    Also, the rock 'n' play.  We have a two story house and I wish we had two, one for each level.  IMO getting the more expensive "snugga"-whatever is a waste of money.  Ultra cute, yes, but the monkey pillow head freaked me out (SIDS) so I tuck it down so between the headboard thing and the cradle part where she can't pull it out and never use it.

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  • Tuks pads, lots of overnight pads, water bottles, no prep snack. 


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  • I had two nursing tanks and no bras thinking I would get some later. Had to send my husband. Still wish I had more tanks or shirts for going out in public. Things around the hohse like pp said was great. One handed snacks too. Granola bars crackers etc.
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  • You don't need to much right away but here are some things I was glad to have!

    Nipple pads

    Burp cloths, lots of them!

    Light swaddling blankets

    Nursing bras

    Nursing tops, or dress

    Diapers, wipes

    A few washable diaper pads for our changing pad, LO likes to poop a lot, and not always in the diaper! And this way we don't have to pull off the whole cover that's on our changing pad every time... It's just a waterproof cloth that lays on top of the pad and is easy to wash.

    My sling

    And lastly the PnP, it's nice to have him nap out in the house with me instead of in our room where his crib is.

    Pads

    Nipple cream

    An app on your phone to track feeding and pee/poop.

    That's all I can think of for now!

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  • clizhclizh
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    Diapers and wipes, obviously. 

    Burp clothes are a necessity this time (my DD wasn't a big puker/spitter but DS certainly is). I use pre-fold CDs and our house is over flowing with them.

    Lots of plain white onesies, several of the sleep gowns, socks (Faded glory ones from Walmart are my favs), I LOVE our a+a blankets, my wraps and RS, our sleep sheep, soother and glow seahorse, tons of baby washcloths (my favs are the Circo brand ones from Target, they come in a 6 pack I believe) and the little no-scratch hand mitts (DS has REALLY long nails). 

    For BFing, I swear by (and will recommend over and over again) the Medela Soft Shells for sore nipples, and I would bring them to the hospital and start using them there. Also my Medela Harmony single-manual pump, I LOVE it. A ton of nursing tanks (I love the Motherhood ones) and a couple of nursing sleep bras.

    We had a ton of stuff that we never even used when DD came home so we aired on the minimalistic side of things this time. Basically everything I just listed (plus the car seat), except for the sleep gowns (I forgot those, and they are a must for us so I sent DH out to get some on day 2), was all we had at home for him.

    ETA: Swing and bouncer are a must too IMO! DD was a total swing baby, we would have died without (I swear... we would have!) but DS does not like it, he much prefers his bouncer and is in it a ton! So I stand by them both being super important and necessities.

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  • LuthyLuthy
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    Lots of pads. More than you think you'll need. Tucks. Dermoplast. Snacks for nighttime bfing sessions. 
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  • VASCVASC
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    It's interesting to look through this thread and compare my answers with what others think -- our babies are all so different!  There are many things y'all say you couldn't live without that we've never used or needed (yet)!
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