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Jespren Jespren

Hum, usually I see these titles and my customary response is 'wow, just a way to get people to buy expensive 'necessities' which totally aren't' but, with 3 newborns down to my name, I actually agree with the basics on this one. Now I did some things different, I prefer the thin 'cloth diapers' (the ones sold at regular stores like walmart and target or BabiesRus that no one in their right mind would ever actually use as a diaper) to washclothes, they're bigger, softer and cover the wiping, dripping, burbing, and spit up needs. And I just use an extra blanket instead of a dedicated changing pad. Good job on an actual list of necessities instead of the typical 'here, buy this' list of expenses.

dekumama dekumama

I clicked on this expecting to see a bunch of B.S., but really this pretty much nails it. Good list.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Totally agree! I would add the small containers to carry baby wipes in. Can usually be found for $1 at Target or Walmarts travel sized merchandise. Then you can refill it when needed. I have had the same one since baby #1 was born 7 yrs ago.  I love the thick burp cloths cause they can hold a lot of spit up.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

My favourite one for slightly older kids are those plastic bibs with the kind of lip on them which catches food spills. 

lalab... lalaboosh

:) Jalaz is right about wipe containers being useful, but we just reuse hummus containers.

Aloha... AlohaMimi

The only one I didn't agree with personally was the nursing pillow. My breasts are so large that the pillow got in the way! 

Ilove... IloveNCIS

Only thing I had on that list was a diaper bag. We survived just fine and saved a shit load of money in the process.

amand... amandabananda

Totally agree!  We didn't use a baby carrier, or the nursing pillow (tho I did have one, I was too bulky for me personally).


Definitely the wash cloths, we went through those like crazy!

nonmember avatar susan

When moms say that they got by without ANY gear and were just fine, I find that so hard to believe. Really? You didn't need a car seat? You didn't need any baby clothes? You didn't buy a baby thermometer? Women are so snobby, but there's no way they didn't buy anything.

Lynette Lynette

I preferred a Moby wrap over an Ergo for newborns.  Yes a carseat is a must(Susan you are nitpicking).  Oh and for nipple cream I couldn't use one with lanolin in it( allergic), instead I used Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter.  


For mom if the baby is not your first I would recommend some herbal stuff for those after contractions(they get more intense after each baby), 2 ones I know of are After Ease, and Contract Easy.

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