Fast forward and today I’m 33 weeks pregnant and suddenly realising that I still have a lot to organise for the arrival of our baby girl #3.
While the nursery has been painted and the main furniture items are moved in, there is so much I need to do!
Given that this little baby is a surprise bundle of joy (you can read more about that here), we are pretty much starting from scratch. We already donated or sold the majority of our baby items last year – I think the only thing we have left is our pram and a few keepsakes from my other two girls!
Luckily, third time round I have a fairly good idea of the things I need. Plus, they grow so quickly!
But even the other day, I was in a baby store surrounded by so many baby products that I began to feel quite overwhelmed. The marketing is so powerful! I saw so many soon-to-be first time mums with all these gadgets and gizmos in their hands and I just felt like walking up to them and saying ‘pop it back, you really don’t need to buy that, it might promise to make life easier for you and your bub but really you’re better off just saving that money’.
I have to say that eBay has been my best friend for a lot of the major items I have purchased, such as the cot, bassinet, change table and rocker. Plus, one of my best friends kindly gifted me a bunch of sheet sets, wraps and other items which are in fabulous condition, and I am ever so grateful for this. However, there are some things I would always buy brand new, such as the cot mattress.
So here is the list I have used as my guide for pulling together the much needed baby essentials. There are some things listed as optional as it depends on your personal situation and preference, but I have listed them all just in case:
Bassinet and mattress (optional)
Change table (or dresser at a suitable height to place change mat on)
Change table organiser/baskets
Chair for feeding
Set of drawers
Soft baby music/lullabies
Newborn nappies – disposable*
Change mat soft cover
Washable waterproof change mats x4
Nappy bucket (optional, depending on how convenient it is to place soiled nappies directly into the bin after changing your baby)
*I’m also trialling the use of modern cloth nappies so am buying a selection of multi-fit cloth nappies in 3-4 brands to see if I like them as well as some cloth wipes.
Out and about
Towels x4 (optional, use your existing if you have enough)
Baby moisturising cream
* I prefer baby baths without a moulded seat as then you can continue to use the baby bath inside your regular bath as your baby grows older, saving you from having to fill the full tub.
Pillow for feeding (a firm regular or U-shaped pillow is fine)
Breast pump (optional, if required)
Baby bottles x 6-8 (optional, if required)
Bottle brush (optional, if required)
Tin of baby formula (optional, if required)
Formula divided container (optional, if required)
Singlet suits Size 000 (with button fastening) x 10* **
Baby all-in-one suits or top and bottom outfits Size 000 x10*
*While you could possibly get away with 6 of these, I prefer to have a few extras as we all know how much babies love to throw up and leak nappies, plus it’s good to have a couple of spares in the nappy bag.
** I prefer singlet suits over basic singlets as they button in the crotch and don’t ride up the baby’s back.
Play mat/play gym
Baby toys (rattles, soft toys, etc)
Fitted cotton sheets x3*
Cotton blankets x3
Thick blanket x1
Mattress protector x3*
Baby sleeping bag x2 (optional)
*My motto is one to use, one to wash, one to have spare.
Maternity sanitary pads
Hope this helps with setting up your nursery and preparing for baby! Let’s hope I haven’t missed anything! What hints or tips do you have for preparing for a new baby?