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What IS all this stuff?

This is going to be a fairly long, drawn-out post that most folks won’t be interested in. However anyone who feels like chiming in is more than welcome! Or to put it more bluntly...

For the love of God... Help!!!

This is the new parent’s checklist that they give you at Babies R Us when you register. It’s great, assuming that you know what they’re talking about. If you’ve never done this before it leaves you wondering what the heck this stuff is, what it’s for, how you use it, and if you really need it or not. Like I said yesterday, I figure there are three general categories: 1) stuff you need; 2) stuff that’s nice to have, but you don’t need it; 3) stuff that’s just stuff. I’m putting in the list, with my comments/questions in italics. I thought about removing the items that are already taken care of, but then decided that someone might think it was actually missing.

"Eh?" is my shorthand for "what the heck is this?"

Car Seats

Infant Car Seat (We’re working on picking one out.)
Car Seat Base for 2nd Car
Convertible Car Seat (We have one in mind, but we’re waiting for the demo on Sunday.)
Booster Car Seat (I’ve got four years – I’ll deal with it then and get something that conforms to whatever the safety standards are in 2012.)
Strap Covers
Neck Wings (Eh?)
Head Support (Eh?)
Full Body Support (Eh?)
Baby Sunshade
Car Seat Undermat
Car Seat Toys
Infant Car Seat Carrier Cover
Shopping Cart Cover (We have one coming second hand.)

Strollers

Travel System (Lord no. We drive compact cars.)
Full-Size Stroller
Lightweight Stroller
Umbrella Stroller
Mid-Size Stroller (We’ve been given one second hand.)
Jogger Stroller
Double & Triple Stroller (Nonononononononononono)
Convenience Stroller
Stroller Toys
Stroller Netting
Weather Shield
Stroller Blanket (Special just for the stroller? How is it different?)
Stroller Diaper Bag (Do we really need a separate one just for the stroller?)

Backpacks & Carriers

Backpacks
Front & Back Soft Carriers
Sling & Wrap Carriers

Play Yards/Travel Yards

Play Yards/Travel Yards (We have one coming to us second hand.)
Play Yard/Travel Yards Sheets (Qty: 2-3)
Play Yard/Travel Yard Netting

Activity

Stationary Entertainers (What does that mean?)
Walkers (I thought these were gone?)
Gyms & Playsets (Eh?)
Bouncers
Full Size Swing
Travel Swing
Door Jumpers (Turn the baby into a cat toy in two easy steps...)
Baby Carrier (How is this different from the other carriers?)
Infant Positioner (Eh?)

Feeding & Nursing

Bottle Warmer (Really?)
Bottle Sterilizer (Dishwasher is insufficient?)
Burping Cloths (Qty: 6-12)
Cloth Diapers (Qty: 6-12) (Why are diapers listed here in addition to under "diapers?")
Lap Pads (Qty: 6) (Eh?)
Bibs (Qty: 8-12) (Mom says you can never have too many.)

Breast Feeding

Breast Pump (I’d appreciate brand/type suggestions)
Breast Pads (What are they?)
Breast Cream
Breast Shields (What are they?)
Breast Milk Storage (What does that mean?)
Containers or Bags
Nursing Pillow & Stool (I’ve already registered for the pillow and an extra cover.)
Nursing Wrap/Cover

Bottle Feeding

Bottles for Formula (Qty: 6-8) (Suggestions as to brand/type would be appreciated. I’m looking for BPA free.)
Bottle Nipples
Bottle Drying Rack
Bottle Brush (Do you need one if you’re running it through the dishwasher?)
Dishwasher Caddy (Not just on the rack?)
Insulated Tote (They mean a cooler, right?)

Solid Feeding

Feeding Sets (What do they mean by this?)
Training Cups (Is this a "sippy cup?")
Infant Spoons (For Home & Travel)
Baby Food Processors & Accessories

High Chairs

High Chairs
High Chair Cover
Splat Mat
High Chair Toys
Extra High Chair Pad

Booster Seats

Booster Seats
Splat Mat (I assume this is listed again in case someone skips straight to booster seats without looking at the high chairs category?)

Feeding Accessories

Feeding Accessories (What the heck does that mean?)

Bath & Potty

Bath Tub & Seat (We have one coming to us.)
Baby Bath Sponge
Washcloths (Qty: 8-12)
Hooded Bath Towels (Qty: 4-6)
Bath Robe
Gentle Shampoo & Body Wash
Baby Lotion
Bath Accessories ("Accessories" Meaning...?)
Bath Toys
Step Stool
Travel Folding Potty Seat
Stand Alone Potty Seat
Toilet Training Seat (Ring)

Baby Care & Grooming

Nail Clippers
Brush & Comb
Digital Thermometer
Ear Thermometer
Grooming Kit (Eh?)
First Aid Kit (Do we really need a separate one for her?)
Humidifier/Vaporizer
Baby Mittens
Lotion
Baby Oil
Alcohol Swabs (For what?)
Cotton Swabs
Cotton Balls
Petroleum Jelly
Gas Relief Drops
Teethers
Pacifiers
Pain Relief Products (Does this mean baby Tylenol?)

Diapers & Formula  (The diapers and pail will be provided by the diaper service)

Diapers
Baby Wipes
Travel Wipes (Do I really need different wipes to go someplace?)
Wipe Warmer (Are you serious?)
Diaper Pail
Diaper Pail Refills
Diaper Bags (small and large) (Why two?)
Baby Changing Mat
Formula
Diaper Ointment

Safety

Audio Monitor
Video Monitor (Again – for real? How did we all make it this far? I can see wanting it in about 13 years...)
Cabinet/Drawer Latches
Safety Gates
Outlet Covers
Corner Guards
Edge Guards
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Please – we have two fireplaces, a wood stove, and a boiler in the basement. Do you know how many smoke alarms I have?)
Travel Mirror (Eh?)

Cradles/Bassinets

Cradle, Bassinet or Portable Crib (How many different sleeping places does one little girl need? What’s wrong with the crib?)
Cradle, Bassinet or Portable Crib Toys
Bedding Sets
Cradle, Bassinet or Portable Crib Sheets (Qty: 2-3)
Bassinet Netting (This isn’t Guam – we don’t have that many bugs in the house, and the ones that get in are crunchy snacks for the cats.)

Nursery Furniture

Crib (We have one coming on Monday.)
Crib Toys
Changing Table (We have one coming on Monday.)
Armoire/Chifforobe
Dresser/Chest
Drawer Liners (I don’t line *my* drawers...)
Hutch
Glider or Upholstered Rocker
Ottoman
Blanket Chest

Mattresses

Crib Mattress (We have one coming on Monday.)
Crib Mattress Pads (Qty: 3)
Vinyl Mattress Cover (This goes between the mattress and the mattress pad?)
Cradle, Bassinet or Portable Crib Mattress

Bedding

Crib Bedding Set (including bumper)
Fitted Crib Sheets (Qty: 4-6)
Blankets (Qty: 4-6)
Receiving Blankets (Qty: 4-6) (What’s the difference between a "blanket" and a "receiving blanket?")
Waterproof Pads (Qty: 4-6) (For what?)
Sheet Savers (Qty: 4-6) (Eh?)
Changing Table Covers (Qty: 2-4) (Does this go over the pad?)
Changing Table Pads
Sleep Positioner (Are these the baby chocks?)

Room Decor

Wall Hanging (Please – we have enough art.)
Switchplate Cover (Actually, I’d planned to leave the wires hanging out.  More exciting that way.)
Crib Mobile (Can you say "cat toy?")
Lamp
Wall Border (Are you NUTS? I just took the wallpaper DOWN!!!)
Window Treatments (Done)
Diaper Stacker (Eh?)
Rug
Hamper (Does she really need one all her own? What’s wrong with the one we’ve got?)
Waste Basket

Nursery Storage  (Yeah – anyone who knows me knows I’ve got this covered.)
Storage Solutions
Organizers
Shelves
Baskets/Storage Bins (Qty: 2-4)

Clothing and Layette

Homecoming Outfit (Is this like the "going away outfit" for weddings? Because I didn’t do that either.)
Matching Sets (Of what?)
Cap & Bootie Sets (Qty: 2-4)
T-Shirts (Qty: 4-6)
Side-Snap Shirts (Qty: 4-6)
Cotton Overalls (Qty: 3-6)
Gowns (Qty: 4-8)
Socks (Qty: 9-12)
Wearable Blankets (Qty: 2) (Eh?)
Clothing Hangers (Qty: 12-24) (For real? What’s wrong with drawers? It’s not like any of it needs the length to hang...)
Snow Suit or Bunting
Sweaters
One Piece Coverall (Qty: 4-6)
Outfits (Qty: 4-6)
Bodysuits/One Piece Shirts (Qty: 9-12)
Stretch Sleepers (Qty: 6-8)

Infant Toys

Rattles
Teethers
Soft Toys
Toys 0-12 Months
Toys 12-24 Months

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hugh_mannity
Jul. 8th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
You really don't need most of that stuff.

One stroller is more than sufficient. A mid-size one should cover all the bases.

We had a playpen for Zeph that folded up quite nicely and did double duty as a portable crib.

We never bothered with strap covers, neck or head supports, "positioners" or any of that crap. I still have the Moses basket that my mum gave us when he was new and tiny. I'd just dump him in that either face up or face down depending on whichever made him happiest at the time.

The best baby carrier we had was the baby sling. All the backpack and frontpack type carriers were too complicated to get a wriggling monster infant into single-handed. It's versatile, washable and fits infants through toddlers.

Receiving blankets are flannel squares which are mainly used for receiving assorted baby output. You can get through a lot of them.

As for clothing for his first year or so, Zeph had loads of Onesies -- they were pretty much all he wore his first summer; loads of cute stretch sleepers; one hat, one snowsuit, and a couple of cute outfits for official photos or special occasions. They get dirty fast, so it's good to have at least a 1/2 dozen of each sleepers and onesies, that way you can get away with doing laundry about once a day.

They don't need a lot of toys to begin with either -- just a couple of things that you can rotate through so they don't get bored. After all for the first few months they mostly just eat and sleep.

kls_eloise
Jul. 8th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
That's kind of what I thought.

"The best baby carrier we had was the baby sling."
A friend of mine had one that I really liked the design of - very simple. I plan to ask her where it came from.
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msmemory
Jul. 8th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
IANAP but:

Travel Wipes (same as baby wipes, in a smaller package, like purse packs of Kleenex)
Warmer - yes, really, some people worry about putting a cool wipe against baby's bottom. And some babies hate chilly wipes and let you know.

Alcohol pads - you possibly keep these in your first aid kit already.

A lot of the bottle/nursing stuff is either-or.

Breast pads/shields - I understand that nursing mothers can leak. This is so you don't get visible wet spots on your blouse.

I don't see why you need a lot of the solid food stuff, like high chairs, right away. Unless somebody is throwing you a baby shower, in which case you should at least pick one you like since you'll have to look at it often.

You do not need seven kinds of strollers! YOu'll want a jogging style one only if you or Bob is a jogger (I think not). For example.

Diapers are listed both under Feeding and under Diapers because the cloth ones make real dandy spit-up cloths and wipes. You'll probably want some on hand that are not the property of your diaper service, but just your own.

The Travel Mirror in the safety section is a supplemental rear view mirror for the car so you can see baby in his seat behind you.
hugh_mannity
Jul. 8th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
I don't see why you need a lot of the solid food stuff, like high chairs, right away. Unless somebody is throwing you a baby shower, in which case you should at least pick one you like since you'll have to look at it often.

That's true of a lot of this stuff. Start with the bare bones: crib, car seat, stroller, bedding, basic clothing (she won't care what she's wearing as long as she's comfy), basic feeding and diapering needs. Then as you discover what works and what doesn't, selectively buy stuff that meets your needs.
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lucianus
Jul. 8th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
I would second Hugh's opinion, you don't need most of that stuff. Its a ploy to get you to buy more and there's a lot of stuff on that list for later on. I have annotated the list and zapped out things you don't really need. YMMV.

Car Seats
Infant Car Seat (We’re working on picking one out.)
Shopping Cart Cover (We have one coming second hand.)

Strollers
Mid-Size Stroller (We’ve been given one second hand.)
Weather Shield - If your going to be walking her in the rain/winter you'll want this
Stroller Blanket (Special just for the stroller? How is it different?) - Its probably sized to fit a stroller, i'd get one just to save the hassle of moving a blanket back and forth.

Activity
Baby Carrier (How is this different from the other carriers?) I think they might mean one of those jobbies with a carrying handle that look rather like a car seat.

Feeding & Nursing
Bottle Warmer (Really?) - to keep the formula to temp
Bottle Sterilizer (Dishwasher is insufficient?) - good question, I can't think that in our mother's day they used anything other than pouring boiling water in the bottle. We didn't turn out too traumatized.
Burping Cloths (Qty: 6-12) - You'll find no end of use for these, get a bunch.
Cloth Diapers (Qty: 6-12) (Why are diapers listed here in addition to under "diapers?") - Again you will use these for years after the baby is grown. I think my mom is still using old cloth diapers of mine and its been 43 years!
Lap Pads (Qty: 6) (Eh?) - for the effluent!
Bibs (Qty: 8-12) (Mom says you can never have too many.) - Your mother is very wise.

Bottle Feeding
Bottles for Formula (Qty: 6-8) (Suggestions as to brand/type would be appreciated. I’m looking for BPA free.)
Bottle Nipples
Bottle Drying Rack
Bottle Brush (Do you need one if you’re running it through the dishwasher?) - You'll want to be able to get in and give them a good scrub and you really don't want to have to use Bob's brewing supplies all the time.
Dishwasher Caddy (Not just on the rack?) - Well I'd just use the rack...
Insulated Tote (They mean a cooler, right?) - They mean a cloth/cordura/etc. bag with insulation. We have several for bringing lunch to events.

Baby Care & Grooming
Nail Clippers
Brush & Comb
Digital Thermometer
Ear Thermometer
Humidifier/Vaporizer - depends on how dry your house is.
Lotion
Baby Oil
Alcohol Swabs (For what?) - little alcohol pads, they are very handy for cuts and clean up. I keep them on hand.
Cotton Swabs
Cotton Balls
Petroleum Jelly
Gas Relief Drops
Pain Relief Products (Does this mean baby Tylenol?) - yup

Diapers & Formula
(The diapers and pail will be provided by the diaper service)

Diapers
Baby Wipes
Travel Wipes (Do I really need different wipes to go someplace?) - They come in smaller boxes better sized for a bag or tote. Get a box of each kind and then when the travel size is out just refill from the big box.
lucianus
Jul. 8th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
More commentary!

Diaper Pail
Diaper Pail Refills
Diaper Bags (small and large) (Why two?) - I would expect for longer or shorter trips. Frankly I'd get a mid-sized one and if I needed a larger bag for a longer trip, I'd go to the Ocean State Job Lot and buy a huge canvas bag and put things in there.
Baby Changing Mat - keeps 'em out of the crud when you're using a public baby changing station
Formula
Diaper Ointment - desitin!

Safety
Audio Monitor
Cabinet/Drawer Latches
Safety Gates
Outlet Covers
Corner Guards - i frankly wouldn't bother with this and the next. The kid will learn a good lesson on why not to bump into edges and corners.
Edge Guards

Cradles/Bassinets
Cradle, Bassinet or Portable Crib (How many different sleeping places does one little girl need? What’s wrong with the crib?) - just get a crib
Bedding Sets
Cradle, Bassinet or Portable Crib Sheets (Qty: 2-3)


Nursery Furniture

Mattresses

Bedding - remember they will spend a lot of time in the crib and excrete a lot of effluent, better to have more than less on crib stuff
Crib Bedding Set (including bumper)
Fitted Crib Sheets (Qty: 4-6)
Blankets (Qty: 4-6)
Receiving Blankets (Qty: 4-6) (What’s the difference between a "blanket" and a "receiving blanket?") - this should be in the wash/grooming section. You wrap them in it when they come from the bath
Waterproof Pads (Qty: 4-6) (For what?) - See effluent comments above. She's going to pee up a storm.
Sheet Savers (Qty: 4-6) (Eh?) - No idea.
Changing Table Covers (Qty: 2-4) (Does this go over the pad?)
Changing Table Pads
Sleep Positioner (Are these the baby chocks?) - yup, it will keep her in one general place.

Infant Toys - She'll only need a few at first, and even as she grows she will probably find things like peculators and sweeping magazines off the coffee table much more interesting than regular toys
Rattles
Teethers - won't need this for a bit
Homecoming Outfit (Is this like the "going away outfit" for weddings? Because I didn’t do that either.) - stick in something that looks nice and have done with it.
Matching Sets (Of what?) - clothes.
Cap & Bootie Sets (Qty: 2-4)
T-Shirts (Qty: 4-6)
Side-Snap Shirts (Qty: 4-6)
Cotton Overalls (Qty: 3-6)
Gowns (Qty: 4-8)
Socks (Qty: 9-12)
Wearable Blankets (Qty: 2) (Eh?) - its kind of like a poncho
Clothing Hangers (Qty: 12-24) (For real? What’s wrong with drawers? It’s not like any of it needs the length to hang...) - you won't need that for a year or two.
Snow Suit or Bunting - go with the bunting
Sweaters
One Piece Coverall (Qty: 4-6)
Outfits (Qty: 4-6) - honestly! I don't even have "outfits"
Bodysuits/One Piece Shirts (Qty: 9-12) - you'll want a mess of these cuz as soon as she wets, its toast.
Stretch Sleepers (Qty: 6-8)
(Yeah – anyone who knows me knows I’ve got this covered.)
Baskets/Storage Bins (Qty: 2-4)Wall Hanging (Please – we have enough art.)
Switchplate Cover (Actually, I’d planned to leave the wires hanging out. More exciting that way.) - It will ensure she has an electric personality, a real live wire!
Crib Mobile (Can you say "cat toy?") - yup, better off getting something with a mirror and lots of black and white contrast
Lamp
Wall Border (Are you NUTS? I just took the wallpaper DOWN!!!) - amen!
Window Treatments (Done)
Diaper Stacker (Eh?) - ?
Rug
Hamper (Does she really need one all her own? What’s wrong with the one we’ve got?) - her stuff will be covered in baby effluent, better she has one in her room so you can pitch things in
Waste Basket
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lucianus
Jul. 8th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
And more!

Crib Mattress (We have one coming on Monday.)
Crib Mattress Pads (Qty: 3)
Vinyl Mattress Cover (This goes between the mattress and the mattress pad?) - yes
Crib (We have one coming on Monday.)
Crib Toys
Changing Table (We have one coming on Monday.)
Drawer Liners (I don’t line *my* drawers...)
Hutch
Glider or Upholstered Rocker - do you have a rocker? cuz you might want to invest in one.
Ottoman
Blanket Chest

Bath Tub & Seat (We have one coming to us.)
Baby Bath Sponge
Washcloths (Qty: 8-12)
Hooded Bath Towels (Qty: 4-6)
Bath Robe
Gentle Shampoo & Body Wash
Baby Lotion


High Chairs - you're not going to need this for a bit yet
Extra High Chair Pad

Feeding Sets (What do they mean by this?) - baby dishes and such
Training Cups (Is this a "sippy cup?") - yes, don't need it now
Infant Spoons (For Home & Travel) - not now

Baby Food Processors & Accessories - msmemory has covered this well
Breast Pump (I’d appreciate brand/type suggestions)
Breast Pads (What are they?)
Breast Cream
Breast Shields (What are they?)
Breast Milk Storage (What does that mean?)
Containers or Bags
Nursing Pillow & Stool (I’ve already registered for the pillow and an extra cover.)
Nursing Wrap/Cover


Play Yards/Travel Yards (We have one coming to us second hand.)
Play Yard/Travel Yards Sheets (Qty: 2-3)
Play Yard/Travel Yard Netting
Sling & Wrap Carriers - you'll do best with this to begin with and may like it also for nursing the baby
kls_eloise
Jul. 8th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
"do you have a rocker? cuz you might want to invest in one"
I don't, but it's something I know I want.
ladypeyton
Jul. 8th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Part 1
Neck Wings (Eh?)
Head Support (Eh?)
Full Body Support (Eh?)


All three are plushy pillow like things that keep the baby from sliding around in the car seat or baby carrier. I recommend them all, but usually you can get all three in a set and, honestly, I didn't know they came separately

Mid-Size Stroller (We’ve been given one second hand.) - Really, this is all you will need. For god's sake don't get an umbrella stroller. We had one that the MiL bought on a trip in from AZ and whenever we used it L managed to wiggle in JUST the right way to get the damned thing to tip over.

Stroller Blanket (Special just for the stroller? How is it different?)
Stroller Diaper Bag (Do we really need a separate one just for the stroller?)

No to both.

Stationary Entertainers (What does that mean?) - Here. Have a website. These are the little play things where you place the baby into them, like a walker without wheels, covered in toys that are attached and surfaces to place favorite toys on so that the baby can then pick them up and throw them on the floor so that you can get them and they can repeat the whole exercise. I recommend them because theyc an give you much needed time to sit and stare into space exhaustedly while knowing that the baby can't get into anything dangerous. If you can remember back, L had one that looked like a ladybug.

Gyms & Playsets (Eh?) - Here. Have another website L had one of these as well but she wasn't as enamored by it.

Baby Carrier (How is this different from the other carriers?) - This is the thing that looks like a free range car seat with a handle so you can carry the baby around. The best kind of car seat is the one that can convert into a baby carrier.

Infant Positioner (Eh?) - Yet another boring website This keeps the baby from flipping over onto it's stomach while asleep; which IIUC is currently is the dangerous position for babies to sleep in (I swear it changes every few years) NOPE! I'm wrong. The previous answer was for baby schocks. A positioner is to help cushion the baby while you breast feed. I didn't remember this since L refused to breast feed.

Bottle Warmer (Really?) - Honestly, L HATED for her bottles to be warmed, but even if you do warm bottles a sauce pan full of hot water is just as feasable as long as you are careful.

Bottle Sterilizer (Dishwasher is insufficient?) - No. It is not insufficient.

Lap Pads (Qty: 6) (Eh?) - You got me. Must be new.

Bibs (Qty: 8-12) (Mom says you can never have too many.) - I would concur if I could have ever been bothered to use one.

Bottles for Formula (Qty: 6-8) (Suggestions as to brand/type would be appreciated. I’m looking for BPA free.) - Dunno. BPA wasn't a major consideration when L was using them but I must say that 6-8 isn't enough. I'd go for 12 minimum.

Bottle Brush (Do you need one if you’re running it through the dishwasher?) - Yes you do.

Dishwasher Caddy (Not just on the rack?)
Insulated Tote (They mean a cooler, right?)
- Dishwasher caddy is to keep the bottles from flipping over and filling with water and also to have a place to cage in the nipples and nipple rings. It's useful. Get one. The insulated tote saved our sanity because we'd put a couple of bottles in it before bed and keep it beside the bed. If L woke us up hungry all we had to do was reach over and grab one (we often co-slept) as we're both light sleepers.

Feeding Accessories (What the heck does that mean?) - I assume baby plates, forks and spoons which are usually plastic covered.

Edited at 2008-07-08 08:16 pm (UTC)
kls_eloise
Jul. 9th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: Part 1
Websites! Yea!

"The best kind of car seat is the one that can convert into a baby carrier."
I hadn't realized that they came without car seats attached, hence my confusion.

"BPA wasn't a major consideration when L was using them but I must say that 6-8 isn't enough. I'd go for 12 minimum."

Even if I do manage to breastfeed? I'll need them for daycare when I go back to work, but (hopefully) just supplemental. Not arguing, just wondering.
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ladypeyton
Jul. 8th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Part 2

Grooming Kit (Eh?) -
First Aid Kit (Do we really need a separate one for her?)
- Usually a kit with a comb, baby brush, baby clippers, tweezers, and a totally useless baby snot suckie thingy. Throw this one away and keep the one the hospital gives you. You will need baby oriented first aid supplies but she won't need her own kit.

Alcohol Swabs (For what?) - Belly button alcohol dries up the extra to help it fall off

Pain Relief Products (Does this mean baby Tylenol?) - Yes, and also teething pain products but never use without speaking to your pediatrician first.

Travel Wipes (Do I really need different wipes to go someplace?) - The packaging is much smaller and easier to travel with. I bought a travel wipe with a hard plastic case and then refilled it until it finally fell apart. WARNING! You will never again be able to exist without baby wipes eveywhere in your house. I still have them in the car, in my drawer here at work, and beside the bed and I rarely ever use them on L anymore.

Wipe Warmer (Are you serious?) - Now THAT's just silly!

Diaper Bags (small and large) (Why two?) I don't know. I only ever used the one.

Video Monitor (Again – for real? How did we all make it this far? I can see wanting it in about 13 years...) - Well isn't THAT the height of decadence!

Travel Mirror (Eh?) - Sounds like the mirror you can put on your car visor that is posable so that you can angle it to see the baby while in the car. My sister had one. I depended on the one already in the visor and turning my head

Cradle, Bassinet or Portable Crib (How many different sleeping places does one little girl need? What’s wrong with the crib?) - We had a cradle and a bassinet/portable crib but we travelled with her a LOT when she was an infant and she used the portable crib all the time. The cradle is so you can set it up in your room where a crib won't fit. I guarantee you won't be comnfortable with her sleeping too far away from you once you get home fromt he hospital. You will also get up several times a night to make sure she is still breathing. This is natural. We've all done it.

(What’s the difference between a "blanket" and a "receiving blanket?") blankets get placed over her when she is sleeping to keep her warm. You will not want to use these until she is old enough to push things away from her face. Receiving blankets (and there are none better than the ones you will be tempted to steal from the hospital) are the small squares that you use to swaddle the baby.

Changing Table Covers (Qty: 2-4) (Does this go over the pad?) - Yes, but if you are anythibg like us a "temporary" changing station will live on your coffee table until she is potty trained and you will rarely use the actual changing table.

Sleep Positioner (Are these the baby chocks?) - See earlier. Basically. Yes.

Homecoming Outfit (Is this like the "going away outfit" for weddings? Because I didn’t do that either.) No. This is the outfit you will pack in your hospital suitcase so the baby has something to wear, besides her diaper and a smile, on the way home.

Clothing Hangers (Qty: 12-24) (For real? What’s wrong with drawers? It’s not like any of it needs the length to hang...) - Word.

Crib Mobile (Can you say "cat toy?") - Honestly, I would be absolutely shocked if the cats didn't avoid the baby like it carried the kitty plague. I swear they have a species memory of a thousand lifetimes of pulled tails.

Vinyl Mattress Cover (This goes between the mattress and the mattress pad?) - You only need this if you didn;t buy a vinyl crib mattress.
kls_eloise
Jul. 9th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
Re: Part 2
"You will need baby oriented first aid supplies but she won't need her own kit."
Okay, that's what I was wondering.

"Belly button alcohol dries up the extra to help it fall off"
They're now saying not to do that, because it actually makes it take longer.

"The packaging is much smaller and easier to travel with."
With prompting, I finally remembered that variant. Baby wipes are infinitely useful, but I'm not an addict. Yet.

"Well isn't THAT the height of decadence!"
Oh good - it's not just me.

"You only need this if you didn;t buy a vinyl crib mattress."
I don't know what I bought - my brother and sister in law got us one. I'll know next week.
oocdc2
Jul. 9th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
I'll chime in with a couple of things:

Travel Mirror: babies and toddlers are obsessed with looking at themselves. Makes a nice distraction. (I'm guessing that's where they're going with that...)

Or, they mean one of those rear-view mirrors so you can see the kid in the back through *your* rear view mirror. Either one is a good idea.

Slings: Can't endorse these enough. Kiddo had a Snuggli front-pack/back-pack set up, but we couldn't use it until she was 3 months old. I tried a pouch sling, but she hated that.

For this upcoming delivery we went with a Moby wrap, which you can Google. It's not complicated--just one long piece of fabric with a particular weave and bias--but it's one-size-fits-all, it can hold kids to 35 lbs, and you can arrange the child in many positions. It was nice with Kiddo (who never wanted down) to have her in her Snuggli so I could wash dishes, or take her for a walk. My sister-in-law (four(!) boys) uses the Moby with successful results.

Other than that, I stand with the majority above. :^)
pippagrey
Jul. 9th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Car seats
Necessary - Infant Car Seat
Car Seat Undermat
Car seat Toys

We used one of those baby basket type baby carriers (probably the infant carrier - it didn't have a special base, you just pulled really hard on the seat belt when fitting it in each time) for the infant seat, and it had the advantage for us that it clipped onto the stroller (probably the "stroller system" they talk about later). When they got bigger we just ditched the baby carrier part and used the stroller by itself. We had a proper car seat (if by convertible they mean can face either way that’s what we had) in each car. After the second one got big enough we had two in each car (and two in grandma’s car also).

A car seat undermat is indispensable if you like your upholstery. It doesn’t have to be one of the fancy ones, just something plastic, and if you want you can put something absorbent on top of it so stuff doesn’t just run off the sides.
The head support is one of those little neck pillows like they sell for adults to use when traveling. Very needed for some babies, others couldn’t care less.
Strap covers can be good if baby spits up a lot. (Do you have any name ideas yet, or should we just keep calling her baby or deduction?) Try to find one’s which are absorbent on the outside with water proof liners. It’s so much easier to clean the covers than the straps.
Car seat toys – for now I’d just choose one or two of her favorite rattles or teethers and attach them with a very short tether so she can’t lose them.
pippagrey
Jul. 9th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
Strollers
Necessary - just one for right now, whatever works for you.

Stroller toys – same recommendations as car seat toys. But in this case a tether is very important so they don’t end up on the floor of the mall or the parking lot or gone for good.
Unbrella strollers are really nice later on as they are very easy to pack and to put up. But baby has to be old enough to sit up on her own to use them. This can wait.
Actually two diaper bags, preferably of different sizes is good. If the stroller has a basket try to have one bag which fits in it – less to carry around. It’s also nice to have a small one for quick trips.
I have no idea what makes a stroller blanket special.
Other wise it looks like you have strollers pretty much taken care of.
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pippagrey
Jul. 9th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
Backpacks & Carriers

Based on your body and the baby’spreferences. It sounds like you’ve got this pretty much taken care of too.

Play Yards/Travel Yards

We loved our pack-n-play. Hopefully yours will have the bassinet insert. Even without it, this is great for traveling and at events.
pippagrey
Jul. 9th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Activity
Stationary Entertainers - we had one, it's a seat with a tray all around it, ours was on a saucer shaped base so they could rock. There are usually toys attached to the tray.

I would have assumed that the infant positioner was the baby chocks, but why would those be under "activity"?

Feeding & Nursing

Mom is so right about the bibs.
Burping cloths are good, another commenter has gone into this – just use the cloth diapers for this, you can use them as lap pads too. (Lap pads protect your lap just as burp cloths protect your shoulder.)

Breast Feeding

We had a Medella which worked pretty well. It comes with extra bottles so you can pump and store the stuff for the daycare to use, and you can buy more extras too, so I assume that that's the storage.

The nursing wrap is presumably to help you be discrete when nursing in public.

Bottle feeding

Bottle brushes are good for cleaning out bottle nipples where stuff can get dried or clotted and the dishwasher just doesn’t quite cut it.
Nipples tend to be baby-specific. What works for one may not for another. Sorry.

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 9th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Half you don't need
Half of the things on that list you will never need. You must have a car seat (convertible or infant). Since you have a small car, visit carseatdata.org where they've collected info on what carseats fit in which cars. For the convertible, the Compass True Fit has a removable headrest that saves room. It's pretty awesome, and only $200. A bargain! As for the stroller - Maclaren. If you want an extra, and you do jog, get a jogger. If you just plan to walk with baby, there is no need for a jogger (though the nice people at babysrus will try to tell you they're necessary!). You also don't really need a stroller travel system - you can get plenty of strollers that are infant car seat compatible. I'd visit EliteCarSeats.com - they really know their stuff and they have a detailed comparison chart on sizes. If you're still not sure about your car seat, call their customer service. Most of their reps are child passenger safety techs and they will guide you along.
pippagrey
Jul. 9th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
Realized the one thing that wasn't on that list.

For when she's old enough to sit in a high chair, one of those portable, clip on chairs. We used it a lot at events, and it's really good for restaurants too.
bigbrotherinlaw
Aug. 25th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Tips about pain/fever releif
Your pediatrician will have opinions about when it's safe to start using ibuprofen (it's a little harder on the liver than acetaminophen) Also, when she gets the seriously high barely responsive to ibuprofen fever (she's already hot again 3 hours after you gave her the ibuprofen that the pediatrician reluctantly said you could start giving her a few weeks ago) ask about using acetaminophen in between the doses of ibuprofen (at the three hour mark).
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