Preparing for Baby: What Mama Burgher Suggests

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While I am in no way an expert in raising a kid, I certainly have my opinions and ways that seem to work for my family. Obviously, every kid, parent, and family is going to be different. In the past few posts, I have been writing about the material things that worked for us while I was pregnant and while the ‘lil Burghers are babies.
These posts (like this one) are just my opinions and not in any way sponsored by any store or company. They are completely based on my feelings and experiences raising Arianna and Evan. In preparation for the first ‘Ski baby and while reading our blog, Mrs. ‘Ski tweeted:

All weekend, I have been racking my brain and trying to post the exact “necessities” for bringing baby home. Greg and I both agree that pretty much you need some clothes (and laundry detergent), diapers, wipes, a bed for baby (play yard is great), and a car seat; however, those staples aren’t going to get you anywhere when you have people who love you much and want to give you and the baby gifts. Mrs. ‘Ski, this list is not gonna be short. It is not the definite MUSTs, either, but what we found have worked for us with the kids. Space is definitely a concern—when we lived in Ford City, we truly had nowhere to keep all the extras. You just have to get creative…and sadly…give up some of your space if need be. Babies really do take over our lives.

Without further ado, here are my recommendations that should please all budgets when registering for a shower and eliminate SOME of the “Musts” recommended by the major baby registry chains. If you don’t ask for these, they are great to have on-hand. (Note, a lot of the items here, I didn’t ask for and either got at my showers or learned I needed and had to buy when money was tight on mat leaves. Just be ready!)

Yes—Ask for these:
Health, Safety and Sanity
Batteries (because you’ll need them for…)—AAA (remotes), AA (stuffed toys, flashlights), C (swings, V-Smiles), D (mobiles—seriously), and 9V (smoke detectors—please!!!)
Outlet Covers
Baby Gates (One for each flight of steps and the kitchen)
Gas Relief Drops or Gripe Water
Baby Tylenol
Destin or A+D ointment
Vaseline IN A TUBE
Cotton Swabs for babies
Rubbing Alcohol (swab + alcohol = happy belly button)
Diapers (size 1-3 are great—you’ll appreciate being prepared, can always tape receipts to the bags)
Emery Boards, Nail Clippers, Baby Scissors, Mittens (little nails are SO sharp)
First Aid Kit (with a suction and pacifier medicine dropper—have used both with Ari & Evan)
Thermometer (for ear or forehead—the hospital will give you an armpit/rectal)
Towels (4) and washcloths (8)
Pacifiers (even if you are against them, have one. You NEVER know.)
Changing table with drawers (versus a dresser AND changing table)
Changing table pad and 2 covers
Hanger for diapers (space saver and time saver—diapers slip out of those packages)
Diaper Pail (I am a fan but only use regular trash bags in them instead of the refills)

Crib (I struggle with this. Mini Crib? Just play yard? Convertible? Co-Sleeper? Place for baby to sleep.)
Sheet Savers (3)—In 6 weeks, we have not changed a sheet out of necessity thanks to these wonders
Sheets (3)—little laundry
Play Yard (get one with a changing table, bassinet, mobile and 2 sheets for the yard—this is ALL we’d have if we slept on same floor as the Living Room)
Swaddle Me (for sleeping) and Sleep Sacks
Receiving blankets
2-3 comfy blankies
Humidifier or Vaporizer
Lovey. This might be a mobile, nightlight, clock, Fisher Price Seahorse—anything to keep baby happy at night

Baby Play Time
Baby Gym for tummy time
Bumbo Seat
Take Along Swing—because they take up very little room and can be carried upstairs at night if you need it.
Jumperoo (ask for this to be held until the baby is about 5 months if space is an issue)

Car Seat, Stroller (I am a fan of the travel system, but there is a neat stroller that can hold the car seat)
–Never tried this, but I saw a “Smart Seat” advertised. This car seat converts from infant to booster and saves a lot of $ when it comes to growth. We’ve put a good amount of money into car seats already and have only had to move once with Ari.)
Extra bases (one for each of your vehicles and one for the grandparents ‘cause it makes it easy)
Bundle Me (for carseat, great for winter because jackets are bulky and don’t make car seat travel extra safe)
Sling or Wrap (great if you travel with baby)
Travel Wipes (this is like a $2 gift)
Diaper Bag with changing pad
Head Supports (for Car seats)

Nursing and/or Feeding
Chair for mom (rocking chair or comfy seat you already own for nursing)
Boppy and Cover
Burp Cloths
Gel Pads for Mom (lifesaver)
Pump Accessory Wipes
Nursing Pads (I did NOT like the ones the hospital provided)
Milk Storage Bags
Nursing Cover
Bottle Brush
Formula Can (3 servings of formula or cereal can go in these)
Bottles (we like drop ins, so ask for extra nipples and drop ins)
High Chair
Standard mini kitchen food processor (great for making your own baby food)
Sippy Cups, plates, bowls, and baby plasticware (one day you will be happy)
Bottle Rack
Baby Food Organizer

For the Little One
Learning Toys
“Your Baby Can Read” DVD series
Savings Bonds for Baby (series EE until they are 2 and they double in value when they turn 18!)
Gift cards—for those things you didn’t get

Your “Team” Gear—I didn’t ask for anything Steelers related and got 2 things luckily.
Pants—with both babies, I did NOT have enough and had to go grab some last minute.
Tights (if you are having a girl)—never fails, you have the kid all dressed for photos or Christmas service and nothing to put on her little legs.

Things you Don’t Need to Register for(ie things we didn’t use…)
Crib Bedding. Dangerous. Enough said.
Wipe Warmer (yes, used one with Arianna. My hands work better for Evan.)
Shopping Cart Cover
Décor (always turns out you get one or two pieces of this, not the whole she-bang and then you don’t have the time or money to get the rest. Pick this out and decorate yourself, or have a friend paint/draw something awesome for your baby)
Car Seat Toys
Walker (ask for a 2nd hand one if/when the baby is ready)
Door Jumpers (scare city)
Car seat strap covers (the baby will be well padded with clothes)
Bottle Warmer (Microwave water!)
Breast Pump (Ok, maybe ask for a manual. They are not costly and you can figure out if you are going to pump and if the baby is able to nurse.)
Video Monitor (You’ll still run at every little noise)
Corner guards (unless you have crazy sharp edges)
Cabinet locks (we just keep the kids out of the kitchen, thanks to the gates!)
Toilet Lock (adults can’t use the toilet very easily with these)
Drawer linens
Waterproof crib pads (use those sheet savers, you don’t want to be changing a sheet AND waterproof pad at 3 AM, and they fall apart in the washer.)
Stretch Mark Cream (hemorrhoid creams, and such—you will figure out if you need them, always can ask your nurses for these at the hospital, too.)
Formula Mixer (Shake it, baby!)
Winnie the Pooh seat (Greg and Arianna asked for this for Evan’s—ha!—it was expensive and a kid is never gonna sit in a $60 mini recliner.)

Yes, prepping for a baby is a lot of work, but typically you have nine months to plan and a lot of great friends and family willing to give you things you need for the new addition. Take advantage—but also don’t ask for things you think you won’t use. Hope you enjoyed this list–feel free to add your own ideas in the comments below!

2 thoughts on “Preparing for Baby: What Mama Burgher Suggests”

  1. Becky, you have a very good list. It looks like you and I relied on a lot of the same things! One thing I really liked that you don’t have listed is a Boon squirt spoon. It was awesome to take to restaurants when my little guy was still eating step one foods and not have to cart around the jar, bowl, and spoon separately! I give one at every baby shower now.

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