Finally sinking in…


It’s been just over a week since we had our scan to see BabyShilts growing in my tummy. It still does feel quite surreal and I have on occasion forgot that I’m actually pregnant only to get a twinge or a whiff of a certain smell (the fridge mainly) and then I remember.

Before the scan, I wouldn’t allow myself to look at baby stuff. I just needed visual confirmation that all was ok and ever since then I’ve been looking at all sorts. What have I let myself in for? There’s tons of stuff out there for pregnancy, birth and babies. I’m not panicking, yet! We still have six months until BabyShilts is due to make an appearance so plenty of time to get organised and figure out exactly what we need to suit the lifestyle we anticipate for our family. 

As first-time parents, the list of stuff we ‘apparently‘ need is huge; there’s the nursery to kit out (cot and a changing table are my must have essentials), feeding bottles and teats, sterilisers, monitors, baby changing stuff including baths and allsorts, baby clothing, travel systems (car seats, prams and pushchairs), high chairs, maternity clothing for me and my ever expanding waistline, along with all the other bits and bobs you don’t think about (breast pumps, maternity towels…you can see where this is going)

I’m not going to panic yet. I’m going to start thinking and compiling a list (I love a list!) of all the absolute essentials that I think we need and when we need it by. I’m certain a newborn doesn’t need a high chair for a good six months so we’ve got time on our side there and using past experience of when my Nephew was born, there’s a few things my Sister thought were essentials but turned out to be a bit of a faff and not entirely necessary at all (nappy disposal systems, I’m talking about you!)

So, all you Mums (and Dads) out there, what do you think are the essentials we definitely need? I would love to hear from you {sig}

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  • Reply helen wright 31/07/2012 at 12:20 pm

    baby wipes, baby wipes and more baby wipes! how did i live without them! so good at cleaning (great for general house work!), they even get crayon off flat screen tv’s! (best not to ask how i know that!) i never bothered with that topping and tailing business. using cotton wool to clean their bums when they were tiny, i went straight to the baby wipes! the muslin cloths were also a godsend – again fab for mopping things up, general dribbles, spills, sicks and escaping boob milk! last thing – those baby sleeping bags (grobags or own brand equivalent) fab invention. x

    • Reply mrsshilts 31/07/2012 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks Helen, I think I’m sold on those baby sleeping bags, what a fab idea, no need for all the cot bedding etc really if the baby’s going to sleep in the bag! x

  • Reply helen wright 31/07/2012 at 12:21 pm

    oooo, i forgot – bumbo (those little chair things). kids loved it and its so much easier to feed them when they are sat in it rather than slumped in a high chair – atleast when you first start rying them with solids. x

  • Reply Craftyguider 31/07/2012 at 12:27 pm

    Get a chest of drawers and put a changing mat on that. You don’t need a proper changing unit. Cot beds last a lot longer than just a cot. Get more maternity pads than you think you’ll need, and Lansinoh nipple cream if you are breast feeding! Get a decent digital monitor. As a first time mum, you’ll be listening for every breath and gurgle. You don’t want to just hear static.

    • Reply mrsshilts 31/07/2012 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks for your reply Louise, I’m wondering if I’ve been sucked into the idea given by the big named baby companies that I need all this stuff when actually I don’t think I do! x

  • Reply Lauren 31/07/2012 at 7:30 pm

    Lol I didn’t have anything apart from a few 0-3m babygrows until a couple of days before she was born, and only now that she’s almost 7 months have I opened the boxes of 0-3m clothes she’s so small.
    All you need is a crib (Moses baskets are so small it’s a waste of money, ours in the Saplings Katie crib from babies r us, huge! And she’s still sleeping in it!!)
    Changing mat
    Wipes, wipes and more wipes!!
    A changing bag
    Baby clothes (just bodysuits, babygrows with hands built in and some hats, get a snowsuit Once you know what size baby is once born.
    Some blankets and fitted sheets
    Cold water steriliser (the best way to sterilise that’s why hospitals use them too)
    A carseat
    A comforter toy

    Maternity towels are rubbish, tena pants are actually amazing and you don’t ruin any of your undies.

    Pads for when your boobs leak.

    Dark clothes for hospital

    Only when you’re up to leaving the house after will you need a pram. I baby is going to sleep in your room until six months+ (advised) then you won’t need a baby monitor, cot or cot bed isn’t needed until baby is big enough. I found not buyin stuff until I needed them helps, I bought a sling before.. It hurt and she was too small until she was over 15 weeks to use it. She hated warm milk so had to sell my bottle warmer. Dont get dummies until you feel baby needs one (I would give babystar one but she isn’t allowed one medically) just get the essentials, when the time comes to need things you can go and get them and walk little baby around the store choosing :) dont stress, I know it feels like you need everything when you look in the magazines and in the shops. Getting things when you need them is so much cheaper than buying everything beforehand. I changed her on the mat on the bed until a few weeks ago when I was given a changing table and now I’m considering going back to changing her on bed as the table is so dangerous when they begin to roll properly!!!!

    • Reply mrsshilts 31/07/2012 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks for your brilliant comment Lauren, see this is exactly the reason why I needed to ask what stuff we need so I get all my yummy mummy twitter friends passing on their wisdom.

      At least if I know what essentials other ladies recommend I can start to have a look for stuff and do a bit of research. I’m not going to stress over it but want to know how much things are so when we are ready we’re prepared for the cost and perhaps even look around for bargains.


  • Reply Lauren 31/07/2012 at 8:52 pm

    Write a list of everything and then you find yourself crossing lots off the list of things you don’t need yet etc. Tryig to not buy baby clothes is tough but until you know sizes for what season things can go to waste, plus people buy a lot for you and blankets/teddies. Family members didn’t know what to buy her so instead of buying her just random clothes/teddies they’d group together and buy cot/carseat etc. Helps and makes them feel better for buying you something you want and need. Looking in all the shops and the going for cheapest helps too. I find mothercare is cheapest for a lot of bits rather than babies r us, but then crib and the cot bed we bought last week was better and higher quality in babies r us. Research is key. Kiddiecare have lots of stuff too.
    It sounds stupid but it’s a lot like wedding planning or home decorating, you have lots to do but prioritise what you need. I knew before I got pregnant that I wanted my new stokke xplory so had to save elsewhere, Ikea has lots of brilliant things too :) xxx

  • Reply Snafflesmummy 31/07/2012 at 9:29 pm

    Don’t waste money on big posh pram, in 6 mths time you will hate how big it is and buy a lightweight buggy. A cheap pram works fine at first.

    Don’t need changing table, it accumulates junk and never change baby on
    Good changing bag is worth investment. Yummy mummy ones are great.

    Buy minimal amount of clothes, people will buy lots, don’t waste with patterned vests, no one sees them.

    Cotbed will last you longer than cot.

    A baby seat is better than baby bath.

    Nct nearly new sales are fab.

    My top buys are muslin clothes, reusable nappies, Moby wrap, ,

    • Reply mrsshilts 01/08/2012 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks for passing on your experiences Denise. I’ve got so much research to do.

      I think a cotbed is definitely on my must buy list, going to have a look in Ikea, Kiddicare and Mothercare over the next few weeks to have a look.. x

  • Reply Knitty Mummy 03/08/2012 at 6:34 pm

    I’ve got through 2 children with no changing table. You have to abandon using it when they start to roll over, so I thought it wasn’t worth buying for just 6 months use. I’ve always done it on a changing mat on the floor.

    When you do get round to highchair buying get the £11 ikea one (an extra few quid if you want a tray) is your best bet. I bought a wooden one, and as much as it looked lovely it took 20 minutes after each meal to clean it. Thats an hour a day, just cleaning a highchair. The ikea one takes less than a minute.

  • Reply Karen 04/08/2012 at 4:27 pm

    Congratulations! Sorry I missed this earlier. Brilliant news!

    I too had the aversion to the smell of the fridge/freezer with both of mine. 9months of holding my breath whenever I opened it!

    Chuck out the lists of what you’re supposed to get. You don’t need it all. Also, you will not feel 100% organised when the time arrives. It’s a complete change of lifestyle, you cannot completely prepare for it! Enjoy shopping though ;)


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