A mom writes in asking for advice about the things she needs to get before her baby arrives. Though it is her second child, she says “pregnancy brain is real,” and given everything that is going on in the world, she wants to make sure her bases are covered. She already has a lot but wants to know if she left anything important off the list.
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A member of the community asks:
“What are some essentials for having a baby? I’m 22 weeks pregnant and still trying to prepare for baby in this craziness. We have a crib, changing table, swing, bottles, diapers, wipes, nail clippers, brushes, boogie thing, bibs, clothes, blankets, diaper bag, bath. Just need car seats and a few other things.
Any other essentials and hospital bag stuff I’m missing? Pregnancy brain is real, and this is my second baby. Just wanna make sure I have everything together.”
Community Advice for This Mom Who Wants to Know All the Things She Needs to Get Before Baby Arrives
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The community offered this mom in need a lot of great advice. Read some of their responses below.
“All you really need for baby is a place to sleep, diapers, clothes, a car seat & boobs. Everything else is extra. You seem to be doing good!”
“Maybe burp cloths, a bouncer, lotion & baby soap (the night time ones are AMAZING!), baby towels & washcloths.”
“Maybe something for gas or upset tummy, gripe water, Infants’ Friend drops work fantastic.”
“I’m about to be 36 weeks with 2nd baby & I’m having a hard time remembering what to get also. I have some clothes, socks, mittens, washcloths, baby towels, soap & lotion, bottles & a car seat. So I’m following to see what other essentials!!”
“Swaddles or blankets. A&D ointment. Nasal suction.”
“If you’re bottle-feeding you may want a few different types & nipples. I tried everything with 1 of mine & couldn’t get her to take a bottle. If you’re formula feeding, have a few cans on hand especially now so you don’t have to take your newbie to a store. If you’re pumping you’ll need freezer milk bags & the pump of course. Some pads for your bed (either way) to keep your bed dry from nighttime leaking.”
“Obviously you know the basics like diapers and wipes. But other than that a carrier and a swing. I promise you those things will allow you to get things done around your house.”
“It’s nice to have infant Tylenol and infant cold/cough/mucus medicine on hand. It’s really hard for me to find infant Tylenol right now because of everything going on, and of course my baby is sick, but luckily I had some on hand already. Buy it closer to your due date so it doesn’t expire before you possibly have to use it. I made sure I had Tylenol, cold medicine, and a vapor rub. I’m glad I bought all three and didn’t have to run to the store when she was sick.”
“A swing and gas drops were the biggest help with my baby, I really recommend a swing or bouncer, helps give you a break, and most of the time it’s relaxing for the baby.”
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