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What would be the one item you couldn't live without for your newborn?

(75 Posts)
Rosyisgonnabeamummy Sat 02-Mar-13 00:15:16

I'm a mum to be, and I am hugely overwhelmed by all the stuff there is to buy on the market.
What's your best purchase? What made life easier?
Not just the obvious things like a car seat / pram, but for example breast feeding apron, or changing bag, or nipple cream????

AladdinOnRepeat Sat 02-Mar-13 00:17:36

Lanisol nipple cream smile

mrsyattering Sat 02-Mar-13 00:19:07

muslins
sling
breast pads

FrantasticO Sat 02-Mar-13 00:31:59

Swaddle blanket.
Can't express how good they are.
Or if I could afford it...a nanny!

FrantasticO Sat 02-Mar-13 00:32:28

Velcro one to be precise...no escape!

Longdistance Sat 02-Mar-13 00:35:52

Got beaten to it, Lansinoh nipple cream.

Baby bath seat, the white plastic ones from newborn. Wonderful.

Signet2012 Sat 02-Mar-13 00:39:52

Things I didn't expect to me useful but where.

More breast pads than I thought existed
Muslins. Lots.
Nipple cream lamisol(?) my best friend through the first two weeks of bad latch
Blankets - to lay on, to cover, in the car seat, in the pram, in the house.
Vibratey chair - was 30 quid from Asda. Best money I could have spent. Only thing that would shift dd wind and allow me twenty minutes to eat.

Later on
A jumperoo. If only they did an adult one.

Rosyisgonnabeamummy Sat 02-Mar-13 22:37:45

Wow this is great
Breast pads. Did you disposable or washable ones?

Where do you get the nipple cream?

muslins and lansinoh.

whattodoo Sat 02-Mar-13 22:41:09

Muslins
Baby gym
Monitor

Sling, baby carrier!

r3dsquirrel Sat 02-Mar-13 22:43:08

Baby nighties...... they wear them to sleep in instead of a babygro. Just pull it up to change nappies at night. Not having millions of poppers to undo and do back up makes a world of difference at 3am! They also last for ages size wise so more cost effective than babygros. You can get them in john Lewis (called baby bundlers) or mothercare.

MrGeresHamster Sat 02-Mar-13 22:43:17

Washable breast pads... when you first look for nipple cream you realise they sell it everywhere!

Stretchy sling (I have a Kari Me), allows newborn to have their constant cuddles, allows mum to have constant cuddles AND do useful things like eat/wee/have fresh air/have feeling in arms.

Baby sleeping bag, when you feed them in the middle of the night there is a lot less resettling to do.

Cake.

Weissdorn Sat 02-Mar-13 22:43:21

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AmandaPayne Sat 02-Mar-13 22:44:01

Sling- proper soft one you can sit down and that in, not a Bjorn or anything else stiff.

Lansinoh can be got from Boots, Mothercare, supermarkets... it's a very popular item and while it is expensive it lasts ages and is also great on burns and chapped lips. Boots expert nipple cream is rubbish by the way (I speak from experience)

AmandaPayne Sat 02-Mar-13 22:44:36

Oh yes, and gro bags.

whattodoo Sat 02-Mar-13 22:48:06

Yes, infacol! And metanium for nappy rash.
Nail clippers.
Tea tree oil which I put in my bath every day to help heal.

georgyporgie Sat 02-Mar-13 22:48:23

Swaddlepod. Zip up swaddle. Amaaaaazing. And a teddy bear thing that played womb sounds. We swiftly figured out that we could dispense with the bear & just use the little sound box. Got him to sleep swiftly, soothed him when changing & at any other little grizzle. (Nb I laughed at my mother when she suggested it & beadily eyed the bear pre DS with a huge handful of salt. I was so put in my place when he arrived..)

Weissdorn Sat 02-Mar-13 22:50:16

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Figgygal Sat 02-Mar-13 22:51:24

Sleepsuits all u need

surfingbabies Sat 02-Mar-13 22:51:42

Lansinoh was on offer in tesco, I use avent washable breast pads. I also use washable nappies & wipes, I could never go back to disposables now smile
Good luck with rest of pregnancy & birth x

cafecito Sat 02-Mar-13 22:55:04

mine no longer newborn

but

nipple pads (I liked the big lansinoh ones, disposable)

a bra bigger than your head if BFing (my B cups went up to an F ++ )

a sling or baby carrier (I liked babybjorn active carrier)

I found the 'tummy tub' style f baby bath caused the least tantrums

I liked camomile organic baby bathshampoo - johnsons caused cradle cap, fr mine

metanium is the best for nappy rash- but hopefully not needed

a toy with a rattle noise inside

and when a little bigger, like 3 months, a prince lionheart rubber seat / pod - was brilliant

smellysocksandchickenpox Sat 02-Mar-13 22:55:32

Bednest, best thing ever!

woven wrap (like a sling but way more comfy) www.nctshop.co.uk/BB-Slen-Sling/productinfo/5348/

washable breastpads, but not the white ones you get in boots, they're not great, these ones are better: mamamoomy.co.uk/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=15_24. Also have a few indivicually wrapped disposable ones for the change bag

rainbow muslins from jojomamanbebe, expensive but you're looking at them every day at every feed so may as well be cheerful!

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