I was reading up on Topaz Mommy this morning.

She was asking for help in editing-out some items from SM’s staggering checklist of baby essentials. I remember being in the same position so many months ago, and it’s funny how deja-vu-ish I felt reading through that looooong list again!
Since I can’t fit this reply into the comment box, I have posted it here. Frances, I hope you and other expecting moms find this shortened version helpful!
APPAREL12 tie-sides (So practical for newborns! You don’t have to worry about pulling shirts over their frail little heads. With tie-sides, you can even dress them when they’re asleep.)6 short-sleeved shirts (The ones that open from the front are best.)4-6 pajama sets/frog suits (For air-conditioned places, these seem essential. Newborns are still adjusting to outside temperatures and like to feel snug and warm. Get the kind that let you open up around the nappy area so you can change baby’s diaper easily during those late-night/early-morning changes.)4-6 receiving blankets6 pairs mittens4 caps4-6 pairs socks
DIAPERS (Unless you’re going to use “lampin” right away, you can defer cloth diapers for later. Otherwise, make sure you have at least 5 dozen on hand, so you have enough for about 18 changes a day, especially for newborns. If using disposables, get the newborn size first, about 200 pieces. Baby will grow quickly, so change sizes as he gets bigger. Personally, I mix disposables and lampin. I use lampin up to now for baby’s relief especially during humid, hot days.)
NURSERY LINEN4-6 fitted sheets (For the RP, 300 thread count cotton is comfy. Change and wash linens every three days or so for hygiene reasons)3 crib blankets (Get 100% cotton. Jersey or flannel are also nice and soft.)2 crib bumpers (In the beginning, baby will appreciate sleeping in a snug place, like in your bed or in a cozy bassinet. So you might buy the bumpers gradually. I love Babies Direct’s lovely styles. Check out SM Baby or Baby & Co. for the full line.)2 pillows and 4 pillow cases (Also from Babies Direct!)2 bolsters and cases (Babies Direct)2 waterproof sheets
BATHING/GROOMING 4 hooded towels4 wash clothssponge/mittbath tub (Safety 1st or Combi has good ones. I got one from the baby shower, from Mothercare.)basin (This came in a set with the tub.)dipperbathing support net (I use Safety 1st. Matches our tub.)nail cutter (Safety 1strubber bath mat (Dirt cheap, like the ones our moms used when we were babies in the 70s, hehe.)organizer tray (I got clear, plain ones from Muji.)3 canisters/jar sets (for your cotton buds, cotton balls, and other small essentials. I used non-baby-looking ones from the Japanese Home Store, Daiso. P66 a jar only! See the pic of our changing station here: http://mynameisvito.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/the-changing-pad/)soap casehairbrush and comb (Came as a set with the nail cutter, Safety 1st)
TOILETRIES (I recommend going paraben-free here.)baby soap/liquid bath gelbaby shampoobaby oil (For cleaning ears, when baby’s a bit bigger and ready for tub baths)baby alcohol (For cleaning the stump from the umbilical cord. You’ll need a cotton swab for this.)baby colognemosquito repellant (I recommend an all-natural one from http://indigomanila.multiply.com)cotton ballscotton ear buds (Get the small types from Ainon.)cotton nose buds (Ainon as well)diaper rash ointment (I use Curash.)
APOTHECARYdigital thermometer (I use Safety 1st ear thermometer.)nasal aspirator (Safety 1st)
BREASTFEEDINGbreast pump (I use Avent’s Isis, hand-held manual pump. It’s so gentle.)nursing pads (I mix disposable with washable ones. I use washable ones when I’m at home, and disposables when I’m out and about. Have these in your hospital bag already.)nipple cream (A must for the first few weeks of breastfeeding)breastfeeding pillow (You can get Boppy, online. So worth the 2k.)breastfeeding canopy (Lilymoms, Rustans or Indigo Baby on Multiply.)storage bottles (I use Evenflo.)
WEANING (Get them later on when baby’s a few months old. I got from Mothercare and Boon, Inc. at Rustan’s.)
BOTTLEFEEDING (I recommend BPA-free Avent bottles. If you’re breastfeeding, you won’t use these right away. Still, it’s wise to have them on hand.)6-8 4 oz. bottles 6-8 8 oz. bottlesbottle brushnipple brushsterilizing tongssterilizerbottle rack2 milk containers(Instead of a bottle warmer – which costs you more on electricity – you can just do the old-fashioned heat up some hot water, put in a mug, and pop the baby bottle in til warm. )
NURSERY FURNITUREmattress (Had ours made at Uratex for a measly P600.00!)crib (Had ours made, too. P1.5k!)crib toys, mobile (Didn’t buy, people gave as gifts without us even asking.)chest of drawerschanging table (If you have a nursery, a chest of drawers that’s also a changing table is wise. We had ours made for less than P10k, based on designs we liked online.) baby monitordiaper pail (if you’re using lampin. If not, a good one can be bought online. Safety 1st sells diaper pails too at SM)diaper stackerclothes hampermosquito net
TRAVELdiaper bag (I love your Skip Hop suggestions!)changing pad (Mothercare has standard size ones. We love ours, and so does my baby!)baby wipes (These don’t have to be pricey, but know if your baby’s skin responds well to certain brands. Go as natural as possible.)insulated bottle keeper carrier/bassinetstrollerstroller pad
(Whew.)
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«»Relationships 9I was reading up on Topaz Mommy this morning, and she was asking for help in editing-out some items from SM’s staggering checklist of baby essentials. I remember being in the same position so many months ago, and it’s funny how deja-vu-ish I felt reading through that looooong list again! Since I can’t fit this reply into the comment box, I have posted it here. Frances, I hope you and other expecting moms find this shortened version helpful! APPAREL12 tie-sides (So practical for newborns! You don’t have to worry about pulling shirts over their frail little heads. With tie-sides, you can even dress them when they’re asleep.)6 short-sleeved shirts (The ones that open from the front are best.)4-6 pajama sets/frog suits (For air-conditioned places, these seem essential. Newborns are still adjusting to outside temperatures and like to feel snug and warm. Get the kind that let you open up around the nappy area so you can change baby’s diaper easily during those late-night/early-morning changes.)4-6 receiving blankets6 pairs mittens4 caps4-6 pairs socksDIAPERS (Unless you’re going to use “lampin” right away, you can defer cloth diapers for later. Otherwise, make sure you have at least 5 dozen on hand, so you have enough for about 18 changes a day, especially for newborns. If using disposables, get the newborn size first, about 200 pieces. Baby will grow quickly, so change sizes as he gets bigger. Personally, I mix disposables and lampin. I use lampin up to now for baby’s relief especially during humid, hot days.)NURSERY LINEN4-6 fitted sheets (For the RP, 300 thread count cotton is comfy. Change and wash linens every three days or so for hygiene reasons)3 crib blankets (Get 100% cotton. Jersey or flannel are also nice and soft.)2 crib bumpers (In the beginning, baby will appreciate sleeping in a snug place, like in your bed or in a cozy bassinet. So you might buy the bumpers gradually. I love Babies Direct’s lovely styles. Check out SM Baby or Baby & Co. for the full line.)2 pillows and 4 pillow cases (Also from Babies Direct!)2 bolsters and cases (Babies Direct)2 waterproof sheetsBATHING/GROOMING 4 hooded towels4 wash clothssponge/mittbath tub (Safety 1st or Combi has good ones. I got one from the baby shower, from Mothercare.)basin (This came in a set with the tub.)dipperbathing support net (I use Safety 1st. Matches our tub.)nail cutter (Safety 1strubber bath mat (Dirt cheap, like the ones our moms used when we were babies in the 70s, hehe.)organizer tray (I got clear, plain ones from Muji.)3 canisters/jar sets (for your cotton buds, cotton balls, and other small essentials. I used non-baby-looking ones from the Japanese Home Store, Daiso. P66 a jar only! See the pic of our changing station here: http://mynameisvito.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/the-changing-pad/)soap casehairbrush and comb (Came as a set with the nail cutter, Safety 1st)TOILETRIES (I recommend going paraben-free here.)baby soap/liquid bath gelbaby shampoobaby oil (For cleaning ears, when baby’s a bit bigger and ready for tub baths)baby alcohol (For cleaning the stump from the umbilical cord. You’ll need a cotton swab for this.)baby colognemosquito repellant (I recommend an all-natural one from http://indigomanila.multiply.com)cotton ballscotton ear buds (Get the small types from Ainon.)cotton nose buds (Ainon as well)diaper rash ointment (I use Curash.)APOTHECARYdigital thermometer (I use Safety 1st ear thermometer.)nasal aspirator (Safety 1st)BREASTFEEDINGbreast pump (I use Avent’s Isis, hand-held manual pump. It’s so gentle.)nursing pads (I mix disposable with washable ones. I use washable ones when I’m at home, and disposables when I’m out and about. Have these in your hospital bag already.)nipple cream (A must for the first few weeks of breastfeeding)breastfeeding pillow (You can get Boppy, online. So worth the 2k.)breastfeeding canopy (Lilymoms, Rustans or Indigo Baby on Multiply.)storage bottles (I use Evenflo.)WEANING (Get them later on when baby’s a few months old. I got from Mothercare and Boon, Inc. at Rustan’s.)BOTTLEFEEDING (I recommend BPA-free Avent bottles. If you’re breastfeeding, you won’t use these right away. Still, it’s wise to have them on hand.)6-8 4 oz. bottles 6-8 8 oz. bottlesbottle brushnipple brushsterilizing tongssterilizerbottle rack2 milk containers(Instead of a bottle warmer – which costs you more on electricity – you can just do the old-fashioned heat up some hot water, put in a mug, and pop the baby bottle in til warm. )NURSERY FURNITUREmattress (Had ours made at Uratex for a measly P600.00!)crib (Had ours made, too. P1.5k!)crib toys, mobile (Didn’t buy, people gave as gifts without us even asking.)chest of drawerschanging table (If you have a nursery, a chest of drawers that’s also a changing table is wise. We had ours made for less than P10k, based on designs we liked online.) baby monitordiaper pail (if you’re using lampin. If not, a good one can be bought online. Safety 1st sells diaper pails too at SM)diaper stackerclothes hampermosquito netTRAVELdiaper bag (I love your Skip Hop suggestions!)changing pad (Mothercare has standard size ones. We love ours, and so does my baby!)baby wipes (These don’t have to be pricey, but know if your baby’s skin responds well to certain brands. Go as natural as possible.)insulated bottle keeper carrier/bassinetstrollerstroller pad(Whew.)You Might Like To ReadThese are V’s tiny feet in his new Havianas. Hubby found them in Rustan’s, and…Our baby boy is going to start on solids in about three weeks! Of course,…The Lactacyd Baby Bath Care Village is coming to a mall near YOU. Apart from…Relationships 9Martine de Luna is an award-winning blogger, a work at home advocate, and a creative blogging mentor. Through her creative inspiration website, www.makeitblissful.com, Martine encourages women to live meaningfully, whether at home, work or in the pursuit of life goals. Her Make it Blissful Blog Workshops are held monthly (with an online workshop to be launched soon), and she is also the director of the WAHMderful Workshops (www.wahmderfullife.com), a series of workshops and masterminds that equip mothers and married women to work or run a business from home. She also offers digital strategy on community building, blog branding, and social media on her professional site, Martinedeluna.com. She lives in Manila, the Philippines, with her husband Ton and their son, Vito, whom she homeschools.Comments Hello, great and helpful post, all are very necessary when baby arrived but i want to say that Your baby needs you more than anything. If you can swing having at least 1 parent stay at home during the first 6 months of your child’s life (preferably longer), you not only save on daycare costs, but you give your child the greatest gift of all.
Thanks! Reply Hello, great and helpful post, all are very necessary when baby arrived but i want to say that Your baby needs you more than anything. If you can swing having at least 1 parent stay at home during the first 6 months of your child’s life (preferably longer), you not only save on daycare costs, but you give your child the greatest gift of all.Thanks! Thanks sis. I totally forgot my checklist 3years ago. Glad i found this site. Now I am ready to buy next month for my 2nd child. Ang dami ko pa kulang! Wwwwaaaaaa!!! Reply Thanks sis. I totally forgot my checklist 3years ago. Glad i found this site. Now I am ready to buy next month for my 2nd child. Ang dami ko pa kulang! Wwwwaaaaaa!!! Hi Martine! Thanks for sharing this list. I’m so glad I found it, especially after a day of window shopping for our baby. We were confused 99% of the time haha! Reply Hi Martine! Thanks for sharing this list. I’m so glad I found it, especially after a day of window shopping for our baby. We were confused 99% of the time haha! I’m glad for you, Lorra! Haha! Reply I’m glad for you, Lorra! Haha! Yay! This is such a great list. I’m bookmarking this so we can do our shop list soon. Reply Yay! This is such a great list. I’m bookmarking this so we can do our shop list soon. hi nice list! just want to know where you had your crib custom made? Reply hi nice list! just want to know where you had your crib custom made? My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!
Newborn Baby Clothes Reply My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!Newborn Baby Clothes Thanks for this! I actually already printed this list last week but forgot to leave my thanks. Well, as my latest Topaz Horizon blog post says, I’m not very appreciative anymore! Well… thank you. I really think it’s nice of you to make a list for new mommies like me =) Reply Thanks for this! I actually already printed this list last week but forgot to leave my thanks. Well, as my latest Topaz Horizon blog post says, I’m not very appreciative anymore! Well… thank you. I really think it’s nice of you to make a list for new mommies like me =) For my eldest, we got a stroller, but later, I got a sling for malls because those escalators can be scary to use with a stroller, and elevators can get really crowded. Plus, baby so often wanted out of the stroller, I had to carry him anyway. So yeah, I would add a sling to your list Reply For my eldest, we got a stroller, but later, I got a sling for malls because those escalators can be scary to use with a stroller, and elevators can get really crowded. Plus, baby so often wanted out of the stroller, I had to carry him anyway. So yeah, I would add a sling to your list Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website
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