Thursday, March 5, 2015

Baby Shopping Checklist!

I can't believe I am currently in the beginning of my 8th month of pregnancy! Goshhh...only a few weeks left until I meet my darling baby! Time flies so fast! As of today, I think my Baby Shopping List is almost complete...that is, if I decide not to add more and more things on the list! haha :p

I already checked off 80 to 90% of the list..but still, I feel like the list is incomplete and I am an unprepared mother if they are not 100% ticked! tskk =/ (Even though I know some of the things that are on my list are totally nonsense and unnecessary! Like....the Baby Dior pacifier I saw the other day! It's just too cute, I just had to put it on the list! xD )

Anyway, some of my pregnant friends are quite unsure what are the things we needed. Hence, I thought of sharing it here with you guys! - I will be dividing into two categories; Things that are RECOMMENDED (a.k.a MUST-HAVES!) and things that are NICE-TO-HAVE for the early months with your newborn, to make your life easier! (The box can be ticked, so go ahead...check off that list!) The ones with ✔ label means, I already have it. Yay! :)


A) FOR YOUR PREGNANCY JOURNEY -

Recommended:
✔ Maternity support bras. (As your boobies grow bigger, you may want to buy a few bras. Maybe 3-5 sets?) - I bought some bra extenders too! 

✔ Some belly bands/belts - If you still wanna wear your regular jeans and trousers, do buy yourself some Belly Belts! They're great! 

✔ Pregnancy pillow!

✔ Prenatal supplements. (I got mine from GNC)

✔ Pregnancy panties! (I find my La Senza panties really uncomfortable once I hit my third trimester. So I purchased some maternity underwear)



✔ Maternity jeans/pants/trousers 

✔ Nightwear (although I'm more comfortable wearing nothing since I became pregnant. haha)

✔ Maternity trousers/jeans

✔ Maternity tops/dresses if you wish (although I didn't really get any because I don't quite like most of the maternity fashion/design. Heee. But I'm lucky enough that my sister gave me some of her maternity tops to use when I really can't wear any of my regular clothes anymore)  

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Stretch mark cream/oil - I ended up having 10 different types of oils and creams because I'm so paranoid after looking at these pictures! T__T)

✔ Raspberry tea leaf drink 

Pregnancy support belt 

✔ Pregnancy books 

✔ Pregnancy journal 

✔ Baby development books 

✔ Tummy sleeve (to wear with your short blouses, so it can cover your expanding tummy! 

✔ Pregnancy belly cast & paint  


B) FOR YOUR HOSPITAL CHECKLIST -

Recommended:
✔ Hospital bag (I would recommend to pack 2 different bags - One for mommy and another one for your baby!) 

✔ Nursing nightwear (2-3 pieces depending on your length of stay in the hospital) 

✔ Dressing gown  

✔ Warm socks  

✔ Slippers

✔ Comfortable cotton briefs 

✔ Disposable briefs  

✔ Maternity pads  

✔ Nursing bras

✔ Disposable breast pads  

✔ Travel size toiletries (deodorant, shampoo, bath gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, and skincare products) 

✔ Towel & face cloth

✔ Baby wipes

✔ Cotton wool

✔ 10-12 pieces baby diapers

✔ Baby sleep suits 

✔ Baby swaddlers

✔ Baby bodysuits/rompers

✔ "Barut" for baby

✔ Baby's travel size bath/body set

✔ Infant car seat (for journey home from the hospital)  

✔ Comfortable attire for mommy (for going home)

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Massage oil

Cute hospital gown with matching pillow case! Like this!

✔ Support pillow


C) FOR YOUR BABY (What you'll need to have on hand for the early days with your newborn) -

1. CLOTHING (for the first 2-3 months):
Recommended:
✔ 8 undershirts or onesies (mix of short-sleeve and long-sleeve)



✔ 5 nightgowns (for use until the cord falls off)



✔ 8 one-piece stretchy sleepers (go for ones with zippers)
















✔ 5 pairs of pants

✔ 2 newborn hats

✔ 8 pairs of socks or booties, to wear with nightgowns and outfits


✔ 2 pairs of scratch mittens, to keep baby from scratching his face


✔ 5 "barut"


✔ Swaddlers (I love Ergobaby!!)

***Please note that you need to buy 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months and 9-12 months clothing as well because babies do grow so fast! I'm lucky enough that my sister decided to give me all of her baby's clothes from 0 to 18 months! So I never have to buy my baby's clothes for a year! ^__^

Nice-To-Have:
Daywear/Dressing up outfits

Designer clothing! ;p

✔ Pramsuit & booties

✔ Chest of drawers

Baby's wardrobe

✔ Wicker storage baskets

✔ Baby laundry hamper

✔ Baby plastic hangers

Hanger dividers (from 0 to 18 months)


2. FEEDING (if you're breastfeeding, you don't really need any equipment) - 

Recommended for breastfeeding mothers:
✔ Lots of bibs

✔ Burp cloths 

✔ Nursing bras (if buying before baby is born, buy one cup size larger than your pregnant bra size)

✔ Breast pads (disposable and/or washable)  

✔ Easy opening nightwear

✔ 20 x Muslin squares

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Breast pump (manual or electric) 

✔ Sterilizer for bottles/breast pump parts (You can buy the steam or cold water/microwave or electric type) - I purchased all types for different purposes. One to put at downstairs/kitchen (microwave) and another one for upstairs pantry area (the electric one). I also purchased the Steam Bag version as well, for traveling to the in laws', etc)
✔ Breast milk storage containers (bottles and plastic bags)

✔ Feeding bottles + teats

✔ Nursing pillow

✔ Nursing chair/glider 

✔ Feeding tubes

✔ Lotion/Balm for sore nipples

✔ Nursing cover (for outing)

✔ Nursing tops (for outing) 

✔ Soothers/pacifiers

✔ Nipple shields/shells 

Freezer for EBM


Recommended for formula feeding:
✔ Lots of bibs

✔ Burp cloths

✔ 8 four-ounce bottles with teats

✔ 6 eight-ounce bottles with teats

✔ Bottle and teat brush

Formula milk (be sure to check expiry date and note the lot number in case of recalls)

✔ 20 x Muslin squares

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Soothers/Pacifiers  

✔ Sterilizer for bottles/breast pump parts (Steam, cold water/microwave or electric)

✔ Milk powder storage containers

✔ Bottle warmer

Milk Prep machine 

✔ Bottle drying rack

✔ Thermal bottle carrier

✔ Bottle storage bag 


3. CLEANING ESSENTIALS -
Recommended:
✔ Baby laundry detergent

✔ Dish soap 

✔ Bottles & teats cleanser 

✔ Hand sanitizers (full size & travel size)

✔ Hand soaps 

Dryer sheets/cloths

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Multi cleaning spray

✔ Toy & Highchair cleaner 

✔ Pram/Stroller cleaner 

✔ Floor cleaner

✔ Stain eraser  

✔ Tub & Tile cleaner  


4. DIAPERING -
Recommended if you are using re-usable cloth diapers:
Several dozen (4 or 5) cloth or re-usable diapers

8 waterproof covers

1 diaper pail

Snaps, Velcro or safety pins to secure re-usable diapers

A dozen washcloths for cleaning baby's bottom 


Recommended if you are using disposable diapers:

✔ A few boxes of newborn-size diapers (it's better not to buy too many in advance in case your baby is large or grows too quickly)

✔ Disposable wipes 

✔ Baby ointment or barrier cream to prevent rash

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Changing pad

✔ Diaper genie 

✔ Diaper changing table 

✔ Diaper caddy 


5. BATH TIME - 
Recommended: 
✔ Top N Tail bowl

✔ Baby bath tub 

✔ Baby bath + shampoo

✔ Baby soft-bristled hair brush and comb

✔ 3 soft-hooded towels

✔ Bath robes

✔ Bath sea sponge 

✔ Non-slip bath mat/sponge

✔ 12 washcloths  

✔ Baby lotion

✔ Baby toothpaste and toothbrush 

✔ Cotton buds

✔ Cotton balls 

✔ Baby powder

✔ Baby oil 

Minyak Telon/Yuyi

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Infant bath support

✔ Bath caddy 

✔ Bath thermometer

✔ Bath toys 

✔ Bath stand

✔ Baby grooming set 

✔ Storage baskets for bath products  


6. BABY CARE/NECESSITIES -
✔ Baby thermometer

✔ Nasal aspirator for suctioning mucous

✔ Eye dropper/medicine spoon 

✔ Medications

✔ First aid kit 

✔ Gripe water

✔ Chest rub

✔ Baby nail clipper

✔ Baby nail scissors 

✔ Baby nail emery board

Sunblock lotion 

Insect repellent 



7. BLANKETS -
Recommended:
✔ 3 large cotton blankets

✔ 8 receiving blankets (they also make handy burp cloths!)

✔ Swaddling blankets


8. BEDTIME -
Recommended if you are using a crib/cot:
✔ Baby crib/cot-bed 

✔ Crib mattress

✔ Fitted crib sheets (Buy a few. At least 3-4 sets)

✔ 3 waterproof mattress covers

✔ Crib mesh bumpers

✔ Light blankets that fit in the crib (Buy a few. At least 3-4 sets)

✔ 2 Sleep sack/sleeping bag

✔ Quilt set

✔ Mosquito net for crib 

✔ Pillows

Room thermometer 

Nice-To-Have:
Changing unit or cot top changer

✔ Crib skirts 

Baby listening monitor

✔ Night light and Sleep Sheep

✔ Baby Shusher device

✔ Cot musical mobile 

✔ Plush toys


Recommended if you are co-sleeping:

✔ Bassinet

✔ Firm mattress

✔ Fitted sheets 

✔ Swaddling blankets and sleeping bags

✔ Waterproof pads to place under baby

✔ Light comforter (keep away from baby's head)

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Cocoonababy nest

✔ Skirting for bassinet 

✔ Moses Basket 

✔ 2 Moses Basket fitted sheets

✔ Travel/portable bedding 


9. PLAY TIME (from birth to around 6 months+) -
Recommended: 
✔ Baby Playmats & Gym

✔ Playmat for tummy time play 

✔ Lightweight rattles

✔ Soft teddies and toys  

✔ Baby books with mirrors and textures  

✔ Sophie the giraffe - rattle and teething toy

✔ Musical toys 

✔ Pram/Stroller toys

✔ Other baby toys 

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Play yard/playpen (I love 4moms Breeze and Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light)

✔ Firm mattress for playpen 

✔ Bouncing cradle or Baby Swing/Rocker (I have my eyes on Fisher Price My Little Lamb Cradle n' Swing, 4Moms Mamaroo and Nuna Leaf)


10. TRAVEL -
Recommended:
✔ Approved infant carrier/safety seat for car

✔ Stroller that reclines so newborn can lie flat

✔ Carry cot/Pram  

✔ Travel changing mat 

✔ Diaper bag 

✔ Head support cushion for stroller/car seat 

✔ Child view mirror

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Mosquito net for stroller 

✔ Rain cover for stroller 

✔ Umbrella/Parasol/Sun canopy for stroller

Isofix car seat base  

✔ Baby sling/wrap 

✔ Baby carrier

✔ Travel system adaptors  

✔ Cup holders for stroller 

✔ Stroller hooks & hangers 

✔ Sun shade for car windows 


11. WEANING (for 6 months and above) -
Recommended: 
Highchair  

✔ Larger bibs  

✔ Plates & Bowls 

✔ Spoons  

✔ Cups & Beekers  

✔ Soothing teethers 

✔ Bottles  

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Storage pots 

✔ Splash mat 

✔ Bumbo baby seat 

✔ Food blender/smasher  

✔ Weaning guide book 


12. HOME SAFETY - 
Recommended: 
Smoke detectors  

Carbon monoxide detector  

Window catch 

Safety gates  

Socket covers 

Cupboard catches  

Baby harness and reins  

Non slip bath mat  

Fire guard  

First aid kit and book 

Common baby illnesses book  

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Humidifier/ Air Purifier 

Corner cushion protectors  



Such a loooong list, ey? My husband got a headache once he saw this list! LOL. I swear, I didn't make this up..I got this list from Mothercare website by the way! - Yes, I agree that all of the "Nice-To-Have" items are not really must-have items or should be on your Baby List, but I believe they'll make any first time parents' life easier! Thus...they kinda important to me! haha ;p

Anyway, I haven't ticked number 11 and 12 yet. The rest...I can pretty much say that I've completed almost all of them. Only left the baby's wardrobe/drawers to put all of the baby clothing and lastly, the baby cot (which I'm planning to put my baby there once he/she is 4 months old+. For now, the baby will sleep in the bassinet). - CHECKED! 

 I will update the list once I have purchased any of the unchecked item. Till then! :)


XOXO,
Shazzy.

22 comments :

  1. OMG so many things! well, I pray for your safe delivery in future, insyaAllah

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  2. So many unnecessary items. So many. For someone who has got two older sisters with kids, AND a living mom who's raised four, one would think you would be well advised on what to have and what to pass.

    I wish you well and that your delivery goes smoothly; and, more importantly, may you be able to cope if things doesn't turn up as planned.

    Cheers.

    JH

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    1. I'm just following what Mothercare suggested, since we won't be living with them. This list is from Mothercare..Although I didn't purchase everything that are on the list, I just thought of sharing these to new/first time moms out there who might think this checklist would help them on what are important/recommended and what are "nice-to-have" items

      Thanks for the wish though. Amin, inshaallah :)

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  3. wow wani... so long indeed.

    have fun during ur pregnancy and yesss, kelengkapan baby adalah perkara utama seorang bakal ibu sekrang..

    u should also think abt macamana you nak berpantang nanti. Nak guna produk apa, supplement apa, siapa nak urut.. but, i do think that your family already have the idea and person..

    All the best wani. Take care

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    1. hehee.. yeah.. i had fun reading and researching all baby products! It's really interesting!! Anyway..yeah, I already book a penjaga pantang for a month plus to take care of me and the baby. Inshaallah I will share and blog about her after I experienced her service! :)

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  4. So many unnecessary items. So many. For someone who has got two older sisters with kids, AND a living mom who's raised four, one would think you would be well advised on what to have and what to pass.

    I wish you well and that your delivery goes smoothly; and, more importantly, may you be able to cope if things doesn't turn up as planned.

    i couldnt agree more with what this sis has wrote!
    good luck!!

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  5. Hai... I read about ur putus tunang entry...because i need some courage...now ur are pregnant. Going to read more about u

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    1. Oh darling! You will be fine, I promise! I notice a lot of girls emailed me to give them courage and strength after a break up...maybe I should blog about the whole experience? Hmm.... =/

      But anyways...trust me when I say that one day you will find that whatever happened to you with your previous relationship, will be the best thing that has ever happened in your life! The pain will pass...and the rewards will come inshaallah! Amin :)

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  6. Hi Wani. Hello. Just sharing an information from my research. Crib bumpers are not recommended due to the fact that it can strangle your baby while he/she is sleeping. Even though there are types that are breatheable, one of the US bodies (cant remember what its called) has totally banned parents from using a crib bumper, hence thats why sleeping bag/sack was created. Sleeping bag is said to be a better and safer option. Similar reasons why babies are not recommended to co sleep with the parents. You can google more about this, thought of sharing. May Allah ease everything for you :)

    Farah

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    1. Hello Farah!

      Thank you for the comment and info! Yup..I already done my research on that as well.. I'm planning to sleep with my baby (using bassinet for the first few months)..and only put the baby in the cot without the bumpers when the baby is bigger..

      Thanks for reminding and sharing the info! :)

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  7. I noticed that you still haven't gotten your car seat. I know buying car seat is not the most interesting baby stuff to buy, but it sure is essential. Just look at the recent newspaper articles showing all the accidents involving babies being flung out of a car because they are not in the car seat. Not trying to scare you, but just a friendly reminder ��.

    Good luck with your delivery and may Allah ease the process for you. Oh, and just be prepared for the unexpected.

    Shikin

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    1. Hi Shikin!

      Hehe..Thanks for noticing and for your concern. Yeah I'm so worried reading the news on that matter :(
      I didn't tick the car seat because I haven't purchased it yet. Reason why..is because they're soooo important to me, that I just can't decide which car seat to get! LOL. But I already purchased it yesterday! So my list is almost complete..hehe

      Btw, thanks for the wish! :)

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  8. what a complete list!! :D may Allah ease the delivery and you, enjoy the journey being a mom! :)

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    1. It's from Mothercare! They are trying to make the parents want to buy everythingggg! LOL. Thank you for the wish! Amin inshallah! :)

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  9. Yes car seat wani. most baby xnk duduk dlm carseat sbb from early days parents x latih utk duduk dlm tu. safety first.
    Semoga dipermudahkn u bersalin nnti.

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    1. hehe tu la pasal. So I heard about that. Kena train dari lahir ek? I hope my baby will be ok in the car seat.. Risau tgk news regarding accidents. haihhh :(

      Anyway, thanks for the wish. Aminnnnn! :)

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  10. What an extensive list!!!! #LIKE

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  11. did u bought cocconababy? if yes, is it really worth it

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