I remember when I was a first time mom-to-be, one of the things I looked forward to was baby shopping. My office is just beside a mall so during lunch break, I would take a walk around the department store baby section or Mothercare and most of the time I end up buying something. I guess being close to a mall has its perks. But I consider it a curse sometimes because I also sometimes buy things I don’t need. Oops! Luckily I have a lot of mommy friends who gave me tips and of course I have my mother, the frugal queen, who prevented me of possibly buying more unnecessary stuff.
Having a second baby makes you think you almost have everything covered, only to realize that you now want the items you weren’t able to buy the first time. Your mind will be occupied with thoughts of the items you want, because you already have most of the things you need. So I guess when it comes to expenses, it’s not really that different. The difference now is that you are now wiser when it comes to shopping, you will be able to restrain yourself to buying items that you really really want. Lol.
While I know some parents are not fond of hand-me-downs mainly because of the reasons is that they don’t want to tipid their baby. Personally, I’m ok with hand-me-downs because it’s good for the environment to reuse items rather than throw them. Another reason is that you won’t need them for long because babies grow up too fast! One day you’ll notice they don’t fit on the clothes they wore last month! It’s crazy! For my second baby, I was able to keep Reese’s comforters and pillows, lampins, stroller, breast pump, glass feeding bottles, car seat still being used, and some newborn clothes. I wasn’t able to keep a lot of clothes because my cousins who gave birth after me needed newborn clothes as well for my nieces and nephews so I gave most of them away but I kept my favorites. But since I’m having a boy this time, he won’t be able to use most of it so more shopping for me! Yay!
This time around I’m sticking to buying things he will need for his first 3 months. One reason is that expenses could be overwhelming and I’m waiting for Baby Company’s Annual Grand Baby Fair which is normally scheduled on January or February. Another reason is that, not that I’m assuming or expecting anything but I’ve also come to learn that the excited titas and titos especially the lolo and the lola wants to buy items for your little one. Which is why Reese ended up with piles of stuff. They’re such a blessing.
What are you going to need anyway? Although I have bought some items before, I still added them on the list because I found them useful. Here is my Baby Essential List.
- 2 Receiving blanket (some recommend 4pcs, but our pedia don’t like the baby being wrapped a lot because of the heat)
- 6-10 Tie side or snap on sleeveless shirt/onesies
- 4-8 short sleeves tie side or snap shirt/onesies
- 4-8 longsleeves tie side or snap shirt/onesies
- 4 pajamas (i did not buy a lot because i bought a sleeping sack and swaddle)
- 3dozens lampin
- 5sets Mittens
- 5sets socks
- 3pcs bonnet
- 4-6pcs bib
As for me, I bought both tie side and onesies. Onesies are good because it’s secured at the bottom. On the other hand tie side shirts are good too because it’s easier to change. I use onesies usually when going out. You can also purchase less quantity of each clothing depending on the frequency of laundry.
- Cloth Diapers/Disposable – If you decide to go with cloth diapers,
the quantity depends on how often you do your laundry. A newborn change diapers at least 8-12times a day so you may need 24-30 cloth diapers
For disposable diapers you may need at least 12/day on the first week.
- Wet wipes or you can make one.
- His own dipper or tabo
- Bathtub or Batsa
- Organic baby bath soap (I use Human Nature brand because it’s mild and so good for the skin) or a mild soap that does not have SLS and Parabens.
- Human Nature Baby Oil – or some baby oil that is not made from mineral oil. I use this for massage and also a good substitute for diaper creams.
- Breastmilk Storage Bottles
- Manual or Electric Pump – you may not need this if you can master hand expression.
- Feeding Bottles/Cup – DOH actually recommends cup feeding. I think it’s being taught in the hospital when you give birth, but if for some reason, it doesn’t work for you, you may use feeding bottles but keep in mind that it may cause nipple confusion. I’ve tested a lot nipples with Reese, even Medela Calma but what worked for us is Pigeon Peristaltic.
- Cleaning and drying paraphernalias for the bottles and pump parts
- Optional – nursing pillow, nipple cream
- Nasal Aspirator – I recommend the one where you can control the suction rather than the normal type that you squeeze to get suction.
- Natural Baby Balm – for booboos and insect bites
Furnitures and Safety
- Carrier – Personally, I find carrier practical because it’s less bulky and keeps your baby close to you. For carriers, avoid buying narrow-based carrier because it’s not comfortable for the baby because the pressure is in the crotch area. There are lots of ergonomic carriers like ring sling, Soft structured carriers (SSC) like Ergo Baby, Tula, Lillebaby available in the market. You will also find that these types of carriers provides comforts to the wearer as well.
- Stroller – although I use the carrier more often, I still find stroller useful at times specially for super long walks, it’s more comfortable for the baby to sleep in it and you won’t get you tired carrying him/her the whole day. The only disadvantage of using stroller is that Philippines is not really stroller friendly but you’ll find it useful when traveling in countries like Singapore.
- Car seat – not required here in the Philippines but this is one of the items that we used very much. Specially when travelling for long hours, it’s much safer to put the baby to sleep in a car seat rather than holding them the whole time. Putting your child in the carseat is a safety precaution that may not be compulsory but I think should be practiced.
- Co-Sleeper – while it’s not practiced by many in western countries, I think it’s more common here in the Philippines to co-sleep with the baby. Some actually co-sleep in bed, some kick out their husbands and let them sleep on the floor haha (this might be us this time) you may opt for a co-sleeper. Sleeping close to the baby will really get you more sleep. Based on my personal experience, we tried to let our firstborn sleep on her crib, although in the same room as ours, it was exhausting because I have to get up every time feed her at night. So after 2 days of trying, we co-sleep with her and gave us more sleep.
- Dr.Mom – I didn’t know about this before but I was gifted by a friend with this and it’s one of the things that I really find helpful. It holds all medical records of your baby. Including weight and height charting, feeding record when you need it, temperature records as well when your baby has a fever. you’ll be able to record his/her health history for the first sixteen years! talk about extensive.
Things I bought that I didn’t had before
- Swaddle – I never swaddled Reese even with normal receiving blankets because I didn’t know about it, but I know a lot of moms find it useful because it minimizes the jerking movements.
- Sleep Sack – I haven’t used it before but I saw a cheaper one in Ikea so I bought one.
I have so many things to share like my cheap but super quality Ikea finds, where to buy cheap baby items here in the Philippines, packing my hospital bags (yes, nesting came early that I have semi-packed our hospital bag. haha), but more on that later.
Did I miss anything? Please share your newborn essentials on the comment section below!