Friday, June 25, 2010

What SM Baby thinks every new parent needs

So I now have a checklist of things to bring to the hospital. I still haven't packed yet. Hahaha! I am the laziest girl in the world. I am approaching motherhood with the same laziness I approached my wedding--my friends and family practically planned and booked and designed everything for me. Thank goodness I am surrounded by people with such excellent taste! As for motherhood, thank goodness I have such lovely mommies for friends because they're really happy to guide me along.

Anyway, in my hospital bag post, my friend Pinky asked me to create a list of things babies need because new mommies like us can get carried away. Well, Pinks, the most amazing thing happened--SM's Baby Company made that list for me! It's a pretty looooooong list. In fact, my eyes nearly popped out when I went over it. I am absolutely convinced children don't need that much! So I'll put the list here and, mommies, do tell me which ones are necessary and which ones are not.


NEWBORN BASICS

APPAREL
12 sleeveless shirts
12 short-sleeved shirts
6 long-sleeved shirts
4-6 pajama sets/frog suits
2 sweaters
4-6 receiving blankets
12 abdominal binders
6 pairs mittens
4 bonnets/caps
4-6 pairs booties
4-6 pairs socks
4-6 waterproof plastic panties
12 bibs
4-6 burp pads

DIAPERS
24 birds eye
24 gauze
diaper linens
diaper clips/pins
nappy clamps
disposable diapers

NURSERY LINEN
4-6 fitted sheets
3 crib blankets (cotton, flannel or terry cloth)
2 crib bumpers
2 comforters
2 pillows
2 bolsters
4 bolster cases
2 waterproof sheets
2 mattress coverings
4 lap pads
4 pillow cases

BATHING/GROOMING 
4 hooded towels
4 wash cloths
sponge/mitt
bath tub
basin
dipper
bathing support net
nail cutter
rubber bath mat
sponge bath mat
organizer tray
3 canisters/jar sets
soap case
powder case
hairbrush and comb
finger toothbrush

TOILETRIES
baby soap/liquid bath gel
baby shampoo
baby powder
baby oil
baby cream
baby cologne
baby alcohol
mosquito repellant
cotton swabs
cotton balls
cotton ear buds
cotton nose buds
petroleum jelly
diaper ointment
diaper rash powder

APOTHECARY
digital thermometer
medicine spoon
nasal aspirator
vaporizer
ice bag
humidifier
ear syringe
bed warmer
water bag

FEEDING/NURSING

BREASTFEEDING
breast pump
nursing pads
nipple shield
nipple cream
breastfeeding pillow
breastfeeding canopy
storage bottles
milk storage bags

WEANING
soft-bite spoon
warmer
food processor
baby bowl
straw cup
spout cup

BOTTLEFEEDING
6-8 4 oz. bottles
6-8 8 oz. bottles
3 nipples
2 pairs caps and rings
bottle brush
nipple brush
disposable liner
sterilizing tongs
sterilizer
sterilizer rack
bottle rack
2 milk containers
bottle warmer

NURSERY FURNITURE
mattress
crib
crib toys
crib mobile
musical toys
rattles
exercisers
musical/educational CDs/DVDs
play pen
high chair
chest of drawers
changing table
lamp
picture frames
photo albums
baby book
bouncer
walker
floor mats
safety gate
baby monitor
diaper pail
diaper stacker
clothes hamper
weighing scale
12 clothes hangers
24 clothespins
mosquito net
potty seat trainer
potty seat adapter

TRAVEL
diaper bag
changing pad
baby wipes
4 disposable liner holders
disposable liners
4 disposable nipples
insulated bottle keeper
carrier/bassinet
car seat
head support pad
stroller
stroller pad
assorted pram toys
portable playpen

*items in bold font, we already have--thanks to our generous sponsors!

Good lord. That's a lot of things for such a tiny thing. More than half of the stuff listed made me even scratch my head in confusion--just what are those things anyway? Well, tomorrow, off to SM Vince and I go to actually find out. Wish us luck!

If you're an SM Advantage Card holder or a BDO Credit Card holder, there's a sale of baby stuff exclusively for us on June 30. So if you're a member, let's go shop for our little critters!

24 comments:

  1. Hi Frances! Well with 3 little ones under two I feel I can comment on this list. You are right...it has WAY too much stuff on it!

    First of all cloth diapers are the best burp rags in the world! They are much more absorbent and wash well. I have lots of burp rags but these are my favorite.

    2-3 fitted sheets are fine but you do need 2 waterproof mattress pads. We don't use crib bumpers because their are studies on suffocation with them.

    2 hooded towels and wash cloths are plenty and you don't need a bath sponge or mitt...it will just get in the way.

    You will need rubbing alcohol for cord care, cotton swabs, petroleum jelly, and diaper rash ointment. You don't need a vaporizer or humidifier unless your little one is sick.

    The soft bite spoons are wonderful. My girls love them. Bottle warmers are a waste of time. Who has time to warm a bottle when the baby is crying for it. Just use warm water to start with. :) I don't know what kind of bottles you have there but we swear by Dr. Brown's bottles. Helped with cut down gas and colic with our twins. Hope that helped!

    Sarah (Thompson) Kelley

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  2. wow that's a lot of stuff... i also had that list from baby company when we bought some baby stuff there before i gave birth. most of them we used but some we did not. i think you can buy the items under weaning a few months after you give birth since weaning would be at around 5 months up.

    please try to drop by http://jackiebaluca.tumblr.com after i've read your post i thought of commenting first but ended up with a long one so instead i created a post for my blog, so there, hope you'll learn from it. thanks!

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  3. Hi Frances! I got that same list before I gave birth and almost had a heart attack!

    What I think you really need for the first month are:

    - newborn diapers (lots! you would not believe how often they poop in a day.)
    - ethyl alcohol (to use right before you hold little jelly bean)
    - white tie-sides, booties and mittens -> depends if you have a helper to wash his clothes. i bought a LOT but did not get to use them because he outgrew them right away! maybe 6-8 of each would do
    -hooded towel and bath tub

    Are you planning to breastfeed? Because that's a whole other list :)

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  4. i remember when i was about to give birth to my son,i didnt know i was in labor while i was looking for baby stuff on baby company heehe.anyway have u ever heard of manzanilla? I think its a must for babies pag may kabag or lamig,and suppositories just in case pag di hiyang sa milk (bottled)si baby hirap magdefacate,it was my last resort,teether or pacifier,i noticed kc yung babies na di nagpacifier grabe maglaway,HEALing OINTMeNT like eucerine aquaphore,for chapped lips,bites,skin irritations,dry skin..pag naka aircon nagdry yung lips ng baby lalo na when natutulog..take care.

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  5. Hi Frances,
    I've given birth 3x already, so more or less I'm quite credible when it comes to these things.

    APPAREL
    12 sleeveless shirts (I suggest you divide these into 3 categories: Small size for 1-3mo; Medium- 4-8mos; Large- 9-12mos.)
    12 short-sleeved shirts - same suggestion as the first one
    6 long-sleeved shirts - to be safe buy the medium size
    4-6 pajama sets/frog suits
    2 sweaters - my babies had sweaters but they never used them when they were newborns
    4-6 receiving blankets - 3 will do
    12 abdominal binders - didn't use much. I just bought around 2-3 pcs.
    4 bonnets/caps - didn't use
    4-6 waterproof plastic panties
    12 bibs - you can reduce the no. or you can just use face towels
    4-6 burp pads

    Here's a list of those things that I really didn't use.

    DIAPERS
    24 birds eye
    24 gauze
    diaper linens
    diaper clips/pins
    nappy clamps

    NURSERY LINEN - didn't use a crib
    4-6 fitted sheets
    3 crib blankets (cotton, flannel or terry cloth)
    2 crib bumpers
    2 waterproof sheets
    4 lap pads

    APOTHECARY
    medicine spoon
    nasal aspirator
    vaporizer
    ice bag
    humidifier
    bed warmer
    water bag


    WEANING
    soft-bite spoon
    warmer
    food processor

    NURSERY FURNITURE - (didn't use a crib)
    mattress
    crib
    crib toys
    crib mobile
    play pen - didn't use much
    high chair
    chest of drawers
    changing table
    lamp

    NOT SO NECESSITIES
    picture frames
    photo albums
    bouncer
    floor mats
    baby monitor
    diaper stacker
    weighing scale
    potty seat adapter

    TRAVEL
    head support pad


    You may be overwhelmed with the things that you need to buy for your baby but when the baby comes out the list will be longer.

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  6. Hi Frances. Walkers and abdominal binders are not recommended anymore. Walkers because they are accidnt prone. Bigkis because dont help in healing the stump plus they can hinder breathing.
    Btw, im one of your perfume winners. so excited to meet you!

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  7. Hi Ms. F!

    My mom said I should only get 6 of each of those sleeveles, shortsleeves, and long-sleeves baby shirts because babies do grow really fast when they're out of our wombs. you'll probably use those for only 2 mos. so don't buy a dozen of each. Mom also said to buy only 3-4 abdominal binders because hospitals do not recommend regular use of it anymore.

    i've read that nipple sheild is now essential for breastfeading moms to avoid sore and bleeding nipples. good thing it's now available for us new moms.

    for the things that i think are not necessary:

    spout cup (we can use any disposable plastic cups at home)

    lap pad

    crib bumpers (i think those long baby pillows will do.)

    changing table (SM sells a crib that has 3 functions: a crib, a playpen & a changing table. I think that's a good buy.)

    On the other hand, I think we should also get dishwashing liquid for baby bottles and liquid laundry soap for baby's clothes.

    Happy shoppling!

    Kel Chan

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  8. that's such a long list! what i brought to the hospital were just the essentials: onesies, receiving blanket, booties, mittens, 2 feeding bottles, burp pad. the hospital didn't even ask for baby clothes/blankets until it was time to go home.

    this early on, you might want to decide whether you'll use cloth or disposable diapers. if you'll use disposable, that's 6 items off of your list na. its also too early to buy the stuff under the weaning list, as well as the high chair and potty seat trainers... ridiculous! schedule another trip to the mall for these, towards your baby's fourth or fifth month :)

    i'm still not using pillows and blankets when she sleeps for fear of suffocation. she usually goes to bed in a frogsuit or jammies with booties. remember, excessive sleepwear is one of the causes of SIDS :(

    buy yourself the nursing pads, nursing cover (this one they missed), an electronic breast pump (way better than manual or battery operated!), nursing bra and nursing clothes (yay! clothes shopping!). try to look for avent's comfort breast shell set -- this helped me a lot especially when i went out of the house.

    lastly, i resisted the temptation to visit the mall's baby section until after my baby's baptism (a week after i gave birth!) and boy was it worth it! i saved money and closet space! and then, when i finally went out to shop, i was able to buy her things that she really needed and some others that i fancied :D - ella

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  9. In this weather, the sleeveless shirts are a must. I don't have that many long sleeved shirts because I find they're only great for sleeping in aircon, and I prefer frogsuits over them. You need more mittens because baby will drool on them and they have to be changed frequently. I also never used a bonnet or a cap or a sweater kasi hindi naman tayo autumn or winter weather. The linens are exagg because your pedia will tell you to have baby sleep in a crib with absolutely nothing - no pillows, stuffed toys, whatever - to prevent crib death. You actually don't need the cosmetics because you shouldn't be oiling or powdering baby till he's 6 months. The hospital will give you another digital thermometer, but I will suggest getting the Pigeon nasal aspirator. Don't bother with the weaning and feeding supplies - hindi pa kakain si baby! And abdominal binders are a thing of the past.

    Actually there are so many unnecessary things on the list. I had the same one when I was preparing and got less than half!

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  10. I love babywearing! I blogged about it. I've tried the Hotsling - it's really nice! Though I must say I still bring the stroller, mostly for the baby bag and for putting Basti in when he's fast asleep.

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  11. nahilo ako just looking at that list... parang sm is enticing you to buy the whole baby & co., hahaha. just some of my opinions below...

    - when my kids were newborns, we didn't use crib bumpers or bolsters. the babies are pretty immobile at this stage so no worries of them rolling and hitting the crib rails. (you can buy them as he grows and when he starts rolling and crawling.) comforter?? in this weather?? you gotta be kidding me!

    - i didn't really like long-sleeved frog suits that much because it was hard to take off and change diapers. it was much easier to dress baby in separates.

    - instead of a traditional crib you can opt to buy a graco foldaway-type cot that comes with a baby bassinet. when he grows, he can graduate to the cot and use it as a playpen (i ordered a custom-made mattress to place in my playpen so it served as my baby's bed too). you can also bring it with you on travels coz it's foldable.

    - baby creams, lotion, cologne??? a newborn baby's skin is still very sensitive, better ask your pedia first.

    - high chair, bouncer, walker -- not really necessities imo. we bought an expensive high chair for our baby but she refused to sit in it and would even attempt to climb out! we ended up just giving it away to a friend. some babies are content to sit on an infant seat while being fed. bouncer/walker - this will help 'entertain' them but not really a necessity.

    - changing table -- i simply changed my babies in their cribs. just put a waterproof pad and lampin underneath so no mess gets on the bedsheet.

    - it would be nice to have some CD music playing in the background, but don't expose baby to DVDs/TV too early. he definitely doesn't need it yet, not until he's maybe past 1or 2. simple baby toys, soft blocks or board books will do. (and the earlier they're hooked on tv, the less they will be interested in reading!!!)

    all told, it's easy to get overwhelmed when you walk into a baby store and see all the merchandise. just keep in mind that most of those are actually just fancy gizmos and sneaky marketing ploys. i would know, i have a lot of barely used stuff :) go shopping with a friend who's been there and who can help you distinguish what you need and don't need. also, remember that you don't have to buy all those things all at once, some can be bought as you go along or as the need arises (like the humidifier, vaporizer -- my babies never needed those, they just used plain salinase!)

    lastly, remember, babies grow at a dizzyingly FAST pace!!! and they outgrow all their stuff so quickly. so don't hoard, buy reasonable quantities and buy as you need. take care and good luck!!!

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  12. Hi, Frances.

    Hahaha. I can so relate. I was registered at SM and Mothercare, and both had quite long essentials lists! But here's a pared-down version which, from personal experience, is more than enough to get your started: http://daintymom.blogspot.com/2010/06/baby-stuff-newborn-basics.html

    (Please check my blog because my response was too long for this comment box. Hehe.)

    Let me say that, through time, you will eventually need most of the things on the list. But the shortened one will do for your immediate needs when the little Jelly Bean arrives.

    Rest well for labor! Are you doing Lamaze? :)

    God bless you and Vince as you prepare for the journey that is parenthood. ;)

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  13. WOW! Thanks so much, mommies! Your lists are fabulous. Will definitely help me whittle down my own list. Hooray!

    Sarah, I miss you! I can't believe you now have three girls.

    Jack and Martine, thanks for the whole new posts on your blogs. Jack, I can't see your blog though! I think there's a glitch in the template. Martine, nope, not Lamazing. It's CS--I have placenta previa and he's breech and I have very bad asthma. Oh well.

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  14. Hi frances! I think you're pretty much set after all the tips everyone has given you. If you're going the disposable diaper route, may i suggest getting from handy dandy diapers (there's a multiply site). Rea Gomez carries environment friendly diapers at a much lower price than thr ones from supermarkets. Also, i would suggest you buy the nasal aspirator from mercury drug instead of other brands. It's the generic one that's orange in color and is made of rubber. It's what my pediatrician uses and i swear by it. The others don't work as well as this one and it costs only arnd 25-30 bucks. :-)

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  15. Hi Frances!

    I've read that you and your hubby have allergies? You might want to go easy on buying the baby powder, lotion etc...

    My husband's family has history of allergies so my baby's pedia did not allow us to use powder and lotion on our baby.. Just a thought =)

    I've blogged also about what to buy for the baby basing it on my experience =)

    http://mommyfleur.blogspot.com/2010/06/your-first-ever-shopping-list-for-your.html

    You're right, SM's list is pretty too much. There are some items there in their list that it is more practical if you could buy some time after your baby is born.

    Hope this helps! =) More power to your blog!!

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  16. This post is soooo helpful for someone who is also expecting ;-) ...Will definitely check on this post again....Thanks!!!

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  17. you can also see the link on my facebook account Jacqueline Baluca Canuto :)

    or you can try this link:

    http://jackiebaluca.tumblr.com/post/736212145/on-baby-essentials

    hope you'll get to read them... thanks!

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  18. i dont think u have this in your list, i think u need small basins and tabo for the little one for bath time and diaper changing, where u can put the warm water. we didn't know we need this until we brought our daughter home, the hubby had to rush to SM to buy a couple. also, u might need a thermos so u have a stock of hot water in the nursery so u don't have to go all the way to the kitchen to get one. (also a last minute purchase)

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  19. Thanks! =D

    Fleur, ya, actually don't plan to use toiletries till the kid's a bit older. The toiletries were gifts, though, kaya meron na. Wanting to use them na nga on myself!

    Joeygurl, andun sa list--it's called dipper. And no need na for thermos--we have hot water from the gripo naman =)

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  20. i just want to you wish you and vince good luck!!! i'm excited for you guys!

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  21. wow, that list was A LOT!!! when i was pregnant, i also kinda thought of a similar list of the things and my baby might need...but since i needed to be money-wise, i waited until after the baby shower and bought only the things that i really needed the most.

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  22. oh, and i just read about you having to go through CS because of placenta previa, breech position and bad asthma. just want to share, when i was 6 months pregnant, my daughter was also in breech position. the doctor advised me to play music on my vagina so that the baby could follow it, and she did! unfortunately, come my 9th month, we found out about the placenta previa thing so i also had to deliver by CS. btw, i also have asthma but i didn't have an attack when i gave birth, hopefully to ease a few worries :D

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  23. GOSH! OA ang list, ang dami naman! haha :)) i don't even have half the stuff na nakalagay jan, and yet i think me and nathalie are doing fine :P hahaha :))

    i didn't even like the side-tie shirts, nag-aaway kami ni nathalie because she hates it everytime i make "butingting" after she took a bath. gusto nya mabilis na bihisan lang.

    what we only bought are the ff:
    -tops (mga 6 lang)
    -pajamas (6)
    -shorts (6)
    -burp cloths --you'll need tons of this! haha:)) and bibs too.
    -mittens and booties/socks
    -binders/bigkis
    -receiving blankets --i have lots of this kasi nathalie wants to be swaddled palagi.

    as for toiletries, just the basics.
    -diapers (considered bang toiletries ito? anyways..hehe)
    -baby wash
    -baby oil
    -petroleum jelly
    -cotton buds
    -and lots of alcohol haha :))
    -nail clippers (matagal pa, pero you needed talaga)
    -tongue cleaner

    other things:
    -baby bottles (i only have 3bottles for milk, then 2bottles for water)
    -breast pump (even the manual will do)

    that's all we have, and we're doing fine naman..haha :))

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