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    i never had them, i just used a hand towel that i already had.

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    is gentle cloth detergent essential for washing baby's cloths?
    if you're might express milk & feed in a bottle, is a sterilser essential? or you can always just boil the bottles in a big pot of water. & sth to wash the bottles with.... most of the things that come to my mind are nice to have.

    essentials:
    - clothings (sleepsuits of the smallest size -0 mths & some 0-3 mths, under shirts, some warmer sleepsuits or overvests if it gets colder), swaddling blankets or grobag.
    - somewhere for the baby to sleep. i prefer a baby cot, so there was no need to transit from basket to crib. cos some babies are fussy & dont like there sleeping environment changed. fitted bedsheet, water proof mattress protector
    - nappies :disposables or cloth (if cloth, then sth to wash them & dry them)
    - breastmilk (breastpump - electric or manual? i suggest for the 1st month, you rent the medela electric. i doubt if a 1st time mom will be able to use a manual pump. i was freaking out when i start pumping my breast by hand with a manual pump cos i never thought my nipples could be pull out like that....) or formula (if formula, bottles & sth to clean them - brush? bottle cleaner? steriliser?)
    - if breastfeeding - lansinoh cream to protect your nipples (this is an essential for me)
    - car seat (i'm all for car seats, i've never held my baby in a car)

    nice to have:
    - baby bath towels (cos adult towels are sometimes too big & too thick to grab baby firmly after bath), face towels, bath tub, bath rack/sponge to keep baby's head out of the water, bath sponge, baby bath gel, baby body cream & face cream.
    - heater for the bathroom if weather is cold
    - change mat & change table that can be converted into a drawer/dresser
    - stroller
    - baby sling/carrier
    - muslin cloth to cover the shoulders of the people who'll be visiting you & want to hold your child & as burp cloths
    - cotton buds/balls to clean baby's tongue & ears & nose
    - cotton pads or baby wipes to wipe baby's bottom at nappy change
    - massage oil for baby's massage
    - nail file or clippers to cut baby's nails
    - mitten to prevent baby from scratching their face.
    - socks to keep their little feet warm
    - side sleeper to keep baby's sleep position
    - snuggle nest if u wanna let your baby nap in your bed during the daytime.
    - nursing pillow
    - room thermometer
    - nice soothing music for you to listen to while you nurse
    - a nice warm shawl for your shoulders when you get up for night feeds
    - nice warm socks for you
    - some absorbent pads for your bed for the 1st week after giving birth to keep your beddings clean
    - extra absorbent & comfortable sanitary napkins for you
    - gentle clothing detergents for washing baby's clothings
    - air purifier in baby's room.
    - a refrigerator to store bm
    - a thermos to keep hot water to a)warm up breastmilk (or you can buy a bottle warmer) b) mix formula
    - a bottle steriliser
    - a bottle cleaner (brush?)
    ... and the list goes on.......

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    Wow! That's great everybody, thank you so much for helping with that. Carang, thanks for your tip about the changing mat/table. Think I'll just get the mat and use it where I like. And, Capital, again, thanks for the tip about the need/or lack of for a baby monitor. I'll hang back on that one until after baby's born to see if it's really necessary.

    I've got a list together now and at the moment it's fitting on one page of A4, so I think I'm doing well!

    Thanks again everybody, Polly

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    good luck! i hope that you have enough $ left over afterwards for a mani/pedi for yourself!

    have fun!

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    Baby Monitor

    Just another take on baby monitors . ..

    For us, we made sure we had it from day one - we were afraid of SIDS. A friend of ours had their daughter about 13 years ago. One night, the dad just happened to look into his sleeping daughter (in a bassinet by their bedside, it was a little past midnight) and he noticed she had stopped breathing. He picked her up and she coughed a bit and was fine after that. It gave them a scare.

    The monitor we have has a sensor pad kept under the baby's mattress. If she should stop breathing/ moving for more than 20 seconds, an alarm goes off. I was secure and could sleep soundly knowing that i would be alerted by this should anything cause her to stop breathing. Gave us a lot of peace of mind and still does (she's 13 months now - not worried about SIDS anymore, just to hear her when she's in her own room).

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    Roshna,
    What brand of monitor do you have?
    Thanks!

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    it's called angelcare (i have the same one). i bought it at b2b. i also saw it in wing on dept store.

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    actually, angelcare was not available in B2B when i needed it. We got the Tomee Tippe Suresound one. But I believe Angelcare is a better one. They had one model that came with rechargeable batteries - that's better. It also has much less static than Tomee i think.

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