The list author says: "Below is a list of things that I couldn't live without during labor and the first 6 months with our new baby. This list is a mix of both baby things and mommy things. This list doesn't include your main stroller, basic baby clothes, bedding (which is just crib sheets), diapers, wipes, butt cream and all the baby medicine that you should have just incase (baby tylenol, ibuprofen, suppository). Good luck new mommies. You will be be just fine."
"This is the easy one with velcro. At 3 am you don't want to start reading instructions. We used this with our baby until just about 5 months. At 3 weeks she was sleeping at least 7 hours. Please note that to get a really good swaddle, swaddle with a blanket first and put this swaddle on top."
"Any exercise ball will do. Just be sure to check the size, based on your size. I spent hours bouncing my baby to sleep (My husband did many hours of bouncing too). It got so bad that we had two exercise balls in our small condo. It wasn't always great for the back, but it did help put our baby to sleep and to calm her down when she was fussy."
"Our baby didn't like to go in the stroller when she was very little. This was the only way we could get out of the house. She would sleep tight in her moby wrap. It can get a little hot in the summer, but it is well worth it. It looks complicated, but you can check out videos on youtube. You can also easily wash this, which is great."
"This is great with the Graco SnugRide car seat. It's very light and you have one step. The other great thing about this stroller is that you have a lot of storage underneath. Please note that this stroller is not good on bumpy sidewalks."
"Since we had trouble breast feeding at first, I ended up pumping every 2 to 3 hours and having my husband finger feed our baby with a plastic syringe. This went on for a few days until my milk supply came in and our baby could feed directly on me. I think it's a good idea to have your pump ready to go from the beginning."
"This is a great book. I found the sleep section very helpful. Basically this is a cliff notes version of lots of other baby books put together. Especially after your baby is here, you will have very little time to read."
"I don't have a particular loyalty to this one. I just think it's good to get a space saver swing / bouncy seat (or one of each, if you prefer) in order to fit it in the bathroom. Yes, they use up a lot of batteries. And yes, it's worth it to take a shower."
"Any white noise machine will do. This one has an optional hookup to your mp3 player. I don't love the shape...other white noise machines are a bit more compact. Either way, it helps to bring this with you when you travel. It also helps to have one in the babies room. You can also create white noise with an air purifier and dehumidifier."
"This works fairly well. It still can smell, but I it doesn't smell as bad as it would without it. My only big minus here is that you have to buy the inserts (so the total price of this does jump over the course of many stinky diapers). You will get more cost savings if you pack the diapers tight --- I also think packing them helps to deal with the smell."
"Once our baby got a bit bigger we started to use the Ergo. Out of all of the carriers, we got the most use out of this. The taco holder that they sell for infants didn't work with us at all. This carrier is only for babies a few months old that can hold up their heads. Since this carrier is expensive, you might want to try it out first at a baby class or with a friend."
"Just start with a few bottles. Don't buy a large set. Your baby may not take to the bottle you buy. I went through 50 or so bottles before our baby would take one. Eventually she took to these bottles, but that was after months of fighting us. She originally started with Adiri Natural Nurser (Which is off the market --- but you can buy it in Canada)."
"Depending on your location and when your baby is born (winter, spring, summer, fall), this can be really useful. You don't have to bundle baby up (which is time consuming and annoys them), every time you go outside. Instead, you can just use this thingy to keep them warm. It comes in light or heavy versions (for when it's really cold)."
"While it's not really needed, a video monitor gives you some piece of mind for the first few moths. It also helps with sleep training, since you can see how close your baby is to actually falling asleep...and therefore not rush in before you have to. If you live in a condo building, you might not want to get this since you can cross signals with other babies in the building."
"These blankets can be used for a lot of things. But the most important thing we used swaddle blankets for was for sleep. After swaddling our baby in a blanket, we put the swaddle me with velcro on top (to secure the swaddle). You don't have to get these expensive ones. Cheap ones will do the trick."
"You can use this in a number of places -- the car seat, the bouncers, swings, etc. For a few weeks, your baby (especially smaller babies) won't fit well in my places without some extra help from the snuzzler. The snuzzler or something like this would make things a bit more comfortable."
"If your going out in the sun, this can be really helpful with a baby. I like that it pops open and it can stand up to harsh winds by just shoveling sand in the pockets. You can also open the window flaps for a cross breeze. The other thing to think about is that you should avoid sunscreen on a baby until 6 months....so this is the next best thing."