I thought I’d write an entry of baby necessities. This is for my reference in case I have no 2 (I so want at least another one :-p bahaha) and I’ve forgotten everything. Most of these are recommendations from my sister or from forums. I’m anal about things so I will read and read and read.
Cot – But I got mine from Baby Hyperstore. Love how they have many cots with wheels. Bought the mattress there too.
Rocker – Hand me down from my sister. We use a Combi one which is wonderful when trying to make baby to sleep. I let Saeed sleep there during the day.
Bouncer – Another hand me down. A Fisher Price one which Saeed so loves. We use this when we want to read to him.
Swing – Ingenuity Enlighten Cradling Swing – This is awesome! Saeed loves it and we love it because he loves it. :-p Do note that this is for short naps. We normally transfer him to the rocker or cot once he fall asleep. (Fyi, normally babies need about 20mins to go into deep sleep.) Also, the chin should not be touching the chest. I love that there’s music, light and a mobile. Plus, you can plug in your mobile phone too. There’s swing and vibration.
Changing Station – Got mine from Qoo10. . Lucky Baby Besto. I love love love it. It’s so back-breaking to change and bathe Saeed from the bed or cot because of the height. The changing station is the perfect height for doing that plus I can massage him while he’s there too. However, take note that you can use this only for several months.
Plastic basins – For wiping in the evening and for when he poo poo.
Laundry & Washing
Clothes hanging rack – Love this one I bought from Qoo10. Drying rack
Detergent – NUK
Softener -Downy – Love the scent
Bottle washing liquid – Pureen – Please don’t buy Pigeon. It’s terrible!
Body Wash – California Baby Calming body wash and shampoo
Shampoo – For cradle cap – Mustela Foam Shampoo
Diaper Cream – California Baby Diaper rash cream – As per my sister’s advice, we put this after every diaper change
Powder – California Baby Calming powder
Body cream for rashes – California Baby Calendula Cream (the salesperson told my sis to put the powder first before putting the cream
Oil – Coconut Oil – Redmart has loads! – Good for cleaning behind the ears etc also.
For Face Rash – Mustela Facial Cream
Rubs – Got mine from Kidz Paradise from FB. 1) ‘Love my skin’ is good for cradle cap. 2) ‘Vapour rub’ is good to expel phlegm – I use this by following Kidz Paradise massage video + Nina Chua’s tapping video. Saeed would vomit out the phlegm after that.
Diapers – Mamy Poko so far seems to be the best – I’ve tried huggies and Drypers but prefer Mamy Poko
Baby Wipes – Pigeon
Minyak Telon – Good for wind. I’ll rub on his tummy, calf and sole of the feet every morning after bath and evening after his wipe
Sireh/Betel leaves – HUHHHH? To eat? No, what we do (at the advice of my lovely massage kakak) is to iron the sireh and then dab it on the tummy area. Helps with ‘wind’. So far he has less ‘wind’ after we start doing it.
Baby cotton buds – for cleaning behind the ears and the earlobes. Do not insert it into the ears ok.
Tissue paper – Trust me when I say you need loads of tissue. I buy in bulk from Redmart. Kleenex 3 ply seems to be the best.
Colic – Ridwind – Good for colic but do ask your Pd’s advice. We got ours from the PD but the pharmacies sell it too.
Thermometer – Braun
Fever – Kodomo fever patch – Saeed was starting to have fever after his 2nd mth vaccination and we quickly use this and the fever disappeared.
Clothes and Bedding
Home clothes – 1) Get from the wholesaler at Blk 269 Queen Street #01-246 (S) 183269, Tel Tel: 6338 3260. 6 pieces for $12. I buy this for day time use. Newborns need to change a lot because they tend to regurgitate quite a bit. 2) Tollyjoy 3) Carters have kimonos which are really easy for inexperienced parents like me & hubby
Going out clothes – Old Navy & Carters. Love the designs. But do note that Carter tends to be small so the newborn clothes are very small. I advise to just buy for 3mths onwards.
Pyjamas – Simply Life – They have the bestest and softest bamboo clothing
Cribsheet – Simply Life – VERY soft
Pillow – We don’t use pillow but use a small size towel that’s folded
Blanket – Love the Skiphop ones. Mothercare also has good ones. Unfortunately, once they can move a lot and turn, you will need to skip the blanket. I just purchased a Grobag and will give my review on this. I hope it’s good.
Swaddle – Honestly the best one was the one we got from TMC. Lol. All the expensive ones are so so only for swaddling. We get swaddles from Luvable friends & Aden + Anais (Pls get the bamboo one and NOT the cotton ones. The cotton ones are like sandpaper!) and use them as cloth to put on the rocker, stroller, sofa etc.
Towels – We got ours from Ikea & Esprit. Absorbent and soft. Get big towels and small ones. The small ones can be used to wipe after the evening wipe.
Washcloth – We got ours from many places and they are all fine. Do note that there’s no such thing as TOO many washcloth. :-p I thought we have a lot but we use it for many things so it really really is fine to have a lot.
Binder – I got them from my sister and from Q0010. Binders are supposedly good for preventing wind.
Socks & Booties – the Tollyjoy and H&M ones are good. Don’t get the Carters and Mothercare ones. Too small!
Mittens – Tollyjoy & Luvable Friends – I bought Guava mitts but once it left a terrible mark on Saeed’s hand 😦 SO YES, I HATE IT.
Automatic Breast Pump – I love and hate the Spectra S1. Love because it’s wonderful & hate because the parts keep coming off while pumping. Note that you may need to get a bigger shield.
Manual Pump – I love the Hakka pump. Less work. You just squeeze it and you can do whatever you want to do.
Bottles & Sterilizer – Tommee Tippee – I love their bundle!
Bottle warmer – Good for warming breastmilk/formula milk when your baby is cluster feeding.
Bottles – Tommee Tippee (but please don’t get the sippees ok!)
Soother – Tommee Tippee & do get the soother clip from Tollyjoy also
Mouth and Hand wipes – Pigeon
Breast wipes – I use the NUK ones and they are handy!
On the Go
Strollers – Love my not-one-hand operation Inglesina Quad. It’s not one-handed but it’s so easy to manoeuvre when going around.
Diaper Bag – I searched and look at quite a number but settled for Le Sportsac. It’s big enough, pretty and has MANY MANY compartments. 🙂 Also comes with the matching changing mat. Yes it’s not exactly very cheap but if your colleagues are asking you what to give you, you can ask for a diaper bag. This was my birthday request. :-p
Changing mat – A must have
Litter bag + casing – Trust me, this is so useful. My sister is a genius lah. You use this to put poopy diapers in. We use this at home and on the go. So we have two of this. You can get this from Daiso. It looks like the below. I think I can get it cheaper from Taobao. If you don’t know how to use taobao, then maybe I can order for you. I’m waiting for my shipment which should reach me latest by tomorrow to see if it’s the correct one.
Wet bag – Got mine from Qoo10
Big and Medium Ziplocs – For putting clothes on the go and at home. Actually after washing the clothes, we put them in ziplocs and once baby is born, we’ll open the newborn ones and then once baby reach 3mths, we’ll open the 3mths one and put the newborn ones back into the ziplocs. This one my sister teach me one. :-p
Ok this is for mummies but I ordered a gazillion of these dresses from Taobao and they are awesome for breastfeeding or pumping mummies. They are sleeveless and not thick. Ankle-length. No buttons and you can just pull the chest portion down and breastfeed. When guests come over, just put a cardigan over it. :-p Cheap, many colours and comfy. What more you need?
Ok this list will never end because you just need more and more and more.