8 Things a Baby REALLY Needs

So my amazing cousin has lived in Okinawa for the past 8 years.  

There she has taught at a Christian school, found herself a wonderful husband, and she came home last year to get married!  

We get to see her once or twice a year, and we were psyched when we heard she was making a quick trip stateside this past weekend.  We shuffled around our plans so we could head to my parents' house and hang out with her and some of my other cousins and aunts and uncles.

While we were baby gossiping, she asked my sister and I what things she absolutely NEEDED for the baby. 

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My cousin's husband is in the military.  They will be changing bases when the baby is THREE months old - it was hard for me to even leave the house at that point!!  She's amazing!  Right now they are in Okinawa but it is likely they will be moved somewhere in Europe.  She really wanted to know the LEAST she could get for the baby - but to obviously have everything she needs.  She can invest in some bigger items once the move was over but for the beginning here is what I told her she needed.

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#1: A carrier, of some type.  I love my Ergo.

#2: A Rock 'n Play.  So far - no one - I repeat - NO ONE - i know that has one of these doesn't like it.  I picked it for my cousin because it folds up and travels SO easily and takes up very little room.  It will fit right next to her bed well past the move.  No need to buy a big crib, assemble it, and have to move it.  E was in his until well over 5 months!

#3: A regular digital thermometer - newsflash - you can stick that under their arm.  You don't need some special smancy thermometer (and the bum ones... not my style).  You can buy it at the grocery store or the pharmacy next to the Tylenol. 

#4: Motherlove Nipple cream.  I said it. Nipple.

#5: Disposable breast pads.  Yup, I love the environment - but sorry, the washable ones aren't enough for me!

#6: Muslin swaddling blankets.  They are big enough to last until your babe is huge, cozy enough for when it's cold, and breathable enough for when it's warm (or you happen to live in a tropical humid climate... like Okinawa).

#7: A travel system.  It's nice to say you're always going to wear your baby, and most of the time I do - but with the amount of air travel that this baby is going to be doing, it might be nice to have a place for him to sit, and for his mama to put some of his stuff!  Also having a car seat that can move easily through the airport and be checked at the gate might be useful! I really liked just putting my babe into a convertible car seat and carrying almost everywhere - but realistically - when you are taking flights around the world (sometimes that take more than 24 hours with layovers etc) - you need to have a place for your stuff, and for your baby so you can... pee, eat, rest etc.

#8: Dipes and wipes: I'll convert her to cloth when she is in her new house I promise!  I like the chlorine free and unscented ones when I do use sposies.  <3

Things I didn't think she needed right away:

Bottles (who knows which ones if any her little will want - no point in buying a bunch before he is here - only to have to pack up stuff she isn't using anyway - her husband can go out and get some if the need arises).

A crib.

Cloth dipes... not yet... 

Lots of clothes - people give you this anyway - no point in overstocking before you know how big (or little) he will be!

A convertible car seat - she can get one once she moves - again no need to buy something just to pack and move it!

Burp cloths and bibs - again people give you this stuff - and even if they don't - the blankets can double as those things.

A changing table.  Can't you do that anywhere?

A pack n play.  Again - it's good to have, nice for traveling, but the Rock 'n Play is easier in the beginning - and it is the right height to be right next to your bed without having to get up or bend to grab the baby in the night <3 

A bouncer, jumper, high chair, excersaucer, or other "station."  If she wants this stuff - she can grab it when she moves.  I found with my second baby - you don't really need ANY of it :) we just used one of those travel booster seats once E started eating at 6 months.  Fits with the table and isn't always rolling all around in the way! 

Anything I missed from needed list? Let me know! 

Here is a quick shot of B and E this weekend - enjoying some story time <3


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Anonymous said...

Nope, you didn't miss a thing - you pretty much nailed it!


KT @ OneOrganicMama said...

Thanks! <3

momstheword said...

I have a friend in the military and seems like they get rid of stuff with every move, lol! Great list!

I would actually suggest that she DOES get a few bottles. That way she can pump some milk and put it in the bottle so that daddy gets a chance to feed and bond with the baby.

Maybe they aren't big on that, not everyone is. But I did that with our kids. I wanted hubby to have the chance to feed them and he did too so that's what WE did. Some of my sweetest pictures are ones of my hubby feeding the babies! ;)

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KT @ OneOrganicMama said...

<3 Yes, my husband did that a bit too - more with #1 than #2... perhaps we both had less time to pump... and I LOVED seeing my 'big boy' feed his brother (even more than dad!!) but most of the time we used what was... readily available haha :)

Rachel R. said...

I agree! We didn't/don't have a Rock 'n Play, but we do have a very small folding bassinet that we were given with baby #1 (same basic idea), and we have LOVED it. It takes up little space, fits beside our bed, and is easy to transport when traveling.

We didn't have a stroller of any kind for our first 9 years of parenting (I really did just use my sling everywhere - it was actually a lifesaver because I *could* pee with baby in tow.) but for someone who knows she's going to be doing that kind of travel, I can definitely see the benefits. :)

She will probably want a very LARGE diaper bag - and maybe get one with a changing mat, as she will be a) traveling a lot and b) foregoing the changing table. :) (When we were ready to invest, we didn't get an actual piece of furniture, either. We got a RumbleTuff changing pad that can be mounted to whatever furniture we want it on. That's also easier to move later.)

Rachel R. said...

Oh, and one more thing - she actually might want either a bottle or a paci. Even if she doesn't use these much, they're good for relieving ear pressure during takeoff/landing if baby is in a carseat where it might be awkward to nurse.

Mums make lists said...

Great list - you're right there's so much stuff you just don't need.

Thanks so much for sharing at the Friday Baby Shower , Alice x

KT @ OneOrganicMama said...

Yes! I huge diaper bag :)

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Anonymous said...

I'd love to know your thoughts on the rock n play re: its safety. It is DRENCHED in flame retardants. I wish they made one that was ORGANIC. I cant stomach putting my child in something so filled with chemicals, regardless of how much they enjoy it.

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