As requested, I’m going to make a post about my must-haves for those first 6 months. Keep in mind; Zak and I are very efficient when it comes to spending money, our house is small and shared, we cloth diaper, and love hand-me-downs (so this list may be extremely different from yours).
First of all, assume that none of your newborn size clothes will fit! Chances are you’ll get some use out of them, but only for the first week or two. Odin was born 10 pounds and immediately fit into 0-3 months/3 months. Which was interesting because I had two whole drawers of newborn clothes folded and ready for those first few weeks. Luckily he was born at home and I didn’t leave my bed for the first 24 hours (except to visit the loo!), so baby boy was naked and wrapped in blankets until I managed to pull out the bigger gowns and onesies.
Which leads to- I recommend using gowns for the first few days. I still prefer to use them at night- makes night time diaper changes easy. Gowns are warm enough for a newborn while still providing easy accessibility for diaper changes and as a new mom, you’re going to want to try and make everything as easy as possible.
We had no problems breastfeeding but I definitely recommend having Lanolin available. I did use it for my poor boobs for those first few days! I know a lot of mums use it for quite awhile after babe is born. I also recommend going to a local LLL meeting if you plan to breastfeed, BEFORE babe’s born. They’re very informative and it’s nice to have some mommas to talk to about breastfeeding before it happens! (And read loads about it too! There are solutions to problems you may encounter and there are tons of support groups on Facebook that allow you to talk to other moms.) Breastfeeding is way too important to give up on! Nursing pads were definitely needed too!
We got loads of receiving blankets before Odin was born and we most definitely used them all. (A lot of them were cut into baby wipes, but we used them for swaddling and spit ups for the first few weeks.)
We had a bouncy seat that we received at the baby shower. It’s nothing fancy and Odin’s really indifferent about it, but I use it ALL the time. First thing in the morning when we’re making coffee and breakfast and I don’t have a play area set up on the floor, I put Odin in his seat. I use it for any transitional phases during the day (bathroom, lunch, setting up a blanket on the floor for him, packing the diaper bag, updating le blog, etc.). I use it when I shower so that he can be in the bathroom with me. I thought it was pointless and that I was going to hate it because we live in such a small house but it’s proved to be something I use quite a bit. I even bring it outside when we work in the garden if it’s too difficult to wear him.
One of the most important things for me was my carrier. We had been given an Ergo (front backpack carrier, which I now use on my back) and a Moby Wrap. We used the Ergo with the infant insert for our first walk and loved it. It was really warm in the chilly Spring weather which was perfect. The Moby Wrap is super supportive and really comfortable on, but EXTREMELY intimidating. It’s like 12 feet long and you have to wrap it in this silly way which takes about 5 minutes, but I get why- it’s comfyyy once it’s on!