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Old 07-17-2020, 05:49 AM
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Baby number 3 is due in about 3 weeks. We are currently in the process of building a new house. We hope to move into our new house around the beginning of October. Our old house sold very quickly so we have found ourselves in a weird in between place right now(not complaining at all - just surprised as we thought it would take longer with covid). Luckily, dh had a coworker with a small rental house that was unoccupied and she agreed that we could rent from her for a few months until our new house is finished. So right now it's dh and I along with our two boys and baby sister arriving soon all in a tiny two bedroom house.

When we move into our new house, I'll set the nursery up. But for now, since we have very limited space, I'm trying to stick with absolute necessary items for the baby. I know she won't need a ton and it's only for about 8 weeks, but I want to make sure we have the basics covered. My boys are 9 and 5 so it's been quite a while since we've had a newborn in the house. Can you guys help me think of any essentials I have forgotten? Here's what I have so far:

diapers/ wipes / diaper cream
bassinet (hoping she will sleep in this for now and we can hold off on putting up the crib)
car seat
several onesies / outfits
burp cloths / receiving blankets
swaddle blanket
boppy pillow
bottles

What else do I need? Thanks in advance!



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Old 07-17-2020, 05:53 AM
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Congrats and what a whirlwind!!

Baby monitor (depends on just how small the house is)
Baby body wash and towel
Draft or Ivory Snow laundry soap
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Old 07-17-2020, 05:56 AM
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Definitely some hooded towels for after baths.

Mylicon Drops or gripe water

nail clippers/grooming items
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:16 AM
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Infant tylenol
Stroller and/or baby carrier
Bibs

I would be prepared just in case house stuff gets delayed or she is bigger than you anticipated - I'd make sure to have a few outfits in bigger sizes too.

With limited space, you probably don't need multiple "baby holding devices" but you will want some place safe to put her down when you need to. It could just be a blanket or playmat on the floor, but you may want a small bouncy seat or something like that.
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:36 AM
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One thought...we had an addition added onto our house while ds was an infant, so he was in our room for quite awhile. Instead of a regular basinet, we used our pack-n-play which had a basinet. That way, when he outgrew the basinet, we used the pack-n-play. Some of the new ones also have a changing table piece, so if you like a changing table, that would be an option. We also temporarily cleared out our front coat closet and used that for baby's closet until the addition was finished. Also, do you have a rocker or glider? I wouldn't have wanted to do without that. We had ours in the master bedroom temporarily. We also had a rocker-recliner in the family room, so it is possible I could have made things work with just that.


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Old 07-17-2020, 06:50 AM
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I babysit my 6 month old grand two days a week. Here is what I would add to your list.

Bottle Warmer
Baby Monitor
Pack n play - a safe place to put the baby down when needed
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Old 07-17-2020, 07:30 AM
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]It's so interesting what different people view as essential. My take on it:

Babies need food (so formula and bottles or just you if you're breastfeeding)

Babies need a safe place to sleep (the bassinet sounds perfect, or a packnplay with bassinet attachment)

Babies need clothes (probably just onesies and maybe some footed pajamas)

And of course diapers are pretty essential in our culture. And wipes, I guess, but I used washcloths.

Carseat

2 or 3 blankets, 2 sheets for wherever she is sleeping

Diaper cream, baby wash, thermometer, nail clippers (unless you're one of those people who trim baby fingernails with their teeth)

I also used a baby carrier but not often around the house. And with COVID I doubt I'd be taking a baby anywhere but to the pediatrician.

We were minimalists with our children and found most other things completely unnecessary. In your situation I honestly think that's all you need.

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Old 07-17-2020, 09:57 AM
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My DD is expecting her third this fall. Since the kidsí bedroom space is on the small side, she plans on the baby sleeping in the pack and play until heís old enough to use the bottom bunk that is already in his brotherís room.
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Old 07-17-2020, 03:27 PM
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We had a similar situation when our baby #2 was coming along. We had to live with my in-laws for 5 weeks while a house was being vacated.

The only thing I didn't see mentioned was something to keep baby in when you're not holding her. Yes, I know people tend to hold newborns a lot, but at some point you'll need to set her down and do things with the boys, cook, potty, etc...

Congrats to you! We have 2 boys and a girl as well. Fun memories.
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Old 07-17-2020, 04:51 PM
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I think those little portable baby swings can be life savers!

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