Thursday, September 9, 2010

New Baby Supply List

Continuing on with the proverbs 31 series I would like to speak about homebirth and baby today.

Homebirth/Natural birth
-girdeth her loins with strength

New mothers often worry that supplying for their new born baby will be too expensive. But this is simply not true, especially if the mother has much creative ability and sewing expertise as well as many friends and relatives who are eager to give baby much needed love and cute little outfits. I have comprised a simple list of resources where a new baby's supply can easily be obtained with a few resources from around the home, from garage sales, dollar stores, craft supply stores and household goods supply stores.

Here is the supply list for a home birth without a midwife. The cost for all items can be under 200$ if purchased wisely.

The total cost for new baby supply according to the list below is between 150-200$ depending on the location where supplies are purchased and items that are given to the new couple.

Happy shopping for the new baby ;)




The basic baby supply list is below:

Clothing:

Simplicity Baby Patterns
4.29$ + 2-5$/yd fabric and 2$ sewing supply
Turn old stuff into baby clothes
scraps free 10$ if buy used clothing
Knitting Patterns for Baby
booties,mittens, blankets, clothing, hats, socks, toys, washclothes 5$ for yarn

Lots of used clothing at garage sales. Often find all that is needed for under 25$

Crib and sleeping:

Co-sleeper bed used in the bed
a co-sleeper bed is really all that is needed 50$
at times we have also simply used a wedge
Flannel Fabric for receiving blankets sewn around the edges 5$
Knitted Blankets Patterns
Knitted blankets work as well 2$ for yarn

Diapers:

Diaper Free Baby
A site for those who would like to try diaper free baby. We do this occasionally but not full time. A portable potty is under 10$

Frugal Diapering Patterns
Sew all the diapers and covers you will ever need for under 50$

Wipes: I bought a package of washcloths, cut them in quarters and sewed around the edges to make a large supply 3.50$

Diaper pail: use a five gallon bucket with lid to keep the smell contained. Free buckets can sometimes be found at local grocery stores. I also use an icecream bucket with lid. If a person chooses to wash diapers every day on a small load this size is often the best size.

Ointment, Powder, wipes spray etc:
Can be found very cheap at a local dollar tree store for 1$ each or homemade solutions work as well total 2$

Baby Wipes Recipes
contains many various diaper wipes recipes 1$ per batch plus 1$ for a spray bottle

Feeding:
Breast feeding is best...There really is not need for bottles and supply especially for Christian homemakers.

Baby led introduction to solid foods
A baby who can feed his/herself is much easier to manage. A supply of baby spoons and bowls can be found under 5$ at a dollar store.

Leaking happens quite often for some women and I have made breastfeeding pads with several layers of felt in a five inch circle. 2$

Grooming and Bathing:
Lotion, baby shampoo, cotten swabs and such are easily purchased for under 10$ especially if purchased at a dollar store

Baby bathtub is not needed as baby may simply recieve a bath in the sink.

Hooded towels can sometimes be found at garage sales as well but a regular towel works just as well. 5$

I would also recommend purchasing baby tylenol, medicine or other remedy supply as needed before the event of baby illness during cold/flu season. 10$


Here is a typical supply list found from online organizing.com. Of course, for the frugal mother this list can be adjusted.



CLOTHES


* outfit to wear home from hospital
* 6 to 7 "onesies"
* 6 one-piece pajamas
* 2 to 3 sweaters, mittens, and hats (if cold season)
* 4-5 pairs of booties or cotton socks
* miscellaneous other newborn outfits



CRIB SUPPLIES


* 4 receiving blankets
* 3 contoured crib sheets
* 2 to 3 absorbent rubber crib lining pads
* 2 quilted mattress pads
* blanket
* wedge for sleeping baby
* mobile or other musical crib toy
* night light



DIAPER CHANGING


* diaper pail
* 2 packages diaper pail liners
* 1 to 2 dozen disposable newborn diapers
* 2 to 4 dozen cloth diapers and diaper pins (if not using disposable)
* nail scissors with a blunt edge
* diaper rash ointment
* 2 packages of wet wipes
* rubber pants



FEEDING PARAPHERNALIA


* 6 to 7 bibs
* 10 to 12 bottles with nipples (if not breast feeding)
* bottle warmer
* breast pump
* bottle washing brush / dishwasher rack
* breast feeding pillow
* 5 to 6 burp cloths



GROOMING


* 4 towels and 4 washcloths
* cotton balls and cotton swabs
* baby shampoo
* baby lotion
* baby soap
* baby comb and brush
* infant bath tub
* bath water thermometer
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