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  • baby clothesAdorableness notwithstanding, not all the touted baby “essentials” are must-haves; most are actually nice-to-haves. And for the real must-haves, not all of them come with a high price tag. With a little effort, you can get essentials for cheap; even for free!

    Infant Wear
    Take note of the season: long-sleeved tops for December; breezier attire for the summer. Remember, babies grow quickly.
    •    12 tie-side shirts
    •    6 pairs each, mittens and
    •    Booties
    •    2 bonnets
    •    4 onesies
    •    Cold-weather clothes like pants and frogsuits

    Splurge or Scrimp? Scrimp!
    “I regret spending so much on clothes and toys,î says Bethany Salcedo, entrepreneur and mother of two. “People gave hand-me-downs and I have no qualms about using them.”

    Baby’s Kikay Kit
    •    Thermometer: Eduardo Borja, M.D., pediatrician at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan, says fevers in babies could be a cause for concern; you will need an accurate thermometer.
    •    Nail clippers or scissors
    •    Baby hairbrush
    •    Alcohol and cotton buds: For cleaning the umbilical stump. Dr. Borja recommends 70 percent ethyl alcohol.
    •    Nasal aspirator

    Splurge or Scrimp? Scrimp.

    Nappy Needs
    •    Disposable diapers: Get small packs of different brands to see which one works best for baby before buying in bulk.
    •    3 dozen cloth diapers: The gauze ones also work well as burp pads, emergency mop-up rags, and nursing covers.
    •    4 pairs of diaper clips: For cloth diapers
    •    Changing pad: Waterproof and easily washable
    •    Cotton balls
    •    Baby wipes
    •    Water container: For dipping cotton balls
    •    Diaper pail/container: You may repurpose any pail you already have at home.
    •    Diaper cream: Get a small tube first to see what works.


    Click here to read more about splurging or scrimping on feeding items and bath essentials for baby.

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