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post #21 of 90
I've been hitting a lot of the sales for clothes. I've been trying to buy a variety of sizes because I doubt we'll be given anything.

The last baby is 1.5 and a girl (we're having a boy!) on one side, and on the other-- there is a boy due 2 months before me so we'll get nothing there either.

I've bought random things when I had a few spare bucks- like a bottle, a box of bottle liners, wipes, diapers... just whatever I had cash for to build up a little "stash"

I've got all his furniture too... now I just need someplace to put it!
post #22 of 90
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Oh, I forgot I needed to get a new breast pump! My old Avent Isis has about had it. It was a good pump, but even replacing the plastic thingies, it just doesn't work as well anymore. I rarely used it, but I do need to have one for those occasional times that I have to leave baby or if I get a plugged duct. I *cannot* hand express.

Those who are getting a manual pump, which one are you getting? I haven't researched pumps lately. My Avent Isis is from 4.5 years ago, and it was a great pump. Much more comfortable than the evil Lactina I rented while DS#1 was in the NICU (exclusively pumped for 4 weeks, so I don't really like pumps anymore ).
post #23 of 90
I don't need a single thing for this baby that I don't already have. However, right before the holidays Speesees had an online sale and I ummm bought some new clothes for the baby! SERIOUSLY, what is wrong with me?

I gave my Moby wrap away so I need to replace it, I have an Ergo that we still sometimes use for my 2.5 year old. I would like a didymos wrap so that is on my wish list. Otherwise I have plenty of clothes saved, plenty of cloth dipes saved, and a bouncy seat saved for my independent shower time (which is nonexistant now that I have a toddler haah), and the rest is all boob and family bed

OH! Except the infant seat that was given to us for our son is now expired... so I guess I'm in the market for a new bucket. boo.
post #24 of 90
I feel like I have nothing but I guess I have a few things. I have a maya wrap, 2 dozen prefolds, 6 Bummis covers, several onsies and little sleepers that I bought secondhand, and one playtex nurser bottle that I got from a sample somewhere. I think that's it though. I will probably pick up a few more diapers in the next couple of weeks. I want to try out those Thirsties pocket AIOS and also the Motherease dipes I've heard so much about. I also want to get a mei tei and a moby wrap and a really good breast pump as I'll be going back to work full time 3 nights a week after 12 weeks. Not to mention the carseat, pack and plays, swings and bouncy seat (heard those are good for showers lol). So yea.....I've still got a lot of things to get lol. I better get busy or he'll be here before I know it.
post #25 of 90
Wow! You guys are prepared!! I thought we were craaaaaaaaazy buying a crib and a dresser last weekend with DH's bonus. The furniture is custom made in Canada (but not too $$$) and is pretty green (enviro, not in colour!) and non-toxic. And an organic mattress. We will be side-caring the crib to our bed, baby not IN our bed, because sometimes I have to take meds that knock me out, and that would be dangerous. But it will be right beside me. The dresser will be used for a change table. Eventually the crib turns into a toddler day bed and then a double bed.

Basically we need everything. This is our first baby, and the first baby on my side of the family. My friends are still having babies, so I don't think we will get much from them.

I *think* I know the kind of diapers I want (I am a researching fool), kissaluvs at the beginning and then Motherease bamboo sandies (another local company!). I hope the baby loves these! Also get prefolds and covers. And wipes.

We do know we want a video monitor, loved our friends. I hope to get clothes from my SIL who has a girl and a boy. Need to figure out what kind of sling or slings we want, a mei tai looks great, but have to try on all the options. Man, I hope this baby loves to be worn. Also need bottles (thinking glass), a pump, and that reminds me to hopefully find more people other than the surro to donate BM do I can do as least amount of formula as possible. I cannot induce lactation due to a whole whack of reasons, but we hope to have lots of BM and supplement with organic formula.

I hear all the new baby gear comes out in March, so hopefully they will have deals on the 08 stuff and we can all get some bargains.

I am so not crafty, so I haven't made anything, but I am learning digital scrapbooking, so I am starting to work on the pregnancy album and put together the baby book so I can just plop stuff in it later when I am sleep deprived.

Eeek, so much to think about. I am going back to not thinking about it, you are stressing me out - lol.
post #26 of 90
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Originally Posted by maryjane View Post
Us, too. We will also get the carseat ahead of time, although our plan right now is for a homebirth. I might also pick up some 2nd hand CD -- I've seen some great deals on CL. I'm trying to think of a way to work around the "ayin hara" (evil eye)... or at least hide it from my H who is really superstitious.
Some people order things and arrange for them to be delivered after the baby is born.

We have never really had a nursery (just a corner our bedroom, really), so I haven't ever been too worried. I had homebirths with dd and ds, and I just made sure we had some diapers, and we somehow managed just fine. Honestly, I think you end up buying less (that you end up not using) this way.

I have slightly annoyed people at work though, because I had to explain that I don't want a baby shower.
post #27 of 90
We DID have a separate room, nursery with DD and don't co-sleep but it wasn't a problem. We picked out what we wanted when pregnant with her (crib, bassinet - which was in our room for the first like 6 weeks, stroller, etc) and had it all held for us and didn't pay/take delivery until she popped out. BIL painted the room a few days later while we were out for the day. I was in the hospital (natural hospital birth) and while there SIL bought diapers and those necessities for us. All worked out fine - a bit of scrambling once we got home but manageable.
post #28 of 90
I have a lot of stuff from DS.. ALL his clothes and *some* small diapers. I started CDing him at 6 months so most of the diapers are Meds and up (and GMD reds and browns).

I am waiting to find out the gender of this baby to start buying things... hoping it's a girl and I can start getting some cute girl clothes and diapers!

I am also hoping to have a cloth-diaper-shower instead of a regular baby shower. Most of my friends and SIL's are CDers so they would all know what I need- plus I'll add some on a Target registry for those that don't know what to get (they have Bum Genius!)

So, in short, I haven't bought or made anything.

But the only things I need, really are diapers, and clothes if this one is a girl.
post #29 of 90
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Originally Posted by boscopup View Post
Oh, I forgot I needed to get a new breast pump! My old Avent Isis has about had it. It was a good pump, but even replacing the plastic thingies, it just doesn't work as well anymore. I rarely used it, but I do need to have one for those occasional times that I have to leave baby or if I get a plugged duct. I *cannot* hand express.

Those who are getting a manual pump, which one are you getting? I haven't researched pumps lately. My Avent Isis is from 4.5 years ago, and it was a great pump. Much more comfortable than the evil Lactina I rented while DS#1 was in the NICU (exclusively pumped for 4 weeks, so I don't really like pumps anymore ).
I got a Medela Harmony hand pump from WIC that I still have, and now that I work at WIC they rent out their hospital grade pumps for employees : Plus, I am sure that I could bring LO in sometimes while I have to work (or someone else can) and BF'd in their super comfy BFing room, if I wanted to... I am a breastfeeding peer counselor, so they would be very accommodating to me that way
post #30 of 90
I feel woefully unprepared after reading all your posts. I'm 17 weeks now and we are due June 25th. We have not bought or been given a single thing for our baby, but I guess we still have plenty of time right? This will hopefully be our first if all goes well.

I guess I'm nervous to buy anything because I have a history of loss due to m/c and almost feel that I will jinx myself if I buy stuff now.


I guess I plan on buying just a few essentials right before the due date and delay planning a nursery until after the baby is born. I have started a small wish list on Amazon for baby essentials like a co-sleeper, car seat, baby sling/carrier and onesies, but that's the extent of my preparations so far.
post #31 of 90
I'm making a monkey quilt for the baby. We're decorating the nursery in monkeys, green and tan. But the quilt will be a little more girlie- more feminine prints for the monkey tummies and block backgrounds.

We'll see how that goes. It's only the second one I've made.
post #32 of 90
This is not our first babe, so we don't need much I don't think. I will order the diaper service closer to June and I want to have a few slings/carriers since I didn't wear DS. Other than that, I don't think I need to buy anything. This babe will wear t-shirts and diapers since it's WARM in June and if he/she's anything like his/her brother- the spitting up will be constant. No way am I doing cute clothes that I need to change every 5 minutes

Now, I was under prepared for my own recovery last time and will be spending some time and money getting the essentials together. Freezing cold packs/pads for the swelling, sitz bath or other healing salts to soak in, nursing bras, lanolin, etc.
post #33 of 90
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Originally Posted by Voltige View Post

Now, I was under prepared for my own recovery last time and will be spending some time and money getting the essentials together. Freezing cold packs/pads for the swelling, sitz bath or other healing salts to soak in, nursing bras, lanolin, etc.
Good point. I was also very under-prepared for recovery too, and this time I plan to stock my kitchen with easy foods and have a freezer stash. PLUS I plan to "charge admission" to see the new babe- a hot meal.

Maybe that sounds bad, but I was HUNGRY for about 3 weeks because of recovery and BFing all the time.. then dealing with plugged ducts, engorgement, and mastitis... I needed help.
post #34 of 90
I had NEVER thought of those recovery-type things.

Can ya tell this is my first??!?
post #35 of 90
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Originally Posted by musiclady View Post
I really would like a sling or comparable carrier. I dont' want to fool with toting a car seat everywhere! Those things are wicked heavy!

I am excited to find out that we have a "Once Upon a Child" store in our town! I thought we didn't have one, but saw a commercial last night on tv. We have one beside each mall. Hip hip hooray!! Now I don't have to pay full price!

Also- dumb question- I have seriously debated the CD/Pamper route.... do you use a diaper cover for disposables, or is that why they are plastic on the outside? And another dumb question- for those CD lovers.... are they hard to make, are they hard to use, and how do you make them? :
Once Upon a Child is still a little spendy, IMO. I tend to wait for their sales. You can sign up for their emails. I like yardsales better, and you can negotiate. We'll have May to yardsale, and the rest of the summer. Well, I don't need to get anything if we have a girl, and if it's a boy, I'm okay clothes-wise for at least the first three months. Well, I do easy, onesies and gowns, I loooooove gowns for ease of changing diapers, and with a toddler, shew, I don't need any more work. I hardly dressed my DD, was hard-pressed to get her in all the outfits we were given that I liked, there were some I just gave away. It is really easy to get too many clothes. I seriously need to sort the stuff she's in now. I found I dress her in the things that have matching tops and bottoms and easy on and off (hardly any jeans), and other stuff just sits.

I have a bucket, but plan on BWing a lot more early. I hope DD gets better at walking with us and doesn't need to be carried as much.

CDs are soooo wonderful. It is really easy, it depends on what style of diaper you like best. I would suggest getting on DiaperSwappers forum and getting one or two of AIOs, PFs, pocket diapers, fitted and cover. Or find a mama close to you who has a stash. I started with pfs, figured it was cheapest, and found I didn't like the Prowraps covers I got. I think my DD just didn't have chubby enough legs. They never have fit. I found by trial and error that I love laying a pf folded inside of a Fuzzibunz. I am too cheap to buy enough FBs for them to poop, but you can take out the pf and reuse the cover. I alternate a couple of covers a day and let one air out. I also don't like how many covers are plasticy on the inside, FBs have the fleece. I also like using fleece pants/covers over fitteds and have made two darling skirties from Katrina's Sew Quick Soaker. I don't sew much, but these are super easy to make. I use Old Navy fleece pants, they work great.
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Originally Posted by Jayray View Post
So far I haven't bought anything, but have already been given a lot. This is our first baby, first grandbaby on one side, and first great-grandbaby on one side. So I figure people will want to buy us a lot of stuff!
The one thing I'm not sure what to do about is diapers. I want to CD, but they will be a difficult thing to register for unless I just want Gerber prefolds. I've also been given advice not to buy too many of the same kind until the baby is here, so I can figure out which type fits him best. Any advice about this would be appreciated.
We got more than we could use!
You could simply say you are buying diapers, and people could designate money for them. CDs are sooo much less $$$$$ than disposables.
post #36 of 90
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Originally Posted by musiclady View Post
I had NEVER thought of those recovery-type things.

Can ya tell this is my first??!?
Yea, I was totally prepared for the labor and baby, but not so much ME and life afterward

I recall going shopping for bras 4 days pp. It was awful. I was soooo sore, hated walking for any length of time and then having to try on BRAS?? Not this time. No way!!
post #37 of 90
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Originally Posted by Maggirayne View Post
CDs are sooo much less $$$$$ than disposables.
Yes, they can be! Unless you go crazy on hyena cart. Not that I know anyone who has ever done that.
post #38 of 90
I was super intimidated by CDs, but after a friend let me borrow some to try for a week it was sooo much easier (and CUTER!! ) than sposies.

I've tried just about everything in the CD world, and I can honestly say that I like prefolds and covers the best.. it just helps that they are MUCH cheaper.
post #39 of 90
I haven't bought a thing! I probably will procrastinate.
post #40 of 90
I also don't have much. I have 2 bags of clothes/sleepers (various sizes) a friend gave me and have bought a exercaucer/jumperoo type thing at a garage sale for $3.

A good friend of mine is hosting a baby shower for me...but I think I want to CD too. The 3 Targets I've been to haven't had the AIO diapers. I hope ours does (it opens in March.)

I need a crib (will sidecar to my bed) carseat (I'd like an infant, just easier) sling or someway to carry baby and have hands free, diapers, onesies,etc. I pretty much need everything.

My youngest is 6 and we had planned on no more children, I had donated/sold/passed on EVERYTHING I had from the older ones. I kept nothing. (we are military and move every 2-3 yrs so I hate moving stuff I don't need LOL.)
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