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post #21 of 87
Definitely skip the Bjorn. Not good for babies, not good for parents. A good wrap, stretchy wrap, pouch, ring sling, or mei tai is a great option, though!

I don't personally love Mobys, but I did love a stretchy wrap with my last newborn. I'm looking at the Bali Baby Stretch this time: http://www.gypsymama.com/shop/prodde...hp?prod=brigid
Love that one!

A good ring sling for pretty much everyone is the Maya Wrap Lightly Padded. It has padding in the shoulder, and a nice, wide shoulder, but the rails are unpadded for maximum adjustability. Most carriers, including ring slings, have something of a learning curve, but if you can get some hands-on help (or watch some videos), they're wonderful. Remember that they should be snug enough that you feel comfortable completely letting go of baby. If baby feels too loose or like s/he might fall, then you need to tighten it up and/or adjust it.
post #22 of 87
This baby was completely unexpected, so we're starting from scratch once again. We have a couple of friends whose babes will be a year old when ours is born, so we've been offered just about all the gear we can imagine. I do want to buy a new carseat, and I found this consumer reports recommendation on another board http://community.babycenter.com/post...fant_car_seats so I want to do a little more research before I decide. My twins each have a Britax Boulevard, but they looked so tiny in them as newborns that I don't want to go that way again. When they were born we didn't really drive anywhere with them but I think it'll be different this time around.

A few weeks after I got my BFP I was cruising ebay and found a pair of Robeez booties for $3. No one had bid on them so I bid the minimum and won them for $5 which included shipping. My twins wore the robeez shoes, and I loved them because they kept their socks on, but I have no idea how practical the booties are. I've also picked up a few different types of cd (okay, several different types!). With the twins we just used prefolds and wraps, so I'm exploring our options. I do have my Beco, as DD still likes to hop in every once in awhile. I have a couple of wool sweaters that I am going to attempt making longies out of. DH bought me a sewing machine for Mother's Day, and to get used to it I've been making cloth wipes.
post #23 of 87
The Family Safety board here, or car-seat.org, are awesome resources for choosing a car seat. I would not put much stock in Consumer Reports, quite honestly, and coming from a background of having been a certified child passenger safety technician (CPST). But, I do get lots of recommendations for the Chicco KeyFit 30. Next up is typically the Graco whatever-they-call-it-now 32 or 35. In all of those seats, the number is the max weight. I hear the Peg Perego is just huge and bulky and heavy (and very expensive), and while I *adore* Britax and had a Companion for two kids, supposedly the new one is hard to fit in cars because it often hangs off the seat.

Definitely, whenever possible, try out the installation in your car before you buy, and read the manual to ensure what you get install-wise is acceptable.
post #24 of 87
Well, hopefully we're getting a king-size bed!

I bought a few onesies so far but that's all. I need to decide if I'm going to cd from the beginning this time. I did with ds but now we share a coin-op basement washer/dryer with 2 other units and the dryer is just awful. I will probably have to try flats or some quick-drying option. (dh thinks I'm nuts on this.)

We gave away or sold most of our baby things when we moved so we'll be starting from scratch. In a couple weeks I'll have some quiet time at home when dh and the kids will be away. One of my projects for that week is to make a list of what we actually need!
post #25 of 87
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Originally Posted by wondertwins View Post
A few weeks after I got my BFP I was cruising ebay and found a pair of Robeez booties for $3. No one had bid on them so I bid the minimum and won them for $5 which included shipping. My twins wore the robeez shoes, and I loved them because they kept their socks on, but I have no idea how practical the booties are.
First off, that's a great deal! DD had the booties and I liked them for a non-mobile baby, they stayed on and they have some fuzziness inside for cold weather. Once she was walking though these http://www.stonzwear.com/department.aspx?deptid=7&&RD=1 worked better. Although with November babies they won't really be necessary until the next winter.
post #26 of 87
I've bought a new carseat and a bigger stroller. I'm not sure I'll need much else, being that my littlest one won't even be a year old when New Baby is born. Depending on what we're having, maybe some clothes. But I've got a breast pump, Ergo, Hotsling, Mei Tai, swing, bouncer, a bunch of blankets, bassinet, etc. We'll definitely get a going home outfit, and "supplies" for nursing (ie, lansinoh, breast pads, etc) and probably a couple of bassinet sheets.
post #27 of 87
We probably won't be getting much for this baby - he/she will be number 4, and we still have all the stuff from the first 3. Having said that, our infant carseat has expired, so we'll have to look into getting another one. I want a different carrier - I'll be looking for the Kangaroo Fleece Pouch and the Moby locally on Craigslist or something similar, since it'll be cold. Interesting tip about the Ergo...I've been eyeing them too, and probably will purchase one. Any feedback about the Beco? It's similar to the Ergo, I think...

If this babe is a boy, I'm going to need some cold weather sleepers - I have a few gender neutral ones, but most of mine are pink or purple (my January babe is a girl).

Other than that, I think we've pretty much got everything...I'll probably have time to knit an item or two before November, as long as I get my sil's wrap/shawl knit sometime this summer (I'm 1/2 done).
post #28 of 87
Becos work much better for smaller babies than Ergos. The Ergo is much wider and bulkier. Some of the Becos (not sure if it's all of the new ones or not) also have a sort of infant insert that buckles them into the carrier, which is then buckled on to you. So, definitely a reasonable option for a little one.

Oh, a swing. We will need a new swing as I sold ours. I looove cradle swings and Target has one with Dwell designs that is super super cute. But, the reviews are poor. So I'm not sure yet what we'll do, but so far all of my boys have loved the cradle swing.
post #29 of 87
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I agree to wait on the Ergo. I actually never liked mine much and sold it a few months ago. I love pouch slings and wraps for new babies..especially autumn/winter ones.




I guess we will need a carseat as well.. I probably have at least a few friends with Infant seats we could borrow/have.. Ill have to start a list of what I need to borrow soon.

I have been browsing Ebay for organic baby clothes and there are some good deals!
post #30 of 87
I have one of the original Ergos and with my last babe, got a Beco. I love the Beco so much more than I ever did the Ergo. I love how easy it is to get the babe in and out- there's that little pouch that the baby sits in so when you unbuckle the carrier the baby doesn't slide down. We used it from about 2-3 months...and still do.
post #31 of 87
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Originally Posted by HeatherB View Post
The Family Safety board here, or car-seat.org, are awesome resources for choosing a car seat. I would not put much stock in Consumer Reports, quite honestly, and coming from a background of having been a certified child passenger safety technician (CPST).
Good to know! The Chicco KeyFit 30 seems to be the highest rated across the board, so that's probably what I'll look at first. As for the car...well, I drive an Outback and cannot fit any other car seat with the twins Britax, so I'm looking at the Toyota Sienna 8 passenger AWD. I'll have to check the car-seat.org boards to make sure I can fit the three across the second row of seats. I guess the minivan will be our biggest "because of baby" purchase.
post #32 of 87
The only thing we have left from when our sons were little is our stroller. So, we're looking at everything!

I've got my eye on a ring sling, a 2nd pack n play for upstairs, and a bouncy seat.

So far I've bought a diaper bag, 3 little gender neutral sleepers, a fleece bunting, and an Udder Cover.

A friend is gifting us a Britax carseat, and my SIL is giving us their pack n play.

I have to say that I'm loving this time around because I know exactly what we do and don't use for our babies. Makes shopping easier.
post #33 of 87
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Originally Posted by Stitches View Post
First off, that's a great deal! DD had the booties and I liked them for a non-mobile baby, they stayed on and they have some fuzziness inside for cold weather. Once she was walking though these http://www.stonzwear.com/department.aspx?deptid=7&&RD=1 worked better. Although with November babies they won't really be necessary until the next winter.
I was so surprised to win them at that price, and really, what wear and tear could an infant put on booties?! The stonzwear boots are adorable, perfect for next year. My twins are June babies, so they were barefoot when learning to walk but I suppose that won't be an outdoor option for this baby. It's been interesting to think about how different a lifestyle this baby will have compared to the twins, partly because of the time of year s/he will be born and because my life can't just revolve around the baby, attention will have to be shared with two 3 1/2 year olds.
post #34 of 87
ILoveMySofie-which brand clothes do you love? My in-laws buy us all Carter's from the outlet mall which are fine, but I wanted to buy some others this time around.

Ergo-I'd wait until after 2 months. Moby until then probably.

Have:
I bought TONS of diapers.
8 x-small gn shirts
5 small gn shirts
A bouncy seat
carseat
carseat cushion head thingamabob
pack of newborn sposie dipes (just in case)
about 5 sleeper outfits
boppy

"Need":
to knit longies
baby clothes
swing or baby hammock
To make a diaper bag
Baby socks
To knit and sew some baby hats
Some of those Candela lights, now, thanks for mentioning those!
A new storage bed frame so that we have somewhere for baby clothes (no closet and nowhere for dresser! I am making this)
Moby
Puddle pad
Travel Crib?
white noise machine
Swaddlers
Belly binder
Cramp bark
post #35 of 87
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Originally Posted by wondertwins View Post
Good to know! The Chicco KeyFit 30 seems to be the highest rated across the board, so that's probably what I'll look at first. As for the car...well, I drive an Outback and cannot fit any other car seat with the twins Britax, so I'm looking at the Toyota Sienna 8 passenger AWD. I'll have to check the car-seat.org boards to make sure I can fit the three across the second row of seats. I guess the minivan will be our biggest "because of baby" purchase.
i have a sienna 8 seater. it is a very tight squeeze in the back row- the middle row can fit three of any carseat (but the you cant get to the back if you dont leave one open. the back row has one tiny seat and two small seats. in my car i have two forward facing britax decathalons in the two "bigger"seats and my son's no-back booster SQUEEZED into the tiny seat- i have not found an car seat that will squeeze in next to the other two. maybe if all three back row seats were the cosco ones (the really skinny ones) i cant remember the names...
post #36 of 87
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Originally Posted by liz-hippymom View Post
i have a sienna 8 seater. it is a very tight squeeze in the back row- the middle row can fit three of any carseat (but the you cant get to the back if you dont leave one open. the back row has one tiny seat and two small seats. in my car i have two forward facing britax decathalons in the two "bigger"seats and my son's no-back booster SQUEEZED into the tiny seat- i have not found an car seat that will squeeze in next to the other two. maybe if all three back row seats were the cosco ones (the really skinny ones) i cant remember the names...
Great! I did mean that I would like them all to fit in the middle row. I'm so used to being able to pass them snacks and at times retrieve dropped items that it would be a big adjustment to have the twins in the back row. We don't need the back row for daily use so not being able to access it seems fine for now. I don't know how practical I'm being about that though. Are you happy with the sienna?

eta: an apology for taking this thread off on a tangent
post #37 of 87
Yikes, how could I have forgotten about the van purchase in our near future?? Right now we have a 7-seater Sienna, so no place for a 6th kiddo to sit. We were thinking of getting an 8-seater Sienna, but I'm not entirely convinced we wouldn't be squished in one. I'd really love a passenger Sprinter that we could run bio-diesel in. We'll see what we can find- not like we have too much more time to figure it out.
post #38 of 87
i love my van, except for the tiny seat...love it
but right now my family is too big for it (cause of my foster daughter with her son bringing us to 9)..so we have to take two cars to church...i keep asking for a 12 seater van, but hubb says no, cause he is afraid i will fill it up! LOL
post #39 of 87
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Originally Posted by kittywitty View Post
ILoveMySofie-which brand clothes do you love? My in-laws buy us all Carter's from the outlet mall which are fine, but I wanted to buy some others this time around.

Ergo-I'd wait until after 2 months. Moby until then probably.

Have:
I bought TONS of diapers.
A couple gn shirts
A bouncy seat

"Need":
to knit longies
baby clothes
swing or baby hammock
New boppy
Carseat (probably Scenera) but I need to check and see what will fit in our van and we may buy another van.
To make a diaper bag
Baby socks
To knit and sew some baby hats
Some of those Candela lights, now, thanks for mentioning those!
A new storage bed frame so that we have somewhere for baby clothes (no closet and nowhere for dresser! I am making this)
Moby
Puddle pad
Travel Crib?
white noise machine
Swaddlers
Belly binder
Cramp bark

Ooh KittyWitty thank you for reminding me-I so want to try a belly binder this time around!

My favorite brand of clothes for newborn and first year is Petit Bateau, but it is really $$, though they do have the simple white kimono bodysuits that are cheaper and I think are ok priced. PB is pretty cheap and standard in France where it comes from but they jack up the prices here. I love how well made the onesies are and their kimono cut with the snaps are my must have. I also love their simple white footie pants which I pair with the onesies.
I was able to buy a whole bunch of Petit Bateau at silly prices like $3 a onesie-brand new! So I am stoked!
Another brand that I think is just great is Under The Nile-organic- they also make the kimono onesies and footed pants-

http://www.pureandlittle.com/organic...-bodysuit.html

and on that website they often have 40% off sales (like Memorial day and Mothers day etc-if you sign up you can catch it) and at 40 off Under the Nile comes out to a really great deal. I ordered the onesie/footed pant in natural color and Im really liking the nice and thick organic cotton, and quality seems to be very nice too.
post #40 of 87
Thanks! I'm going to sign up. I have bought a couple under the nile things before, but totally forgot about them for some reason!
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