what a fun thread
this is baby #4, so we have lots of the big stuff already. BUT i did donate quite a few things after baby #3 as we weren't sure if we were having more babies, and, we were running out of room! so, a-shopping i have been...we have:
-exersaucer (aka circle of neglect
-play mat (tummy time etc)
-mei tai (that i made myself after baby #2)
-2 other pouch slings
-plenty of clothes for both genders
-selection of toys
-receiving blankets/hooded towels etc
-baby monitori bought:
-new graco stroller (we currently have a double for #2 and #3 (they are 15 months apart - they don't need it anymore, i just find it easier to shop if they're contained
) i had already donated out single one - oops BUT, i got a super awesome deal at superstore (canadian grocery store with some housewares etc) it even came with an infant car seat (which we already had).
-new swing (donated the old one, and i find them a lifesaver for the first bit) you don't use it for long, but, oh man, did we love ours. i scored another sweet deal at superstore the same day as the stroller. i went in for bananas and came out with a stroller/car seat and a swing
-beco carrier (i think it's the butterfly 2) i really wanted a carrier that i felt utterly comfy using hands free while holding hands/chasing my 2 y.o. and 3 y.o. - i just didn't ever really trust the other kinds i had...i dunno. i hope this one will work out how i anticipate. i researched the ergo vs. beco and picked beco. time will tell!
-new BF pillow; my brest friend. again, donated the other one, and i hated the other one. it was a boppy style, but made by jolly jumper. (my BF woes will appear in another thread/forum). i really hope this one will deliver on the promise of less shoulder/back fatigue.
-big muslin receiving blankets that can swaddlei want:
-fleece swaddling blanket (i live on the frozen prairies in an older drafty house)
-cloth diapers (currently researching types/styles etc) i had some before, but wasn't terribly successful with long term CD. i donated all that i had. so...
-a small chest freezer to fill with pre-made meals for the post-partum period (all we have is a fridge freezer, and it's quickly becoming inadequate for a family of 5 going on 6) my ILs said they will get us one, bless them
-few more teething toys that are safe (sophie the giraffe, wood rings, etc)
-BIG stash of herbal galatagogues, and domperidone, mother's milk tea, etc
-stainless steel bottles as the above might not do the trick, as with the other 3
i'm sure i've missed stuff on all of my lists, but that was fun to share