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post #21 of 31

I find that the best way to buy items that are better for the planet, while still saving money is to buy used. Yes, they may not be as natural and organic as you'd like, but buying used keeps a brand new item out of the landfill. Plus, babies go through stuff so fast, it seems silly to me to buy things brand new(except we did buy baby's bedroom furniture brand new because it's going to grow with her. It turns into a toddler bed then a full bed, so I figured that's a worthwhile investment). But yeah, all the plastic stuff makes me want to vom.

post #22 of 31
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every time I think a thought like this... I remind myself of women in 3rd world countries who don't have much of ANYthing, and still seem to make it work with 2-3+ kids. shy.gif

It's humbling really - all a baby REALLY needs is love, nourishment and protection (clothing/shelter).  Sometimes it's really difficult to step back from popular culture, see what a babe REALLY needs, and simplify. (wear your baby, let it sleep in your bed, exclusively breastfeed, etc. etc. - it all helps to avoid weird plastic/chemical laden products... unfortunately, if you use a car, you're pretty much relegated to having a plastic-ful car seat - UGH)

 

That being said, we're still probably getting a pack 'n' play type thing... hypocritical? maybe.... that's why I'm looking for a better option to suit our wants (not needs, wants). smile.gif

 

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I agree, though I can only do so much. Just too poor to buy too much of the good stuff. Wish I were "rich" enough to buy everything that way though. 

 



 

post #23 of 31

Another option is to sidecar your crib up to your bed...then there is no need for a playpen.  You can just buy a wooden crib with an organic mattress...and then when you want to move baby to their own room you can just move the crib as well.

post #24 of 31
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right, but then I don't have a portable sleep/play spot for the wee one, which is half the fun of a pack 'n' play....

baby's probably not getting their own room until they're out of a crib... unless the kid takes over the living room, which is ENTIRELY possible lol.gif
 

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Another option is to sidecar your crib up to your bed...then there is no need for a playpen.  You can just buy a wooden crib with an organic mattress...and then when you want to move baby to their own room you can just move the crib as well.



 

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right, but then I don't have a portable sleep/play spot for the wee one, which is half the fun of a pack 'n' play....

baby's probably not getting their own room until they're out of a crib... unless the kid takes over the living room, which is ENTIRELY possible lol.gif
 



 

 

 

With my first our pnp stayed right next to my bed for the first 6 months and then went into a closet when baby went to their own room...I honestly either wear baby for naps when little or just lay them on the couch while I do whatever needs doing...I never used the pnp for a playing area...they just used the floorsmile.gif

 

post #26 of 31

I agree Mrs Bone.  I always try to buy used 1st.  Mainly the registry I have is for family members who aren't fortunate to live in cities that have amazing thrift stores/2nd hand stores, and still want to contribute to our new lil family.  I'm so lucky to have so many reuse stores, it makes it super easy to live by the whole Reduce, Reuse, Recycle way of life.  

 

post #27 of 31

Don't know if this helps or not, but the Arm's Reach is not "plasticy" at all when set up. The support parts are metal and only the joints and feet are plastic. The joints all around the top are covered by the bassinet insert fabric. So when you've got a pad and sheet in there, it's pretty nice. My friend has one that actually has a drapey cotton slipcover thing, which makes it look super plush.  Also, we did use it to create a bug-free play/nap zone while camping, with a bug net thrown over top. That was really useful.

 

We spent months looking for a used one when we were expecting DD and ended up buying new. Every time one showed up on Craigslist or wherever, it was gone in seconds. At least we know we'll be able to sell it for a good price when we're done with it!

 

And I've reached the grouchy point too- I am now grouchy that the co-sleeper has not been assembled yet. The plan is to set it up in our room and put the home birth supplies on it, so everything is all together in an accessible spot. OTOH, it's a couple weeks too early for a HB for us, so I should cut hubby some slack on that. blush.gif

post #28 of 31
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it makes it super easy to live by the whole Reduce, Reuse, Recycle way of life.  

thumbsup.gif  unfortunately, I haven't seen a lot of baby stuff at the secondhand stores in NYC... I think most of it ends up in the trash.  I know I could have QUITE the baby arsenal if I just went "dumpster diving" on the Upper East Side, but I'm not sure how I feel about picking stuff out of the trash, and I think most of what's there is strollers and car seats, neither of which I want. (le sigh).



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Don't know if this helps or not, but the Arm's Reach is not "plasticy" at all when set up.

That IS good to know -  I don't think the Arm's Reach will adjust as low as my bed is (about 12" off the ground)... I'll have to look into that. smile.gif
 

 

post #29 of 31

I was looking at the basic Graco pack n' play (the one that's around $65), because it gets great reviews and is super simple. The main drawback I can see is it only supports up to 15 lbs for the bassinet, and what if my baby hits that early? I was hoping to use it as a bassinet until at least four months or so, and then switch to a mini-crib (small apartment).

 

I thought about the Arms Reach, but they are so much more expensive, and my cousin said they are a PIA on a couple of fronts: one, with it attached to your bed it is really difficult to get in and out of bed, and also they don't always match up to the mattress height-wise; and two, she found it more trouble than it was worth to convert to a pack n' play.

 

This is what I ended up registering for: the Graco Travel LIte crib. I saw one in a consignment store (missing the bassinet part, sadly), and it's not super tiny, just trim. That is, it seems like it would be plenty big for a baby to sleep in for several months, and it will fit way better in our apartment. The big advantage, though, is that it has two bassinet settings: one that's higher up and holds up to 15 lbs, and another one that's lower and holds up to 20 lbs, so you can use it a lot longer. After the bassinet is outgrown, it's just a small pack n' play that can still be used for travel sleeping. It will fit much better beside our bed than a full-sized pack n' play, and last longer than a cradle or bassinet.

 

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3609375

post #30 of 31
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Oh, yes, simple and trim, I like it!  

However, I think, after much research, I've decided I hate canopies too. (lol?)...


 

Also, FYI, for anyone who's been following... my bed is 12" off the ground - I can't use the arms reach, I finally got the official answer on that looked up... it's 24" and it's possible to adjust UP for higher beds, but they say nothing about lower beds.

 

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This is what I ended up registering for: the Graco Travel LIte crib. I saw one in a consignment store (missing the bassinet part, sadly), and it's not super tiny, just trim. That is, it seems like it would be plenty big for a baby to sleep in for several months, and it will fit way better in our apartment. The big advantage, though, is that it has two bassinet settings: one that's higher up and holds up to 15 lbs, and another one that's lower and holds up to 20 lbs, so you can use it a lot longer. After the bassinet is outgrown, it's just a small pack n' play that can still be used for travel sleeping. It will fit much better beside our bed than a full-sized pack n' play, and last longer than a cradle or bassinet.

 

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3609375



 

post #31 of 31

Yeah, I don't blame you with the canopy dislike. Those frilly white bassinets are just viscerally repugnant to me. I wonder if the canopy is removable? I think it must be, because the ones I saw in the consignment store didn't have canopies.

 

On the other hand, people have said the apparatus for hanging dangly things can be a lifesaver--some babies will occupy themselves for hours just looking at that stuff.

 

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