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post #21 of 36

I haven't purchased anything for the baby after it is born.  I have knitted a hat from yarn I had on hand, and may start a sweater soon.  I guess I feel like I am tempting fate if I buy too much stuff, or prepare too much in any way.  It isn't rational, but there it is.

post #22 of 36

I know that as soon as my IL's find out the sex, they're going to buy a bunch of baby clothes- esp if its a girl. My ex took all my baby carriers when he moved out and won't give them back.. all I have is a Baby Bjorn, which I don't really like. I want my Moby Wrap and pouch sling! I think if he really doesn't give them back to me, I can probably find a couple to borrow from friends who are done having babies or in-between having babies. All I REALLY need are a couple convertible carseats.. one for baby to grow into and one for DS2, whose seat is nearing expiration.

 

We find out what we're having on Tuesday.. maybe I will celebrate by stopping at the thrift store and buying a couple outfits.

post #23 of 36

I haven't bought anything aside from fabric and yarn so far. Does that count?

 

But I was just inspired to photograph the growing stash of things I'm making. It looks so wonderful all piled up together:

baby things.jpg

 

2 dozen flat diapers, 2 cotton muslin gowns, 5 gowns made from DH's old shirts, 6 snap-bottom undershirts made from DH's old shirts, 2 knitted rompers, 1 knitted cardigan, 1 knitted shawl-collar sweater, 1 knitted hug-me-tight, 2 hats, 1 sewn flannel jacket, 1 pair baby moc-a-soc booties, 7 knitted diaper soakers.

 

Anyone else want to share photos of adorable baby things?

post #24 of 36

Oh I'm jealous! I've been making things for 'baby' since high school, but nothing looks anything near like what you have. Blankets are the only thing that seem to turn out the right dimensions! lol. 

 

I've got tons and tons of photos of baby stuff, but none all that exciting to look at. 

 

Stash of blankets made by me:

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Stack of diapers definately not made by me:

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I've expanded to the diapers since then, but haven't taken a new photo.

post #25 of 36


 

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Originally Posted by Azadehhast View Post

I haven't bought anything aside from fabric and yarn so far. Does that count?

 

But I was just inspired to photograph the growing stash of things I'm making. It looks so wonderful all piled up together:

baby things.jpg

 

2 dozen flat diapers, 2 cotton muslin gowns, 5 gowns made from DH's old shirts, 6 snap-bottom undershirts made from DH's old shirts, 2 knitted rompers, 1 knitted cardigan, 1 knitted shawl-collar sweater, 1 knitted hug-me-tight, 2 hats, 1 sewn flannel jacket, 1 pair baby moc-a-soc booties, 7 knitted diaper soakers.

 

Anyone else want to share photos of adorable baby things?



That is amazing! I soo sooo wish I was crafty!

post #26 of 36

We've bought nothing.  Even though we have given away a lot, I am not sure we need anything else.  Maybe a carseat-- need to check the expiration of the one we have.  Probably a few new sleepers since we gave all of those away.  I think that's all we need though.  I have the carriers I like (saving those to give to the kids someday), cloth diapers-- what else do I need?

post #27 of 36

Marshalls and TJMaxx have good sales now,,,I got some carters sets 3$ each, it will be good next spring,,,,sleeping gowns 2 for 5$,,,but thats it I got, leaving shopping for the last months, now looking for travel system, its a big head ache,,,I like Saunter Luxe Travel System - Rose Hill
(SAFETY 1ST) but can't find any reviews,,,

post #28 of 36

Haven't bought anything, but keep getting offers of used gear.  I think we will be pretty set after friends are done cleaning out their closets and attics.  I might need some cloth diapers, but am waiting to see if anyone has any to pass on.  I seem to be the last of my friends who will be pregnant, so we are getting loads of hand-me-downs.  

 

But secretly, I am doing lots of on-line browsing of high-end, fancy strollers.  I walk so much and have always had cheapy strollers.  I had the chance to use a really good one and it was heaven, like butter.  I loved it.  And now I have stroller envy.  

post #29 of 36

We bought our first things for baby today, since we found out we're HAVING A BOY (our 3rd!)!! I had gotten rid of most everything NB related, so we picked up a cute little PJs with guitars, and a plaid shirt (because DF loves plaid shirts!). I don't expect we'll buy much more, as I am pretty sure his mother has been waiting to go crazy with baby-shopping since this is her first grandbaby!

post #30 of 36

Ruthie-- I am a total penny pincher, and I too have convinced myself into a crazy priced jogging stroller. I used one with a family I was babysitting for, and fell in love. I'm justifying it by the amount of things we've gotten passed down for free or found very cheap. I'm entitled to a few splurges, non? lol. I'm also trying to use it to entice myself to be much more active next summer. I figure the babe will be perfect stroller age for me to start in the spring and get back in shape, going for walks and adventures every day. 

post #31 of 36


My friend (who does not have a car) said it makes no sense to keep buying cheap strollers when they break, are hard to use, etc.  Better to invest more money into something that is worth it.  Some strollers out there are $ just for the name, but if you find a good quality one, why not?  There is so little you actually "need" to buy for a baby, and if you need this-- go ahead!  You could get one used and save some $, too.

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But secretly, I am doing lots of on-line browsing of high-end, fancy strollers.  I walk so much and have always had cheapy strollers.  I had the chance to use a really good one and it was heaven, like butter.  I loved it.  And now I have stroller envy.  



 

post #32 of 36

So far I haven't bought anything. My DS is only 14 months so we pretty much just did the whole baby shopping thing. If this baby is another boy (we find out tomorrow!) we have everything we need. If its a girl then we'll get some girly clothes:) My DS was born in May and this baby will be a winter baby so we'll need more long sleeved and footed sleepers, but other than that we don't "need" anything. I think by this time with DS I already had almost everything plus a nursery set up. This time I just don't feel the pressure to "get ready:)"

post #33 of 36
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My friend (who does not have a car) said it makes no sense to keep buying cheap strollers when they break, are hard to use, etc.  Better to invest more money into something that is worth it.  Some strollers out there are $ just for the name, but if you find a good quality one, why not?  There is so little you actually "need" to buy for a baby, and if you need this-- go ahead!  You could get one used and save some $, too.


 

Agreed! We only have one car, and DH will likely be using it most of the time for work, so I'm hoping to get by on the bus/walking. The grocery store is about a 15 minute walk from us if I speed walk, so I'm hoping to do a lot of small walking trips for that. Also just being able to spend our days outside exploring, which I know I'm more likely to do if I have a stroller that is easy to use and pushes well. Also the buses near our house aren't very crowded, so I want something I can get on the bus and go to the zoo for the day, or the library etc. I know I wont want to do that with most of the travel system strollers I've used. 

 

(Can you tell I'm still trying to justify the cost to myself a bit? lol)

post #34 of 36

Oh yes, I think I may have mentally justified the expensive stroller.  A friend just passed on a lovely infant car seat, a convertible toddle seat and loads of clothes.  I literally have no big ticket items to buy.  And we just moved home from Europe where I walked and walked and walked.  It was so good for me.  I was in better shape, lost weight and was happier.   I think the mental boost from being outside everyday and moving my body might just be the best justification of them all. 

 

I have been spending a lot of time at stollermama.com watching their videos.  They do a nice job of showing the strollers, collapsing them and showing all the different configurations. 

 

 

 

post #35 of 36

I stopped at the Salvation Army thrift store the other day, and bought an adorable little red fleece sleeper type outfit with a pointed "elf" hood, decorated with a couple of sweet, white, embroidered snowflakes on it. The cuffs on both the arms and legs fold over, so you can have hands and feet in or out. Perfect for a little Dec/Jan baby!! And good for either a girl or a boy, which is good because we don't know yet which we're having.

 

I too have most of our big ticket items coming from friends. We'll get a crib ourselves, because it's expected and I don't feel like fighting that fight, and who knows - I've heard of babes who don't like co-sleeping and sleep better in their own space. We'll play it by ear and go with what gets everyone in the family the most sleep.

 

I do want to hit up a local baby gear consignment shop and get one of those blankets with a toy arch above it. I want to take it apart and make my own, and I need the arch pieces. I hate the material the store bought ones are made of, and want to make the blanket part of flannel with bamboo or wool batting between the layers. Then I'll cover the arches with a complementary fabric.

post #36 of 36
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I do want to hit up a local baby gear consignment shop and get one of those blankets with a toy arch above it. I want to take it apart and make my own, and I need the arch pieces. I hate the material the store bought ones are made of, and want to make the blanket part of flannel with bamboo or wool batting between the layers. Then I'll cover the arches with a complementary fabric.



That's a great idea!   We were given one of those blankets and I hated the cheap polyester fabric.  

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