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post #121 of 168

I was wearing DD while shopping exclusively until about 2 months ago in my didy :) She just doesn't want to now though that she decided it's better to hold my hand or help me push the cart...

post #122 of 168

I do want to buy a jumper-roo. All 3 of my kids absolutely loved that thing. They were super early walkers, and that fussiness they all seem to get after a couple months old went away as soon as I put them in their jumper. Oh the laughs and giggles.. Such sweet times. <3

 

I would take a jumperoo over a excersaucer any day imo.

 

 

post #123 of 168
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Strollers - Anyone here have a BOB stroller?  A friend just bought a two-seater and is selling her single for half of what they paid, which is cheaper than anything I've seen on Craigslist.  The reason I am looking at something like this is because there are a ton of lovely trails around Austin and I think sometime like the BOB would hold up nicely.  Should I do it?



BOBs are crazy popular here.  Almost to the point of "Oh, you had a baby?  Where's your BOB?"  Lol.  I didn't get one because I hate to be all trendy- but EVERYONE I know who has one raves about it!

 

I just bought a Phil & Teds- because we'll have a 2-year-old and the newborn.  I figured that having a way to transport them both at once was good- and I couldn't deal with how wide a BOB dualie is! 

 

If it's cheaper than you've seen on CL and it's in good condition, I'd jump on it!  :)

post #124 of 168

Just got $100 from my dad for Christmas! I *should* do the responsible thing and buy another pack of Flip dipes and the water sling but I so want to put it towards a Girasol earthy rainbow too....

post #125 of 168
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Originally Posted by BubbleMa View Post

How does this "woot" thing work?



It's a daily deal site.  The PnP is gone, but today's deal is a True Fit convertible car seat.  They only have the pink model, but if you know you're having a girl and don't mind pink, the TF is a great seat - fits down to I think it's 6 lbs.  We used it from birth.  It has one of the tallest shells on the market for a convertible, so most kids can use it until after 4.  My kid is a mutant and will be out of it by 3, but that's what I get for marrying a giant.  love.gif

 

Other daily deal sites to check out, if you don't about them already: 

http://www.babysteals.com

http://www.kidsteals.com

http://www.babyhalfoff.com

http://www.greenbabybargains.com

http://www.mamabargains.com

 

They post (for the most part) one deal a day (mamabargains runs a deal until it's sold out and then posts a new one).  Buy it while it lasts, first come, first served.  Usually for around half of retail price.  Everything from cloth diapers to high chairs, art supplies, diaper bags.  Little bit of everything depending on which site it is (even maternity clothes sometimes).  You never know what today's deal is going to be, so you have to check them daily.  There is no waiting for tomorrow.  It's horrible for impulse shoppers, but you can get some great deals on things off your registry if you're religious about checking. 
 

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Just got $100 from my dad for Christmas! I *should* do the responsible thing and buy another pack of Flip dipes and the water sling but I so want to put it towards a Girasol earthy rainbow too....



I know the feeling - I just came home from Xmas/bday with my dad yesterday with a fair bit of money (cash and a MC gift card), and debating what I'm going to do with it. 

 

post #126 of 168

What is MC?

 

Well I was good and ordered another box of Flips and a swim dipe so far.

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post #128 of 168
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Also REALLY want this! http://www.babyandmegifts.com/belly-bandit-bamboo-postpartum-belly-wrap/


ooooo me too!  Somewhere, probably deep down in my e-mail, I have a link to some MDC posts about post-partum belly wrapping.  Is this something you're familiar with?  I'd like to try it! 

 

post #129 of 168

I did it half azz with my DD but I also had a cheapo band and it did nothing...This time I know better b/c things did not go back into place for a long time! LOL I have heard great reviews about that one ;)

post #130 of 168

Has anyone used a bathing tub like a tummy tub for their baby? I thought they looked neat and am deciding between that and a puj-like sink insert. Kind of annoyed that I have to buy doubles (or more) of everything - car seats, bath tubs, carriers, etc - for when baby is newborn vs bigger.

post #131 of 168
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What is MC?


Master Card



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Has anyone used a bathing tub like a tummy tub for their baby? I thought they looked neat and am deciding between that and a puj-like sink insert. Kind of annoyed that I have to buy doubles (or more) of everything - car seats, bath tubs, carriers, etc - for when baby is newborn vs bigger.


I like the look of them, but they're so expensive and have such a short lifespan I can't do it.  And IME baby bathtubs just aren't necessary anyway (and they take up so much space!).  We never had one with DS, and we did just fine.  We bathed him in the kitchen sink the first few times.  I have a water sling, so I'd take him in the shower with me until he could sit up, and then he and I would just get in the tub together, and I transitioned out of the tub probably around the time he started walking.  One thing I have been contemplating is one of those bath seats that puts the older kids into a lounging position, because it makes hair washing easier (this is a huge screaming fit here), but you so don't need it until they have hair, which some kids don't until 3 or 4.  Another thing you can look at is a bath sponge - basically it's a giant sponge you put on the floor of the bathtub that you can lie the baby on.  It keeps them from slipping, so you don't have to hold onto a squirming, slippery baby.  You just run a couple inches of water into the bottom of the bathtub, enough to cover the sponge plus a little, lay the baby down on it, and wash with a washcloth and a cup. 

 

But the water sling was probably responsible for half the showers I got in those first months - I couldn't leave him to scream, so I'd take him in with me.  Only way I got a shower. 

 

Oh, and another option, if you have a big shower enclosure or tub is a little seat that is made to sit on the floor of the shower/tub.  You don't want it getting direct shower spray, but it allows the baby to sit and play in the water without having water crashing on their head, while you can get your shower.  My tub is too small for it - there's nowhere not being hit by shower spray, but for some people it's a good choice. 

 

There's very little overall that you HAVE to buy doubles of.  Carseats, I suppose you could look at it that way, but if you start with a tall shelled convertible (RF to FF), most kids will reach 4 (or older) before they need another seat, and then you get a FF/booster, which is still a carseat, but of a different type, and will get most kids to 6 or 8.  Carriers you don't have to buy multiples - there are lots of carriers that will work for anything from an infant to a toddler.  Bath tubs like I said aren't necessary, and definitely aren't necessary by the time the kid is sitting on their own.  And if you don't have an adult tub, lots of kids take showers instead of baths once they can walk (I hated baths as a kid, always took a shower).  Even cloth diapers you can buy OS dipes that will fit a NB up until they PL (not all brands will, but there are some).  Other than clothes/shoes, which I expect to have to constantly be replacing, same as I replace my own, I can't think of a whole lot that you have to be replacing as the kids grow. 

 

 

post #132 of 168

ozzy, a tummy tub is on my list of items to buy for baby. I have never used one myself, but my close friend just had a baby and uses one and raves about it.

post #133 of 168

I really want to buy that owl hat at mamabargains..

post #134 of 168

i really want a recaro car seat.http://www.recaro-cs.com/us/product/convertibles.html

 

 

post #135 of 168

Cristeen - So interesting that they make a shower sling and seat for the shower. We have a large stand-up one in our room and I was just thinking about how I could set up the baby in there if need be.

 

I just looked the sling up, seems simple enough. I wonder if there would be a way to make your own (though I don't sew...) and/or use it out of the shower too. It seems like for the summer it would be nice and airy.


Edited by ozzy - 1/9/12 at 4:23pm
post #136 of 168
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I just looked the sling up, seems simple enough. I wonder if there would be a way to make your own (though I don't sew...) and/or use it out of the shower too. It seems like for the summer it would be nice and airy.



The one I have is actually really scratchy when dry.  It's made of something similar to tulle, only stronger.  I wouldn't want to wear it long-term dry.  But for hanging out at the pool, river or pond - playing in the sprinklers, or any other water-ish activity it's really great.  I used it the first few weeks of swim lessons with DS because he was freaked by all the water, and it gave him the reassurance that he was attached to me, IYKWIM.  Once the lesson actually started, I had to take it off, but I'd get there a few minutes early, and get into the pool with him so he could get used to it before I had to take it off. 

 

Of course we don't use it at all anymore, but it's still in the swimming bag, and I'll put it back in the bathroom sometime around May. 

 

The other benefit over a regular sling is it doesn't absorb water.  So it doesn't perpetually drip, and it dries quickly.  I can hang it over the shower door and it'll be dry in an hour or two.  My cotton sling takes considerably longer than that.  It also doesn't stretch when wet like cotton has a tendency to.  I really can't say enough about the water sling - it made life so much easier for me with a clingy kidlet. 

 

post #137 of 168
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i really want a recaro car seat.http://www.recaro-cs.com/us/product/convertibles.html

 

 



Why that one over any of the others?  What's your selling point? 

 

post #138 of 168

I also have gotten a ton of use out of my water sling.  And, I did use it when we were in AZ in the summer, by the way.  I tried wrapping there with a super lightweight cotton, and we just roasted.  Actually, it was April, so not even "hot" yet, really.  My Ergo worked okay, but it was a bit bulky.  It may have been better if I didn't have the black one.

 

Anyway, water sling...my only complaint with mine is that the rings (which are plastic) seem to slip when the fabric is not wet.  I wrap the tail around under the rings and tie a knot to help it a bit, but still find that I am doing a fair amount of adjusting.  But, the other bonus is that mine is made of "solarveil", which is a sun-blocker.  I've used it to protect my tiny ones at the beach and been just fine.

 

Belly Wrapping- Yes!  I've done it with my last two, and it feels SO wonderful.  I just used an exercise wrap the first time.  The second time, I used that a little, and shoved myself into one of those body shaper things.  I also bought something called "shrinx hips".  And a couple of post surgery abdominal binders.  Last time, though, the baby didn't sleep, and I kept getting mastitis, and, well, it was awful.  And I was very weak and up and down a lot, and the binders weren't able to adjust with that very well.  They shifted to uncomfortable (and useless) positions, and the velcro edges were pokey and sharp.  I guess I could just take them off and put them on every time I got up or down, but that's really not very practical.   I'm not sure how to handle that?  

 

I have been amused at how much less I need the more children I have.  Really, like Cristeen said, a carrier (like a wrap or ssc), 20 or so one-size diapers, a carseat, and a few blankets is all I need.  There may be a few incidentals that pop up, but I prefer (now) to wait to see what and if I'll need something like that, and then just get it then.  Usually, though, I can just make do with something we already have. 

 

I had a tub thingy for ds because he was just such a hard baby.  He hated everything.  And the tub thingy didn't help much, but at least it gave me a free hand.  With the others, I just filled the bathtub up pretty high, and then let them float.  I support under their neck/head, and the water does the rest.  I line up 2 or three washcloths, each with a bit of soap, on the side of the tub before hand.  I use one (without soap) for their face, and then the others for the rest of them.  It's quick and easy.  Now that I have more kids, I just float the baby in the tub at some point during a bigger kid's bath.  It's actually a double bonus, because the other child has something to do while I'm dealing with the baby.  (I do it this way from the very beginning, just a few days old).  FTR- a had a bath thing, and a sling thing for ds, and he outgrew both of them SO fast it was lame.  He was really big and sturdy early on, so we just started putting him in an upright tub seat...at probably 2 months or so.  Mostly, though, that little screamer didn't get many baths for a long time...whew.

 

 

post #139 of 168

I'm really turned on by that shower sling. I've book-marked several websites and plan to buy one for sure. I've already got a cloth-diaper stash from DS, so I feel really prepared this time around. Anything extra I get will be icing on the cake. I'd like to get the shower sling, a moby, and maybe a few more cd covers (Thirsties are my favorite).

post #140 of 168
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Originally Posted by polishprinsezz View Post

i really want a recaro car seat.http://www.recaro-cs.com/us/product/convertibles.html

 

 



It says RF less that 22.5 inches! That is not much at all. DD just turned 2 and is 33.5 in and still RF in her Radian!

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