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post #21 of 31

We just got back from BRU.  I hate that place!  It was SO stressful and they have so much junk! 

 

I don't know if it's because I'm in decluttering mode right now, but I'm not convinced we need 90% of that stuff.  Boo.

post #22 of 31
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I don't know if it's because I'm in decluttering mode right now, but I'm not convinced we need 90% of that stuff.  Boo.


You don't need 90% of that stuff.  In fact, you probably only need maybe 1%, if that.  You can really get by with very little.  Which isn't to say that people won't give you stuff.  And isn't to say that you might not find some of it convenient.  What I figure is that if people are going to give you stuff anyway, it's a much better option to do your best to direct their purchasing towards the things you'll most likely get use out of.  Rather than having piles and piles of disposable diapers when you want to CD, and bags full of bottles and pacifiers when you want to EBF, etc.

 

We were given nothing before DS arrived, except for a car seat (convertible) which I specifically asked one of the grandmas for.  We bought very little ourselves - a moses basket, a Moby, dipes, and a few clothes.  On day 2 I went to BRU, picked up a Boppy, a white noise machine, a humidifier and a swaddler.  Those were the needs I identified, and it later turned out the white noise machine was useless.  That was literally all we needed at first, along with blankets (which we already had, since my mom saved mine).  Other needs cropped up later (and plenty of wants, too), but for the first few weeks, that was all we needed

post #23 of 31

I saw the humidifier section...are those useful?  What do you use them for?

post #24 of 31

Humidifiers are great for babies (and adults!) with colds. It helps loosen up the mucous so they can breathe. We have one we use when we're fostering kittens, who always have colds.

post #25 of 31
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Originally Posted by casmer View Post

I saw the humidifier section...are those useful?  What do you use them for?



I debated with myself about that too.  I know the old fashioned steam ones helped with congestion, but I don't really see how the cool air ones help with that.  Or anything, other than keeping the air from getting too dry.  But I don't really know. 

post #26 of 31

From what I remember, they recommend the cool mist ones more than the warm due to bacteria growth.  We have a couple of the cool mist humidifiers and they are a lifesaver for colds or when the air is seeming too dry from the furnace being on all day and causing scratchy throats.  They help with congestion and coughs.
 

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I debated with myself about that too.  I know the old fashioned steam ones helped with congestion, but I don't really see how the cool air ones help with that.  Or anything, other than keeping the air from getting too dry.  But I don't really know. 



 

post #27 of 31

During the winter (or summer in some areas), does your nose (lips, hands, etc.) start feeling like a wasteland - dry and cracked?  That's what humidifiers are great for.  Babies are far more susceptible to dry air than adults are, so if your nose is feeling dry, theirs is way worse.  It's also good for when they're congested, and having trouble breathing, but I got far more use out of mine during the dry season (dryness caused by heaters rather than environmental in most areas). 

 

I do recommend shopping around for humidifiers though.  You do want cool mist - no worries about burns or bacteria growth.  And personally I don't want one that's designed for use with Vick's VapoRub.  Nor do I want one that has a filter that is going to need to be replaced every few months (those filters are pricey). 

 

To prevent buildup in them, you're best off using distilled water rather than tap, but personally I'm too lazy for that. 

post #28 of 31

Ok so I want a humidifier, can you guys link me to some that you recommend that aren't too pricey?  I would love help with my congestion and cracked lips.

post #29 of 31

We actually had a humidifier with DD, I bought it when she was sick.  I didn't feel like it was doing anything though...so I ended up sitting in the bathroom with a hot shower running instead.  I grew up with a hot/steam humidifier though, so I guess I'm one of those people who doesn't do well with change.  lol

 

 

post #30 of 31

I have a similar one to this...it's just shaped like a penguin instead.  http://www.amazon.com/Crane-Gallon-COOL-humidifier-White/dp/B001ADL1SG/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1326813844&sr=1-1-catcorr  I like it better than the Vicks one I had a few years ago and another louder, bigger machine I have of another brand (can't remember what it is right now).  I've had this one a couple years and not had any problems.
 

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Originally Posted by janellody View Post

Ok so I want a humidifier, can you guys link me to some that you recommend that aren't too pricey?  I would love help with my congestion and cracked lips.



 

post #31 of 31
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Originally Posted by BubbleMa View Post

We actually had a humidifier with DD, I bought it when she was sick.  I didn't feel like it was doing anything though...so I ended up sitting in the bathroom with a hot shower running instead.  I grew up with a hot/steam humidifier though, so I guess I'm one of those people who doesn't do well with change.  lol

 

 


this is what I do... seems to do the trick and not have to worry about all the moisture in the room causing mold problem... but where we live it is wet a lot of the year! 

 

I don't like having extra appliances, though.... If I don't use it a lot, we don't keep it. I think that is why I love costco, though... because I can return stuff after using it. We lived in one house that was very hot during the summer... and bought a little window air conditioning unit... that fall I boxed it up and returned it Sheepish.gif

 

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