I think that is most essential for me (other than obvious things like a carseat)...
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What baby gear do you think is most essential to you?????
Carrier.. actually 2-3 so that I can have one washing/drying and one to wear. Also I like wraps at certain times and SSC for other times.
Diapers. I prefer cloth since disposables cause horrible rashes with my children.
Someplace safe to put the baby down when Im cooking or need both hands. My first I wasn't worried about this but now with three older children I worry about safety. My oldest will totally take off with the baby if he/she isn't secured into something.
Other than that there are some nice things to have but nothing I can't live without.
I'm huge busted so I've never found a comfortable carrier though I did carry them till they were about 3 months old. My essential baby gear items are my boppy pillow, and ipod with earbuds so I can listen to books on tape while breastfeeding. I loved the moses basket while it lasted.
Im rather large busted myself (had to get 32I after my last child.. Those aren't very easy to find), what carriers have you tried? I can't nurse in a carrier (to big) but they are comfortable for me to wear the baby in outside of nursing.
Strangely enough, I am also a 32 H/I and I have no problem nursing in my ergo once the babe is a few months old. What I do is drop the bottom strap down around my hips and then loosen the arm straps so that I have lowered the babe to my nipple level. Then I just put up the head cover and we are good to go For me, the one baby item I reccomend is the Ergo, I could not live without it. I would really like a new one cause mine has gone through both my boys now and the black has some serious fading.
I agree with Okimom about needing someplace safe to keep baby away from other kids. With DS2 I used a bouncer on the kitchen counter, but then I read that another mom did that and her babe fell out and hit her head !!!! So now I just don't know what to do. None of my kids (so far) have liked the swing... My only thoughts is getting a baby gate for the nursery (currently DS2's room since baby will Co-sleep for about a year) and put the swing/bouncer in there... Anyone have any better ideas?
We travel constantly. lol Seriously...never in the same place for longer than a few months...so unfortunately a lot of our baby 'essentials' were given away once ds no longer needed them to save room in our luggage. So, outside of newborn clothing which is stored in my mother-in-laws basement, I need
*carriers...definitely need a new Ergo although I prefer that carrier once the baby is more mobile. I also loved having a sling...I used a slingling with ds and LOVED it for the newborn stage and then later when it was able to be used for hip-carry. I *think* I might have sent my mother-in-law my Moby for storing away as well...fingers crossed as that's what I would most likely use in the early days.
*cloth diapers....Sigh. I had a largish stash, but we practiced EC and ds was out of diapers at 15 months...so I had to give away the diapers because we were nowhere near storage options. So I basically need a completely new stash. We mostly use prefolds though, so that's not too pricey.
*something to put Baby in for safe-keeping from #1. lol No idea what to use, but I'm considering baskets or maybe a swing? Idk.
We do have a carseat in storage, so I guess that's about all. I'll be knitting blankets ect...and we won't be finding out the sex, so I don't really want to buy anything unnecessary until the baby's BORN. lol
Definitely a carrier of some kind - seems different carriers work for different moms/babies. I highly recommend getting a variety on loan, borrowed etc, so you can try and see what works best for you & babe. DS was a spring/summer babe, so I found the moby way to hot, but I'm looking forward to giving that a try again. I liked our Beco when he was older. The sling was okay for hip carry's for a while once he was of sitting age. Oh, I had a water sling that was great though for showers and pools etc. I may try to get an ergo this time, not sure yet.
Lot's of wash cloths! Seriously you can't have enough. We used them for bum wipes mostly, then had a stash for food related messes as older, drool etc.
I had a cloth stash last time (not a large one though), and am considering trying the G diapers this time - anyone tried those before and have an opinion?
I agree with a place to keep baby safe - bouncy seat, swing etc. BUT do not buy if you can until after baby is born. I have so many friends that bought a swing for their babe and they hated it!
I found the bouncy seat helpful for when I actually had a shower, I could bring it in the bathroom with me. I'm thinking the pack & play will provide a safe enough spot for baby to be safe from older DS when needed? I can definitely see him loving a little too rough!
Now that I will have 2 I'm actually a little thankful I have a stroller. For big shopping trips, a place to put the bags, or when holding the babe in the carrier while chasing DS is too much.
Robeez boots - those were the only darn things that stayed on little feet!
All I can think of for now.
Carrier--I still have my slings from DD#2. Too sentimental to give away or loan out:-).
Bouncy seat--received one as a gift with #1 and assumed it would be useless. Turned out to be our most-used piece of gear save the car seat for the first three months. Great for taking showers and keeping baby close & safe. I think I kept it...might be in the sentimental box in the basement.
Cloth diapers--loaned all mine a few years ago to a friend and last year, let her know she could pass them on. Didn't think I'd be having another. Still can't quite believe it actually. Will have to acquire more somehow. I'll check Craigslist etc. I just used prefolds & nylon pull-on pants, so will do the same.
car seat-no idea how I'll find one that will let me still carry around my two big girls in my small car. Will need to try a lot of styles I guess. I need a very narrow base.
I know a bunch of people who tried G diapers and no one really cared for them. They leak a lot. I would recommend the Grovia if your looking for a hybrid.
Neither of my boys were fans of the baby swing. I am just going to borrow one this time.
For those who mentioned buying bouncy seats and such to "protect the baby":
It only takes a second or minute or two!!! LOL. Porr baby! On a more serious note though, I've had several friends who had baby fall of counters in their bouncy seat. Never put babe in one on the counter. So scary.
Yes to the person who mentioned craigslist for cloth diapers! I've found some GREAT steals on there in the past. Most of our All-in-ones or pocket diapers from last time came from craigslist. (we lived in an area that was big on cloth diapering) Also, there may be a natural baby store in your area that does consignment...and they will often carry gently used cloth diapers for less $$. I just make sure there aren't any large stains, that the clasps all work, that they don't smell, and then check what detergent was used to wash them...
I have a friend who does G diapers and doesn't like them. The inserts are expensive (and you still have to go buy something!), and like was mentioned they leak.
Cloth Diapers~ I'm really looking forward to doing this, this time around!!
Ring Sling ~I've been searching the resale shops for a ring sling, and if I can't find one there I'm going to make my own.
Stroller (Zoo, Museums, walks, Malls)
Also like many others somewhere safe to put baby, mostly from our Dogs! I'm not as worried about DS1 (he'll be 9) I'm thinking a travel swing, and maybe a play yard from the resale shop.
Boppy~ I'm not sure how I would have survived without this for feedings, much more comfy than a pillow!
Manual Breast Pump~ I'm not going back to work, but it was wonderful to be able to relieve my super full baby feeders when they needed it. DH loves to feed baby once in a while too! Also this way I could go out (read Grocery shopping!) and not have to worry about anyone being hungry while I was gone.
I think that is all the gear stuff that I'm planning on. We have DS's crib and matress we are going to use, and the boppy was passed to many friends, but somehow made it back and is stored in the basement with some baby toys. I bought a "new" cover for it from the resale shop for $3. I bought the stroller/basinet already, as it was on clearanceat 66% off. I think all I have left to do is figure out which car seat we are going to use. I love reading what everyone else plans on doing!!
We saved everything from #1 so thankfully we don't really need anything other than dipes and maybe some new washcloths. I bought a ton of G-Diapers but didn't really care for them, and after many washings the velcro gave out on the small ones. So we fluctuated between that and disposables, and not sure which way to go this time around.
My essentials include my Ergo/cloth wraps, boppy, and the swing and bouncy seat both came in very handy, as did the yoga ball for bouncing a fussy baby.
The one thing I would so love to splurge on is this "Humanity Family Bed Co Sleeping Pad" I saw on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Humanity-Family-Bed-Sleeping-Pad/dp/B000LTN72S/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1331520077&sr=8-13. Seems like with a little ingenuity I could make one myself, but then I get tired just thinking about. :)
I think we'll need some new diapers. DS's BG were in constant use for 2.5 years and are pretty worn out/need a good bit of repair work. Maybe my mom will help with that a little. I figure I'll add a few diapers to the stash too and I'd like to do some prefolds/fitteds with wool and other covers. I've been knitting longies already and I'd like to make some wrap style covers out of some felted sweaters I have.
I'd like to get an un-padded ring sling. I have a padded one that was okay and I used some but I'm not crazy about it. I loved my water ring sling but not so much out of the water, so I'm thinking a regular ring sling would be nice to have and it might be my kind of mama splurge item (not that I'm going super fancy or expensive, but I'd like to get something nice). I also would like to get the new born insert for the ergo since I didn't get that till DS was a year old. I also have a wrap that I'll probably use a good bit early on.
I'd like to get DS a new rocking chair since I'll be wanting his toddler rocker (came with his baby swing but was never used as a part of the swing) to use as an infant seat....mostly for while I'm in the shower. I may also get DS a booster seat (we'll see how big he is etc) closer to time and use the current car seats for the baby or we'll use DS's old bucket seat and the bases for the baby.
Eventually we'll probably want a new jogging stroller, but unless I find an amazing deal I'm waiting on this. The one we have for DS is still used pretty regularly and was third-hand when we got it. It's starting to fall apart...it works for my toddler/preschooler, but the top of the 5 point harness is now broken so I wouldn't use it for a younger child. It was really the only stroller we used much at all.
Eventually, we'll also need a new crib though I still have our mattress from DS. Again, I'm waiting to get that I think. I can't see us using it at all for the first 6 months since we also have a nice mini-crib that should work for quite a while.
I'll probably need new tubing and things for my breast pump. I had supply issues with DS and I spent quite a bit of time with my pump trying to boost my supply so I'm anticipating that possibly happening again.
I'd really like a moses basket this time. I wanted one for ds but didn't get it. We'll see.
Our swing was a lifesaver. I have heard from loads of people that their LOs didn't like it- but that was the only way I could put DD down in her first months. She would sleep on me or in the swing (or sometimes on DH). I had a pack n play but she wouldn't let me put her down in it at all but hopefully this one will as another safe storage place. I have a bouncer now but didn't then, so that's something else to try I guess! I used to put her down in one of those cheap plastic baby bath tubs as well (just for a few mins at a time), I guess that would be the equivalent of a moses basket lol. We also used a jumbo sized exercise ball for bouncing her to sleep (that way she would go to sleep with DH) though in retrospect we used it for so long (18 months ++) I would have considered a glider if I could have found a comfy one (which I still have my doubts that would be possible lol). That ball gave us both a lot of back/neck/shoulder aches. I don't know what we'll do this time. I used my sleepy wrap quite a bit for the first 5-6 months and my boba after that. I have a number of friends who prefer the boba to the ergo it is just softer and more comfy somehow so I recommend trying that if you are shopping for a carrier.
Sleepy wrap for the first 4-5 months, then Ergo after that. Hubby really liked the Jeep Kolcraft carrier for the first few months - he just couldn't get the hang of the sleepy wrap and we hated readjusting the Ergo for both of us.
Bouncy seat *or* swing - need to figure out which kind of baby we have - some like to bounce and some like to swing :D Also we have dogs so can't just leave the babe on the floor on a blanket.
The SwaddleMe blankets with the Velcro were essential, too. I suck at tight swaddling with a normal blanket.
Also two breast pumps - easier to keep one at work and just bring the bottles, etc. home to wash instead of lugging the whole thing back and forth.
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