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Moms of 2+ close in age: baby gear?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I know it's early to be thinking about this, but what do you think you'll need for this new baby? If we have a boy  this time, we'll need clothes. Regardless, we'll need a double stroller and some more receiving blankets, but I'm drawing a blank with that else we'll have to buy. 

post #2 of 13

You'll need to figure out the car seat situation.  We'll use my son's bucket seat and we have an extra britax convertible as well.

We have a Phil and Ted's double stroller from my first 2, which is awesome.  The second, jump seat is removable so you can use it as a single or a double, which is nice.  The main seat also goes totally flat for a newborn and the jump seat can be put kind of stacked over that.  It's very clever, we've gotten tons of use out of it. 

 

Do you have a crib?  That will need to be addressed - we bought another crib with my first 2, because my first son was sleeping in his crib though the night.  My second son never went in his crib and neither did my 3rd.  As a matter of fact, my current baby thinks the crib contains molten lava and literally screams bloody murder if I so much as hold him over it to put him inside.  So it's where I put folded clothes to put away.  I'll bring the mattress up to the high level on the crib and use that for the newborn and bring out the toddler bed from the attic and try that with the baby.  They'll be sharing a room anyways.  I have a feeling we'll all be cosleeping.

 

I try to make a point at least with outerwear or more expensive things to buy gender neutral.  Or we did with our first 2, I haven't had to buy much for #3 but I know I'll need to buy new socks and onsies this time around. 

 

You might also consider getting a kelty type carrier?  When we had just 2, my husband wore the oldest in the backpack and I wore the baby in the ergo.  My husband didn't like the way the ergo fit, he said it was small for him and a 20 month old can get heavy after a while. 

post #3 of 13

My daughter will be just barely two when this LO arrives, but we were NOT planning on having another so soon (if at all) so we got rid of a lot of things. I'm considering a crib because although we usually co sleep, I'm thinking about making it into a co sleeper to give us more space. I would like to get a new wrap and/or a Mei Tai. Other than that, a double stroller at some point (though I won't need it till baby is older, I always wear my newbies lol). Oh and I need a new nursing pillow (A MUST for me. I prefer the mybrestfriend) and a carseat. A few items of gender neutral clothing to get through the first couple weeks. I can't really think of anything else.

post #4 of 13
My son will be 2.75 when this one comes along. Does that count as close in age? If its a boy, we have a TON of baby clothes from preemie on up. If its a girl, my sister will be happy because she is ready to get rid of her baby stuff from her two girls. A double stroller would be nice. We already have an extra car seat. The one we originally bought for DS was for 5lb to 65lb. Who knew we'd end up going home with a 4lb baby!? So we have another car seat that is 4lb to 22lb that is only 2 years old. I do not buy into the whole car-seat-expiration-date racket. We're using the old one. I have no idea when it "expires."

We have a toddler bed that has never been slept in. The drop-side crib we did have (and never used) got chopped up and used for a trellis in the garden when they got recalled. We will be co-sleeping, but not sure where the toddler will go! I doubt he will be ready for his own bed and we only have a queen sized bed. We would have to get a king if we all sleep together but our bedroom is not very big, and I'm not sure we have that in our budget either...

I have a good-sized stash of cloth diapers and several baby carriers, but I might get some all-in-one newborn diapers and I might borrow my sister's moby wrap. I have a baby k'tan, but it was a little big. We'll see.

Other than that, I think we will just need lots of wipes, laundry detergent, and gift certificates for pizza delivery! eat.gif
post #5 of 13

This is OT and I don't want to seem out of line or anything but I did want to say something about the whole car seat thing. I TOTALLY get where you are coming from on the "expiration" thing seeming unnecessary. I kind of thought it was a marketing ploy or something but when I had my daughter I did a little research into it and found out that one reason they do that is because the materials can wear down over time/use and the base/structure can develop tiny fractures that can shatter in a crash (I think this is part of why you are supposed to get a new one after being in an accident also) and the belts can develop elasticity from too much use. You may already know that but I just wanted to pass it along in case you wanted to look a little more into it. I'm a little paranoid because my husband is in training to be in Law Enforcement and he sees so many terrible things! Of course, I have no clue what the actual statistical risk to using an expired carseat would be, perhaps it's small....not sure just thought I'd put in my 2 cents :)
 

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Originally Posted by Bmorefarmgirl View Post

My son will be 2.75 when this one comes along. Does that count as close in age? If its a boy, we have a TON of baby clothes from preemie on up. If its a girl, my sister will be happy because she is ready to get rid of her baby stuff from her two girls. A double stroller would be nice. We already have an extra car seat. The one we originally bought for DS was for 5lb to 65lb. Who knew we'd end up going home with a 4lb baby!? So we have another car seat that is 4lb to 22lb that is only 2 years old. I do not buy into the whole car-seat-expiration-date racket. We're using the old one. I have no idea when it "expires."
We have a toddler bed that has never been slept in. The drop-side crib we did have (and never used) got chopped up and used for a trellis in the garden when they got recalled. We will be co-sleeping, but not sure where the toddler will go! I doubt he will be ready for his own bed and we only have a queen sized bed. We would have to get a king if we all sleep together but our bedroom is not very big, and I'm not sure we have that in our budget either...
I have a good-sized stash of cloth diapers and several baby carriers, but I might get some all-in-one newborn diapers and I might borrow my sister's moby wrap. I have a baby k'tan, but it was a little big. We'll see.
Other than that, I think we will just need lots of wipes, laundry detergent, and gift certificates for pizza delivery! eat.gif


 

post #6 of 13
My LO will be 2.5 when the new baby is born. If it's a boy we will need, pretty much, a new wardrobe. We did *not* go gender neutral last time :-)

We'll also need a car seat as we use convertibles and J is still in hers.

I plan to sell some of the carriers we didn't like as much and buy a new woven wrap. At the moment I like the Ellivil Zara in a cotton/linen blend.

Not sure about a pram. We hardly use it at the moment so I think we'll wait and see how we go wearing the baby and J walking or being worn if we're all together.

Other than that I don't think there is much. We still have our change table and bath and we plan to co-sleep.
post #7 of 13

this will be baby #3 in less than 4 years for me. I just got a double stroller, before that I would have DD in the stroller and wear DS. we need another carseat at some point, but I think we'll be getting a new one for DD as she's getting close to outgrowing hers, and passing hers down. We need to either figure out a way of cleaning the puke off the straps of the highchair we have sitting in the garage, or to get another highchair or booster. I'll also get the new one a couple snugly blankets all their own. and I may have to fill in some clothes for ones that had been borrowed and returned or ones that I lent out and weren't returned. 

post #8 of 13

adding: I won't use an expired carseat for this reason, but most don't expire for 5-6 years after manufacture, so if you bought it less than 3 years ago you should be okay for a while, if it's an infant seat then your new LO will probably outgrow it before it expires. we'll be using the infant seat we got for my DD 2.5 years ago, this will be the 4th baby that it's been used for. after we're done using it for this LO I think it will be time to destroy it though. 

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Originally Posted by Marilyn82 View Post

This is OT and I don't want to seem out of line or anything but I did want to say something about the whole car seat thing. I TOTALLY get where you are coming from on the "expiration" thing seeming unnecessary. I kind of thought it was a marketing ploy or something but when I had my daughter I did a little research into it and found out that one reason they do that is because the materials can wear down over time/use and the base/structure can develop tiny fractures that can shatter in a crash (I think this is part of why you are supposed to get a new one after being in an accident also) and the belts can develop elasticity from too much use. You may already know that but I just wanted to pass it along in case you wanted to look a little more into it. I'm a little paranoid because my husband is in training to be in Law Enforcement and he sees so many terrible things! Of course, I have no clue what the actual statistical risk to using an expired carseat would be, perhaps it's small....not sure just thought I'd put in my 2 cents :)
 



 

 

 

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Marissamom View Post

this will be baby #3 in less than 4 years for me. I just got a double stroller, before that I would have DD in the stroller and wear DS. we need another carseat at some point, but I think we'll be getting a new one for DD as she's getting close to outgrowing hers, and passing hers down. We need to either figure out a way of cleaning the puke off the straps of the highchair we have sitting in the garage, or to get another highchair or booster. I'll also get the new one a couple snugly blankets all their own. and I may have to fill in some clothes for ones that had been borrowed and returned or ones that I lent out and weren't returned. 


Oh I forgot about high chairs. We have a Svan for J so if she's still using that this time next year then we'll probably need another chair.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

This is a great checklist!! Thanks girls!

 

post #11 of 13

For any baby, no matter how many you have.  You need only a few things: clothes, diapers, boobs, carseat and a baby carrier.  Everything else seemed to be put by the wayside for me.  Having the double stroller for me was only useful after the baby was over 6 months or even older than that, as infants should really be attached to mama!

post #12 of 13

We'll need stuff for DS since new LO will get his bed and highchair (eventually) and his carseat. Other than that just a few more cloth diapers and maybe some clothes if it's a girl. Pretty sure this babe no matter what it is will be wearing a lot of DS's tiny clothes. smile.gif

 

Oh, and I want to sew a new sling and blanket. And maybe some tiny booties and hat!

post #13 of 13

 

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Originally Posted by Bmorefarmgirl View Post

My son will be 2.75 when this one comes along. Does that count as close in age? If its a boy, we have a TON of baby clothes from preemie on up. If its a girl, my sister will be happy because she is ready to get rid of her baby stuff from her two girls. A double stroller would be nice. We already have an extra car seat. The one we originally bought for DS was for 5lb to 65lb. Who knew we'd end up going home with a 4lb baby!? So we have another car seat that is 4lb to 22lb that is only 2 years old. I do not buy into the whole car-seat-expiration-date racket. We're using the old one. I have no idea when it "expires."
We have a toddler bed that has never been slept in. The drop-side crib we did have (and never used) got chopped up and used for a trellis in the garden when they got recalled. We will be co-sleeping, but not sure where the toddler will go! I doubt he will be ready for his own bed and we only have a queen sized bed. We would have to get a king if we all sleep together but our bedroom is not very big, and I'm not sure we have that in our budget either...
I have a good-sized stash of cloth diapers and several baby carriers, but I might get some all-in-one newborn diapers and I might borrow my sister's moby wrap. I have a baby k'tan, but it was a little big. We'll see.
Other than that, I think we will just need lots of wipes, laundry detergent, and gift certificates for pizza delivery! eat.gif

 


We are trying to figure out what to do with our bed situation also.... we bed-share, but we only have a queen and a tiny bedroom - on one side we have the co-sleeper (which my 2 y/o uses at naptime) - we will keep this up for the new one.  Thinking about adding a mini-bed to the other side of our bed up to the wall for our toddler so that as my belly grows and I add more pillows there will be space for all of us:)

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