Originally Posted by Teles
This is my first baby, so I'm trying figure out what exactly I will actually need. So far it seems to be a crib and a stroller. We have a dresser that is big enough on the top that we could put one of those DIY change table tops on it and I've just moved a plush rocking chair from the living room in baby's room.
I run, so a good jogging stroller is a must for me and I would really prefer one of those 4-in-1 cribs so it can serve as a bed frame later.
Any other suggestions?
Whether or not you need a crib is not for sure.. I bought one with #1 and have never really needed it (even though i wanted to use it, #1 wouldn't have it, she literally never slept in it one time) ... i've used it some with other kids, but i could have EASILY done without it. We used a pack-n-play with a bassinet or a twin or toddler mattress on the floor when we didn't want to co-sleep .. the crib just takes up a lot of space in storage.. a toddler bed frame is only like 50$ when you get to that point, i ended up buying one of those because its cuter and more functional than the crib-turned- toddler bed .. but most of the time my kids sleep in a mattress on the floor until they are ready for a big-kid bed.. You could always have a bassinet/co-sleeper/packnplay ready for baby, and then buy a crib when you know you want to use it. not so great for 'setting up a nursery' but then you don't end up with something you don't need.
I would be tempted to take your crib money and add it to the stroller budget and get a really nice stroller.. though if you plan to have more kids, you may not want to invest a ton in a single stroller, just to have to buy a double in a couple years.. spending more on a stroller the first time around will be worth it vs. going through several cheaper ones before you give in and get the good one ;) (I know SO many people who did that)
A changing table i could also have easily done without..
Clothes and toy storage, baby carrier/carriers ..