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post #1 of 28
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So, I like to prepare early (I start Xmas shopping in January, lol ). So when I see a good deal on something I snag it, like the used swing I bought before I even got pregnant (we hadn't kept DDs because we didn't have the space for it once she outgrew it) .

Anyhow, I'm excited because I just got the fancy diaper bag I wanted for about 30 bucks less than the usual price because Amazon had one that was "open box." it was even in the colour I wanted, which is hard to find anymore. And since it was Amazon, I got the free super saving shipping too!

Anybody else planning and buying gear already? Anybody drooling over a specific diaper bag? I got the Ju-ju-be BFF in the marvelous mums print. I can't wait to get my hands on it. I had it shipped to my mom's place in the states, since they wouldn't ship to Canada. We're going for a visit in October, so I'll have to wait until then. From what I've read they hold up really, really, really well, so when you're past the diaper bag stage they can be resold on Eba for a decent amount.

Now I'm waiting for a good deal on a baby K'tan wrap for DH. I still have a stretchy wrap from DD, but it's pink, so DH would prefer something more neutral. We've got a lileby organic (or however it's spelled) that I got on BabySteals, but we like wraps for the newborn and smaller baby stages.

For those who don't already follow all the baby/kid bargain/daily deal type sites, send me a PM and I'll send you links and invites. I'll list them below too, but I'd love to send you the invites because then I get a credit in my account. innocent.gif

Mamabargains
Baby Half Off
Baby Steals
Kid Steals
Totsy (us only)
Zulily
Green Baby Bargains
post #2 of 28

You can invite me, IronMam! If everything goes well, this will be my first, so I am not "in the loop" at all! I don't have permission to PM, but maybe if you PM me, would I be able to reply? Worth a shot, NBD if it doesn't work.

post #3 of 28

Speaking of gear, has anybody used cloth diapers? 

I'm thinking about going that route.. But I don't know anyone that has to ask any questions! 

post #4 of 28
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You can invite me, IronMam! If everything goes well, this will be my first, so I am not "in the loop" at all! I don't have permission to PM, but maybe if you PM me, would I be able to reply? Worth a shot, NBD if it doesn't work.

Oops, I can't PM either. Lol. You can email me At
k89dcpg56reb2ez@jetable.org
post #5 of 28
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I still have all my Bum Genius 3.0s from DD. good diapers, though I wish the Velcro held up a bit better.

She was a breastmilk on ly baby, so we were able to just toss them in the wash until she started solids (in a load separate from everything else). I like the Rockin Green detergent. once she started solids we attached a sprayer to the potty, and that was super easy too.

I'll be using cloth again this time, well, we do a mix really. For newborn size, which doesn't last long, we used disposable, and when out or traveling we'd use disposables. Cloth takes up too much space in a diaper bag to carry extras, IMO.
post #6 of 28

I have a list already of very specific things.  We weren't planning this baby, so I already got rid of all my baby gear and maternity clothing.  After several kids, you realize you really didn't need half the stuff you had anyways.  If I come across something on my list on craigslist or the local consignment shop, I'll pick it up.  I loved the Maclaren rocker seat.  My one son  slept in it every night til 9 months, so when I found a used one for $10 ($90 new), I scooped it up, though  I was only 5 weeks at the time.  A few things I know I can probably count on as Christmas gifts, so I don't plan on buying anything major until after Christmas. 

post #7 of 28
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I still have all my Bum Genius 3.0s from DD. good diapers, though I wish the Velcro held up a bit better.
She was a breastmilk on ly baby, so we were able to just toss them in the wash until she started solids (in a load separate from everything else). I like the Rockin Green detergent. once she started solids we attached a sprayer to the potty, and that was super easy too.
I'll be using cloth again this time, well, we do a mix really. For newborn size, which doesn't last long, we used disposable, and when out or traveling we'd use disposables. Cloth takes up too much space in a diaper bag to carry extras, IMO.

Awesome. I've looked at the g diapers and several others, but just wasn't sure what people that have actually used cloth found best. I do plan to do some disposable when out traveling. It just seems much more convenient to toss it than to have that dirty diaper in the bag, taking up all that space. I take everything but the kitchen sink with me in my bags, so I know I will do the same with the diaper bag! 

I am also having a really hard time picking out gear that I'll be using later on. I want to go ahead and purchase the big stuff so that I can have the expensive stuff out of the way and not have to depend on someone at my shower to get it... or for Christmas. I just really can't see myself dishing out a couple thousand dollars right before baby arrives to get the essentials and be broke later on. We don't want to find out the gender of the baby, so we're still trying to pick what colors we will be doing for baby's big stuff. DH wants yellow, but I like green! 

post #8 of 28

It helps to know what gear you will actually use too. We never really used a bassinet, crib, or changing table. Since we have the carriers the kids don't really use strollers until they are older, if at all. Just something to think about.
 

post #9 of 28
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Yeah, I'm lucky in that I at least have an idea of what I will ACTUALLY use. Granted, each baby is different. And I do want to do some things differently this time. For example, I actually want to get a crib this time. Co-sleeping is awesome and snuggly and I will do it again, but not for as long (DD was in our bed every night until after she was two, and still sleeps with me some nights now). DD still has nighttime issues and she's almost 4. I think, for my own sanity's sake, that I need to change that up a bit this time. It works for some people, and that's cool. But our family needs things a little different.

 

I just wish we had held on to a few more things (we had been waffling on whether to do "one and done" or not so we sold a lot of stuff). Granted, a lot of what we had will be relatively cheap to replace, like the high chair we got at Ikea for about $25. I love that thing. Light, SUPER easy to clean, and takes up about half as much space as the typical high chair. Plus the legs pop off fairly easy for tossing in the trunk and going to dinner at a friend's house. It's this one for those interested: http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/S99823975/  <---Seriously. Awesome in it's simplicity.

 

Anybody else got a product they have used and just LOVE? Ideally products that are cheap? I like to save as much as I can on as many things as I can so I can spring for the really nice things that I care most about (like the diaper bag...since that's basically going to be my purse for several years).

post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by IronMam View Post

I still have all my Bum Genius 3.0s from DD. good diapers, though I wish the Velcro held up a bit better.
She was a breastmilk on ly baby, so we were able to just toss them in the wash until she started solids (in a load separate from everything else). I like the Rockin Green detergent. once she started solids we attached a sprayer to the potty, and that was super easy too.
I'll be using cloth again this time, well, we do a mix really. For newborn size, which doesn't last long, we used disposable, and when out or traveling we'd use disposables. Cloth takes up too much space in a diaper bag to carry extras, IMO.

This was the same for us with DS.  BG 3.0s with velcro.  I totally agree about the wear out.  I recommend folks get snaps if they can but I hear that for skinny babies the velcro is better because you can make the diaper snugger.  He potty trained early (and actually started pooping on the potty at 14 mos), so we never got a diaper sprayer.   I did have some biodegradable liners for the few short months when we had non breast milk poop and the cds.

 

We also often did disposables while traveling or out and about until about 6 mos.  Then we switched to only using disposables if we were on a trip.  It's really not too big of a deal to use cloth while out.  We have a super big diaper bag :)  (Skip Hop Duo).

post #11 of 28

I already have a list too! Oh my goodness, I love planning.  I have lists of tasks that need to be accomplished, too.  The baby gear is pretty minimal, with a few fun frills, but I think it is comprehensive, based on what we used last time.  (The internet is where my secret type-a side comes out......)

 

Buy/freecycle:

2-3 dozen infant prefolds

a couple PUL covers

snappis

white shirts and white socks

white cotton caps

moses basket/cradle

a used glider (had a rocker and it is so not as comfy as a glider)

a new car seat (maybe we can get it as an xmas present)

bandanas (to be bibs...I never liked bibs, loved bandanas with DD)

pacifiers

back up box of sposies

lanolin

used bouncy seat (maybe, if one comes my way free... DD didn't really like them, so I'm not paying for one!) been offered one by a friend

 

make:

6 wooly pants/soakers

5-6 gauze swaddles, probably white  (DD is not gonna give up her old ones, so I may as well avoid a fight and make new ones)

a little baby quilt

couple wooly vests

knit some booties

an onasberg wrap

an SSC (or borrow someone's Ergo) someone gave me one!

a wool ball (perhaps with a little jingle inside)

a little knot doll

silk scarf dyed with hibiscus tea to put over the moses basket aka "the nursery"

a little mobile/soft crib toy

slipcover for the glider

one of those fabric high chairs you attach to a regular seat

giant pile of rags for all the spit up

 

We still have: the co-sleeper that is also a mini playpen, the giant wonderful stroller, a long wrap, and a short wrap, and about a dozen prefolds and some mama made wool.

 

 

for DD:

a big sister gift... I'm thinking a real tea set, one of the really nice enamel ones, a dolly, and a big girl quilt for her big girl bed

 

for DP:

I'm trying to brainstorm a nice gift to give him for being the wonderful papa that he is

 

And for me, I'm thinking about a soothing playlist, breast pads, making a zillion freezer meals and cleaning out all our junk!  I told DP that we have to clean the attic out in increments now or he will get the joy of doing it all by himself when we move. 

 

I was so dazed when I was pregnant with DD that I barely did any of the things that most of the people I know normally do when you have a baby... I just thought it was "dumb".... but now I see that I really just didn't think we deserved beauty or any kind of ease in our lives.  So I am getting things that I think are beautiful or that will bring us a little ease.


Edited by cyclamen - 9/6/12 at 11:58am
post #12 of 28
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Speaking of gear, has anybody used cloth diapers? 

I'm thinking about going that route.. But I don't know anyone that has to ask any questions! 

Our toddler just graduated from cloth to a potty!  joy.gif Just in time to have another babe in cloth diapers. orngtongue.gif  

 

We used mostly prefolds and covers but did have some pocket diapers as well.  What type of washing machine do you have?  Diaper laundry seemed easier with a top loader than with our new front load water efficient type.  

 

We did not get a sprayer for the solid poops.  Just a couple of cheep rubber spatulas from target.

 

We did cloth diaper when out and traveling, though someone did give us a package of little disposables at a shower (we also were given bottles, even though we made it clear that we would be cd and bf shrug.gif.)  We did use disposables for first meconium diapers (way sticky!) and overnight, or for long weekends away until they ran out. 

post #13 of 28
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Our toddler just graduated from cloth to a potty!  joy.gif Just in time to have another babe in cloth diapers. orngtongue.gif  

 

We used mostly prefolds and covers but did have some pocket diapers as well.  What type of washing machine do you have?  Diaper laundry seemed easier with a top loader than with our new front load water efficient type.  

 

We did not get a sprayer for the solid poops.  Just a couple of cheep rubber spatulas from target.

 

We did cloth diaper when out and traveling, though someone did give us a package of little disposables at a shower (we also were given bottles, even though we made it clear that we would be cd and bf shrug.gif.)  We did use disposables for first meconium diapers (way sticky!) and overnight, or for long weekends away until they ran out. 

Oh yes!~  Forgot about that meconium!  We definitely used disposables for that!

post #14 of 28

I just started dreaming about geat this week - I'm feeling more confident that baby will stick. I have an ultrasound today so hopefully we'll be ready to share with family and kids after today.

 

I will CD - I LOVED CDing with my last, who is 9 years old! I can't wait to see and touch all the wonderful diapers! :) I also have been looking at breast pumps as I'll work after baby is born. Also looking at carriers - I used a ring sling but I'm sure my DH will want something different. DH is very traditional so he not sure exactly what gear we need - neither am I. I rather buy it after baby is here if I decide I need it. I need gowns, diapers, blankets and my baby love.gif

 

IronMam - I'll PM you, would love invites!

post #15 of 28
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Cyclamen: I ordered a silver necklace from one of the daily deal sites as DDs big sister gift. It says "Big Sis (her name), with a heart, and a charm with her (fake) birthstone. Now that I think about it, necklaces seem to be a theme for us...she got a custom Mommy Necklace brand necklace as a present when she weaned. lol

I might get her a gift "from the baby" as well, but she might be to old to really go for that idea, so I don't know.

I have no idea what I'll get DP. I did buy him a father-to-be book that I gave him when I told him I was pregnant. Hopefully, well before this Turducken is done cooking, we'll hear good news about him getting into medical school, so maybe I'll be able to get him something that relates to both. If he gets in this year I'm definitely buying a doctor scrubs onesie for the baby!
post #16 of 28

I hope it's ok for me to post this link - this gal is a friend of mine and she makes some really amazing custom jewelry. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/birthdesigns?ref=ts

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I hope it's ok for me to post this link - this gal is a friend of mine and she makes some really amazing custom jewelry. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/birthdesigns?ref=ts

Pretty! I like the sunshine one, that's one of the lullabies I sing to DD.
post #18 of 28

This is #4 for us, so we're not starting from scratch obviously, but we do need to replace some things.  

 

Some of our cloth diapers have been through three babies, so getting some fresh ones to boost the stash is a priority.  I've been looking on Craigslist but honestly, $10 per FuzziBunz?  Used?  I paid like $12/ea NEW in a big Ebay batch 4 years ago.  My SIL has a bunch of Alva Baby diapers she got super cheap through a group order.  I really want to figure that out and maybe get 10-12 of those.  We did cloth from birth with our last baby and I'll probably do that again since I already have the bitty diapers (we were given them, so I'd feel kind of wasteful buying sposies!)

 

I'm also mulling over getting a crib this time.  We've never had one and have always just used a playpen when we needed to put the baby down, but I think a crib would look nicer and be more comfy for baby.  May wind up going with a cosleeper instead if I see one on Craigslist for a good price, though, as I have in the past.

 

The only other thing I can think of, that I would LOVE, is another security camera to add to our wireless network so that I can use two at a time monitoring sleeping kiddos.  We have one and set it up on our network to work with the iPod Touch as a baby monitor.  With having four under 6 when the baby comes, though, I think another one could really come in handy!!

post #19 of 28
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This is #4 for us, so we're not starting from scratch obviously, but we do need to replace some things.  

 

Some of our cloth diapers have been through three babies, so getting some fresh ones to boost the stash is a priority.  I've been looking on Craigslist but honestly, $10 per FuzziBunz?  Used?  I paid like $12/ea NEW in a big Ebay batch 4 years ago.  My SIL has a bunch of Alva Baby diapers she got super cheap through a group order.  I really want to figure that out and maybe get 10-12 of those.  We did cloth from birth with our last baby and I'll probably do that again since I already have the bitty diapers (we were given them, so I'd feel kind of wasteful buying sposies!)

 

I'm also mulling over getting a crib this time.  We've never had one and have always just used a playpen when we needed to put the baby down, but I think a crib would look nicer and be more comfy for baby.  May wind up going with a cosleeper instead if I see one on Craigslist for a good price, though, as I have in the past.

 

The only other thing I can think of, that I would LOVE, is another security camera to add to our wireless network so that I can use two at a time monitoring sleeping kiddos.  We have one and set it up on our network to work with the iPod Touch as a baby monitor.  With having four under 6 when the baby comes, though, I think another one could really come in handy!!


I've figured out that even if by some miracle we had twins, I wouldn't need to purchase anything at all (well if twins maybe an extra car seat) but will I will probably buy baby a new outfit closer to the time. It's always nice if they have one outfit that is just theirs.

post #20 of 28

I'm thinking of stuff we need, but haven't bought anything yet. If we have another girl, I'll buy a few more gender-specific diapers, mostly because our stash is all boy. I want a woven wrap, we need clothes because I donated all of the previous babies clothing, a swing, bassinet, etc. I probably won't start shopping for anything until Black Friday where there will be good deals!