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post #21 of 55

You are welcome!  The resale value is great on them too!

post #22 of 55

We need new diapers (cloth). We prefer the one size approach because we seem to also have 2 in diapers simultaneously! I also want to get cloth tissues and I'm anxiously awaiting my baby carrier(s) from Guatemala! joy.gif

 

PS to those on the fence for a double stroller. We have the baby jogger tandem one that you can configure in about a zillion ways and use it a lot. It's wonderful for the zoo/aquarium/museum trips we take constantly. Totally worth it. We do baby wear, but it's too much when we're out ALL day!

post #23 of 55

I need to get a car seat and I'd like to get a (used is fine) crib to sidecar to the bed for a little more space, since I usually wake up with 1-3 kids in bed with us.  I think I need some more footie jammies and sleepers too since my other kids were summer babies.  Definitely need to go through my NB/S diaper stash and see if I need to replace any.

post #24 of 55

Organicviolin - that is actually one of the strollers I have been looking at (as well as the City Mini and the Britax B-Agile). Our boys are very similar in age; one concern I have about a tandem is how well it will work for DS1, as ideally both boys can use it a while and I can wear DS3 while he is still tiny. I can forsee him wanting to jump in and out alot (we also frequent the zoo, museum, etc. regularly), and I was thinking a side-by-side might be easier for that reason. Do you every have this problem?

 

I checked out the Workhorse Fitteds today. Shipping to Canada seems overly expensive, so I started looking around for Canadian comparables, and found some pretty cute covers. One more thing to add to my 'need' list! (well, really it is only a want, but DH doesn't need to know ;) )

post #25 of 55

I still need everything, which actually isn't all that much. :P 

I have a carseat (I'll be using DS2's for the new baby) and a moby wrap. That's it. 

 

I tend to be on the extremely minimalist side of things, so really all I need are some clothes and I need to collect my cloth diapers from my sister. I can't think of anything else I absolutely need to be ready for baby, although I might get a bouncer chair this time since DS2 is a lot more rough and crazy than DS1 was. I could put DS2 on the floor by the door while I showered and DS1 would play happily next to/with him without any problem (they're 5 years apart, so that definitely helped). DS2 will only be (almost) 3 when this one arrives and I can't imagine he'll suddenly turn into a gentle creature over the next 3-ish months. lol

I can't really think of anything else that I NEED other than those basics.

 

Oh, for me, I need nursing tanks and breast pads.  

 

Last, I need to collect all of the homebirth stuff I'll need, although I imagine I'll just buy the pre-made kit from my midwife like I did last time around. 

post #26 of 55

Here's my list:

 

Turn my infant prefolds into fitted diapers with velcro or snaps and elastic

Knit several more wool sleep sacks and longies

Make up new wipe rags from an old towel, with maybe a bias tape edge if I feel up to it.

Make a few cardigans

Make wool booties

I have made 1 sleep sack and a hat already. Will be making more hats too.

Buy more socks (count up what's left from other kids first)

Buy shirts

Buy new cheap flat diapers for burp rags.

Buy pack of 7th gen NB size diapers for the first week.

Make myself new cloth pads and buy good nursing bras.

Buy or make a new ring sling. I have a good mei tie carrier.

I have tons of baby blankets,

Make more unscented castile soap

Buy Goldenseal powder for the cord stump.

Buy my 6 year old a new booster and reinstall the 5pt harness in his old seat for his little brother, adjust the convertible seat to smallest setting again for new baby and turn it back around.

Buy Moses basket or bouncer seat or cradle

Buy the birth related stuff

 

I have 2 boys and don't know the gender of this one, had my boys in summer and only saved a few favorite clothes anyway so not much left. Not only will this babe be in winter but it'll be my first PA mountains winter, brrr. I do have blankets and infant diapers with PUL covers, bottles that I hardly use, and a Kozy carrier. I threw out the pump I think, it's silicone bits were worn and I found manual expressing easier anyway less spills and pain. I found the bassinet was ruined in storage and threw it out today, but we cosleep and that bassinet never worked for long anyway. I will need something to set this one down in though so the others don't trip over him or her.

post #27 of 55
For those looking at double strollers, we have a Phil and Teds and we love it. Used to have a side by side but it didn't always fit through doorways.
post #28 of 55

Have:

  • Boppy

 

 

The family is excited for a shower in December, so as long as I get organized before then, we should get everything covered. I originally planned to go carseat shopping in October, but it might be prudent to put that on the registry too. This will be a first grandbaby AND great-grandbaby for the family, so everyone is going a little crazy. My laid-back "please don't ask me about it until I'm too uncomfortable to leave the house" attitude doesn't help their craze! The only part I'm truly concerned about is the carseat. Well, that and a winter coat so when it's 20 below, I won't turn into a popsicle waddling in to work. The clinic gives enough supplies to get me through a few days to a week (pads, disposable undies, Tucks, numbing spray) which after getting the child home would be my next priority. Sheepish.gif

 

To buy/register for/accomplish:

  • maternity sweatshirts/sweaters/warm clothes
  • maternity winter coat
  • carseat x2
  • pack and play
  • baby carrier. Don't know what kind(s)
  • pump/bottle storage. Eventually I have to go back to work
  • stroller - probably one umbrella and one running-compatible
  • stitch up more breast pads. Disposable ones stink (also literally)
  • bouncer chair
  • changing table for the bathroom
  • diapers. Maybe some stock in a diaper company while we're at it. No daycares can use cloth, even if we send a pail to bring home the dirties every day
  • crib of some form, with mattress. And 2 sheets. There's not a chance DH will let this child stay in our room for very long
  • baby breathing bed sensor. I'm paranoid
  • baby monitor, preferably with video. DH and I like to spy for amusement. We'd use it on the cat if we bought it today
  • A "coming home" outfit, I suppose I'd want to pick that one out
  • Baby bathtub apparatus. A Down side of having an old house is no sinks of appropriate scale for babies

 

I assume the gifters will provide an obnoxious quantity of clothes, blankets and burp cloths without request. They're in a craze!

post #29 of 55

Do you guys do registries for babies?  And who actually buys stuff for it?

 

I have a lot of people I know off FB but I don't think I know many of them well enough that they'd be on gifting status.  No bff's or anything... some pretty good online friends but that's about it.  I'm pretty sure it would be obnoxious of me to hint that I would want them to buy us stuff.  We also don't have any family minus our mothers - who aren't exactly huge amounts of help.  For baby #1 my mom bought a lot of stuff that we didn't end up needing or using, and she is no longer at all interested in this pregnancy so she's not helping us out at all.  MIL bought some stuff for the first baby as well, mostly dollar store type of supplies and some teddy bear and photograph album types of things.  Not useful things, and she's on a really limited budget so we can't really ask her for anything either.  Neither offered anything for Baby #2, and Baby #3, same thing.  I really only do need a couple of things, so I'm thinking I shouldn't even fuss about the cloth diaper thing, but I could really use some help with it - especially considering we're on a fixed income and the price of food has doubled since six months ago (I do semi-annual pantry stock ups, and it went from $200 to $450 for the same shopping list since March - and I thought that was high!!)  So I'm kind of freaking out here, and taxes are due soon too... 

 

So yeah, who, if anyone, actually does a shopping registry thing... who buys stuff for it?

post #30 of 55

My work will probably do a shower, so I'll let my coworkers know about the registry.  A lot of people at DH's work also know me, so I might tell him to pass the word, lol.  Also, I figure Christmas will be a great time for my family to buy for the baby.  I'd rather have baby stuff than anything for me, and I'll just tell them that.  My older sister is also pg and due in Feb, so they can just buy baby stuff for both of us I suppose.

post #31 of 55

Autumngrey, you should definitely consider a Tummy Tub!  I think everyone should, but in particular, having very limited bathroom space makes the Tummy Tub even more helpful.  We live in an old house too (96 this year I think), and the bathroom is little, with no space for any sort of sink tub.  The Tummy Tub with the stand was perfect for DD, I could fill it up with the shower head, then sit on the toilet (lid down obviously) and bathe her.  Then, it could be tucked under our bit of towel/toiletry shelving in the corner!  Check it out, it might be just what you need :)

post #32 of 55

I'm not doing a registry this time around.  I was pressured into doing one for DD, and filling it with stuff I didn't even use (like I suspected I wouldn't), because "people needed to have options of what to get you"...how about the cloth diapers that I really want and need?  No?  Baby onsies and socks and crap is better?  To be fair, we did get some of the things that we wanted and needed, and since we're far away from family a lot of them gave us Amazon gift cards (which is what we really needed anyway).  So we were able to get most of our diaper stash off of Amazon with gift cards afterall. 

 

We aren't completely minimalist, but compared to most parents we have very little "baby" stuff.  DD has more books and toys now, but we probably won't really get anything new for this little one aside from some new books (DD is rough on them!).  I don't want a baby shower for this one either, even though it's a boy and DD was a girl.  Since we have gender neutral newborn stuff we're set :)

post #33 of 55

We didn't find out the gender with DS, so all of our newborn stuff is gender-neutral.  We haven't found out yet with this baby, but I am thinking we will give in and open the envelope from the u/s tech this weekend.  If it is a girl, I know I will be tempted to go buy some girly newborn things, but we really shouldn't need much for the first few weeks or so.

 

In terms of "stuff", oh gosh... we need a newborn tub option (last time we just borrowed one from a friend), a bouncy seat (again, we had borrowed one), another sheet for the co-sleeper, breastfeeding supplies (storage bags, pads, Lansinoh) and postpartum supplies for me, and I am sure there are a million little things that I am forgetting! 

 

I had done a newborn diaper rental with DS... not sure what we will do this time, but that is also something on the list! 

 

We have a big and ugly but oh-so-comfortable glider in DS's room - at 23 months we still get a ton of use out of it, so I am hesitant to move it out of there.  But I would like to have somewhere to sit and nurse and cuddle the new one, so I am keeping an eye out on CraigsList for a cheap comfy glider/rocker option to keep in our room or the baby's room.

 

We have a Moby and a Beco Gemini.  The Moby should get us through the first few weeks, but I remember disliking it once DS started to put on a few pounds, since I felt like it was always sagging.  I know this sounds ridiculous, but I am considering the Ergo with the infant insert.  I also really like the Mei Tais... Oh, and I also would like a ring sling.  wink1.gif

 

We are also on the fence about a double stroller.  I feel like for a while, we will wear the little one while we are out. DS is not a huge fan of the stroller anyway, and usually prefers to walk, so that is another strike against it.  BUT!  It is handy to be able to put him in a stroller at the mall or if we are out somewhere where having him running around grabbing at things is not ideal!

 

So, that is our wish list, but in reality, we will probably not get most of the stuff on it... Wish I were having another shower!!  smile.gif

post #34 of 55

I've never done a registry, but as you can see from my list very little of what I use is commercial stuff. With my first I received a lot of random things at a shower with friends, some of which I used a bit - baby hygiene things, Avent bottles, blankets, clothes. I got a lot of other people's kids hand-me-downs with both. Family bought a couple bigger items, MiL got the bassinet (lasted through 2 kids at least before getting ruined), my dad bought the Kozy Carrier. Maybe I'll make up a registry for the 5-6 things we need in case anyone asks what they can get us, otherwise it'll just be my shopping list. Anyone know anywhere mainstream with good slings? I know wraps and ergos are getting picked up at like Target and such (that's awesome btw) but I like ring slings for feeding in public and quickly put on carrying.

post #35 of 55

I did a registry for my shower with DS1; and I honestly wished more people would have bought off it! I ended up with so many useless things (ie. teddy bears and picture frames), and nothing we really wanted or needed. My shower was at 37 weeks, and we didn't want to buy anything until after so we could see what we got/what we needed. We ended up waddling around department stores at full term trying to get everything, as we had nothing!

For DS2 I didn't do a registry, but we didn't get a single thing from any family or friends, anyways (and we are all very close). My colleagues gave me a substantial gift card to a drug store just before I left, so that bought plenty of disposable diapers the first few months. As we didn't get anything (gift, offer of help or pre-cooked meal even!) with DS2, I am not expecting anything for this baby. And for that, I am VERY bitter. orngtongue.gif

post #36 of 55

I love amazon's baby registry because you can put stuff on it from their site or wherever else.  It is fun adding all the wool covers I could ever dream of and nursing shirts and what have you from all over the place but just sending friends to one site to view it.

post #37 of 55
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Organicviolin - that is actually one of the strollers I have been looking at (as well as the City Mini and the Britax B-Agile). Our boys are very similar in age; one concern I have about a tandem is how well it will work for DS1, as ideally both boys can use it a while and I can wear DS3 while he is still tiny. I can forsee him wanting to jump in and out alot (we also frequent the zoo, museum, etc. regularly), and I was thinking a side-by-side might be easier for that reason. Do you every have this problem?

 

I checked out the Workhorse Fitteds today. Shipping to Canada seems overly expensive, so I started looking around for Canadian comparables, and found some pretty cute covers. One more thing to add to my 'need' list! (well, really it is only a want, but DH doesn't need to know ;) )

We love it! Before we had the Phil and Ted tandem where one kid is underneath the other. My boys (similar in age) HATED it and we would just end up wearing them both while out and about (defeats the purpose when at a museum! hello!). 

 

With the city select it's no biggie that DS1 is in an out and up and down. There's also a cool attachment that is a board with wheels that attaches so he can just ride along and stand and "help push." Got to love 3 year olds! Super easy to move seats around etc. If they are getting on each other nerves while facing each other a quick flip around and everyone has to look at boring old mom!!! LOL

post #38 of 55
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Originally Posted by Anilia View Post

I love amazon's baby registry because you can put stuff on it from their site or wherever else.  It is fun adding all the wool covers I could ever dream of and nursing shirts and what have you from all over the place but just sending friends to one site to view it.

 

Yes!  I put those Green Mountain fitteds on mine! :)

post #39 of 55
Thread Starter 
I created a registry at cotton babies, I am having a shower even though I don't feel like I really want one, my mom asked my best friend to throw me one and she is super excited to do it so I am going along with it. The only people coming are my 2 coworkers, my in laws, my mom and 2 of her friends and one of my aunts and my moms mom. Hopefully I will get a few things off my registry but really I expect to get a bunch of junk I don't even want. If I do get junk I will attempt to figure out where it came from and take it back. I feel that's kinda rude but I just don't have space for a bunch of stuff I don't need. I am planning to go through all my boxes of baby stuff on Friday and see what I have and what I really need because I just found out there is a huge consignment sale this weekend so I am hoping I can get some things there that I will need.
post #40 of 55

Apparently we now need boy clothes. Most of our clothes that we have are girly looking clothes and dresses.  That and a new bucket seat (our first one expired)

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