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post #1 of 86
Thread Starter 

As a first time mom-to-be who is definitely NOT an experienced baby handler, I am simply overwhelmed with the sheer amount of baby stuff out there available for purchase.

 

I'm hoping this thread can be a place where ladies can ask questions about specific products or types of products in order to weed out all of the garbage! 

post #2 of 86
Thread Starter 

I am more of a minimalist in that I don't want ton-O-junk rattling around in my house, but have no problem buying plenty of what is actually needed.  Cricketschirpin started a thread about what stuff is needed for baby and repeatedly the word “blankets” came up.

 

Figuring blankets would be a good place to start, I did a quick search and found about 2 million options.  I about went crosseyed!  One set I found that was popular is the following:

 

                         

 

Aden & Anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blankets.  They are 100% cotton, 47 x 47 inches and come in a variety of patterns.

Here’s the link on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SW3B0O/ref=s9_simh_gw_p75_d0_i4?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=1GV4EQG7AX6ANAVWYB8E&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200422&pf_rd_i=507846

 

 

Does anyone here use these?  Like them? 

By the description and reviews it appears that they are extremely versatile.

post #3 of 86

Car seat choice #1 Graco My Ride 70 (was My Ride 65 but I think they've upgraded)

I hate my Cosco seat that I got about a year and a half ago because it's never secure in any vehicle ($50 from Walmart) but my mom bought a Cosco seat the other day looks exactly the same in construction but has a latch system and is extremely snug at least in her vehicle

post #4 of 86
I heard A&A are wonderful swaddling blankets! I want to get one set this time. I also plan on getting some fabric and making my own receiving blankets.
 
Really any brand is fine for blankets, just want baby warm and something to clean up messes
post #5 of 86
Thread Starter 

How many darned blanket types are there?  Can someone fill me in on this?  :dizzy

What do you do with a receiving blanket vs. a swaddle blanket vs. a baby quilt, etc? 

post #6 of 86

lol! Swaddling blankets are thin and larger, they're used for wrapping up the newborn tightly which will make it easier for them to sleep/calm down since it reminds  them of being in the womb.

 

I think the name receiving blanket comes from receiving the baby in the hospital. Those are usually flannel, a little smaller and kind of an all purpose blanket around here. Warmth, swaddling newborns, shielding from the sun, cleaning up spills, a nursing cover, even diapers when needed. 

 

A quilt would be the same as your quilt, just smaller. Would pretty much only be for warmth. 

 

 

What most people consider burp cloths are really prefold diapers. Thicker in the middle section, thinner on the two sides. Also make great all purpose rags and diapers.

post #7 of 86
There are a TON of kinds of blankets. Receiving blankets are almost always cotton. They are usually too small to actually swaddled a baby and I usually use them to catch spit up or wipe noses. I think one set (usually 4 or 5) is plenty. Swaddle blankets come in many varieties. It can mean just a blanket large enough to Swaddle a baby or it can be specially sewn to be a used for swaddling and may even have Velcro to secure the Swaddle. I baby quilt is just like a regular quit but smaller 😆 it's generally useless as they aren't safe for sleep but look really pretty. I do have 1 I lay on the floor for babies to play on. So I think 1 pack of receiving blankets + 1 quilt + 2 blankets to use for swaddling (such as Aden and anais) + one more pretty/warm/soft blanket = good. I too am pretty minimalist but each of these has different uses.
post #8 of 86
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Originally Posted by crunchymonkey View Post

Car seat choice #1 Graco My Ride 70 (was My Ride 65 but I think they've upgraded)
I hate my Cosco seat that I got about a year and a half ago because it's never secure in any vehicle ($50 from Walmart) but my mom bought a Cosco seat the other day looks exactly the same in construction but has a latch system and is extremely snug at least in her vehicle
I have a friend with a My Ride and I don't like it at all! It's bulky and fits the seats weird. She replaced it because she was tired of dealing with it.
post #9 of 86

Really? We're having to get a vehicle soon so I know I'll need to make sure there's space. The My Ride 65/70 is the absolute best (that I've found) in terms of height/weight for extended use in my price range. 

post #10 of 86

I have a ton of receiving blankets that I was given and they are great for burp cloths, spit up cloths and I also like them as carseat head rolls. The head rolls that come with the carseats are useless extras. I pretty much strip my carseats of all the extras and then just use rolled up receiving blankets to keep their head from flopping. And that way you always have at least two receiving blankets with you while out as well!

My babies have both *hated* to be swaddled. I have one large swaddling blanket but I doubt this one will like it either, but I'll try..

For me a few lightweight fleece-y type blankets are nice and a soft knit one. We usually have the knit one with the baby from birth (my two still love theirs!) and then a lightweight fleece-y one as well for the carseat and when we go out it's something we can use as a change pad/floor blanket at other's houses/extra warmth whatever... 

I'm not big on too many blankets either... 

post #11 of 86
Thread Starter 

Fantastic ladies... this is really enlightening.

 

LineUponLine - I think you are my new best friend.  LOVE how you give specifics and quantities - that info will go directly to good use.   It's exceptionally helpful for the baby-challenged folks like me!

 

Many years ago I learned swaddling while I was in nursing school.  That was part of our Mother/Baby rotation.  Is swaddling now the thing to do for sleep time (since no blankets)? 

post #12 of 86
I recommend not going crazy on blankets. I was given handmade and gift blankets which were nice for warmth and floor play, had a small stack of receiving blankets for spills... I had one swaddling blanket but my daughter couldn't stand being sealed. Not all babies find it soothing, so I was glad I didn't buy more.

One bonus of too many receiving blankets is they are super soft and great for moon cloth...

Other gear: car seat, the best you can afford. Baby carrier that suits your body. Basic diaper and changing pad set up, you don't need furniture. Small soft wash cloths. Maybe a bouncy or swing. My daughter had colic and liked to sleep in the bouncy chair. Soft pants with feet, onesies with and without sleeves, sleep bag or two, a hat or two, a light sweater and heavier pants. Universal stroller frame if using a bucket seat. Loved having a natural lamb skin and boppy. A soft cotton or wool crib sized puddlepad for cosleeping. It catches milk spills and diaper leaks. She still sleeps on it at nearly 6. Best $60 ever spent...

I didn't need: most of the clothes I had, the crib, the play mat, the packnplay, the pacifiers... I didn't use any of the lotions, powders and creams except the Weleda calendula diaper rash cream. The baby bath was used 3 times, then I just bathed with her...
post #13 of 86
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Originally Posted by innacircle View Post

Fantastic ladies... this is really enlightening.

LineUponLine - I think you are my new best friend.  LOVE how you give specifics and quantities - that info will go directly to good use.   It's exceptionally helpful for the baby-challenged folks like me!

Many years ago I learned swaddling while I was in nursing school.  That was part of our Mother/Baby rotation.  Is swaddling now the thing to do for sleep time (since no blankets)? 

Sleep bags are great!
post #14 of 86
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Originally Posted by anyalily View Post
Sleep bags are great!

OK these sleep bags are news to me.  Just did a quick search and ended up looking at Halo brand.  They look great - I want one for me too!

post #15 of 86
Its worth checking if they are treated with flame retardant. Anything that is sold as sleep wear that does not say "Wear snug fitting" is treated. I went with organic sleep wear or lounge wear. I had a blue nile one that was great.
post #16 of 86
Thread Starter 

Moving on to bedding.

We already have a full bedroom set - crib, dresser and changing table.  I will never co-sleep.  I can barely co-sleep with DH as it is - 99.9% of the time he ends up in the extra bed.  I am a terrible sleeper.  So, baby will def be in her crib.

 

Baby bedding options are numerous.  What's the deal with crib bumpers?  I see them as part of some sets, and not in others.

Also, I want to get a nice bedding ensemble.  That kind of thing is "expected" in these parts (a very cliquey area I live in... and severely dislike, but have to make the best of for now).  So if I buy one of these fancy-dancy crib get-ups, do I just need to get a few extra fitted sheets to change out? 

post #17 of 86

bumpers are supposed to not be safe... that being said, I have used one with each of my three girls.  They have been fine.  When they've slept in the crib at their grandmother's, without bumpers, they seem to frequently be bumping their head on the hard railings.  But, they don't sleep in their crib until about 6 months.  With dd3 she was in a co-sleeper attached to my bed.  DD2 slept exclusively in a swing until 6 months, b/c of bad reflux.  

 

You definitely want at least an extra sheet to change out (I have 4 crib sheets total).  You'll also want at least 2 water proof mattress pads.  Babies leak (drool, urine, snot) and often when you change the sheet you'll want to put a fresh mattress pad underneath.

 

If you're using a changing table, you need to buy one of those foam changing pads.  You'll also want at least two changing pad covers to switch out.

post #18 of 86

Same here, Kate. They say bumpers are not safe, but there is a lot of empirical evidence to support their longstanding safe use (and that of quilts, etc) for generations. I always wondered, did the research saying bumpers smother children, just look at children who died of sids, and find that they were snuggled against their bumpers at the time, and draw causation from correlation? Because just about ALL babies snuggle against the bumper. Babies need something to snuggle against, usually, to feel a sense of security, because they are hardwired to seek/need their mother's body next to them, and snuggle next to anything available.

I did and do cosleep, but when I did use a crib without bumpers (I was dutifully obeying all the recommendations) with my first, her little arms and legs went through the bars and would dangle or get cold or caught and wake her up.

Not giving advice, just noting that a baby in a crib without a bumper or anything else to snuggle up with, may not sleep so peacefully either. I sure wouldn't in that situation.

post #19 of 86
Thread Starter 

Changing table questions:

1.  What supplies etc. do you need to have in reach at your changing table?

2.  Re orientation - if you had the choice to have the baby lay sideways to you (like normal changing tables) or lay perpendicular to you, so you are by the feet and facing the baby, which would you choose? 

3.  I've seen two kinds of pads - one that is equally concave the length of the pad, and the other that is a 4-sided cocoon shape.  Thoughts? 

 

It seems that every single baby item has a world of research to be done with it.  This is exhausting!

post #20 of 86

I love gear questions, for some weird reason!

 

Ok, I will answer this since I'm a big fan of changing tables.  Re. orientation, definitely baby laying sideways to you.  I have a hard time changing diapers while facing baby perpendicular.  It may be just what I'm used to though.

 

Supplies- my table has a large drawer right underneath the part where baby lays.  Then there are 2 shelves under that.  In my drawer are extra changing pad covers, also piddle pads.  These are waterproof pads that are invaluable when babe is really young.  I would always put them under (at least their bottom area) so that when you are changing them and they pee or poop (and they will), it will go on pad and not cover, so that you're not changing that all the time.  I cloth diaper so I have various supplies in the drawer... extra snappies, diaper creams, lotion, extra diaper pail wet bag, nail clippers, etc.  On the shelves I have matching baskets.  In one is extra cloth wipes and face cloths, in another is burp cloths, in another are my prefold cloth diapers, and in another are my diaper covers/liners.  I also keep a spare package of disposables and disposable wipes on bottom shelf, and a container of cloth wipes on the upper shelf.

 

The changing pad I have is concave the length of the pad.  I like this pad just fine.

 

You'll find exactly what you need/want for this area, but this is the jist of what's helpful.  I don't keep anything on the actual changing pad, except maybe a toy sometimes, dd3 is 15 months and super squirmy, so a toy is a helpful distraction.

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