Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: SE Portland, OR (Brooklyn)
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Ergo = baby carrier that has a buckle style that most people find comfortable. On the website they show it even carrying adults, that's how strong it is. It is recommended by chiropractors for its positioning of the baby, while most Babys-r-us carriers such as Baby Bjorn are not.
Moses basket = exactly what it sounds like, a basket that a baby fits in! a bassinet substitute that is more portable. FWIW, I had an old style wind up Graco swing that the swing part detached from, and I just used that for when she fell asleep in the swing (great for colic) and I wanted to take her with me to another part of the house.
Pram = stroller
Robeez = soft leather shoes with adorable motifs on them. They are recommended first shoes because they allow baby's feet to flex naturally and feel the ground while they are learning to walk.
I guess I was unusual in that I had no idea about baby gear because when I had DD I didn't know anyone with babies. Mothering was my resource, so I didn't really question the use of cloth diapers (plus my little sister was in cloth and that's all I had experience with), breastfeeding exclusively, babywearing, etc. My neighbor gave me the swing and I didn't think I'd need it, but it did come in handy. Someone surprised me with a swing with moving parts and songs, but she liked the old swing better. This time I'm asking for more convenient things that I didn't have last time, such as the vibrating chair (great for putting baby in right outside the shower), the baby bath tub (major poo blowouts required bathing, and it'll be nice not to have use the bathtub every time... none of our sinks work well for this), and an infant carseat rather than the convertible. The main reason I'm doing this is so if the baby falls asleep in the car, I can carry him/her inside in the bucket. After working in a daycare I see just how convenient this is! Plus, by the time the baby grows out of it, Maddy will be moving up to a booster seat, and the baby will be in her convertible carseat. Of course, I'm also asking for more cloth diapers (now that I know what works best for me), and prettier baby carriers!
I never even thought about getting a changing table, pacifiers (though I tried them when she was about 4 months and cutting her first teeth), diaper genie (still not totally sure what that is!), sposies (never once used them). We got a sidecar crib and it serves as a napping spot for Maddy in the living room. Luckily we got a pretty cherry-stained one so it looks nice in there. DP got a vibrating chair thing at goodwill and we used it when I took a shower and needed to prop her up outside the shower. But it didn't work and then it collapsed one day so we threw it away... so now we want a NEW one.
I'm a proud mama of two girls! 4/30/06 Madeline, 09/25/08 Amelia
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