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#31 of 42 Old 06-07-2010, 12:42 PM
 
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Oooh, this is a good idea. It helps me get my foggy pregnancy brain wrapped around all this.

What we have:
co-sleeper
clothes (lots of hand me downs, and I think enough stuff to get us through the first couple of months. Plus, I'm having another shower at the end of this month, so we should get all clothes taken care of then)
boppy
sleepy wrap
prefolds (3 dozen NB, 2 dozen of the next size up)
diaper covers (4 so far, I need a couple of more)
cloth wipes
Charlie's soap
swing
bouncer
baby tub
baby washclothes, towels
diaper bag
carseat
blankets
nursing tanks (2, I think. these were hand-me-downs)

What we need:
chest of drawers (We're using our current dresser as a changing table, so we need to shuffle things around a bit as far as clothing storage goes)
bookshelf (we already have a TON of kids' books gifted to us by a friend who was getting rid of his book collection)
glider w/ottoman (I've been keeping my eye on Craigslist for this)
Mei Tai (I am not going back to work after the baby's born, and I'm trying to make purchases like this while I still have income.)
baby wash/lotion
a few more diaper covers
waterproof mattress cover for our bed
breastfeeding supplies -- pads, lanisoh, etc.
nursing bras
storage things -- baskets for diapers, etc. Also toys
homebirth supplies -- chux pads, plastic liner for the bed, etc. etc. The list isn't too exhaustive, actually, but I need to just make a trip and get EVERYTHING on it after we get back from our vacation next week.

This makes me feel pretty good, but I am *certain* I have left things off the latter list! Also, I can't believe how close we're getting, ladies! So, so exciting!

Amanda, livin' and lovin' in Memphis w/ Brandon & Eliza (8.15.10)! 6/2009.
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Great thread, although now I am stressed!

We are having our first girl, so what we need:

*clothes (have a few, need much more and those that I do, need washing)
*nursing bras, pads (just splurged on a medela freestyle pump so that I could retire my PIS (aka "old faithful"))
*home birth supplies
*bouncy seat (although I seem to recall having one--must make trip to attic)
*freezer meals (this stresses me out the most b/c I know how important these are!--I don't have time to cook dinner now!)
*van (thinking Odyssey or Sienna--must make decision and find good used one)
*mattress for 3 year old (so that I can move him out of crib and into big brother's room, although we will not use the crib for quite awhile)
*paint 3 year old's room something girly (hoping he will not mind if he lives in pink for awhile!)
*diapers and other baby related products

Also, I remember being pretty restless and wanting to get out of the house in the first few weeks after both of my boys' births, so I need to remember that this is not like preparing for a snow strom!

Jane -- married to Ernie since 1993, mommy to Jonah (6/03) and Noah (11/06), m/c 1/09 and 10/09 and finally due with our little girl (8/10)
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Ordered diapers and birth supplies! Now all I need are:
-hose for pool
-breast pump?
-baby monitor?
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*van (thinking Odyssey or Sienna--must make decision and find good used one)

We have a 1996 Odyssey... and it's been the BEST mini van we have ever had! I will probably only buy newer Odyssey's when this one breaks down on us.

Ours is a 96 and everything still works (including AC) it has a sunroof, CD player, fold down seating, and we have done zero repairs to it in the 9 months we have had it (besides brakes that is!) I used to drive 45 miles one way to work, and we took it across several states for trips!

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Love this thread! Well, we're getting there...

We've got:

*the major baby furniture, except a changing table (DD has a dresser/changing table combo, so can't re-use)
*almost all the baby "gear" we need
*all the nursing/pumping/bra stuff I need


We need:

*diapers - I want to go cloth this time, and haven't bought a single thing. That is this week's project!
*sling or ergo insert - DD was tiny, and I didn't have anything I could carry her in until almost 3 months, so I definitely want something to carry baby around in
*clothes. I'm now understanding why its nice NOT to know what your babe is going to be.... we knew DD was a girl, and have a gazillion girly clothes, but very few gender neutral things we can reuse
*extra co-sleeper sheet
* a few small bottles so DH can feed baby while I go to class one night a week
*bitty clothes hangers, though probably not as many for a boy, since I won't be hanging up little pink dresses

For me:
*post-partum belly wrap
*ok, I am seriously considering a box of Depends... post partum was just so messy and annoying last time, I am wondering if these would help! Anyone tried these before?
*maybe breastmilk storage bags? I think I have some left over from last time around, but can't seem to find them...
*maybe a few actual nursing tops? I found a few shirts I had that worked last time, but would love to have a couple of tops that are really designed for the purpose.


For DD:
*another car seat so that DH can drop her off at pre-school on his way to work so babe and I can sleep in and nurse 3 mornings a week!
*a new toy/few books so she has something fun to play with when we come home from the hospital

To do:
*freezer meals!!! We are blessed in that we belong to a church where we have a really active "food to parents of new babies" ministry, so starting about a week after DS comes, we should have help, but that will only last so long, and I'd like to reduce my cooking chores post-partum as much as possible

Does lansinoh go bad? I have plenty left, but not sure if it's still "good"

Loving being a stay at home mamma to DD 10/07, and newly arrived DS 7/26/10
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For me:
*post-partum belly wrap
*ok, I am seriously considering a box of Depends... post partum was just so messy and annoying last time, I am wondering if these would help! Anyone tried these before?
Does lansinoh go bad? I have plenty left, but not sure if it's still "good"
I want a belly wrap too -- what are you considering?

I've had a pack of Depends for both babies and once I got past the horror of buying them, I was glad I did. I was staying in the NICU (but wasn't checked into the hospital myself) and didn't have the freedom I may have had at home to just lie around on a chux pad or something. Depends lasted me the first 3 or 4 days and let me feel like I could fall asleep without worrying about leaking onto anything or pads moving around. By the time they ran out, the worst of the bleeding was done and I'd put a prefold into those giant mesh underwear for a few days until I could use a light-to-normal cloth pad instead.

I have some ancient Lansinoh that seems the same as it ever was (I use it for lanolizing wool covers), so I think you're okay there.

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I'm feeling pretty well set, now. I just got a Moby from a mom at LLL, so I think all I really 'need' is a pad to protect our mattress.
We've got a regular one, but I'm imagining lots of moisture in our future...

As far as I know, we aren't having a shower, and I've been collecting/buying second hand stuff for months now, so I don't think I'd want a shower now. Although I'm thinking about a way to organize a 'food shower'.

I do need to complete tasks like:

-Prepare freezer food
-Lanolize soakers
-Sew a few more nursing pads
-Finish the quilt I started in February

I almost wish I had more to do so the time would pass more quickly!

Could someone elaborate on the pp belly wrap idea? As far as I understand, it's mostly support for your mid-section as you return to normalish. But, is this something I could easily make at home or improvise?
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Could someone elaborate on the pp belly wrap idea? As far as I understand, it's mostly support for your mid-section as you return to normalish. But, is this something I could easily make at home or improvise?
You can use either a tensor bandage (ace bandage) and wrap yourself each morning, or you can buy a wrap. I'm considering this one as it's easy to put on and reasonably priced, plus a friend bought it recently for pp and really likes it. But I haven't done any searching on MDC or anything to see if there's one that's more highly recommended.

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RE: the belly wrap, i was thinking of just getting some extra gauze-y fabric when I make my gauze wrap, and using that for the belly binding. Thought it might be cooler than one of the spandex things, though they look much easier to put on!

I know Medela makes a post partum belly band too- saw that when searching for nursing bras. maybe a bella band in a size down would work for lighter support? Not sure about that one.

We did have our shower this weekend, and got all of the "big" stuff we wanted, except the Radian. Hopefully the grandparents will splurge and treat us to that when it's time?! a girl can dream. Now it's just completing the CD stash up to size small-med, and doing some exchanges from the shower... that should get us the little things we still need.

anyone know if those safety q-tip things are necessary, or can we stick with standard ones? (I just can't live without my q-tips!)

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Hmmm. Thanks. I actually already have something just like the waist-nipper. It does get sweaty, however. So a different material might be better for August.
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I want a belly wrap too -- what are you considering?
I saw some threads in the Pregnancy forum back a while ago, so I think I am going to browse those and see what people liked. I don't have any strong opinions on any brand, myself!

Loving being a stay at home mamma to DD 10/07, and newly arrived DS 7/26/10
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I know Medela makes a post partum belly band too- saw that when searching for nursing bras. maybe a bella band in a size down would work for lighter support? Not sure about that one.

anyone know if those safety q-tip things are necessary, or can we stick with standard ones? (I just can't live without my q-tips!)
Last time around I just wore both of my bella bands, because they felt good. But, they didn't offer a lot of support - I would have liked more.

As for Q-tips, I am sure that you could live without the safety ones, but I really liked the assurance from the baby ones that I wasn't going to jam a Q-tip down DD's tiny ears when she jerked around after a bath. I scratched my eardrum once as a kid with a q-tip, and it hurt! Plus, I had to put in drops 3x a day for a week to prevent infection... can't imagine how much fun that would be with a newborn!

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