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August 2010 > What do you still need?
MammaB21's Avatar MammaB21 07:46 PM 06-03-2010
As kind of a spin off of the "moving fast" thread I thought it might be fun/helpful to tally off what we have so far and what we still need. Making a list always helps me keep my thoughts more organized, and who better to share that list with but you lovely ladies? Not to mention, I'm probably forgetting at least one thing.

Things we have -

Clothing. We've been picking up a lot second hand. We could live with our supply right now, but we'll continue to stock up in these last short months.

Car seat stroller combo. I was going back and forth between a bucket and a convertable seat for this little one. I also wasn't planning on getting a stroller. I'd gotten rid of DD's already and didn't want to spend the $$ on something we use so rarely. But I found a good deal on CL for a Chico Key Fit car seat and stroller combo so I snatched it.

Bumbo, left over from DD.

Boppy, left over from DD.

Some recieving blankets, burp rags, and a few toiletries (diaper cream, lotion, etc.)

Breast pump and a few BPA free breast feeding friendly bottles for those occasional "I need me time or I'm going to die" moments.....lol.

Moby Wrap.

Changing Table. (I'll be surprised if we use this for anything other than storage....lol)

Things we need -

A new bed. We plan on co-sleeping and skipping the crib. Instead we're upgrading our current mattress to a king size.

Diapers. I've been holding off on these because I haven't made a decision about cloth or sposies yet.

Bouncy seat. Okay, really my one kind of non AP splurge because I couldn't have lived without it when DD was a baby. She LOVED it!!! (I'm talking the ones that sit low on the ground and bounce and also have a vibrating feature).

Not exactly a must, but we're looking into getting a mini van before baby arrives. I've tried the car seat arranging thing in my car and it's just not working. Plus DP needs something to haul his band equipment in.

EVERYTHING homebirth related. My midwife just gave me the list of things to have. I'm waiting a little longer for this one, as I don't want to spend the money until we're a little closer to the 37 week mark. But this is on my mind lately, so I might do it sooner.

Okay, so maybe we have more than I thought. Anybody else want to share their list of things to get before baby time?

MissMorgan's Avatar MissMorgan 08:07 PM 06-03-2010
Oh man. I hate doing this just because it makes me feel like we have NOTHING! This is our first and we're having a shower mid July so I am having to wait until then to see what we end up with.
What we have now is:
*a tiny bit of random clothing (2-3 onesies, a ton of fleece crap that we won't use in the summer at all, 4 pairs of socks, a few sleeper thingies.. some other random stuff too)
*2 bouncy seats - one for home and one for grandparents home.
*teething rings (don't need yet.)
*a dresser for the baby stuff
*disposable diapers that we were gifted (we're ECing so I don't know how many we will use!)
*handmade nursing pillow

What we need/want:
*clothes that will work for seasons
*Moby wrap & later an Ergo
*prefold diapers & snappi
*baby bjorn tiny potty (ECing...)
*wool puddle pad (or something for the bed!)
*nursing clothing/supplies for momma (things like tank tops, creams, breast pads, etc)
*receiving blankets
*random toiletries
*Belly wrap for me
*home birth stuff (I don't think we'll need much though, thankfully.)
*something to bathe the baby in (we only have a shower too.. DUMBEST THING EVER.)
*laundry soap (I'm thinking soap nuts actually)

*nice breast pump (and storage)

I wish!:
*BOB Stroller.
*hot tub

Um, there is probably a ton of stuff I don't know that I want/need.I want some good books to read. And comfortable clothes for me to wear.
momtoafireteam's Avatar momtoafireteam 08:18 PM 06-03-2010
We need nothing. In fact, I am currently in the process of SELLING a lot of the stuff that I bought way too much of in anticipation for her arrival.
CrunchyChristianMama's Avatar CrunchyChristianMama 08:23 PM 06-03-2010
We just need a few more things.

-Hose and attachment to fill the birth pool
-Possibly new nursery bedding
-Paint DD's big girl room walls
-Make curtains for DD's new room
-Freezer meals
somegirl99's Avatar somegirl99 08:35 PM 06-03-2010
We have clothing, various odds and ends that were hand-me-downs or gifts (including swing, bouncy chair, shower seat, bicycle seat, baby tub). We also have a dresser to use for him, and we got a Mei Tai.

Just got the car seat today, just ordered cloth diapers & accessories today.

Still need to get:
- co-sleeper & bedding
- manual breast pump & bottles
- nursing pads / other supplies
- post-partum pads
- maybe a sling
- rocking chair?
- jogging stroller?
- freezer meals
miss_nikki's Avatar miss_nikki 08:46 PM 06-03-2010
I think really all we need, thankfully, is a car seat and to finish our diaper stash.
AmyKT's Avatar AmyKT 08:55 PM 06-03-2010
I'll know more after this weekend, when I pull down the itty bitty clothes, but I think I need

*a few more summer newborn clothes -- my brother and his wife are supposed to be loaning us some, though they are acting funny about it now.

* maybe a new bouncy seat -- the one we have is borrowed, and we borrowed it from this friend last time, and it's seen yet another baby since then and it's worn, worn, worn and it was a lifesaver with dd, so I don't want to not have one. I bought my favorite kind for my brother's first baby, assuming I'd get to borrow it when I have my second, but they went and beat us to it and have newborn twins (j/k)

*disposable diapers -- I have a big cloth stash that I failed at using the first time, and I plan to use try harder this time, but I know I'll need at least some sposies

* pack and play accessories -- I think these are somewhere at MIL's house. the babe will be sleeping in this beside our bed (when not in our bed), and I at least need the bassinet part.

* backup formula -- don't flame me, but after the troubles I had the first time, I want to be prepared. I just can't decide what kind to get. I'm apparently the only person on MDC who doesn't get bombarded with samples in the mail

*maybe a new bumper -- I have one that my mom custom-made the first time, but the tabs are falling off. I'm going to try to fix it, and I know we won't need it for months, anyway, but I'm a planner. Geez, bumpers alone are crazy expensive!

* nursing cover-up -- borrowing from a friend

* a pump -- planning to rent one from the lactation boutique for the first month or so; borrowed a friend's last time, but again, it's kind of old and worn now; if all goes well this time, I'll buy something

This has been eye-opening. I didn't actually realize I still needed to do so much!
COgirl19's Avatar COgirl19 09:05 PM 06-03-2010
We still have a lot to get and I really have to get a jump on it soon! A lot of our stuff from DD1 is in storage at the in-laws which they are bringing to us this month, but it's mostly clothes I think.

What we have:
Some clothes
A ring sling, and a moby wrap
Some cloth diapers
Car seat

What we need:
More cloth diapers
A diaper sprayer
A co-sleeper with bedding
A new breast pump and storage supplies
cloth post-partum pads
cloth nursing pads
natural first aid baby stuff
natural baby shampoo

Wishful thinking!
A bigger car or minivan and a bigger apartment, and a job for my husband so I can be the one to SAH. Not gonna happen but a girl can dream...
MommaKitten21's Avatar MommaKitten21 09:23 PM 06-03-2010
What do you still need?

Ummm, everything

I have not purchased one thing for this baby yet! Ahh. Honestly, all the money that would have gone to baby stuff has now gone to fighting off the infection and all!

Hopefully, I can just get a car seat, some diapers, and a breast pump before she gets here!! Oh, and hopefully some clothes!! ha. Those might be important... oh geesh I am so unprepared
isras1's Avatar isras1 09:29 PM 06-03-2010
Originally Posted by MissMorgan View Post
*something to bathe the baby in (we only have a shower too.. DUMBEST THING EVER.)
We built onto our house, which will now include a bathroom (), we almost did a shower unit (no tub). Then I realized, we're planning on having a baby next year, which = bathtime. So glad I thought ahead.
Here are two products I am planning on buying:
Bath bucket
Shower sling

We have:
- 4 slings and an active baby carrier (hard frame)
- bouncy, vibrating seat
- stroller
- diaper bag
- box full of clothes I've been collecting at thrift stores and garage sales
- high chair
- bassinet
- a home and breasts for feeding
- 3 aden + anais muslin swaddling wraps (thank you thrifty sis-in-law)
- insulated car seat cover (for winter)
- baby monitor

What we need:
- Car Seat and bigger truck for the car seat
- homebirth supply kit
- dresser (retrofitted with a changing pad on top)
- mattress for our bassinet
- disposable diapers and wipes
- toiletry items
- the Bucket and bath time toiletries
- wool soaker pads, gonna make our own
- breastfeeding gear: cream, pump/bottles, pillow, 2-3 bras and a few breastfeeding tank tops
- baby book, I like this one and this
- freezer meals
- rocking chair/glider
- make a mobile to hang above the changing table/bassinet

I am the last of my group of girlfriends to have a child (all of them have at least two kids by now), so I am blessed in having stuff handed down to me. One friend has 2 boys (we are expecting a boy) and she kept everything, literally! She is a pack rat and its all in her attic. Gonna go raid it here pretty soon.
MammaB21's Avatar MammaB21 09:38 PM 06-03-2010
I knew there was a reason I made this thread. You ladies have reminded me of more things to add to my list. Now I feel like I was having a pregnancy induced brain fart when I wrote my first entry.

More for our 'need' list -

-Nursing bras, breast pads, and nursing tanks.
-Belly wrap.
-Freezer meals.

But I also remembered that we do have a baby bjorn potty. We also just bought a rocking/reclining chair from a thrift store that's oober comfy. It will most likely be my nursing chair.
MJB's Avatar MJB 12:04 AM 06-04-2010
Things we have:
-new wardrobe for baby clothes
-baby clothes
-diaper covers

Things we need:
-diapers (Flip inserts)
-diaper pail
-birth supplies (including fishy pool)

Things I'd like:
-bucket style baby tub
-cute baby quilt
dannic's Avatar dannic 12:29 AM 06-04-2010
all birth supplies
birth kit
birth pool and attachments
nursing bras
freezer meals

I've got clothes, tho a tad out of season...and my slings.

Ack, I've got a ton to do!
detroitgirl77's Avatar detroitgirl77 12:30 AM 06-04-2010
I think that we are pretty good here for the most part.

We have:
*an infant seat borrowed from my sister to bring baby girl home from hospital
*convertible carseat
*plenty of clothes
*lotions/creams/shampoos from couponing and free samples
*breast pump and storage accessories courtesy of wic
*a few boppy pillows leftover from the boys
*baby carriers(pod, mei tei, moby, k'tan, ringsling)

We need:
*to finish my diaper stash. Have more than enough newborn diapers, am still working on covers and one sized and sized diapers
*would like another changing table or bigger chest of drawers for baby girls clothes and diapers
*nursing bras--the ones I had before are stretched out or just too small. I at least would like a few more nursing tanks at the bare minimum
*dresses to make for baby girl
*have grandma crochet/knit baby girl some soakers/shorties/longies skirties--she already made a few pairs of longies--plan on giving her some yarn to make some more since I haven't retaught myself to crochet yet.

Probably other stuff which I can't think of at the moment
thenaturefreak's Avatar thenaturefreak 01:30 AM 06-04-2010
I went a little crazy these past few months and got most of what we needed. And I did a lot of sewing. Which was great because my energy levels just dropped down again. But we still need a few odds and ends...

We have:
-Clothing (mostly from older sisters)
-Various Baby Carriers (Ergo, sling, wrap, etc...)
-Home birth kit
-Water birth supplies and pool
-Tons of burp clothes and swaddling blankets
-Lovely bamboo velour nursing pads
-Presents from big sisters (they each wanted to pick a new toy for the baby )
-Car Seat
-Stroller (more for older sister though)
-breast pump
-Plenty of cloth diapers & some disposables in case I want them for meconium stage
-Belly Binder for after the birth
-Bikini top for birth

We need:
-Second cover for Boppy
-New Nursing Bras
-Cheap shower curtain liners for homebirth/waterbirth needs
-Make frozen pp pads (have supplies, need to wait till we are closer)
-New infant insert for Ergo
-Breast milk storage bags
-Blessing dress
-Easy Meals
-Labor-aide (will make when closer)
-Possibly make more pp cloth (I have found I love velour as opposed to the corduroy topped ones I am using now for pantiliners)
Joyster's Avatar Joyster 10:36 AM 06-04-2010
I have a lot from my two previous boys.

I'd like to pick up some more outfits, since I've never had a summer baby.

I'm going to need blankets, since my 2y.o. hoardes them.

I need a bed for my 2 y.o. as he's moving into his brothers room, it's not priority since baby sleeps with us for a while, though I'd like to have everything set up before he arrives.

I'd like to get a new stroller (that will NOT be easy to convince DH) since I'm a bit of a collector and already have several.

I will have to get another car seat since our infant one is at the end of the line.

Another dresser.

Another bookcase (I'm getting several).

A plus sized strap for my Ergo as I've lost mine somewhere.

A new wrap if I can't find mine.

On the plus side, I got the larger vehicle!
CallMeMommy's Avatar CallMeMommy 10:38 AM 06-04-2010
We really don't *need* anything. We're set on clothes, we have a bucket seat from DS2, have an extra dresser. We *want* bunk beds, a new convertible seat, a double stroller, and a minivan (but when we get the van we're going to need new carseats for that eventually).
LZP's Avatar LZP 01:21 PM 06-04-2010
Thanks ladies. Gives me so much more perspective, and helps me to appreciate what we already have- and remember what we dont!!
We are blessed to be having a shower thrown for us, and I think it might be this weekend or next weekend (!!!!!!) so I'll know better what we *need* after that. so far, i'm listing it all as it pops into my head. I'm writing comments so when I come back, I remember the great ideas I had... since I forget everything these days.)

What we have:
*dresser, crib and glider (gifted from generous grandparents-to-be!)
*stroller w/bassinet/pram attachment and infant/toddler seat
*boppy & my breast friend pillows
*crib mattress wedge just in case - nap time will be in crib, night time sleep with mommy and daddy.
*crib bedding (though we're keeping tags on till baby arrives, just in case the US was wrong!)
*various clothes in sizes 6mos and up- not a wardrobe, but something.
*1/2 of a newborn CD stash incl 14 fitteds and 8 tiny UTN PFs
*full OS pocket dipe stash
*3 dz cloth wipes (might ask my mom to make more when she's with us for a week after baby arrives)
* CD doublers, stuffers, fleece liners, sz S dipe covers
*breast pump and replacement parts kit
*PP pads and ingredients to make mama bottom spray and some PP gauze freezer pads
*ingredients for wipe solution/general baby care/some gifted toiletries
*infant seat
*crib mattress
*Clothes clothes clothes!

What we need:
*some good NB care books (i feel clueless and overwhelmed.)
*glass bottles and/or BF friendly bottles.
*extra nipples
*boob associated items - nursing tanks, cream, shields for pump, nursing pads
*freezer meals
*finish NB fitted stash
*1 doz PFs and maybe 1 more NB cover
*co-sleeper, extension legs and bedding
* a good sling or wrap
* a structured carrier for later
* sun hats and dresses (need to get back into my sewing!!)
*finish room decor. I know this isnt a *need* but I to decorate, so this is something I've been looking forward to since we started TTC 24 mos ago!
*give the whole house a good cleaning, and complete some unfinished projects
*refi? maybe...!
MonP'titBoudain's Avatar MonP'titBoudain 03:15 PM 06-04-2010
Oh, wow, I think I'm in denial about being in the third trimester. Argh... there is so much left to do and I don't feel ready at all (or have any energy to do it... *where* is that nesting energy?).

* we have most stuff... clothes, diapers, car seat (hasn't expired, yay!!), bouuncy seat, carriers and more carriers, amby, etc.

*need a good bowl for those newborn catches and nursing catches.
*need everything on my birth kit...
*make a guaze wrap? I'm thining the Moby might be way too hot for mid-August. But, do I want to add more to do??
*heavy-duty mama-cloth
*make ec diaper belt
*I'd like to make some more winter EC friendly covers and pull-ups. At least to do the covers out of old sweaters. Like 3 small and 4 medium. Then a few more one-pee, side-snap diapers would be good too.
*make a wool puddle pad for the bed (or have someone give me a lambswool cause they love me so much!)

*deep clean our bedroom
*sort through & wash baby clothes (think I need more summery newborn stuff)
*wash all the newborn diapers. sell off the bigger covers/diapers we didn't use with ec.
*re-organize the home office space so I can find all the bills & reciepts during my post-partum haze!
*freezer meals and more freezer meals. These were such a life saver last time.
*sewing (see above needs).
Leonine's Avatar Leonine 10:53 PM 06-04-2010
This thread is great! A while ago I tried to slow my enthusiasm for buying stuff, but now I'm thinking I can let it pick up again

Here are some things I'm thinking I should wait on buying. Anyone think otherwise?

- Co-sleeper, maybe we'll like the bed, maybe she'll be fine in the moses basket? Since I haven't shared a bed with an infant, I just don't know how this will go
- Breast pump (never even breastfed, maybe I should wait to see how that goes before I get a piece of heavy duty equiptment
- Nursing bras (maybe I should wait until week 35 or so to see how big my breasts might get?)
- Nursing pillow (some say the Boppy is useless, others swear by it...I have no idea what I'll need
MonP'titBoudain's Avatar MonP'titBoudain 11:55 PM 06-04-2010
Yeah, I'd wait on the nursing bras. Actually, I'd get maybe one cheapo one around 35 or 37 weeks and then get the rest after your milk comes in. What happened to me, my sister and a couple of my friends was our breasts jumped several cup sizes in the first week post-partum (I went from a C to an F. My sister went from a C to a G.... I didn't know there was an F or G until then!) I was really, really annoyed to be giving away $50 and $75 nursing bras!
MissMorgan's Avatar MissMorgan 12:09 AM 06-05-2010
Originally Posted by MonP'titBoudain View Post
Yeah, I'd wait on the nursing bras. Actually, I'd get maybe one cheapo one around 35 or 37 weeks and then get the rest after your milk comes in. What happened to me, my sister and a couple of my friends was our breasts jumped several cup sizes in the first week post-partum (I went from a C to an F. My sister went from a C to a G.... I didn't know there was an F or G until then!) I was really, really annoyed to be giving away $50 and $75 nursing bras!
LAME - I'm already at size F and I've decided not to buy any bras until nursing. I don't want size like.. what.. K boobs! lol!

Also- I was going to say.. from what people at my LLL meeting said, the Boppy is hit or miss but if it doesn't help for nursing it is awesome to: 1.) sit on PP when you are sore 2.) for "tummy time" 3.)for bigger baby to sit up on 4.) and I'm using mine right now to sleep with (between my legs at night) and to prop up books on so I can read in bed!
MonP'titBoudain's Avatar MonP'titBoudain 01:16 AM 06-05-2010
Originally Posted by MissMorgan View Post
LAME - I'm already at size F and I've decided not to buy any bras until nursing. I don't want size like.. what.. K boobs! lol!
Maybe you've already got what you need and your body will have mercy on you! The women I know who kinda went BAM after their milk came in were average to small in size. But, still, waiting can't hurt!
lisalulu's Avatar lisalulu 08:39 PM 06-05-2010
We have:
-bucket seat
-some random clothes and my mom can't quit buying girly stuff so I think we're set
-sling, moby, beco
-changing table
-crib (haha-rarely used after 2 kids but you never know)
-nursing tanks
-pp sitz bath herbs

We need:
-(really hoping not) a Radian for DS2 so all 3 will fit across the back of the wagon-will try this weekend and see if we need it
-some kind of sleeping device because DS2 isn't moving out of our bed very fast and I can fantasize that one of my kids would actually like a co-sleeper
-kimono style tops
-a couple of those fancy swaddling blankets-can't remember the name
-some BPA free bottles for when I go back to school
-nursing bras but will wait until after
-maybe a lighterweight wrap
matey's Avatar matey 11:30 PM 06-05-2010
Originally Posted by MissMorgan View Post
LAME - I'm already at size F and I've decided not to buy any bras until nursing. I don't want size like.. what.. K boobs! lol!

Also- I was going to say.. from what people at my LLL meeting said, the Boppy is hit or miss but if it doesn't help for nursing it is awesome to: 1.) sit on PP when you are sore 2.) for "tummy time" 3.)for bigger baby to sit up on 4.) and I'm using mine right now to sleep with (between my legs at night) and to prop up books on so I can read in bed!
I hope it works out for you. I was an I pre baby with my last pregnancy and a K after. I eventually got down to a G, but that was also with losing 80 pounds. Right now I am wearing my old bras in size I, but they are roomy, so I know I am not there yet. I do have a size I nursing bra.

And you are right, the boppy serves many purposes. My son used to nap on his on the couch when he was itty bitty. It also helped with his reflux issues.
kimkim's Avatar kimkim 03:41 AM 06-06-2010
wow. i'm behind, i won't let myself get anything until our mid july shower either. we have a few random outfits and i'm making wool diaper covers and knitting a few items but that's it...i appreciate everyone else's lists. let's hope i have the motivation to get my stuff in a month and a half.
amyrobynne's Avatar amyrobynne 03:59 AM 06-06-2010
I don't NEED anything, I don't think. It would be good to get:

-New nursing bras. I suspect my old ones are past much usefullness.
-Cloth diapers that fit past 12 lbs. In a pinch I could use our prefolds, but I plan to sew a medium stash before the baby arrives.
-Swaddling blankets. My SIL is a master swaddler, which I never got into with my boys because they outgrew most receiving blankets so darn fast. But now that they have those swaddlers/baby straight jackets I'd like to try them.
-A concrete plan for how we're going to store the baby's stuff. I'm pretty sure we can get the extra dresser into our room, but will he need closet space to hang things? We don't have much to spare there. And I like having the extra dresser for the size between my older boys, so maybe I should be getting another dresser instead.

Things we do have:
-Clothes, clothes, and more clothes. Although I'd rather have more wool, especially in 3-6 month size (opposite seasons from my older boys). I'd also like to make more baby bags in non-newborn sizes. They don't seem very available at garage sales, but we EC and the elastic-bottom bags are way easier than sleepers for nighttime peeing.
-Convertible car seat. Just got a used one from a friend that will fit RF in our car 3-in-a-row because our old one expired. I wouldn't mind borrowing a bucket until he hits 12ish lbs if I can find one that'll fit our car.
-Newborn diapers. Finished that stash recently.
-Potties. Kept those from baby #2
-Baby/toddler toys. I think these multiply while in storage.
-Carriers. Oh dear, I'm set there. I have two KKAFP's and a Moby for the early days, a Didymos my SIL will share, Ergo and homemade mei tei, a Kissasling ring sling, a swim-friendly ring sling, a rebozo I never used, and I might be missing something. If my SIL and I both adore the Didy, we might need to get another woven wrap.
Taylah's Avatar Taylah 05:33 AM 06-06-2010
My baby shower at work is the second week in July so I'm trying to be very good and not buy anything, but with an early August due date I'm starting to get a little freaked out. MIL has indicated she's buying the car seat/stroller and my parents will be in town starting July 24th and plan to fill in anything important we need and haven't received/bought.

We're using a cloth diapering service and I'll be signing up for that after DH gets his once-a-month paycheck on the 15th. Also on hold until then is a couple nursing gowns or pj's. I also want to pickup a pack of disposable diapers, diaper cream, powder, baby wash/shampoo type stuff, a pack of bottles, some extra crib/bassinet sheets and some diaper covers just because I'm feeling nervous about a possible early delivery. (it's like, if I'm not prepared things will happen early - Murphy's Law!).
Pyrodjm's Avatar Pyrodjm 11:57 AM 06-06-2010
We need a carseat, a dresser and our HB kit. I also plan to get a king-sized bed before DD2 gets here to help with the cosleeping.
rlandnl's Avatar rlandnl 01:08 PM 06-06-2010
We don't NEED a lot, because we have a lot from when DS was little, and also babies don't NEED that much...

baby bath tub
mei tai carrier
bouncy seat
lots of NB, 0-3 month clothes from yardsales
crib sidecarred to our bed
changing table
NB and small diaper covers
3 dozen prefolds
breast pads I made

new nipples for old bottles or new glass bottles (for when I pump)
car seat
new sippy cups
clothes for 3-6 months and up
burts bees wash
burts bees lotion
nipple cream
nursing bras

I am not sure what else we need but there is a lot more we registered for...

I need to finish making my cloth wipes, I am about 1/4 done on those.
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