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#1 of 10 Old 02-09-2017, 08:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
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what do i really need?

wondering how people raised babies 100 years ago. a little overwhelmed with the choices out there. have checked out a few websites like babygearlab, babycenter, checklysts.com and babylist.com, but still looking for something great. anyone else have good recommendations? right now we need a new pacifier for our boy as he's outgrown his Nuk up to 6 months.
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is your question

a philosophic one? You need what you use.
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birth/labor - space & time
baby - breast & clothing & cloth diapers/potty for ECing & place to co-sleep
toddler - breast & clothing & maybe shoes

Can alway give kids things to explore.

Most of all love
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100 metaphorical years ago

Babies might have put in a drawer with a sofa cushion to sleep and into a laundry hamper for a playpen, the kitchen sink might have been the bath. People did not necessarily buy a lot of special equipment and some of it was likely homemade.

For me, some of my most used items were a stroller, a baby seat (the old school kind you can rock a baby in with one foot), a moses basket, bibs, clothes and booties like Robeez or Padraigs, lots of diapers and diaper pail, cloth wipes and changing pad, a few soft baby blankets, and an over the door jumper seat, plus some basic baby toys. When my son was older, a wagon, bike seat/bike trailer, a crib, those sippy cups where a lid pops over a regular cup, bibs (for drool), kid sized utensils and plastic plates, kid sized table and chairs, toilet ring and step stool, clothes and shoes galore, and older kid toys like a trike, slide, ride on/in car, art easel. Baby gates. Latches for the medicine cabinet.

For winter, heavy fleece blankets were great for going out. Hats with chin straps for all seasons. Overall outfits for winter, rain pants and rubber boots. Mittens on a string. Acrylic sweaters that dry in 2 seconds, wool sweaters for winter, and lots of sweater vests and sweater jackets. Layers are great. Digital Thermometer.

We had a playpen which my son hated, he would not sleep in it. We had a highchair, but he hated being stuck in it. If I had known how much my son would hate his highchair I would have spent far less on it (we did not have a kitchen table).

One thing I could have used maybe was a sleep sack, and a mattress protector for our bed.
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thanks mumto1!

anyone know any good online guides to help me figure out how I can pick out some good products and work down this list?
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Babies might have put in a drawer with a sofa cushion to sleep and into a laundry hamper for a playpen, the kitchen sink might have been the bath. People did not necessarily buy a lot of special equipment and some of it was likely homemade.

For me, some of my most used items were a stroller, a baby seat (the old school kind you can rock a baby in with one foot), a moses basket, bibs, clothes and booties like Robeez or Padraigs, lots of diapers and diaper pail, cloth wipes and changing pad, a few soft baby blankets, and an over the door jumper seat, plus some basic baby toys. When my son was older, a wagon, bike seat/bike trailer, a crib, those sippy cups where a lid pops over a regular cup, bibs (for drool), kid sized utensils and plastic plates, kid sized table and chairs, toilet ring and step stool, clothes and shoes galore, and older kid toys like a trike, slide, ride on/in car, art easel. Baby gates. Latches for the medicine cabinet.

For winter, heavy fleece blankets were great for going out. Hats with chin straps for all seasons. Overall outfits for winter, rain pants and rubber boots. Mittens on a string. Acrylic sweaters that dry in 2 seconds, wool sweaters for winter, and lots of sweater vests and sweater jackets. Layers are great. Digital Thermometer.

We had a playpen which my son hated, he would not sleep in it. We had a highchair, but he hated being stuck in it. If I had known how much my son would hate his highchair I would have spent far less on it (we did not have a kitchen table).

One thing I could have used maybe was a sleep sack, and a mattress protector for our bed.
thanks mumto1!
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It depends on what parenting style you choose and what lifestyle you live. A minimalist wouldn't buy a quarter of what people nowadays buy for babies. When I was convincing DH that it was a good idea to TTC now (he wanted to wait a couple more years due to finances), I made a list with price ranges to show him that it wouldn't take more than $1,000 to get everything one needs for the baby. I'll share it with you so you have an Idea.

Some items I left without a price because I'm still looking and some of these things I can do without or learn to make myself, making it even cheaper

Your priorities will be different than another mama's. For me, I need a very high quality carrier because I walk everywhere to get a good workout and I'm very active around the house. I rarely used a stroller with DD. Also, In our household, we are all about re-using so I will get almost everything second hand. Just not diapers and breast pads as we will be using those again and again.

People in the past had large families on one income with minimal items. We shouldn't require so much stuff!

DIAPERS
Flats unbleached $95
Flats Organic $125
Wool Covers night time 0-6 months (2) $44
Wool Soakers 6-12Lbs (newborn) $30 each
Wool covers daytime one size (2) 3months and up $80

-------------------------------------------------- $219 - $244
BREAST PADS four sets
-------------------------------------------------- $30
CRIB
-------------------------------------------------- $100
CO-SLEEPER
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CHANGING TABLE
-------------------------------------------------- $50
CAR SEAT
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STROLLER
-------------------------------------------------- $50
BABY CARRIER
-------------------------------------------------- $140
ROCKING CHAIR
-------------------------------------------------- $50-$100
SWING
--------------------------------------------------$50
BOUNCY
--------------------------------------------------$25
BUMBO?
-------------------------------------------------- $10
MONITOR
--------------------------------------------------$100
NURSING BRAS
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BATH TUB/HAMMOCK
--------------------------------------------------$20
DIAPER BAG
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CLOTHES AND SOCKS
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BLANKETS
--------------------------------------------------

Hope this helps!

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I'm in Canada, and my kid is very far past the baby/toddler age, so things have changed. Also, I shopped the thrift stores, yard and fundraiser sales etc. Thrift stores here at least, are a great grandma sweater resource. I always found ToysRUs to be more expensive than just going to a drug or department store, but that was then. .

https://www.bumkins.com
https://www.mec.ca/en/kids-age/infan...products/c/100
https://www.the100milechild.ca/search?cat_id=1
http://www.gracobaby.com/products/pa...le-jungle.aspx
http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/ca...hildrens_ikea/
http://www.sears.ca/en/kids-baby-2
https://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-.../dp/B001HTJS60
(I did not have a seat like this, mine was Vintage and totally solid, but it looked similar)
http://www.kushies.com/home-canada/
https://www.myrobeez.ca/?gclid=CjwKE...08XBoCJGnw_wcB
http://www.padraigcottage.com/collections/all
https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/step2-r...=richrelevance
https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/little-...=richrelevance
http://www.kolkid.ca
http://www.macklems.com
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Many years ago there were not any internet, but the people were more responsible, smarter and didn`t expect anything from anybody to help their children. They did it by themselves. That`s why people were healthier, and children smarter!
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You need a toy to keep your toddler occupied, and help them developmentally; educationally or physically.
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