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Have any of you already bought a carseat/stroller? Just wondering when to jump the gun :)<br><br>
I know this baby is #2 for me so I don't expect a shower... with baby #1, I got everything around 30 weeks because people kept sending us gift cards and I had an early out-of-state-shower.<br><br>
The only thing I need is a car seat to get him home and new breast feeding tubing for my pump.
 

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Hmm.. I already bought a carseat. Didn't think I was jumping any guns, just figured that was one thing I could mark off my list. But then, this is my first, so I probably have a much longer list than you do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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This is #8 for me, but we had to buy a carseat for this one since we lost our previous one, somewhere. I bought it back in Jan/Feb.<br><br>
I ordered my Breast pump tubing and am just impatiently waiting on it. I ordered it before my birthing pool and my birthing pool is here but not my tubing. I NEED my tubing! My little ones took scissors to my old tubing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I'll be ordering my car seat at the end of the month. I spread all my purchases out over the last several months: birth pool, diapers, maternity clothes, etc so that no one month took a big hit.
 

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We haven't yet bought a carseat. I'm waiting for a great sale on the Radian XTSL. The worst case scenario is that Edie is born before we get her carseat, and I bump the kids up-- my 7.5 yr. old to the built-in booster, my 4.5 yr. old to my 7 yr. old's high-back booster, and Edie goes in my 4 yr. old's Radian.<br>
We don't really use strollers but if we do, it won't be until she's 6+ mos. so I won't buy that before the birth.<br>
I've bought her clothes (only girl, first summer baby) and will buy her diapers after we move at the end of the month (why move a bunch of diapers?) I still have my sling from my boys. I don't really think babies need anything else. I do need to get a breastpump in case we have latch and/or oversupply issues because I had mastitis 8 times with my last baby and want to pre-empt that this time by pumping as needed. I *think* I have a manual Isis somewhere (my mom's attic?) somewhere but would like an electric pump. I also still need to order birth supplies and cloth postpartum pads.
 

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Oh yeah, thanks for mentioning birth supplies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Something I gotta do here too.<br><br>
We have the carseat from the other babies... I do need a NB stroller though, 'cuz we gave ours away and an umbrella stroller doesn't cut it for a NB, nor does the Caboose we have for the two.<br><br>
I'm starting to get really antsy to do more things but I work FT and then when I come home it's the second shift. Dh is going back to the 11-7 shift this week so I know I'll be knackered. Breathe.<br><br>
I feel like I should be paying more attention to preparing for birth and breastfeeding too. I have a manual pump but I feel like it's suction is off and it's on it's last legs. I have an electric single pump but that too has been used to death. I have tubing for a double pump. I should probably get a new manual. $$$ trying to save though
 

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I already have an infant seat, but I'm buying a new convertible. I babysit my niece and she is using my old convertible, plus I want one that rear faces longer. So I'm either getting the Roundabout 50 or a My Ride 65, probably next week or the week after, when DH gets paid. I'm spreading out our purchases too, and I have a few things left to buy.<br><br>
I also have two strollers, the Graco that my seat snaps into and a Fisher Price sit and stand version. I kind of want a nice stroller, but I can't justify it for my last baby. My big "splurge" this time is a video monitor, I can't get a really expensive stroller too!
 

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ddc crashing......<br>
Im waiting to find out the gender with this one *in case* its not a boy<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Im totally in love with girly car seat and seriously since we got rid or gave away all our baby gear when we were *done* I have to shop for everything all over<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> but as soon as I know for Im going on a shopping spree I already have a boy/girl choice in most items that come in patterns. I have been buying all those unisex things that I can but its hard since most stores carry a larger variety of blue or pink only. Im getting tired of yellow<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I have my carseat from our daughter. Depending on your situation, I wouldn't buy a stroller until you knew you'd need it. If you're babywearing, you won't need a stroller, at least not for a good, long time.
 

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We've got a carseat, it's an infant seat- a MaxiCosi CitiFix or something like that...not the one we intended but we had a 30% coupon and they let us combine it with their 20% sale...couldn't pass on 50% off! The one thing I like about it- it's cool looking- it's got a nice design. But we'll still have to order a Radian or something down the line anyway.<br>
Hmm...everyone seems to be getting breast pumps. Is it best to wait to see if one is needed? That's not really something I thought I needed.<br>
No stroller here either until babe is much older. We'll probably get one after next Christmas I think. Unless DH decides to get a jogging one to take on runs.
 

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Expat Mama, I'd hold off on the breast pump. My daughter took a bottle once. Literally, one time, and that's because she was desperate. I had a great pump, but I wish I'd just purchased a hand pump, or just manually expressed, until I knew she'd take a bottle.<br><br>
I used the milk, sure--I added it to solids when we started oatmeal and veggies--but I didn't need the Medela pump-in-style Advanced. A GREAT pump, by the way, but totally unnecessary for my girl who preferred milk from its original container <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I recently found out Ds's carseat was expired, but some friends gave us their daughters outgrown seat. I was really glad because we were planning to buy a Radian after next winter, but I like the bucket for the newborn stage and for the first winter. We have Ds's stroller and it has an attachment for a carseat so we are all set there. I bought a used Moby from a friend of a friend on facebook for only $20.00 and I have two hotslings and an Ergo from Ds still. The same friend who gave us the carseat also gave me a breast pump. I never used one with Ds so this will be a new adventure for me! I wanted one this time because I just wanted the option of being able to leave baby with Dh or my Mom a bit sooner and maybe longer than I did last time. I realize now I need breaks every now and then. I still need to look at the pump and buy the tubing though, I haven't had time to even see what kind it is. Other than that, I need to rent or buy a tub and our birth supplies, and then I think that is about it.
 

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Someone has offered to buy me a carseat so as soon as I can do th research, I'll be buying that. Beyond that, I've picked up some clothing and a couple blankets from local thrift stores on days when they have 50 percent off sales. I've also been picking up children's books.
 

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Hmmm, I got a used pump off of ebay sometime back. We got a pack 'n' play by chance really cheap at a flea market this weekend. I've got a ton of baby stuff left from dd that I could sell and more from another friend. I need to go through that stash and find out what we still need. I'm getting cloth diapers for free from a friend of mine next week. And then we just need a car seat. Really that's about it.
 

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We don't need anything except clothes as we have everything from DS.<br>
Oh, I do need to try and find an organic mattress for the crib (in case she sleeps in it!).<br>
When I'm home in the UK I'll be stocking up on gentle bathing products, creams etc, Mother's Milk tea, flax and all that good stuff for us all that I can't get here.
 

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I did like having a hand pump for the first few weeks when I was hugely engorged. DS never ended up taking bottles, but I'm still glad I had it--manually expressing was very painful for me when I had that much oversupply. For this one, I'd like DH to give him the occasional bottle so I can get more sleep, so my hand pump will hopefully be more useful. I don't care much if I change my mind though--it was only $30 and I really like it.
 

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For this one, I'd like DH to give him the occasional bottle so I can get more sleep, so my hand pump will hopefully be more useful. QUOTE]<br><br>
I have the same plan this time around because I have been sleep-deprived for too long!!
 

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I work full time and will be going back when this babe is 4 months (although I can take him/her with me) so a pump is a necessity for me...which reminds me that I need to look at mine and see what I need to replace. . . My advice is to hold off on buying one or spending too much until you know if you'll need one.<br><br>
We have the Chariot stroller and LOVE it. We do a ton of hiking/biking and DD didn't want to be worn after a few months. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Thankfully it was a gift.<br><br>
Carseat. . .we are borrowing a new infant one and then will figure out from there. It is always good to have one at least a month before you're due.
 

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I had mine from my 1st DS. I used it often to relieve engorgement and to build my supply for when I went back to work (I'm returning to work again this time). I also pumped when I had an infection because it felt better than having baby on that side. On a more somber note.. I might not carry this baby to term with this weird condition I have so if he ends up in NICU, I want to be able to provide for him.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hmm...everyone seems to be getting breast pumps. Is it best to wait to see if one is needed? That's not really something I thought I needed.<br>
No stroller here either until babe is much older. We'll probably get one after next Christmas I think. Unless DH decides to get a jogging one to take on runs.</div>
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The first breast pump I got was from my first and it came from the hospital. I never bought one either I didn't think I needed it, but I used it all the time in the hospital and a lot when I got home as I desperately tried to nurse without success.<br><br>
I used that same pump (a Medela hand pump) with #2 & #3. With my 4th I needed a new one and got super lucky to have bought a NIB Medela electric pump at a thrift store for a fraction of the normal cost.<br><br>
I seriously needed that for my 4th as I had severe complications nursing with thrush and other issues.<br><br>
With my 5th I used my electric pump from my 4th for a while but I wore it out and bought a new double pump since I ended up exclusively pumping for him. This was a higher grade pump, but also a Medela.<br><br>
With my 6th she ended up having latch difficulties due to pallet issues so I again had to exclusively pump for her as well.<br><br>
With my 7th I dealt with tons of plugged ducts and mastitis and he refused my right breast for the first 9 months so I had to pump my right breast while I nurse my son on my left. I did DOUBLE DUTY with him both pumping and nursing.<br><br>
Just KNOWING my breastfeeding history I KNOW I will need my pump. My motor is still in great condition which is why I am happy to have found replacement parts for cheap instead of buying a whole new expensive pump.<br><br>
I certainly didn't think I'd need a breast pump either and was grateful the hospital gave me one when I went home. It was so useful to me.<br><br>
I defintely say get at least a hand pump to start off with JIC you DO need it. YOu wouldn't want to be without one when you find you do need one, especially when you are engorged. If you plan on gong back to work at all then you'd want to pump and stock up on milk in the future and those first few days/weeks of engorgement is the best time to pump that extra milk.<br><br>
Good luck. I hope no one has to use the pump as much as me, but it was worth it to me.
 
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