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I am in my fifth month of my first pregnancy. I just moved away from family and friends. I need other mom's expertise. Help!<br><br>
1.Are there any suggestions on nursery cribs that are safe and meet all of your needs?<br><br>
2. What about the best car seats and strollers?<br><br>
3. What are the best resources out there to learn about vaccinations?<br><br>
It seems that I have a million questions. One day at a time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
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i don't know about lotsa things either, since i'm only 6 1/2 ish months along with my first also, but i bought myself a britax. I heard the best things and read the best reviews on them. Plus i don't ever want a newborn seat...i just went straight for the convertable car seat.<br><br>
good luck!
 

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i cosleep with my baby so no help there. i bought a cosleeper from babies r us that has hard sides so we don't roll on the baby. this is our second so it was worth the money. i do say though for me as a paranoid mom sleeping on the edge of it hurts the cheek.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
i bought the cheapist car seat from walmart for a baby carrier since you don't use it too long. i have gone through three toddler ones and still have yet to find one i like. with this baby i am buying britax for the bigger ine that will go to sixty pounds. i plan on using the 5 point harness to my children are 8 because legally they are supose to. every one i know lets their kids sit in the booster past 3 with just the lap belt but i don't trust the lap belt alone. i saw a bad video about seat belts failing.<br><br>
on the vaccinations i would look into that part of the board. there are great resourses just by reading their posts and some that will show sites for delaying vaccines too.
 

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We purchased a Baby Trend Flex Loc car seat. It has some of the best safety reviews out there. We also bought a crib (for later) a bassinet for our room for the first few months, and a pak n play for downstairs to work as a potential sleep spot and changing station.<br><br>
PLEASE PLEASE visit the vax area here. There are so many important points to learn. Also look into the Vitamin K shot - it has similar issues to vax. You can also research vax ingredients on the CDC website.
 

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Congrats on your upcoming baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">1.Are there any suggestions on nursery cribs that are safe and meet all of your needs? <b>I think all new ones meet safety guidelines. We never used ours as we ended up co-sleeping</b><br><br>
2. What about the best car seats and strollers?<br><b>I agree w/ the previous poster...if you can afford it Britax makes very nice and safe car seats (when installed correctly...we had our car seat checked by a certified car seat tech before DD was born and we didn't install it right). We got a Graco car seat/light weight stroller combo for DD but if I had to do it over I'd get a Britax infant seat and a seperate stroller much later (we didn't use the stroller until she was about 2 yrs old as I wore her in the sling till then)</b><br><br>
3. What are the best resources out there to learn about vaccinations?<br><b>The book Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives by Aviva Jill Romm is a great book. A really great video if you can get a copy of it is Vaccines: The Risks, The Benefits, The Choices by Sherri J. Tenpenny<br></b><br></div>
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Decent infant carseats are the Graco SafeSeat, Chicco Keyfit, or the Britax Companion. The big Britax's, the ones that go to 65lbs are not safe for a newborn, unless you have one BIG, long baby.<br><br><br>
Definitely visit the vax board here. I can't help you on the rest, we don't own a crib. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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1. We cosleep and have a crib, with one side taken off, bungee-corded to the bed. Very, very nice for us. DD has her own space, and she can't roll off the bed. And I can scootch her over when I get too crowded. Dh wasn't excited about cosleeping at first, but quickly learned to LOOOOVE it. They snuggle together and it's just so darned cute and peaceful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
2. Most of the carseats that have a carry part that comes off (what are those things called?) aren't crash tested past 30 miles an hour-- yikes! And, well, we used a sling instead of a stroller until she got heavy, and we have a cheap umbrella stroller that is lightweight enough for her to push herself when she gets bored riding <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
3. Just looking at vaccines myself. But I know for a fact that the new LO isn't getting ANY for quite some time... I thought it was illegal to NOT vax when dd was born.
 

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I just got the Dr. Sears Vaccine Book and I like that he gives lots of information without really trying to convince you of one thing or another. And there are several types of delayed or selective schedules in the book that give you more options to think about.
 

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Get an infant carseat, convertible ones aren't safe for newborn babies.<br><br>
We're co-sleeping.<br><br>
I'm also just now looking into vax info. But I like Dr. Sears' Vax book.
 

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Congratulations on your baby! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
We're another co-sleeping family -- DS never slept anywhere except in my arms or in his swing the first two years of his life. We're not even going to bother buying a crib with this one.<br><br>
DH is an acupuncturist and already knew all about the vax issues, but the Sears book is great, and I believe Mothering has a booklet available with additional info -- that's where I'd start.<br><br>
As far as car seats & strollers, a great book called Baby Bargains by Denise & Alan Fields was my bible with DS, and I just bought the most recent addition. It has reviews & safety info on cribs, strollers, car seats, high chairs, etc., as well as great info about diapers, breast pumps, bottles, maternity, nursing, and baby clothes. We'd planned to get an all-in-one car seat until I read the review in Baby Bargains. It was such an enormous help to me as a first-time mom.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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We started with a Britax, but when DS arrived it was clearly not safe for him--he was average size (7, 5, and 20 inches), but the straps were too high and he flopped over in it. We got a Graco Snugride and used it for the first 5 months or so, then switched back to the Britax.<br><br>
I agree--we did a lot of vax research, and the Sears Vaccine book is by far my favorite resource.<br><br>
Congratulations!
 

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This is basically what I plan on doing. I'm a first time mom, but I read a lot about how the convertible Britax can be a bit big for newborns. So, I bought a Snugride (and a Kolcroft Uni Stroller Frame so I can go on walks with my mom), and I'm asking my family to go in on a Britax convertible for my baby shower.
 

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I can only halfway answer 1, #3 I can answer for sure.<br><br>
1.....any mattress that is non-toxic...they can be expensive but worth it, or there are links online for "cot wrapping," from New Zealand, which can cut down on the risks of gasses. I'm at work so I can't link you directly but just google "cot wrapping" and you'll find it. A non-toxic mattress is very important, IMO, especially if you aren't co-sleeping.<br><br>
3. The vax forum here is an awesome place to start. From there, I personally love Aviva Jill Romm's book, Neil Z. ******'s books, Randall Neustaeder, Sheri Tenpenny. Even Dr. Sears' vaccine book can be a good place for info for a somewhat moderate mainstream view. Mayoclinic.com is a great place to research illnesses, risk factors, and how to treat each disease.
 
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