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They asked me to make a list of what I want.<br><br>
I don't plan to have a lot of unnecessary stuff, because I don't have any space and I'm not big on having "things".<br><br>
I plan to co-sleep and BF and CD (I will have to use a diaper service because I don't have the capacity to wash and dry all those diapers).<br><br>
I guess I will need a changing table. I found a place to put that. It will give me a place to store the diapers and wipes. My father has 2 nice stainless steel garbage cans with lids that he has volunteered for dirty diapers and wipes (I will have to keep them separate, I guess, because I will be washing the cloth wipes).<br><br>
So, question number one: <b>any recommendations for changing tables and accessories/supplies that go with it? What features or characteristics do you like or not like?</b><br><br>
My parents got me a baby bath already (i was with them in the store and it was on sale for 49 cents!) that I like.<br><br>
My father has a bassinet for me that I like, in case the co-sleeping doesn't work out 100% of the time (when I was a baby I liked my space). I guess I need bedding for that. It is exactly the same size as a changing mat (my parents have one and it fit in perfectly).<br><br>
So, question number 2, <b>I know nothing about bedding for bassinets or cribs. Any advice on those?</b><br><br>
I shouldn't need clothes, since my friend has a ton she is giving me.<br><br>
Question number 3, <b>anything else I should get?</b> I am not good at this.<br><br>
Thanks in advance for any advice!
 

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since you are getting a changing table and crib, it sounds like you probably will have a nursery, correct? so you'll probably want things to match. i don't know alot about changing tables (though i do have one) but i think they all have pretty much the same basic components... changing table part, drawers underneath, and cabnet on the side. so just choose one that meshes well with whatever style crib you have. as far as bedding, i like amy coe (which target carries). i have the green with white elephants... good for boy or girl and not overly babyish. i got the matching curtains too. my MIL bought me a crib set that came with the duvet, crib sheet, bed skirt, and bumper pad. i suggest going to look (or just check out stuff online) so that you can tell whomever exactly what you want in regards to the decor. all that being said, i have never used my crib, but it sure is cute! as far as other stuff goes, make sure you have a thermometer and all that kind of stuff.
 

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Here's some stuff I'd suggest:<br><br>
Breast pump (even if you don't plan to give bottles, it's handy for easing engorgement and for building a stash for later, just in case)<br>
Bouncy seat (good for setting the baby down so you can get some food or whatever)<br>
Boppy<br>
Swaddling blankets<br>
Baby monitor
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Here's some stuff I'd suggest:<br><br>
Breast pump (even if you don't plan to give bottles, it's handy for easing engorgement and for building a stash for later, just in case)<br>
Bouncy seat (good for setting the baby down so you can get some food or whatever)<br>
Boppy<br>
Swaddling blankets<br>
Baby monitor</div>
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oh yeah, all that stuff! definately must haves. and before you go thinking you don't need a bouncy seat, let me tell you, they are great to keep in the bathroom so you can set your baby down to pee or brush your teeth or whatever. i think i moved mine back and forth between the kitchen and bathroom till ds got old enough for a highchair... now it stays in the bathroom. of course he can sit up on his own now, but still seems to enjoy it.
 

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Actually, all changing tables are not the same, thankfully. The most common ones that I find around here are just open shelves (which I was never intending on, since past a certain age it's a piece of useless furniture). I was planning on getting one of these dresser ones: <a href="http://www.daxstores.com/baby-cribs--mattresses-and-bedding-changing-tables.html" target="_blank">http://www.daxstores.com/baby-cribs-...ng-tables.html</a> , which could be used as a dresser after the baby was out of diapers... right up until one of my neighbors was giving away hers (an open shelf one). She said they actually just used the top of a dresser with a changing pad, never even really used the changing table cause the dresser was easier.<br><br>
How about a sling?<br><br>
If you're looking for big ticket items for someone else to spend their money on... a highchair (not useful right away, of course). A car seat?<br><br>
Wipes warmer, diaper bag (these can be spendy), maybe a playpen (if you think you'll use it).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Actually, all changing tables are not the same, thankfully. The most common ones that I find around here are just open shelves (which I was never intending on, since past a certain age it's a piece of useless furniture). I was planning on getting one of these dresser ones: <a href="http://www.daxstores.com/baby-cribs--mattresses-and-bedding-changing-tables.html" target="_blank">http://www.daxstores.com/baby-cribs-...ng-tables.html</a> , which could be used as a dresser after the baby was out of diapers... right up until one of my neighbors was giving away hers (an open shelf one). She said they actually just used the top of a dresser with a changing pad, never even really used the changing table cause the dresser was easier.<br><br>
How about a sling?<br><br>
If you're looking for big ticket items for someone else to spend their money on... a highchair (not useful right away, of course). A car seat?<br><br>
Wipes warmer, diaper bag (these can be spendy), maybe a playpen (if you think you'll use it).</div>
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regarding the changing tables, mine is like the one in the bottom right corner. well i don't even think that one is a changing table, but mine has the place for the changing table pad above the drawers. i thought they were all like that, but i guess not! i suggest getting one like that though, cause you can still use the drawers down the road.
 

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some ideas for you to register or list up for your loving providers:<br>
*a car seat (convertable so it's only one thing)<br>
*a stroller (I registered for a jogger since it was the only kind with "tall people" handles and will be slinging it for the first couple of months so kid will be big enough for this type of stroller)<br>
*a wrap or sling<br>
*some posh AIO dipes just to try or have on hand, like fuzzibuns.<br>
*Munchkin makes a diaper cart to stow stuff away in for about 20 dollars--but I abandoned that and made a closet-maid drawer system to install on the wall in the big closet with drawers--can later be used for closet stuff. Changing tables seem so temporary. or alternatively you can easily convert an old dresser into one. but I found diapers in a dresser are hard to manage. I chose a pack and play for the various options it has: changing table, bassinet, playpen, carrying bag for travel, it just does so much in one thing. Also works as a back up to cosleeping. And has sheets that fit--that's the only bedding you really need.<br>
*fisher price has a high chair like thing that works as an infant seat and then booster so you can strap it on one of your regular chairs. I like the idea of having a kiddo right at the table, even when a baby-- to help socialize for later.<br>
*the line of soaps, potions and/or detergents you will be using for the wee one<br>
*my friend actually requested a washer and dryer. wouldn't you know a used set turned up and she didn't need a diaper service. But did need clothespins.<br>
*children's books<br>
*diaper sprayer--hooks onto your water line at the toilet and gives you relief from the diaper dunking. (I'll be using the euro shower unit from the tub for this) and will make it so you don't get too stinky if waiting for the diaper service.<br>
*a cosleeper that goes in the bed as I don't want to invest in the arms reach and want to let wee one command a bit of safe space from me and the dog.<br>
*I'm using a regular old backpack for a diaper bag as I hate when things fall off my shoulders.<br>
*wet bags for the diapers on the go.<br>
*if people want to pamper the mommy--let your planner or whoever know where you like to get massages, pedicures, whatever. Those darned pedicures have saved my life during pregnancy--and prenatal massage.mmmmm.<br>
oh--the other thing about changing tables is this--almost every time I change a diaper, it's on the floor, bed, car seat, porch, grass, wherever. --the changing table looks cute tho. With cloth it's easier to be close to the bathroom so maybe just a changing mat?<br>
oh--and one last thing--maybe a list of books on parenting stuff and child development?<br>
okay, that's all I can think of to add to your maybes--good luck with the planning!!
 

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I never used a changing table, I used a bed or a floor. floor is the safest. Baby either slept in bed with me, or in the pack-n-play (for naps).<br><br>
One thing I used, used, used, used: A rocking chair/glider. Maybe all your "benefactors" could pool their money and buy you a really luxe one (we're talking pottery barn upholstered rocker here!!) I spent so much time rocking/nursing, that I always tell moms-to-be not to scrimp on the comfort of their rocker/glider. Oh, and if this is the route you go - make sure you get upholstered arm rests, I didn't and bumped baby's head a couple of times - owee!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Incidently, because this pregnancy was unplanned I got rid of almost every baby item in the house. Except my pack-n-play (I thought if we ever had guests, or someone came to visit with a LO that needed a nap). Let me tell you, I'm not buying one new baby item, except a new pouch sling (last one eaten by mice) and another carseat. I really think the baby-product market is a racket! Save your money for when your 6 year old HAS to have the frilly canopy bed/Castle bunk bed and they can appreciate the stuff!!!<br><br>
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I'm not into all the "things" either, but I do think bouncy seats are nice. Although I don't have one, we used them in the daycare where I used to work and it seemed like 99% of babies didn't mind them. You know some babies hate swings, some hate beds, but I noticed most babies liked (or at least didn't mind) bouncy seats. Personally, if I got one I'd go for the simple one without all the mobiles or I'd remove the mobiles so baby could see other stuff besides dangling, electronic plastic. Be careful though because on some bouncy seats the "legs" stick out a little farther then the seat and we were always tripping over them in the daycare, it was really crowded though.
 

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Thanks to everyone for all the helpful info. OMG I never expected such a huge number of great responses! I love the MDC family!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">since you are getting a changing table and crib, it sounds like you probably will have a nursery, correct? so you'll probably want things to match. i don't know alot about changing tables (though i do have one) but i think they all have pretty much the same basic components... changing table part, drawers underneath, and cabnet on the side. so just choose one that meshes well with whatever style crib you have. as far as bedding, i like amy coe (which target carries). i have the green with white elephants... good for boy or girl and not overly babyish. i got the matching curtains too. my MIL bought me a crib set that came with the duvet, crib sheet, bed skirt, and bumper pad. i suggest going to look (or just check out stuff online) so that you can tell whomever exactly what you want in regards to the decor. all that being said, i have never used my crib, but it sure is cute! as far as other stuff goes, make sure you have a thermometer and all that kind of stuff.</div>
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Nope. No room for a nursery.<br><br>
The crib will have to be squeezed into the bedroom. If I put it along my side of the bed, I will have to get out the other side. I am also considering putting it at the end of the bed, but this will make it harder to get in and out of the closet.<br><br>
The changing table will go in the living room against a wall, and will interfere with the ease of traffic through that room.<br><br>
So, I guess matching is not an issue.<br><br>
What kind of thermometer do you recommend?<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Here's some stuff I'd suggest:<br><br>
Breast pump (even if you don't plan to give bottles, it's handy for easing engorgement and for building a stash for later, just in case)<br>
Bouncy seat (good for setting the baby down so you can get some food or whatever)<br>
Boppy<br>
Swaddling blankets<br>
Baby monitor</div>
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I was already thinking of a bouncy seat and a breast pump. I guess it would be silly to waste that breast milk when it could be an opportunity for my husband to feed the baby, so I will probably need some bottles too. Which kind are safe? Plastics make me nervous.<br><br>
What is a boppy?<br><br>
My mother already got some swaddling blankets.<br><br>
I can't imagine needing a baby monitor because our place is so tiny. I would be able to hear from almost anywhere. And they make me nervous because I don't think all problems can be heard. So, I don't want to get one.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">oh yeah, all that stuff! definately must haves. and before you go thinking you don't need a bouncy seat, let me tell you, they are great to keep in the bathroom so you can set your baby down to pee or brush your teeth or whatever. i think i moved mine back and forth between the kitchen and bathroom till ds got old enough for a highchair... now it stays in the bathroom. of course he can sit up on his own now, but still seems to enjoy it.</div>
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Yeah, I knew I wanted one of those because I remember my cousin had one for her daughter (now 14) and I thought it was great.<br><br>
I looked at a few online that didn't seem as sturdy as the one my cousin had. I have to look more.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Actually, all changing tables are not the same, thankfully. The most common ones that I find around here are just open shelves (which I was never intending on, since past a certain age it's a piece of useless furniture). I was planning on getting one of these dresser ones: <a href="http://www.daxstores.com/baby-cribs-...ng-tables.html" target="_blank">http://www.daxstores.com/baby-cribs-...ng-tables.html</a> , which could be used as a dresser after the baby was out of diapers... right up until one of my neighbors was giving away hers (an open shelf one). She said they actually just used the top of a dresser with a changing pad, never even really used the changing table cause the dresser was easier.<br><br>
How about a sling?<br><br>
If you're looking for big ticket items for someone else to spend their money on... a highchair (not useful right away, of course). A car seat?<br><br>
Wipes warmer, diaper bag (these can be spendy), maybe a playpen (if you think you'll use it).</div>
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Thanks for the link! I like the Emily 3 drawer in natural pine. My husband likes it too but was shocked at the price. I will suggest it to his mother, perhaps.<br><br>
Yeah, a sling. Good idea. Forgot about those. Which model do you ladies recommend?<br><br>
My father and I are going to look at car seats.<br><br>
Diaper bag...any specific recommendations for those? I would have no clue what is best.<br><br>
I don't have space for a play pen, so that is out.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">some ideas for you to register or list up for your loving providers:<br>
*a car seat (convertable so it's only one thing)<br>
*a stroller (I registered for a jogger since it was the only kind with "tall people" handles and will be slinging it for the first couple of months so kid will be big enough for this type of stroller)<br>
*a wrap or sling<br>
*some posh AIO dipes just to try or have on hand, like fuzzibuns.<br>
*Munchkin makes a diaper cart to stow stuff away in for about 20 dollars--but I abandoned that and made a closet-maid drawer system to install on the wall in the big closet with drawers--can later be used for closet stuff. Changing tables seem so temporary. or alternatively you can easily convert an old dresser into one. but I found diapers in a dresser are hard to manage. I chose a pack and play for the various options it has: changing table, bassinet, playpen, carrying bag for travel, it just does so much in one thing. Also works as a back up to cosleeping. And has sheets that fit--that's the only bedding you really need.<br>
*fisher price has a high chair like thing that works as an infant seat and then booster so you can strap it on one of your regular chairs. I like the idea of having a kiddo right at the table, even when a baby-- to help socialize for later.<br>
*the line of soaps, potions and/or detergents you will be using for the wee one<br>
*my friend actually requested a washer and dryer. wouldn't you know a used set turned up and she didn't need a diaper service. But did need clothespins.<br>
*children's books<br>
*diaper sprayer--hooks onto your water line at the toilet and gives you relief from the diaper dunking. (I'll be using the euro shower unit from the tub for this) and will make it so you don't get too stinky if waiting for the diaper service.<br>
*a cosleeper that goes in the bed as I don't want to invest in the arms reach and want to let wee one command a bit of safe space from me and the dog.<br>
*I'm using a regular old backpack for a diaper bag as I hate when things fall off my shoulders.<br>
*wet bags for the diapers on the go.<br>
*if people want to pamper the mommy--let your planner or whoever know where you like to get massages, pedicures, whatever. Those darned pedicures have saved my life during pregnancy--and prenatal massage.mmmmm.<br>
oh--the other thing about changing tables is this--almost every time I change a diaper, it's on the floor, bed, car seat, porch, grass, wherever. --the changing table looks cute tho. With cloth it's easier to be close to the bathroom so maybe just a changing mat?<br>
oh--and one last thing--maybe a list of books on parenting stuff and child development?<br>
okay, that's all I can think of to add to your maybes--good luck with the planning!!</div>
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Wow, what a list!<br><br>
What kind of soaps or detergents do I need?<br><br>
As for the washer and dryer, space is the issue. I could afford them, but nowhere to put them. I have a small washer that hooks up to the sink in the kitchen, but it ties up the kitchen for a while and the hot water runs out fast. We have a line and lots of clothespins, but not enough line space for too much more than what we are handling now. I think I can handle baby clothes and cloth wipes, but that will be tough in itself.<br><br>
A backpack as a diaper bag sounds like my kind of thing.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">One thing I used, used, used, used: A rocking chair/glider. Maybe all your "benefactors" could pool their money and buy you a really luxe one (we're talking pottery barn upholstered rocker here!!) I spent so much time rocking/nursing, that I always tell moms-to-be not to scrimp on the comfort of their rocker/glider. Oh, and if this is the route you go - make sure you get upholstered arm rests, I didn't and bumped baby's head a couple of times - owee!!!</div>
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Ahh, that is another thing I have. When my father was going through the basement and pulling out old furniture to sell, I asked to keep the rocking chair my mother used. He said to sit in it first and make sure the arm height was good for me. It fit perfectly. He still has that in his basement. I am trying to figure out where to put it in my apartment. I may need to throw away some furniture.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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That is how I feel about it too. I am trying to make a minimal list. Originally I had declared that I didn't want a changing table at all. Now I reconsidered mostly for the storage options.<br><br>
So, I guess this is the list I have so far:<br><br>
bassinet (already in my parents' possession)<br>
rocking chair (already in my parents' possession)<br>
car seat (will shop with my dad)<br>
bouncy seat (need to find a model)<br>
changing table/dresser (found one I like in above link)<br>
breast pump (need to find a model)<br>
bottles (what kind?)<br>
thermometer (what kind?)<br>
bassinet bedding (whatever is cheap and clean)<br>
swaddling blankets (already in my parents' possession)<br>
sling (need to find a model)<br>
diaper bag (probably will use my knapsack with a plastic bag for dirty ones)<br><br>
did i leave anything out?<br><br>
You ladies have been a big help. I was stressing about making this list.
 

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I'd just second the diaper sprayer. You won't need it until baby hits solids, and then you can just dunk (I do) but I also wish every time I had a diaper sprayer. It just seems easier.
 

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Car seat: Britax roundabout - expensive, but absolutely the EASIEST to put in any car, which makes it safest. Basically all car seats are tested and rated and have to pass tests, but installation is key. Britax is the only one I've installed in 6 or 7 different cars (and an airplane or two) and goes in securely the first time, without making you want to get an advanced degree in engineering.<br><br>
Thermometer: don't get the ear one, it's not accurate. Get a digital one that has the fastest read time (usually they say right on it).<br><br>
Bottles: I'm an Avent nipple fan but buy their colored (not clear) bottles (They may have sippy cup tops). The safest drinking plastic is the kind that goes "thud thud" when you tap it with your nail, not "tap tap." As for breastpump, it depends, if you're going to do a lot, buy the medela pump in style. If you need an occasional "express" then the Avent Isis is probably pretty good.<br><br>
Sling: Highly individual, like picking out a bra or underwear in terms of personal taste. Personally, and owning ALL the types, I like a pouch for newborns, and wraps and a soft carrier (ergo) for older babies. The past issue of Mothering has a great section on babywearing (and their favorite picks!).<br><br>
Also, Dr. Sears' "The Baby Book" was my bible for each baby. Now THERE is a MUST HAVE - also, might want to look over the newborn section before you actually have one!!!<br><br>
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about the thermometer, i hear the fancy digital ear kind are good, but they're more pricey so we just got a regular digital one... i take his temp rectally but it only goes in maybe a centimeter and it reads withen seconds so it's fine.<br><br>
regarding the bouncy seat, we have the baby papasan (i think it's by fisher price) and we love it! it's sooo comfy looking and really cute too... not too silly or babyish or covered with crazy bright colors.<br><br>
the one thing i can't believe i forgot to mention is a glider! ds is 8 months old and i still rock him in it all the time. i don't know how i could have gotten by without it. i guess i keep forgetting the important stuff cause im so tired...
 

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soo--soaps and detergents. Well, the person throwing my shower wanted me to put some kind of thing like those baskets of bath junk on the registry. Problem was, Target and Babies R Us don't carry anything I'd put on a human being. (wait, update--target has california baby but oooooh so expensive) So--I gave her a list of Dr. Bronners, washing soda, essential oil and seventh generation (for the laundry) (oh, might find out what the dipe service uses if you're concerned about that) and some kind of baby soap I found at the coop, but now have forgotten the name.<br>
My mom is also giving me a family heirloom basinette (might keep it at her house), but I doubt I'll use it much as it would have to go on the floor and I don't want to dump stuff overboard into it in the bedroom. I vetoed a crib since they can't move around well, and especially since I'm really encouraging cosleeping, I can't imagine having one. That said, I will be having the pack and play handy, since it has a built in (removable) bassinette toward the top if I need to scoot the kid out of the bed or have a safe place to stow it. Also, the pack/play rolls around and carries easily (changing table comes off)so I can haul it all over--a really good call if you want something that's all-in-one and only takes up a couple square feet and can be used for a long time--would eliminate the need for changing tables and cribs and bassinettes and junk--and then could roll it in the kitchen while you do the oodles of laundry and don't want to bang the kid around in the sling. Can then convert to a playpen style sleeping arrangement for naps once kiddo is more mobile and you don't want him/her out and about in your room unnoticed.<br>
I also thought of something else--a friend uses an old bookcase with baskets on it for all the baby stuff. The dipes stack well there, and she puts the clothes and whatnots in the baskets. Her old bookcase is deep, so on the top she has a changing pad too. Another friend uses those over the door pocket thingers for shoes for her baby goods--but she is a minimalist and so has plenty of room in those few spaces. It looks so cute in her bedroom--pockets full of rolled up onesies and the like--and so handy.<br>
okay, I ramble, but then again the ideas come that way--oh, and a boppy is a nursing pillow that wraps around you so your shoulders and arms don't fall off while feeding wee one. I've used it as a couch pillow and tucked it around my tummy while laying around on the couch too--and it is really supportive of the bowling ball in my pelvis.<br>
You know what's a great idea for you--take a walk through a target or some such thing and have a gaze at all the crap they offer. Or, take a look at their registry web sites and "recommended" lists--Then you can let it all sink in and figure what might be helpful to you later, once you wade through all the commercialism, that is.<br>
Are they throwing you a shower? If so, I'd recommend the registry or you'll get a raft of clothes and blankets that you probably already have. someone might start a thread on "unnecessary crap that babies r us thinks we need". my lord I almost developed autism in that store.
 

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Thanks ladies. I made notes of all of these and will check them out.<br><br>
As for the sling....a friend of my mother's gets Mothering Magazine and I will ask her for that issue when she is done with it. I have plenty of time, I think.<br><br>
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I've been looking at websites, and realized my bassinet is MUCH larger than the ones I have seen. It was made during the Civil War (and amazingly fits the modern safety standards). We may have to adjust any sheets we get to fit. Good thing my mother is so excellent with sewing.<br><br>
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Question about the car seat:<br><br>
It says it has anchors that are installed in the car ahead of time. I don't have a car. My parents have more than one and my in-laws have more than one. Are the anchors easy to move? Can I get multiple sets of anchors? Can the seat be installed without the anchors if they have been left in the most commonly used car?<br><br>
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Re: bookcases and over the door holders, we have already filled up that kind of space.<br><br>
It is obvious we need to move. We don't really have a lot of stuff. We are very non-materialistic people, but this place is just small.<br><br>
The only reason we are still here is that I love the neighborhood and the backyard.<br><br>
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We don't have a target or anything around here. Also, it is hard for me to get around because this area is built for people with cars and I walk. I have been trying to use the internet as much as possible for browsing.<br><br>
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They are planning to throw me a shower. Knowing I am weird, they asked me to make a list of things I want.
 

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While I don't think a breastpump is a necessity unless you plan on going back to work or being away from baby often in the first 4-6 months or so, the advent hand pump is perfect for having for just occassional pumping sessions, and isn't super expensive. If you are planning on going to work, or school or somethign I would invest in an electric dual pump, it's faster...
 

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A boppy is a crescent shaped nursing pillow. It's a brand name. Any nursing pillow will do, I've personally used the Boppy ones when I was a nanny and they are very nice and durable. We had two (it's nice to have money sometimes!) and one had velcro to attach the ends, and I used it as a baby cathcher when the little one was learning to sit up. (It caught her if she fell over!)<br><br>
Anyway, a nursing pillow is _very_ necessary, even when bottle feeding, it keeps the baby in the right place.<br><br>
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I put boppy on my list. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
As for breast pump, I am not planning on being away from the baby at all. But, I have been advised that sometimes you are engorged and the baby isn't hungry. Then, you should pump to relieve the pressure. I figure once I have the breast milk out of me, might as well let someone else have a nice time feeding the baby. I am sure my MIL would LOVE to. She and my SIL are terrified that I will not let them interact with the baby.<br><br>
So, is there a recommended model of breast pump? Any features or technical specifications I should know about?
 

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just my 2 cents:<br><br>
car seat- we got an evenflo titan. it works good and we've had no trouble putting it in any cars (10+ different cars of all sizes and types).<br><br>
bouncy seat- i didn't register for one, but someone gave me one anyway. i found it very useful for going to the bathroom and eating. mine came with a mobile and vibrated, but i didn't attach/put batteries in those. just let him bounce himself.<br><br>
changing table- i used the top of an old dresser i had for the first couple months, then found myself using the couch or bed all the time instead. i kept diapers and wipes in baskets on a bookshelf.<br><br>
bottles- i worked part time for a year after ds was born. first i tried the playtex nurser system, didn't like it. then i tried the avent stuff, it was better. ds never really took well to a bottle though. at 6mo he started using a sippy cup instead.<br><br>
thermometer- the ear kind are wildly inaccurate. i just have a regular digital thermometer and put it in ds armpit. he's only been mildly sick twice though. if your baby gets really sick and you need to do it rectally, i'd get the kind designed for that, they're much faster.<br><br>
sling- wraps are great for newborns. a pouch or rebozo is great for hip carries after they are sitting up (good for quick errands). a mei tai is easiest for back carries, great for when they're older. i didn't have one when ds was small but i think it would be great for carrying an infant in the front too.<br><br>
diaper bag- they always have too many pockets for losing stuff in. if your bf'ing you don't need places for bottles and formula. and cd are much bigger than sposies and don't fit in a pocket. i found just a nice roomy beach tote works a lot better. something with two big spaces in side, one side for diapers and wipes the other for toys or whatever. and you can get it in whatever color/style you like.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I put boppy on my list. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
As for breast pump, I am not planning on being away from the baby at all. But, I have been advised that sometimes you are engorged and the baby isn't hungry. Then, you should pump to relieve the pressure. I figure once I have the breast milk out of me, might as well let someone else have a nice time feeding the baby. I am sure my MIL would LOVE to. She and my SIL are terrified that I will not let them interact with the baby.<br><br>
So, is there a recommended model of breast pump? Any features or technical specifications I should know about?</div>
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I think actually as far as being engorged goes...it is better to just express enough to relieve the pressure. If you full out pump your body will think you need to produce more milk. It is also not advised to offer pacifiers or bottles for a while(you would be over the engorged period), to avoid nipple confusion, and to promote a strong nursing relationship first. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
If you are worried, I would go check out the breastfeeding forums here, a plethera of info!
 
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