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My daycare baby will be here in under 2 weeks now and I still don't have any accomodations for her really. All our baby stuff was destroyed in a flood 2 months ago. I am making a sling but I don't know what else I truly NEED for her. She's going to be 7 weeks old when I get her. Mom is providing diapers and breastmilk or formula. I am thinking I can get by with just a pack n play maybe? I will have 4 other children here at the same time so I really want a safe place to lie her down so that the bigger ones won't knock her off the bed or fall on top of her or whatever. The older ones are 2 1/2, 5, 5, and 10 and all rowdy little girls. Any thoughts on obtaining only what I truly NEED for her and doing it cheaply? Consignment shops have yielded nothing so far and craigslist has been a bust. Both myself and little baby's mama have been looking for 2 weeks. Literally all I have for a little one are some blankets to lay her on the floor on and the sling I am making tonight. That's it. I know babies NEED very little and I don't plan on investing in big stuff since I don't hav ethe budget or the room.
 

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You could try asking on freecycle. Calling churches is another option.
 

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I think all you really need is a place to lay the baby down, like a bassinet or pack and play (longer life). Even at Walmart, brand new, you can get them for $75. Later on (like in 4-5 months), it might be nice to have a high chair/booster seat, but you have time for one of those to show up at a garage sale/craigslist.<br><br>
I'd send out a facebook request or email all your friends and ask them if they have one you can borrow. You'd probably be surprised.
 

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I agree, I think all you need right now is a pack and play. If you can't find one to borrow, try garage sales or craigslist.
 

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i would try thrift stores, rummage sales and freecycle for a pack & play. you should be able to get one for $10-$20. if you were local, i'd give you mine (which i've never used). oh - that reminds me. i never used it because i always put my babes in a bouncy seat.
 

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thanks everyone for suggestions. i just wondered if there was something I was completely missing. guess not. i will just keep plugging away at craigslist and hope for the best. got 2 friends with kids who might have one i can borrow so i'll try them too. i mean, for right now the little thing could sleep in a laundry basket but she's gonna outgrow that FAST!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I know her mom would understand and have a litlte chuckle with me about the laundry basket since she's helping me find the pack n play and she's a friend though.
 

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Do you have an Ikea near you? I run a home daycare as well, and we joke that this is 'the house that Ikea built'. You can get toys, blankets, change pads, kids dishes, play mats, etc. there for c.h.e.a.p. I have three Ikea highchairs in my dining room right now, and the best part is that they stack onto each other so I can easily get them out of the way to sweep the floors.<br><br>
But other than that, definitely borrow or pick up second hand what you can. It would be great to have a pack n play, maybe a swing, and maybe an exersaucer in a little while, but babies use these things for such a short time that it would likely be a waste to purchase them new for a daycare babe. Are garage sales popular in your area? I get do a lot of daycare purchasing there too.
 
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