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I am getting all nervous about being able to afford and buy everything before the baby gets here. I have bought 4 CD's and a double stroller. That is it. Nothing more. I have picked out a few things I want, like the crib, swing and bouncy seat and boppy. I need to make a list of exactly what I want, and what is to be bought before and what can wait. like the high chair, I'm not worried about, they don't use it til like 6 months or later anyway.<br><br>
So what do you have already?
 

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I don't have to worry about cradle, crib or anything like that. We have family herlooms that we used for dd that we will use for this baby as well. What I have is several cd's and more in the works. I need to get a nice stash since I have no idea how often I will actually be doing laundry. I have a stroller with the infant carseat that sits in it, a pack and play, a small infant travel thingie (it is kind of like a play yard, but only good until baby is about 5-6 months old) that has a zipper canopy so bugs can't get to baby if you are outside. I bought a dresser (I love yard sales and thrift stores) and a few misc toys. That is it I think. But that is plenty. My mom has a big box of clothes that she is going to be bringing back with her when she comes to visit my Grandma next week. Oh, and my Grandma bought the baby a second hand rocker bouncy seat type thing. Very cool. I think that if anyone else in the family wants to buy anything it is going to be decorative things like a lamp or wall decorations or in MIL's case she will probably buy a new set of bedding for the crib. Not that we will be using the crib anytime soon, but you get the picture.<br><br>
If anyone wants to throw me a baby shower, I have no idea what they could get as we don't need much. Except for CD's that is. You can never have too many of those. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Oh, I have a sling or two on my wishlist as well. :LOL
 

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I wouldn't worry about it too much. I have just been going to lots of yard sales and finding really incredible deals. I haven't paid more than 30 dollars for anything. That includes the dresser. Though that will probably change this weekend. I think I will break down and spend 50 on the this really nice dresser that has a beautiful mirror that sits on top of it. But that is for me, not baby. Don't worry about it. We have lots of time before our babies come. But getting an early start, especially on the CD's doesn't hurt. I figure that way it doesn't hurt my dh's wallet so much all at once.
 

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I bought a pile of small dipes and a new sling. The only other thing I'm planning to get is a coming home from the birth center outfit. I think a baby shouldn't have to wear hand me downs on it's birth day.<br>
I already have too many baby blankets and outfits. That's pretty much all a new baby needs for the first few months!<br>
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Yeah but like a carseat. I NEED that to even take my baby home with me from the hospital! LOL. Every time I want to go to garage sales, it either pours or its cold out. Or of course no money til 2 days later or something.<br><br>
I'm hoping to get to be able to get on the Trading Post soon, so I can buy from there. Not sure how much longer I have though. The CD's is pretty important to me too, cause this will be the first time using them completely, so i want to make sure I have enough so I don't get all scared and over whelmed and feel like I can't do it. I'm a big nerd. I need to see them and be ready in my head to do it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
Edited to add~ I lost every baby thing I had in my divorce, so this is like starting new for me again. Except now I know what all stupid little things not to buy this time, baby tub, wipes warmer (don't need it anyways). :LOL
 

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I am pretty much all set for baby now too. Since this is my third, I have a lot of things left over, but I did need quite a bit of new things for baby too. When my ds was an infant I borrowed a lot of clothes from my sil - which I also gave back to my sil since she was not done having children. Now I need to buy some infant boy clothes. My infant carseat from the first two was only a three point harness and over 5 years old now, so I needed a new one of those. (my cousin had triplets who just grew out of theirs, so she gave me one of hers.) I will need to purchase a convertible carseat shortly after baby is born because my kids grow out of the infant seat very quickly. Since my dd broke my basinet (put her foot through it. ugh!) I am getting another one of those from my sil. My mother is buying us a new crib mattress. We cosleep most of the time, but I like to use the crib for naps after baby grows out of the basinet. I had to replace my newborn diapers since the others had been worn out. I bought a package of prefolds and am making some fitteds and wool soakers to use too. I know that prefolds aren't for everyone, but don't be afraid to get some. They are absorbant and inexpensive and you don't have to use pins if you don't want to. We do need to buy my son a bed frame and mattresses as he is still using the crib as a daybed and is really getting too big for it.<br><br>
You don't really NEED bouncy seats and swings -although they can be good for some babies.<br>
This is my list of what I couldn't live without.<br>
A good sling or two. (I make them myself so they are inexpensive.) I also bought a sachi mei tei this time around to try with the newborn. I loved mei tei with my toddler when I used to sling him. I could make a mei tei myself too, but they are a lot of work to make.<br>
A good carseat<br>
2-3 dozen cloth diapers and 6-8 covers, cheap washcloths for wipes. (you don't even need a wetbag, although they are nice to have)<br>
A nice place to put baby down - like a moses basket, basinet, car seat, bouncy seat or swing.<br>
lanolin,a nursing pillow, breast pads,and water jug and snacks for nursing - as you will be doing a lot of it.<br>
Oh, and lots of those little snap up one peice outfits or infant gowns. My kids spit up a lot and we had to change a lot. But, with the cloth diapers we didn't have diaper leaks!<br><br>
The rest of it is really not necessary at first and you can buy it as you feel you need it.<br>
Also, if you have a baby shower, you will get lots of stuff - probably so much stuff you won't know what to do with it all. lol
 

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I pretty much have everything...but I also have an 18 month old boy, so most of the stuff was already here. The only thing's I've bought for Ryland were a moses basket and a few diapers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Oh, and a carseat.
 

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I have a 19-month old son, and am expecting another boy, so we're pretty much set. We live in a small 1-bedroom apartment... so I've learned how to make do. You really don't need all the stuff people lead you to believe you do. There's a great article in "Organic Style" this month about avoiding the whole baby consumerism.<br><br>
Anyways... here are the things that I found most useful: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
1)Graco Pack-n-Play with full-size bassinet and changing table. This still serves as our son's bed. The bassinet was good until he was about 4 months old. It's light and portable... and works well as a sort of co-sleeper. Came with a mobile and everything.<br><br>
2)Swing. Ours is a Graco, but we also got a Fisher-Price portable Aquarium one for Grandma's house. I prefer the full-size graco...especially as it's easier to get baby in to. (Open design.) Life-saver was our son had colic...along with the bouncy chair.<br><br>
3)Costco Membership. Costco or Sam's is the only place to buy diapers and wipes. Too expensive everywhere else. (No, sorry...we didn't use cloth... with the laundromat down 8 flights of steps and then over 8 blocks, wasn't going to happen. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">)<br><br>
4) Bouncy chair. Really useful when DS was very young... but once he could escape from it, that was it. Try and borrow from a friend if you can. We bought ours at a close-out shop (like Big Lots) for $10.00.<br><br>
5)Clothing wise... our son lived in footie-pajamas. These were more useful than onesies to me. I liked Target's brand because they have zippers rather than snaps... made for quicker changes.<br><br>
6)Toy-wise, when young... it was all about rattles and things to chew on. My nephew got my son this set of plastic car keys, which he loved (and still does.) We had a few rattles as gifts from friends (soft animal-type) that were great.<br><br>
7)A good sling. I had two that I really favored... one was a faux-Baby Bjorn called an Infantissimo. The other was a moby wrap. These days, we use a hip-hammock, but it's not applicable for newborns. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
8)Breastfeed!! I saved so much on bottles.... and time. If you plan to buy a breast pump, I found that the Avent Isis worked just as well as the Medela...but the price difference is like $150.00 (Medela more expensive.)<br><br>
Good luck <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 too have a very young child (2 yrs.) so all my stuff has barely been put in storage. I'm going to have a friend make me a new sling, just because I want one, and I need some newborn cd's and covers. I'd love to make the diapers, I have tons of flannel and my favorite dipes from before were my home-made ones.<br><br>
I'm also going to whip up a few new baby blankies, even though we have a ton. I have a sneaking suspicion that my dd will be proprietorial about her old ones. So I figured the new babe just ahave a few just for him/her.<br><br>
I do like m&gsmoms's point about a spankin new outfit to wear home from the hospital.<br><br>
Oh, and I will probably get some super deluxe breast pump (ugh!) becuase I will be working out of the home a bit after my maternity leave. Last time I had a pretty lame little electric pump which was really a pain. I want the Cadillac model this time.
 

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Ds is 14 months so we still have the swing, bedrail, bouncy seat, pack 'n' play, baby gym mat, car seat, etc.<br><br>
We need a double stroller and small diapers. I want pouch slings for dh and me. We will need more clothes b/c ds 1 and 2 will be opposite seasons and so the sizes will be all wrong. I haven't gotten any of these things.<br><br>
We have to get a dresser for the kids so we can use the diaper table to store diapers and move it into the bathroom. We have to paint and recover the glider rocker and paint the diaper table.<br><br>
It just hit me 2 days ago that I need to start doing this stuff really soon.
 

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My ds is just under 2 1/2. We are pretty well set on hand-me-downs for the new baby:carseat/stroller, sling, mei tai, bassinette, pack'n'play, clothes, diapers (may need a few more), swing, toys and such. Baby brother also has a whole room being handed down to him-dresser, book shelf, crib, glider/rocker. We've set up a new room for ds-that was our big get ready for baby project. I'm sure we'll run into something that we need and I'd like baby brother to have a few things that weren't ds's, but really we can make do.
 

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We don't have much yet. A few dipes and some clothes, plus a couple of blankets. A well-meaning friend of mine gave me some bottles and sposies, because she said I wouldn't last using cloth and I wouldn't BF for that long. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
We've got some fun money this paycheck, so I'm hoping I can talk DH into buying something more substantial. <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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Like others here, my DS#1 is only 23 mos, so I've only just put his baby stuff away, and it's not been hard at all to dig it up again. I've been washing up the clothes and hanging them up or putting them into the baby's dresser. I loved some of DS's sleepers, so I'm totally looking forward to putting them on another babe.<br><br>
Our big project was getting DS into his own bedroom. We got him a new twin bed, covered in Wiggles sheets (he's a HUGE fan). He'll spend part of the night in that bed, but climb into our bed sometime around 1-2 am. I just wanted him out of the baby's room for a few months before the baby comes, so that he doesn't feel evicted by the baby.<br><br>
The only "new" thing I've picked up for the baby is a used Amby baby bed, from someone in my local tribe. DS#1 was such a poor sleeper that I'm hoping the Amby will help the second babe learn how to be a better sleeper from the start. Oh yeah, I also picked up a couple of miracle blankets for the same reason.<br><br>
And the other big project is trying to track down all the baby stuff that I've lent to friends and family with newer babes. I swear I had a 2-foot stack of receiving blankets, and right now I can only find 5-6 of them. My brother and SIL are returning our pack-and-play-with-bassinet this weekend, and I've got to track another friend down who borrowed our Baby Bjorn. (I use slings, but DH loves the Bjorn.)<br><br>
My coworkers will want to throw me a baby shower, but I have no idea what else the new baby will need. I like the idea of having new clothes for him to come home from the hospital, but that thought is also tempered by the fact that he's only in those clothes for a couple of weeks, and then outgrows them!<br><br>
There are three more large baby stuff swapmeets coming up in my area, so I'll also be hitting those for fun and cheap things.
 

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They try to sell you way more stuff than you need imo. Don't let this freak you out! The only thing that is really an absolute necessity is a car seat(if your baby will be riding in a car). For cloth diapers, here is a web site that has good prices:<br><a href="http://www.nickisdiapers.com/index.html" target="_blank">www.nickisdiapers.com/index.html</a><br><br>
The splurge item I am considering is a kangeroo korner adjustable fleece pouch because imo they are easier to use than a ring sling. Even with slings though, I view this as something that is nice to have, but also something that you can live without. Though, with more than one child to care for, I think they're nice.
 

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I don't think you need too much for baby really bsides, mama's milk, dipes stretches and a sling.<br><br>
Don't worry too much there definitely is time<br><br>
Honestly with my first I had hardly nothing, no carseat, stroller, or other equipment. I did have some onsies and socks and take me home outfit. By God's mercy and blessings we were able to purchase other essentials shortly after or recieved gifts.<br><br>
I would necessities would be a<br>
Sling,<br>
Dipes(I only had a dozen cloth with 5 covers that i washed in my bathtub)<br>
I needed a nursing pillow with number 1 but I didn't get one until he was almost 5 months.<br>
Clothes: socks, hats, onsies(maybe?) and the one piece snap up stretchies or just gowns for inside, few blankets<br>
We don't have a car, but for most people a car seat is definitely a necessity too.<br><br>
Honestly have alot of stuff is nice and definitely helps especially if you can't do laundry that often, but you really can be fine with a little.
 

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so... i gave everything away except for some onesies & favorite outfits. I will get a carseat (i hearthey should be replaced after 4 or 5 yrs anyway), a wicker bassinet with castors (so i can have a shower). I am going to buy new cloth diapers since I gave all my all in ones away <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> . I am throwing myself a shower by the pool this summer, i have told people that admission is one all in one, any size, lol! I will also buy myself a variety of slings, i love slings & this time I want to try them all! That's it! This is #3, I know what I need & don't need. I exclusively b/f, co-sleep and sling all day so i don't feel i need anything else. I have some lovely wooden rattles I got at our school store, no plastic toys in my house.<br><br>
Less is more. All baby needs the first couple of months is mama & occasionally daddy, lol!<br><br>
One great gift, meals when baby is first born. I got a few with both previous, man, nothing beats a meal those first few days & weeks! Sign me up for a meal a week!
 

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I bought a Moses basket at a yard sale. They were way too expensive new, but this one was ten bucks. This is baby number three for us, and I want to have somewhere to put him down for a minute safely (we don't use a crib/bassinet/playpen).<br><br>
Otherwise, I'd like to buy some more cloth diapers and another sling, but I don't need them.
 

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i too have a toddler so most of the stuff is just sitting there in the closet waiting to be used again. we bought a king sized bed instead of a crib before we had dd. it was a good investment. she just moved into the other bedroom a couple of weeks ago and seems to enjoy the independence. she sleeps in there in her bed which was in our room before unless she is sick or something. i just knew i couldnt co-sleep with a squirmy toddler and a baby.<br><br>
the things i did buy for this baby -- way too many NB cloth diapers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> , a miracle blanket (b/c maybe swaddling will help this baby sleep better!) and another sling or two. i have a kangaroo korner fleece pouch and it was the BEST thing i bought for my dd. she was a winter baby though so it will be too warm in the beginning so i bought a new native and hot sling. i think.<br><br>
the last thing we need is another dresser for clothes but that's not urgent i guess except we need my dtr's dresser back to be the change table again. we bought it at ikea and it was perfect b/c it had a rail around the top but it wasnt a useless piece of furniture.<br><br>
i bought 99% of my NB clothes at garage and consignment sales since originally i said i'd never have another baby and gave it all away!!! i stopped at about 6+ months so i do have older baby stuff.
 

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I think we're about done...thank the Lord for consignment sales...<br><br>
Consignment Purchases:<br>
double stroller<br>
bassinette<br>
car seat with base<br>
about 4 outfits<br><br>
Other:<br>
Crib<br>
more clothes<br><br>
What we Need :<br>
Crib bedding<br>
more bassinet sheets<br>
more clothes<br>
toys<br>
sling<br>
and birth kit<br><br>
I think that's it. I got most of my stuff for a steal. The manufacture date on the carseat is so new I doubt the people used it! I bought it in March, it was made in November! :LOL
 
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