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I know I don't NEED a crib, but we have decided to register for a nice one that converts to a toddler bed, etc, as well as an Arm's Reach CoSleeper. But I'm confused about what comes with them. Do we also need to buy mattresses, mattress pads, waterproof covers, bumper panels, AND sheets for each? Do babies really need/ want comforters in their cribs (the store had some for sale and I was surprised, thinking they were too young for quilts and things)?<br><br>
I am a little bit at a loss when it comes to researching all of the things we will either need (breastpump systems, car seat/ stroller systems) or want (crib and accessories). Any advice?
 

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You're not supposed to use the quilts, they're just for show.<br><br>
You might use the crib more than you realize, even if you plan on co-sleeping. I wanted to co-sleep with my first, she wanted nothing to do with that.<br><br>
You may want to hold off on buying the crib, mattress and sheets until baby's a bit older, so you can see if you think you're really going to use it. That way, even if you do get it, it's not as big a hit to the wallet all at once. The Arm's reach will come with it's own mattress, I believe.<br><br>
A book I really liked when I was PG with my first was Denise and Alan Fields' Baby Bargains. Answered a LOT of this type of question about a lot of different categories of baby gear.
 

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I 2nd the fields book Baby Bargains.<br><br>
yes you need that stuff. and you need at least 2 sets of sheets - if you live in a cold climate I HIGHLY recommend flannel sheets b/c they're soft and not as shocking to a sleeping baby.<br><br>
bumpers, the mesh ones are nice - less of a smother hazard and you can see baby. that being said, I was fine w/the reg ones and kept them in till dd was 2 after she got a thigh wedged in her crib.<br><br>
get 1 nice mattress pad/waterproof cover and 1 cheapie and maybe a cheaper sheet. put the cheap plastic cover on the mattress and the cheaper sheet. then put the matttress pad on top and the nice flannel sheet. if baby pukes/pees during the middle of the night, you rip the top set off and voila the bed is still 'made'.<br><br>
NO QUILTS till baby is in the toddler bed and even then, the quilts are usually too stiff/warm to be useful. the quilts are for decoration only (though I used ours as a lap quilt for myself during the middle of the night nursing sessions.<br><br>
We spent $$$ on our crib b/c dh insisted on a nice one and didnt really use it much till dd turned 2. I guess it turned out ok since we/re reusing for #2 but I thought it was a huge waste. a cheaper but decent crib would have been fine.<br><br>
make sure when you choose your crib that you have all the parts you need for toddlerbed conversion. sometimes you have to buy a rail or extra parts. if you do, buy now so you know you have it when you need it and make sure you tape all screws, instructions etc to the rail. we also made a copy o fhte instructions and slid them under the mattress b/c we can never find anything when we're looking for it.
 

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Health Canada advises against bumper pads ( I had NO idea until a few weeks before our baby was born.. why do they sell them then?) Your baby definitely doesn't need a quilt.. no pillow... nothing fluffy.<br><br>
You need: a crib (yours sounds great ). At least two crib sheets, a waterproof pad (some places say to get two in case you are cleaning one... but I have always gotten away with one ). And that is all you "need".<br><br>
By 6 months, my baby enjoyed a boa blanket (fuzzy small infant blanket). I did decide to get a bed skirt for the crib to hide the underside and make it look nicer, but as the crib was lowered, I didn't need it anymore.<br><br>
I did have a mobile, but it caused my son to only look in one direction, so the Dr.'s said to remove it as it was contributing to flat head (plagiocephaly).<br><br>
We used a sleep sac through the winter because we live in a cold climate. Much safer than blankets.<br><br>
Hope that helps!
 

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PS... I wouldn't get a breastpump until a month or so later ( unless you are returning to work after 6 weeks ) until you know more about how you feel about using one, and needing one. I didn't really need one until 3 months... so you can hold off on that... in my opinion. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Even a stroller you can get later...
 

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Yep - mattress, waterproof mattress pad, sheets (several - I would say at least 5), possibly a soother that can attach to the crib if your LO is not up for co-sleeping. I had one of those in DS's crib when he was a baby and it helped him fall asleep much quicker. He loved the colors and sounds. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
We got the 3 n 1 crib for DS. He used it for a crib and then a toddler bed for the longest time. But now, he has new furniture as we need to use the same crib for baby #2. He will use it all the way up to it's full size capacity.
 

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i side car my crib. <a href="http://s366.photobucket.com/albums/oo107/LionessMom/?action=view&current=100_0882.jpg" target="_blank">http://s366.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=100_0882.jpg</a><br><br>
here are instructions<br><a href="http://www.freewebs.com/sidecarcrib/" target="_blank">http://www.freewebs.com/sidecarcrib/</a><br><br>
that way i didnt need to buy a co sleeper. i have a waterprrof mattress pad and some pretty sheets. i have a bumper too. and i have a mobile but it doesnt really interest her. and we have a soother thing. it plays music and shines a light on the ceiling. i use it for a night time light for changing the diaper and getting her latched on right. it is perfect and doesnt wake DH up. the music is soothing too.<br><br>
i bought some waterproof pads to put on the bed. i leak bm at first and spit up and all. it is easy to just whip the pad off and grab a new one. no changinf sheets etc. i got these.. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB0002DMPEY%2Fref%3Dox_ya_oh_product" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_oh_product</a>.<br><br>
they are just the right size to fit under my breasts and baby at the same time. we sleep pretty close. or you could put one under baby and one under you. i leaked a lot the first month and sometimes baby's cd's leaked. it was easier to remove and replace. they dont move too much either.<br><br>
i liked having a little hhand pump. all i used it for was to relieve engorgement. i think i used it twice in the hot shower. hand expressing wasnt doing it for me.<br><br>
i also like having a swing and a vibrating seat. i put her in the seat in the bathroom while i take a shower. and i use the swing while i am cooking.<br><br>
i like having a sling to put her in while i shop. it makes me nervous using the car seat on the cart. i have a stroller but havent used it. i wont use it until baby is too heavy for me to carry comfortably. right now i only use it for DD1 who is almost 3. and only when i know she will get tired walking.<br><br>
i do have those sleep sacs. they are great. but since baby sleeps so close to me she doesnt need them. they are great for when she falls asleep and i can lay her down on her own, but i have to take them off her when she wakes up to cuddle and nurse. i am sure she will wear them more when it gets colder out. they are very warm.<br><br><br>
well hopefully having everybody's personal experiences will help you to make up your mind.<br><br>
i dont think you need a co sleeper if you side car the crib. they grow out of them to fast to be worth the expense personally. jmo
 

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Do NOT get a quilt (unless you plan on hanging it on the wall as decoration) nor a bumper (unless you get one of the "breathable" kinds I am not sure about those really). Cribs should have as LITTLE as possible in them to reduce the risk of SIDS. I would get the sheets that zip on and off (you don't have to lift the mattress to change the sheets), and put the baby to sleep in a sleep sack (no blanket needed at all). Loose blankets, stuffed animals, and quilts all add to the risk of SIDS.<br><br>
AK has the highest rate of SIDS deaths in the country, so there is a lot of education on it here.<br><br>
This has some good pics of safe crib environments.<br><br><a href="http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/safe_sleep_gen.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publication..._sleep_gen.cfm</a>
 

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Yeah, with DD1 I had the crib quilt and bumpers and matching sheets and it looked soooo cute!<br><br>
But it wasn't safe like that. As soon as she could roll over, I took out the bumpers. We never used the quilt. With DD2, it's been just a sheet from the start. If you live in a cold climate, blanket sleeper-style jammies are a must! Layers, warm jammies and a hat will get baby through the cold months.
 

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Thanks, mamas! this is hugely helpful.<br>
You're all confirming my suspicions about the quilt/ comforter thing (nice for when she's older, totally not usable for when she's an infant). I think I pretty well have planned out the crib in her room and the cosleeper in ours (which will be doubly handy since I work at home and can move the cosleeper into the office with me sometimes). I'm not counting on getting everything for sure, but we are registering before Christmas, and this is the first grandchild on both sides <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> so we're hoping to get at least slightly spoiled... and, if not, to then know we can do a lot with just a cosleeper when she's small or a sidecar crib, etc. Great tips!<br>
I'd love more recommendations on mattresses (friends have told me that we need to get a high quality, all natural one but I'm at a loss, or they seem VERY expensive) for the crib, and good quality mattress pads.<br>
As for the breastpump, I'm getting a very lightly used (and sterilized) loaner from a friend, and I will be returning to working occasionally out of the home after about 8 weeks... not sure yet about a hand breast pump though.<br>
Also, any sleep sacs people love in particular?<br>
I'll definitely check out "Baby Bargains", thanks!
 

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Oh, they have forums, too! Just google the name of the book and the mords message boards or forum, and I'm sure it'll come up! (Sorry, don't have the link handy).
 

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Go to a higher quality baby store and get your mattress there. Ours was around $125 and it was firm... The store lady said the Sears ones and dept store ones aren't so great. Who knows for sure though! Remember, you will likely use it for another baby so it is worth spending $$ on.<br><br>
Great idea on borrowing a pump. I did too. Some types of pumps work for some, and some don't. You have to find out for yourself when the time comes.<br><br>
There are really expensive sleep sacs out there... Gro Baby is a brand... super expensive in my opinion. Look for sales.... They make 'em 0-3 months, 3-6 and 6-12 I have noticed. You don't need them so much for 6-12... also depends on what time of year your baby is born <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> You can nurse with the baby still wearing it, but obviously you have to take their diaper off when they are still newborns as they poop so darned much!
 

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Cloud B makes a great sleep sack. You can unzip it from the bottom too when it's zipped on so that you don't have to take it off to change a diaper.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FCloud-LullaBag-Cotton-Natural-months%2Fdp%2FB000F8YDXC" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Cloud-LullaBag.../dp/B000F8YDXC</a>
 

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Yes - you might really *need* a crib. We coslept with DS until he was 18 mos but DD wanted nothing to do with sleeping with us - never has. And we're very open to it, and I bf her until 2+! She's 3+ now and still in a crib. We have a toddler bed set up for her too but she prefers the crib. We did a mattress pad/waterproof combo. She has her fav blankies etc in with her but of course you won't need those for a while. A second crib sheet is nice, esp when they are sick. And those are good items for a registry.<br>
Are you doing a pack and play? I ask because we never did the co-sleeper thing, just used the pack and play next to our bed. I liked that because it allowed me to shove it away and make the bed easily, but you could pull it right next to you at night.
 

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We are also big believers in cosleeping, but needed a crib for one of our kiddos. He was born a bit early and had skin sensitivity issues and absolutely COULDN'T have his skin touched by anything other than super soft fabric.. he could not sleep next to us for months.. and by then he was used to sleeping on his own, but all my other kids happily coslept.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
Kids are different.
 

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We're also getting a pack n play loaned to us. I feel so lucky! Great idea about using that as a cosleeper thing, I wasn't sure what we were gonna do with it. This is all new to me and I'm getting worried about the amount of stuff that is already filling up the baby's room... I thought we didn't have to worry, since she'll have her own room - but now I am starting to see how quickly it can take over your house.<br><br>
I'll check out the sleep sacks, thanks!
 
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