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Old 11-23-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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What are your Baby must haves?

Ones you can't do without? And what are you splurging on this time?

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Old 11-23-2012, 09:47 AM   #2
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Re: What are your Baby must haves?

Hmm... not much, really.
Some clothes (sleepers and we love nightgowns for the first few months for night changes)... car seat... maybe a swing or bouncy seat, but a blanket on the floor is good enough for baby.

With DD we thought we needed everything - definitely have learned different over the years!
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:56 AM   #3
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Must haves...

Cloth diapers (duh! )
Swaddling blankets
White noise machine
Swing (at least for our last baby!)
Bucket seat with stroller frame (sooo convenient)
Bumbo
Playpen/outdoor playpen
Breast pump! I <3 my Medela

Can't think of much else... We won't be "splurging" on anything until we have to buy new LO a convertible car seat. We will probably buy a cradle for next to our bed if it's not gifted, but it will most likely be used (fully vetted, of course).
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:06 AM   #4
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Re: What are your Baby must haves?

Must haves:
new nursing bras (old ones don't fit anymore)
Lansinoh disposable nursing pads
fleece sleepers

Must haves that I already have:
baby swing (side to side-my kids hated the front to back)
good breast pump (traded for a brand new ameda Purely Yours Double!!!)
Post Partum Cloth...no way am I gonna use those nasty disposables
Meals in the freezer because I for sure won't want to cook
cloth diapers
gas drops/gripe water...my milk always makes upset gassy tummies til it regulates

If I splurge it will be on a new infant seat or a new Clek for DS2 so I can use his marathon for DS3
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:15 AM   #5
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Re: What are your Baby must haves?

I'm pretty minimal/frugal, so we got just the basics with DD2. The only thing we'll be getting this time around b/c I felt like it would have really come in handy is a swing... plus we have a tiny bit more space since we've moved. What I got last time (had to start fresh b/c of the big age gap between DD1 and 2):

- Co-sleeper bassinet
- Cloth Diapers
- Diaper pail
- Week's worth of GN clothes (my mom went shopping at the thrift store the day after DD2 was born to get the right gender clothes)
- Changing table/dresser
- Car seat
- Blankets
- Boppy (bought by MIL)

Uh, I think that's it! My mom bought us a stroller, dh's work bought us a bouncy chair, but those are things I didn't plan ahead to get right away. There were a lot of things I wanted, but didn't NEED and I put them on my gift registry for the shower I had after DD2 was born. I'm happy so many people came, but only two people picked up anything on the registry, and the rest were clothes. Again, I don't want to seem ungrateful, but I can get the clothes at garage sales and thrift stores, but the stuff on the registry I can't find as easily. Anyway, I feel pretty set for this coming baby, but will need to go shopping the day after the LO is born if it is a boy for new clothes!
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:44 AM   #6
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Must have that i have

Woombie...unfortunately pink
Boppy
Moby....homemade

Must have that i need
Vibrating bassy, bouncy, swing bc i sold mine
Nursing bras/tanks
Baby hats

Everything.else is non-necessity
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Re: What are your Baby must haves?

I went waaay overboard with DD, so don't need to buy anything this time aside from cloth diaper stuff (DD was in disposables).

My must-have list?

car seat
bassinet/co-sleeper/playpen
lots of old flat diapers to use as burp cloths and swaddling blankets
onesies/sleepers (love the little nightgowns with the gathered bottom)
bouncy chair (the only way I got to eat or shower with DD!)
wrap or other baby carrier

stuff I had/have that didn't/wont be used?

stroller
crib
change table
swing
tons of clothes & toys
breast pump & bottles (although hoping to make that work this time via a better pump)
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:29 AM   #8
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If I splurge it will be on a new infant seat or a new Clek for DS2 so I can use his marathon for DS3
Your DS2 is really too young to be moving to a booster. Ideally, kids shouldn't move to a booster until after they are 4 years old, and weigh at least 40lbs.

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a swing... plus we have a tiny bit more space since we've moved.

- Cloth Diapers
- Changing table/dresser
Those smaller, "travel" swings are really great for small space areas, or really even if you have plenty of space. We had one with DD and DS1, then I decided I needed a normal (full size) swing with DS2. It was fine, though big and took up tons of floor space all the time, but then it broke in storage () and we ended up buying another new one with DS3. We got another travel one - love it, doesn't take up as much space and can be folded up, and it's lasted a long time - through DS3 using it and then through my friend's nephew using it. She's still got it at her house, I'll have to get that back sometime!

Cloth diapers - yes.
We thought we needed a change table with DD, bought one, and then only used it a handful of times. Most of the time we ended up changing her in the living room, and on the floor or couch. Now we just always change babies like that. We still have the darn change table, but it's in the boys' closet holding toys and extra blankets.

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Woombie...unfortunately pink
He won't care, I promise!

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bassinet/co-sleeper/playpen
lots of old flat diapers to use as burp cloths and swaddling blankets
wrap or other baby carrier
We have a bassinet, and a playpen w/bassinet, but my babies usually just end up sleeping on our bed anyways.
We use prefolds for burp cloths and "changing pads" - especially keep one in the diaper bag all the time for public change tables!

Ooo - wrap/sling - definitely a must!!!
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:35 AM   #9
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Re: What are your Baby must haves?

I don't feel like we need much
Crib- I think we're just going to get one at Ikea, I'm really not picky about it
Car Seat- a friend who's DD just outgrew her infant bucket seat offered it to us, I trust them but I'll look it over first
Breast Pump- I'll be off for 4 months and wasn't able to nurse DS so I'm not sure what I'll need(I'm open to any advice on this!)

I think thats it! I've bought a bunch of diapers, we have a lot of hand-me-down clothes, DS never was crazy about his swing or bouncy seat so we might get one, but we have a basinet so maybe not. My mom is making me a moby type wrap.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:35 PM   #10
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Re: What are your Baby must haves?

must haves:
-heartbeat/white noise machine
-swaddles
-nursing pillow - this is the only thing I need to buy
-video monitor
-carrier

wanted:
-a star projection turtle to match DD's ladybug (already bought and delivered, actually)
-newbie cloth diapers
-possibly a double stroller, haven't decided, but won't be needed right away.

everything else we should already have. The swing was a must-have for DD - once we learned that you needed to use the highest setting. The vibratey seat wasn't something she really liked until about 6months, but we still have it. We will need a new high chair/booster since they'll both need to be strapped in, but that's not something we'll need right away.
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