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ms_pookie Original Post: Aug 17 '07,  9:38 pm           Reply
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Baby Gear

What are the "essentials" when it comes to baby gear?

Have you purchased things for the baby's nursery and then realized later that it wasn't an essential purchase?

Pooks
(taking notes)

     
CopeSullivan Posted: Aug 18 '07,  8:00 am           Reply
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RE: Baby Gear

Hmmmm..... it's been 8 1/2 years since I had to put together a nursery.... Let's see if I can remember...

Crib (and possibly a bassinet or cradle for the first few months... but most likely that will be in Mommy & Daddy's room), changing table, glider-rocker (for Mommy so sit in while rocking the baby), diaper pail, a little laundry hamper for those delicate little clothes, baby monitor, diaper stacker, bureau for those cute little clothes...

Ok, some of those things may not be "essentials"... Like, for example, the crib and cradle and even a "co-sleeper" we bought, turned out to be money we shouldn't have spent... as our son ended up in the our bed (we ended up doing the "family bed"). And when he napped during the day, it was in the play-pen (play yard, porta-crib, I don't remember what it's called now).

More NON-essential things... OF COURSE you must spend extravagant amounts of money on adorable little decorations, wall hangings, curtains, crib bedding/comforters and anything else that is remotely related to the rooms "theme" !!

True essentials would be, of course, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, burp/spit-up cloths, onsies, etc.

Then, outside the nursery, stroller, carseat, high-chair (but that can wait a few months) bottles (if not breastfeeding, or so Daddy can feed baby expressed breast milk - which would involve purchasing a breast pump), playpen/porta-crib.... and so many more things that we all can't "live with out" that to one may be an essential, but to another be a wasted expense!! (I remember purchasing way to many of those "had to have" things....like slings and carriers to help carry baby around, and a thermometer that was a "binky" to take baby's temperature gheeshhhh).


Anyway.... I'm sure there's more.... and I'm SURE one of the more "recently Mommed" ladies here can probably help you out more !

=)
Danielle

     
marybatson Posted: Aug 18 '07,  8:28 am           Reply
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RE: Baby Gear

Quote: ms_pookie
What are the "essentials" when it comes to baby gear?

Have you purchased things for the baby's nursery and then realized later that it wasn't an essential purchase?

Pooks
(taking notes)


Geeze, honestly I think so much of this is personal choice. We borrowed my mom's antique cradle, which was William's primary sleeping bed until he outgrew it at 5-months. After diaper changes I placed him in the big boy crib so he'd get used to the large space, but many wouldn't want to cost of a cradle, and crib (although playards have cradles now). Some swear by the diaper wipes warmer, and I borrowed one, but I just didn't see the point. Yet, I loved having a bottle warmer (mostly for frozen, and refrigerated breastmilk) & sterilizer. I also loved the changing table, but many think they are superfluous. I also borrowed a baby swing for the first 6-months, and I almost never used it. I was really into training my child to fall a sleep, and learn how to self sooth rather than having to depend on motion to fall a sleep. Carrier/backpack - I was more of a backpack mom when making quick stops like going into post office, but a stroller mom for the zoo, and mall; however, some moms really preferred a front carrier to a backpack. I loved my rocking chair too!

Also, I had friends bathe their kids in the kitchen sink, and avoid the whole baby bathtub thing. Now, I loved our baby bathtub, as it was a countertop model, and as William grew, I placed the tub in the big tub. So as I say some items are personal choice. Also, I know many who hated the playards (noisy, bulky), but once my little guy was crawling all over the place, it was essential to me. Plus, I know plenty of parents who spent a fortune on diaper pails, and refills. We just bought the Safety First Pail (cheap), and once my son transitioned to solid foods, we just placed the diapers in the trash, and emptied the trash daily. Oh, I loved the Boppy pillow too!


I'd say the obvious like a crib, carseat, monitor, infant bouncer, stroller, activity toys like an entertainer & baby gym, diaper bag, (bottles even if you're going to breastfeeding), high chair/booster seat, & safety gate.

One thing I would have liked knowing was that many items have a limited 90-day or 1-year warranty, which obviously starts the purchase date. If you receive a high chair as a shower gift (generally 2-months to 1-month before due date) know you won't use it for months (until child has proper neck strength), and half the warranty is used up before you even use it. Now, if you're not on a limited budget this won't matter, as you can just go out and buy a new one, but keep it in mind if you do.

Also, check the community advice:
http://www.epinions.com/kifm-Baby_Care-Baby_Equipment-Must_Haves


Good luck!

Mary
     
marybatson Posted: Aug 18 '07,  8:36 am           Reply
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RE: Baby Gear

Quote: CopeSullivan
diaper stacker


See what I mean by preferences? We used baskets that were stored on the changing table. Danielle does have a point though, as a place to store diapers is important, as they are bulky, and kinda ugly to look at.
     
ms_pookie Posted: Aug 18 '07,  9:07 pm           Reply
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Thanks!

Thanks for the tips and for the link! It's all very helpful information; I'm making a list of things to get even though the due date isn't until January! :-)

     
marybatson Posted: Aug 19 '07,  11:43 am           Reply
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I don't think you can start too early!

You can stock up on baby books too, the board book type (TJ Maxx has great deals), and books dedicated to raising children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends several books, and this section of the book store can be very overwhelming when trying to figure out what kind of parent you want to be, or I should say what kind of parenting style you want to adopt.

Good luck Pooks! Many congratulations for a happy and healthy pregnancy!

Mary

     
joyfulgirl91 Posted: Aug 19 '07,  12:03 pm           Reply
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RE: Thanks!

What you want in your house depends a lot on your lifestyle. For instance, it makes some sense for a SAHM to have a different style of carrier for every possible activity, while one who is going back to work probably only needs one. A mom who plans to breastfeed on demand could probably get by with a manual pump and six-pack of bottles, while one who knows she will bottle feed most or all of the time probably needs a top of the line double-electric pump, a warmer, a sterilizer, storage solutions, and a kagillion bottles.

I'm kind of a minimalist, and there is very little I would buy again for the second time around.

I wouldn't buy a single use bassinet or cradle unless I had plenty of money, room, and wanted it for the occasional photo-op and heirloom possibilities. The Pack'n'Play bassinet insert was perfect. I also used the Pack'n'Play diaper changing insert far more often than my actual changing table. Eventually, I changed all diapers on the bathroom counter anyway.

I wouldn't buy any kind of motorized swing or bouncy seat until I had a chance to try one with my baby to see what she would like. My daughter didn't spend more than thirty minutes total in her swing, and I felt the bouncy seat was a little redundant when her infant carseat served the same purpose.

I wouldn't buy another high chair. There are great booster seats that are easier to clean and hide when you aren't using them, and I think they are better for teaching older babies and toddlers how to be civilized at meals.

A few things I definitely would buy again are a Tiny Love mobile, a good baby tub, a convertible crib, a monitor, a pair of Lilypadz, a wrap-style carrier, and a good travel system. Also, as Danielle said, I would spend ridiculous amounts of money on unnecessary trinkets, doodads, and frou frou to decorate the nursery.

Looks like I've got it all figured out for my next baby. Anybody know a nice man? ;-)

     
mjtriplett Posted: Aug 22 '07,  6:08 am           Reply
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RE: Baby Gear

Like the others, it's completely your preference. The things I couldn't have done without include:

Convertible crib
Boppy
Bouncer seat
Dual receiver monitor
Aquaphor
Multiple stages bathtub
Floor gym
Bjorn

The things that ended up being unnecessary were:

Clothes hamper
Changing table (we used the pack 'n play until Kid got too big and then the floor/bed/couch/whatever works)
highchair
swing

     
KMINER Posted: Aug 22 '07,  10:59 am (Updated: Aug 22 '07,  10:59 am)           Reply
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RE: Thanks!

Quote: joyfulgirl91


I'm kind of a minimalist, and there is very little I would buy again for the second time around.

;-)


here too - baby #3 we've bought only diapers, formula and wipes :)

For us:

good bottles and/or feeding/pumping system
good bottle cleaner/sterilizer
BURP PADS!
baby bath
monitor
blankets
onesies

We are using a bassinet because someone's still transitioning out of the crib ;)

And diapers, they just sit on the dresser - I don't CARE! :) I bought a great changing table that converts to a regular dresser - I'd never buy a typical changing table, but that's just me (I reviewed it here somewhere).


     
lilsquibb Posted: Aug 23 '07,  6:33 am           Reply
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RE: Thanks!

Quote: joyfulgirl91

I'm kind of a minimalist, and there is very little I would buy again for the second time around.


Agreed here as well. For the first, we did a lot on what was a "had to have" since money was tight. I also had a lot of stuff handed down so that was helpful. For the second - on the way in March - There are only a few things we need to get - unless it's a girl - to get us by.

Stuff (gear) I had as a "must have (outside the baby basics of diapers, wipes clothes etc...)

- Sleeping place - whatever the personal preference is. I would prefer a convertable crib but recieved a regular one.

- A good Pack n Play does wonders as a bassinet and changer as well as a place to sleep during travel. We still use ours for travel at 22 months.

- Dresser

- Stroller - for me this was wonderful, but I have a friend who absolutely does not like strollers and has every wrap imaginable.

- A good wrap/carrier

- Bouncer

- Multi-stage bathtub (primo euro is wonderful)

- Car seat (of course) personal preference on this one as you can get a carrier or a convertable that will grow with baby. We used a carrier for the full 12 months but others outgrow within 4-6 months.

Most other things are gravy and can be aquired as you go and find the need.

Carrie
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