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greyautumnrain
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Small packages
My first* actual baby purchase arrived today. I am now the proud owner of two mobywraps.

My gut reaction is that it was way two soon. I still have thirteen days to go from today before we get to even the threshold of viability, another eight weeks before we get to the point where the baby has a fairly good chance in the outside world... you get the picture. On the other hand I know I'm a little nuts for not having gotten anything else before this.

One thing is certain, though. It is not yet time to go for the big ticket items. I can't imagine anything more terrible than owning a crib and not having a live baby to put in it. Maybe I'll make Warren take us shopping for one come April, but not now. I have vague notions that I want a travel system instead of a separate stroller and car seat, but no firm ideas about which one. I'm hoping there will be about 18 weeks left to shop.

*Well, except for yarn to make baby stuff with, which I have been getting for years. But yarn doesn't count. In much the same way that sock yarn doesn't count as yarn stash.
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jaedian From: jaedian Date: February 22nd, 2008 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay Moby wraps! I actually preferred Gypsy Mama Bali Breeze Stretch wraps www.gypsymama.com They didn't stretch quite as much, they were prettier and a bit lightweight. (since J was a a late March baby) I am done with mine though, if I ever get around to it I will likely sell it, but could also pass on to you. I also have an adjustable fleece pouch which is nice for small babies in the winter.

Also, I meant to ask if you wanted our baby car seat. It comes with a stroller too. J has already outgrown it and we had to buy a new one for her anyway as our others were too old. The travel system is nice, but you only use it for 6mo-1 year depending on how fast your baby grows. And the strollers were only tolerable, not super nice. I would recommend looking at some place like Wild Child in Arlington and get a nice stroller (easy to push), some of them could take certain car seats. Then buy a compatible car seat.

It seems like you have plenty of time to shop though. As for cribs, they do take awhile to order one. S's arrived the day she was born, and we weren't there for the delivery. That said, we don't use the crib so much. I found it easier to cosleep with the baby. So you might want an Arm's Reach Cosleeper or a Baby Bunk (http://www.babybunk.com/) . We rented the latter for S. since our Somerville bedroom was too cramped for the Arms Reach.

If you need help with slings or other baby carriers let me know. I have way too many baby carriers and lots of info on those. I have tips on diaper bags as I spent awhile figuring out how to pare down and carry just what I needed. (I am gathering those links for someone anyway)

I also happen to have unisex newborn clothes and girl clothes sitting around waiting to be gotten rid of somehow. If you want them let me know, they are taking up space.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: February 23rd, 2008 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the advice. I would like the clothes, at least if you're just going to get rid of them anyway. Sadly, we don't have room for a co-sleeper next to our bed, there is literally no extra space, and having the baby in our bed is a SIDS death waiting to happen (pillow-top mattress and a mama who rolls over a lot in her sleep). My sister really loves her travel system, and is still using it a year later, but her son is small for his age. I also imagine that Margaret will make my poor nephew walk now that he's taking steps on his own.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: February 23rd, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Check out the measurement on the babybunk, it was pretty small. It fit in our Somerville space in the corner we had a small space caused by the radiator sticking out. You can try the babynest for not rolling over, but the pillowtop is not ideal.

The travel systems are nice, I was just saying the strollers suck on the ones you buy all together. (just harder to push) I uually wear the baby, but being able to put the carseat in a stroller when the baby is sleeping is great. I would look for a better quality stroller, many have optional bars that will adapt for some carseats. Like the Bugaboo will work with Maxicosi or the Graco carseats. The Quinny takes the maxi cosi. This way you get a nice stroller you still want to use even after the baby outgrows the carseat.

You can have our travel system, stroller and carseat if you like, because I think the stroller is too bulky and hard to push now that I can't use the carseat.

Your sister is lucky if she has a small baby, much easier on the mom. My kids keep outgrowing the carseat in length (not weight) Wonder why? ;-}

I can try and send clothes with treptoplax, or you can come by here and pick through them if you like.
enugent From: enugent Date: February 24th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Rolling onto the baby is pretty unlikely if you're not drunk. Even as a newborn, she's as big as a cat - can you imagine rolling on top of a cat in the middle of the night and not noticing?

The pillowtop is more of a concern. That's why we bought the Snuggle Nest - we not only have a pillowtop, it's on a waterbed.

You do need to figure out something if you're going to be breastfeeding, as every single step away from the baby turns out to be a big deal. Even if it means you sleep in a different room from Warren for six months, it really helps to be close.
enugent From: enugent Date: February 22nd, 2008 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
We didn't get a crib until Dorothy was a few months old - she just slept in a (borrowed) bassinet or in her Snuggle Nest. The only thing you really need to have when you come home from the hospital is a couple pair of jammies, a pack of diapers, and a car seat.

We liked the travel system, but if you want to primarily use the wrap for carrying the baby, there's some argument for going directly to a convertible seat, which will last you for a couple of years, and getting a nicer stroller. (We have a Maclaren that we really like.) It is nice to be able to take the whole baby bucket with you instead of waking the baby getting her out of her seat, though.

When you work yourself up to buying a car seat, I recommend taking a big weight with you to the store to put in the seats and practice carting them around. Different handle styles feel comfortable to different people, but it's harder to tell when you don't have eight or ten pounds of baby in the seat.

I had a Maya Wrap last time, but I had trouble getting the hang of it. I really want a Moby Wrap, but I'm waiting to get one until after the shower they are giving me and the other pregnant woman at work. I hope you like them!
mijven From: mijven Date: February 22nd, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just echoing the many "big ticket items" aren't all that immediately necessary theme. Babies tend to like tighter spaces (and warm bodies) which makes many a crib a couple-months-down-the-line option.

In fact the only big ticket item I think you need in advance (which you may already have) is a REALLY comfy chair.
countertorque From: countertorque Date: February 25th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
We were amazed at all of the free baby stuff that people showered onto us. Every piece of furniture that our 1.5 year old has used is free. We also have some extra free stuff in our garage that we thought we wanted but decided later not to use. I think if you look around, you can easily find serviceable or better quality stuff that other people want to get out of their garages. It's important to remember that you won't be using a lot of it for very long.

We used a basinet in our room for the first 3 months. Our bedroom is very small, so it was about 2 steps from our bed to the baby. My wife pumped enough milk that we could take turns getting up at night.

We purchased a Graco travel system and are still using the stroller. We don't have any complaints, but did not spend much time looking for anything better.
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