How eartly is too early...

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mandynz's picture
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How eartly is too early...

to start setting up? :Whistle:

What can I say? I am a) Really impatient b) a major 'planner' c) I get anxiety if things aren't prepared way ahead of schedule (I start having nightmares and panic attacks)

So a lot of the stuff is in the garage ready to go and I have also gone on a bit of a second hand shopping spree this week where I have purchased an electric swing, a change table and a play mat (all in as new condition). I just really want to get it all out and set up what I can so that I can figure out how much space we have in our room for stuff and also what else we need to buy.

I think the next purchase items will be some plastic drawers for storage and some wooden draws for clothes. I think I will wait until we know the gender because I will buy pink drawers if it is a girl and primary colours if it is a boy.

So when do you think is it okay to start setting up for baby? I'm not saying I want to get everything sorted next week but I feel like its too early to even begin setting up right now (I'm 16weeks). I also think It helps with 'getting excited' which I struggled with in the first trimester.

When will you all start setting up? I can't wait to begin to see pictures of everyone's process! I think I might make a bit of a journal about getting ready for baby Biggrin

jgriffith's picture
Joined: 08/20/10
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If you have the room, go for it! it never hurts to get stuff set up early. Plus, it will help you make a list of anything you might need.
Have fun!

Astolate's picture
Joined: 07/16/06
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I honestly don't think right now would be too early to start setting up but keep in mind that once you're 8-9 months pregnant the last thing you want to be doing is tripping over stuff that is in your way. With DS we had a spare room so we set up at 5-6 months I think and everything was in there so it was out of the way. Now that I know what we're having I plan to start going through our old stuff and seeing what needs to be replaced, but my house is enough of a mess without the added unused baby stuff laying around. We have 3 rooms but we decided to have the boys share a room so we don't lose our office, I can't really start setting up the stuff in there until at least 7-8 months because I don't want to shock DS too much. Good luck and if you do set up post pictures of what you're doing!! Biggrin (I'm nosy!)

ambie719's picture
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:lurk:

We won't be setting up until the first week of August, I'll be 7 months pregnant, and waiting that long is killing me! But we are moving at the end of July so obviously there is no point in setting things up here only to take them all apart, pack them up, unpack them and reassemble. I have lists of whats been bought and what needs to be bought, to give myself a sense of actually doing something and being organized, and I've been buying my cloth stash since we found out the gender, since its one of the few things I can do while we wait to move. And I've gone through all the old baby clothes to sort through what will/won't be seasonal for the new baby so I can sell/get rid of stuff we won't use.

alwayssmile's picture
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When I'm back from traveling in July I plan to go through all of DS's baby stuff and sort it out. I also plan to start gathering and making stuff for baby girl's nursery. If I had an empty space or room I'd probably be setting stuff up!!! However, DS needs to be moved to the guest room and to a regular bed which is going to be a long progress and one I'm not looking forward to as much. Wink

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Joined: 02/23/08
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I say go for it, too! It will feel good when you get close to know that you are ready to go and not going crazy trying to figure out how it will all get done. I really don't have much do this time around since DS2 is still so young (14 months). We just need to set up a baby bed in our room and sort through all the baby clothes to find neutrals and sort sizes so it will be ready to go when we get back from the hospital (since we aren't finding out gender). Oh, and set up the swing and bouncy seat. The only thing we are going to need to buy is a baby bathtub and possibly a new crib mattress (depending on whether DS2 will transition to a toddler bed or a twin bed in the fall). I look forward to seeing nursery pics from everyone. We went all out on decorating our older 2 kids' nurseries, but these younger 2 will have to share with us and then an older sibling, so there is no nursery set up. Sad

Kier's picture
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I plan on starting to get things arranged when we get back from our vaca. We have a couch that needs to go so that there is more room in the toy room so I can move the toys that are in the living room in there, and the rocking chair in our room needs to go down there to make room for the baby's bed in our room. Then, we need to figure out where we are putting the baby's clothes since we dont have room for another dresser. I did buy a changing table and want to set that up now since DD is still in diapers, and its getting harder and harder to sit on the floor to change her. Also, I need to figure out where the swing and bouncer are going to fit... Then, once we know the baby's sex I need to go to my sister's and go through clothes.. And general cleaning and organizing. I dont want to put it off. Ive done that before, and ended up having pre term labor and went nuts not being able to get things done. This time around I want to be sure that things are ready so that if I do end up with problems im not even more stressed than I already will be.

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No nursery here either. The baby will go in with my son or youngest DD depending on the gender, which we should find out tomorrow! He or she will be with us for a while. Once I know the gender I am looking forward to pulling all of the baby girl clothes out of the attic and sorting through them. If we don't need them, they are off to once upon a child! I have all the gear I need, except a double stroller, so we should be pretty set!

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Don't laugh, but I when laying in bed last night I was thinking about where I want to put the bouncer and swing....and then suddenly panicked when I realized that Christmas decorations will be going up right after this LO is born or even before (we always do it Thanksgiving weekend since we're guaranteed family time if DH isn't deployed or on a trip). And the tree is totally going to be in the way of where I was thinking of storing stuff!!! So then I asked DH this morning if we could rearrange the living room for Christmas and baby stuff this fall and yeah...he thinks I'm the crazy pregnant lady. Can't really blame him there. I'm so way over thinking everything.

lemonlemon's picture
Joined: 12/30/07
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Now now now!!!
Sometimes I get big bursts of energy and just want to sort/plan/arrage baby stuff!!

The room isnt ready- so I basically use an upstairs bedroom closet and sort all of the baby clothes by size and type, and hats and everything laid out below....

Then, the spare room I've been laying out all the stuff on the bed, sorting through tupperware, arranging.... adding stuff to my lists online to buy...making baby budget/lists...

I even made a stupid list I taped inside the closet counting how many of what I had so I'd know what I need..

Went a little OCD..

Must stop now.

hehe.. Its just so fun!!! And I think bcuz I feel helpless since the room wont be done until the end of summer probably that it keeps me busy. so all I'll have to do is move it right in..... Time sure is going by fast!!

I do fear though, that once Im DONE time will go by slowly. I remember soon as I finally got Brodys room done, then time seemed to stop... At least if I DO end up having a bunch to do in the end it'll keep me really busy!!! hehe

Honey3.14's picture
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Oh man, my post didn't take... We won't be setting up till at least third tri but I am thinking ahead about christmas and holidays this year. I mean, doing it all with a newborn? No thanks. I'll probably join amazon prime and use that to my advantage just for shipping and quick delivery. One less thing to worry about. And I'll probably do my cookies in August/September and freeze them till December.

claireCJ's picture
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I don't think it's too early! I just started thinking about getting stuff last night while laying on the couch. I was feeling a little anxious thinking about how fast the next few months are going to go by and that we serioiusly have NOTHING! If we are having a boy, then we have some baby boy clothes, but that is it. DS is 6 so I have nothing left from when he was a baby. We are giving baby the spare bedroom(which is currently an office) so I am going to start putting anything I buy now in there. DH is sad because it's his office/man cave but I figure if I start filling it with baby stuff, then he will have to accept that it's not HIS room. I like to be prepared too and I plan to have everything done a month in advance(just in case.)

Risstopher's picture
Joined: 02/29/12
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yea, i just asked DH that as soon as we know the baby shower date, he works towards clearing out spare room (which will become babys room, it's filled with CRAP! and needs a rug), i want it to be done by the baby shower so i can start moving things in...
ive decided to put my tree up and decorate for christmas on november 1st so it's all set up already and done, normally i'd do it after thanksgiving.

Honey3.14's picture
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Ristopher, I like that idea. And my Ds will approve.

alwayssmile's picture
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My husband told me he won't rearrange anything until after he gets word on orders at the end of August. There is a possibility that we'll be moving (overseas or cross country) in December or January. I told him he's no fun. Blum 3

Claire, amazon prime was fantastic the year DS was born! We also started a new "tradition" with everyone that we'd prefer to just exchange cards and good will. We still buy for our parents and my sister, but that's about it other than maybe a special find with our best friends. Life is so much easier now. lol

Risstopher's picture
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we do the same thing, for the past 3 years only buy gifts for parents and nieces (i have 2 little nieces), and then my friends and i go out to dinner the week of christmas instead of all buyin gifts. it's so much easier - and happier!

Honey3.14's picture
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Well we agreed no presents with the exception of the kids and our parents a long time ago, and I always tell my girlfriends to expect cookies from me but no gifts... With the exception of once again, the kids. We all buy for the kids. And it's so funny that someone mentioned amazon prime because I was just asking about that on my FB wall today... Very few people know why but those that do see a lot of reason in our doing it this year.

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