What could you not live without?

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What could you not live without?

I know we did a thread about this a while back, but I figured now is a good time to re-visit the 'MUST HAVES' and 'WASTE OF MONEY' issues.

What were some things that you couldn't live without?

What did you get and think you'd LOVE, but rarely used?

Is there anything you didn't get last time that you want this time?

First time moms- is there anything that you're wondering about getting or not?

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Couldn't live without- Graco Travel Lite Pack N Play

Rarely used- I didn't even bother getting a changing table because I knew I would rather just use the floor Biggrin

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I rarely used the Bumbo or the Boppy. It was easier to nurse with just a regular pillow. Now my kids love to sit in the Bumbo (they're 4 and 2) for fun.

I couldn't live without my Bjorn.

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Couldn't live without: Pack n play, beco....um my boobs....haha..

Rarely used: baby towels, baby washcloths, baby socks, changing table (the second time)

More than rarely used, but could live without: swing

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If you don't have a dishwasher, the microwave steamer is awesome for steaming bottles/pacis.

There's things like a full size high chair that you don't need for quite a while. Abby was so small, we used the bumbo for a long time and the high chair just took up space. This time around, I'm not buying one until I need it.

Pack-n-play is more useful than a bassinet. You get WAY more use out of it.

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Couldn't live without: My Ergo carrier.

Rarely used: diaper pail and changing table... oh and a crib.

Also, I will add that my first 2 dd's LOVED having a swing, so it was a must have for them. BUT my next two couldn't stand to be in the swing so it was a "rarely used" item for them. From what I've heard this is either something babies love or hate. Also, I rarely use strollers and find the big bulky ones to be nothing but a big pain. BUT I do enjoy having a small umbrella stroller on hand for the few times when I do want one/need one... of course newborns don't do well in these. They need to be at least a couple months old.

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I loved my sling! I have a moby wrap for this time, but I would say it was a lifesaver because DS never wanted to be put down. I also love having a glider this time, I know I needed it last time, but I just had a recliner.

don't remember anythign that was useless. I think most things you can live without.

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What were some things that you couldn't live without? Sling, Miracle Blanket,

What did you get and think you'd LOVE, but rarely used? Bumbo, Nursing pillow,

Is there anything you didn't get last time that you want this time? Ergo (it's waiting in the closet).

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Couldn't live without - My moby and ergo, swaddling blankets - dd needed to be swaddled until 10 months.
Didn't bother with - changing table - have a changing pad attached to the top of dd's dresser that's been used twice, way to wiggly to change anywhere but the floor.

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What were some things that you couldn't live without?
Bassinet (which also had a portable bed with it), bottle warmer (steamer), Jumperoo

What did you get and think you'd LOVE, but rarely used?
Bathtub, most of the time I wound up taking him in the shower with me. I'd wait til the end of mine, turn down the water, pick him up from a bouncer (wrapped in a warm towel!) and wash him, put him down and get out. It was a lot easier and he tolerated it a lot better.

Is there anything you didn't get last time that you want this time?
A swing, I wanted one really bad with DS but didn't have the money to get it!

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So a lot of y'all didn't use your bumbo, huh? I was planning on getting one. I didn't have one with DD. Did the baby not like it or was it just not as useful as you thought? I'm kinda wondering now if it'll be worth it or not. I have an exersaucer AND the Fisher Price Jumperoo and those both kinda serve the same purpose as the bumbo, so maybe I won't get one. The only 'positive' to the bumbo that I can think of is portability... it can easily to with us to friends' houses.

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"rbrooks14332" wrote:

So a lot of y'all didn't use your bumbo, huh? I was planning on getting one. I didn't have one with DD. Did the baby not like it or was it just not as useful as you thought? I'm kinda wondering now if it'll be worth it or not. I have an exersaucer AND the Fisher Price Jumperoo and those both kinda serve the same purpose as the bumbo, so maybe I won't get one. The only 'positive' to the bumbo that I can think of is portability... it can easily to with us to friends' houses.

I loved loved loved the bumbo. Like I siad, DD was pretty small and a high chair was no good for us even when she was ready for solids. She was also super strong when born, so I was able to sit her in the bumbo early on. I was always worried about always laying her flat or reclined b/c of the problem babies can have with flat heads. And yes, it's super super portable. I didn't have the tray last time, but my friend is sending me her bumbo and I think she has a tray.
Here's a pic from her website. I think she was right at 6 or 7 weeks sitting in it. It does depend on the baby. She was never really the floppy newborn.
http://www.babyhomepages.net/picture/?pid=1401254&currentalbum=

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I didn't really use the bumbo for very long last time. It's an item that if I find at a cheap price I would get but I wouldn't pay full price for it.

Some of the most useful items I had... in the first few months... DD had to be swaddled at night to sleep. Some kind of background noise... Sleep sheep, etc. The boppy was a life saver not only for BFing but for a while it was the only way I could get DD to nap. She was always in sight & most of the time on the couch beside me while I was resting.

After a few months old, we had a entertainer/jumper thing. She would stay in that thing forever. We used that thing until she outgrew it.

I also regularly used my changing pad on a dresser, the pnp & the bathtub.

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My doctor advised against feeding them in the Bumbo because it's actually an ab workout when they're in there so it makes it difficult for them to eat and digest. It does help to build up their belly muscles for sitting up on their own but it's really for such a short amount of time and you can just sit on the floor with them and put pillow around them and they'll get the same workout ...

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I might try to find one in good used condition. I can see paying $10 for one but not $35 - $40 (:eek:)

As for the boppy pillow- I didn't BF long term so maybe I'd have gotten the hang of it, but when I was BF'ing I found that a regular ol pillow worked just as well. I think I said before that my boppy pillow got more use during 'tummy time' when DD was several months old than it did as a nursing pillow haha

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I rarely use the bumbo too...I think if you get it with the first child you might get your money out of it...but that's it.

I hated the boppy. I forgot about that one. I used a regular pillow the first couple days in the hospital, then no pillow was just easier. I don't know if it's because my torso is so short or what. I did use it a couple times last time to block my c-section incision from my 2 year old though Wink

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well I will say that my bumbo was free last time and will be this time as well, so perhaps that's why I enjoyed it so much. I didn't have to factor in the cost.

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"rbrooks14332" wrote:

So a lot of y'all didn't use your bumbo, huh? I was planning on getting one. I didn't have one with DD. Did the baby not like it or was it just not as useful as you thought? I'm kinda wondering now if it'll be worth it or not. I have an exersaucer AND the Fisher Price Jumperoo and those both kinda serve the same purpose as the bumbo, so maybe I won't get one. The only 'positive' to the bumbo that I can think of is portability... it can easily to with us to friends' houses.

I didn't get a bumbo the first time around, I got something else (which I forgot the brand) but it was the same concept as the bumbo (same rubber type seat) and it had a tray and you could use for feedings and a toy attachment. I LOVED IT! Anything that will keep my child in one place and entertained for a few min is a major plus for me. It's especially useful once the baby starts snacking on cherrios and stuff because of the tray. Also, the portability of it was great, I could take it to a friends house and if they didn't have children or a highchair, it was very convinient. I say it's worth it.

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What's all the hoopla about the A&A muslin swaddling blankets? I swaddled DD for the first few months. I'll probably swaddle Owen too, out of habit, unless he absolutely hates it. Why are these so wonderful over just using a regular ol' receiving blankets?

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"rbrooks14332" wrote:

What's all the hoopla about the A&A muslin swaddling blankets? I swaddled DD for the first few months. I'll probably swaddle Owen too, out of habit, unless he absolutely hates it. Why are these so wonderful over just using a regular ol' receiving blankets?

They are HUGE and breathable, and you can use them for a zillion things and they are so soft. BUT bambino land is having a huge sale right now and I think they're better than A&A. So check over there. I wish I needed more because the sale is so good. But I have 4 girl ones and 4 boy ones...
They came in handy a LOT with my second because it's so hot you don't really want a thick blanket on them. I never swaddled either of my girls but used the blankets a ton. For a nursing cover, or to cover the stroller, or as a blanket in a restaurant, in the car...I would wrap it around the beco if there was a breeze ...
Seriously, if I could have sheets made out of it I totally would they're so nice and soft. I hate receiving blankets. Wink

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We used our bumbo in place of a high chair too. It worked great to feed them in. I love our pack n play, white noise machine and the swing.

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"irishgirl" wrote:

They are HUGE and breathable, and you can use them for a zillion things and they are so soft. BUT bambino land is having a huge sale right now and I think they're better than A&A. So check over there. I wish I needed more because the sale is so good. But I have 4 girl ones and 4 boy ones...
They came in handy a LOT with my second because it's so hot you don't really want a thick blanket on them. I never swaddled either of my girls but used the blankets a ton. For a nursing cover, or to cover the stroller, or as a blanket in a restaurant, in the car...I would wrap it around the beco if there was a breeze ...
Seriously, if I could have sheets made out of it I totally would they're so nice and soft. I hate receiving blankets. Wink

I have been looking for more swaddling blankets do you know what site is having the sale because I checked Bambino land and did not see any sale.

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I agree with the idea to get a used Bumbo. They don't really get wrecked unless people mistreat them & like most of us said we didn't use them all that much. I'd pay 15-20 at the most used.

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"4sweet" wrote:

I have been looking for more swaddling blankets do you know what site is having the sale because I checked Bambino land and did not see any sale.

Use code "DREAM1" at checkout for 50% off. Only good through tomorrow. Smile

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What were some things that you couldn't live without?
The babyhawk (a mei tai carrier)! I had a bjorn with DS and I hated it, but with DD I got a babyhawk, and it was a lifesaver! I wore her all the time, since DS was still so tiny(17 months) I couldn't turn my back for a second without holding/wearing her. He liked her too much :).
The jumperoo was a hit with DS, he had so much fun in it! It was the only thing I ever really used to put baby in while I needed to do something. It's not for new babies though, he used it from about 3 months until he was pulling up around 7 months. DD would bounce in it for a bit but really preferred to be on the floor involved in whatever DS had going on lol.

What did you get and think you'd LOVE, but rarely used?
The swing, neither kid really liked it. Not that I tried hard though. I always preferred to hold them and the few times I put DD in it DS felt he needed to get a closer look and got knocked down lol.
The boppy was another one for me. I agree with Annmarie and I think its because I'm so short waisted. It was just more comfortable for me to just sit cross legged or prop my arm or leg up a bit. I'll try it again this time, but I just don't feel the love like so many women have for it hehe. I think DH liked it more than I did. He'd prop DS up in it while he was playing video games and they'd have guy time, it was pretty adorable lol.

I never saw a point to the bumbo. I put DS in a friends when he was tiny and he just sort of sat there lol. DS was born right around the time of all the media attention about bumbos and how parents put their babies up on counters/tables and then baby would fall off and get injured. It freaked me out so I never gave one a chance. Plus I don't do solids until baby can sit up unassisted and my kids are always big and quick to scoot/roll around on the floor, so I just have zero use for one! I bet I'd get one if my LO was smaller and weren't early movers.

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I thought of something else... Blackout curtains. While they aren't the ideal style choice, I prefer my LO sleeps. Smile I even take dark sheets to hang over windows on vacation.

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What were some things that you couldn't live without?
The essentials, obviously.. but beyond that, some big blankets (that I made), the Itzbeen timer, the pack n play Smile

What did you get and think you'd LOVE, but rarely used?
My moby wrap. DD didn't like it at all. Same with the swing. I'm hoping DS will like both as I kept them!!

Is there anything you didn't get last time that you want this time?
Yeah, a video monitor! My DH actually already ordered one and we tried it out last night with DD. It's great!