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So, we're not really going to have a nursery, but we do have a spare room that will hold much of the bean's gear. I'm wondering if some of the moms/dads can tell what they liked having when their babies first came home. My list is pretty small so far. I have some time off work at the end of July when Baby G's family goes on their holiday, so I'm hoping to make headway cleaning the carpet, moving around furniture, etc. before I'm back to that "I'm so tired I could die" phase.<br><br>
Things I'm planning on:<br><br>
cradle (one that hangs like a swing, but can lock in place too)...for next to our bed<br>
changing table with shelves or drawers underneath<br>
comfy rocking chair<br>
good stroller/buggy (I'm lusting after one that costs more than my first car)<br>
car seat (just in case, we don't have a car)<br>
mobile for over changing table or maybe the cradle<br>
sling/carrier<br>
and of course, diapers, onesies, a few blankets, etc.<br><br>
The first half seemed to go soooo slowly, with lots of waiting/worrying. Now, it's a bit of "holy crap, only 4 months left".
 

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Well I can tell you what was a complete waste of money...<br><br>
All the cutesie, non-practical clothes. Babies are not comfy in jeans and button up shirts. Or stiff dresses. Fine for picture taking, but you don't need more than one cute outfit in each size. My kids lived in onesies and sleepers. All the other clothes never even got worn, or got worn only once. LOL<br><br>
Most baby holders are unnecessary. My kids liked the swing and that was it. Bouncer, jumparoo, ect were a waste of money and space.<br><br>
Most baby toys were useless. They'd rather play with the remote and your keys. So maybe a few simple things that rattle or a set of soft blocks. Don't buy a bunch of stuff.<br><br>
For the car seat, since you probably won't get a lot of use out of it, get a larger infant seat or just get a convertible seat. If you get a small infant seat (ones going to 22 lbs) the baby could possibly outgrow it by 4-6 months. I don't even recommend them to people who DO have cars.<br><br>
Don't forget any nursing stuff if you plan to nurse. Nipple cream, nursing pads, a pump if you need one, ect.<br><br>
Babies don't really need a whole lot. I wish I'd known that with my first. LOL
 

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We brought our son home when he was 3 days old. For him - and not all babies are like him - the things that were great were:<br>
- Moby wrap<br>
- SwaddleMe blankets<br>
- bassinet<br>
- tons and tons of burp cloths (he had reflux)<br>
- plenty of pacifiers<br>
- rocking chair<br>
- petroleum jelly (I know lots of people hate putting this stuff on babies but a bath and then vasoline cures eczema, serious!)<br><br>
Later he liked:<br>
- stroller that laid all the way back for naps (started using stroller sometimes after 3 months)<br>
- Signing Time DVDs (they're still great for him - he and I learned lots of signs from them and plus if he's going nuts with a tantrum the DVDs will calm him right down)<br>
- crib (we moved him to his crib at 3 months, then put his crib in a separate room at 9 months)<br>
- high chair and toys and books and all that<br><br>
If I do it again with another baby, I want one of those no-movement monitors so I can get a little more sleep the first few months. And I'll get a better rocking chair.
 

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My sisters and sister-in-law swore by baby swings. Back when they all had my nieces and nephews you hand cranked the swings (I remember, did lots of babysitting). Now the same nieces and nephews are having their own babies and they all swear by the baby swing too.<br><br>
I am sure it's a given but bottles, think you need those even if you nurse (never had a baby so not sure)?? We had a new grand niece join the family a few months ago and while shopping at Babies R Us (the place gives me anxiety, baby stuff overload) for a shower gift to ship back east I was surprised at all the different brand/sizes, etc. of bottles.
 

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Yeah, I'm still researching bottles/pumps, but definitely. I'd completely forgotten about a baby monitor though..loved them when I've babysat!<br><br>
Not too worried about toys either. The first few weeks are Byron, poop, feed, sleep and repeat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
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Ha! Auto correct. Let's try burp, not Byron!<br><br>
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Yeah, I'm still researching bottles/pumps, but definitely. I'd completely forgotten about a baby monitor though..loved them when I've babysat!<br><br>
Not too worried about toys either. The first few weeks are Byron, poop, feed, sleep and repeat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
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You certainly could read your baby poetry. He/she will probably come out pretty smart.
 

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Congratulations!!!<br><br>
I think a nursing pillow is really useful. I didn't have all sorts of equipment. No crib, cradle, bassinet etc. I had no car and walked a lot (wore out several strollers). A good stroller and for later, a lightweight easy to use stroller comes in very handy.<br><br>
Diaper bags that have a pad to lay the baby on for changing are useful.
 

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I think a nursing pillow is really useful.</div>
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I didn't use mine much other than to sit on because I had hemorrhoids after giving birth but it was a life-saver! I didn't really need it to nurse because I'm large chested and didn't need to prop the baby up...my boobs went to him. LOL Small to average chested women probably benefit from it more. In any case, it can't hurt to have one! And they are easy enough to make if you sew at all. You don't have to get a fancy $35 one. Just sew some flannel into the basic shape and stuff it with the filling from a couple of worn-out pillows.
 

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Well, I was an E/F cup and benefited from using a pillow for nursing especially when my daughter was a newborn. I liked being able to have free arms sometimes; it really helped my shoulder and arm pain to not have to support her weight directly at all times.
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I didn't use mine much other than to sit on because I had hemorrhoids after giving birth but it was a life-saver! I didn't really need it to nurse because I'm large chested and didn't need to prop the baby up...my boobs went to him. LOL Small to average chested women probably benefit from it more. In any case, it can't hurt to have one!</div>
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Oh what I meant by that is I could lay him in my lap and my boobs would reach. I didn't have to support him at all. But I was bigger than that while nursing (quadruple D at least and I'm not even 5'2"...I guess my experience is probably pretty rare).
 

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congratulations on your baby-to-be!<br><br>
i agree with the nursing pillow... and the swing. but try to find one of the cradling swings (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFisher-Price-Cradle-Swing-Little%2Fdp%2FB0018Z6910%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1309930811%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">similar to this style</a>) because the regular ones (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FDisney-All--Swing-Sweet-Hunny%2Fdp%2FB004FS0CCO%2Fref%3Dsr_1_6%3Fs%3Dbaby-products%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1309930992%26sr%3D1-6" target="_blank">like this</a>) aren't any good until they start holding their heads up well several months down the road! wish i would have realized that for MY little guy! :p in lieu of a swing, i'd recommend a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBright-Starts-Comfort-Harmony-Biscotti%2Fdp%2FB002VBXY5O%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fs%3Dbaby-products%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1309931225%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">vibrating/soothing sounds bouncer</a> thing. my little guy loved his. it was great for freeing up my arms for a few minutes to use the bathroom or just rest my arms for a few minutes or whatever. unfortunately all babies are different. some love things that others have no interest in. oh... and don't forget a diaper bag and changing pad.
 

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Hm. I'd never thought about nursing pillows, but it does sound like a nice idea. I'm definitely going to wait and see on the swing, one of my sisters was a horrendously cranky baby, but she loved the swing (and often slept there), but I'm not really a fan. I have been thinking about a seat for when she's a bit older. After a few weeks of babywearing, I'm hoping that I'll have a good sense of what she likes/what soothes her best, etc.
 

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yeah, the nursing pillows provide a nice cushy spot for your little one to lay while feeding as well as a nice armrest for the mom (depending on how you're holding your little one). and they can be used for tummy time later on, too.<br><br>
i never liked the idea of using the swing for sleep, either. i'm 100% for babywearing, but sometimes you just want/need a few minutes of freedom! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Yeah...I'm imagining a baby on the front while I'm trying to pee....it's not pretty. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> We always had a couple of babies at nursery too, who just absolutely despised being on the floor at times, but were perfectly happy in bouncy seat.<br><br>
<<<is feeling very "baby baby baby" these past few days. Was nice to have a few long conversations today about other things too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Jen, why no pics of you? I bet you look adorable! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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