Sunday, July 11, 2010

Overwhelmed with registering...

for the "Question Game" on my blog

Okay mama friends, I need your help! I have begun the process of trying to figure out what I should be registering for for Henry and I am feeling pretty overwhelmed and quite confused. There are just so many options, and once you pick one thing, it seems like you need another, like infant adapters, car seat adapters, this goes with this, which goes with that...HELP! I have gotten opinions from a few of my friends, but I could use tons more information and recommendations on things to research and check out. I'd love love love your input, and ANY suggestions about all things baby-related! This is the first baby in over 20 years for both of our families, and obviously Hank and my first child. To say I'm clueless is a bit of an understatement, so again, I'd really love any input. Thank you so much in advance, you guys are the best!

1) Where are the best places to register?

2) Best stroller, car seat, travel system (?), carrier, etc!

3) Diapers- we are set on doing cloth but I'm thinking you need to start with disposable. Am I right? I was thinking of doing the Bum Genius system, but let me know if you've tried this and what your thoughts are. As far as disposable, I've heard Pampers Swaddlers but I didn't know if there was an organic brand that was great. Recommendations on both? Or really any info.

4) I'm planning on breast feeding- so breast pumps? Bottles? etc. We will be going the BPA-free route so I was thinking the Born Free ones might be a good choice but any suggestions are great. Also if I do the Born Free, which ones should I register for?

5) Items like high chairs, pack 'n plays, co-sleepers, swings, jumpers, activity mats, all of that jazz. Which are necessary? Which do you recommend?

6) Baby monitors

7) Top 10 items a new Mom MUST have!

I know that's a lot to ask, but even if you have just one recommendation I'd love it! I'm sure I will come up with more questions, but this is a start, and will also be a nice reference for other moms-to-be!

Thank you thank you thank you!

63 comments:

  1. With my first I registered for EVERYTHING! and then with the second I realized that you really only need half of it. Obviously crib, car seat, bottles, the basic stuff. The best advice I could give you is this- have a diaper raffle at your baby shower. You will get so many diapers and you will save so much $. Maybe ask people to bring bigger sizes than newborn. They only stay in the newborn diapers for a tiny bit.

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  2. Give me a couple days and I'll get together a list of suggestions... This takes some serious brain power, that I just don't have today!

    xo
    Jess

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  3. I just went through this about 6 months ago (well, kinda, we didn't register, but I had a baby 4.5 months ago), so I'll think about it and send you an email :)

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  4. I got the chicco cortina system and then ended up upgrading and getting a maxi cosi mico and the quinny buzz, and I am in love with it, its so lightweight and nice and you can turn the baby arond to face you and it goes upright or all the way back, my son always cried in the chicco and with the quinny he was always happy and content and still is at 14 months... I used born free bpa free bottles after I was done breastfeeding and looved them!!! As far as pumps go, I rented one from the hospital, which I reccomend doing, it is the best quality and you purchase the parts that go with it and no one has used them, then you just give it back and get your money back when youre done!! We used a svan highchair but the pieces started falling off of it, and you had to wash all the parts, I got a combi highchair and ended up using that, its so nice and transforms into a seat when they get older, plus you can just wipe it down when they make a huge mess... I also reccomend the graco soothing enter for a swing, it was the only thing that my son would lay in besides my arms!!! We have been using bumgenius cloth diapers since he was 3 months old, we got the 3.0 one size, but now that the 4.0 have snaps, I would reccomend those, so much nicer to have snaps, and I would use disposable the first few months, so much easier to deal with when trying to care for a newborn!!! I hope this helped!!!!!

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  5. Hi, I have been reading for awhile, Congratulations. :-) I am in New Zealand and the favourite thing that I couldnt live with out was a baby hammock. We had it hanging from the roof in the lounge for day sleeps, but C loved it so much we ended up buying a stand for it and he slept in it for night time. He was sleeping through quite early too :) It is also portable so we could take it with us when we went away.
    I would also say hire the breast pump - i had a manual and an electric. For the first while (got very bad mastitis) the hospital one was great and then the medula electric one from then.

    Sarsha

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  6. www.naturesway.co.nz

    the baby hammock

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  7. 1 - I loved Babies R Us, but I also registered for cloth diapers & accessories at www.kellyscloset.com

    2 - I like the Chicco keyfit system. I have several friends with the same one.

    3 - I use GroVia cloth diapers & absolutely LOVE them. Most of the people I know with cloth use GroVia and/or BumGenius, so if you like the BumGenius system, you should be good! But if you're interested in checking out another brand, I highly recommend GroVia. We started using them as soon as her umbilical cord stump fell off, so I would definitely recommend the Pampers Swaddlers with the umbilical cord cutout for the newborn stage. I wanted to use organic ones, but I've actually found that my daughter gets a lot more diaper rash with the ones like that. But that could just be her sensitive skin. We use disposable very rarely, but we always use Pampers when we do.

    4 - I have a Medela Pump n Style & it works great & is pretty quiet compared to some others I've seen. I love the Born Free bottles & they were the only ones my daughter would take. I have the BPA free ones that aren't glass. I have the 9 oz ones, but my daughter eats a LOT. When I pump, I get at least 7 oz. It's seriously insane. I feel like a cow. But it's a good thing, I guess!

    5 - We go the Carter's wooden high chair, but we also like the Fisher Price one that just sits in a regular chair so you can easily take it to grandparents house or use it at your house. Then we have the Graco Hamilton styles pack n play. It's really big & is great for her to sleep in, but it's wide & doesn't fit through a door when it's all set up, so it's not good for moving from one room to another. I HIGHLY recommend any kind of swing that swings side to side as well as front to back. The Fisher Price Cradle n Swing was literally a lifesaver for us.

    6 - We have the Angelcare monitor that has the motion sensor, but we've never used the motion sensor. We just use the sound monitor part. It has excellent reception. I think it's worth what we paid just for that. My friend has a cheaper one & it sounds like static on the radio half the time even when it's on the right settings.

    7 - I actually posted about this -
    http://www.ingenuemom.com/2010/04/baby-stuff-i-cant-live-without.html

    Good luck!!! Sorry this comment is LOOOOOOONG.

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  8. Boppy Nursing Pillow. A must have for mommies and babies.

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  9. The things I used the most: cradle, boppy, playtex ventair bottles, swaddleme, onesies, swing and the glow worm music thing. I have a travel system, which makes taking baby in and out of the car a breeze! Invest in a GOOD Breast Pump- the cheaper ones are not worth the money and only hurt your supply. Stock up on all meds before hand - gas drops, Tylenol, gripe water, etc. Oh, and don't worry so much about having everything before he is here. If I had it to do over, I would wait on the high chair, floor mat, etc. We have Divinci furniture and I love it. Good luck & Have fun! :)

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  10. JLYoungsma is seriously right. I HAD to have everything straight up right away, and there are still things I'm not using and my son is 9 months old now. I have found that most of this baby stuff is seriously crap and a ploy to get everyone in the world to think that they need it. I found that I needed a couple of onesies, a nice soft blanket for swaddling, pampers swaddlers, some pacis, a little crib/pack and play, and a boppy pillow. as far as pumping goes, the medela brand is pretty much a huge deal and advent bottles and pacis are pretty good too. of course, all of this is relative because every kid is so different and likes different things.

    anyway, i think huggies makes an organic diaper.

    as far as travel systems go, i think they're all the same. just go for whatever looks cool to you.

    don't get too overwhelmed. as soon as baby comes you'll see that all this stuff is junk.

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  11. I loved my chicco travel system! I found born free bottles to be a pain (they have about 5 pieces to attach when making a bottle) and almost all brands are BPA free now, so take your pick! I do however like Avent bottles. Simple, easy to clean, no gassiness or fussiness, easy transition from breast to bottle. Im also a huge fan of my sleepywrap (www.sleepywrap.com) and my Beco baby carriers. Basically, you need about half of what you think you need. A few onesies, receiving blankets, burp cloths, bassinet and you're set!

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  12. My number one must have for Coral was the Bumbo seat. It is a foamy plastic-ish seat that practically hugs them so that they can sit up and feel like they are part of the big world. It helps them build up their muscles too. Coral was sitting up when she was super tiny. It was also able to bring her in the shower or tub with me because the chair is waterproof. You can buy them anywhere. Actually, I have Corals and you can have it is you come to my side of the world. I probably have lots of stuff you could have if I ever cleaned my storage out :) Here is a write up about it:

    http://babyproducts.about.com/od/infantgear312months/gr/bumbo_seat.htm

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  13. Oh this is fun! My fiance and I are planning on having another (hopefully concieving next month) so I have been making a list. Its soo much fun this time around because I know what I need/want.

    1.) Amazon.com and Target. Amazon has everything and target has cute clothes and is available for those less internet savvy.

    2.) We actually used Justin's dad's consumer reports to decide on this one. The Chicco Cortina has BY FAR the best safety/user rating than any other travel system on the market.

    3.) BumGenuis One Size for the cloth and Pampers Baby Dry for disposables. Lana Davis (I think you know her) and I both had problems with the Swaddlers kind of seeping through. The baby's butts were always slightly damp when wearing them. The Baby Dry have plently of give to them and keep the baby's skin and clothes dry.

    4.) Hospital Grade Medela pumps for electric and the Advent manual pump for manual. I am also a HUGE fan of the Advent bottles (I tried nearly every brand with Avah). They have the BPA free ones and they are just really sturdy and I felt like they came cleaner better than the others. I could be crazy though.

    5.) I never bought a high chair with Avah. We got a seat that attached to a regular chair and I loved that. A pack n play is really awesome if your little one will be traveling a lot with you. Since you go to Phoenix a lot I would say its a must. Swings are nice, jumpers are unnecessary. An activity chair is a must for a SAHM if you ever want to shower. Its portable and you can take it anywhere you need it so the baby is occupied. An activity mat is also nice.

    6.) I already emailed you about this question. =)

    7.)

    1.) A good supply of onesies and slip on pants. The footsie outfits suck because they have a million buttons and its the last thing you want to deal with at 2 am and the gowns bunch up around the baby's waist. When we werent going anywhere Avah lived in them.

    2.) Activity chair. I swear I would never have showered without one.

    3.) Boppy. Whether you nurse or bottle feed your arms will get tired.

    4.) A travel system. I didnt get one when Avah was first born and she would always be asleep. I had to wake her up just to put her in the stroller and shed never go back to sleep. No fun.

    5.) Video monitor

    6.) motion sensor

    7.) Baby food maker and/or grinder. Avah is a seriously picky eater and I blame giving her such bland food as a baby.

    8.) A nose sucky thing.

    9.) Lots of THIN blankets. The thicker ones are crappy for swaddling.

    10.) Pacifier. I started weaning Avah off hers at about 8 months (6 months before her first tooth) and had no problems. Anything that helps a baby relax and feel safe is good in my book.

    Whew!

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  16. All these ladies are spot on! There is so much crap out there for babies its redonkulous. My little ones have never complained because their wipes weren’t warm when I cleaned their tushies. We registered at Target. I love Babies R Us but they can be kinda pricy. The one thing that I couldn’t have lived without is a swing. Both my kids loved to swing, it was money well spent. And I think a Boppy is a must for feeding!! We used the Chicco Cortina for both the kids and I loved it.
    As far as diapers I am gonna hop on my Mommy Soapbox for a minute. I absolutely loved pampers. That is all we used for both mine until a few months ago. Pampers recently changed how they make a few of their diapers. I know the change hasn’t affected every baby, but they did mine. My little Maddie had a severe burn and rash from the Crusiers with Dry Max. Dry Max is also now in the Swaddlers too. I personally wouldn’t buy many of them until the baby is here and you see how they affect him. Ok off my Soapbox now. After the Pampers we changed to gDiapers and I love them. I couldn’t convince my DH to go all the way to cloth so gDiapers was a good compromise for us.

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  17. We use cloth diapers (fuzzibuns) but for the first 3 months we used Seventh Generation diapers and we still use them for at night. They're great! Plus you can get coupons from their website as well as Babies R Us does promos like buy 2 packs get $5 off, etc. which makes the price comparable to most other brands. The newborn sizes don't have the cutout like pampers but you can just fold them down, which is what we did. We've never had a problem with any rashes and I like the fact that Seventh Gen. is such a good green company.

    Oh and a MOBY WRAP is a wonderful carrier for those first few months. Our babe loved/still loves it!

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  18. If your up to it send me your address, I'll send you a little something that did miracles for the triplets. I'm sorry but I have no clue what's the name for it in Englishé

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  19. Hmmm.... for breastfeeding, I only used a handpump and found that it worked just find! Esp if you are a stay at home mom, you probably aren't going to need to spend a load of money on an electric one... i mean, how often are you really gonna need to pump, you know? Thats how i felt anyhow. pardon me for getting personal, but def get some cream for your nipples... its a LIFESAVER at first! I used Lamisil. also... breastpads! you WILL need them lol! As for baby, I would def invest in a bouncer, my son loved it! Also, the "sleeping bags" are very very handy... and expensive, so put those on your registry! For when he gets older, a Bumbo! I can't rave about those enough. It helps them develop back muscles for sitting, and is a very convenient place to plop them when you need to use the bathroom, cook, etc! Let me know if you want a full drawn out list! lol! So excited for you!

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  20. with a breast pump make sure you dont get one that you have to power yourself! the ones that do it for you are the way to go..a lot of times if you qualify for certain programs they will let you know while you are at the hospital and you can get one while youre there :)

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  22. Good for you registering and preparing early.

    You don't need all that you think or that the stores, mags and commercial make you think you do.

    My best advice is to keep in mind the amout of space you have in your home and the size of your trunk.

    Babies come wit a lot of stuff, so be prepared for your home to be taken over.

    Travel systems are great, but the bigger the system the bigger the pain in the booty. Remember, the stroller will take up lots of room in your trunk so be mindful of size.

    Swings are great, but can also get really big.

    Depending on how big your house is or how distant your room will be from the babies room, I don't think a monitor is neccessary.

    I love love love a changing table. Didn't have one with my first and totally regretted it. This time, my 2 boys will share a room, so to utilize space, I will use 1/2 of the dresser top as a changing table, so all I'll need to buy is a pad.

    Lastly, remember you can not have too many onsies, slippers, wash cloths or bibs.

    One last tip: a small lingerie bag comes in handy when washing babies little items, like socks and washcloths.

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  23. If you are staying home and don't need to pump on a daily basis, I suggest getting a hand pump. Lots cheaper and just as easy to use.

    We are using Flip diapers and we love them. Easy to wash, one size fit, disposable insert option.

    As for disposables to start...Target brand as tons cheaper and work as well or better than the other brands.

    Avent bottles are awesome and BPA free.

    Must haves: Boppy, lots of burp clothes, pacifiers (if you plan to use them), swing, onesies, some sort of baby wearing system. A camera, food in the freezer or take out menus, and lots of cuddle time!

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  24. I have no experience in having a baby, but my friend, who is totally type A and has a plan for everything, swore by the Baby Bargains book. They, along with mothers that send in, review all types of products and rate them. They also break down what you should and shouldn't register for. I'm definitely going to purchase it before I go register when it is time. Hope that helps!

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  25. Though I'm not a mama yet, all 3 of my siblings have kids and here are a few of their favourite things. :)

    - Play mat/gym (with the toys that hang down from the bar). Even my newborn niece and nephews enjoyed lying on it and looking at the toys. You can hang more interactive toys as baby gets older.

    - Angelcare's monitors are pretty good according to my sister.

    - Here in New Zealand you can get these wedge things so baby can lie on his side, safely, when sleeping. You place baby on the fabric between the two wedges and he is supported very well. My youngest nephew is a side-sleeper and the wedges have been very handy.

    - Plastic backed bibs. Help keep baby's clothes dry during feeds and if he's a heavy drooler (like my nephew, haha!).

    - Front-pack (may have different name in the US) or baby sling. Front-pack where you have turn baby to face away from you is good for when he's older. My sister has just retired her front-pack use with my 22-month-old niece.

    - Nose sucker thing (someone else mentioned this). SO useful for if baby has a runny nose.

    - You may not need to bother with a baby bath, unless you can get a decent length one as baby may grow out of it fairly quickly, in which case bathing him in the sink or regular bath might be just fine.

    - My youngest nephew is six months and his fave thing is to sit in the washing basket, on a cushy blanket with loads of toys in there too. He thinks it's pretty neat! lol

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  26. I don't know anything about anything, but I've heard women say that the BEST thing they remembered to buy were good quality breast pads for those months when they were breastfeeding. Better quality = less likely to get leaky boobies. Perhaps that's crass but I can imagine it'd be a good thing to have handy!

    Also I hear that a good wrap/sling/baby bjorn does WONDERS for busy mamas. Best wishes!!

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  27. You really don't need much and in my experience people will buy you more stuff than you can fit in the house. Don't register for clothes, blankets, socks, you will get them anyway. Definitely do the diaper raffle thing, that set us up for months. I use the Evenflo glass bottles and like them a lot. My daughter loved a vibrating baby seat but some babies don't get into it. I would register at Target and ask for gift cards.
    I also have a Moby wrap, love it and used it all the time.

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  28. We are doing cloth, and love it! We are using one size Flip Covers and then prefolds. Read about my experience so far with it here: http://josiahsnest.blogspot.com/2010/05/our-cloth-diaper-experiment.html

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  29. NO you don't need to start with disposables! IMO prefolds are a godsend during the newborn days. Newborns go through SO many diapers (so much waste.. human and otherwise, lol) that having prefolds will save a ton of money, as they are the cheapest diapering form! If you don't know much about them, I have a page about 'em: http://ameyawarde.blogspot.com/2010/02/cloth-diapers-101-prefolds.html

    We have a maedela harmony manual pump, and I'm not a fan. I exclusively breastfed my son the whole 6 months you're supposed to, and he got plenty, but I could NOT pump. I don't know if that was just me or the pump or a combination, but pumping hurt & I never got more than an ounce. So i'd definitely say that is one area to splurge in and get a nice electrical one! We only used the 2 maedela bottles that came with our pump so I don't know much there.

    Other than that, you do not need much for babies. I think a co-sleeper is great, we don't have one and so we usually bedshare and I WISH we had a cosleeper! We've never used a pack n play but the swing was an absolute life (and sanity) saver, seriously. My son goes crazy for his jumper when we put it outside & he can bounce around & look at cars and birds and such. His excersaucer was handy sometimes, he didn't use it a ton but we plan on having one ready for our next kid though. Also, I'd suggest something like the sofie the giraffe teether and a crinkle book. Other than that my son and all the babies in our birth group hate 98% of their toys and would MUCH rather play with not toys (the dangerous the better!) So I'd suggest doing your house a favor and steering clear of most toys, babies just ignore them!

    My must have items: breast pads (cloth, especially), lanolin cream for BFing (and kellymom.com bookmarked!), udder cover nursing cover, all cloth diapering accessories, baby bathtub, boppy. Maybe a swaddler. My kid freaked if his hands were restrained, but most babies love it!

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  30. I have a 3 1/2 year old son and am due in just a few weeks with our second child. Here is my list, and things I definitely have to have this second time around:

    1. Baby to toddler furniture- Ikea has great options for this. We got the Leksvik crib which converts into a toddler bed. The dresser that goes with it has a top that folds down for use as a changing table. When you are done using a changing table, it folds back up and screws into place. We used it with our first and are reusing it again with our second! So awesome.

    2. A baby to toddler tub. So nice to have as well. It comes with a mesh sling for them when they are newborns- babies are slippery!

    3. Activity saucer. So neccessary. The one I used with my first was just a loaner, this second time around I HAVE to buy one. It helps you be able to shower, and do things around the house. I would also bring mine outside so my son wouldn't have to sit in the grass- or be stuck behind a wall of mesh, as he would be in a pack and play.

    4. Chicco pack and play is so nice to have. I kept it mainly in our living room. I'm not sure the exact model, but it has so much. It even has a baby changing station that you can unattach when they get bigger. I was able to use ours with our son for 2 1/2 years. So nice to have, especially on vacations or at your parents house. :)

    5. As far as disposable diapers- and I'd recommend them for the first couple of months, Luvs are great. I used them for 3 years with my son. Never any problems with leakage or anything. Newborns soil diapers very very often! And with a boy, sheesh he'll be peeing like crazy on everything. Trust me, lol! :) Make sure to get a wee cup or something like it to use while changing him. I didn't have one, but if I was having another boy this time around I'd definitely invest in one.

    6. Boppy pillows are great. I'm definitely getting another one.

    7. Avent bottles are nice, and get really clean. You'll need a bottle brush and a cheap drying rack as well. I agree that you might not need a super fancy pump, especially if you are staying at home. You might not need to pump that often.

    8. Swings = awesomeness. Babies and swings are usually a match made in heaven. :) And you don't have to spend a fortune. They all have music and sounds and different speeds/positions.

    9. Baby aquarium. My son LOVED his for so long, it was Baby Einstien and played classical music, had little fishes swimming, had ocean sounds on it as well, different volumes. I have to get another one for our next child.

    10. Plenty of swaddling blankets. Babies sleep better and are happier all wrapped up snugly in blankets. :)

    11. Dunstan baby language basics-
    http://dunstanbabylanguage.com/?TrackId=13243997&Custom=&Source=&trackingid=13243997

    Watch this short little clip on Oprah- this lady knows what shes talking about! I just wrote down the words and the sounds she has on the website (I didn't order the dvd). When I listened for them when my son was born it really worked! I was amazed. He slept SO WELL as a baby, seriously. He was sleeping through the night by the time he was 8 weeks old. I highly recommend at least just jotting down the sounds and what they mean. It will save you a lot of guesswork. :)

    Okay, sorry for such a long list but I know how it is to feel confused about what you really need. :) Best of luck to you with deciding on it all! Babies are so much work, but are so precious and you will love being a Mommy. Its the BEST job in the world!

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  32. Hey,

    Some advice from a mama with a 6 month-old baby:

    We bought the Bugaboo Chameleon: http://www.bugaboo.com/product?name=bugaboo-cameleon A bit pricey but worth every dollar: it's light to carry, adapts to the child as she grows and drives amazingly well. Our baby just loves it.
    Then I would also get a BabyBjorn carrier or something like that. Babies LOVE them, especially up to 6 months. You can use them until your baby's about 24 lbs. depending on the model.
    I'd recommend getting a car seat that fits your stroller, so you can just carry the wheel and move the baby from the car directly in the carseat. It's not good to keep them in the carseat for longer than 2 hours, but it's always good to have that option. Maxi Cossi gets great reviews, and you can adapt it to Bugaboo: http://www.bugaboo.com/product?id=8033


    3) Diapers- we are set on doing cloth but I'm thinking you need to start with disposable. Am I right? I was thinking of doing the Bum Genius system, but let me know if you've tried this and what your thoughts are. As far as disposable, I've heard Pampers Swaddlers but I didn't know if there was an organic brand that was great. Recommendations on both? Or really any info.

    I've only used disposable diapers, and I'd go with Pampers 100%. They're just great and keep your baby dry for over 12 hours (and it's true!. Haven't had any experience with clothe diapers, but in the first few days (for meconium, etc.) I'd use disposable.

    4) I'm planning on breast feeding- so breast pumps? Bottles?
    I used the Medela pump: http://www.medela.us/ It's BPA free and comes with a bottle. Then you can buy as many bottles as you want in 3-bottle packages. It's not too expensive and is really comfy. I am pro manual pumps... i guess somehow it feels better.

    5) Items like high chairs, pack 'n plays, co-sleepers, swings, jumpers, activity mats, all of that jazz. Which are necessary? Which do you recommend?

    High chair: you can wait until he's around 6 months old to get one. This one is just amazing: http://www.stokke.com/en-us/highchair.aspx Grows with your child and then becomes a chair.
    Jumpers: We got one as a present and I asked our doctor last week if we could start using it. Her answer: stay away from that!!!! Apparently, they harm your baby's spine due to the bouncing.
    Activity mats are always a nice-to-have, even though in the beginning they can't really interact and then they get too "independent" and just crawl away from them. But they enjoy them.
    Rocking chairs is something they like (even though my daughter wasn't a big fan).

    6) Baby monitors
    We didn't get one... Not a big enough home for that ;)

    7) Top 10 items a new Mom MUST have!
    - Sleeping bag: http://www.gro.co.uk/ They're amazing: keep your baby warm and you don't need to worry about sheets and him getting trapped, etc.
    - Soft toy: small soft toy they can hold (my baby loves having one on her head while she sleeps.... ?).
    http://www.mothercare.com/Mothercare-My-First-Blankie-bear/dp/B001OBLJBS/sr=1-22/qid=1278912911/ref=sr_1_22/275-4857099-9234441?_encoding=UTF8&m=A2LBKNDJ2KZUGQ&n=42764041&mcb=core

    - Steriliser bottles: http://www.mothercare.com/Mothercare-Steriliser-Bottle-240ml-3pk/dp/B00314JGES/sr=1-32/qid=1278912991/ref=sr_1_32/275-4857099-9234441?_encoding=UTF8&m=A2LBKNDJ2KZUGQ&n=44555031&mcb=core
    I stopped breastfeeding 1 month ago and I'm so happy since we got them!!!! They save you tons of time.

    - Patience!!!!!!!!!! The first 3 months are the toughest (and the most beautiful somehow). It's sometimes hard to cope with the fact that your baby has been crying for 5 hours straight... but in most cases you just need to stay calm - it's just colic, love him tons and eventually he'll fall asleep in your arms with a sweet smile.

    Hope it helps!

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  33. Hey,

    Some advice from a mama with a 6 month-old baby:

    We bought the Bugaboo Chameleon: http://www.bugaboo.com/product?name=bugaboo-cameleon A bit pricey but worth every dollar: it's light to carry, adapts to the child as she grows and drives amazingly well. Our baby just loves it.
    Then I would also get a BabyBjorn carrier or something like that. Babies LOVE them, especially up to 6 months. You can use them until your baby's about 24 lbs. depending on the model.
    I'd recommend getting a car seat that fits your stroller, so you can just carry the wheel and move the baby from the car directly in the carseat. It's not good to keep them in the carseat for longer than 2 hours, but it's always good to have that option. Maxi Cossi gets great reviews, and you can adapt it to Bugaboo: http://www.bugaboo.com/product?id=8033


    3) Diapers- we are set on doing cloth but I'm thinking you need to start with disposable. Am I right? I was thinking of doing the Bum Genius system, but let me know if you've tried this and what your thoughts are. As far as disposable, I've heard Pampers Swaddlers but I didn't know if there was an organic brand that was great. Recommendations on both? Or really any info.

    I've only used disposable diapers, and I'd go with Pampers 100%. They're just great and keep your baby dry for over 12 hours (and it's true!. Haven't had any experience with clothe diapers, but in the first few days (for meconium, etc.) I'd use disposable.

    4) I'm planning on breast feeding- so breast pumps? Bottles?
    I used the Medela pump: http://www.medela.us/ It's BPA free and comes with a bottle. Then you can buy as many bottles as you want in 3-bottle packages. It's not too expensive and is really comfy. I am pro manual pumps... i guess somehow it feels better.

    5) Items like high chairs, pack 'n plays, co-sleepers, swings, jumpers, activity mats, all of that jazz. Which are necessary? Which do you recommend?

    High chair: you can wait until he's around 6 months old to get one. This one is just amazing: http://www.stokke.com/en-us/highchair.aspx Grows with your child and then becomes a chair.
    Jumpers: We got one as a present and I asked our doctor last week if we could start using it. Her answer: stay away from that!!!! Apparently, they harm your baby's spine due to the bouncing.
    Activity mats are always a nice-to-have, even though in the beginning they can't really interact and then they get too "independent" and just crawl away from them. But they enjoy them.
    Rocking chairs is something they like (even though my daughter wasn't a big fan).

    6) Baby monitors
    We didn't get one... Not a big enough home for that ;)

    7) Top 10 items a new Mom MUST have!
    - Sleeping bag: http://www.gro.co.uk/ They're amazing: keep your baby warm and you don't need to worry about sheets and him getting trapped, etc.
    - Soft toy: small soft toy they can hold (my baby loves having one on her head while she sleeps.... ?).
    http://www.mothercare.com/Mothercare-My-First-Blankie-bear/dp/B001OBLJBS/sr=1-22/qid=1278912911/ref=sr_1_22/275-4857099-9234441?_encoding=UTF8&m=A2LBKNDJ2KZUGQ&n=42764041&mcb=core

    - Steriliser bottles: http://www.mothercare.com/Mothercare-Steriliser-Bottle-240ml-3pk/dp/B00314JGES/sr=1-32/qid=1278912991/ref=sr_1_32/275-4857099-9234441?_encoding=UTF8&m=A2LBKNDJ2KZUGQ&n=44555031&mcb=core
    I stopped breastfeeding 1 month ago and I'm so happy since we got them!!!! They save you tons of time.

    - Patience!!!!!!!!!! The first 3 months are the toughest (and the most beautiful somehow). It's sometimes hard to cope with the fact that your baby has been crying for 5 hours straight... but in most cases you just need to stay calm - it's just colic, love him tons and eventually he'll fall asleep in your arms with a sweet smile.

    Hope it helps!

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  34. I found your blog through Jess' (thedoeorthedeer) and I've been quietly reading for a while now. Love it! I have a ton of suggestions too, but I'll stick with just the one for now:
    I have 2 girls, but I nannied 2 baby boys before I had children. We did cloth with them, but when we had to do disposables, Huggies worked best. I loved swaddlers for my girls, but the huggies seem to hold more in the front where the pee actually comes from for a little dude ;) Good luck, it can be really overwhelming, but you have time to sort it all out. :)

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  35. I lurk a lot but rarely post, not sure why :/

    But I have a two year old son & another boy due October 30th. One huge piece of advice I can give you is that every child is so different that what works for one might not work for another. So a lot of suggestions won't work for Henry but some will. For Oliver, the only diapers that fit & didn't leak on him were Pampers, while we knew plenty of other parents that swore by Huggies. We didn't CD Oliver at all, but will be CD'ing this little babe & another HUGE piece of advice I can give you is to have a bit of a CD stash built up with a bunch of different options. Every brand/type of CD fits differently on each baby & so many women invest a lot into ONE brand/type of CD only to find it doesn't work for their baby or for them. For us, we're using prefolds & covers for the newborn/infant stage [we'll probably use sposies for a week or two] but then we have a stockpile of various options...some pockets, like BumGenius 3.0's & Fuzzibunz, some all in ones [also BumGenius], & some fitteds...a lot of Goodmamas. If you haven't looked at Goodmamas, the prints are so amazing. There are one size CD's so you won't have to keep buying dipes, but they don't fit smaller infants well. Then there are sized dipes, but you have to keep buying as your baby grows. Then there are dipes with inserts made of certain materials that your baby might have reactions to. It's all very very complicated & can be discouraging if you buy only one kind of CD & then have to run out & constantly buy different types to see what works, rather than just having a bit of everything on hand.

    I highly suggest cottonbabies.com & their forum as a GREAT resource for info regarding cloth. I'm on their constantly even though I'm not CD'ing for another 4 months. Also, they have a GREAT for sale or trade section, where you can get new, gently used CD's for a STEAL!

    Moving on, hehe...for travel systems I really suggest that if you plan to have your kiddos close in age or aren't even sure yet when you plan to have your second, get a stroller that has a purchasable second seat/toddler seat. ValcoBaby & Phil & Teds both have this option, as do others I'm sure. I love the ValcoBaby Tri-Mode stroller & it's probably what we'll end up purchasing for baby & Oliver.

    As for things I couldn't live without when Oliver was born [many we ran out to buy in a panic]...the miracle blanket swaddler & Woombie...this is what made Oliver start sleeping longer at night & better for naps. Before we were just swaddling him the old fashioned way in a swaddling blanket which doesn't stay tight.

    Baby Tylenol, Gripe water, gas drops. Lavender scented lotion. We needed all of these on hand. Putting lavender lotion on before bed was a huge ritual for us & he liked it so much & got so used to it that it really signaled bedtime for him from a young age.

    Sleep positioner.

    White noise machine.

    LOTS of burp cloths.

    Paci's & clips.

    A small fan for your room/baby's room. Air circulation is thought to help prevent SIDS.

    itzbeen. LOVED this gadget. Helps keep track of the last time you fed baby, changed baby's diaper [CD babies need to be changed more often, around every 2 hours or less], when they went to sleep, when you last gave them medicine & what breast they fed from last. It's simple yet amazing & I couldn't have lived without it during those very hazy, sleep deprived first couple of months.

    That was really long, sorry...if I can help with anything else, let me know :)

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  36. I lurk a lot but rarely post, not sure why :/

    But I have a two year old son & another boy due October 30th. One huge piece of advice I can give you is that every child is so different that what works for one might not work for another. So a lot of suggestions won't work for Henry but some will. For Oliver, the only diapers that fit & didn't leak on him were Pampers, while we knew plenty of other parents that swore by Huggies. We didn't CD Oliver at all, but will be CD'ing this little babe & another HUGE piece of advice I can give you is to have a bit of a CD stash built up with a bunch of different options. Every brand/type of CD fits differently on each baby & so many women invest a lot into ONE brand/type of CD only to find it doesn't work for their baby or for them. For us, we're using prefolds & covers for the newborn/infant stage [prefolds are best for younger/smaller babies. we'll probably use sposies for a week or two] but then we have a stockpile of various options...some pockets, like BumGenius 3.0's & Fuzzibunz, some all in ones [also BumGenius], & some fitteds...a lot of Goodmamas. If you haven't looked at Goodmamas, the prints are so amazing. There are one size CD's so you won't have to keep buying dipes, but they don't fit smaller babies well. Then there are sized dipes, but you have to keep buying as your baby grows. Then there are dipes with inserts or made of certain materials that your baby might have reactions to. It's all very very complicated & can be discouraging if you buy only one kind of CD & then have to run out & constantly buy different types to see what works, rather than just having a bit of everything on hand.
    CD's also have very different washing instructions than regular laundry. Certain soaps will ruin them, a lot of them can't go in the dryer & you need to use special diaper cream too, or they can be ruined.

    I highly suggest diaperswappers.com their forum is a GREAT resource for info regarding cloth. I'm on the forum constantly even though I'm not CD'ing for another 4 months. Also, they have a GREAT 'for sale or trade' section, where you can get new, gently used CD's for a STEAL!

    Moving on, hehe...for travel systems I really suggest that if you plan to have your kiddos close in age or aren't even sure yet when you plan to have your second, get a stroller that has a purchasable second seat/toddler seat & make sure the stroller is very sturdy & can stand the test of time. ValcoBaby & Phil & Teds both have this option, as do others I'm sure. I love the ValcoBaby Tri-Mode stroller & it's probably what we'll end up purchasing for baby & Oliver.

    As for things I couldn't live without when Oliver was born [many we ran out to buy in a panic]...the miracle blanket swaddler & Woombie...these are what made Oliver start sleeping longer at night & better for naps. Before we were just swaddling him the old fashioned way in a swaddling blanket which doesn't stay tight.

    Baby Tylenol, Gripe water, gas drops. Lavender scented lotion. We needed all of these on hand. Putting lavender lotion on before bed was a huge ritual for us & he liked it so much & got so used to it that it really signaled bedtime for him from a young age.

    Sleep positioner.

    White noise machine.

    LOTS of burp cloths.

    Paci's & clips.

    A small fan for your room/baby's room. Air circulation is thought to help prevent SIDS.

    itzbeen. LOVED this gadget. Helps keep track of the last time you fed baby, changed baby's diaper [CD babies need to be changed more often, around every 2 hours or less], when they went to sleep, when you last gave them medicine & what breast they fed from last. It's simple yet amazing & I couldn't have lived without it during those very hazy, sleep deprived first couple of months.

    That was really long, sorry...if I can help with anything else, let me know :)

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  37. We had bought a Chicco highchair, but then found out that our daughter wanted to sit more upright then the chair would allow, so we bought the Ikea Antilop highchair, tray and cushion. Only 35$, and compact and portable. She is still in it at 1 year.
    We used Bum Genius for several months, but now they are getting too small, so we are using the cloth/disposable hybrid G diapers. They are so cute and fit really well.
    I found that a baby gym/play mat was amazing for when she was really little, then and exersaucer when she could support her head.
    The baby swing and baby bouncer chair were great when she was too little to support her head, but still wanted to be a part of things.

    Hope this helps. I realised that your first child is really an experiment, and you just have to try and find what works for your family.

    Colleen

    PS. I'm also an english/art teacher with tattoos here in Canada, so it is so neat to read about your experiences, as well as see your work fashion.

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  38. Hi,
    This isn't as much about which products I recommend as it is about the whole process of being a mom for the first time. I stressed so much about everything, and looking back, I realize that it was something I needed to go through... the whole feeling of being overwhelmed, wanting everything to be perfect. I think those are good things. When you become a mom, beginning when you find out that you're pregnant, it isn't one new life coming into the world, it's two.... because you change so much. And just as your baby is learning new things, you are too. That's all... just that it's okay to be overwhelmed :)

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  39. I'm not a mama...but I do know of this great website that could help you out.
    http://www.rookiemoms.com/shopping-registry/

    Hope it helps!

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  40. This is still overwhelming to think about and I have had 2 kids.

    Diapers....when Brooklyn was a newborn I used the Earth's Best organic diapers. They work really well. As for cloth I am no expert. We tried the G diapers for a short time with my first but I didn't love them. I have a girlfriend that has used cloth diapers with all 3 of her boys if you need any suggestions I can ask her or get you in contact with her.

    Strollers...I had a graco travel system and hated it. It was big and hard to steer. I actually ended up with a Bob jogging stroller (which is amazing, I have a double now and love it too). It is also big but I can easily push it around with just one had. You should seriously check it out.

    Register at Buy Buy baby in Chandler. They have a bigger selection and they are owned by Bed Bath and Beyond so you can use there coupons.

    Must have a boppy if you are nursing. Bottles I ended up using the Platex nursers. They are just so much easier to clean. We do use the Born Free sippy cups but they tend to leak a little which is a big old mess.

    Baby washes/lotions we use all the paraben free stuff. I really like Jasons, California Baby, Method and Bert's Bee.

    It is really stressful trying to think of all of the must haves. If you have any ?'s feel free to send me a message.

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  41. A boppy is a must. If I were you, I'd get the basic white one with several different covers. I bet you can even find handmade covers on etsy. One thing that I registered for that I wish I hadn't was a travel system. If I could go back, I'd register for just a carseat and base and then invest in a really good, durable stroller. We have a jogger and LOVE it! It's so durable--it has real wheels and we can take it on trails as well as the mall. It's a much better piece than the stroller that comes with the travel systems. Honestly, I didn't need half of the crap that I registered for (I thought the diaper genie was particularly useless). I also agree about needing thin flannel blankets for swaddling. The fluffy cute ones are great, but are pretty useless when it comes to swaddling. We were going to register for a great dark wood high chair, but ended up finding a beautiful vintage wooden high chair that was my father-in-law's when he was a baby. It's wooden and has history, so we love it.
    I seriously recommend getting extra sheets for YOUR bed. Our son slept in a basinet in our room for six months, but often ended up in bed with us b/c of nursing. I can remember many times when our little man peed or spit up on our sheets in the middle of the night. We only had two or three sets of sheets that we had gotten when we got married. Extra sheets would have been great during those nights! Have fun registering!
    Margaret

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  42. 1.best places to register: Target! they have everything and the prices are reasonable so others aren't too put out financial trying to get you what you want.
    2.we just got the graco snug ride stroller, it was easy to pack and by the time they are out of that car seat you can just get a simple umbrella stroller. but you like to run so maybe you should get a jogging stroller
    3.i loved swaddlers. and as much as i wished cheaper ones worked as well they didnt. but if you are doing cloth, i didnt think you had to start with disposable...
    4.breast pumps, the fancier the better. trust me. i tried four before i found one that was comfortable and efficient. and of course it was the EXPENSIVE medela model.
    5.high chairs-wait til he's older and then find one that will sit on one of your chairs, saves space.
    pack and plays-are really only a must have if traveling.
    swing!!-spend some money on this it's worth it, if you ever want to shower again :-)
    changing table-not needed, the ground or a bed top or a couch all work just the same
    some sort of activity floor mat-must buy. Lamaze toys makes a good one. actually my daughter loved ALL of their stuff.
    oh! and make sure you get a GREAT baby sling. carriers seem uncomfortable for little ones and slings make breastfeeding on the go a lot easier, mine was a MAYA and i loved it.

    Hoped this gave you some ideas or at least helped! I swear though half the stuff they tell you to get you don't NEED, and it's way more fun to spend that extra money on things you want...like another pair of adorable baby shoes!

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  43. It is a lot to think about, hey?
    We cloth diapered and used Mother Ease one size diapers pretty much from the time my daughter was born. They are awesome. When we did use disposables we used Seventh Generation diapers.
    I think the single most important thing that we purchased was a bouncy seat. It saved me some days. Seriously. And it is portable which is a huge plus.
    All the best,
    Melanie

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  44. 1.We registered at Baby's R Us.

    2.Try the stroller out around the store before you get it, we didn't and ours is terrible! (Evenflo Aura-DON'T BUY)

    3.We used disposable diapers for the first two weeks (Pampers swaddlers). Our cloth wouldn't have fit then. We use cloth at night too. Get a good wet bag for the cloth diapers when you are out of the house.I like this one: http://www.wahmies.com/pages/wetbags.php

    4.I prefer a dual breast pump. I really like the playtex drop in bottles. It works more like a breast as the drop in bag compresses as the baby drinks.

    5. We have a high chair that attaches to the dining room chair, so it takes up less space. It is similar to this one http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=3913290. I would get a pack n' play for use when travelling, or just visiting someone, so the baby has a safe place to sleep. We did not use a co-sleeper, we used a bassinet for the first few weeks. We didn't use a swing, our son hated it. We do have an exersaucer (all models are very similar), and a jolly jumper (the type that attaches to a door frame) he loves both of these. We also used a play mat, which he loved until about four months old, when he was strong enough to pull it down (i would just look at the different ones in store, and pick one that looks fun, if it has black and white on it, thats great, baby will notice the black and white first)

    6. We have the Angelcare monitor, i love it.

    7. Top ten: Breastfeeding pillow, playtex drop in bottles, a sound machine/or cd player for babies room, vibrating chair (i like the fisher price newborn to todler rocker), exersaucer, sling/moby wrap, a good diaper bag (not too big), good nursing bras, easy to use travel system, lots of newborn sleepers (constant changing, and easiest thing to put on them)

    Most importantly, relax, you don't need anything in the beginning except a place for baby to sleep, diapers, and a few sleepers.

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  45. A manual breast pump didn't work for me. I ended up renting. But only for about 6 months. I only had a bumbo, a jolly jumper (the kind that has its own stand and DOES NOT hook to the door frame) and a floor activity mat. My son did not like swings or the exersaucer. I liked to carry him and often carried him in the Baby Bjorn I was given as opposed to a stroller. We walked all over town. As far as strollers go I had a seat that stayed in the car and a spent my money on a Chariot Cheetah (so I could take him for runs and/or bike rides everyday).

    As far as strollers go I hear Phil and Teds are great especially if you are planning on having more and Chariot are good for those who like to get out and exercise with their kids. I found the others to be either cheaply made or more for casual walks or the mall that sort of thing.

    My advice don't buy alot and dont spend alot because most of this stuff is gimmicky and poorly constructed. Wait to see what your baby likes. He might love to swing side to side but hate to swing forwards, each child is different.

    As for Pampers my son was super super allergic. Instant bum rash. We used huggies and upsized him a size because he managed to leak out of somewhere quite regularily.

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  46. 1. I liked registering at Target because everyone shops there and it's super easy for people to find your registry.

    2. I would personally recommend that you get the BOB Stroller. Since you do like to run outdoors! You and your baby will LOVE it!

    3. I was given organic diapers when my son was a newborn. We were given some brand from Babies R' Us and they didn't work so well. When my son was tiny we used disposables mainly because the cloth ones were too big on him. We hated Huggies!! ugh! But Pampers worked great!

    4. Breast feeding you definitely need nipple cream!! And breast milk storage containers. I used medela.

    5. You definitely need a boppy pillow if you're breastfeeding. We also liked our pack n play. It's nice to use when you go out and stay at someone else home. Very convenient. And I also liked having a Bumbo for my baby.

    6. Never used a baby monitor never needed it. He slept all through the night.

    7. I would say a baby swing/bouncer is a must. Don't be afraid to use a pacifier if you must. I was scared with nursing and the thought of never being able to wean him off scared me. But when it was time to wean he did great! Got rid of it in one night! Onesies are a must too. They make great undershirts too. My 17 month old still uses them.

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  47. I'm on my 2nd and realizing less is more!

    1. Target and a diaper site, like Kelly's Closet.

    2. I have a sling and a carrier. The sling is working better now that she's getting bigger (almost 4 months) and can hold her head up well, but isn't uber comfy for long periods of time. I want a Moby. I've heard super things about them. I don't own a stroller, I just wear her all over and love it.

    3. We use FuzziBunz OS pocket diapers and love them. She was in swaddlers for the first 3-4 weeks.

    4. Medela has the best pumps.

    5. We don't have a swing, just a rocker ( http://www.target.com/Fisher-Price-Infant-to-Toddler-Rocker/dp/B001HTJS60/ref=sc_qi_detailbutton ) that I love (great for when you need a shower!, a borrowed bumbo (handy when I'm working in the kitchen and she wants to be close) and a $5 garage sale exersaucer. We didn't have a pack 'n play with the first, which was fine. Our parents had them so, we didn't have to go there. At first (before rolling and all) they can sleep on a blanket on the floor. With #2 it's nice since they share a room and my 3yo likes to wake her up...

    We never bought a high chair with #1, just the little one that straps onto a chair. It was super handy to take along and didn't take up extra space. (Not to mention being WAY cheaper.)

    6. We had a cheapo garage sale monitor with #1. Don't have one now. I have a friend with a video monitor that's cool, but not very necessary in my opinion.

    Good luck and congrats!

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  48. Oh, and gas drops! Target brand are better than the name brand (which are pink and stain clothes!)

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  49. Check out Flip diapers ... they are made by BumGenius, but with a twist.

    I would also recommend the ErgoBaby Carrier, my sister loves it!

    UppaBaby stroller hands down! It is quite a splurge, but it can eventually fit 3 kids and we scored ours for almost 1/2 price via Craigslist.

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  50. Well Jen from JevLovesKev who is also prego actually posted about this book which tells you everything you pretty much need & don't need. She said she brought it with her when she registered because it helped out as a checklist. I have it bookmarked on my comp for when I'm prego!

    http://www.windsorpeak.com/babybargains/inside.html

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  51. oh how exciting! We are Starting to register too, little things here and there. We are doing the UNIVERSAL REGISTRY on AMAZON.COM. It allows you to add anything from ANY site! Including ETSY!

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  52. hello :) i actually work at babies r us so i recommend you register there. i also, recommend you register for a lot of the little stuff, diaper rash creams, baby wash, thermomoters, all that. as for bottles, born free, dr browns, and my favorite is the tommy tippee ones. they're only at our stores or the next year or so. they're great for transition from breastfeeding to bottles. the nipples have a nice shape and really close to a mothers shape. the nipple flow is very similar as well. definitely do a diaper raffle! the edela breast pump is awesome. the pump in style comes in a shoulder bag or a back pack and are sold for $279.99. from what i see, mrs b and cameron had a lot of really good suggestions, tylenol, gripe water. a lot of breatpumps, high hciars, car seats, all that has replacement plans, so if any part of it breaks or normal wear it can be replaced for you for 15 months after the return policy. i recommend those on beastpumps and big items. the way i see it is, and i tell this to everyone, the more people are willing to buy you, the less you hve to worry about. when you get to that point you'll already have it and in the end it will save you money. i hope this was helpful :)

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  55. I wanted to be super prepared also so I read Baby Bargains and the Consumer Reports baby products books cover to cover...check them out at your library. I highly recommend reading them since you want the best for sweet baby Henry!

    1) Where are the best places to register?
    Diapers.com has free shipping on all items you register for on their site (they have a ton of good stuff-way more than just diapers)

    2) Best stroller, car seat, travel system (?), carrier, etc!
    Whatever stroller you get, make sure YOU can lift it easily( some are flippin heavy!), and opens easily since you will most likely be holding Henry with one arm.
    We have the Jeep Liberty Limited all-terrain stroller and love it. It even has an ipod jack so you can listen to tunes as you stroll! Our Chicco Keyfit 30 infant carseat fit into it which was really nice for the first few weeks. We also have the Uppa Baby G-Lite umbrella stroller which I love because it is so easy to put into the car for quick trips (you will have many more trips to the doc and this fits nicely into the tiny rooms)
    DON'T waste your time with a travel system, as they are bulky, heavy and too complicated!
    As far as carriers go, I started out with a sling that only got used in the first few weeks, then got a Bjorn which was only ok. Get an Ergo with the infant insert and that will be all you need to carry your baby. They are organic cotton and easy on the back unlike the others. I wish I would have gotten mine sooner!

    I had to spilt this into a couple posts . . .

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  57. 3) Diapers- We use all disposable, which you probably will need to use in the beginning. Costco has the best diapers I have have for the best price...I like them better than Pampers and Huggies and Up&Up (which seemed to have a plastic layer that didn't agree with my son's sensitive skin)
    Ask friends with babies to borrow a few of the brand they are using so you can see if you like them or not.

    4) I'm planning on breast feeding- so breast pumps? Bottles? etc. We will be going the BPA-free route so I was thinking the Born Free ones might be a good choice but any suggestions are great. Also if I do the Born Free, which ones should I register for?

    I'm a SAHM and tried to go the manual pump route which wasn't sucessful at all. Get recommendations for a great lactation consultant in your area (not the ones affiliated with the hospital) as ask what she suggests. Mine let me borrow a Medela double elect which was amazing. (You will need a pump if you ever want to go out sans Henry!)
    I use the classic Evenflow glass bottles with white lids (which fit all Medela pumps perfectly!) We have never broken one and I love that I can just throw them in the dishwasher and not have to worry about the plastic, plus plastic bottles get a nasty grime after a while. I've heard that Born Free and Avent bottles leak (if you read the books you will learn all about these little things!)

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  58. 5) Items like high chairs, pack 'n plays, co-sleepers, swings, jumpers, activity mats, all of that jazz. Which are necessary? Which do you recommend?

    We live in a condo and eat at our bar so we got a clip on highchair which is awesome, but if I were getting a normal one I would get the modern/low profile/cheap ANTILOP highchair from IKEA!

    Definitely get a pack N play since you are traveling quite a bit...you don't need one with all the bells and whistles, as they just jack up the price. Bennett slept in his in our room for the first four months then moved to his own crib with no problem!

    Swings:we didn't get one because they seemed big and awkward. We got a Maclaren vibrating chair/rocker thing from BRU that I was able to pull around the house and into the bathroom without taking him out of it. It was awesome. (whatever you get, make sure the fabric is really simple because it's going to be the background of a lot of pictures!)

    Jumper, Activity Mat, Exersaucer: We have a jumper and he likes it but tires of it quickly. If you don't want a ton of baby gear, skip this. He liked his activity mat but it was only used for a few months before he could move around. I'd say register for it but don't spend your own money on it cause they are spendy little suckers. I was anti-exersaucer in the beginning but one was given to us and he uses it all the time. It's a must if you ever want to take showers!

    6) I have found the monitor useful even in our tiny condo...you don't need anything fancy. We have the Graco ivibe and it works great. Don't get multiple docking stations, just carry it with you into the other rooms.

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  59. 7) Top 10 items a new Mom MUST have!

    1.Aden & Anais organic muslin swaddling blankets are AMAZING! The only swaddling blankets youll need and they actually work for swaddling! Cute too!
    They get softer the more you wash them.
    2.Ergo (get the newborn insert!)
    3.Bumkins bibs (the best bibs out there. seriously)
    4.a stick blender for making your own baby food (don't waste your money on the fancy baby food makers)
    5. the classic Evenflo glass bottles (make sure you get #2 and #3 nipples too)
    6. exersaucer
    7. sheet protector/ changing pad cover protector (stuff get dirty quickly, so get covers for them so you aren't stuck changing things in the middle of the night. Get two each and just switch them out)
    8. Avent pacifiers (clear ones) come with a cap which is SO nice and keeps them from getting nasty
    9. burp cloths (the cloth diaper kind) very useful for lots of things!
    10. gowns (made things really easy at night for the first month since they sleep so much) I'd say you need three.
    (I have 13 must haves!)
    11. white onesies (Carters makes great/cheap ones that last, Gerber makes some but they don't hold up well)
    12. Bumbo seat
    13. baby washcloths (great for feeding and bathtime, you can never have too many!)

    I hope that helps! I love giving advice on baby products so let me know if you have any other questions!
    lifeat1521.blogspot.com

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  60. I've heard great things about Ergos, but I used a Baby Bjorn and my son loved it. I have a Phil and Teds stroller and love it. You can buy an extra attachment whenever (if) you have a 2nd child. I use Bumgenius AIOs and love how trim they are. Cloth tend to be puffy. I use 7th generation disposables and like them. Medela Pump n Styles the way to go for pumps. Get a swing. I liked my Papasan by Graco. It was my only break to eat or do any chore baby free! Get a boppy or my breast friend nursing pillow for those first few months. Any highchair will do. I recommend a crib that converts to a toddler bed. But that is just my preference. Babies are fickle with bottles.I tried many different bottles and spent a lot of $$$. I recommend buying a few different types to start with. I use a Maclaren umbrella stroller too. Way easier to pull out of a car quickly.

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  61. way late to the party on this, but here are my thoughts. and congratulations!! I spent so much time putting my registry together well over a year ago, so I'll share my experience.

    1) I registered at amazingregistry.com where you can combine registries from any stores you want. amazon also has a universal registry type thing. The stores included on my registry were Target, Amazon, Cottonbabies (for cloth diapers), and Babiesrus

    2) I don't like travel systems. They're so bulky and impossible to travel with. If you get a stroller like the Inglesina Zippy it will be the only stroller you need and you can connect the infant car seat to it so you don't have to wake the baby up when you go in and out of the car, which is basically the best part of the travel system. I love my Zippy...it got ran over by a van and it's still kickin.

    3) I also use Bumgenius and other types of cloth diapers. We used disposables for the first week or so, but with my next I will be doing a newborn rental system from sunshinediapers.com. You get all the teeny diapers you need for a newborn and then send them back and get a store credit to buy your bumgenius or whatever you want. They also have test packs so you can try different types of cloth. Bumgenius are great. Now that my guy is older I'm using the Flip system from BG a ton. Grovia is also awesome.

    4) Breastfeeding has worked out great for me as I hope and am sure it will for you! My son is ten months and we're still going strong. I didn't like the electric pump, I just used a simple Medela hand pump. I'm all stocked up on Gerber glass bottles and Dr. Brown's nipples, but this dude had like two bottles in his life so I can't say much there. I like the glass though.

    5) I'd recommend a high chair you can fold up, mine takes up so much room! He loves our baby einstein jumper.

    6) The video monitors are fancy, but I have a simple Sony that cost like $60 and does the job just fine.

    7) A carrier like an Ergo, pacifier wipes, rockin green soap for your cloth dipes, white noise machine (it comforts them soo much..Artie just stopped sleeping with it recently), check out "happiest baby on the block" lots of great tips there...they had us watch it at the hospital, swaddling blankets (aiden&anais are great)...

    ahh now you have me wishing for another teeny one!

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  62. way late to the party on this, but here are my thoughts. and congratulations!!

    1) I registered at amazingregistry.com where you can combine registries from any stores you want. amazon also has a universal registry type thing.

    2) Travel systems are s bulky and impossible to travel with. If you get a stroller like the Inglesina Zippy it will be the only stroller you need and you can connect the infant car seat to it so you don't have to wake the baby up when you go in and out of the car, which is basically the best part of the travel system. I love my Zippy...it got ran over by a van and it's still kickin.

    3) We used disposables for the first week or so, but with my next I will be doing a newborn rental system from sunshinediapers.com. You get all the teeny diapers you need for a newborn and then send them back and get a store credit. They also have test packs so you can try different types of cloth. Bumgenius are great.

    4) Breastfeeding has worked out great for me as I hope and am sure it will for you! My son is ten months and we're still going strong. I just used a simple Medela hand pump. I'm all stocked up on Gerber glass bottles and Dr. Brown's nipples, but this dude had like two bottles in his life so I can't say much there. I like the glass though.

    5) I'd recommend a high chair you can fold up, mine takes up so much room!

    6) The video monitors are fancy, but I have a simple Sony that cost like $60 and does the job just fine.

    7) A carrier like an Ergo, pacifier wipes, rockin green soap for your cloth dipes, white noise machine (it comforts them soo much..Artie just stopped sleeping with it recently), check out "happiest baby on the block" lots of great tips there...they had us watch it at the hospital, swaddling blankets (aiden&anais are great)...

    ahh now you have me wishing for another teeny one!

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  63. My video monitor is my most recommended baby item!
    Here's a link:
    http://www.summerinfant.com/categories_products_view/381/SecureSleep--Handheld-Color-Video-Monitor.html

    It's a little pricey, but totally worth it!
    Just a tip though... once your baby starts sleeping well through the night, turn the volume on the monitor (any monitor you go with) down to almost off.
    They make little noises that are harmless, but will keep you awake and checking the camera if you have to volume up.

    Good luck :)

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