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Old 11-20-2012, 04:36 AM   #31
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Most of my favorites have been said. We loved -

the Boppy - not so much for nursing, but for sitting in later
the Baby Bjorn carrier - DS went everywhere in that
the swing
the "sleep sack" type PJ's

The other thing that I personally loved (because I had a C-section, and wasn't supposed to go up and down stairs much) was a little bag that had all my nursing supplies - spit up cloths, water for me, extra nursing pads, a book to read if he fell asleep on my lap and I didn't want to move, etc. Everything was right there.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:21 AM   #32
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The one thing I had to have and tell everyone, is a rocker recliner. Babies are known for not sleeping at night , especially the first few days. They aren't used to being out and about, so to speak. I used my recliner with all of my babies. At night after a feeding, I would simply put them on my chest and lean back and go to sleep. It was wonderful and after a few days, the baby went into the crib. I never did have that total sleep deprivation.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:45 AM   #33
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Just want to tell somebody...thank you all for this thread and I am taking notes; I am 99% sure that I'm finally pregnant! After a little over a year of medications and surgeries and specialists and being told that we have to do IVF because it's pretty much impossible (DH and I are both 38) - it seems that it happened naturally, and on the first try, no less! I can test sometime in the next week to know for sure, but I really think it's positive.

So thank you all again for these recommendations! I'm already confused as to what to do, what we'll need, and this certainly helps!
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:37 PM   #34
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Just want to tell somebody...thank you all for this thread and I am taking notes; I am 99% sure that I'm finally pregnant! After a little over a year of medications and surgeries and specialists and being told that we have to do IVF because it's pretty much impossible (DH and I are both 38) - it seems that it happened naturally, and on the first try, no less! I can test sometime in the next week to know for sure, but I really think it's positive.

So thank you all again for these recommendations! I'm already confused as to what to do, what we'll need, and this certainly helps!
Wow-congratulations-what an amazing feeling!!! I will never forget how I felt standing in the bathroom with my husband, staring at that positive test in awe

Don't worry about the confusion. My daughter is two months old today and I am still clueless on alot of stuff she needs.....hence the decision to start this thread lol!
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:05 AM   #35
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Just want to add this to my list of must-haves:
Fisher Price Newborn Rockin' Play Sleeper:
http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-N...+price+hammock

My friend from work passed this on to me after her daughter outgrew it. It turned out to be the best piece of baby equipment ever. It is seriously worth double its price. For the first 6 weeks, it was the only thing my daughter felt comfortable sleeping in. We could also put a little blanket on her legs and it is very safe. It hugs your baby in, so it makes her feel really secure and snuggly. You can also rock it back and forth. It is positioned on an incline so it allows my baby to push her feet against it when she is having gas pain. Supposed to be fantastic for babies with reflux as well. The best thing is, it is really easy to move and I can put her in it and transport her anywhere in the house so I can do chores and watch her at the same time.

She is 2 months old now and we just transitioned her out of it to a pack n play at night, but we still use it in the day if I need to set her down in the kitchen or laundry area.

I highly recommend this for any newborn!!!!
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:35 AM   #36
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We actually use cloth diapers as burp clothes-they are WAY more absorbant for spit-up than regular burp clothes!
Oh, that's what I used them for - only used disposable diapers. My mom cloth diapered me (because that was the only option), and when I was pregnant, she swore that cloth diapers were not only the best burp cloths, but dust cloths, as well.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:29 AM   #37
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Not to hijack the thread, but will we need a real, full-size crib? Looking at the spare room in our condo...we are going to get rid of some stuff, but it's still a very small room and I really don't know where we can put a crib. Could we get away with a pack and play or a bassinet (we'll probably be here for another 18 months/2 years)?
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Not to hijack the thread, but will we need a real, full-size crib? Looking at the spare room in our condo...we are going to get rid of some stuff, but it's still a very small room and I really don't know where we can put a crib. Could we get away with a pack and play or a bassinet (we'll probably be here for another 18 months/2 years)?
My son fit in the bassinet till four months, then he was too long. Some people do use pack and plays, my son naps in it in the living room occasionally. For bedtime though he sleeps in a crib, I think the mattress is much more comfortable and better for a full night's sleep.

Depending on the shape of the crib, they can take up more or less room. A sleigh crib takes up much more space then a plain one.
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Not to hijack the thread, but will we need a real, full-size crib? Looking at the spare room in our condo...we are going to get rid of some stuff, but it's still a very small room and I really don't know where we can put a crib. Could we get away with a pack and play or a bassinet (we'll probably be here for another 18 months/2 years)?
They had crib/changing table combo's out there. We live in a smallish 3 bedroom house (more like 2 bedrooms + office), and we have decided to buy one of those.

I know too if you have an Ikea near by, those cribs I believe are smaller than the standard.

PS- Congrats! It's a very exciting time!
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Just want to tell somebody...thank you all for this thread and I am taking notes; I am 99% sure that I'm finally pregnant! After a little over a year of medications and surgeries and specialists and being told that we have to do IVF because it's pretty much impossible (DH and I are both 38) - it seems that it happened naturally, and on the first try, no less! I can test sometime in the next week to know for sure, but I really think it's positive.

So thank you all again for these recommendations! I'm already confused as to what to do, what we'll need, and this certainly helps!
A positive test is a positive test, even very early, so if you are getting one you're good!
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They had crib/changing table combo's out there. We live in a smallish 3 bedroom house (more like 2 bedrooms + office), and we have decided to buy one of those.

I know too if you have an Ikea near by, those cribs I believe are smaller than the standard.

PS- Congrats! It's a very exciting time!
There are compact cribs out there but if you have a long son like mine, they can outgrow them within the year.

Do the crib/changing table combos convert to toddler beds?
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:43 AM   #42
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No, I don't believe so. I wish they did! There are tons of baby things out there. We went to Buy Buy Baby and came back completely overwhelmed.
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Oh I am wrong! Some of them do.
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