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February 25th, 2014, 02:54 PM
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I have to admit I am surprised so many of you do not use a changing table. I consider that an absolute must have. I like a clean, sanitary area to change baby. (Not that other areas aren't, but I disinfect this for diapering). And occasionally there are blow outs. I don't want those on my sofa or my bed. Plus it is nice to have everything organized and right there in one spot. For those that just change the baby anywhere, where do you keep the diapers and wipes and cream and hand sanitizer, ect? It just seems easier to go to the one location. Plus my changing table is the one with the dresser under neath, so the clothes are there too.
I agree. MIL would just change the diapers anywhere but that's not me. Sometimes she'd put a blanket under her and sometimes not. I totally get that it can be sanitary but I just liked having the one place. It made me feel more organized when I constantly felt scatter-brained.
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February 25th, 2014, 03:47 PM
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Sometimes I found that an item was a good thing to have around, but springing for top of the line wasn't all that necessary. Like the pack-n-play. For me I didn't need it to play music, vibrate, have a night light (that thing wasn't bright anyway and broke before I could use it for the 2nd kid), a changing table, etc...Just the regular old pack and play that had a bassinet was all I needed.
I agree! I had one with all the bells and whistles...didn't even use them and when I did they really didn't work well (the barely there vibration, dim light, etc.) Give me the $50 Wal-Mart one, please, lol
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February 25th, 2014, 03:48 PM
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I have grown to really appreciate a designated changing area. Grayson, my youngest, has a blow out every single day almost. Ugh, yesterdays went all the way to his neck! I am thankful to have a plastic changing pad that I can wipe down with a clorox wipe every day. If I set him on my bed, or the floor, or on his blankets... I would create SO MUCH more laundry.

I think are wastes:
-Bottle Warmers
-Sterilizers (although it was nice sometimes, it took up space and wasn't a necessity)
-Bassinets.. although I have heard good things about the rock and play sleeper though, I am considering one also!
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February 25th, 2014, 03:57 PM
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For me:
Worth It-
Infant Carrier
Baby swing
Bouncer
Boppy
Bottle sterilizer
Glider and ottoman
A good umbrella stroller( Chicco Liteway )
Highchair
Baby tub
Breast pump

Not Worth it-
Travel system ( the only thing I used is the car seat barely used the big clunky stroller )
Jumper
Changing table
Most of the clothes I received
Car bottle warmer (never worked )
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February 25th, 2014, 04:52 PM
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I agree with most. The Moby was really helpful with my second. The swing was too, especially with my first. And the Boppy pillow! Even if you are not breastfeeding, it helps a ton!

Waste-wipe warmer, diaper genie and similar things, bottle sterilizer, baby food maker-just steam it and use a food processor.
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February 25th, 2014, 05:22 PM
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Oh I am just loving this thread! It's been a while! I completely forgot that we had to take out the crib bumpers & fluff & that the diaper genie was more of a pain than it was worth.. Thanks ladies!
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February 25th, 2014, 08:17 PM
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This is kind of tricky for me. Some items were used more with some of our babies and then not used at all with others. Items I have found to be a waste are....

- Wipe warmer
- Moby wrap - it was great, but it is such a long piece of fabric that i didn't like lugging it around and had a hard time getting it on without it touching the ground, it just wasn't for me. Baby wearing is great, I just want to find something else.
-Infant shoes
- Floor gyms - my babies never stayed on them and had more fun just being on a blanket on the floor with lots of toys
- Bassinets are a waste in my opinion because they outgrow them quick. The bassinet attached to the playpen lasted longer, but I prefer the mini crib we got with our last baby. I would really like to try the arms reach co sleeper though.
- Changing table - we didn't really use the one on top of the dresser, but the one on the pack n play we used a lot when our dd2 was a new born sleeping in our room.
- Bumbo seat - I'm on the fence about. We have had ours since we had our second, so it has gotten used, but I just don't know if it is really worth the money. They never sat up good in it and my son would throw up every time we put him in it for some reason.
-Nursing nightgown - it was nice in the hospital, but they were just a pain for me because I had to wear a bra with it so that I wouldn't leak everywhere. I liked nursing tank tops with built in bras much easier.

Items I can't go without...

- Boppy pillow - Crap! This made me realize I gave mine away with all of the covers cause I though we were done for a very long time. Dang it!!
- Breast milk storage bags
- Very good breast pump
- Baby swing
- Bouncey seat - my kids loved to kick their legs and bounce themselves.
- Battery operated nasal aspirator - the ones they give at the hospital work great, but they get moldy and disgusting inside because they can't dry properly inside when you wash them. They also make ones that come apart, but I've never tried those.
- Nursing cover - I like Udder covers and they always have online coupon codes for a free one, you just pay shipping.
- Bottle warmer for the car
- Bibs

I'm sure I could come up with a ton more.
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February 26th, 2014, 02:27 AM
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Oh, yeah! Boppy is a must and nursing covers help w those wiggly ones definitely!
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February 26th, 2014, 06:34 AM
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Well, for me, what's been worth it/waste has depended on the kid. For some, a swing has been a lifesaver; others have hated it.
This has been my experience. Some babies like swings, others jumpers, other chairs. Depends on the kid, unfortunately!
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February 26th, 2014, 02:42 PM
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The bumbo seat would have been a waste with my first, but was a huge must for my second! He didnt sit well on his own so we did most of his feedings in the bumbo for the longest time. It helped him strengthen his core muscles.
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February 26th, 2014, 06:45 PM
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Just read this post "10 things you really don't need for baby" from scarymommy it's funny & made me think of this thread: 10 Things You Don’t Need For Baby
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February 27th, 2014, 12:23 PM
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Things I won't buy:
Moses basket/bassinet (don't use them for long)
"exersaucer" (take up a lot of space, babies get bored with them)
baby bath tub

Things I know I will use:
pack-n-play (these are great! now they have attachments, changing table.. etc)
great stroller
snuggly

I'll have to think on this a little more... but this comes to mind right away.
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February 27th, 2014, 12:26 PM
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Another thing that was worth it's weight in gold: Sleep sacks!!

I don't use blankets with my babies until they are nearly a year old, and the sleep sacks were a godsend. Love those things. I saved every one I have, and will get more for this baby! lol
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February 27th, 2014, 01:47 PM
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That article is funny!! It aligns with a lot of what's been said on here. I love the part about the wipe warmers. lol

I totally disagree about the baby bathtub though. If you want to get in your own bathtub and bathe with your baby, cool... but using a sink weirds me out. Babies have barf and poo explosions and they pee in the water. I don't want that in the sink where I brush my teeth, or worse, where I do my dishes.
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February 27th, 2014, 02:08 PM
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I could get by and be perfectly fine with just the following: Boppy, sleepers/onesies, blankets (thin, big for swaddling, burping, etc.), Moby wrap, car seat, diapers, wipes, swing, and baby wash and lotion.

Of course I'll have other things, but I've found that most stuff is just not really necessary. I could even do without the swing if I HAD to. Thankfully I shouldn't have to.

I've never had a changing table. I just have a changing pad that I put down wherever we happen to be, usually on the floor (at home of course not out somewhere!).

As the baby gets older, we'll need a crib. I like some sort of exersaucer or jumper. I also really liked our bumbo, which may be the only things we still have. I happened to come across it up in a storage area the other day.
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February 28th, 2014, 04:26 AM
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That article is funny!! It aligns with a lot of what's been said on here. I love the part about the wipe warmers. lol

I totally disagree about the baby bathtub though. If you want to get in your own bathtub and bathe with your baby, cool... but using a sink weirds me out. Babies have barf and poo explosions and they pee in the water. I don't want that in the sink where I brush my teeth, or worse, where I do my dishes.
Kitchen sinks are nasty too! They're one of the most bacteria-filled places in your whole house!

I also liked our baby bathtub too though. DD was small, and we got a lot of use out of it!
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February 28th, 2014, 05:51 PM
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I like the tub chairs more than the baby tubs. I like that it is foldable and easy.
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March 1st, 2014, 06:00 AM
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- Moby wrap - it was great, but it is such a long piece of fabric that i didn't like lugging it around and had a hard time getting it on without it touching the ground, it just wasn't for me. Baby wearing is great, I just want to find something else.
I like the baby k'tan, it looks similar to the moby when it's on, but is two loops of fabric that actually kind of look like an 8 and it's much easier to figure out.
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March 2nd, 2014, 12:02 PM
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Along with the sleep sacks, nice swaddling blankets or swaddlers saved my life with my babies.

I really loved these:

Amazon.com: Aden By aden + anais Muslin Swaddle Blanket 4 Pack, Safari Friends: Baby

And these:
http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Infant-...=swaddle+sacks
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March 2nd, 2014, 01:03 PM
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The Aden and Anasis swaddling blankets were called magic blankets around here for a while!
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