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Adopted 3 boys out of foster care, then got pregnant for my beautiful daughter, now currently pregnant again with twins.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Baby Stuff?

I know many of you will not feel comfortable talking about baby supplies but those of you who can, I need your help.

Here's what I have:
-swing
-infant carseat/stroller
-2 stuffed animal toys
-portable bed/play pen
-1 pack wash clothes/hooded towels
-4-5 outfits
-one pack onesies
-crib matress and sheets
-one blanket

Things I need (please feel free to add any I missed):

-next size car seat
-more blankets
-burp clothes/bibs
-pouch carrier (to help me hold him and have free hands
-something better for baby N to sleep in, but where he can sleep inclined.

Please start adding more in my comments. I have to go to work now. He needs some toys like walkers, jumpers, etc, so he can start learning to sit up and crawl too.

17 Comments:

  • At 6:56 AM, Blogger sourpatchbaby said…

    I am so happy for you! sorry i've been away (been computerless all weekend, had horrible withdrawals) you are lucky though that he slept tru the nite. mine is 7 months old and he still wakes up several times a nite to eat(which i dont mind since i'm at work and skool for almost 12 hours a day).
    1.for outfits, go to a thrift shop. you can get gently used items there for less than half the price. they grow up so fast that it doesnt make any sense to spend that much money on items they will only wear a few times. I've gotten several blankets for .50 cents at thrift stores too.
    2. buy big (see number 1).
    3.dollar stores have lots of little toys and trinkets that he will love to play with that won't be hard on your pocket.
    4. email me, once i unpack i will have clothes that will probly fit your lil one.
    5. for car seat, don't buy used or take a hand me down unless you are ABSOLUTELY certain that it has not been in any type of crash (even a minor one, because you wont know if the safety of the seat has been compromised) i am currently looking for the next one up for my son and have realized that the best thing to get is a convertible one. i saw some that were rear, forward, and booster up to like 80lbs at walmart and target that were reasonably priced at around $90.
    6. if you dont have a sam's club/costco card yet, get one. you will be able to get diapers and wipes by the case (around 240 per $20 box for diapers depending on brand).
    7. you will soon experience the monster that is teething, be prepared. buy humphries teething pellets, they are all natural and safe for babies. plus they are much easier to handle than the goopy baby anbesol.
    8. i have heard wonders of the boppy pillow to help the baby sit up. i never used it since my kid only wanted to be in his sling or in my arm.
    9.i bought a sling from hotslings.com that really helped me out. i would carry my boy around in it and when he would fall deeply asleep i would put him, sling and all in his car seat and he would sleep soundly there (i only did this during the day, not at nite).
    10. umn, this one should've been number one. a clone to tag team with you so that you can get some sleep.
    -kween

     
  • At 7:23 AM, Blogger Julie said…

    Your going to need LOTS of bibs. Especially when he starts teething-slobber city! I have about 10+ and it doesn't seem to ever be enough. Socks that will stay on his feet. Babies get cold feet. Be sure to get plenty of burp clothes too as I never have enough. I love my bouncy seat- Sugar Bean loves it- I bet your he can sleep in it is inclined- and it hanging down things she plays with too. You will need some of those- very fun! a BOPPY!! a Godsend!! He can sit in it and it will help him learn to sit up- one of my latest favorites! That is just off the top of my head! Have fun shopping!! Enlist your friends too- I got a lot of this stuff from other moms- who's babies were too big for this stuff.

     
  • At 7:26 AM, Blogger Julie said…

    Check out E-Bay for clothes- I have gotten a few lots of clothes there and it is a pretty good deal most of the time!

     
  • At 7:34 AM, Blogger MJ said…

    Um .... diapers and wipes! The exersaucer has been a huge help this time around, i still am putting her in it at 9 months, when i need her out of the way so i can vaccum and she cant get anywhere!
    I didnt notice if you had a stroller listed, but i think that is a must have as well, it allows you both to get outside .

    One toy i would highly recommend, i believe they were made by sassy, i got them at target in the baby section, were these bugs. There were 3 of of them that you can strap on anywhere and one buzzes when you pull it, my dd loves them.

    Bath ring if you dont have one, as hes probably too big for the baby bathtub.

     
  • At 9:34 AM, Blogger DrSpouse said…

    Not a parent, but I work with kids and have two nieces... sounds like you need more clothes BUT I really wouldn't bother with "toys to teach them to walk or crawl". They don't work, and babies have been doing that for, er, millenia without any special toys!

    You can help them a lot more by a) carrying them around in a sling a lot (strengthens their muscles) and b) holding them in a standing position and moving their legs (does the same thing).

    You don't need to buy an expensive sling - a piece of fabric 1m by 2m will do the job. Google will find you a diagram of how to tie it! Or make friends with the Asian/African lady you see at the shops with her baby..

    Some parents I know swear by crib mobiles/activity centre thingies. Ditto "buggy buddies" (toys that hang off the buggy/stroller).

    My brother and his wife, and lots of friends, are discovering the joy - and cheapness compared to disposable! - of reusable nappies (diapers). Also available on ebay. And a lot nicer than when we were babies - my mother to start with said "they're mad" but when she saw them she was converted.

    I know with regular babies they are not supposed to sleep sitting up for too long - it's something to do with not keeping the spine in a bend for too long - I wonder if inclining the mattress of a cot (crib) would be possible, then he is not bent but not flat, either? Or does he need to sleep sitting up?

     
  • At 9:43 AM, Blogger Dream Mommy said…

    He needs to sleep at a 45 degree angle.

     
  • At 9:45 AM, Blogger Julie said…

    Hey- the more I think about it- the bouncy seat is a great option- it keeps them pretty flay like laying down but inclined- ask the nurse about this option- it doesn't really bounce unless you move it - and i have one with a vibrate thing on it. soothing. :)

     
  • At 10:02 AM, Blogger MJ said…

    Is the carseat at enough angle, the infant one that is? I used that with my last two babies and they slept soo much better in it. I know it sounds funny but the doc said ti was fine

     
  • At 1:02 PM, Blogger Tamara said…

    Ditto on Sam's club for diapers & wipes - membership will quickly pay for itself. Wipes - unscented, no alcohol to avoid rashes. I love my boppy pillow - got it new at Target b/c the idea of a used pillow grossed me out. Clothes - yard sales galore. Tell folks you are a new foster mom - I have folks just GIVE me things once they know I'm not gonna turn around and sell it at the flea market.

    Cookie loved to nap in the car seat too. :)

     
  • At 1:51 PM, Blogger Dream Mommy said…

    Julie,

    The problem with the bouncy seat is that he has almost outgrown the seat foster mom has. They have lots of stuff for small babies, but now that he's grown, I'm running out of things he can sleep in.

    He will outgrow the infant car seat shortly also.

     
  • At 2:14 PM, Blogger Julie said…

    dang- I wonder if Lazy Boy makes a kids recliner!! :) I bet they do!

     
  • At 2:14 PM, Blogger Julie said…

    or a kids beach lounger!

     
  • At 2:21 PM, Blogger Julie said…

    Here is a Buzz Light Year Lounge Chair- I bet it would work- You could probably find one at Walmart or someplace-

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Buzz-Lightyear-Kids-Lounge-chair-by-Disney_W0QQitemZ6060382225QQcategoryZ19223QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

     
  • At 2:47 PM, Blogger Kitkat said…

    Absolutely LOVE the Bumbo seat!! We have a couple in my classroom and they are wondrous for helping babies learn to sit. BabiesRUs and Target are just starting to carry them... or you can order online at onestepahead.com or bumbo.com

    And I'm pretty certain I've seen a wedge you can get to put under the mattress in the crib so it is inclined. If not, a folded up blanket or two work pretty well, too.

    A package of cloth diapers make for great burp cloths, and for cleaning up all kinds of messes.

    Will try to think of others.

     
  • At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Julie said…

    You should get a portable bassinet. I have one, and the back comes up, so that the baby can sleep inclined. I love it! Plus, you can take it with you when you go!

    Sounds like you need more clothes too... And a baby bathtub...

    Julie

     
  • At 7:21 AM, Blogger FosterMommy said…

    I don't know how big/strong you are, but 18 pounds is pretty hefty. I know that'd be a little much for me to carry around in a regular sash sling.

    We just got the Ergo Baby Carrier recently and it's AWESOME. And Niblet is only around 16 pounds.
    Here's a hint: call their 800 # and ask if they have any "seconds" or "gently used" carriers. We got ours for ~$25 off. and all it had wrong with it was a small hole in the pouch that holds the rain/sun hood!

    I agree with Drspouse - stay away from "walkers". Physical therapists suggest not using them. Exersaucers, however, are awesome. If you want to help N learn to crawl/walk, check out the book "Itsy Bitsy Yoga". It has great, fun exercises to do with the baby to strengthen him for his tasks.

    You'll need a bazillion snap-crotch undershirts, especially with summer coming as they'll probably be his only clothing in the heat.

    And if you don't have a membership to Sam's Club, Target has good, cheap diapers, too. We get ~50 size 2 diapers for around $5. And they work well for us. If you find the diapers are leaking often, try a different brand. they all fit differently.

    Around here, the teething tablets that are available in every drug store and supermarket are the Hyland's teething tabs. They're awesome.

    For sleeping...hmm...a 45 degree angle is pretty steep. Our FD has reflux and needs a 30 degree angle. We have the Amby Baby Hammock for her at home and use the Inclined to Sleep when we're away, or when she's at daycare.

     
  • At 7:59 AM, Blogger GLouise said…

    My only advice is to get lots and lots of onesies! ;-) How exciting that you are actually shopping for baby duds now!

     

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