Need Baby Gear Advice!

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Sun, 11-04-2012 - 4:28pm

Hi mommas! I need your help! I just started my baby registry today and boy is it overwhelming! We are registering at Target and amazon.com so far. There are a few items I could use suggestions/recommendations on.

1 - Crib mattress. Is any particular brand better?

2 - Breast pump (I have to return to work full time probaby at 8 or 9 weeks) and any other breastfeeding accessories I"ll need.

3 - Where can I find an extra car seat base? We chose an eddie bauer travel system, but want a base installed in both of our cars (and maybe a third for the grandparents).

Thank you for your wisdom! :)

 


 


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Sun, 11-04-2012 - 10:34pm
Oh boy! Registries! Here are my thoughts: 1 - Sorry. I'm no help on that one. We co-sleep. 2 - I recommend a double pump for full-time pumping. I would consider a double a MUST. Medela is the premier brand in pumps, but I know women who have had success with others. I used the Pump In Style double electric for part-time pumping, and it is my go-to recommendation. I also know moms who loved manual pumps, but I had nothing but trouble with mine. 3 - Babies R Us sells seat bases, and I'm pretty sure they carry Eddie Bauer...at least the BRU near me did. You can probably get one directly from the Eddie Bauer company. Have fun! Don't let it overwhelm you.
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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 7:06am
Have fun shopping! 1. Mine was custom made (bought used) so I really have no idea. 2. A double pump will be your friend. Go with a Medela or Ameda. I had a cheap double pump and had to buy a new one after 4 months. I now have a single Medela swing and its great (but I also get a year off so I dont need a double). Stock up on lanolin, disposable or resuable breast pads. Dont worry about nursing bras yet, you'll want to get measured at the end of your PG to get a soft cup bra to start and then after about 6-8 weeks, get a few more bras after your milk settles down. 3. Go to the company directly if you cant find it in a retail store. I think BRU carries most car seat bases. Good luck!

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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 8:09am

Thanks for the great advice Ruby and Erica! I really appreciate it. I think I will go for the Medela double pump, and make sure I register for all of the accessories too. Awesome tip on BRU, I'll look there for my car seat bases.

Anyone out there buy a crib mattress? Keep the great advice coming ladies, it's so helpful! :)


 


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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 10:32am
Most of the mattresses are the same, but you are looking for spring count, the higher the spring count, the better. That's what provides the firmness and support baby needs! My go-to place is BRU (brick-and-mortar) and diapers.com (online). If BRU doesn't have the base, Diapers.com will and they have free shipping over $49 (and usually no sales tax).
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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 1:49pm

Have you gotten your crib yet? I got my crib and had picked out a mattress and realized it would not fit so I had to change it on my registry. So I would make sure to measure and then I think we got our mattress from babies r us but I can't totally remember. I know we got the crib from Target.

Believe it or not I actualy put together a small registry of stuff I need that I didn't get last time or that I really wanted. My Christmas will be baby stuff nothing for me this year.

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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 4:54pm
Ugh... this is always so overwhelming to do. 1) Buy your crib first then look for the mattress. Your crib will dictate the size of mattress you need. They are all fairly uniform, but the crib will call out the exact size. Also, with infant mattresses the firmer the better, to reduce the risk of SIDS. 2) Double electric Mendela or Ameda. I cannot stress how much you need to get used to using this before going back to work. The cones/flanges (that go on your breast) come in different sizes and you will need to make sure you have the right size otherwise pumping can be painful and you can yield less milk. Someone at BRU or a BFing friendly store (like Motherhood Maternity) can help you with sizing. Also, you may want a manual pump or two. I keep one in my desk at work, once I forgot my electric pump and it was terrible. 3) BRU is great for bases.
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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 7:14pm

You ladies are the best, seriously.

Alison - thanks for the tip on spring count and diapers.com & your siggy is SO adorable :)

Sandy - Were you happy with your Target crib? We picked one out there but don't have it yet. We're hoping it will be gifted from our parents. What are some of the things you didn't have the first time around that you would like this time? Just curious :) Christmas is going to be all baby stuff for us too.

Kate - thanks for the great tip about keeping a manual pump at work, I bet that will come in handy! I will definitely practice pumping before heading back to work (I'm sure that will be another post in the future ... how to get into a routine, etc.)

RE: car seat bases at BRU - just in case this is helpful for someone else. I went on bru's website and only looked by brand (eddie bauer in my case) and there was nothing. I looked at eddie bauer's website and no extra bases there either. After some googling I learned that bases can be made by a different company and you can search by part # or model #. In this case a "safety 1st" extra base will fit my eddie bauer car seat and is available at BRU. Lesson learned! :) Hope that helps someone else.


 


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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 8:07pm

(Cross-posted from my blog http://meetnursemom.blogspot.com/2012/03/bloghop-tools-for-breastfeeding.html)

Our breastfeeding relationship has changed quite a bit over the past nearly eight and a half months; and, naturally, so have our support tools.

A pillow. A basic, just-pulled-it-out-from-under-my-sleeping-fiancee's-head pillow. I didn't feel the need to spend the money for the Boppy or any other breastfeeding-friendly marketed pillow. And you know what, we did just fine. We used this for probably the first month or two.

Lanolin. Ohhh man, were my nipples sore and cracked the first few weeks.

People you know IRL who breastfeed/have breastfed or you know online that you can ask for advice. I was/am still in a BFing group on FB and I cannot begin to express how relieving it was to just read other women's stories when they were in the same spot as me.

Breastpads. I had an oversupply in the beginning. I leaked all the time, so I had to wear pads in my bra for about 4 months.

A breastpump. I went back to my college classes one week postpartum. I was freakin' insane. I went back to work at 9 weeks postpartum. I spent a LOT of time with my pump. Now, though, I am staying at home so I rarely ever use it.

A hands-free bra to go with your pump. I made one by cutting holes into a sports bra that hooked in the front. It was a lifesaver. Pumping is so much less daunting when you are able to do, well, anything besides pumping while you're pumping.

Freezer bags so you can build up your stash. My favorite bags are the Lansinoh ones.

A nursing sleep bra. I wouldn't need one except that if not enough pressure is my other breast while he's eating, it lets down as well.

Determination, patience, perseverance. I was very determined to breastfeed since before I even was pregnant. My perseverance came through sometime in those first few weeks when I resorted to telling myself, "Just one more feeding." And another. And another. However, my patience has needed the most work. Patience for my milk to come in. Patience for my baby to finish eating when I was utterly exhausted. Patience while I learned how to nurse in public comfortably. Patience while helping my boy to be patient for my milk to let down after he developed something of a nipple confusion. Patience while rebuilding my supply because of this confusion. Patience while my squirmy guy tries to look around the room, play with his toys, laugh at his dad while nursing. I'm always working on becoming more patient.

The above post was written when Max was ~8.5 months. AJ's mom got our mattress and we only had one base, so I don't know too much about those, sorry! Here are a couple other posts about BFing/baby gear. I can't believe how far along you are already! :)
http://meetnursemom.blogspot.com/2011/08/5-best-baby-items-2-month-edition.html
http://meetnursemom.blogspot.com/2011/09/breastfeeding.html

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Tue, 11-06-2012 - 7:37am

Thanks for all the great info Morgan!! :)


 


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Tue, 11-06-2012 - 9:36am

You've gotten some really great advice! 

I would HANDS DOWN rec. a double Medela pump. 

My favorite nursing bras are Bravado - super supportive and comfy.  I wear them in late pregnancy, too!

I just have the crib mattress that we've always had - it's an "all natural" one that we registered for ages ago. 

Good luck!

Jules - Happily married and Momma to DS, DD and expecting our Caboose Baby 11/24/2012


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