Need Baby Gear Advice!

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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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Tue, 11-06-2012 - 9:31pm

Erin- yes we were pretty happy. Only downside was the crib and set had very soft wood. Not good for a teething baby.

The few things I wanted this time around was a hands free bra which I wish I had last time and I also am getting a moby wrap. Since I will have a baby and a toddler to chase around I figure I need something to carry her in. I also am registering for a few things that I needed that were worn such as burp cloths, extra pads to put on the changing table and an extra mattress pad as one of mine broke. Also some girl swaddlers and sleep sacks. Other than that I just need mostly girl clothes. I realized I have very few gender neutral stuff and I'm not going to get much money for my son's stuff even though I have from newborn through 4t. You just don't get a whole lot no matter where you sell. I have sold a few but hoping to get most of the little stuff and all the winter stuff and then in the summer do the summer stuff I figure that probably won't sell very well right now.

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Wed, 11-07-2012 - 12:59pm

I agree with the other ladies that the Medela double electric pump is the best.  However, I would not recommend stocking up on all the bottle accessories that go with it.  I did that because I thought it would be easy to just pump, put the bottle nipple on it and it would be ready to go, but Eric does not like those bottles and it ended up being a big waste of money.  For bottles I would recommend Tommee Tippee, but it might be best to wait and see what baby prefers first..  I also second getting good nursing pads.  4 months out I still have to change them on a regular basis to not leak through my clothing.  Lansinoh brand works well for me.

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Wed, 11-07-2012 - 7:56pm
Oh, and another thing, I loved my Medela (I think it's a PISA). Another thing that is nice about Medela is that the cheap Gerber bottles fit on the pump. I had like 4 Medela brand bottles that came with the pump, and the rest I bought Gerber. I liked the Medela slow flow nipples, but they fit right on the Gerber bottles. I also bought the Gerber brand nursing pads, and I liked them better than the Medela or Lansinoh ones. My SIL made her own nursing pads by cutting circles out of I think Gerber cloth diapers and then sewing the edges (if you're into sewing. I'm sure they have tutorials somewhere). Hope this helps! GL!
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Thu, 11-08-2012 - 8:23am


Jules - Medela sounds like the way to go! I'll definitely add that to my registry. Thanks for the nursing bra recommendation too, wow so much to think about!

Sandy - I'd like a moby wrap too! Wish all this gear was free though ;) Enjoy shopping for baby girl clothes!

Katja - excellent tip, thanks! Target actually gave me a few nursing pad samples when I started my registry.

Morgan - thanks for more great info! You guys are amazing :)


 


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Sat, 11-10-2012 - 8:12pm
Thumbs up for a wrap!!! And don't give up on it. It can be tricky to wrap at first, but it soon becomes second nature.
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Sun, 11-11-2012 - 1:34pm

Any recommendations on a wrap Erica? That's another area where there are so many options and it's overwhelming! I'm interested to see if my DH will use a wrap, I know at the very least he wants to pick out a carrier for himself.


 


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Sun, 11-11-2012 - 9:03pm
I love my Baby K'Tan, its so easy to use and DH loves it too!

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Sun, 11-11-2012 - 9:41pm
I also have an Ergo and love that one as well as does my DH. The Ergo is great for longer wears and bigger babes...the K'Tan was just so easy to use and just as soft and comfy as a Moby without all the wrapping around.

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Mon, 11-12-2012 - 8:40pm

Thanks Ruby. I think my DH has his eye on an Ergo. He may have had those when his kids were little.
Where can you buy a k'tan?

I wish there was a place to go to try all these things out! :)


 


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Mon, 11-12-2012 - 10:06pm
I was able to try out the K'Tan and Ergo at the stores I bought mine...they were private small retailers, not big box. They gave me a cabbage patch doll to work with and with the K'Tan was helpful on the right size. I bought my K'Tan in the States and my Ergo in Ontario, but here is K'Tan's website and there is a store locator, hope you can find one near you. http://www.babyktan.com/ My DH really took to baby-wearing even when baby was a newborn and I think its because the carriers we have are so easy to use. Good luck shopping!

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