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31/01/2013 at 17:03
So, When thinking about money etc between now and when we are planning on strating to try for our baby (June) I got to thinking what do you actually NEED? Not what people say you need that never gets used.
For exmaple, we live in an apartment with an upstairs. I nderstand why people get a moses basket and a cot but to me it seems an expensive thing to do - Could we get a pram and the baby sleep in that when we're downstairs?
08/02/2013 at 19:51
To be perfectly honest as a mother of 3 already, I have come to realise that the amount of stuff youre 'supposed' to have is ridiculous. In answer to your question, yes if your baby can lie completely flat there is no reason what-so-ever not to use your pram for daytime sleeping. Here is what I would say is probably worth buying;
Bouncey chair (invaluable for being able to take showers etc)
Cot for night time sleeping
and to be totally honest thats about it as far as stuff, the rest is just what you want to buy. Hope that helps x
08/02/2013 at 21:13
08/02/2013 at 21:30
I've always been iffy about getting a bumbo, but I've bought it for a few new mommy friends who have all loved it!
08/02/2013 at 21:43
09/02/2013 at 12:20
we bought waaay too much stuff when we had our LO (she is now three) and we used very little of it. Here is what we thought were the 'must haves':
a cot - we were on a tight budget and got the sniglar cot from Ikea which is only £35 and then bought a matching mattress. It lasted until we bought her 'big girl bed' last year and we took it apart and wrapped it in bubble wrap so we can use it again!(http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00115751/)
we had bought a moses basket but she didnt' sleep in it ever - she just wasn't comfortable in it so ended up straight in the cot and so the lovely one we got from mothercare was a waste of £48!
a steriliser - i had problems with breastfeeding (i wasn't producing enough milk) so we ended up bottle feeding early - our best buy was the amazing tommee tippee electric steriliser: http://www.mothercare.com/Tommee-Tippee-Closer-To-Nature-Electric-Steam-Steriliser/210756,default,pd.html - We got ours from Asda in the baby event for £20 and we loved the fact that it only took four minutes to sterilise 6 bottles and the teats etc. We loved the tommee tippee closer to nature bottles aswell.
pram/pushchair - we spent a ridiculous amount of money on a mothercare 'my4' travel system when it first came out (nearly £600 including all the accessories/changing bag/ parasol/raincover etc) and ended up getting rid of it after 8 months! It was bulky, heavy, hard to fold, impractical for buses, shopping basket was tiny, didn't fit in the boot of my parent's car etc etc... next time round we would definately go with a pushchair that went from newborn! I like this one (http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/9011162.htm) my friend has a Joie pushchair and it is lovely
when our LO was small I did a LOT of walking - went to the park, went shopping, went to visit friends, went for walks to local coffee shops etc and so it was important to me that I had a good changing bag and some useful bits for that:
This bouncer was a godsend: http://www.mothercare.com/Mothercare-Spot-Bouncing-Cradle/453182,default,pd.html we went with a really simple one as my sisters LO hated hers that had music/vibrations etc - Lily loved it and it was great to pop her in when i was jumping in the bath or making dinner - she loved sitting in it watching the washing machine!
bedding: we got plain cot sheets from asda - we had four, we had a cot duvet from ikea, and I made two duvet covers for it. We had quite a few blankets- two cellular ones for the summer, a knitted one and a fleecy on
11/02/2013 at 11:25
Thanks so much for all your help. I thought that sometimes you see so many people buying lots and at the rate they grow etc, a lot of it will be hardly used.
Now just trying to figure out moneywise how we will get on - see my thread "is this enough?"
13/02/2013 at 03:33
Having a baby can be very expensive. But it is a blessing you want for the world! That's why you need to be prepared when you are planning to have one. There should be enougn budget so you can take responsibilities for all your baby's need!
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