The best advice I can give is go to craig's list and look for your local area. Under baby items. If you are on a budget and want a great deal, you can find all sorts of stuff. This has been great for us. We got a pack n play for $40 bucks in great condition and it has the bassinet & changing station items with it. I even got a toddler bed w/bedding (finding nemo), wall decals and clock for $60. I've seen glider rockers in great condition for $40-$100 depending on the type. You can even negotiate prices. But this is a great money saver if you have multiples, have a tight budget, or if you rather use your money for more important things like starting a college fund!
I have a sling carrier and love it I wished I had known about it sooner (10 years ago to be exact when I had my 1st). Great website for this is slinglings.com. Lots of different fabrics and patterns to choose from.
Travel stroller/car seat sytems are nice to have, but again if you get an infant car seat you can always buy one of those stroller systems that just works with most car seats.
Just know there are so many products on the market and most of them are just icing on the cake but are really not necessary. And if you aren't sure how much use you may get out of it, why not go second hand!!
rule #1 about strollers! Make sure they fit in your car!!!! Some are ADORABLE and look so comfortable for baby and then you fold them up and they are still HUGE! Lol.... not fun
also, there are TONS of things that look really convienent.... they may not be! One item that would be excellent to buy used as you will not use it for long is one of those shopping cart adapters so your baby that isn't quite stable stitting up but does not want to lay down can sit up. You can also just tuck blankets around them, but it's a pain to pack blankets just for that. But you will only use it for like two months.
There's alot of things like that. If you have a friend that has things you won't need for long (bassinets!) borrow them! or buy used. We have a really great baby/childrens resale shop in our town that checks for recalls on all items and everything is clean and in great condition. Like new cribs for $80 with matress, carseats for $20, clothes at all prices(lots still have tags), ect. Some stuff (cribs that change to toddler beds) you can buy new with no bad feelings cause you will use them for a year or more. Other things are just a waste of money to buy new, but handy enough it's still worth buying.
whatsername80 wrote: Hehe (: Thought it might be helpful...especially since I have a question already!! Whats everyones opinions ... [snip!] ... I've heard that they're really good from some people, and then from other people that they're a waste of time and money...
lindsayandkenny wrote: I thought about getting one of those where the older child sits or stands in the back, but the more i ... [snip!] ... seen something he liked or just for the fun of it...id probably be chsing him around trying to get him to get on all the time.
My list of must haves !!
Crib with drop down railing. I skipped the changing table and change Hailey in her crib.
Diaper Pail that takes regular trash liners (I use the scented trash bags in it)
Portable swing . I moved mine from room to room, then take her swing outside for her to play in. When not in use it folds up and sits up against a wall.
Walker-I know some parents are against these, but Hailey uses it to stand up in. She can't walk yet, but loves standing up in it and being able to look around. It entertains for for awhile.
Travel System-Hailey is quickly out growing her seat, but it has really come in handy. When we go out to eat, she's not big enough to sit in a chair so she has a "chair" of her own, same thing when grocery shopping. By christmas she will have outgrown her infant seat and will be big enough to sit in a chair by herself so she will get a convertible seat.
Stroller - Her travel system stroller we use ALOT !! We took her to the fair in the stroller, we walk to P.O. a couple of days a week, etc. I love the it has a sunshade, cup holders, basket underneath, etc.
Umbrella Stroller-I recently bought one of these for the trips to the dr's office. Its hard to carry a baby, diaper bag and all the paperwork from one end of the hospital to the other. For $15.00 I figure the dr office trips alone will be perfect for this cheapy stroller. I wish I would of remembered it on Halloween cause it sure would of saved my sore arms that night.
Hailey hates her pack n play but I got one for when she stays at her grandparents house, then when she gets older it can be used as to put her in when I take a shower. Plus its just light weigh enough I could drag out into the yard .
I bought Hailey a jumperoo but she won't get it until christmas.
WELL...I'm a bit of a shopaholic when it comes to the little ones, a friend of mine got me a gift certificate to custom-kingdom.com for my shower...and I wound up spending 3 times more than what the gift certificate was worth!
I got a custom made baby blanket, diaper and wipes sack, and a few of the most adorable onesies-my favorite is the Bruce Lee one!!! I guess these aren't necessities, but it's really fun to have your baby in something that no one else has!!!
Quoting Boku ga Kira da:“ one thing iv found is that travel systems can be a pain in the ass lol we bought the urban detour because ... [snip!] ... you end up having a bigger baby like Leo (10 lbs +) the infant carrier that comes on the travel system, doewsnt last very long!”
Quoting lindsayandkenny:“ the baby can only be in the carseat 1 1/2 hours a day??? thats insane. ive never heard that before???”