The best advice I could give a new mom would be to wait until after you have your baby to buy as much as you can. That sounds crazy I know, and the nesting instinct makes you want to buy everything baby related you can get your hands on, but it's good advice. Every baby is different. When I had my daughter 4 years ago at least half of the things I bought for her we never used. She cried when we swaddled her, even now she sleeps with her legs and arms straight out like a starfish. All the swaddling, restricting sleep outfits, crib positioners, etc were never used. She loved her baby swing but screamed bloody murder when we put her in the vibrating bouncy seat. She hated the exersaucer AND the walker. I seriously never used at least $400 worth of baby gear because she hated it. Now that I'm about to have my second child, aside from what I kept of my daughters things I haven't bought much of anything. It got to the point with my daughter where I would actually take her to the store and put her in the display models before I bought anything because I just couldn't predict what she would like and what she would hate. I plan to do the same for my newborn when he gets here. I guess what I'm saying is, nobody can tell you for sure what your child will like. But trust me, you'll figure it out really quickly on your own, after that little bundle of joy gets here. I include clothing in this because, again, half of what I bought for my daughter was never used. She's hot natured and the only time I put her in a footed nighty when I got her up for her midnight feeding she was drenched in sweat and red-faced and miserable. After that I'd put her in a onesie with no legs and a pair of socks and that was enough for her. I would buy as many separates as you can, instead of footed onesies buy a onesie and pants, socks, etc. If you can, just buy one of what you think you might need and trial and error it until you know what works, then go back and buy more. Also, as cheeky pointed out if you have a baby shower you will probably get PLENTY of clothes.
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|7/23/10 2:16 PM|
I LOVE this idea! I am making one with my 3 year old this weekend! Ideas like this are why I can't go one day without checking this website. :)
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|5/14/10 5:33 PM|
I have used these in my daughter's room since she was a baby. I keep all her powder, lotion, creams, medicine, etc in one on the outside of her closet door. Another one on the inside of the closet door holds her shoes, socks, tights, hats, etc. She has such a tiny bedroom, it really helps me keep things organized. Also it was a lot cheaper than buying another, or bigger, dresser to store things in.
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|4/22/10 2:32 PM|
#4 is a great tip! The day my family moved into a rental house a few years ago our two year old daughter managed to lock herself inside her new bedroom. In the time it took my husband to take the door off the hinges she had become so frantic and cried so hard that she made herself sick. And I don't know what we would have done if my husband hadn't been there, because I wouldn't have been able to get into that room. It was awful, and as it turns out there was a master key to all the doors hanging right by the back door, but I hadn't thought to try the key and see what it did. Now I know better. :)
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|4/21/10 1:25 PM|