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Leigh{30+} 3 kids; Pennsylvania 10500 posts
Nov 21st '07

Sorry, I forgot to mention that I love the Medela pump-n-style. I plan to use it with my second baby, too. I lent it to my SNL for a couple of months. (Even though they say not to do that... It is not unsanitary... anyone who has used one knows that your milk doesn't touch the motor).

Although $250.00 seems like a lot, if you add up formula costs,it is much more. A friend of mine bought a cheaper pump. She said it hurt her b**bs and shecouldn't take it back. Breast pumps are non-returnable. Also, you can rent one from the hospital. I forget the cost, but it added up to more than I spent.

love leo 1 child; United Kingdom 8317 posts
Nov 21st '07

I bought a breast pump online, tho the night before it should have been sent to me it was stolenn out of the post office!!!!, unfortunatly i didnt get my money baxck, the post office didnt count it as important enough for me to get a refund



in the end i couldnt breastfeed ( Leo had some sort of problem breathing properly, he latched on straight away, but just coulnt breathe.. weird!) so id reccommend not buying one till you can see if you can breastfeed, the bubs can always take straight from the breast untill you get one, you wont be going anywhere for a while so its not a rush to get one :)

Wicari 2 kids; York, United Kingdom 78 posts
Nov 28th '07

Hi there I was wondering what everyones opinion was on using things you have previously used for another of your children? I know the advice is to buy everything new, not to accept second hand from people, but what about things you for example bought new for your first and kept for your second only a few years later? my first is nearly 3 years oldim now 12 weeks pregnant and i have a small buget so I kept most of my sons things like the car seat, cot, crib etc some people say its fine to use cos its mine and its all still in good condition others say i should buy everything new but i dont know if ican really afford to do that.

Leigh{30+} 3 kids; Pennsylvania 10500 posts
Nov 28th '07

I don't have as much time between my kids. My first baby is 14 months and I am 16 weeks preggo. I plan to use everything again (except her furniture because she is still using it!) We plan to use one diaper genie for both of them.

Since there is more time in between for you, the only thing I would worry about is the car seat. It is probably o.k., though. I would just take a few minutes and check it. Do you still have the original box? There may be an expiration date on it. If not, look the product up on line. I do not believe safety regulations for cribs have changed that much in the last 3 years, but you could also check that on line if you are concerned. Car seats are constantly being updated, though.

I can afford to buy new stuff, but I don't see the point. I would rather spend money on something else!

viena 3 kids; London, United Kingdom 2556 posts
Nov 29th '07

diaper genie, i only used it for 2 months, i hated it.........



travel system stroller, if you do alot of walking and have to walk everywhere, i would not advise it for a new born, unless the car seat goes flat, a baby laying in a semi postion its not good for its back if you are walking for a long time........ I got myself a mutsy urban rider with a 3 postion baby seat, and it just attach to the chassie http://www.mutsy.nl/products/urban_rider/options

cjbrooks67 2 kids; New York 144 posts
Dec 5th '07

I originally thought about the Diaper Genie, but then I realized how much the refill bags are. I personally think it is a waste of money for the refills, and I heard they don't hold much.

However, I did want something to dispose of the diapers in, and I read up on the Diaper Champ. It had great reviews, and you can use regular bags with it, so I put one on my registry with Wal-Mart. However, I didn't get it as a gift, but I recently found it at BIG LOTS for only $18.00! I couldn't believe how cheap it was, and it is a lot larger than what I had pictured it to be. I am going to buy a pack of those vanilla scented 8 gallon bags, which run a little over $3.00 at Wal-Mart. To me, if you want some kind of diaper disposable system, this is the way to go. It is much more practical and works just as well as the Genie.

As for the travel system, I chose this option. I had lamaze class the other night, and there was a local police officer there who said that the regular car seats can be more practical because they will hold the child longer. However, he said that a lot of parents want the convenience of being able to take the car seat off the base without waking the baby, and it is nice to lug the baby around in. Also, like another person posted, the stroller lasts forever! The officer said that the travel system car seats generally hold babies up to 30 pounds, so you can not use the seat as long. He did say that if you opt for the regular car seat to not be fooled by the higher-cost ones. They are not any better or safer. He suggested buying a Cosco, and they are less than $40 at Wal-Mart.

cjbrooks67 2 kids; New York 144 posts
Dec 5th '07

One more thought....sorry ladies. I just posted about the Diaper Champ. Like I said, I registered at Wal-Mart for one. At Wal-Mart, they run $29.94, but I got mine for $18.00 at BIG LOTS.

I forgot to mention that I also got my Graco travel system at BIG LOTS. I had also registered for one of these at Wal-Mart, and the price was $179.00. I got the exact same thing, just last year's pattern for $130.00 The colors were the same as the original one I wanted, just a slightly different pattern. BIG LOTS also had some really nice Graco High Chairs, but I had already received one as a gift. If you're on a budget, always look. It saved me nearly $68.00 on these two items combined.

Leigh{30+} 3 kids; Pennsylvania 10500 posts
Dec 6th '07

CJ... they have vanilla (and other) scented garbage bags at the dollar store (for $1.00).

A note on the convertible seat, though, babies do not lay down in them. They sit up. My baby fell asleep in the car frequently. Once I converted, she could no longer sleep without having her head slumped forward. I tried those little neck pillows, but she wouldn't leave them in place. And some hospitals will not let you take a newborn in the convertibles. I would check with them before purchasing.

cjbrooks67 2 kids; New York 144 posts
Dec 6th '07

LL H- Good to know. I never even thought about looking there. Thank you for the info!

Sydney and a Half 1 child; Phoenix, Arizona 3671 posts
Dec 9th '07

My son is almost 2 months old and has recently decided he hates tummy time. He won't do it on the floor or even on my lap/chest. I hear ladies talking about boppys all the time so I looked them up and saw they can be used for tummy time as well as sitting, nursing, etc... would you guys suggest getting one? Even if he doesn't like tummy time on it, did you get other use out of it? I probably wouldn't be buying one new, they are pretty cheap on craigslist...

Leigh{30+} 3 kids; Pennsylvania 10500 posts
Dec 10th '07

I have a boppy. I used it maybe 4 times. It was a gift, so I will try to use it more for baby #2.

silversage1107 2 kids; Nevada 119 posts
Dec 14th '07
Quoting jesss375:
silversage1107 2 kids; Nevada 119 posts
Dec 14th '07

I am gonna buy a seperate car seat and a umbrella stroller. My son was born in Jan so I never used my travel system when I had him.

Maybe if I had a summer baby I would have used his more. but since she is gonna also be born in the winter, i think it will be pointless. I hated pulling out his bulky stroller, I used it maybe twice. I dont know I feel if I need it I can always buy it later if I change my mind. those systems are so expensive and I am on a really tight budget right now. I am going shopping today for all my baby stuff so excited!!! I still havint found a stroller that I like but I am getting the car seat today, playpen and swing!

Omg I used my swing alot with my son!I had him in it asap and I also loved his walker I used that alot to feed him instead of the big high chair, even though I used his high chair alot too. so I still got one.

But the things I used alot with my son were the walker and swing and playpen.
he didnt really walk in it but he just played and ate treats in it alot!
when I was tired I would put him in his swing and we would sleep so I could take a nap or to chores. I loved the play pen for going to my moms so she could have him sleep in it.

hope this helps! thanks!

silversage1107 2 kids; Nevada 119 posts
Dec 14th '07
Quoting eapoosmama:
samnbaby08 Wataga, Illinois 3 posts
Dec 24th '07
Quoting eapoosmama:“ diaper genies. we called them diaper sausages. a huge waste of plastic on top of a huge ... [snip!] ... baby continue to scream at 2:00 am for a diaper change while you wait for the warmer to get your wipes warm? So true.”