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Re: Let's talk Baby Gear/ Baby stuff

  • @txmama015 You may get some answers here
    Me: 32 DH: 32
    Married: 10.15.16
    BFP: 12.24.16
    DS BD: 8.20.17

  • Is baby lotion necessary?  I see that there's Aveeno baby daily moisture lotion...
  • @margareth Depends on your baby. We used lotion after every bath and more often in the winter but we could see his skin getting dry. Some are more prone to it than others. It's good to have on hand
    Lilypie Maternity tickers
  • Good point -- thanks! 
  • How many Aden + Anais blankets do you recommend getting?
    Lilypie Pregnancy tickers
    Sugargirl1019wineren
  • @missyrosek depends on how often you do laundry. We had several and I felt like it was over kill. Maybe 3-5? Also, I preferred the used ones I got over the brand new, because they get softer the more you wash them and I think their quality has gone down.
    missyrosekBigBadWolf12jena333-2
  • Thermometers: do you have a brand you LOVE?

    Pack n Play mattress: necessary? We're planning on putting baby in our PnP in our room for the first few months. We have the one pictured below, with the bassinet. Waterproof cover seems like a must, but an additional/thicker mattress as well?


  • Has anyone used the sleep sheep and can it be used in place of a regular white noise machine? A friend gave a travel sleep sheep as a gift and I think it's adorable, but wondering if I should get a regular white noise machine too, or if this'll do it. :) 
  • margareth said:
    Has anyone used the sleep sheep and can it be used in place of a regular white noise machine? A friend gave a travel sleep sheep as a gift and I think it's adorable, but wondering if I should get a regular white noise machine too, or if this'll do it. :) 
    I have no idea, but I think I remember hearing awesome things about this travel sheep!  Must go add it to the registry.

    Me: 27 years old            DH: 27 years old
    Type 1 Diabetes since 2001, MTHFR hetero A1298T
    Dogs: Raider 4 yrs, Dex 4 yrs
    Married in July 2014
    TTC #1 since late Feb 2016
    BFP #1 3/29/16     MMC: 5/5/16
    BFP #2 7/6/16    SCH, D&C 8/4/16
    BFP #3 12/26/16     EDD: 9/6/17
    My Chart / My Diabetes/Pregnancy Blog
    My Type 1/TTC/Pregnancy Podcast: 
    Juicebox Podcast Episode 118
    A1Cs:
    1/12/16 6.7%
    5/25/16 6.0%
    11/2/16 6.1%
    3/22/16 5.8%
    4/27/17 5.4%
    6/13/17 5.3%
               
    "Sugar Fancy Tutu"
  • Sleep sack or swaddle? Anyone? :) 

    So so many options!! 
  • Re: my last post -- maybe those two things are the same? Obviously I'm confused! But halo sleep sack/swaddle... any recs? 
  • Sorry to keep reposting, but maybe swaddling blankets like the ones by Aden and Anais are good enough? In other words, maybe the sleep sack/swaddle is not necessary... plus, I heard the Velcro can disrupt the baby... hmm
  • @margareth I've heard that different babies like different things, so I can't say whether your LO will like to be swaddled (whether with a swaddle outfit of some sort or a traditional swaddle blanket).

    a sleep sac is generally like a wearable sleeping bag - loose and not intended for swaddling. Recommended until past 1yo I think so the baby doesn't sleep with loose blankets. 

    A swaddle of any sort restraining the arms should not be used as soon as your baby can roll over (or a bit before if they're showing signs) because they might roll to their front and then not be able to roll back without the use of their arms. Suffocation risk.

    TTGP history (*TW*):

    Started TTC Oct 2015
    BFP #1 June 2016: EDD 16 March 2017, MC July 2016
    Re-started TTC Aug 2016
    Started IF testing Nov 2016
    Spontaneous BFP #2 January 2017: Rainbow Baby Boy September 2017
    BFP #3 November 2018: Baby #2 expected August 2019


    Sugargirl1019JNR6510
  • Thank you! 

    Good to know... 
    BigBadWolf12
  • @margareth I would skip swaddles and just get big muslin blankets. Once you figure them out, you can get a better swaddle anyway and baby can't outgrow the blanket like they can the swaddle. Plus they're really versatile for other uses too.
    Lilypie Maternity tickers
  • All good points! 
  • jena333-2 said:
    Thermometers: do you have a brand you LOVE?

    Pack n Play mattress: necessary? We're planning on putting baby in our PnP in our room for the first few months. We have the one pictured below, with the bassinet. Waterproof cover seems like a must, but an additional/thicker mattress as well?


    I use a rectal thermometer. I still use one with my 24 month old. I have a temporal scanner one and it's always off. When it's not a big deal I use it, but when his temp is 103-104 I want to know exactly what it is. 

    As for a mattress, I wouldn't buy a different one for the pack n play. 
    lilpoots
  • @jena333-2, FTM here, but a couple of moms I know and the Baby Bargains book recommended the Vicks egg-shaped rectal thermometer: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LY5KQVS?colid=4JG8L2D8B9M&coliid=I21L4ODMT1F1EV&ref=br_ADD_TO_CART_title_link. My friend said she liked it because the egg shape helps you know how far to put it in and makes it so you can't put it too far in.
    Sugargirl1019jena333-2
  • Yes to swaddle blankets over velcro swaddles! We had both and we tended to use the blankets over the velcros for the first 3 months. It wasn't until my LO was trying to break out of the blanket swaddle that we did the velcro and then that only lasted two weeks until she was rolling. 

    After swaddling we put my daughter in the zipadeezee and at 13 months she's still in it for naps and nighttime. It's basically a sleep sack with arms and covers the hands. Amazing. Once she was in that, sleep over night went to 12 hours and my life was sooooooo much better!!! 
  • @jena333-2, FTM here, but a couple of moms I know and the Baby Bargains book recommended the Vicks egg-shaped rectal thermometer: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LY5KQVS?colid=4JG8L2D8B9M&coliid=I21L4ODMT1F1EV&ref=br_ADD_TO_CART_title_link. My friend said she liked it because the egg shape helps you know how far to put it in and makes it so you can't put it too far in.
    This is the thermometer I have and I like it. It's super easy to use.

    Rhubarb7216jena333-2
  • @mc123mc The zipadeezee sounds incredible!  Albeit hard to spell/pronounce!
  • @mc123mc The zipadeezee sounds incredible!  Albeit hard to spell/pronounce!  I don't see it on buy buy baby, however, so I can't put it on my registry.  I'll have to keep it in mind!
  • would the halo sleep sack be a good substitute for the zipadee?  No velcro...
  • margareth said:
    would the halo sleep sack be a good substitute for the zipadee?  No velcro...
    I've heard really good things about the zipadeezee, also the Merlin suit! Like a baby Michelin marshmallow man.

    Me: 27 years old            DH: 27 years old
    Type 1 Diabetes since 2001, MTHFR hetero A1298T
    Dogs: Raider 4 yrs, Dex 4 yrs
    Married in July 2014
    TTC #1 since late Feb 2016
    BFP #1 3/29/16     MMC: 5/5/16
    BFP #2 7/6/16    SCH, D&C 8/4/16
    BFP #3 12/26/16     EDD: 9/6/17
    My Chart / My Diabetes/Pregnancy Blog
    My Type 1/TTC/Pregnancy Podcast: 
    Juicebox Podcast Episode 118
    A1Cs:
    1/12/16 6.7%
    5/25/16 6.0%
    11/2/16 6.1%
    3/22/16 5.8%
    4/27/17 5.4%
    6/13/17 5.3%
               
    "Sugar Fancy Tutu"
    BigBadWolf12
  • I tried the zipadee zip, the Merlin, the halo. lol nothing worked to get my child to sleep. I'm going to try a woombie swaddle this time. My son could break out of any swaddle so at least this one zips. The Merlin was so awkward to nurse at night. 
  • The merlin is way too hot for my kid. Since these babies are being born in the summer, I wouldn't recommend it.
  • My daughter will be two in two weeks, and we're due with our second this September. My biggest advice is to spend a little more on items that will get a lot of use/wear. We went "cheaper" the first time and lots of stuff I thought I could reuse I doubt I can. 

    - Baby Jogger City Select. If you plan on having another kid within 3ish years it's TOTALLY worth the investment. I'm obsessed with ours. 

    a soft-structured carrier (we have a Tula, but I also love our Baby Bjorn)

    - MamaRoo

    - a good pack-n-play (I regret getting the Graco and wish I would've spent the money for an easier to use one like the Breeze or Lotus)

    - Wubbanub 

    - Water wipes, even if they're just for the diaper bag  They clean hands, mouths, butts, you name it

    - Burts Bees burp cloths (the softest things on the world, and you don't want to be rough when you're wiping up spit up 3,000x a day 

    - Covered Goods cover. We EFF but this cover was great for swings, car seat covers, and shopping carts! I'm planning to nurse our second so they'll pull duty as a nursing cover as well 

    - Honest Company hand sanitizer spray and travel sized Wet Ones wipes. Perfect for restaurant tables, shopping carts, and dirty hands 

    Sugargirl1019juliebeannn
  • @Laurabean34

    great list, thanks! 

    Curious, a nursing pillow didn't make the list? Maybe not necessary and doesn't work for everyone? I have the boppy but could exchange/return... 
  • margareth said:
    @Laurabean34

    great list, thanks! 

    Curious, a nursing pillow didn't make the list? Maybe not necessary and doesn't work for everyone? I have the boppy but could exchange/return... 
    I have never used either nursing pillow I got for nursing (boppy or breast friend). I propped baby up in the boppy and used it for other things, it just wasn't helpful to nurse with. I used a combination of couch throws to get the proper angle to nurse from in the beginning.  I've also heard of people who use them like they are the best things ever created, so I think it's just different for everyone. 
    juliebeannn
  • Hey All...just had my 1st shower this last weekend and a friend got me a gift I didn't know about. So I thought I would pass on the idea to other moms using or planning on using the dr browns bottles. Bottle Cleaner  It was cool with the end that sits int he vase to use to clean the little parts of the bottles (still need a tiny bristle brush though).

    Me: 37 DH: 32 TTGP Since 2014 INFERTILITY INFO (Medicated, IUI's, IVF/FET) IN SPOILER
    October 2014-April 2015: Without Medication or Doctor Guidance No Periods/No O BFN 
    Medicated April-December 2015: Clomid (didn't work) and so we tried Femera/Letrozole. Progesterone Met 1000 Not diagnosed PCOS but treating the same. Anovulatory. TI No US No O BFN 

    - TW - 
    IUI"S 
    January 2016-October 2016: Letrozole 2.5mg-7.5 mg, Pregyl or Ovideral Trigger Shot.
    9 cycles of IUI
    (7 Cancelled due to no mature follicles) (2 attempted IUI's with mature follicles)  

    IUI # 2 June 2016 and July 2016:  Met 1000, Estrogen (21 days), Progesterone (5 days) Femera 5m 6/28/16 Ultrasound CD14 = 25 follie. Pregnyl Trigger CD14 IUI 7/13 1stBeta (DPO 15): 7.6 (Surprise BFP...but Low #'s) 2ndBeta (DPO 17): 18 3rdBeta (DPO 19) 52.8 Progesterone Prescribed (spotting) 4thBeta (DPO 26) 6.9 Chemical Pregnancy BFN

    IVF and FET (diagnosed with PCOS) 204 pounds at start of IVF
    IVF # 1 October and November 2016: CCRM - Minneapolis 10/14 Consult and CD 3 testing, 10/14 started (OCP Antagonist - BCP) BCP, 10/21 1 day work up, Doxycycline 100mg 10 days, 10/24 stop bcp, Bloodwork US 10/29, 10/30-11/8 Stims 2 vials of Menopur, Dexamethasone, 225 of Gonal-F daily (dropped to 120). CCRM Vitamin Cocktail (like 20 of them), Monitoring (11/2, 11/4, 11/5, 11/6, 11/7, 11/8), Retrieval 11/10 (38 eggs, 30 mature, 16 fertilized ICSI), 11/16 8 Blasts 11/30 CCS testing results 3 Normal 5aa's (2 boys and 1 girl) 1 Unknown 4 Abnormal (All girls) 


    Fet #1 January 2017: CCRM - Minneapolis bcp/lupron/suppository/p4 in oil QOD AF 12/7, 12/8 start meds. 1/3 lining and blood work check 14/15 mm, BW check 1/6. 1/9 transfer with acupuncture 1 CCS/PGS Normal 5aa hatching Progesterone around 26ish? Lower estrogen level 207 (wanted above 300 but over 200 was acceptable), started 1 estrace, progesterone in oil every other day, vivelle dot patches 4 every other day, 3x estrodiol daily, vitamin cocktail. POAS: - 4dp5dt and 5dp5dt, 6dp5dt frer very very very faint line. 7dp5dt and 8dp5dt + on Accuclear. 8dp5dt pregnant on a clear blue easy digital. 214 pounds at FET
    1/18 #1 Beta 91.1
    1/20 #2 Beta 215.9
    2/3 6 week US 2 sacs? Twins? but only 1 heartbeat/pole good heartbeat Stopped taking baby asprin Added in DHEA Veg Vitamin (also got the report that they transferred a girl 5aa eggo) 
    2/10 7 week US 2 sacs (likely vanishing twin) only 1 heartbeat/pole etc good heartbeat 137
    2/24 9 week US 1 eggo sac good heart beat 182 1 very small fluid sac (shrinking) 
    2/24 9 week 2 days start weening. Graduated from RE (CCRM is now starting weening as soon as 8.5 weeks)
    3/7 10 Weeks 5 days  weened completely of FET meds A1C 5.3% (Normal)
    3/9 11 Weeks 1 day my progesterone level was 15 and my estrogen level was 881 (I freaked out!)
    3/16 12 Weeks 1 day baby heard on doppler 164 HB
    4/14 16 week 2 days Ultrasound baby is looking good with all good numbers sized 17 weeks. Also got to hear her on the doppler for a few mins too. 

    5/5 19 Weeks 2 days going in for "20" week anatomy ultrasound got measurements but need to come back as wasn't able to get all the measurements
    MEASUREMENTS BPD 4.6 cm 19 weeks 6 days* (78%) HC 17.0 cm 19 weeks 4 days* (70%) AC 14.5 cm 19 weeks 4 days* (69%) Femur 3.1 cm 19 weeks 6 days* (63%) Humerus 3.1 cm 20 weeks 2 days (84%) Cerebellum 2.0 cm 19 weeks 5 days
    CisternaMagna 6.2 mm Nuchal Fold 4.5 mm
    HC/AC 1.17 FL/AC 0.22 FL/BPD 0.68 EFW (Ac/Fl/Hc) 309 grams - 0 lbs 11 oz
    THE AVERAGE GESTATIONAL AGE is 19 weeks 5 days +/- 10 days.

    6/9 24 Weeks 2 days Glucose Test 1 hour (Failed) 190
    6/16 25 Weeks 2 days Ultrasound and 1st Baby Shower 
    6/20 25 Weeks 6 days Glucose Test 3 Hours (Failed) 95 (95), 183 (180), 213 (155), 198 (140) etc
    6/21 26 Weeks Recommended to a perintologist
    6/22 26 Weeks 1 day start monitoring blood sugar levels 
    6/30 27 Weeks 2 day A1 (blood sugar test ordered)

    7/5 28 Weeks Echo and 3d Ultrasound
    AMNIOTIC FLUID Q1: 2.6 Q2: 3.2 Q3: 4.8 Q4: 5.6 AFI Total = 16.3 cm Amniotic Fluid: Normal 
    MEASUREMENTS BPD 7.2 cm 28 weeks 5 days* (60%) HC 26.4 cm 28 weeks 4 days* (48%) AC 23.3 cm 27 weeks 4 days* (36%) Femur 5.2 cm 28 weeks 0 days* (36%) Humerus 4.8 cm 28 weeks 0 days (49%)
    HC/AC 1.13 FL/AC 0.23 FL/BPD 0.73 Ceph Index 0.77 EFW (Ac/Fl/Hc) 1142 grams - 2 lbs 8 oz (37%)
    THE AVERAGE GESTATIONAL AGE is 28 weeks 1 day +/- 14 days.

    7/10 28 Weeks 5 days Dietitian Appt and Lactatcian Consultant and A1 blood draw 5.4% (normal) 218.5 pounds
    7/20 30 Weeks GD consult. 6 Lantus at 7pm daily. Novolog 1 unit for every 15 gm carbohydrate if consumed more than 30 gm at brkfst or 60 gm at lunch or supper 215.6 pounds
    7/20 30 Weeks Transferred care to OB due to high risk. 216 pounds

    8/2 32 Weeks Ultrasound (not cooperative and still breech) and then weekly NST's
    MEASUREMENTS BPD 8.0 cm 32 weeks 2 days* (44%) HC 29.2 cm 31 weeks 6 days* (22%) AC 26.9 cm 31 weeks 0 days* (24%)  Femur 6.3 cm 32 weeks 2 days* (57%) Humerus 5.7 cm 32 weeks 6 days (71%)
    HC/AC 1.08 FL/AC 0.23 FL/BPD 0.78 Ceph Index 0.78 EFW (Ac/Fl/Hc) 1808 grams - 3 lbs 15 oz (29%)
    THE AVERAGE GESTATIONAL AGE is 31 weeks 6 days +/- 18 days.
    AMNIOTIC FLUID Q1: 3.4 Q2: 2.9 Q3: 2.9 Q4: 4.4 AFI Total = 13.6 cm Amniotic Fluid: Normal

    8/8 32w6d upped to 1:10 for dinner 
    8/11 Baby Shower
    8/13 Baby Shower
    8/16 34 weeks NST good reading Upped to 8 at bed for fasting and 1:7 for dinner 
    8/18 Dr Appt

    8/24 35 weeks 1 day (was suppose to be scheduled for 36 weeks) Weeks Ultrasound/GD Dr Appt/OB Appt 
    Frank Breech
    MEASUREMENTS BPD 8.9 cm 35 weeks 6 days* (67%) HC 31.7 cm 35 weeks 1 day * (35%) AC 30.2 cm 34 weeks 2 days* (33%) Femur 6.9 cm 34 weeks 6 days* (57%) Humerus 6.0 cm 34 weeks 6 days (64%)
    HC/AC 1.05 FL/AC 0.23 FL/BPD 0.78 Ceph Index 0.80 EFW (Ac/Fl/Hc) 2494 grams - 5 lbs 8 oz (39%)
    THE AVERAGE GESTATIONAL AGE is 35 weeks 1 day +/- 21 days.
    AMNIOTIC FLUID Q1: 3.3 Q2: 3.8 Q3: 2.4 Q4: 3.8 AFI Total = 13.4 cm Amniotic Fluid: Normal

    8/31 36 Weeks
    9/7 37 Weeks
    9/10 Water broke...I got it tested at the emergency room it it showed it was negative. More water breaking and didn't go to the dr.
    9/11 37 weeks 4 days Called the Dr and got retested for water breaking...
    10:30pmish Baby Girl Born via Emergency C Section (Frank Breech Baby) 6lbs 3oz  -
    9/13 Dropped to 5 pounds 10oz and had jaundice 
    9/13 38 weeks

    9/22 39 Weeks 2 days C Section Scheduled for 10am (arrive at 8am) Equinox/Solstice
    EDD 9/27
    winerenSugargirl1019
  • @Laurabean34 I have a lotus portable crib and it's awesome. My mom got it for us and it's so worth the money. We still use it for our 2 year old on trips. We have a 4moms pack n play for the house but we realized it was too bulky to take on trips.
  • @Laurabean34

    great list, thanks! 

    Curious, a nursing pillow didn't make the list? Maybe not necessary and doesn't work for everyone? I have the boppy but could exchange/return... 
    @margareth-2, I had a breastfriend that I used a lot for....like, 2 weeks. Then, not again. It may be worth seeing  if you can borrow one
  • @margareth-2 I used my boppy the entire time I nursed and I absolutely loved it. I thought it made positioning the baby so much easier and made my back not hurt. 
  • Thanks for info on the boppy.  If not for nursing, it looks nice for tummy time and other positions!
  • @margareth-2 in my experience, some women love the boppy, some the breastfriend and some nothing. We liked the boppy for helping prop up your arm while bottle feeding and I preferred the breastfriend for breastfeeding. My lactation clinic was into the breastfriend.
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