What did you love?
- Body pillow was a must for me to get any sleep in the last trimester
- Halo Sleep Sacks were a must for us...we couldn't get a regular
swaddle, DS would just squirm too much, but he couldn't sleep without being
swaddled, so our first night home was miserable. I signed up for Amazon Prime the next
morning, ordered 2 and then sent my mom to pick up one at BBR to hold us over
until the order arrived. - - Sound machine: DS still sleeps with this every
night and its a lifesaver when we travel too (make sure you get one that
doesn't have an auto-shutoff and that plugs in and has batteries
- My Breast Friend nursing pillow: I lived in this thing the first 3
- Rock N Play: DS would take naps in it plus he would just hang out in
it while I got things done
-Wubanub: we only used this for a pacifier since its easier for baby to
put back in/doesn't fall
What would you save on (e.g. buy used or choose the cheaper available
- swing: each baby is so different. we only ended up using our used
mamaroo a couple of times, DS just didn't like it, but I know moms that swear
by it...and other moms that swear by others...don't spend much, so that if you
need to switch to something different it wasn't a huge investment
- clothes: DS lived in Carter's onsies and footed pjs his first 3
months, I just bought the packs of different colored ones and rotated them
- shoes: so not necessary until they start to walk
What would you splurge on?
- One pair of premium maternity jeans, they are sooooo much comfier
than the cheap ones
- An easy to use, safe car seat plus an extra base
- Either a stroller or a carrier, whichever you prefer. Do your
What was your "unicorn" pregnancy/baby item?
- definitely the Halo Sleepsacks
Were there any specific keepsake items you have come to cherish?
- newborn photosession
What did I love:
Pregnancy - maxi dresses. So much more comfy than pants! I live in
Texas and was in my third trimester during the heart of the summer....comfy is
way more important than cute but when you can get both - bonus!!
Baby: I loved my baby wrap. Buy two different ones and see what you
like best. But it was so nice to have my arms free and it really calmed baby!
Also loved our Rock n Play. Our baby slept in it for 6 months and it was so
easy and portable and made nighttime breastfeeding a breeze.
I was not a big nursing pillow fan. I could not get comfortable with it
and found using a regular pillow to be much more effectice.
buying a lot of items they don't know ba b y will like. Our baby hated
being swaddled and hated pacifiers and we have so many still in the original
packaging. This is the same with bottles...you don't know what baby will like
so instead of buying 30 bottles of the same brand, buy one of a couple
different brands and when you find what baby likes then go stock up.
Lastly, pass on buying to many elaborate newborn outfits. I am going
shipping with a friend who is expecting her first in July and she kept showing
me all these newborn outfits with pants and jumpers....onesies and sleep gowns
are all you need! When you are changing
10+diapers a day you will find out pants are the enemy...at least until they
have more muscle tone!
Splurge on a prenatal massage...especially in the third trimester. A
good stroller ! And definitely splurge on car seat...no cutting corners there!
Most everything has been said, but a book/app that really saved me was
"the wonder weeks". This was one of the most sanity saver things I purchased for the
babies. It didn't make their transitions any easier, but for me to have a small
idea of what happened to the sweet smiley baby that was replaced with a crying
no sleep monster and the reassurance that this too will pass and they are just
learning some big things, was really comforting to me.
My only advice is do not buy any snap up jammies. When you're changing a million diapers a day
including middle of the night you do NOT want to be messing with those damn
snaps....I got rid of all of our snap up ones we had after the first time she
wore one. Zippers or sleep sacks all the way...you'll thank me
I added a "labor" category for a few of mine.
Pregnancy: birth ball totally helped me be more comfy sitting, sounds
ridiculous, but squatty potty (google it if you've never seen one) I didn't actually buy one, but used 2
stepstools for under my feet. Really
helped relieve hemorrhoids and constipation.
Labor: I bought a spray fan that
ended up being a lifesaver since i had major hot flashes with contractions, i also made a birth skirt from a pair of yoga
pants + material from an ugly turtleneck that i wore for both my labors with a
thrift store tank top and was so much more comfy than a hospital gown
Baby: velcro swaddles, extra sheets (both mine were super poopers,
lol), some type of hands free baby carrier
What did you buy/receive that you would you skip this time around?
Pregnancy: bigger bras for maternity boobs...just get nursing
Baby: shoes, more than 1 or 2
fancy outfits for the first few months
Pregnancy: maternity clothes
Baby: pretty much everything except what I put in splurge
Pregnancy: good nutrition and
vitamins, at least 1 super cute outfit for when you feel blah and need a
Baby: 1 nice baby carrier,
quality diaper bag that won't fall apart, breast pump (if your insurance
provides one, get one even if you don't think you'll need it. You can't sell a pump your insurance gives
you, but you CAN donate it to a mom in need.
My first would have starved or ended up with a feeding tube if I hadn't
had a good pump, so this is important to me
What was your "unicorn" pregnancy/baby item? Moby wrap,
double stroller for the 2nd (didn't think I'd need it...then my older dd broke
her leg and i was stuck with 2 non-walkers)
Were there any specific keepsake items you have come to cherish? I crochet a hat/bootie/blanket set for each
of mine and also a set for their dedication.
Also, they have both come home in the same sleeper (white with duckies)
so thats a tradition now...
@carries2018 did you have any issues with the returns at BRU? One of my mama friends said the return policy there was awful and it's better to go with Amazon and/or Target because you can return anything, even if you've used it and baby hates it. I also have a few things I've registered for at BBB cause with the coupons they are great deals. I got pretty mad at BRU cause I started a registry there and marked it private but it wasn't 100% private - my mom found it just by googling. Luckily I have a nosy mom who let me know!
Has anyone used this? Thoughts? My apologies if someone already posted this in the thread.https://www.amazon.com/Blooming-Bath-Baby-Canary-Yellow/dp/B007S1T4Q0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&linkCode=sl1&tag=bloomingbathvid-20&linkId=576f216d3791976e271d7a5a2ecba3bf
so....I'm in registry obsession mode and getting ready to buy nursery furniture. Dumb question- are all crib mattresses basically the same? If the crib I saw at BRU looks good in person and fits my budget should I be concerned that it only got a 3.5 star review?? I'm feeling overwhelmed!