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the wife had her baby shower yesterday, and im still amazed with all the stuff we got. it took 3 cars to bring it all home, and the furniture hasnt even been delivered!!!

really, this is just a cleverly disguised thread for me to complain that i havent had enough time for gaming.

thank god for my ipad.
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Truth of it is that babies need hardly any stuff at all.

Some easy to wash clothes.
A blanket and some stuffed animals to fall in love with.

That's really about it.

You'll want to have lots of absorbent towels. Cloth diapers are actually the best. Wet wipes are also very handy - buy them in bulk.

You might need a whole bunch of stuff to make you feel ready and prepared but you really don't. Most of it will hardly get used.
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After having two children myself, I often tell prospective parents: "It's not the kids that are so expensive and take up so much room -- it's all the requisite servicing equipment."
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What our consumer culture tells you babies need and what babies actually need are two vastly different things. For example, my boss and her husband successfully raised their son while owning a single Toyota Corolla between them, which was perfectly adequate to carry all the kid stuff (disclaimer: parents of a budding tuba player may have a somewhat different experience).
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claymore_57 wrote:
After having two children myself, I often tell prospective parents: "It's not the kids that are so expensive and take up so much room -- it's all the requisite servicing equipment."


Don't forget the extended warranty.
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i dont think we got anything that wont get used.

we really didnt get alot of junk.
stroller, crib, car seat, sheets, etc.

no diapers tho. pretty surprised by that.
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My kids are 10 and 13. We are still in the process of paying down the home equity line we took out to cover their expenses as infants.

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Just to add, if your wife is planning on nursing get her a really, really nice water bottle.

Of all the things I used with my kids, my most useful purchase (besides the car seat) was the super-deluxe jogging stroller with really big wheels. I attached a folding bike basket with velcro straps to the back, and used it solidly for 6 years.
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I can tell you now that baby crap is not holy.
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Flyboy Connor wrote:
I can tell you now that baby crap is not holy.


Unholy, some might say.
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Most of the stuff that you "need" for your baby is to make your life easier. So think of it as gifts for yourself so that a baby isn't quite so inconvenient.

If you want a list of things that I was very glad to have PM me.
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CrankyPants wrote:
Truth of it is that babies need hardly any stuff at all.

Some easy to wash clothes.
A blanket and some stuffed animals to fall in love with.

That's really about it.


You forgot food and water, you negligent bastard!
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since both me and the wife like to make lists, PM incoming.

our stroller has big wheels as well. we needed something that would go over all types of terrain, especially since i usually play alot of music festivals in the summer. we went with the uppa baby vista. i think we made a good choice.

oh...here's a question...how well to diaper pails work on containing baby stink? we got a diaper dekor (i think thats the name) for the shower.
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oh...here's a question...how well to diaper pails work on containing baby stink? we got a diaper dekor (i think thats the name) for the shower.


We had a diaper genie. That thing was awesome.
Yeah your gaming time is in severe jeopardy. My freelance work suffered 10,000 dollars the first year I had a kid. Oh and a second child, you think will only be a little tougher, but it is exponentially tougher. If you do it, wait til the first is around 3 so they can at least help you.

My mom had 3 in diapers at once... it drove her mad.
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im gonna teach him how to play ghost stories when he's 1 day old in the hospital.

it could work.
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CrankyPants wrote:
Truth of it is that babies need hardly any stuff at all.

Some easy to wash clothes.
A blanket and some stuffed animals to fall in love with.

That's really about it.

You'll want to have lots of absorbent towels. Cloth diapers are actually the best. Wet wipes are also very handy - buy them in bulk.

You might need a whole bunch of stuff to make you feel ready and prepared but you really don't. Most of it will hardly get used.


Car seat? High chair? Changing table? Crib? Playpen? Swing? A room?
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jonnylawless wrote:
CrankyPants wrote:
Truth of it is that babies need hardly any stuff at all.

Some easy to wash clothes.
A blanket and some stuffed animals to fall in love with.

That's really about it.

You'll want to have lots of absorbent towels. Cloth diapers are actually the best. Wet wipes are also very handy - buy them in bulk.

You might need a whole bunch of stuff to make you feel ready and prepared but you really don't. Most of it will hardly get used.


Car seat? High chair? Changing table? Crib? Playpen? Swing? A room?


You don't need a car seat just take that blanket, stuffed animals and the easy to wash clothes and wrap your baby until you make a giant ball, and then stuff it down into the foot-well. Problem solved.
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zip ties + car grill = secure baby
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I very highly recommend Baby Bargins. It's the best $11.16 you'll ever spend. It tells you what you really need (and how much of it), what's "optional," and what is a complete waste of money and space, but everyone seems to want to buy it anyway. It also tells gives reviews on brand names for quality, re-usability, and price. Buy it. Please.*

* I am not in any way associated with the publisher, people, or anything. Just a parent who greatly benefited from the book!

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jonnylawless wrote:
CrankyPants wrote:
Truth of it is that babies need hardly any stuff at all.

Some easy to wash clothes.
A blanket and some stuffed animals to fall in love with.

That's really about it.

You'll want to have lots of absorbent towels. Cloth diapers are actually the best. Wet wipes are also very handy - buy them in bulk.

You might need a whole bunch of stuff to make you feel ready and prepared but you really don't. Most of it will hardly get used.


Car seat? High chair? Changing table? Crib? Playpen? Swing? A room?

We didn't get a playpen or a swing and had no regrets about it. Many go without a changing table (though I loved mine, especially in the early days), crib, or a room.
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erak wrote:
CrankyPants wrote:
Truth of it is that babies need hardly any stuff at all.

Some easy to wash clothes.
A blanket and some stuffed animals to fall in love with.

That's really about it.


You forgot food and water, you negligent bastard!


That's what boobies are for. blush

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We had a diaper genie. That thing was awesome.


+1!

Mind you, it didn't completely seal off all the odor, but it reduced it to a tolerable level. And it was easy to dump the "string of pearls" into a garbage bag for final disposal.

We found that a changing table was a great help, especially for two parents in their early 40s who needed to reduce the strain of bending over multiple times each day for two kids in diapers.

In total we had the Diaper Genie, a changing table, a crib, two infant car seats, one infant carrier, two strollers, and a large diaper bag for travel, which we found filled our needs just right. When the kids got too big we passed the car infant seats on to a relative and replaced them with booster seats. We kept the boosters until the kids finally outgrew them.
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I prefer the Diaper Champ. It uses regular trash bags, so you don't have to buy special bags. You can also use one hand. I didn't have problems with smells.
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peloquin17 wrote:
zip ties + car grill = secure baby



It was tried a week or two ago here in Indiana. Maybe if the idiots weren't drinking, it might have worked.


http://www.indystar.com/article/20120509/NEWS02/205090329/Po...
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