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Pregnancy : things you don't need
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 Message 1 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameAvidly  (Original Message)Sent: 5/28/2008 4:03 AM
I just saw this on MSN and thought I'd pass it along to you guys, I totally agree with all their points.  Things you are told you need, but really do not have to buy for baby.
  • A changing table. You can put a special tray on top of a dresser, or buy a dresser specifically outfitted for changing.

  • Baby store furniture, other than cribs. We found the dressers especially to be of exceptionally poor quality, even at the high-end shops. For less than $400, we were able to buy and paint a well-made ash dresser from a nude-furniture store. You can find used stuff for even less at consignment and used-furniture stores. Just make sure, for safety's sake, that the drawers can't be pulled all the way out, bonking a curious toddler on the head.

  • Diaper stackers. This is a bag to store diapers that hangs off a changing table. A plain willow basket tucked in a drawer can work just fine -- if you need anything at all.    I got one included with the pack I bought for Josie, never once used it.

  • Coordinated linen or crib sets. Some of the pieces in these sets, such as pillows and quilts, can't be used with an infant. Others, like crib bumpers, are controversial among safety experts. (If you get them, make sure they tie at both top and bottom in several places.) If you must have coordinated sheets and dust ruffles -- and yes, ultimately, I did -- you usually can buy those separately for less.   I already took down Dylan's bumpers because he was crawling under them and getting stuck.

  • A car seat for each car. Most infant car seats come with detachable, adjustable bases. Just get one seat and a base for each car.    We only have one, you don't even need a base for each car, they will strap in with a seatbelt just fine.

  • Jogger strollers. We occasionally see these sporty-looking, three-wheeled all-terrain vehicles in our neighborhood -- usually pushed by dads ambling to the corner coffee bar. We know a lot more couples who parked theirs permanently in the garage. Some runners and hikers swear by them, but you've got time to decide to get one later, since you're generally not supposed to use them with kids less than a year old anyway.

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 Message 2 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameHiccup1Sent: 5/28/2008 8:13 PM
hmmm that's cool. good to know that baby furniture isn't worth it.

 Message 3 of 7 in Discussion 
From: KristinSent: 5/28/2008 9:37 PM
We got a changing table, but its got the dresser underneath which we desperately needed in here. I did get the bedding set, but won't be using the bumper, and have the comforter ready for tummy time! I am using the diaper stacker to hang in the closet and hold blankets.. it works great! Don't have the other things..

 Message 4 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameAvidlySent: 5/29/2008 8:30 PM
diaper stacker to hold blankets. damn it, that's ingenious. LOL now i wish i had one.

We got some expensive baby furniture, designed so you could place a changing pad on the top and I love it. And It worked great for Josie even after the diaper stages because it was a dresser.

 Message 5 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameLitaBonitaSent: 5/30/2008 7:52 PM
I use the changing table all the time. When he was born I didn't because it was upstairs. Depends on your house and where you will change him. I do use alot now though and I love it. But it is like Av's a dresser so I can always use it. It was called a changing table but it doesn't look like one if that makes sense lol
I never got a bathtub and I didn't miss it. Sponge bathe him when he was tiny then he took a bath with me.

 Message 6 of 7 in Discussion 
From: KristinSent: 5/30/2008 11:55 PM
Yep.. that's how my "changing" table is too. The top that has the changing pad thing comes off, and its just a dresser after. The crib we got is one of those convertible ones that should last Logan a long time.

 Message 7 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameAvidlySent: 6/2/2008 3:57 PM
Yeah, those cribs for life things are the way to go. I'm kicking myself for not getting one in the first place. I think that article is talking about those separate changing tables that aren't dressers at all, just a table that holds a baby and its supplies underneath. I never understood the point of those anyway. Waste of space.

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