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BethinPA

Oh!!! Congratulations WW! What lovely news!

Hey, is someone going to start a thread on Downsizing for Baby? The "Baby Industry" insists that you need a whole load of carp for a tiny infant. I'm sure we can put together a list of what's truly necessary!

Some of my friends with asthma have reported that the mild immuno-suppressive effect of pregnancy reduced their asthma symptoms. I hope it's true in your case! Very Happy
mihto

BethinPA wrote:
Oh!!! Congratulations WW! What lovely news!

Hey, is someone going to start a thread on Downsizing for Baby? The "Baby Industry" insists that you need a whole load of carp for a tiny infant. I'm sure we can put together a list of what's truly necessary!

Some of my friends with asthma have reported that the mild immuno-suppressive effect of pregnancy reduced their asthma symptoms. I hope it's true in your case! Very Happy


Totally outside the swine flu thread, but I certainly second this suggestion. Not only would it take care of the needs of prospective parents/grandparents with some hands-on advice, but the possibilities of pictures would be there as well. I would love to see the contributions from young parents with a lot of experience and knowlwdge!
Jamanda

Certainly a good idea for an article here.
tahir

Jamanda wrote:
Certainly a good idea for an article here.


Deffo, we didn't use anything really, despite all the stuff thrown at us.
Jamanda

I used an incubator, SCBU and rather a lot of expensive kit for the first two months, so I was rather upsized. But it would be good if someone could maybe collate some ideas. Any volunteers? Actually this could do with a new thread couldn't it. Shall I try to be clever and split it?

Cor Blimey it worked!
tahir

You're right clever you are.
wellington womble

BethinPA wrote:
Some of my friends with asthma have reported that the mild immuno-suppressive effect of pregnancy reduced their asthma symptoms. I hope it's true in your case! Very Happy


Sadly not. It's not too bad though - I mostly get asthma in the summer as a hayfever side effect, so at least that won't be a problem!
Mrs R

My ex neighbours remortgaged their house to 'pay for the baby'...I wondered what it was it needed so badly?
Chez

We bought hardly anything new. Freecycle was great and people we hardly new were extraordinarily kind.
mihto

Ixy wrote:
My ex neighbours remortgaged their house to 'pay for the baby'...I wondered what it was it needed so badly?


That one is easy to answer. Spend a few hours shopping in one of the large centers or in Toys R Us. Mad

Hopefully people who have been through the hassle have a few things to ocntribute? What about exchanging baby stuff as well as advice? That would be a lovely way to downsize Laughing
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BethinPA wrote:
Oh!!! Congratulations WW! What lovely news!

Hey, is someone going to start a thread on Downsizing for Baby? The "Baby Industry" insists that you need a whole load of carp for a tiny infant. I'm sure we can put together a list of what's truly necessary!

Some of my friends with asthma have reported that the mild immuno-suppressive effect of pregnancy reduced their asthma symptoms. I hope it's true in your case! Very Happy


What is necessary usually depends on the parent, what sort of parenting you want to do. I have used 3 types of baby carriers costing a lot more than the buggy I bought for a tenner at a car boot sale.
T.G

Congratulations WW. Very Happy

16 years after the last one and now starting again, we are looking at all options to fulfill our new bundles needs Very Happy

DS has a lot to answer for it seems a fertile forum lol!
mihto

The.Grange wrote:
Congratulations WW. Very Happy

16 years after the last one and now starting again, we are looking at all options to fulfill our new bundles needs Very Happy

DS has a lot to answer for it seems a fertile forum lol!


How sweet! Seems being on Downsizer is infectious in more than one way! Laughing

When is the baby due?
Jonnyboy

We'd be interested in learning about modern reusable nappies, apparently they're not the horror our parents experienced
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Jonnyboy wrote:
We'd be interested in learning about modern reusable nappies, apparently they're not the horror our parents experienced


there is an article.
T.G

mihto wrote:
The.Grange wrote:
Congratulations WW. Very Happy

16 years after the last one and now starting again, we are looking at all options to fulfill our new bundles needs Very Happy

DS has a lot to answer for it seems a fertile forum lol!


How sweet! Seems being on Downsizer is infectious in more than one way! Laughing

When is the baby due?


May Very Happy
BethinPA

How nice, Grange! Wow, 16 years apart, that's like being first timers again! Laughing

Okay, one of my necessary things:
Really large swaddling blankets (not those pathetically small "receiving" blankets), to do a true baby straitjacket. Two, so that you've got one if one's been spat up upon and is perched on the mountain of laundry.

We were totally unprepared (well, sort of) for baby #1, as she was early. (Three whole days early. But, we'd planned on doing all the "essential" baby shopping that weekend! Laughing ) As it turned out, we needed almost nothing. Car seat to get her home from the hospital, a few tiny outfits, some hats, diapers and some swaddling blankets.
sean

If you have them early enough the hospital keeps them while you buy the stuff that you need. Wink
T.G

thanks BethinPA my eldest is 22... i started early and finishing late

i've knitted several booties, hats, mittens and halfway through a blanket... midst of making a cow jumped over the moon themed mobile... not essential but fun to do Very Happy
wellington womble

The.Grange wrote:
mihto wrote:


When is the baby due?


May Very Happy


Me, too. And three other girls at work also fessed up this week (we are all due with a few days of each other. My boss, on the other hand, is having kittens!) It must be infectious or something!
Jo S

wellington womble wrote:
And three other girls at work also fessed up this week (we are all due with a few days of each other. My boss, on the other hand, is having kittens!) It must be infectious or something!


Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

Congratulations, one and all (and the rest)
mihto

wellington womble wrote:
The.Grange wrote:
mihto wrote:


When is the baby due?


May Very Happy


Me, too. And three other girls at work also fessed up this week (we are all due with a few days of each other. My boss, on the other hand, is having kittens!) It must be infectious or something!


Well, your boss does not have much of a choice Wink Kittens are in! May he long enjoy them!

We have had a similar thing happening at my work. My boss has added to his grey hair by finding substitutes who need to be trained. Our parental leave is 10 month with 100 % wage or 12 month with 80 % wage.

Downsizer has some interesting months ahead Shocked
Mrs Baggins

Baby #3 on the way here. I have sorted nothing. Bought nothing. re-arranged nothing. Not worried about it either. I will have breast milk and cuddles to give. Having bought into the whole hysteria with my first - I know now that those are the things you need most.

Have however bought a new car. 7 seater passion wagon. Needed that. But otherwise a few muslins... some onesies... a car seat... a buggy... Not sure what else you actually NEED.
woody guthrie

sean wrote:
If you have them early enough the hospital keeps them while you buy the stuff that you need. Wink


Our number four arrived 7 weeks early and you are right as he was only just over 3lbs so it gave us some time to gather together lots of tiny stuff for him to wear as his three brothers were all all born as big fellas so we had nothing to hand down. I do remember the panic and sleepless nights with the first child and the feeling of being totally overwhelmed with this little person. When you have more babies it just gets easier and you become less manic about having the right pram or cot or sterilizer and you just get on with it.
gardening-girl

What are onesies Confused
T.G

Mrs Baggins wrote:
Baby #3 on the way here. Not sure what else you actually NEED.


Sleep .. however you can't buy that in beforehand Laughing
wellington womble

I have a theory that babies are like camping - you don't actually *need* all that much, but the things you do need you either *really* need (like a waterproof tent or, say, milk of some description orbthey make the experience so much more pleasant by adding a touch of luxury or
making life a lot easier, like say a sheepskin (anyone who has tried outdoor living without one doesn't know what they are missing)

the first catergory I've pretty much figured out. The second is the difficult one. I do know you can still get out and about with a baby, but I think it would be nice not to have to. I like being all set up and knowing I can hermit in the house if I like, so getting essential stiff together was a priority for me.
Mrs Baggins

The.Grange wrote:
Mrs Baggins wrote:
Baby #3 on the way here. Not sure what else you actually NEED.


Sleep .. however you can't buy that in beforehand Laughing


And definitely not with two other sprogs you can't. lol. You kind of get used to operating in a permanent fug of zombieness.

Nappies. you do need nappies. Now I try very, very hard to be as green as I possibly can, but I am afraid that disposables are my big sin. I tried the whole cloth nappy thing - really I did... I tried so hard... but it really was too much for me.
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