Post # 1
so i’m a new auntie as of yesterday, first baby in the family! now, my Brother-In-Law and SIL live in another city, and when they come visit, i’d like to have some things here that will make their visit easier, is there anything you wish that, as visitors, family had at their homes that would make for a lighter packing job for you? Sleeping arrangements, toys, high chairs, etc?i would just like them to feel welcome and at home when they come visit, and maybe not have to worry about dragging some of the bigger items with them. Thoughts?
Post # 2
totalchaos58: aww, thats so nice of you!!! well i think maybe looking into a booster seat, not an entire high chair as they can take up space. I take mine when we go to visit family, the one below is one that I have and it has straps so that you can secure it to the chair you put it on
I also think have some toys that are age appropriate would be nice, a book or two. Its always nice to have somewhere for the baby to sleep, but I have always made do with our stroller, another suggestion would be a mat for the floor so that the baby can do tummy time as well as be entertained with the toys hanging above
Post # 3
A pack ‘n play! How often will they visit?
Post # 4
Excellent! i was looking into buying one of the Inglesina fast table chairs for them, and i may just get one to keep at our place as well, i know they are meant to be portable, but i figure the less they have to pack, the better, plus one day it will be good for our own little ones to have anyway :). thanks for the help! lol i’m kind of at a loss when it comes to babies! not many close friends and no family with any !
Post # 5
beethree: not a whole lot, maybe every three months, but babies are going to become more and more common from now on in our family, lol so i figure it can’t hurt to have some items already 🙂
Post # 6
A pack and play would be nice, especially if you plan on other babies staying/visiting in the future.
Post # 7
totalchaos58: All I know is there’s some automatic little swing/rocker seat thingy that plays lullabies and it seriously looks amazing for keeping babies content…haha, you can tell I’m not a mom yet…
I know my friend loves it for her son and it gives her a chance to eat haha.
Post # 8
a pack n’ play
a couple blankets/thick blanket for floor time if you have hard floors
Toy wise it’ll range greatly from baby to infant to toddler. Maybe a set of blocks, some teething toys, a toy or two that lights up/makes music, coloring stuff as they get older. Books are always good too! Small board books you should be able to find second hand pretty cheap:)
If you’ve got a second hand/consignment store nearby I suggest looking there for everything. Or on any buy/sell/trade sites on Facebook! Pack n plays can be expensive but I see them sell for $20-$30 all the time on those types of sites/in consignment shops
Post # 9
What a great auntie you are! I would check out their baby registry, if they registered, and perhaps duplicate a few things they would need to use on a daily basis or just ask them what items they would appreciate you having on hand.
Post # 10
Definitely a pack n play. Our family did this for us and we really appreciated it. I would also suggest a baby bath tub, and a bouncer. Those are the most annoying things to travel with as parents lol.
Post # 11
If you’re only planning on having them over every few months I would think a pack n play and a space saver high chair would be fine. Babies outgrow things so fast I wouldn’t bother with a swing and things like that just for random visits.
Post # 12
Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions everyone! i figure it’ll be nice to have some items, now that there are starting to be kids in the family, and even if they don’t get used often until we have kids, it’s stuff we would get eventually anyway! i know i’d hate to pack a car full of things, especially big, bulky items! i know sometimes it’s a necessary evil lol
Post # 13
pack n play, car seat (if they fly), high chair, toys.
Post # 14
totalchaos58: I’m an auntie. When my nephew was a baby we kept a small (travel) playpen mostly for him to sleep in, a few toys and books, wipes and a couple bottles (which were actually just accidentally left but it was helpful). Now that he’s 3 we have a little camp-style chair that is his size so he can eat at the coffee table, still some toys/books, cups with lids/straws, and I generally buy a set of pjs or some clothes when he’s going to visit but those go home with him.
Post # 15
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I think a pack n play (with a mattress) and high chair (similar to the one pictured above, or one that folds down easily) would be great, and both are items you can easily get gently used. (I would get a new pack n play mattress, though)