(Closed) Experienced mamas! Are these purchases worth it?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Are the items worth the money

    Yep! Those are on the money

    No way! Keep looking

    Other, please explain

  • Post # 2
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I wouldn’t spend that much on a crib/changer as I think that changers are kind of dangerous and pointless. I prefer changing baby on the ground as it’s safer.

    I wouldn’t spend the money for the mamaroo unless I KNEW that baby loves it and was the only thing that worked for them. Unfortunately you won’t know until baby is already here. You could look for one second hand as well.

    Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I’m having my fourth child on Friday.  Some babies love bouncies.  Some babies will scream bloody murder in a bouncy.  I wouldn’t spend the $240 on that because it’s really not much different from one that costs $100.

     

    I agree about the crib/changer.  I’m not a fan of that set up, personally.  Plus, it has a short shelf life.  You spend $400 and by the time they’re 9 months old it’s not working anymore because they’re all over the place and it’s just not a big changing area.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee

    Another thing I wish people had pointed out about the crib/ changer as soon as they can pull themselves up you can’t stash anything on the changing table. Diapers and wipes EVERYWHERE!

    As far as the travel system, I wore my baby in stores and stuff and over read articles about the harms of sleeping in car seats or them falling from carts or strollers tipping or whatever. So I pretty much just kept the car seat in the car. Next time around I’d just go with a convertable seat. Although it definitely depends on you’re life.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee

    I’d feel kinda awkward putting things on a registry that I wasn’t necessarily happy to spend the money on myself. How can you expect your guests to be happy to shell out that much if you aren’t sure? 

    They are expensive gifts to register for, so for the sake of your guests I’d do some research and decide it you REALLY want them I’m case someone does end up being that generous. 

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I also do all changes on the ground, both for safety and convenience, so I wouldn’t recommend the changer. Babies get wiggly so fast that in a few months it wont be very useful. 

    For the mamaroo, that is a lot of money for something baby might not like. Basically, you just need a convenient place to put the baby whole you cook, shower, etc. A basic rock n’play would do just as well and for much less, as would a non mechanical bouncer seat. The second hand stores always have some for reasonable prices. If you have a long baby, these things get grown out of fast too. My LO lasted about four months in th RnP before it just wasn’t safe anymore. Now we have a jumparoo which he hated at first but now (at 7 mo) loves. 

    Eta – if your baby likes the car seat then that travel system might work but if not, you’re sunk 😉  My LO hated his car seat. I’d recommend getting a carrier and wearing baby, and then having a standalone stroller  

     

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    Post # 7
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    You can find the mamaroo much cheaper on craigslist. It’s not an item worth buying brand new.

    I would not spend that much on a crib and changer. I prefer Ikea furniture for the nursery. I can buy it unfinished and then finish it with linseed oil, avoiding all of the crappy chemicals used in most furniture manufacturing while saving money at the same time.

    As for the travel system. ODS hated his with a passion. I would have been much better off wearing him for the first 6 months or so (but they didn’t have all of the babywearing stuff back then). For this LO we are getting a stroller that will work for many years, but are being patient to find the one we want for a good deal on craigslist. If it happens before he arrives, okay. But if not, that’s cool too. We have a Moby wrap that will be our primary baby outing item in the early days.

     

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Have you actually seen the Chico stroller in person? It’s pretty heavy/big to lug around. You can spend less and get something lighter….

    In terms of the mamaroo, I agree with PP on waiting to see if baby even likes it before spending that kind of dough. We bought a rock’n’play: very highly recommended, and $60. If he hates it, we can probably sell it NIB for at least half what we paid. Plus it’ s not available in Canada, so I could probably get more, mwuah.

    In terms of that particular crib, it looks inconvenient to me. You keep all the changing stuff behind and underneath….so assuming it’s up against a wall, how is that going to work? The “dresser” is also pretty small for it to be their actual dresser, so you’re probably going to need to buy another and then worry about matching it later on. We just spent the money and got him a fullsized dresser he’ll have always, and threw a change pad on top. 

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    I love the crib/changer combo and seems like a really good deal.  The changer definitely comes in handy, I can’t see putting my baby down on the ground for every diaper change!  I’ve always used a changer and never had any issues, they come with a belt that you attach everytime anyways.  I personally wouldn’t spend that much on a travel system or a bouncy.  There are great ones you can get for cheaper, and I know for my kids I would switch between a swing and a bouncer depending on what would work at the moment.  I agree with the PP who said a rock and play.  My sister has a newborn who loves hers!

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    The travel system is probably ok. I am not familar with that particular stoller but I highly suggest chooising a setup with a small stoller. Lots of moms ditch the travel system stroller within a year of the baby outgrowing the infant seat because the stoller is cumbersome.  I plan to get the Chicco Liteway Plus with a matching car seat. I had a liteway for my first child after she outgrew the graco travel system and loved it.

    Get a regular crib and skip the changing table altogether. I had a changer and used it for a month tops before I started changing diapers on the floor of whatever room we were in. For dressing I usually dressed her on my bed or the changer.

    I had my daughter before the mamaroo came out but from what I’ve seen its just a fancy swing. I dont see it as a need personally. I had a swing and a bouncer seat and DD was content. If you want one I would find a used one. Craigslist or cosignment stores for baby stuff will likely have several. I bought both my swing and bouncey seat used and saved a lot of money and was able to resell them for almost what I paid.

     

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    My daughter’s 13 months, and here’s my two cents:

    Travel system- I purchased the car seat (Chicco Key Fit 30, which I highly recommend) and stroller (City Mini GT) I wanted, then got a car seat adaptor for them to work together. We live in a city with a lot of bumpy sidewalks so a *sturdy* stroller is a must- that one wouldn’t have cut it for us. 

    Crib/Changer- I bought a changing pad at a consignment sale, and we have an IKEA crib that converts to a toddler bed (spent money on a natural mattress) Once your baby’s older, and a.) stops peeing during diaper changes and b.) gets mobile, you’ll end up doing changes on the bed, floor, etc. 

    Mamaroo- I agree with PPs- these are easy to find on Craigslist. I bought ours there and resold it for $15 less than what I paid for it. (there are three of them in my area for $150.) Her cousin LOVED the Mamaroo/my SIL thought it was a lifesaver, my daughter could have lived without it. We didn’t have a Rock N Play, but I’ve heard good things about it.

     

     

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    i’ve read that the crib/changer combo are really dangerous.  when the baby starts standing.  they can pull themselves on the changer and then get out.

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