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Now that I’m in my second trimester and have nothing better to do, I’m starting some casual baby browsing online 🙂 there is SO much out there I don’t think I need but please, help me! We live in a 2 bedroom condo, I will have to convert our office to a baby room but I think it will still have to be part office cause there’s nowhere else to put our bookshelves and desk unfortunately. Because there isn’t alot of space I’m trying to figure out the minimum we will need to buy. I will be sharing my dresser with baby. I drive a fair bit so our lifestyle isn’t public-transit-only but I do walk to do errands and things.
My list so far – please give me suggestions and your thoughts!
-uppababy vista or stroller that will take car seat and bassinet/pram option
-changing pad and supplies
-newborn sleeping place (can baby sleep in any of those bassinets that attach to a stroller overnight? or is a pack n play a better option?)
-crib or pack n’ play with sheets
-booster seat/folding highchair
Post # 3
@bella128: I think it’s a good start!
The Vista is a pretty big stroller though space wise. I’d probably go with the City Mini, though I am not 100% sure if you can do a bassinet with it. You can with the Versa though, which is still smaller then the Vista. However, the Vista does have a bassinet stand you can buy so you could use that for baby to sleep in. If you’re going to get a pack ‘n play though, many come with a bassinet level. Also, get one with the built in changer to double as a changing table?
I’d definitely invest in a sling/carrier if I was a city mom.
Lastly, I’d want to add a bouncer or swing on there. If you get a RnP, that could double as bouncer/sleeper. Graco also makes a two in one bouncer/swing. The more gear that can double up on uses, the better!
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@bella128: We live in a similar size condo and are turning our second bedroom into the nursery. We’re putting in a daybed for guests so probably have similar space issues as you for that room.
We also went with the Uppababy Vista and will be using the bassinet for the bed the first few months in our bedroom. Uppababy has a stand that you can put the bassinet in but we just ordered this one which supposedly works with the Uppababy bassinet. http://www.amazon.com/Rocking-Moses-Basket-Stand-Expresso/dp/B001ENY02G
We’ve been told he’ll probably only fit in the bassinet for 3 months or so at that point he will move into his room and into a crib. We tried to go for minimal things (Graco duo swing/bouncer), small dresser as a changing table, etc.
Baby Bargains was a great book to tell us what was really necessary and what was just extra.
Post # 5
Commenting to follow. Our house is teeny tiny right now so I’m sure that when we have a baby we’ll need some space-saving advice.
Post # 6
@MrsWBS: City mini doesn’t do a bassinet, I wish!
@bella128: If it were me I’d probably just get a crib. Baby doesn’t have to have a crib and a bassinet. There are also really nice mini cribs that could potentially (I don’t know how big your room is) fit in your room. And I’d recommend just skipping a changing table. We just put a changing pad on top of the dresser and it was perfect and space saving.
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@Ninteenthchance: I didn’t think so either, but I just went to the website and they do have a bassinet listed as an accessory for it. Maybe it’s new?!
Post # 9
Commenting to follow…subscribe isn’t working. 🙁
We live in a small three bedroom townhouse. While we do have a room for the baby it is somewhat small (too small IMHO). We are looking for furniture and ideas to maximum the space usage without wasting.
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@MrsWBS: are you sure it’s not for the city select? Because we have a city mini
ETA: I just looked and it appears you can put the bassinet on a city mini. I think it looks ridiculous though lol I’m not sure why anyone would put that on the city mini when they could just their infant seat on?
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@Ninteenthchance: Yeah it definitely looks pretty silly, but still an option I guess! I love the city mini, I just wish the basket was bigger.
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Commenting to follow 🙂 Hoping to need this list sooner than later!
Post # 13
@MrsWBS: we have gone through literally 5 strollers (some being very expensive) and the city mini is by far my absolute favorite. But you’re right, the basket is small…and hard to access!!!!!! It’s so annoying to get the diaper bag in and out of there. I guess it’s a small price to pay if I like everything else though
Post # 14
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@bella128: Wow, we’re doing the exact same thing! Your list looks great. Here are my thoughts:
-We’re getting a smaller more kid-friendly desk for the office. Currently, we have this giant metal and glass monstrosity that I would feel very uncomfortable about leaving around a baby/young child. I want to replace it with something smaller and probably made out of wood.
-We have 3 free-standing bookshelves and a bookshelf built into the wall. I’m moving all the books onto the free-standing ones so that the one that’s built into the wall can be turned into a makeshift closet. I’ll hang a curtain or something to make it look more like a closet. We’re doing this instead of getting a dresser.
-We’re going to put off getting a highchair for a while since I’m going to breastfeed. We’ll get the highchair later once it actually becomes necessary.
-Wooden rocking chair (I really want this for breastfeeding and sentimental reasons).
-MamaRoo. This is AWESOME! It’s kind of expensive, but check it out. Moms seem to swear by this thing. The company who makes this (4moms) also makes a neat crib/pack n’play, self-folding stroller, infant tub, and more.
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@MrsWBS: Thanks for your input! I was just hoping I could use the bassinet inside and out for the first few months and transition to a crib – I’ll have to go out and actually look at it. Good call on the bouncer – I really have no idea where its going to go! AH
@sailgrl18: awesome – let me know how this goes, I am hoping to do exactly the same. Is the stand pretty sturdy?
@Ninteenthchance: yeah I think I’ll probably just use a change pad on the floor or something, our dresser is shoulder height on me so no baby going up there! The other bedroom is pretty far away from our room and there isn’t room for a crib so I’d like to have a bassinet for the first few months… we’ll see though. A mini crib is a good idea too. which strollers have you tried and why didn’t you like them? Help a super confused bee out!
@Looopy: thanks for the links those are great!
@Christy42213: good thoughts! I was thinking about changing the desk out – ours is also a glass/wood/mammoth but I really love it so I’m kind of partial to it. I guess there are sharp corners and stuff… I love your idea of making a closet, I could TOTALLY use more closet space! We have a pull-out couch that’s going to have to go, maybe I can replace it with a cozy chair. What’s a mamaroo?
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I highly recommend getting the book Baby Bargains. It does a great job of breaking down all things baby. They do the research for you and even make recommendations for apartment living to save space! Good look!