Raising a baby in a small space – somewhat minimalist?

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Post # 33
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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mrsnnn3 :  The nurse would just have to come out to the car then. A convertible seat is perfectly legal for an infant to be in, assuming they meet the weight requirements.

OP if it was me I’d get a cosleeper that can be sidecarred to the bed, and a pack n play. This is just based on my own experiences. I don’t think you’ll get much use out of that mini crib.

I think a bouncer or a swing is definitely worth making space for, however you have to do it.

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megm1099 :  definitely wait and see what diapers work for your baby (some just fit different body shapes better than others) but I would point out that the massive boxes are broken up into smaller packages inside that could easily slide under a bed if needed. I refuse to spend top dollar on something that gets worn for 2 hours, shat in, and then tossed into the garbage so I tend to stock up when I see a sale. 

Also pretty much every diaper in the US is made by either P&G or Kimberly Clark. Luvs are just last year’s Pampers design (and Up & Up are last years Luvs) so unless your baby has a reaction to a particular brand they are all pretty darn similar and I always tell moms to start cheap and increase in price if it doesn’t work for your kid. 

Post # 35
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Yeah don’t diaper stock pile. You’ll buy a box and realize they suck and buy something else the next week. 

Post # 36
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I saw a video on facebook the other day for this car seat that has a stroller built in – it’s wild! It folds right up and clicks into the carseat base that gets installed into your car, but when you take it out it makes a stroller while the baby just stays buckled into the infant seat. I actually saw someone using it today. It’s called the Doona. Definitely pricey at $500 but check black friday to see if it goes on sale, or could be something a few people pitch in to get you off the registry. Anyway, I was thinking that would be a great space saver as far as not storing the stroller anywhere in particular and you can generally use the infant seats til baby is 1. 

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megm1099 :  I don’t think the wheels are stored in the base with that one. It’s just a travel system so the baby seat can click into the stroller easily. That’s an option on most strollers though if you buy the adaptor for it.

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When my son was born,  I bought a carseat and stroller where the carseat clicked right into the stroller for when they were little and then you could put them directly in the stroller when they were bigger.  It was Graco brand and it sucked.  The wheels were terrible and I really needed good wheels because we got into the routine of going for a walk around our whole neighborhood every evening before we put our son to sleep for the night (not that he slept all night but it was a nice way to wind down). I ended up getting one of those 3 wheeled jogging strollers that had rubber tires.  It was bigger than the average stroller but so worth it as it worked for him until he was over 2. And you could actually take it out on trails and had a much bigger basket on the bottom to hold stuff than traditional strollers. Also,  the back of it was adjustable so it could lay nearly flat for if they were napping and then pulled up for when they were older (and then different levels of sitting up for in between.  It was like a draw string). That thing got a whole lot of miles on it! The brand I had was baby trend. I just looked and prices are way cheaper than 6 years ago. 

As others have said,  change baby on the floor,  bed, etc. Pack n plays are awesome.  We would even take ours camping. Definitely get a chest carrier.  When my son was brand new,  he would cry when you first put him in but would be passed out within minutes and it freed up my hands to get stuff done.  

Also,  you should definitely get this 

https://woombie.com/product/first-months-woombie/ 

These were sleep lifesavers! I wish I would have discovered them as soon as my son was born! I’m sure it would have given me more hours of sleep! These swaddles unzip from the top and bottom so at night,  you can unzip the bottom half to change them without having to undo everything.  Also,  for nighttime changing purposes when they’re brand new babes, you should get those open bottom nightgown type things and put it on them to go to sleep in so you don’t have to almost completely undress them to change them.  

This is what I’m talking about 

https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Sprout-Unisex-Cotton-Little/dp/B07KY95RFL/ref=asc_df_B07KY95RFL/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=241985874713&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3591246402594091119&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9073443&hvtargid=aud-798931705416:pla-627315634053&psc=1

Lastly,  I loved All Baby for laundry detergent.  My son had really sensitive skin and it never gave him a rash.  In fact,  we loved it so much that we still use it, not just for my son’s clothes but for all our clothes.  

https://www.walmart.com/ip/all-Baby-Liquid-Laundry-Detergent-Gentle-for-Baby-88-Ounce-58-Loads/573079636

Sorry for the long post!

 

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee

Also not a major planner. We had our son in March (2018), so the only reason we had a crib set-up was because we scored one on a holiday sale. That being said – skip the convertible cribs. They’re bulky, and frankly, unless you plan on buying all the ADD-ONs that go to actually convert the crib later (but where would you store them?), it’s worthless. Go with a simple crib – Ikea has a great option. Or, if you can score one on a resale site, I’d also do that – just buy your own mattress. https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50248541/

Definitely agree on the all-in-one deluxe pack and play. Mine had a changing station/bassinet, and some even come now with their own bouncer seats. I skipped the bouncer seat because they had a low weight limit, and instead got this one from Walmart. I sold it when he grew out of it. They fold up great for travel, or make storage when he grows out of it. Ours is currently in a corner in our living room and contains toys, or we use it for a ball pit. Pack-n-play: https://www.target.com/p/graco-pack-n-play-playard-simple-solutions-portable-playard-hadlee/-/A-52210297 Bouncer: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ingenuity-SmartBounce-Automatic-Bouncer-Moreland/860189405?selected=true (It bounces itself and plays music)

Closet is fine – my son is 18 months and has yet to NEED his own room. He’s never in it alone, and only uses it for sleep. 

Skip the changing table, total crock. IF you want to get a changing pad, you can throw that on anything, otherwise any blanket down first will do, which you’ll already have. 

Skip the expensive high chair. Get one that attaches to chairs you already have, or even the travel ones that attach to the table/island. Here’s a good one. Skip ones with covers – it’s just more to clean. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ingenuity-SmartClean-ChairMate-High-Chair-Peacock-Blue/996252685

Skip the swings and big toys until you know what baby likes. If you have friends that have swings or other items and they are willing to let you try them, try before you buy. We never had a swing, and didn’t miss it. We had the rock-n-play, but those are now recalled, unfortunately. (It was not used for sleep overnight). We did get him an exersaucer/jumper once he was older, but it was fully able to be broken down and stored.  https://www.walmart.com/ip/Fisher-Price-Tiger-Time-Jumperoo-with-Music-Lights-Sounds/765327899 (People are ALWAYS selling these, so you could save a few $$ that way. Their seat covers all all machine washable)

For storage, I use these in his closet for blankets, clothes, etc. I get mine from the dollar store. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-6-Shelf-Ariel-Hanging-Closet-Multi-Purpose-Organizer/757697384 

DO NOT stock pile diapers. Only buy the size you need. They grow so fast. However, stock pile wipes when they are on sale. Those are always needed. 

We don’t use bibs. He had a few when he was teething, but that was it. I liked the muslin teething bibs. They were softer and he always liked chewing on blankets. I wasn’t a fan of a lot of bibs that had some kind of waterproof backing, but that’s just personal preference. We have a lot of kitchen towels, so for dinner time I would just chip clip one of those around his neck. It’s bigger than a bib, and usually there is enough space left on it aftewards to wipe their hands and face. 

For bottle storage, I just used a large tupperware bin on top of the fridge. You can go the extra step of something with drawers for organization, but I never bothered. Also, skip the bulky bottle sterilizers. Hand wash your bottles frequently in hot soapy water and then you don’t have to worry about things building up in them. We don’t even have a dishwasher! I did get one of these to use to dry the bottles though, and I do recommend it. https://www.walmart.com/ip/IRIS-USA-6-Quart-Plastic-Storage-Box-Clear-1-Pack/54515538 and https://www.walmart.com/ip/7Penn-Square-Bottle-Drying-Rack-Baby-Bottle-Rack-Bottle-Drying-Mat-Small/849454065

Clothes? Accept all the hand me downs you can – this is more of a money save than anything. Once they grow out of sizes, donate or pass them on to another mom. Save/store your favorites, but if it’s stained or holy, get rid of it. Only keep things you would ACTUALLY use again. 

And lastly, I know we all want neutral colored stuff, because it looks cuter, but babies LOVE COLOR. It sucks, but it’s temporary. Skip the neutral colored stuff and get them something interesting to look at. My son LIVED under this thing for the longest time. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Bright-Starts-Zig-Zag-Safari-Activity-Gym-and-Play-Mat/46368109 You could also use blankets and toys you already have, but this is cheap and easy to store. 

 

ETA: Skip the baby bathtub. I will recomend the lotus sink pillow for when they’re an infant, but once our son was old enough, it just gave me an excuse to hop in a warm bath with him. https://www.target.com/p/blooming-bath-lotus-baby-bath/-/A-52346738?preselect=76374872#lnk=sametab 

BABY MONITORS! If you really have that small of a house, I’d also skip the expensive baby monitor. We bought one, but for some reason it never worked and my husband took too long to exchange it, so there was almost $200 wasted. I bought audio only (he was only in the next room, or with us), and honestly, I ended up only using it for the first 9 months? After that, I stopped because I could hear him if he cried even without it. Haven’t used one in months. If you DO want video, there are plenty of apps you can use. These were the ones I used after our expensive video one crapped out (before he was even born!) https://www.walmart.com/ip/VTech-DM1211-Enhanced-Range-Digital-Audio-Baby-Monitor-with-Night-Light-1-Parent-Unit-Silver-White/291156865 

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alrobinson :  Girl, yes! I loved the sleep gowns! So much easier than footies and my son was not a swaddle fan. It kept his crazy legs contained enough but he could still move. 

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megm1099 :  If you want to avoid a massive diaper stockpile, register for cloth diapers! That’s what did it for me LOL. And then I had to buy my own cloth diapers and then never used them, DOH!

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