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Baby on the way - help! :)

Dear everyone,

As we found out a few months ago that our little family of two will grow with one in a few months, we are currently changing our little flat & lives to fit a new small person

In other words, first-time parents are looking for the usual baby stuff:

- cradle
- half-moon attachment to our bed
- stroller
- car seat
- baby bath tub
- clothes
- anything else you can think of...

We are happy to do Mother Earth a little favor by not buying everything new, but perhaps needless to say, the stuff would have to be in good and clean condition.

Please let us come over and make some more room in your house/flat by relieving you of your no-longer-needed stuff! And unless you're willing to support a young couple with their first born for a free, we are more than happy to pay (reasonable) prices as well.

Thank you in advance for your support & help!
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Old 14.02.2017, 02:50
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Congrats. Get ready for your soul to stretch. Don't worry, it won't tear.
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Re: Baby on the way - help! :)

My tips:

Kinderboerse season is almost here - look around local gemeindes for theirs. Great bargains if you get there early.

We went new IKEA for furniture

Buy a new car seat - Maxi Cosi comes with a lifetime accident replacement warranty. We went for isofix as it counters "baby brain" when putting it in the car.

Migros clothes come up large - but their "skywalker" bodies are much easier to put on than the "over the head" ones (IMHO)
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In other words, first-time parents are looking for the usual baby stuff:

- cradle
- half-moon attachment to our bed
- stroller
- car seat
- baby bath tub
- clothes
- anything else you can think of...

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Congratulations !.

Regarding "anything else you can think of..". They'll be lots of things that everyone thinks you'll need, including you. These items will take up space, need cleaning and will be used once or twice at most.
You don't need them. Especially the electronic/electrical things.

One thing that is a good idea (my wife made one) is a soft, colourful padded mat with hanging things. You can put your baby on it and the baby is safe (and can't fall off the floor).
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Re: Baby on the way - help! :)

Thanks guys for all your wishes and tips! We are naturally getting more and more excited as time passes and the date comes closer

Yes, Kinderborse and IKEA are already on the list. Good point on the car seat, we thought we'd have a look at a possible second-hand on first before going for a new one. I'm not stingy when it comes to security, but I'm not going head first for the most expensive option either - just having a look around, so to say.

Good tip on the mat and the mobile for kids - added to the wishlist!
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Re: Baby on the way - help! :)

Congratulations!
We also had bought a lot of things (thankfully mostly secondhand) when the LO arrived (and even before that), and learned later that many of them weren't really necessary (surely, depending on the child). I think it's common for first time parent
There are many options to buy secondhand:
1. Kinderkleiderbörse (usually March-April), you can check the schedule on www.kindex.ch
2. Here on EF marketplace
3. FB buy and selling groups if you're on FB.
4. Tutti.ch. We got our secondhand stroller from this platform
5. Secondhand stores. In our area, there is a few of secondhand stores that specifically sell baby/children clothes, shoes, and toys. Maybe you can find something similar where you live.
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(and can't fall off the floor).
You've never seen me drunk!!

We spent "big" on:
- baby monitor
- pram - then travel buggy - and then bike trailer/jogger
- car seat and base

The rest we are trying to do without spending a fortune. Don't buy clothes until the little one is out in the world - if they arrive on the large side you'll be in to 56 before you know it. Don't buy any soft toys - you'll get a dozen or more from people as gifts. Even our bank sent the baby a teddy!!
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- anything else you can think of...
A sidecar was one of the first things that I bought for the baby.

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A sidecar was one of the first things that I bought for the baby.

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I'm a big fan of hiking, so the very first thing I bought was one of those baby-hiking-backpacks. 34 CHf off Ricardo.
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I'm a big fan of hiking, so the very first thing I bought was one of those baby-hiking-backpacks. 34 CHf off Ricardo.
How about a large drone?

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I'm a big fan of hiking, so the very first thing I bought was one of those baby-hiking-backpacks. 34 CHf off Ricardo.
You won't be doing it with the baby for a while!

In terms of carriers - Ergo or Baby Bjorn are the popular ones. Ours preferred the former over the latter. The BB is more practical long term as you can do forward facing
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Re: Baby on the way - help! :)

Congratulations!

Our best buys
New car seat, isofix stand, new cot which converted into a bed later on, clothes bought at the last minute
Microwave bottle steriliser
Baby Bjorn, which was very handy for the first few months
Second-hand clothes


Regrets
New buggy, when a second one would have worked perfectly well;
Buying a fancy pram when 8 months on, we only used our umbrella buggy all of the time;
Bottle warmer - a crying baby does not wait! Microwaving or warming the milk in a pan would have been faster

As we knew that we wanted to have more kids, we mostly bought new things. They also make nice memories for the future - each boy has a box with their childhood memories and little special items to pass on later.
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Re: Baby on the way - help! :)

Congratulations .I have a arms reach co sleeper for sale . (you can google it. ) used for 3 kids so well loved but in good condition. 40chf. Can throw in a couple of sheets too.
Plus baby born carrier 10chf
Bunch of toys 10chf.
I am in zurich.
Let me know by PM if you are interested in anything.
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Re: Baby on the way - help! :)

I have some baby clothing for sale....more available in a few weeks. Pictures under the maternity clothing.

Maternity Clothing (pick up Bern or Post)
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Re: Baby on the way - help! :)

Another word or two on baby carriers: BB makes some fine pieces of baby kit but the carrier IMO is not one of them. Seat is too narrow so legs tend to dangle straight down, not tremendously ergonomic. Some babies are comfortable being worn in this position but many aren't, or only for short periods. IF your baby has weak hips (which is something you'd know, they do an ultrasound soon after birth to check this) then there's some evidence that narrow-based carriers can make them worse... as long as his hips are fine then it's not harmful, just uncomfortable.

Stokke carriers share the same fault of a too-narrow base. Again, widely available, a well-known brand, and plenty of their other stuff is good quality. So why not the carrier as well? Beats me. (If you already own either of these you can tweak it with a scarf to make a wider "seat", but why buy something you have to accessorize... my two cents.)

Ergo or Manduca is a much better (while still fairly mainstream) recommendation. Both can be found secondhand on ricardo for not much more money than a BB. (As an aside baby carriers of whatever kind are better bought secondhand... they'll be more comfortable to wear if the canvas/fabric is already "broken in".) Both of these just have buckles and straps, if you're used to a rucksack they'll be a piece of cake to figure out. Only real disadvantage is that they're inconvenient for two different-sized adults to share because all the straps have to be readjusted every time.

One of the Ergo models, the Ergo 360, can also be used forward-facing if that's an important feature for you. Honestly I feel this is overrated though. It's not recommended for very young babies for several good reasons - overstimulation, bad posture (baby's spine gets pressed flat against your sternum instead of rounded into a C shape) being the two main ones - and it'll be death on your back and shoulders with a bigger baby. The result is that there's actually a relatively brief window between when you safely can do it and when you'll probably no longer find it comfortable, at least not for long stretches. Switching to a back carry as soon as they're big enough is much much more comfortable for the wearer, and most little ones seem at least equally happy with that solution... they can look forward over your shoulder or turn to either side OR they can snuggle down into your neck whenever it gets overwhelming.

There are also several other kinds of carriers, with buckles and ties and everything in between. Oh, and wraps which are just a few meters of sturdy cloth you wind around you to make a secure "pocket" over your baby. I love 'em - once you get the hang of it they don't take all that much longer than a buckle carrier and they distribute the weight miles better - but I acknowledge the learning curve puts some people off.

Drop me a line if I should expound at (even) greater length, it's a bit of a pet topic of mine
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Re: Baby on the way - help! :)

Hi there, I have 2 playmats. One for 10chf and a larger one for 20chf. I also have a bag of toys for 0-12 months varying in price from 1chf per item to 10chf per item.

We bought new a baby monitor and car seat. A friend gave us a buggy which has been fine. We didn't buy a baby bath. We just bathed her on the sink and then bath. Her cot is one that will see her through to 5/6 years old as it becomes the toddler bed.

Did you have changing table on your list? You should get one, even if it is a mat on top of a chest of drawers. The worst thing is having to bend over all the time, to say bed level. Your back kills anyway when the baby is little from all the picking up, rocking and bouncing to sleep and general holding! Our changing table has been our bets investment and we still use it.

We bought clothes from the U.K. In zero to three month sizing which was fine. The sizing system is here is a bit more specific and we found stuff didn't fit much more quickly. I don't have anything left for that age group but do have lots of stuff age three months up for the future.

Message me if you want anything or pictures.
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Re: Baby on the way - help! :)

Other random thoughts...

We didn't have a changing table, have just always used a mat on the floor or sofa or wherever. Husband regrets it, I don't, YMMV.

We also bought a baby bathtub - and have never used it. Bathed them in the kitchen sink at first (midwife recommended this as it's a less awkward height) and once they outgrew that we went straight to the big bathtub. They don't seem to mind.

Cradle: I had a hankering after the old-fashioned bed-on-rockers kind of cradle which I slept in myself as a baby, but we couldn't find one of those secondhand/affordable/nearby at the time and so we wound up with a Stubenwagen (Moses basket on a stand) instead - and that was fine too. Disadvantage it didn't rock, advantage you could easily wheel it around into whatever room you wanted. (I think a lot depends on the baby you get as well - some of them sleep noticeably better with rhythmic motion, for others a certain kind of noise or even a certain texture to cuddle is what sends them off.)
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Dear everyone,

As we found out a few months ago that our little family of two will grow with one in a few months, we are currently changing our little flat & lives to fit a new small person

In other words, first-time parents are looking for the usual baby stuff:

- cradle
- half-moon attachment to our bed
- stroller
- car seat
- baby bath tub
- clothes
- anything else you can think of...

We are happy to do Mother Earth a little favor by not buying everything new, but perhaps needless to say, the stuff would have to be in good and clean condition.

Please let us come over and make some more room in your house/flat by relieving you of your no-longer-needed stuff! And unless you're willing to support a young couple with their first born for a free, we are more than happy to pay (reasonable) prices as well.

Thank you in advance for your support & help!
What are you having and when? I have lots of stuff you can have for free but my smallest is 2 so the teeny tiny stuff is mostly gone, but I do have do have some clothes left. pm me.
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Re: Baby on the way - help! :)

Re; changing mat/table.

Just after my first-born arrived I damaged a knee and had trouble kneeling on the floor to change nappies, so OH made what was basically a plank of wood (with a couple of strips of wood underneath to stop it slipping about) that fitted across the top of the bath tub.... high enough to change nappies and handy for the sink if deep-cleaning was required (and it will, trust me).
The baby bath fitted onto it as well; it was incredibly useful and I so wish I still had it for nappy-changing now the grandkids are here.
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Re: Baby on the way - help! :)

hey OP,

mid term planning : Sale: Hauck stroller for sale @ 115 CHF !

P.S: not my sale.
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