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Going through strollers for 5 kids (2 of which are twins), we've been learned quite a bit about what is good and what isn't. When it comes to price, here is what we've learned: Avoid the ultra expensive primary stroller - We test drove some ultra expensive strollers, and have had friends who have owned them, and there wasn't a single thing that the ...


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A good question might be some things not to buy. I'd avoid too many of the smaller clothes — you'll quickly find a shortage of the larger clothes when you need them and brand new smaller clothes unopened when the child has already outgrown them. Also, hard to predict what season your kid might be in for long sleeve sizes etc. I'd avoid buying a ...


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Diapers A place for her to sleep Carseat Diapers A place to change her diapers Burp rags/receiving towels Diapers Baby wipes Coffee Diapers (in premie and new born)


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Time to buy a money box/'piggy bank' We bought our son a Thomas the Tank Engine money box and we often randomly give him the small change from local shopping trips. He enjoys putting the coins into his money box and pretending to count the money occassionally. Now, when we go shopping and he latches onto something he likes the look of, we simply ask "okay, ...


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I suggest a simple habit. Never buy toys on impulse; no matter how difficult the merchandizers make it for us. (Toys in the check out lane, really?) Each time explain that the child can think about getting the toy and give reasons on the following day. Let them know that if you approve of the reasons, on the next trip to the store you will get the toy if ...


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Diapers, car-seat, onesies, burp cloth, wipes. That's it. Steal a few swaddle blankets from the hospital (they'll usually give them to you for free). Don't buy needless furniture: change diapers on the bed, or the ground (you don't need to waste money on furniture that will only last 6–8 months). Breastfeed so you don't have to buy formula. Forget ...


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I think an expensive stroller is definitely worth it, but only because good quality costs money. There are some silly-expensive brands out there that are worrisome in terms of ergonomics, for both the child and/or the parent; avoid those. And then some strollers are expensive simply because they're made right. The stroller shouldn't start to fall apart ...


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I believe that the suggested age range is almost exclusively dictated by the risk of swallowing parts and other dangers. Generally, if my child has any kind of (safe) pleasure out of a toy, then I would not hesitate to let him play with it. Who cares if it's designed for a three-year-old? If my 2yo likes it, I won't stop him. (And it gives me a (false?) ...


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We did buy special soap for our first child (it is very expensive) but by the time the third and fourth came around we didn't have time to wash their clothes separately and we found it completely unnecessary. I would use regular soap (without perfumes) and see what happens. If your child seems to be having a reaction (rash) then speak to the Doctor about ...


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Back when our little one came along we faced the same issue, so I'll share some of my experiences. Price Does Not Indicate Quality We discovered that some of the expensive strollers were really not any better than some "cheaper" strollers, so price is not a good indicator of quality. Get a "Stroller/Carseat" Solution Some strollers are more of a "complete ...


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Sounds like a good time to introduce an allowance.


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Another strange thing that I wish I had the foresight to buy earlier are "Pool noodles". They are logs of some kind of high density foam plastic, and are commonly used to secure car seats. Properly securing a car seat is more difficult than the instruction manuals lead you to believe. You can also use rolled up towels, but pool noodles work better for some ...


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I find that I need to closely evaluate where my child is preforming (schools can help with this). Two of my children had excellent fine motor skills at a very young age and therefore were able to do some toys (such as beading) much earlier than recommended. As well, and possible more to the point, there is a law change about what is require at age three and ...


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I would recommend a travel stroller one that can be used when the baby is older. Ours was around $200 my son used it all the time until he was around 2 or so. He still used it most of the time until he was 3. He still on occasions tells me he does not want to go to the store and I will offer the stroller and his Explorer or some books and he is much happier. ...


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Our experience as first-time parents was: it's a bad idea to buy a lot of stuff up-front at all, and when you do buy, it's probably best to always buy the moderately-priced version first and only upgrade if you discover you have to. The issue is that parents and kids are different. Some things that other parents say their child loved, our child would have ...


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Our twins just turned 5. Here are some things that worked for us. Pardon the long list, our twins have very different temperaments and we've found that very different things work for each of them: One responds better to talking, and the other needs consequences before the talking sinks in. I'm also giving our tactics for dealing with the rudeness that I ...


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I'm facing the same problem and there's a hidden problem here that lurks hidden in the dark: Constant want and depression. A child that will get everything he/she wants will become a depressed child. I see it with mine. I don't know any other 8 year old who has the following (for the asking): XBOX 360 with Kinect, newest iPod Touch, iPad, his own computer ...


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Here are some things we do with our 4 year old: If we are shopping with my son and he is going to get something we ask him to take the item and the money to the teller / cashier himself. In this way he can see how the transaction involves money being spent and it doesn't come back. The same as Ethel mentions in her answer, we explain that money is earned ...


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Greenmountain sells diapers that come in sizes of upto 40 lbs. You can probably just get away with just the large size, but if you're more comfortable, use the extra large. If it's too big on your baby, you can fold it (that's what we did) at the top. Are you into sewing? If so, you can also sew your own pre-folds. Word of caution: Our daughter is 13 ...


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Manufacturers typically list an age range that a typical child of that age could utilize most or all of the features of the toy in the way the manufacturer envisions the toy being played with. This may or may not match your personal considerations of what you find age-appropriate. For example, when my son was 7 months old we purchased a plastic toy keyboard ...


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I've often heard the advice to dress like an onion: We've learned from sports clothing that it's practical to wear several layers of relatively thin clothing, so that you can peel off layers according to the temperature. Here's an example: Undergarments should be able to transport moisture away from the skin; then have a layer of e.g. cotton clothing ...


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What we did successfully with my kids from 4 (from 3 with the youngest) was to let them know that they could spend their weekly allowance (at that age 20 pence) and earned pocket money on something 20p or less, or save it to get something bigger that they want. Our youngest is now 5 and she is perfectly capable of saving her 50p a week for a few months to ...


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The desire of the human flesh is what we all need to learn to overcome. Your child doesn't understand math and doesn't understand where the money comes from either. So he's not going to understand the value that money represents. The value that your child needs to understand, is the value of patience. You can start teaching them this at home. Here's what ...


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Buy a wall-mounted hospital-style sanitizer dispenser or two. I have two PURELL NXT brand dispensers and use them a good deal. In a rush somewhat sanitized hands are better than nothing.


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We find that the age guides are a bit of help from a safety perspective, but we can judge ourselves what we know will be safe for him. For our boy, anything that he can crawl on top of needs supervision, since he became obsessed with trying to walk since he hit 8 months old. Therefore, things that are suggested for his age aren't necessarily safe for our ...


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One popular item is a baby monitor. However, most cordless home phone systems have a built-in room monitor feature that you can use to the same effect. I found that it was much more convenient than the baby monitors as it was a lot easier to move a handset from room to room. Not to mention saving money.


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A stroller is entirely optional if you only have 1 small child. Infant carseats typically snap in and out of a base that is secured in your car. This works well for bringing a sleeping baby in to a store or in to your home. You can buy drop-in strollers for these carseats, but they're not necessary. I always carried the carseat in by hand. It's easier to ...


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Your question is impossible to answer, as crappy strollers exist in all price ranges. Go to a baby store and try to open and close all the strollers with one hand.


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We've had some really bad experiences with stroller shopping that were somewhat different from what other people have posted, so I'd like to point out a few things. Price is not how you shop for strollers. Our first single-kid stroller was $400 for a "Travel Solution" that included the stroller and infant car seat. It was a rebranded Graco that was sold ...


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My answer would have to be, "It depends". We have an umbrella stroller for traveling and for use in the house when our baby was very young (before he could crawl around on his own). We got both an inexpensive Chicco one as well as a somewhat more expensive MacLaren. They both worked pretty well, except that we actually travel with the MacLaren because ...



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