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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2010 02:38:27 AM »

oh agreed!

a stroller here is one that folds like an umbrella, a light pram.
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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2010 06:31:30 AM »

Us and our English

Pram is like a sturdy moses basket on wheels (silver cross pram being one of the originals and best)

Pushchair is a big sturdy stroller.  Also known as a buggy.
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« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2010 01:02:42 PM »

I'd agree with the post above about making things in white. Once you have your baby everyone will want to give you pink / blue clothes (depending on baby!) so you really can get away with the basics. I made the mistake of making too many first size dresses, and my baby grew so quickly that she never even wore some of them! I still use the blankets I made for my first son (now Cool - they were fleece which I edged with Paddington bear fabric. I made a couple of bean-bag type kidney shaped cushions for breastfeeding as well, and am still using those now - the secret is not to overfill them. And if I'd known how useful, and how expensive, baby sleeping bags are, I'd have made those too.

Good luck with the sewing and the baby.
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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2010 06:23:21 PM »

Can never have too many wash-cloths!  Or burp cloths... receiving blankets are always needed too Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2010 07:56:18 PM »

Cardigans and those sleep sacks are probably of the two expensive in a ridiculous way items that are incredibly useful. They're also easy to make.

Diaper bag! Unless you spend some many, a lot of diaper bags bought from the store don't last. Make something nice and sturdy.

I had these lap pad things that were super handy. They were fleece with a rubbery core. Maybe do PUL sandwiched in fleece? The squares were maybe one foot by one foot. You could use them as burp clothes, use them to change diapers, use them to  mop up the inevitable milk or formula that seems to spill everywhere...lots of possibilities.

Also, you could do a whole Boppy. I've heard they're not terribly hard, and you can customize it to fit you - I'm pretty thin, and even I stretched out the Boppy I had.
(Boppies are handy, even if you're not breastfeeding. Your arms will get tired from feeding!)

A mobile might be kind of cute. Those mobiles at the store that have all the black, white, and red danglies are expensive. You could easily sew (or heck, cut out with paper if you end up strapped for time) little danglies. Some animals would be cute.

You could also do some cloth-type books. They don't really have to say anything - maybe sew in some different textures and little appliques and things. When baby gets a wee bit older and starts reaching out to touch things, s/he will like to touch and chew on the book.

Grocery cart cover - kiddos will start chewing on the grocery carts when they're old enough to sit in them. Also a pricey item!

If you plan on breastfeeding, some tops couldn't hurt. I had some cool nursing camisoles that doubled as bras that I bought from Target. With some elastic and a bit of know-how, they wouldn't be hard to make.

Here's a neat site:

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/index.html

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