ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Triplets.. Lessons Learned

Updated on June 27, 2012

New vs Used??

So we survived the first year of parenthood... x's 3!!! Walking into the world of parenting is one thing, but walking into the world of parenting x's 3 is an entirely different ballgame. I remember when I was making a checklist of things that I needed to put on our baby registry, the first question that came to mind for all items was... hmmm, do we need 3 of them?!! :) Surprisingly, there are some things that are a must and others that you can get by with just 1 or 2.

Initially I started trying to be too prepared, but as time passed I decided to get the bare essentials and just figure out things on the way. The one piece of advice I was told that I stuck by was that babies change so quickly and grow so fast. The shelf life of alot of the items isn't that long, so you can buy as you need. The other thing I was told was that there was not a need to buy EVERYTHING new. Of course as a new parent, we wanted only the BEST for our babies and of course we thought the BEST meant NEW.

However, the first time I walked into Babies 'r' Us, I was in actual shock as to how much stuff was available and how much everything cost. The baby market is endless in the variety of products being sold and all the different brands to choose from. I was so overwhelmed, I wanted to just leave the store and try again later when I felt like I had done more research and was more prepared, but given that I had already done a ton of research online for my necessities and had my checklist ready to go.. (also with my condition), I knew it was now or never so I just took a deep breathe and my husband and I started walking down aisle by aisle figuring out what we wanted. By aisle 2, we were like eh.. lets just check everything and we can filter it once we get home by process of elimination and that's exactly what we ended up doing.

Once we got home, I spent a couple of weeks cleaning up the registry and reading some other multiple blogs and really figured out what I needed and didn't need. We figured our babies would probably be in the NICU for a few weeks, so we could just get whatever we needed that we didn't already have at that point... that worked out to our benefit. Our family and friends were super generous and we ended up getting a lot of stuff that we needed and other random folks that we didn't know came out of the blue and offered things that they were getting rid of as their kids had outgrown them... things that like I said earlier have a short shelf life and are super expensive - swings, bouncies, pack-n-plays, etc..

The other thing that I came to love was being part of MCPOM which is Montgomery County Parents of Multiples Club and they host 2 major consignment sales a year which are AWESOME!!! Consignment sales are AWESOME and the best place to buy lots of items that you may need. I learned quickly that even though I was carrying precious cargo, I didn't need to spend loads of money on items that would be used for such a short period of time as lots of these items end up being just like NEW!!

We knew these kids were going to break the bank eventually, might as well save as much as we can for as long as we can!!!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)