Only ten weeks to go before Baby’s expected arrival, and we are in preparation mode here. For the first baby in the family, there is a certain amount of “stuff” that must be acquired. (Generally, the amount needed is really far less than the amount acquired, but first time parents and well meaning gift givers do not necessarily realize this.) Now with baby number three, our goal has been to get rid of things that have started to collect over the years. I say to Thomas, “We have to make room for another whole person,” and he willingly complies, taking trash to the curb and unloading boxes for the Goodwill collection truck. In between all this purging, he has also pulled out my collection of baby “stuff.” (He is quite a wonderful helper.) Here is a list of the baby things I am glad I saved:
Jack at 6 months
1. Clothes – not all OshKosh, of course, but very helpful nonetheless.
Thomas at 6 weeks
2. Car seats – We have car seats of all sizes stored in the attic. That will be a big money-saver.
3. Stroller – We have a stroller that is compatible with the car seat above. When the child is bigger, it can be used without the car seat as well. It even has a handy storage place underneath that can be used for diaper bags, groceries, library books, or violins. I don’t think we ever fit a cello down there, but it is still very handy for a mom who needs more hands.
Jack at 9 months
4. Baby sling – We don’t want Baby in the stroller or car seat all the time! This is a ring sling that I made from a pattern. All babies are different, of course, but this sling worked very well for Jack and me.
Jack at 1 week
5. Moses basket- cute and functional. It can be placed anywhere we may want the baby to sleep. It came with a liner that was entirely unsuitable. It was very puffy, and I think it would have posed a suffocation risk. Fortunately my mother can sew, and she made the liner above. Thanks, Mom!
6. Pack ‘N Play – not as cute as the Moses basket but probably more functional since it can be used even with a larger baby. It too can be placed wherever we may want the baby to sleep. I also came across an idea that you can take the mat out of the Pack ‘N Play and use it as a play mat on the floor. Nice to keep in mind, since this is the first baby we will be bringing home to all hardwood floors.
7. Activity gym – Speaking of play mats, I really like the one we saved from Jack’s baby years. It has a very simple format, and the high definition colors are appropriate for the young baby’s developing eyesight. I’m not sure we have all the little hanging toys, but really, we can hang any number of toys from the rings.
Thomas at 1 month
Working those “tummy time” muscles
8. Boppy pillow – This is really helpful for positioning an infant to nurse. Nursing the baby with the Bobby pillow was much easier on my back muscles than using a regular pillow. It can also be good for Baby’s muscles when used as a prop during “tummy time.”
This is not a comprehensive list. It’s just a compilation of some of my favorites. If you are looking for a very bare bones list of newborn needs, you might want to check out Rachel’s post here. (Some of my favorites didn’t make her list, but she still has a valuable perspective.) In the meantime, stay tuned for my next post which will be a wish list for our newest arrival.