In my previous post, I detailed some of my favorite baby things that I have kept. With such a sizable collection in the attic, there are very few things I need. Basically, I need diapers. Everything else is about my preference or desire. With that in mind, here is my list of things I need or want:
1. Diapers – After the first week or so at home, I hope to commit to cloth diapering our baby. There is an initial investment, but very real savings in the long run. I’ve decided to go mostly with Thirsties Duo Wraps coupled with prefolds and fitteds. To that end, I’ve registered for diapers at www.nickisdiapers.com. From what I can tell, Nicki’s Diapers is a small business with reasonable prices, a good selection, and what seems to be high customer satisfaction. The only problem is that the size 2 Thirsties have been out of stock for awhile. I may end up going over to www.cottonbabies.com for the size 2 Thirsties. (Edited 9/18/2014: Everything has restocked at Nicki’s Diapers so I’m “good to go” there.)
2. Receiving blankets – One can never have too many receiving blankets. The boys’ collection was quite loved and put to various uses in their early years. So far, I have found about four blankets in the attic that survived the “love” or abuse. I could use a few more. (Edited 10/12/2014: I just received some more cute flannel blankets so I think I should have enough now. Of course my little escape artist doesn’t seem to like being swaddled in them anyway. He just wakes himself up kicking everything off! I’ve had to develop a new system for wrapping him the way he likes.)
3. Full size fitted sheets – You may have noticed that a crib did not make the “things I’m glad I saved list,” nor did it make my “things I need or want list.” The fact of the matter is, we did give away our crib, and I’m not at all sorry. With every child, I seem to get a little less mainstream, and sleeping arrangements are a prime example. This time around, I am opting for a Montessori floor bed, which is basically a mattress on the floor. We have a full size mattress in the attic that we can use for this purpose. One benefit of this sleeping arrangement is that I will have a place to co-sleep safely and take care of nighttime feedings comfortably in the early months. The other benefit is freedom of movement and even of vision for the baby once he gets older. (The entire room will be childproofed, and a gate will be up at the door.) This is all a very long explanation of why I have put full size fitted sheets on my list. I really like the dark tan flannel shown above in the fitted sheet option, but for extra sets and summertime, I will probably go with some basic, inexpensive sheets like the Cannon 200 Thread Count sheets available at Sears. (Edited 10/12/2014: I ordered one fitted flannel sheet from The Company Store because it was on sale, and I thrifted and was gifted some others, so I think I’m all set for sheets.)
4. Mobiles and plexiglass mirror – In the Montessori link above, you can see a mirror and a mobile next to the baby’s bed. I would like to do that too. A mirror is straightforward enough, and I think we can make some suitable mobiles, perhaps as a homeschool art project. The mobiles are to be fairly simple, starting with black and white designs, progressing to colored shapes, and then finally moving on to simple figures. The idea is to have the a mobile hanging rather close above the baby’s sleeping area from the very beginning and to rotate through the different mobiles by changing them every few weeks. This helps the baby develop vision, depth perception, and concentration.
5. Nursing necklace – I had a nursing necklace with Jack, and he loved it. It was especially useful when paired with my baby sling for going places like church. It kept Jack occupied and was certainly better than having him fidget or pull on and mouth my good jewelry. He did eventually wear out the necklace, so I am in the market for a new one. I really like several of the necklaces from this particular Etsy shop, but I picked out two neutral ones because they should match just about anything I might wear.
6. I really like the classic silverware. I have one set from my childhood, but one or two more sets would be handy.
7. A nightlight – I have a nightlight that can be plugged directly into the wall, but I don’t think that is a good option once the baby becomes mobile. I would prefer something with a cord that I can tuck behind the dresser.
8. Toys – I would like to build up my collection of natural toys. I found most of these toys on Etsy, and really, the specific shop is not as important as the idea itself. I would have to do a little more looking to find the best place to actually purchase something. (There must be crocheted balls that ship from someplace closer than Australia!) Then, of course, some of the toys could be homemade if a person had sufficient time and talent. For instance, the red and tan clutching ball is actually just a pattern. Also, the elephant is terribly cute, but I’m sure some it would be less expensive, though not as cute, to make some cloth toys myself. Like I said, I was really just looking for ideas when I came up with this collection.
That completes my wish list, I believe. I feel very blessed to be able to contemplate what color of diaper I would like and whether or not I actually need more toys. It’s been a fun list to put together, and I’ll keep you posted on how all my ideas work out.