Sunday, October 13, 2013

Baby Stuff

Wow, this list got long.

It was requested that I make a general list of what I need/want for this baby that is coming. Now that I've made the list, I'm feeling a little scared...

I will try to update the tab at http://houseofpenguin.blogspot.com/p/baby-stuff.html regularly with what I collect.

I would love nearly everything used! (Exceptions include the crib mattress, pacifiers, and diaper bag.)

Edit: I forgot to mention, it looks like we're having a boy!

What I have:
over the shoulder sling (the kind I loved before!)
high chair (booster seat - got it for free! - again, the kind I loved having before)
Chicco Cortina stroller
a few clothes
promises of LOTS more hand-me-down-clothes (I LOVE hand-me-downs!)

Hooray for the internet! Here is a list of ideas from it, of things I think I will need:
clothes (onesies, shirts, pants, socks, eventually shoes, etc.)
boppy (never had one, but I'd like to try it)
reusable nursing pads
milk storage bags / double electric pump / kit for double electric pump (I don't expect to use bottles at all, but I do hope to donate milk for a family who is adopting or who has a high medical needs child)
burp clothes - maybe cloth diapers :)
bouncy seat (haven't had one before but I think I want one this time, so that in the basement I can easily set my baby down) - used would be great!
pacifiers - I expect to need these, but I probably want to pick up only one or two, of varying types, before the baby is born because not all babies like them
Diaper bag (my husband has requested we get a NEW one - one of only two items on my list I prefer not to have used)
outlet covers, cabinet locks, fridge lock, toilet locks
bulb syrings, baby nail clippers, pacifier-type medicine dispenser, ora-gel, etc.
baby gates (need 2 or 3 that are 4' wide with only vertical slots, close enough together that my cat can't fit between them - we may have to custom build these)
diaper rash ointment (I once found this in a spritzer bottle, and I would LOVE to get more of it like that!!!)
baby blankets
baby towels (probably not necessary, but potentially very fun - on the other hand, where am I going to keep all this stuff?!?)

Larger items:
baby monitor - I DEFINITELY need a good one of these, but I totally haven't done any research yet. I think we want audio only, but our house is split level and technically has 4 floors, so there is no way I can count on hearing the baby in bed from the basement. Any advice on this?
dresser/changing table (doesn't have to be new, though I do really like this one http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90201513/ from ikea and I have a perfect spot to put it!)
car seat - prefer infant carrier w/ 2 bases - Chicco has the very highest consumer report ratings, and that's the kind of stroller I have, but it's also the very most expensive one out there
swing - I LOVED my swing before - it was a Graco wind up swing (looked like http://www.americanlisted.com/virginia_46/kids_products_toys_18/graco_wind_up_swing_20_00_mechanicsville_13015605.html) - I would really like another wind up, but they don't make them any more; I also have the floor space for a bigger swing, instead of the tiny-and-close-to-the-floor-ones that they make now, so if anyone knows where I can get a used one, I would love to buy it!!!
NEW crib mattress or possibly mini-crib mattress (one of only two items I want new)
NOTE: "Crib" is not on this list. I keep looking at cribs; I had one before but never even assembled it because I didn't like it and didn't want to use it. After the first few months I used a crib mattress on the floor, and liked that quite well. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing for the first few months this time. (Did you know co-sleepers that are level with your own mattress run $300-$500? Yeah, a commercial one of those is out.)
SECOND NOTE: Baby bath is also not on the list. I know that the full sized one I had before was ridiculous and not very useful; I've seen a couple of collapsable ones that might work, but I'm not sure they would in my sinks. I think we'll just improvise for the first six months or so like we did before.

For later:
baby dishes (bowls, spoons, high quality sippy cups, etc.)
board books
rattle / toys

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