Before you have a baby, there is a mind blowing amount of things you have to get. The choices are overwhelming. Some things people say you don’t need – some things you can’t live without.
Luckily I had 4 baby showers, so most everything we needed was purchased for us. One of the showers was a “money only” shower – that helped A LOT with the odds and ends that we needed. Spending $400 at Babies R Us was a lot of fun. It was a little scary, but picking out clothes for this kid would prove to be one of my weaknesses. Everything was so tiny, so cute.
If I could give a piece of advice to people attending a baby shower: Buy 6-9, 9-12 month clothes for the new baby. Keep in mind the climate you live in, and what the weather will be like when those clothes are needed. This will help the new parents to no end.
We got so many cute little outfits for 0-3 months that she didn’t wear half of them. Then, we got some cute 9-12 month summer clothes. When she was 9 months, it was Christmas. It was a shame to see them go to waste. When Poopy was 6 months old, we suddenly found ourselves at Babies R Us, spending mass amounts of money because she had nothing. This scenario would be repeated at 9, 12 and now 15 months. They grow soooo fast. So, new parents, get plenty of clothes other than the cute little 0-3 month stuff.
When it was time to pick out a car seat and stroller, I went with a name I trusted, picked out something gender neutral and went with it. I didn’t research, I just picked. It served it’s purpose and kept my Poopy safe and sound.
When it came to bottles, I was at a complete loss. How on earth would I pick? There are soooo many. I thought that a bottle was a bottle. Why are there so many? I went with cute. I registered for the Playtex ones. The ones that come in cute colors. Never again will I make a decision based on cute. We now have 20 Playtex bottles we didn’t use because they ended up giving her gas. Avent turned out to be our best bet. Someone gave us one and once we used it we were hooked. I would recommend not getting any of the 4 ounce bottles. They move up so quickly they really were a waste of money for us.
The one thing I swear by as a Mommy is burp cloths. We had one in every room. You never knew when the volcano was going to erupt. We used these more than the 100 cute little bibs we got. She usually fell asleep during her feeding and getting the bib off her was a nightmare. We just tucked a burp cloth under her chin and she was good to go.
You have to decide on diapers, wipes, baby wash, diaper rash cream, pacifiers, etc. It’s all very overwhelming at the time, but it all comes together in the end.