I think one of the hardest things about being a first time mom is trying to figure out what I need for this baby. There are tons of baby gadgets out there, and the first time I went to Babies R Us I was totally overwhelmed. All the items in the store made me feel like I needed every one of them! My family is throwing me a baby shower, and my co workers were insisting that I register soon, so a couple weeks ago I went and registered at two places. When people started viewing my registry, they commented that there weren’t enough items listed on there. Personally I felt like I had too much listed! I didn’t want to just add items just to have stuff on there, so I carefully went through and decided what items I’d really like to have.
I wonder if I’m being too much of a minimalist. I don’t want to be miserable and wish I had gotten a certain item and regret it later on. I’m trying to find a delicate balance between the two. I don’t want a million baby items cluttering up my house, but I also don’t want to be up at 3 AM wishing I had a bassinet. Here are some of the things that I think will be helpful for having our first baby.
–Baby Carriers. I bought a Boba Classic Baby Carrier for a super deal online, so I’ve already got that. I’d like a wrap like a Sleepy Wrap or Moby Wrap for when the baby is small.
–Cloth diapers. I’ve already got some covers and a few Snappis, I just need to order some prefolds and I’ll be all set.
–Cloth wipes. I’ve sewn some myself, and my mom is sewing some too.
–Sleepers/Clothes. My mom has gone crazy buying clothes over the past few months, so I don’t need ANY of these.
–Blankets. Again, my mom has this covered.
–Graco Newborn Napper Pack n Play – Meadow Menagerie. I think having a Pack N Play will be a helpful place for the baby to sleep when it’s little, and then when the baby is bigger I can set them in here to play while I get things done. Also, since our family is all out of state, it will be nice to have a place for the baby to sleep while we are at their house. We plan on co sleeping, but I’d like to have the Pack N Play as back up.
–Graco Swing by Me – Meadow Menagrie. I’m registering for the swing, even though I’m wondering if my baby will like it. I would hate to get it and then the baby hates the swing! However, there’s not really a way to tell if the baby will like the swing until the baby is here, so this is a gamble I’ll have to take.
Some items that I’m double guessing are:
–Full Size High Chair. When Mr. Money and I orginally registered, we picked a Space Saver High Chair because we liked that it was compact and would sit on one of our chairs. Since then, everyone insists that we’ll want a full sized high chair. I’m still not convinced.
–Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. One of my friends insisted I need this, so I registered for it. However, I think it will only be used for a few months, so I don’t know if it’s something that I really do need. It would be nice for the baby to sleep in, but if it’s only used for a couple months, I think I may be able to do without it.
I want to limit the amount of stress during the first few months, so any items that will make my life easier will be welcome. I just don’t want a bunch of crap hanging around my house that isn’t being used.
What items are must-have for a baby? Am I being unrealistic and I really need this items I’m doubting?
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