I feel fortunate that my step-mom took dibs on buying the crib...and my dad offered to buy the matching dresser. I'd like the matching nightstand, but for $299, do we really need it? My thought is we need a place to put a lamp because baby's room doesn't have an overhead light (dumb, I know)...but maybe it's cheaper to put in an overhead light?! :) My mom has offered to buy the mattress and the crib bedding (and matching paraphernalia...valances, sheets, mobile, lamp). My step-mom is also giving me the rocking chair that was my grandfather's while he was in an Alzheimer's home. So we're pretty much set on furniture and bedding except the nightstand...
I've decided on the Graco Snugride 35 Infant Car Seat in Rittenhouse for a boy or Sable for a girl.
I originally thought I wanted a convertible car seat since it would last longer, but I've most of them are pretty heavy and a lot larger...and I know we'd probably be carrying the carseat and in and out a lot. So, I decided on the Snugride...unless someone knows of a smaller, lighter-weight convertible that would work.
I'm also still sort of debating the need for a stroller that works without the carseat...do I need it or will a stroller frame work?
Portable Crib/Pack 'N' Play
I thought about the Graco Travel Lite Crib for when baby is first born...and I'd prefer to have him/her sleep in the bedroom with me. But it's almost $100. And for something that won't last long.
So then I thought about the Fisher-Price Rock & Play Sleeper for half the price. Would it be able to function as a portable crib and perhaps last a bit longer? Also, it looks easier to move around. Thoughts?
I *think* I've decided against a Pack 'N' Play. It's expensive and takes up a lot of room. And I'm not sure how much use we'll get out of it...in addition to say a rock & play sleeper or bouncer or swing.
I originally wanted both, but they really serve the same sort of purpose, right? Do babies have preference as to one or another? Really sort of lost on this one.
Do I need one? How useful is it? Also, I hate the way the Moby Wrap looks.
We bought one super cheap at a yard sale a couple summers ago and have kept it. But it's large and likely too large for a newborn. I'm thinking of getting the Puj Tub...which can store flat, but is flexible to put into the sink. Seems a bit expensive at $45, but thinking it might save my back from bending over and be worth it. Thoughts?
Definitely getting one. No changing table, just using the top of the dresser.
Don't plan on registering for any. May pick up a couple small things once we find out if it's a boy or girl...but mostly will wait and see what others buy first. I've read not much newborn or 0-3 months as they will outgrow it fast. Any certain pieces that are absolutely must-haves?
Such as gates and outlet covers. Should I register for this stuff or get it later?
Baby monitor? Do I need one? Our house is one story and only 1200sq. ft. with all the bedrooms close together. Necessary?
I'm going to try BFing at first but will see how it goes. I suspect I'm going to go all bottle-fed once I got back to work. I'm also not buying a pump right away...I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars if I'm not going to BF for that long...but who knows...maybe I will change my mind. Will likely need bottles and formula on hand just in case. But what about stuff like bottle warmers? Anyone use those? Useless?
Diapers & Wipes
Pretty sure we'll get lots of those at the shower, right?
Thinking of a Vera Bradley one :)
Obviously there are lots of other smaller things I'm not mentioning, but these are the big ones on my list that I need opinions or thoughts on. Anything else I'm forgotten that is totally necessary?