I registered for all kinds o’crap for the baby. I did my research, I listed to people, I got the stuff. Now I have a TON of stuff packed in this storage-challenged condo. I’m slowly figuring out what I do and do not need to have to handle a new baby, based on what I’m using with DaugtherCat. Here’s my list @ 6 weeks of age:
1. Pack-N-Play…with a vibrating bassinet - OMG, I LOVE THIS. So often she’s fussy or crabby, we can just lay her down in that bassinet, click on the vibration and the music, and off she goes to dreamland. Does it work every time? Well of course not. Nothing does. But the more weapons in your arsenal, the great chance of survival, I say.
2. Bouncy Chair - We’ve been using this to keep her nearby during dinner time. I grew up that the family ate dinner together, so we’re starting her early. It’s also nice to have in the kitchen so I can plop her in there while I’m unloading the dishwasher and things like that. Did I mention it vibrates? It does. Did I mention we keep forgetting to turn it off when we’re done? We do. (she says as she looks in the kitchen and sees it in the ON position.)
3. Swing – One of my friends called this the “Baby Shutter-Upper”, and she ain’t kidding. Just make sure your baby isn’t too tiny to use it. (Mine was the first few weeks. What can I say? I birthed a munchkin. She’s growing now, though.)
4. BATTERIES - Did I mention the previous items require them? We got a swing with a cord & plug, but also borrowed one from my mom that was battery operated. Ugh. Batteries. Which reminds me, I need more.
5. Bottle Drying Rack – Takes up WAY less space than spreading them all over your kitchen counters. Especially useful since I can’t seem to get the plastic to dry in the dishwasher.
6. Bottle Dishwasher Baskets – Munchkin makes the ones I have. They are full and in that dishwasher daily. I love them.
7. Stroller Travel System- I don’t care what the reviewers say. Graco Travel System all the way baby. We splurged and registered for a Cadillac of strollers. It was expensive. BUT, if you think about it, that is one item that you will probably use the longest. Kids can ride in them until they’re, what, 3? 4? 5? Kick the tires. Pick a good one.
8. Crib Soother- This is the thing that hangs on the side of the crib, plays music, and lights up. We picked up one from the Fisher Price Precious Planet collection. I admit, I’m drawn to that collection because of the animals. We have 3 cats and a dog. We got the dog as our wedding present to each other. We visit Zoos alot. I’ve been a member of the World Wildlife Fund. I usually only donate money to causes that help animals. I’m getting my kid animal-themed stuff. But that said…the Soother. This one plays lullabies, Classical songs, and nature sounds. On the light-up motion setting it runs 5min and turns itself off. On the sound-only setting, it goes for 18min before shutting off. OMG. USE THIS EVERY NIGHT. I rock her to sleep, put her in the crib, turn on the sounds, and she’s out. This thing ROCKS. It’s in the battery-requiring group of products, but we’ve had it about 3 weeks, used it nightly, and we’re still on the factory included batteries. So I’m relatively impressed there.
9. Play Gym – This floor mat thing is awesome. We’ve used it with DC every day. She’s just started to really notice and try to interact with the creatures on it in the last week. (Yes…it’s animal themed. Seriously, I need to get her some educational letter/number stuff, and not just educate her on animals. I don’t want my kid to be a one-act show. Then again, if she grew up to be a veterinarian or something….) Anyways, she loves it, though I think she’s not so keen when we do tummy time on it. But besides that, she loves it.
Can Live Withouts
1. Crib Bumper Pads- I thought we needed these. So far I haven’t. They don’t really fit convertible cribs all that well. At least, not with the mattress at the highest level. Perhaps my response will change once we lower the mattress a level.
2. Mobile - I was told I had to have one. I wasn’t going to get one. A) I couldn’t find one I really liked, B) Babies can’t see that far to really see them at first anyways, C) I thought they were kinda dorky myself. But I got one. Hmmm. She doesn’t pay attention to it. It’s motion is kinda loud. And the music is loud even on the lowest setting. I know she can’t use it once she can stand up, so I’m really not seeing a use for this one.
I have a TON of things that I still haven’t used with her yet. So I’m sure these lists will change and grow as DC changes and grows. Stay tuned…