I tried to keep our baby-stuff purchases to a minimum last time with Johnny, and this time I’ll be even more minimalistic. I have pretty much everything we need already! I do have a short list of items that I’ll want:
More diapers. We’ll continue to use cloth, but I know I’ll need more than I have right now. I am not holding onto any hope that Johnny will be fully potty trained by age 2, so he’ll still be using the diapers. Since we didn’t start cloth with him until 6 months, I’ll also pick up some infant-sized prefolds and more covers. No big deal. Oh, and some disposables here and there.
A car seat. Last time, I skipped the infant seat and went straight to a seat that works for babies 5-65 lbs*. I didn’t want to get a seat we’d only use for a few months and then have to store it in our little apartment. I really don’t like the idea of lugging around a car seat over my arm, either. It looks incredibly awkward and uncomfortable. I don’t regret skipping the infant seat with him, even though he was born in December and it was so cold.
But this time, I am considering an infant seat. I’ll have two car seats in my back seat. There won’t be any room for me to sit back there while I get the baby situated in my sling. I could pull into a parking space, climb in the back, put Johnny in my Baby K’Tan* and zip my coat around us both and go inside wherever. It worked really well. I won’t be able to do that as easily this time.
So I think I’ll just need to get over it and get an infant seat. I’m hoping you guys can help me with suggestions. I don’t want to spend much money (let’s say less than $100, ok?). I’m looking for an upper weight limit of maybe 15 lbs. or so and an upper height limit of at least 25-26″ if not more. The height limit is probably going to be reached faster than a weight limit.
I know you can get infant seats that will work for a baby until they’re 30 lbs. or so, but I think that’s more than I need. I want a light weight seat. Suggestions?
Clothes. Only if it’s a girl though. The kids will be almost exactly 24 months apart and I figure Johnny’s clothes will match up to the correct seasons and size, likely.
Better storage solutions. We’ll get some more shelves to make better use of our limited storage space and so things in general will be more organized.
Stroller? In theory, I may or may not get a double stroller. I dunno. We have an umbrella stroller and it isn’t used much. Johnny and I prefer to either have him in a sling, have him walk, or he likes to ride in shopping carts now. I don’t think he likes being so low to the ground where he can’t see anything. I’m betting I’ll put the new baby in a sling and maybe have Johnny ride along in the umbrella stroller for awhile if I need someplace for him to be, and we’ll just have to gauge how much we “need” a fancier stroller. It’s hard to say at this point!
Boppy pillow? I skipped it last time. But I may get one because I like how much firmer they are than standard pillows. Handy for nursing and also to have a place for tummy time and just to prop the baby in a seated position. I can see the appeal.
Labor doula. I’m preparing for an unmedicated birth again (and I do love this post on why “preparing” is a better word than “try”). I’ll once again be in a hospital. The hospital has a 98% epidural rate and the same labor nurses work with all women at the hospital, even the patients of the midwives whom I’ll be seeing. I’ll need my doula to be my talking birth plan and to help me make changes on-the-fly. Shane is a fantastic birth coach but he can’t possibly memorize every type of intervention and medication and labor position and all that.
What else? I can’t think of anything for now. We didn’t use bottles with Johnny and I haven’t decided if we’ll try to introduce one now and again this time. No pacifiers — Johnny was really annoyed by them and I just don’t want to mess with ’em. There’s probably a few other things I’m forgetting but I have plenty of time to get that sorted out.
For more on the topic, visit ChristianPF to see his ideas for the 5 baby things you need. I disagree with several items, but some people would swear by each thing.
Also check out Mrs. P’s post on “If I could shop for my first baby all over again.” Good insights!