July 6, 2010
Okay everyone! Holiday weekend is over! Back to work! *clap clap*
I NEED YOUR HELP.
With another baby coming, we have a lot of stuff to buy. You might say, ‘But Jen, you already HAVE a kid. She’s only three! And you’re having another girl! Can’t you just re-use everything from Maggie?‘ And you’re mostly right. We have a good stroller and infant carseat/travel system that we love, a swing, a bouncy seat, exersaucer, tons of toys and books, a crib and bedroom furniture… all the main stuff. But there are still some big ticket items (and small ticket, but no less important!) that we need to make decisions on and purchase.
And for advice and recommendations, I turn to you! Because I know a lot of you are moms (and dads!) and I find there’s no better way to find awesome stuff than word of mouth from parents.
1. Bassinet. I borrowed one from my lovely cousin when Maggie was a newborn, and it worked out great. For 8 weeks or so, Maggie was right next to my side of the bed, and I could reach over and get her to feed her at night (we moved her to her crib around 8 weeks when I gave up on nursing, and I had to get up anyway to warm a bottle in the kitchen.) But I don’t think I’ll be borrowing that bassinet this time, because my other cousin (the lovely cousin’s sister!) just had a baby and I think she’s borrowing it this time. (which: TOTALLY COOL, OBVIOUSLY!) So! We’re in the market for… something. A bassinet, a co-sleeper-type thing, I don’t know. I’d rather not spend a ton of money on it, because there’s a good chance This Is The Last Baby (whooo-boy is that another post altogether) and we really wouldn’t get a crazy amount of use out of it. But still, it’s needed, I think. So do you have something you loved?
2. Infant carrier. I used a Bjorn carrier with Maggie and it was… okay. I didn’t love it, but it did the job. Until Maggie hit about 15 pounds or so and then OMG MY BACK! And I honestly really missed being able to strap her to my front for a walk or a trip into the grocery store. And with a three year old running around, it will be extra-nice to have both hands free while carrying the baby. I’m not looking for a wrap, really- I’d like something more substantial with straps and things I can easily adjust. Something comfy with a decent (realistic) weight limit.
3. Bottles. I used Dr. Brown’s with Maggie and I’m not opposed to using them again. I do think they helped keep Maggie relatively gas-free with the air filtration thingy-ma-bob (technical term!) But they were kind of a pain in the behind to wash (ALL THOSE PARTS. GAH.) So I’m 100% open to new suggestions. The other wrinkle here is that the whole BPA thing was not, well… a THING when Maggie was a baby. So BPA-free bottles are on my list as well. But no glass bottles, please- we have wood floors and I can just SEE Maggie (or the baby!) flinging the bottle down and SMASH. What bottles did you use? Did you love them? Hate them? Would you use them again?
4. Breastpump. Oh, breastfeeding. How I hope you go better this time around. And how I hope that means I’ll need a breastpump! Now, I won’t necessarily need a fancy-pants travel pump, since I work mostly at home and don’t have to worry about pumping at an office every day (THANK GOD.) But, if nursing goes well, I do anticipate wanting to pump quite a bit and get a stockpile in the freezer so Dan (and others!) can help out with feedings and I can, you know, have a LIFE at some point. And I’ll be honest: I know next to NOTHING about breastpumps, as I only nursed Maggie for about 6 weeks and pumping was only one of the many things on the list that went wrong. That time around, I used a borrowed Medela Pump-In-Style and while it was super fancy and nice, it’s definitely overkill for what I need. Though- I think I’d prefer to stay away from manual pumps. Just a nice, smaller, electric pump for not a ridiculous amount of money. Any suggestions?
5. Nursing bras. Along the same line of thinking as a breastpump: BRAS. I failed miserably at this the first time as well- I bought cheap, flimsy ones and if you’ve ever had a baby, you know that the one thing you NEED is support for the boobs during that time (sorry for the TMI, any boy readers out there!) I’d prefer to be able to try them on in the store, but I also know that I probably won’t actually buy a lot of bras until I a) see how nursing goes and b) see what size I’ll need. So online ordering is okay too, because after baby arrives I’m pretty sure my time for browsing the bra section at the mall will be ZERO. heh. Do you have a nursing bra you loved? Please share!
6. Diaper bag. For the first year or so of Maggie’s life, I used her diaper bag as my purse (like most moms do!) It was boring and black, but I loved it (it’s an older, simpler version of this) One thing I loved about it was how it strapped to the stroller handles so easily. Maggie still uses it for school, so I’d like to get a new bag- either one just like it, or something new. I’m open to fun suggestions here!
7. High chair. This isn’t something we need to actually get until winter when the baby is 4-6 months old and ready for solids. But I’d still like to get some ideas! We didn’t buy a full-sized high chair with Maggie because we didn’t have the room in our old house to store it. Instead we got one that strapped to the dining room chairs. It worked, but I hated giving up that seating, especially when we had parties and guests. But now we have the room to store a full-sized chair (yay!) so I’d really like to get one! Requirements: easy to clean, looks nice. That’s basically it (I mean, there’s really not much to high chairs, right?)
Okay! Let the mayhem begin! :)