Looks like I have me a baby shower next month. Sooooo...I need to register for 'dis here baby in my womb. But there is so MUCH baby stuff. How ever do I know what is "good" and what is "meh"? So here is where YOU come in. You experienced mothers, grandmothers, babysitters, child watchers. Here are a few questions about baby products that I have thought of as of late. Feel free to answer one, feel free to answer them all.
1. Infant car seat vs. convertible car seat: So, the cheap/practical/why waste side of me says the convertible car seat. I mean, it will work all the way through. These though do not tend to come with the handle/snap in function for a stroller (i.e. you can't remove it from the car and carry it around). Though I plan on baby-wearing mostly...I'm no fool. If that child is sleeping away in the car seat I'm not sure I want to pull him out and wake him up once we get to our destination. Ya know? So infant car seat or convertible? Which oh which? Please tell.
2. Name 2 products that you could not live with out while having an infant.
3. Boppy pillow. Do you really use it or did you just grab a couch pillow and call it good. :)
4. Baby Bassinet. Needed or not so much? We don't really plan on co-sleeping much (I am the heaviest sleeper ever...but we do have a king size bed so we'll see) So, the babe will most likely be in it's own bed more often then not. The crib will be in another room...a VERY close room (yay small house). :) So, go for the bassinet by the bed because I'm going to be totally neurotic and checking on him every 5 seconds anyways or should we stick with the crib??? They also have those little co-sleeper bed things that you actually PUT in your bed with you. Much cheaper. That's a thought...?
5. Breast pump. I am most likely planning on being home so I won't need to pump very often, but I'd like the option. Anyone have experience with manual breast pumps? The electric one's seem ridiculously expensive.
6. Bottles. Seriously? How many options could there possibly be? Sheesh. The babe will breast feed primarily, especially at first but you know...the bottle option would be nice occasionally...if he'll take it. Any faves?
7. Birthing class. Necessary? Not really? I'm a kinda "do it yourself" type of person. I'm a good researcher but I'm thinking maybe more for Jason's sake. Will it help us? Or do you just forget EVERYTHING once the circus starts? :) We're looking into a short 3 hour "power class". You may be asking what my birth plan is...um. I HAVE thought about it. Really. Ok, here's the low down. I have never experienced birth. Duh. So, how am I to definitively set out a plan based on something I've never experienced? Maybe I can't take the pain. Maybe I have a 24 hour long birth and I'm so exhausted that I can't finish the process. Maybe I need a c-section. I will say...as of now...I plan on it being non-medicated, natural, and vaginal. But, I'm aware that complications happen and so in the end it's about the safety of the baby and not about "my plan." There. There you go. :) So, sign up for a birthing class or watch a You Tube video and call it good (kidding...sorta).
8. Moby wrap. Cool? Too much hype? Will I be able to figure out the wrappy sequence? Will Jason be able to figure it out? How about the BabyBjorn or the Ergo?
9. Natural nipple butter. Any suggestions?
10. A soother. Our home is tiny. So my "plan" is to have very little extra "stuff"
that takes up space. A bed, a place to store his goods and change him, and a bath tub seems sufficient to me. I would though like to do things like...take a shower, and maybe eat occasionally. It seems like one of those bouncy, vibrating things could be useful...do they make them so they fold down? Definitely no swing unless that somehow folds down. There's no place to put one in our house. Anyways, are they useful? Should I wait to see what type of baby he is before buying one of those??? Whatchya think?
And that's it! Thanks in advance for the advice. :)
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