So Ive lost my identity as an individual and am nothing but a baby product purchasing machine! I just wanted to see what people thought of the things we have in mind for the wee one before I laid down the visa (well, Gabes Visa) and made it official. I also wanted to hear about all the 'must-haves' that you seasoned mothers have already pain-stakingly researched and chosen so I dont miss something great! * Thanks to Jayna and Amber who already shared with me their product wisdom!
If any of you read my mother's blog you have seen and read what the nursery was like for my sister and I as babies. I don't know if I can compete with her custom painted dressers and enrichment made hanging basket full of now illegal products...but I only hope to fill my childs room with even HALF the pizazz she came up with!
So here are the bedding sets we have....
One is gender neutral and I LOVE it (we will set up the nursery with this one on the left, which also pictures the changing table im going to order!) and the other set...my mother purchased and put in a closet just in case its a girl. I knew if I bought it - it would jinx us for life and wed only have boys from now on! But its there...just in case.
As for a crib...well when Gabe came home from the hospital he slept in an apple box... so justifying my very necessary $1300 "Ouef" crib was IMPOSSIBLE! So I went on the hunt for the next best thing within a reasonable budget...and found THIS spectacular crib!(Ouef crib on Left, spectacular crib on right). We saved a bundle and although we havent ordered it yet, I am pretty sure this is the set I MUST have! What do you think though?
When we origionally went shopping for a carseat and stroller, I already knew I was going to have troubles enjoying anything with a baby print fabric on it. We went into Babies R Us and tried a few out and picked the Chicco brand combo. However, when I came home my sister informed me that the secret to a good baby seat and stroller was in how LIGHT it was! And she recommended a few brands that I think we'll go with because after 2 kids I trust her opinion! (Plus, they were MUCH better priced!)
The stroller is Kidco and the carseat is Baby Trend. They arent a 'set' but they match and the carseat still fits in
the stroller like the ones they sell together. Ill probably end up getting a customized cover for the carseat anyway, especially if its a girl. But I actually really like the neutral brown and if we're lucky we might be able to use it for the next baby too.
So thats it for now. Ive gone back and forth on whether or not to have a baby shower, but Ill probably register for the little things like a tub, bottles, towels, sheets, and toys. And like I said before - Id LOVE to hear brand recommendations and lists of things you actually NEED and USE so I dont end up with a bunch of junk trying to pawn it off at the nearest "Kid to Kid" in 6 months!