This time around we have the benefit of being second-time parents and the blessing(?) of having much less money. We have decided to keep things simple and easy, buy things that are high quality and will last a long time, buy second-hand the things we can, worry much less about style and much more about function. We have also been putting things off until we're sure we need them - so t-minus three months, we have a stroller, a crib (that needs re-finishing) a baby bath and two sleepers. Yup, that's it. We got rid of everything after Sebastian was born (everything? yes, everything.) we were that convinced we would always be a single-child family.
This week it hit me I only have three months left until I pop a new life out into the world, it seems like forever until I think about how quickly the last months have flown by. In no time my belly has popped out, I am cranky and craving and feeling the baby move every time I stop enough to notice. We need to start planning. Now.
I think I have been putting this off in part because I have been so intent on de-cluttering our space that I am anxious about bring more "stuff" into it. I have also simply been turning the challenge over in my head - how little can we get away with getting? Also, what do we wish we'd had with Sebastian? What was totally useless?
The list so far:
- car seat (convertible - good from infant to booster)
- swing (portable - something that won't take up too much space)
- baby monitor (we want to splurge here and get a really good one, we would likely still use one with Sebastian once in a while (kwim?))
- diapers (organic cotton pre-folds and covers)
- wonder wash and spin dryer
- baby carriers (pouch and mei tai)
- mattress for crib
- weekly cleaning service (I am only half-joking)
- electric breast pump