Having your first baby introduces you to a daunting number of things to buy. So I wrote this post as a companion to my post from last week, the 11 things I needed for a newborn that I didn’t expect.
Some of these things I thought were really important before I had Felicity, and it turns out I have barely used them, and other things on this list I chose to wait on and I’m really glad I did.
Now, I am sure that we will need this eventually and be glad we have one, but as it is right now, Felicity’s crib is mostly used for hanging burp cloths next to the rocker where I feed her.
Felicity mostly sleeps in a snug little bassinet next to our bed at night, and in the bassinet attachment on her Pack-n-Play during the day. I have put her down in her crib a few times, but since her naps can be so short, it’s more convenient and I feel better about having her snooze in the same room as me.
The night will come when she will sleep in her crib (and I can’t wait), but I don’t expect it for another month or so.
A huge help in choosing a crib — and a lot of our other baby gear — was the Baby Bargains book, a thoughtful gift from another friend who just had a baby.
A jogging stroller
I know that Felicity and I will continue to go on many runs together, so I’ve put a lot of research into the logistics of this.
You can use a jogging stroller with a newborn, but you shouldn’t jog with them until they can hold their head upright. So I decided that getting some $300+ carseat-jogging stroller system was a waste, since we wouldn’t be running until she was out of the carseat attachment anyway.
I plan on writing more about this later when I have some more experience on it.
A breast pump & all its gear
When my pump wasn’t going to arrive from my insurance company until after my due date, I was very concerned. Turns out that concern was wasted energy. I’ve barely used the thing, since I haven’t had to be away from Felicity for any length of time yet. My use of the breast pump is mostly to see how it works, figure out how it fits into our schedule, and have the occasional bottle on hand for my husband to feed her in the evening.
I was very into getting all the gear that goes into breast feeding — the pump, the storage containers, the container holder, the bottles, the bottle cleaners. What I wish I did was focus on the comforts that made breastfeeding easier — the special pillows, the nursing clothes, a water bottle, snacks, gel pads and lotion. It’s the comforts that will matter in the beginning when you’re figuring it all out.
I invested in some breast milk storage bottles and surprise! seems like we have way too many (especially considering how many free ones we got from the doctor) and we’ll probably store breast milk in bags when she goes to daycare.
A big investment in one style of bottle /pacifier
Pacifiers are wonderful things when they work. Felicity already has a favorite, the ones with the dinosaurs on them. We got a whole variety of pacifiers from our baby showers and I’m glad because I got a chance to see what works and what doesn’t.
The kind that work really well on our friends’ baby? The frog won’t even give it a try.
We got lots of sample bottles from the hospital/maternity store/doctor, too, and we’re testing out which ones she likes best. This has worked out fine because, since I’m not pumping much, she doesn’t use many bottles right now.
Changing pad covers
This one is a gotcha. You actually DO need a lot of things to cover your changing pad. However, they don’t seem to sell for less than $8-10 a piece, and c’mon! That’s a lot of money for something that my baby is going to poop on.
So I discovered a use for all my unmatched pillowcases — they make great covers. They pretty much fit the pad and I didn’t have to pay any extra for them.
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