Originally Posted by kismetbaby
Top of my list is 1) co-sleeper 2) sling or baby bjorn (anyone with strong opinions on this?) and of course the necessary diapers and car-seat/stroller.
It has always been my understanding, from the mamas on the babywearing forum (have you been reading there yet?) that the Bjorn is not good for babies' spines. The fabric of the carrier is not wide, it just holds them so they're hanging by the crotch and it puts pressure on their spines. Or at least that's how it was when I had my first- maybe they have realized this and changed the design? I had one, and I have found other carriers to be much more comfortable.
Other carriers, like the Ergo or Beco, are wider, so the baby's legs are supported and the baby is sitting on its behind. The Ergo & the Patapum are kind of utilitarian-looking, but I found them very comfortable. There are lots of other carrier choices out there with amazing fabric, too!
Check out MDC's babywearing forum and The Babywearer
I need to get an infant carseat, and I might ask my friend to help me make a pouch carrier for the first 5 months or so. I have a Maya Wrap ringsling that I've always loved using, though, and it does well from birth to toddler years, plus a Patapum that my friend is currently borrowing, so I don't really need
We'll be doing EC, so we won't need tons of diapers, but I think I'm going to try the cheap route with prefolds & a Snappi this time!
We cosleep, and I have saved everything from both my son & daughter's clothes in the attic, so I don't need anything, really.