Originally Posted by hollytheteacher
Hmm...I haven't "done" anything yet...maybe I should start thinking about that huh??
Left to do:
Pick out a name
Buy disposable diapers and wipes for the first few days
Research and buy cloth diapers and cloth wipes
Buy some onesies
Buy a bunch of receiving blankets
Buy a couple of those soft stretchy blankets
Buy a carseat
Buy a couple of nursing bras
I'd put pads on the list but I already have to wear those for bladder .. problems .. due to MS. Might get a pack of disposable Depends underwear for overnight with the lochia, though!
Um, I think that's it, and we don't have any leftovers from our last baby (6 years ago). We're really minimalist, especially about baby stuff. Our babies pretty much live in onesies. We throw a blanket over them if it's cool outside. The climate here is really warm (read: inferno most of the year)... highs in Feb are usually upper 70s or low 80s.
We use receiving blankets for all kinds of stuff.. burp cloths, quick cleanups, as a portable changing table, rolled up for head support in the carseat, tucked into the carseat for extra warmth if needed, extra coverage while nursing in public, etc., etc.
I don't babywear because I've tried it repeatedly with two babies at various ages and just could not get it to work. Maybe I have the wrong body shape. It's just 1000 times easier for me to carry the baby around (in arms when he is little, on my hip when he's bigger).
Oh and about the disposables... I've never used cloth diapers before and 1) Want to wait a few days after the baby's born to try to get the hang of it and 2) would rather be able to just toss anything that's got meconium on it!
One thing that isn't on the list that we did actually buy already -- a reusable (cloth with waterproof backing) incontinence pad thing for the bed. It's super-absorbant, about 4' by 4' and holds 800 CCs. I would have *KILLED* for something like that (had no idea they existed) when DD was little. Lord knows how many times I had to change the sheets because our little co-sleeping baby's diaper sprung a leak, my boobs sprung a leak, or the little one spat up all over the place. Maybe I should order a couple more... I only paid $4.50 for it.
Edited to add:
Oh yes, one more thing. Finishing with transitioning 6 y/o DD into her own bed. She's a cuddlebug AND afraid of the dark so it's been a little tough. We're compromising by putting a second bed into the master bedroom so I can still snuggle with her before she goes to sleep, and she's not "alone in the dark" (nightlights don't count for this kid.. if the sun is down, she does NOT want to be alone).