Hi all! I am expecting my first this summer!! We don't live a completely minimal lifestyle but cI would say compared to 90% of people, we live minimally. We are interested in transitioning to a more minimal lifestyle which seems counterintuitive with a baby on the way. I made a list last night of what I consider essentials, (but really have no clue) and I'm working on ways to whittle down our use of plastic etc going forward.
I have registered at a local store that only sells eco friendly products, and have only registered for so far for stuff that i know i will need like cloth diapers and inserts.
My parents were in town last week and were VERY helpful. they bought us a crib, which was new and quite pricey, and they bought a few furnishings for the nursery as well. They really wanted to help, and although not everything I got is essential, most of it is at least useful. I did get talked into buying some things that I will be returning (like a pack n play)
now my question is, how do we get them to not give us things that we don't need? and how do i know what is essential so im not talked into buying more stuff that i will change my mind on? I want then to know that we are grateful for their help, but that we try to live simply, and don't ned the extra frills. now they live differnetly then i do, and they actually do consider things like a pack n play necesary, but its not, right? I'd rather just get a co sleeper from craigslist.
my daughter's other set of grandparents are very wal mart and overstimulating plastic crap toy happy and they will be the real issue to tackle.
is there a polite way to deal with this, or do we just say thank you, and then resell it if it is truly unuseful. I have multiple other questions for seasoned moms and appreciate the help!!! thank you!!!