Originally Posted by zoebird
thanks for that information about clothes.
i'm due in august, and so i'm not too concerned about the baby being too cold, but i was planning on babylegs and little socks anyway.
i do have great access to laundry and will form here until the end of time no matter what. i lived my days without it. it was not good for me. LOL much better to have laundry.
The only thing I would add is to have some extra prefolds around for burp cloths. My DD never spit up, my DS has reflux and I feel like my entire house is draped in prefolds to catch what comes pouring out of him. I would just have a few at first to see what you really need but it isn't exaggerating to say that I need 10 or so extra for spit up alone, and I do laundry every other day.
We are minimalists when it comes to toys. Actually, I think most of my friends and family think I am a big meanie, but I just can't take the clutter. I remembered reading in the Little House books about Laura's one rag doll and how much she loved her- Charlotte was special to her because it was made just for her by her mother and she wasn't inundated with so many other things. When I visit friends and family with overflowing play rooms it is almost like the kids can't settle down and play because all the toys overwhelm them.
Personally, I think a lot of the toy problems are parents who choose things thinking they look really fun/interactive, the kids don't play with them and the parents can't bring themselves to get rid of them. Not to mention that kids get something for every activity in their lives- stickers at the library, toys at restaurants, balloons at the grocery store. None of it seems remarkable or special because there is a sense of expectation attached to it. This is more of what I'm worried about, my kids expecting to always get something for no reason at all.
We did a huge toy purge last night (before I saw this thread!). If the toys don't fit neatly in the few baskets we have to contain them around the house then we have too many.