Happy FRIDAY everyone!!! I hope you all had a great week, it started out beautiful and gave us a taste of what’s to come but boy did that change fast! I don’t know about you but I’m about done with winter, actually I was done with it before it even started. At least the sun is shining! Today I wanted to talk about baby gear! This is a long post so grab a coffee and put your feet up!
The day you find out your pregnant is either one of the most terrifying or one of the most exciting days of your life.
When you take that pregnancy test that changes your life it feels surreal and for me I was in disbelief….soooo I had to take two more tests, annnd that $50 digital one annnnd one more for good measure before I was finally convinced. So many thoughts come to your mind during your first few weeks of this amazing discovery; how and when am I going to tell everyone, are we going to find out the gender, how am I going to decorate the nursery, am I going to feel nauseous, what foods am I going to crave, wait…how pregnant am I going to be at that wedding and what baby gear am I going to get?
Researching and looking into baby gear and products was one of the first things I started doing. I already had an idea of what I wanted but I needed to narrow it down, and that can sometimes be a daunting task with the bazillion baby products that are available. When I started reading and making lists I tried my best at keeping it short but they make it sound like you need EVERYTHING to survive with your new little human. Everyone is different but for the most part you really can survive without all the extra gadgets and gear. I would recommend investing more money on the things that you know you’ll be using all the time. For me a stroller was high on my list of priorities because I knew I wanted to go for lots of walks and planned on being out and about a lot with the baby. Everyone is different and everyone has different lifestyles, priorities and budgets, so what I found to be a must might not be for you. I wanted to share my favourite things because I found these types of lists so helpful when I was doing my research.
There are definitely items that I wish I had purchased, like a DockATot (or something similar) to put in your bed when they’re a newborn, and feeding every 1.5-2hrs. I think Cici slept in her bassinet for a total of 2 or 3 nights, after that we had her in our bed until she was about 3 months. We had these grand plans of having her sleep in a bassinet and not in our bed so we didn’t bother looking into a DockATot. That obviously didn’t happen but we didn’t know that until after she was born, and to spend $300+ on something that we weren’t sure about just wasn’t something we wanted to do. But everyone I had talked to that had a DockATot LOVED them and now I know why. It’s nice to have that extra barrier between you and baby but it’s soft and doesn’t have high sides. Some of the co-sleeping beds just seemed so big and clunky. Anyways my point is that I think that there will always be something that you wish you had splurged on but won’t figure that out until your babe is home.
So I’ve broken it down into categories: On the go, Nursery, Feeding and Activity. These are the main baby items that I couldn’t live without. As your baby grows and changes these needs will change as well, but for the bigger ticket items you always want to try and buy something that will last and grow with your little one.