We went to Pottery Barn Kids, Target and Babies R Us for a variety of price ranges, styles and brands.
The. Process. Was. Overwhelming.
There are no fewer than 50 options for something as simple as diaper wipes. Did we want natural? Organic? Fresh scent? Natural and organic with a fresh scent?! There are baby swings that vibrate. Baby swings that rock. Baby swings with additional toys attached. Or would you like the vibration/swing combo, but pay extra for the attached teething ring? Don't even get me started on how many varieties of nipple pads there are for breastfeeding mothers. I mean, all I want is to not have milk stains on my bras and shirts, please!
At one point, we both looked at each other in near defeat, my husband pulling out his iPhone to look up product reviews as he saw my eyes tearing up. He consistently performs better under pressure than I do. While he remains rational, I contemplate knocking over displays when there are just simply too many choices (should I use my purse or my fist to mess this $&*! up?) I must make a face as I contemplate my frustrated destruction, because he immediately snaps into logical, rational action right as I get a solid grip on my purse for maximum effect!
Because when you don't know what your nipples will need, the most logical thing is to tear the store to shreds, y'all.
I don't understand why anyone needs SO. MUCH. STUFF. It's a baby! He'll need diapers, something to keep him warm, and consistent access to my chest. Why do people like having their entire homes run over with baby gear?! I'm a minimalist by nature (working on promoting these good habits in my husband...) and am not attached to "stuff." Therefore, our baby registry has 29 items of what we deemed were "essentials, nice-to-haves and wants" on it. Yes, all three categories covered in 29 items.
Like I mentioned, we did get our act together and actually make some purchases in addition to the registry creation. The thing we purchased that I'm really excited about is this car seat/stroller combo (see the car seat here - I couldn't for the life of me find a link to the system we bought. It's the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 transport system). It's amazingly light weight (I can pick up the stroller with one finger!) and everything clicks into and out of place. I plan on keeping the stroller in my trunk so I always have it while I run errands, the car seat base in my backseat and simply move baby around in the lightweight carrier. (I know, I know, "plans" are always great. I'll post an update after he arrives to see if my plans were on par with reality!)
|Graco ultra lightweight car seat and stroller|
Yay to a legitimate, simplified baby purchase!
|All three baby transport items: Bob running stroller, Graco lightweight stroller and car set|