After making the world's most over-thought list of baby essentials, my plans were changed when I realized that people will just give you stuff. Awesome stuff. Check out the world's cutest blue and gold hat, hanging out in our baby clothes drawer:
My friend Laura made that. I know. I was blown away. Frank and I are in love with it and we can't wait to put it on Baby's head as soon as the little one makes an appearance.
Anyway, so here are the rules I followed in deciding what to actually get.
1. No buying of clothes. My friend Maggie had a baby in July, and she told me over and over again not to buy any clothes, because we would receive more than enough as gifts. She was right. Baby already has a fully-stocked wardrobe with every kind of soft, snuggly outfit you can imagine.
2. No buying of anything we can get for free. I made a list below of all the baby stuff we currently have. The only things on this list we bought were the crib, disposable diapers, Puj tub and "diaper bag" backpack—and we used gift cards for all four, so they were "free" for us too. Everything else was borrowed or a gift.
Oh, Frank also bought a few onesies for the baby, including that "Southside Irish" one in the picture above (he loves that thing). Rule #1 only applies to me, not him.
Baby gear we actually have
Graco Travel Lite crib with stages
I was set on exclusively co-sleeping (saves space and money!) until I realized Baby needs a place to nap during the day while I'm going about my business. So we went to Babies R Us to scope out the options, and Frank fell completely in love with this crib that grows with your child, from infant bassinet to full-fledged crib. He wanted to buy it on the spot! Instead we waited a few weeks for a big sale on Graco products and used a gift card to order it. Free shipping, too. Score.
Insane amount of onesies and socks (Frank's little brother works at Old Navy and he buys us all kinds of baby clothing. One time baby socks went on sale for $0.25 each and he bought $20 worth. Baby will have socks FO LYFE.)
Two Boppy pillows
Infant car seat/bucket carrier
Stroller that fits with infant car seat
Baby carriers: Baby Bjorn, Moby wrap, and ring sling
Two baby bath tubs (a regular plastic one, and the foldable Puj Flyte)
Cloth diapers (prefolds—we're hoping to add some AIOs to the stash)
Sophie the giraffe
Breast pump (Did you know you can get breast pumps for free through some insurance plans? That's what I did. Thank you, health insurance!)
Disposable newborn diapers
Baby bath supplies (body wash, lotion, etc.)
Several darling books and toys
Baby bath towels
White noise machine (Frank's radio alarm clock makes nature sounds, beach sounds, etc. Two birds, one stone.)
"Diaper bag" aka the lightest backpack we could find (My baby-expert friend Maggie told me to get a diaper backpack instead of tote bag, and I do as I'm told)
I may be missing a few things, but overall, I think we just might be set!
The one thing I want to try and collect a few more of is cloth diapers, because although we have a bunch right now, they were borrowed and we will need to return them to my co-worker at some point.
Ok, sorry to do this again, but fellow moms, help a mother out. Anything crucial I'm missing? Thank you thank you in advance!