Last weekend my parents drove down from Seattle to help us buy a bunch of baby things. And buy a bunch I mean ALL OF THE THINGS, with the exception of a few items I needed to research more, or that our one-stop-shop location didn’t carry. Even though we aren’t doing a baby shower, both our parents and my grandparents wanted to pitch in and help.
Since even before we got pregnant we did a lot of research on what kinds of products were out there and what things actually cost. I really had no effing clue how much we would be spending and on what. Plus! We wanted to make sure we could physically fit a crib and a baby into our 1 bedroom apartment before we even started in on the whole baby thing.
As far as products go, it helped that I had done an internship for a parenting website last fall and had written a lot a lot a lot of product reviews. So, even before I was pregnant I knew that 1) there were products out there that would fit into our life and 2) nothing was as expensive as I feared it would be. Of course you can spend as much as you want and as much as you have – just like wedding world. You can buy lots and lots of things, or you can by not so many things. We have friends who rocked hard in baby land and had lots of doo-dads for baby to play with, lots of different soothing chairs, lots of baby gyms and stuffed animals, etc etc. But I’m more in the “let’s get something that will last as long as possible so we don’t have to buy another one for a year” camp. How can we buy 1 thing that will take the place of 5 without spending obnoxious amounts? This has been my angle during research and purchase. And so far – though it is yet to be determined – I think we are doing ok. So, in case you are in the same boat as me, or are thinking about being in the same boat as me, let’s break it down.
This is the DaVinci Kalani mini crib. And it is $145.00. I thought cribs started at $500 dollars, but it turns out that’s not true. While figuring out what cribs I liked and what cribs would fit, I felt really crappy about not being able to fit very many cribs into our room. I felt like it was something I was settling on and instead of a cool, hip, modern, edgy, badass, not-over-the-top-yet-perfect-crib, I would be getting a meh crib that fit. I was resigned to the meh feeling until we finally saw this crib in real life (online research is the only way to go when you feel horribly hungover for 4+ months). Turns out! This is actually an adorable, classic, solid crib. And now that I have it home and unpacked, it doesn’t feel like settling at all. It feels completely perfect.
We opted to not get a traditional changing table and instead bought the Hemnes 8 drawer dresser from Ikea. It was $300.00 and will afford us enough top space for diapers/wipes/changing pad/etc and has an added bonus of enough drawer space so that mommy (me) can shove the sweatshirts and pajama pants that have been living on top of my grown up dresser. Ha-Cha-Cha two-fer! I’m not showing off our room yet because I haven’t completed the finishing touches (like new awesome knobs for the ikea dresser, wall art, blahblahblah). We also plan on getting Velcro tape and Velcro-ing the changing pad to the top of the dresser to prevent slippage. Voila.
This was the one thing I knew going into baby-stuff-buying that I wanted to splurge on. This is the Bumbleride Indie and we paid $480, but it’s on Amazon for $386. We made the decision to not order things online because we have limited experience with baby items in real life and wanted to touch and feel and test drive…. and not pay for shipping. Also this stoller is in black/grey… I wanted the seagrass/teal option but they didn’t carry that color in store and when it came down to it I cared more about getting it all handled than I did about waiting/paying for shipping for the other color. It has an SPF fabric sun protector, is super adjustable in lots of different ways, easy to push and collapse, and is awesome for walking trails, the mall, the beach, whatever. Plus we can stick our car seat on it for as long as is convenient. Maybe you can’t splurge on anything or maybe you can splurge on all of the things! We did so much review reading, so much “sorting by best rated” before settling on an item, so much discussing of what was really important to us, where we wanted the dollars to go – there is a chance that maybe we care more than the average bear, but we debated almost every item. Color, expense, all of it. Even though it was annoying at times, the payout is having a house full of baby stuff that we’re totally content with. And though it is still yet to be seen – I have no regrets on any purchase big or small.
Car Seat! We have the Graco 35 Snugride. It fits with our stroller, will be good for the baby until it’s 35 lbs, and will probably prevent death in a car accident. Win! We paid $170.00. The weirdest things about buying baby stuff are the warning labels. I didn’t read any of them because this is pretty much what they say, “If you use this item in a certain way IT WILL KILL YOUR BABY.” That’s a whole lot of fear shoved right up the butt of new parenthood. No thanks. I’ll do my best to not kill my kid, I will use common sense and the latest safety technology. Beyond that – sometimes shit happens. Sometimes kids die. That would be a horrible horrible heart breaking tragedy, but I can’t pour over every possible death scenario. Life is messy.
And because Kamel loves tech and I love love love 1 product that does 15 things, we got the MamaRoo! It moves in a bunch of different ways and mimics the way mom’s and dad’s move and sway. This is our one soothing chair and was $200. This is our ridiculous play toy thing. The kid may love it, or tolerate it, but we were really excited to get it. And that’s part of the point of all of this right? It’s all “for the kid” but… it’s really for the parents. If you are interested in the MamaRoo you should check out the video on the website explaining how it works. It’s mesmerizing!
We also got an Ergo Carrier with stars on it. I tried it on using an All Detergent bottle as my baby stand-in. It’s really comfortable and I’ll show you more on that at a later date. For now though, I need to go vote!