I am writing this because I recently attended a shower and it got me to thinking about baby essentials. If I could choose only 10 things to make it from birth to 6 months what would I choose? What did I use the most?
Here's my list:
1. Swaddling blankets. I am a huge fan of swaddling. Especially after reading this book. I can't pass an unswaddled baby without having my hands get all itchy. And I know there are lots of fancy swaddling blankets out there now, but my absolute favorites are waffle weave blankets. They are stretchy and light enough to get those babies all tucked in. They wash up nice and soft and guess what? They are cheap!
My other favorite are the blankets my sister-in-law Julie gave me for my last two...cable knit cotton. You still get that nice stretch factor and for winter babies, that added warmth. Patrick still loves his.
I also loved the muslin blankets for Janey.
2. Pacifiers. I had one baby that wouldn't take one, and it just about did me in. Being a human pacifier is no fun. I'll pay the orthodontia bill later, it's worth every cent to me.
3. A sling carrier. (That's my 16 year old Isaac in there. Sob.)
4 . Good old cloth diapers for burping and and handy on the changing table too. I like the old-fashioned kind because my mom used these for diapers. The diaper man would come and pick up the icky-smelly ones and leave the ones that smelled so divine I will remember that scent forever.
5. I wore out (maybe one or two was "accidentaly" popped by a child?) 4 exercise balls bouncing fussy/colicky babies. I couldn't live without one. It beats walking the halls.
6. I love Dr. Sears and have a well worn copy of The Baby Book. I think he is the father of Attachment Parenting, before Attachment Parenting was something you were supposed to capitalize.
7. I had fun dressing my first and second baby in all sorts of cute things. When I had my third and didn't have time for fussy clothes, or matching outfits, I decided that I loved a pair of clean Carters terry pj's and that's what my babies wore the majority of their days and nights. It made things simple, and cuddly.
8. A monitor. I'd be a nervous Nellie without one.
9. An exersaucer thingy. Anything to be entertained, upright and looking around, while I did all the stuff I had to do. I would have loved to have one of those little bumpo seats everyone gets now...they are much cuter and don't take up so much space.
What did I miss that would be in your #10?