- We cloth diaper. We use g diapers and LOVE them! Cloth diapering means that I do not throw away diapers (duh!) and I do a LOT of laundry.
- We were unable to breast feed. We tried and just could not get the hang of it. I decided the emotional toll of feeling like I was starving my baby outweighed the possible benefits if we could have gotten the hang of it and switched to formula by the time we had been home for 2 weeks.
- We are VERY busy people and on the go a lot of the time. Convenience rules in this house.
- My child has always had a need to have "alone" independent time during the day where he can play alone without being held or cooed at.
5. The number 5 item on my list is a tub-side seat for parents.
4. Number 4 goes to items that facilitate independent play at different stages.
The second picture is a jumper. We opted for the jumper over the saucer because they just look like more fun. The box said 4 months and up. We started using it at 3 months and just stuffed blankets behind him to keep him from falling over. He just wanted to be up so bad. He has loved this jumper since then. He is 8 and a half months now and can still use it (longevity) but does not want to be in it as long now that he can crawl. He doesn't want to be trapped.
The last item is an activity table. He played with it on the floor for the longest time, but now that he is a pulling up pro, he stands at it and plays all of the songs, scratches like a DJ, and pounds the drum with any toy he can find. This is his current favorite independent play item for sure!
3. Okay, I know that last one was kind of cheating since it was a 3 in 1, but they are all related. Number 3 is our water kettle.
2. The number 2 item on my list is our swing.
1. And the number one thing in our house is the crib hanging music/white noise machine thing...(I don't know what to call it)
Now for my bottom 5.
5. A TON of crib sheets and hooded towels and blankets. I did not take a picture because we all know what these things are. They are the things that everyone tells you that you can't have too many of. I am here to tell you, you can. Babies make a lot of laundry. Cloth diapering gives that laundry a since of urgency (so you don't run out of clean diapers). I do laundry at least every other day. That means that I can have 3 of any one thing and always have one clean. When Caedmon was little bitty and stayed in one spot in his bed and sometime spit up at night or during nap (or always in our case) we used the sheet saver pads so we didn't have to change his sheet 15 times a day. I rotate through 2 or 3 crib sheets and probably have 7 or 8. Same goes for hooded towels. I rotate through 3, don't wash them after every bath (after all, do we wash out towels after every use?). I have probably 8 hooded towels, most of which have never been used. We were not the kind of parents that wrapped receiving blankets around our baby (we used Velcro swaddle blankets which barely missed the top 5 list. Amazing things. Seriously). So I did not use many of the blankets we were given. I had a couple favorites that I used in the carseat and now at night, but there are several light weight receiving blankets that never saw the light of day from the bottom of the blanket bin.
4. Number 4 is the Bumbo.
I was convinced that I HAD to have this before Caedmon was born because we used them at the daycare I had worked at and they were great. Little did I know how much my kid would hate being put in it. His desire to play upright before he could sit independently was outweighed by some strong aversion to the Bumbo seat. He started sitting alone at 5 months and was perfectly happy risking the occasional topple rather than be in the seat. He just was not a fan.
3. Coming in 3rd is the bouncy seat.
2. Pre-baby purchased pacifiers are number 2.
1. And the number 1 (both in least of amount of use and most money spent) is breast feeding supplies.
Now, let me say, if I had been able to breast feed, I would have needed these things; however, I wish I had waited to purchase them until I was certain that breast feeding was going to work. No one needs these things the day the baby is born. The hospital can provide samples of lanoline and breast pads. The pump and cover could have waited. All of these things ended up in a box untouched (or mostly untouched). Again, I am not trying to be a pessimist, but the reality is that breast feeding does not work for everyone, despite what people say these days. If you are breast feeding well, send that good husband to the local baby store to get the need supplies. It can wait. Mine sit in my closet reminding me that I had to give up.
That's it folks. My list. Every family is different, but this is what proved important and unimportant for us. Comment with what is important or unimportant for you. I am also sure that some of things will change for us when we decide to have another baby, because they are all different.