January 12, 2012 by Leah
So, we had the ultrasound and we don’t know anything more than we did two days ago. I was not a fan of the procedure (too many of my questions were answered with “because that’s the protocol of this particular radiology group”) and I kind of wish I hadn’t gone. That said, I’m moving on.
I’ve started The List people kept asking me about last fall. You know, the one about what we’re getting for baby. I thought I’d publicize how I’m doing with all this preparation.
I think a dedicated changing table is a ridiculous piece of furniture and would be happy to just use a changing pad, but Aaron doesn’t want to be changing poopy diapers on our bed for some reason. We thought about a dresser with a changing pad on top, but then discovered this collapsible changing table from IKEA.
- Crib – Aaron’s mom bought us a great one at a consignment shop.
- Crib mattress, organic – I bought one, and on sale.
- Changing table – We are going to seek the one we want this weekend.
- Dresser – uhhh…
- High chair – uhhh…
I’m going to breastfeed, and probably for so long that I start to make my relatives feel uncomfortable. Plus, I’m not planning on working after Sprocket is born, unless it’s from home. (Editing gigs will be happily accepted.) Thus, I don’t technically need a breast pump, but some advice from a friend convinced me it would be mighty handy to be able to hand feedings off to someone else. (Plus, having a stockpile of baby’s food appeals to my post-apocalyptic imaginings.) Then, another friend gave me her old double electric breast pump. Serendipitous.
- Breast pump – I have a Medela Pump-in-Style with about five million accessories.
- Bottles – I’ll buy a 3-pack of Evenflo glass bottles with sleeves (we drop stuff a lot).
- Nursing pads –Buying Lanacare wool pads.
- Nursing bras – I have a few hand-me downs to try, the rest will need to be found and bought. Ick.
- Lanolin – It looks like I can use this stuff as nipple cream and to lanolize my wool diaper covers! Score one for sheep secretions.
- Carseat – The Britax Roundabout 55 has good ratings, fits in a Prius, and will last through toddlerhood.
- Baby carriers – We’re getting a couple of Moby wraps from a friend, and buying a long woven wrap for me and an Ergo for Aaron/hiking.
- Stroller – I freaking hate strollers. Please don’t make me get one.
We’re cloth diapering, much to the chagrin of some people I know, but this makes the most sense for us based on the fact that we hate the lack of durability in today’s culture of disposability and planned obsolescence. (Seriously, we don’t have any paper towels in the house.) This is probably worthy of an entirely separate post, but here’s where I think we’re going to start. Also, I’m hoping to buy some if not all of the diapers used.
- Two dozen newborn size Cloth-eez organic prefold diapers – They are so handy that even if our baby quickly outgrows them, we will use them. My mom still uses my old cloth diapers to clean her flute.
- Three dozen size small Cloth-eez organic prefold diapers
- Three-pack of Snappis
- An assortment of diaper covers: maybe three of different styles in a newborn size, three in size small, two one-size-fits-all like BumGenius, and whatever soakers I knit up?
- Peri-bottle and wipes
- Diaper sprayer
Other soft goods
- Crib sheets, organic – Four: two flannel, two regular
- Onesies, organic – 1 dozen 0-3 months, 1 dozen 3-6 months
- Random cute things I knit between now and then
- Baby quilt – My mom is making one!
- Curtains for spare bedroom
- Boppy and covers – getting from friends, yay!
- Bath sponge (the kind you can lay baby on in sink or tub)
We also have an amazing assortment of new and hand-me-down clothes, blankets, stuffed animals, etc. already given to us by our lovely friends and relatives, so that’s why I don’t have, like, clothes on here. Plus, Sprocket is coming at the beginning of summer and I think it will probably spend a lot of time wearing nothing but a diaper.
So… Anything critical I’m missing? Other than, like, one of those baby medical kits?