Coulda Shoulda Woulda
We've been thinking about this for a while: Which baby gear items did you find crucial? Which baby gear items are you sure you could do without? Which ones did you wish you have? Share with us the wisdom of your experience!
Baby gear items we found crucial:
- Tons of onesies, pjs with footsies, receiving blankets, wipes. Especially for the first 3 months or so. Tons of pee, poop, and drool everywhere require frequent costume changes unless you launder every 8 hours.
- A soft baby carrier that you can use from birth: Ergo, Bjorn, Maya sling. The Ergo and Slings can even be used well past 2 years old, depending on your size and baby's size.
- Kiddapatamous bundle-me thing. It's wind-resistant on the outside and cozy fleece on the inside. Can be used to add coziness when baby is in a front carrier/sling, stroller, car seat. Can also be used as a makeshift changing pad.
- A sturdy lightweight stroller. Combi lightweight stollers (which weight around 12-13 lbs.), Maclaren Trimuph or Volo, the Chicco Caddy.
- Fleecey sleep-sack. No more need for a blanket if they're cozy in this sleep bag.
- The Baby Book, by Dr. Sears.
Baby gear items we could do without:
- High Chair. It's cost- and space-inefficient. When baby 2 came around, we went with the booster route, and they even make reclining boosters now. Fully collapsible, most are completely dishwasher safe. Luxurious!
- Travel System. We noticed that baby would rather be worn and go for a walk in the 'hood or ride on the train/bus than be strapped in a carrier that gets strapped to a stroller.
- Outfits for baby under 3 months old. A couple of outfits were ok, but baby seriously only needed onesies and the full-length PJs. And lots of them at that! Around 6 months, it started getting to be more fun to play dress-up, when they could sit upright more and start to stand.
Baby gear items we never had and we wonder "Did we need 'em?":
- Bouncy/vibrating seat.
- Baby swing.
- Changing table.
- Wipe warmer.
- Diaper champ/genie.