From my many reviews on this site, a simple thing can have a lot associated with it, for sure!
I'm finding that preparing for a baby is kind of the same thing. We set up a crib last week and have a car seat, and according to my parents, this is all we really need for now. Being pretty minimal, I tend to agree, except we had been getting questions about a registry, which we finally opened recently.
We tried to take a minimal approach. Knowing clothes would be outgrown and will somehow show up no matter what, we barely mention those things on there. Many of the things are kind of "nice" to have but not necessary, much like, yes, it's nice to have compression socks, but not necessary. Of course, because of two mobile people, we had to get two car seats. And yes, the baby needs books! Also, we're going to need first aid stuff and blankets, right?
|One of the "we might need this?" items.|
We decided to forego getting a changing table and will be using the top of a dresser with a pad. We did not register for any swings or high chairs, too many toys, or anything that we don't foresee using within the next six months or things that might be handed down to us. Still, the "want" list is quite long, though luckily most items are fairly inexpensive.
One thing I'm grappling with is the glider, a big-ticket item I wanted one similar to the one below, but the reviews are mixed/bad, and it would pretty much be the most expensive thing we've needed so far (besides the stroller + car seat combo we got, but it's a combo...). There are more ideal gliders, but they are way out of the price range. Plus, since I haven't been able to try any, I don't want to deal with the hassle of hating it and returning it... if that's even allowed.
We have an office recliner that we barely use (similar to what's below), which might seem strange, but it actually reclines, and I wouldn't have to worry about an extra piece of furniture later on. I am naively hoping that the baby won't need so much rocking (I have a stability ball for that).
If all else fails, I can make "The Ukrainian" run out and get one in a pinch, right?
The bottom line, though, is that my mother was able to raise all of us without so much stuff, so maybe cutting corners now wouldn't be so bad. I mean, we all turned out fine. ;) This baby already has so much more than we did, and it won't affect the type of person he or she will grow up to be. Just like my running hasn't really gotten any better... though definitely more pleasant with stuff!