Holy crap! I’m halfway through my 6th month of pregnancy. Our little guy is scheduled to being weighing in somewhere around 1.5lbs right about now, but he’s been measuring ahead so who knows! He’s almost 2/3 of the way cooked!
While Aaron has been hard at work transforming our neglected craft room into a proper nursery, I’ve been researching baby gear. It’s amazing how much stuff such a little person seems to require.
And speaking of gear, as the due date draws nearer and my belly expands, we’re starting to get questions about where we are registered. For some reason this is making me feel terribly guilty. I understand the joy of giving, and I’ve genuinely loved buying baby gifts for the little ones who’ve entered our lives, so I don’t know why I’m having a hard time with people wanting to spoil our little guy. But I’m struggling with it. Maybe because I feel like we’re already so blessed? Maybe because I see a lot of baby gear as short lived or disposable? Idk. I’m feeling weird about it, but pressing onward. Also we’re incredibly lucky. My cousin/friend Mariel and her family generously gifted us a BOUNTY of baby things handed down from their precious boys. Going through tub after tub of stylish little boy outfits felt like Christmas morning x 100. We are so well stocked on clothes at this point, that I’m begging people not to buy more, I don’t know how he’d wear them all!
But still, being first time parents there is a fair bit of gear we’re going to need or want.
Here are a few of the things we have our eyes on for baby A
As we start to register, we’re noticing some priorities emerging. Namely we want stuff that is:
Multi-purpose: This is a little bit about my preference to avoid our house being overun with ugly plastic baby junk, but also out of recognition that although I’ve been carrying this sweet little boy for 7 months now I still don’t have a good handle on what he’s going to like. I’ve met babies who LIVE for their swings and also babies who refuse to sit in them, so my thinking is, if a product has more than one use, I’m upping the chances Baby A has some use for it? I’m also partial to things that can grow with him.
Meaningful: We’ve picked Leo as the middle name for our little guy and as such are extra fond of Lion things. We’re also big fans of books, especially books that have special memories for us or the people who give them.
Mom/Dad recommended: Since this is our first go-round, we’re counting on recommendations for the tried and true baby must-haves from veteran parents. So parents out there, any advice?