It is terribly cliché to say this but it is true: I am totally smitten with our little man. Everything about having a newborn is hard. From not knowing what to do to knowing what to do and actually implementing it. The tagline for this blog is “Chronicles of Adjusting” and initially, it was about how I was trying to adjust to living in a rural community coming from a city setting. That morphed to learning to eat gluten-free and seasonally. The lesson I’ve learned is that life is constantly about adjusting.
Part of adjusting to my new role as a Mom is coming to terms again with where we live. Things are not close and being homebound with a newborn is hard no matter where one lives. The closest grocery store to us is 15 minutes away and the closest store I actually want to shop at is 30 minutes away. I haven’t yet been able to take our little one with me anywhere other than the doctor partly because I’m intimidated and partly because he isn’t ready. We have taken a few walks in the neighborhood when it isn’t freezing out! Our friends and family have been superstars in recognizing our need for company.
When we were registering for baby products I was determined not to accumulate an excess of stuff. Over the past couple of years, I’ve gone from feeling a great urge to furnish our home to feeling a great need to own less. Before we even got anything for the baby I began purging our own items and you know what? I could and should continue, we simply have more than we need. I searched the wonderful wide web for Minimalist Baby Registries and found quite a few. They were life savers. Everything that follows is based on personal preference and choice. What is right for us may not be right for someone else. That’s ok!
Baby Products I’m Loving
Finnish Baby Box: Have you read this article from BBC? I read it when it first was published and was intrigued. Once we were looking for items we needed for the baby I was thrilled to find out that one can purchase them. There are a few companies that make them but this is the one I received. Essentially the box is a baby starter kit from gender neutral clothes to baby nail clippers. The box is equipped with a mattress and is intended for the baby to sleep in. Ours fits perfectly on my nightstand next to our bed. I can easily access the baby for all his midnight feeds. The clothes are adorable and the snowsuit is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
BumGenius: We decided to cloth diaper for a couple of reasons:
- Environmentally friendly
- Overall cost savings
- Seemed more comfortable than disposable
- They are freaking adorable
We love our cloth diapers! We have 15 they are working out great. When our little man was teeny tiny we used disposable but he quickly outgrew those and we haven’t looked back. We bought ours on Amazon and due to the amount of gift cards we received we paid about $30 out of pocket for these.
Sleep Sheep: I love the ocean sounds and the portability of this guy. Get a sound machine, it works wonders!
Rockaroo: Our little one spends a lot of time in here awake and asleep. He genuinely seems to enjoy it which means so do we! Gift cards for the win again on this one. We ending up paying very little out of pocket after using the gift cards we received.
Halo SleepSack: Oh my word has this been a lifesaver! Full disclosure, Zach is a swaddling pro and I am not. I’ll blame it on having too little sleep and too much to do but I’m awful at swaddling. The baby Houdinis his way out of every swaddle I attempt. This SleepSack has solved that issue for me. Huzzah!
Pura Kiki Bottle: Stainless steel which I love! No plastic is a beautiful thing.
We have a lot more products but these are the ones we use consistently day in day out.
Having a baby can be expensive but with a little cunning, it doesn’t have to be. Gift cards are awesome and as I mentioned above saved us a ton of money. Gift receipts are great for returns but don’t fret if you didn’t receive them. We received a duplicate item from Amazon and I was able to chat online with a representative and send the duplicate back in exchange for store credit. It took a while but it totally helped us out. We have yet to buy this child a single article of clothing because we have received so much from friends and family. I think he has more clothes than I do!