A Guest Contribution by Megan Krecsmar
Baby Gear Must-Haves Comparison
If you’re anything like me you had quite a hefty list of must haves for your first child. I had a rather extensive and expensive registry.
I had the usual, the crib, the car seat, the stroller, the changing table, the bouncy seat, the swing, and blankets. Lots of blankets.
I had all of my gear bought, assembled, and ready for baby by 30 weeks. My hospital bags were packed. I was nothing if I wasn’t prepared.
Finally, after weeks of anticipation and a daily countdown, it was baby time.
Those blankets, those gorgeous blankets I had came in super handy. Now only did they keep baby nice and comfortable, they also washed super easy for all of the spit up and poop that newborns do.
The crib that I had spent hours researching and searching for just the exact shade of eggshell that was *perfect* for the nursery never actually held my baby BUT it made for excellent blanket storage.
The changing table that wasn’t too matchy-matchy but still coordinated with the eggshell crib and that sat just so perfectly diagonal in the corner was quickly abandoned for a changing pad on the floor in the living room because I was not about to talk down the hall to change the baby. BUT it made for exceptional blanket storage.
My stroller, oh my stroller, I spent weeks tracking it down because it had special wheels, was easy to fold down, and was super compact. Baby hated that stroller so I ended up carrying a baby pushing an empty stroller. Actually, no, it wasn’t empty. It really made for not-at-all-practical blanket storage on the go.
The swing I had had all the bells and whistles of its day. I was careful to buy the plug in kind because baby was going to love it and I didn’t want to be changing batteries all the time. Baby hated the swing BUT-say it with me now- it made for great blanket storage.
For my latest baby (I can’t even keep track of how many I have at this point), I seemed massively unprepared compared to my first. I was too busy changing diapers, picking up toys, helping with homework, and breaking up sibling battles to have much of a countdown. I didn’t even start packing a hospital bag until contractions had set it.
What are your current baby gear must-haves and are they different from your must-haves with your first?