I thought this list was great
Newborn Essentials: a natural mama’s must haves for the first 2 months of life
Love it--got some great tips/ideas from all the links she had on there. Although she's right, every mom has her own "must haves" and a few of mine are different.
I disagree on some points, but I would kill for a P&Ts stroller!
Oh, and for anyone who's interested, you can make you own wool "puddle pad" or mattress topper for a fraction of what you'd spend on a pre-made/brand name one. Speaking of which, this is something I need to get on for the new babe. One for the cradle, and one for our bed.
I agree! And should of added that I have a lot of what she has on her list, only I either found a cheaper & sometimes better version (cloth dipes I don't use what she uses) and the wool puddle pads I was able to buy my own wool & make them for tons cheaper
I'm sorry, but I had to laugh at the $500 stroller and mattress, with the cheap do-it-yourself crib tent
Jessica & Daniel
I will say, if you plan on having more children, it isn't a bad idea to invest in a good stroller and a good mattress ~ our third kid still loves riding in the singleton stroller we bought #1 and sleeping on the crib mattress we bought #1!
And I second a jogging stroller ~ nothing lets you get back in shape and.or feel like your self again post partum like a jog with baby.
I would disagree on the pacifier and the mirror (I always thought that they were dangerous for some reason? I must be wrong!), but it is a nice list.
The paci, I say avoid that altogether if you can help it. We introduced one with Jesse at 3 weeks because they child wanted to suck 100% of the time and my boobs were too sore! And then it took 6 different pacis to find one he would not spit out immediately.
The mirror...eh, we use one of those. I'm terrified of my babies choking or otherwise stopping breathing in their car seat. I'm probably just being paranoid.
One other thing on that list that was kind of weird to me was the wool car seat thing....all car seat manufacturers say to NOT have anything like that between the baby and the car seat.
Oh, and if anyone is interested in finding some of these things for like, half off, keep an eye on sites like greenbabybargains.com, babysteals.com, kidsteals.com, mamabargains.com, and babyhalfoff.com . I've seen The Aden and Anais blankets on a couple of those sites. Cloth diapers are also on there fairly frequently. And yesterday I got mommy and kiddo coordinating Kleen Kanteens. Even with shipping (to Canada) I paid roughly about what I'd spend on ONE of those, taxes in, here in Canada.
Amber, I agree on the wool pad thing ~ we had one of those fleece zip up thingies and I thought I read once that they actually void the warranty on the car seat as they are unsafe? I think that Jordan actually posted something about it like a billion years ago.
We have a Bob jogger, which I can't recommend enough. Our "normal" singleton stroller, which we bought for my first was a Bumbleride. We had a belt seam rip and I called them ~ they sent me an entirely new seat cover/interior 2 years after I bought it ~ so now 4 years and 3 kids later the thing is like brand new! Love Bubmleride! I like it because it fits an older child well, had an adaptor bar with our carseat, and a reversible handle so I could walk facing baby, or with baby facing out.
This is the one I got, HUGE pic, but I just cut and paste, I also think it's smaller in lengthe than the Baby Trend ones