Buy, Buy baby stuff (guest blog!)
My first guest blogger! The lovely Gina is here to share some new baby specific tips, so that when you buy for baby, you can buy (or rent!) smart.
Hi Y’all! My name is Gina, I’m the mom of a 15-month-old girl and I have a confession: I have too much baby stuff. It’s easy to do when you’re a first time parent – your registry is long and your friends and family generous. But there are some ways that you can get around that. So, here are a few space-saving ideas for baby gear that you just might need (or don’t need) in a small space.
Borrow: My first tip is to borrow what you can. Baby gear is used for such a small time, if you have friends who will let you borrow, do it. You don’t have to store it and you’ll need it for a hot minute. And really, there are only a few things you shouldn’t borrow. Like burp cloths. Those things get gross fast. And breast pumps (thought you can replace the tubing and things are fine. Otherwise, your insurance company is required to help you get one at low or no cost, thanks to the Affordable Care Act!). The rest of it? Bottles, clothes, nursing pillows - all of it, you can borrow.
Rent: Toys. Ugh. Where do I start. They pile up. They just multiply and you can’t seem to get rid of them. But, the folks at Sparkbox, well they’ve got your back. Sign up for their toy rental service and a box of developmentally appropriate toys comes your way every six or eight weeks. And since kiddos get tired of toys pretty fast, they’ll appreciate the rotation, too.
Buy: If you do need to purchase things yourself, here are some multi-purpose, small space smart keepers.
Jack of all trades: The Rock ‘N Play Sleeper is my most beloved baby product because it serves many functions. Bassinette, bouncy seat and swing, all in one. We put this right near our bed, before our daughter transitioned to her crib. While the one we had didn’t rock itself, I’d get this one and use it instead of a swing. And the Rock ‘N Play is great for just hanging out, too. It also folds up quite nicely, and you can also use it at bath time, where if you use this method, you don’t have to buy a baby bathtub.
Eat: There’s this thing in my kitchen that has a huge footprint and is super hard to clean: a high chair. It’s beautiful. I mean, really good-looking. I didn’t realize that in the land of baby gear, good-looking often means impractical. If I had to do it again, I’d get a booster that attaches to a chair, like this one. (adjusts for different ages, dishwasher safe... le sigh!)
In conclusion, have fun, new parents! It’s quite a ride!!