We’ve had a break from house stuff this weekend, focusing on getting some baby things sorted out instead. A friend of ours just gave birth at 34 weeks (Mum and baby are fine) but it just made me realise how fast the weeks are going and how underprepared we would be if she arrives early!
Between gifts, things borrowed and things bought we now have (or have on the way):
- Moses basket and stand, plus sheets and blankets
- 2 swaddling blankets
- Muslin cloths
- Monitor with temperature display
- 2 bottles and a steriliser
- Changing mat
- Changing bag
- Travel cot (to be used at my parents house or if we ever go away)
Plus we’ve been offered the loan of a few other items which we need to chase up and see if the offers are still going! I’ve also got quite a healthy collection of clothing on the go that just needs to be supplemented with a few items. We still need to sort out everything relating to travel and a proper cot, not to mention storage and furniture. However, I feel much better knowing that we’ve now sorted out somewhere for the baby to sleep, basic changing gear and some clothing! Further research has left me unconvinced by baby baths. I keep looking at them but they all seem to be humungous pieces of hideous plastic that we would have nowhere to keep (our home is very small). I’m seriously beginning to consider just getting a washing up bowl!
I’ve spent a lot of time on the internet today, comparing products. Argos was brilliant – the prices were often better than their competitors and there were lots of reviews which I like because they give a bit of insight into what these things are really like to use – where to spend a bit more money, where you could cut a few corners and so on. Some things I’m happy to borrow, other things I want to get new. Horses for courses I suspect. I’m really happy with what we’ve got so far. We’re going to have to get the spare room done soon though, otherwise there’ll be nowhere to put any more stuff…