Recently, I read a great blog post about preparing for baby’s arrival that helped me focus my baby preparations. It is very easy to get sucked into baby-stuff-itis when you’re getting ready for a new little arrival, and I know. Sometimes, I find myself wishing I could just go on a wild shopping spree and buy my baby everything she’ll ever want or need, and be done with it all. But this blog post was a huge encouragement to me, and has helped me reel my focus in on what is important. Here are the things I learned, as well as some thoughts of my own. (Sorry I can’t put a link the post, I was reading it in the middle of the night when my little one’s kicking and partying in the womb was keeping me awake, and haven’t the faintest clue what website it was.)
Baby’s need very little to keep them happy. Really, here is all they need:
- Clothes to wear
- Something to catch their #1′s and #2′s
- Somewhere to sleep
- A way to get around with mom and dad (aka, a car seat)
Now, one could debate a lot here and I am not looking to start a debate over what each person considers a need for their baby. However, the fact of the matter is that despite what modern marketers tell us, you don’t need all the extras to have a happy, healthy baby. They slept well through the night without mobiles, and parents managed just fine without baby monitors. I made a short list of a few of the things parents how consider necessary, which really aren’t:
- Crib (at least to start out)
- Fancy, cute, brand-new, matching clothes
- A nursery (yes, they can sleep in your room until they are a little older)
- Fancy decorations for their room
- And the list goes on…
A friend of mine has six children, and when her children are very little, they keep them in a laundry basket. No, I’m not kidding, one of those plastic shallow and wide laundry baskets- and yes her children are all perfectly fine and healthy. A laundry basket might not be the most high class way to let baby nap but it is portable, light, wipes out easily when it needs to be cleaned, and can be used for years, until that little one is off having their own little baby.
Now, I’m not saying that if you have a crib for your baby, you’re not a real frugal parent, or you are silly. My parents bought brand new crib for my daughter because I didn’t have one and was thrilled about it. It also did not strain my budget or cause me to not have anything I truly needed.
So if you are a new mom and are feeling stressed because of all the things your baby “needs” then take a deep breath. I promise it’ll be ok if you can’t have fifteen extra binkies lying around the house, or all matching outfits clothes for your little bundle of joy. In fact, having a small amount of things for baby might just make your life that much simpler. Can I get a woot woot for less laundry?