I had a pram when we lived in Germany and really liked it. Unfortunately, it didn’t collapse at all, and our new home in Illinois had absolutely zero storage space and less than 900 sq. ft. of living space for six people, so the pram got cut pretty early on. However, I think this would be really handy, considering the nature of my work here. I could keep baby with me in comfort, no matter whether I end up in the garden, in the barn, or in the field. Pram wheels don’t turn, but I don’t remember steering being much of an issue. Even so, with the bigger wheels and actual suspension, the ride is wonderful. Europeans consider outdoor air to be extremely healthful (and I agree wholeheartedly!), so European baby carriages are designed with that in mind. This one is expensive, but it’s much more likely I could find the funds for this model than some other ones I’ve seen. If not, I’m sure we’ll get along quite happily without it. 🙂
Cloth diapers! These are not optional. 🙂 We’ve been using our cloth diapers for so long that we definitely need some new ones. I have a bunch in the smaller size for newborns that are good as new, since babies grow so quickly, but the main, workhorse size (medium, I’m thinking – sizing has changed since my last purchase), well, we’re all out of those. I’m not sure if we need more covers or not. I’ll have to check our supplies before placing an order. I’m pretty sure four dozen is plenty. I hate to leave diapers sitting for too long and usually wash them every two days.
Our old Moses basket had reached the end of it’s productive life, as well, so we’re in the market for a new one. I like to keep baby close at all times, especially in the early weeks, before anyone is settled into anything resembling a routine. Moses baskets are cute, portable and comfortable. Also, there is no room in our bedroom for anything bigger. Heck, there’s barely room for this!
And a Moses basket stand! I’ve never had one before, but I don’t like to leave baby on the floor, where it is colder and draftier. When Tommy was a newborn, I grabbed the two patio side tables from outside and set him up on those, but I don’t have any room for that with our current bedroom arrangement. This would be a fairly compact solution, I think, and quite mobile, for napping in the kitchen or the living room or anywhere!
Last, but not least, we’ll be needing a new infant carseat. I did not like our last one at all (part of an inexpensive travel system) and so did not keep it. Tommy is still in our regular-size baby carseat, even though he’s big enough for a booster, but I just think newborns get lost in those, rear-facing or no. I prefer an infant carrier until they’re too big to squeeze in anymore. I do not, however, like the way baby slumps in these, so I don’t care for a compatible stroller. I don’t like to leave baby in there any longer than necessary. Just the car seat, please.
I think we’re good on clothes and things. Brenna has dresser that would double nicely as a changing table, but I have to find a new one for her before I steal it.
All links are for my own benefit, so I know where to find the things I already decided I like. That’ll make my shopping easier after Christmas, when I’m too tired to care but getting dangerously close to an actual babe in arms. 🙂 Thanks for reading!