Today I am 35 weeks along – eek! I decided to inventory the nursery to figure out what I still need to purchase in order to be prepared should Baby arrive early.
Armed with a checklist of “Baby Essentials”, I spread out all the newborn clothes, blankets and other assorted baby goods and began checking things off. And then quickly stopped.
Apparently, my daughter is going to be very well dressed, but as for bathed, diapered, fed… not so much.
4-8 Bodysuits or onesies – Check! 4-8? Ha! I have a dozen, at least. I am so on top of things.
4-8 Undershirts – Check! Oh wait, take that back. The undershirts are for 6-9 months. No 0-3 months undershirts. Put that on the “To Buy” list.
4-8 One-piece pajamas – Um, how do I tell the difference between the regular onesies and the onesie pajamas?
2 Blanket Sleepers – What’s a blanket sleeper?
Bunting Bag – What’s a bunting bag???
OK, the layette list wasn’t going so well. Let’s move on to the Nursery list and revisit the layette later.
Crib – Yes! Hooray! We have a crib!
1-3 washable crib mattress pads – Really? I need 3 mattress pads? I have one, so that’s a start.
2-4 Crib sheets – OK, I have crib sheets. So far not failing in nursery preparedness. This is going better than the layette.
4-6 Soft, light receiving blankets – Uh, I have a lot of blankets. What qualifies it as a “receiving” blanket?
1-2 Heavier blankets – See “receiving blankets”
Rocking or Arm Chair – on back order.
Music Box – Negative.
Crib mobile – Nope.
Nightlight – Not yet?
Swing or Bouncy Chair – Efffffff.
Alright, the nursery list started out promising, but quickly went the way of the layette. Better just to move on to the next list and go back to the remaining nursery items.
Perhaps you can guess how the “Feeding” list went?
I need 10-16 bottles??? But I’m nursing! Not to mention a bottle warmer, bottle sterilizer, bottle brush – who knew bottles were so high maintenance?
I won’t even go into the “Medicine Cabinet” or “Bath” lists. Let’s just say I am the worst, most ill-equipped, and now completely panicked mom-to-be.
And I thought I was prepared because Damon and I (I mean Damon, obviously) already installed the car seat. How misguided.
I also have a feeling some of these items are not “essentials” for a newborn. For example, a high chair? For an infant that is going to be breastfed? I’m pretty sure that a high chair can wait. So moms, dads and general baby-experts, what are the real essentials? For an INFANT. Let me take that further – an infant that pops out early before her first-time mom (who I swear is not completely irresponsible, just clueless) buys out Babies R Us. Which is now going to happen this weekend.