I know it may be a little early to be thinking about this, but I’m starting to think about what we’ll need to start collecting for our baby. I have been informed by Jill that we should be expecting a LOT from her, and that we won’t need to buy or register for very many “essentials.” She has a changing table, a crib, bottles, carrying sling, maybe a baby monitor, toys, enough diaper bags to give a few to me, decorations (if it’s a boy), and several other things. I am supposed to get a list of things that she is letting me borrow, so I can make another list of things I’ll need. I am going to make a registry at Target…I think we’ll need a “travel system” which I have heard is like a stroller and car-seat set (something that would fit in our car…I’ve heard they are huge), something to sit the baby in besides someone’s arms, a jogging stroller would be nice, and maybe some baby towels, clothes, or something. I know that garage sales and craigslist have baby stuff for sale all the time. Retail is way too expensive. Now for the crazy part…
We have been thinking of cloth diapering. Before you gasp, just know that I have researched this quite a bit and asked a new mother who has been cloth diapering exclusively for 6 months. Cloth diapering these days has made a comeback. It is a “greener” choice…the diapers can be re-used on multiple children, and though they are expensive on the front end, they end up saving something like $1000 over the course of 2 years of diapering. Plus, there’s a big re-sale market on them, believe it or not. I’ve researched a cleaning and rotation routine, figured out the pros and cons of the 3 basic types, and figured out what I’ll need to start. Apparently, you need about 24 diapers for your rotation. Then, as your baby grows out of them, you start re-selling and buying the next size up, if they’re not already one-size. They come in cute prints, too. All that to say, that I’ve created a diaper registry, since we won’t be needing a lot of other things. It is at http://nickisdiapers.com and you click on the “registry” tab, type in Whalen for the name. I registered for mostly neutral colors like white, greens, yellows, and then when we find out if it’s a girl or boy, I may add some pinks in there. Any questions out there?
I need to do laundry, vacuum, clean the bathrooms. I am stalling……………Zach is working in the library.