Lisa was wondering what new baby things were out there, and what I've bought for the new baby so far. You want more talk about baby things? Welllllllll....OKAY.
The twins were our last babies for sure, so we got rid of their infant car seats, so I needed to buy a new infant seat for this baby. I chose a Graco Snugride in the Devon pattern (what? fabric pattern is a crucial issue). I also bought itsy bitsy baby socks: I like the six-packs they have at JCP because they have good thick ribbing and seem to stay on the baby's feet better than some, although socks and baby feeties are natural enemies. I bought a couple of packs of Carter's onesies, because most of our onesies were shot after four children; Carter's and Old Navy are my favorite onesies because they're softer and stretchier than Gerber, and hold up better as handmedowns (our Gerber ones got all droopy). I've also bought a number of tiny little blue outfits, most decorated with puppies, when I found them on clearance. The socks and onesies we actually needed, but I have no excuse for the outfits. We have tons of boy clothes, especially in the sizes that don't get a lot of wear.
One of my most-used baby items is a vibrating bouncy seat. Some babies hate these, but all of mine so far have wanted to marry it. Our bouncy seat broke when the twins were just outgrowing it, so I bought a new one: a light blue Just One Year one, on clearance of course at Target (this is the version that replaced it; it's very similar to the one I have).
Something I saw while buying the car seat is this hot little number: the Graco SnugGlider car seat swing frame. You put the car seat right into it, making your car seat into a swing. But it is $50, which seems steep for that little frame: it comes in a box the size of two shoeboxes end to end. If this new baby loves him a swing, though, I will reconsider buying it; my excuse will be the trip we're going on when he's about 3 weeks old, and how handy it would be to have a portable baby-quieting device along for the hotel.
I've been hearing a lot about the Bumbo and how awesome it is, and it's something I'm considering for when this baby is a little older. My babies are always a little late on the physical development (I'm sure it's because they're too busy learning physics and calculus), so something that helps the baby sit up a little earlier would be nice. With so many children roiling around the house, I wouldn't want to be a baby lying vulnerably on a blanket.
I'm still looking for a perfectly sized diaper bag. Regular diaper bags are too big; I didn't even need one that large when I had twins. The one I use now is called a "short trip" diaper bag, and with careful packing it holds four diapers, one of those slim boxes of diaper wipes, two sippee cups, two bibs, and a baggie of snacks, plus it has a couple of compartments I use for things like acetaminophen, a plastic bag (in case I need a Grossness Containment Chamber), and a small bottle of hand sanitizer (which, according to my alert, "finger on the pulse of mass forwarded email" mother-in-law, I should stop letting the children drink). This bag is perfect for a couple of toddlers, but not big enough for what I now will need to add: a fresh baby outfit for after he poops/spits all over himself, a few baby diapers, and a folded-up blanket for concealing scandal during nursing.
Chime in, all you pregnant people and new parents: what great new baby products have you found? Give me an excuse to go out shopping. Um, in a few weeks.
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