How to hold down a full-time career, get a graduate degree, participate in a social/charity group, and grow a fetus in your uterus all at the same time. The working woman's guide to pregnancy.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

The Gear

We've just begun the process of figuring out what kind of stuff we actually need for the kidlet. Thanks to everyone for your great suggestions! There's a ton of stuff out there, and it's been helpful to know all you really need is a good car seat.

We've gotten a start on registries at:


Feel free to take a look and see if you have suggestions for additions or revisions. If we picked a stupid changing pad or something-- let us know!

One thing I've been finding it hard to register for are the essentials of cloth diapering. But I really, really want Bummi Super Whisper Wrap in the Andy Pandy print. Check it out... it's awesome. I'll probably do an entire blog at some point about cloth diapering. Stay tuned!


gammy said...

Butt paste???

The child has no crib, but he'll be all set on butt paste?

gs said...

I agree with butt paste. Both the butt paste and the California diaper rash cream cost twice as much as good old fashioned Desitin...and nothing works better than Desitin.

DarcyLaine said...

But it's called Butt Paste!!

Therefore, it has to be good.

Shanley said...

To go with the much criticized but utterly funny butt paste:

eipwek said...

I think I registered for Butt Paste too. Hey, if I'm not the one paying for it, who cares if it costs twice as much as Desitin? :) Shame on me.

Hooray for cloth diapering!!!! This is something I'm trying to feel my way through as well. I think I have a big enough "stash" to last the critter until he/she is about 4 months old. After that, we're screwed.

Lynanne said...

For cloth diapers, here is my favorite essential: (note you can sometimes find them cheaper on other websites). I use diaper-service quality flat diapers rather than the pre-cut because flat diapers are so useful for so many purposes. Pull-up style covers are so much easier and faster to wash/dry. I don't like snaps because I can never find setting that fits right. Velcro is better but it wears out and can't be bleached. (or it gets brittle). If you do go with velcro, make sure it has built in covers so that its not left exposed in the wash, snagging everything and causing holes.

Of course, I'd suggest you buy a few of each style and try them out for yourself. Some companies will give you a discount on one diaper (or not charge as much for shipping) if you explain you will be buying in bulk but want to try them out first.

Lynanne said...

Ooops, I was going to comment - I have tried the Bummi diapers. The plus - they are as quick and easy to use as a disposable. I have a few around just for quick changes in the middle of the night. However, I personally wouldn't use them exclusively. The downside is that they take a long time to dry in the dryer (not too eco-friendly). Also, when the plastic liner wears out, they leak and you have to trow out the entire diaper (or use a slip cover). They also cant be bleached and stains are harder to get out (stain treating gels/solutions degrade the liner).

One more suggested essential, no matter which type of diaper you choose: diaper liners! Depending on your philosophy, you can use a thin fabric kind or the disposable brands. Although they aren't useful for the early months, once the kidlet starts on solids, they make changing poopy diapers SO much easier. They keep the BM from getting stuck in the diaper fabric. Also, it's easier to dispose of solids in the toilet.

Whew- how's that for a lot of unsolicited ass-vice :)