I love when my team has babies. Sarah is in our PR department and a first time mom-to-be. She has a lot of questions. We’re hoping you can help.
I just got super overwhelmed registering for my baby shower.
I thought we would be there for 20 minutes. Nope. We came out 2 hours later – with more questions than answers.
I’m 6 months pregnant with my first baby. I think this might be the craziest time of my life – and the baby isn’t even here yet! I’m overcome with happiness for this new life (a baby girl!), but also stressed (What does it mean to be a mom? How will this change me and our marriage?). I’m excited to hear other people’s stories, but worried about having the right stuff.
Which leads me to the "stuff." Did you know there are $1100 strollers out there? For 1 baby! I have to tell you, part of me is appalled…but part of me wants it. I get really sold on hype and style, and part of me is like, "Why not register and see if I get it?"
But then I have to alert the "Mom voice" in me (my Mom’s - not my own) and say, "Sarah, there are plenty of babies doing just fine who didn’t have a fraction of these fancy things!"
The voice is right. I also have a small apartment and a husband who is in school, so we need to focus on the basics. But we also want to have nice, quality things – that don’t need to be replaced. Should they all be organic? What is worth splurging on? What is a giant waste of money? What do I need to make sure I have when she gets here? What can I buy later? Will I really make all her food? Where do I buy cute but inexpensive girl clothes? And what is the most stink-free diaper pail?!
See? Head. Spinning.
In my attempt at keeping a balanced approach to my registry list, I still struggle with the new "Keeping up with the Joneses" world I’m about to enter. Yes, it’s materialistic. But do you find that strollers and car seats and nursery décor have become the mommy status symbol?
When it comes to strollers, my friend told me that my stroller choice will say a lot about me. She says: Bugaboo Moms are often superficial. Bob Moms are sporty and want to go running together. UppaBaby Moms are moderately high end and fair trade focused. And City Stroller Moms focus on practicality. Oh, I didn’t realize I was pushing more than my baby in this thing?!
So there’s definitely a mix of wanting the best for my baby but also creating a world that is comfortable for me as well. And yet, it has to be affordable and fit in my apartment.
So tell me, what is your favorite baby product? And what
didn’t you need?