So, it’s a little awkward to be honest. 1) I know very little about what I need for a baby. 2) I feel like I am asking for presents. 3) Carting items back to the States isn’t much of an option, so direct shipping is a must. Luckily, it isn’t a steep increase from what I can see.
I’ll admit that I started creating my registry back when only my family new about this new addition. I was pretty secretive about it, after all, who makes a registry when they’re barely a couple of months along? Turns out, lots of first time mamas. We just get so excited, and feel like we should go ahead and jump in!
The thing is, while I feel like I am not a complete novice (12 nieces and nephews, after all), I really know very little about what goes on behind the curtains. I mean, what does a baby really need? It eats. I’ve got that covered (I hope). It poops. Diapers–check! It sleeps. No worries! So do I! So what else will the little guy require?
My goal is to keep this as minimalistic as possible. That’s why I decided to stop now. I started adding clothes, and I decided I should at least hold off a while. Babies don’t really need clothes do they? Totally joking. Don’t call CPS. But really, I don’t need or want a lot of extra “stuff.” I just want my baby to have what he needs!
So, with that said, the registry is basic. And still, I ended up with 62 items. How?
I won’t lie and say it isn’t super exciting. I like to show Victor items on the registry. Mainly because as simplistic as I am (trying to be), he was raised with next to nothing. We laugh about women in Chiapas–because they don’t use strollers. They carry their babies everywhere! The only time I’ve seen women with strollers, it has been foreigners. And yet, I registered for a stroller… He actually helped with that item, but I overrode his nearly $400.00 choice. Obviously he had NO idea it cost that much. They string up hammocks for their babies, and away they swing!
We added a Moses basket today. Perhaps this is a little over-the-top, but I see this being pretty useful! I mean, when I am not holding (or feeding) the pumpkin, I’d still like her to be nearby! Who knew they had a stand that rocks for Moses baskets? Darn you, Amazon, for making suggestions on what else to add!!
My favorite thing(s) we registered for are the diapers. Have you seen cloth diapers lately? Someone today told me that I needed to start stocking up on diapers. When I told her that we were cloth diapering, she was appalled. Really, could it be that bad? I mean, have you seen the advances in diapers? And quite frankly, we live in Mexico. Is it really a big stretch to imagine cloth diapering? I can see where working moms in the States would be hesitant. But really, what do we have to lose? The money we save is a factor, but it mostly comes down to this: (WARNING: Daddy, if you don’t want too much info, look away!) I stopped wearing pads because I hate the way they feels. They cause rashes, and are quite uncomfortable. Why would I subject precious, soft, new baby skin to that? All day long. For a couple of years. It’s no wonder they have horrible diaper rashes!
Despite my excitement, I do wonder if we’re headed in the right direction. Guidance from Moms (and Dads) with experience is more than welcomed! What does a baby need other than me, my fresh food supply, and a lot of love?