If there was one reason for me to be a fully fledged “mummy blogger” than THIS is it. As you know, my beloved little sister Lucy is having a baby! Yay! So I get to completely let out any cluckiness I may or may not be feeling on her little bebe that is due at the start of December.
She has ALL OF THE QUESTIONS. And I sometimes have the answers, but I am quickly realising that even though I have a kid who is 4 I am completely out of the loop on all the things that are now cool for kids. I don’t know what THE pram is. THE cot is. THE baby carrier. You see I had a hand me down cot from Rob’s brother and wife (including their second hand mattress) and that’s what we used for both kids and they went into that straight from the hospital. We bought the cheapest pram we could find in Babies Galore that lasted both kids, a couple of OS holidays from the minute they were born to about 3 years old. We didn’t have a baby monitor, no baby railing thingys to stop them from going anywhere, a Baby Bjorn carrier that was handed down from Rob’s cousin and an old School capsule that my old boss gave me.
It would appear I am completely useless. And I’M A MUMMY BLOGGER.
But I know that you guys are not (useless that is). Some of you have JUST had babies! Some of you are having babies too and are in the throws of researching everything. So that’s what I want you to do. Tell me, sister to sister, without the bullshit, the marketing hype, the stupid shit you got but never used, the baby wipe warmers…cut through the LOT…and tell me what she needs. Please! Because then I can be a good big sister and I can be a legitimate MUMMY BLOGGER. Blogging about Mummy stuff. Let’s put the BABY back into BabyMac.
Let’s break it down to the areas that I think she will need to cover off and what I need complete re-education on. If you are an expert on any of these areas, you go right ahead and expert the shit out of it.
Back in MY day…they Bugaboo was the bee knees. And the Stoke. And they were EXPENSIVE. I bet they still are! Should she get one with a bassinet attachment? Will she end up just moving to an umbrella stroller eventually so don’t waste your cold hard cash?
What’s a great click in number that can go from car to walking around? Is that even a good option? What will last the longest from newborn to whenever they move into something bigger?
Are those cots with the plastic sides for real? What about those oval ones? Are bassinets/moses baskets the way to do or something old school that will turn into a bed one day?
Have these moved with the times or are they still just what they always were? What essential things does she need in the change table? Does anyone have baby wipe warmers?
Poor Daise was wrapped tightly like a little kebab in flannel or muslim wraps but Harps was old enough to experience those little zipped up wraps that cover their hands like wings. Are they good? What’s new?
As I said we used an old Baby Bjorn but I think there are 568 different kinds now on the market. What’s your favourite?
Baby baths – are they still a thing? Worth it or just get something to whack in the bottom of the bath? Or will the laundry tub do the trick? Nappies – cloth or disposable?! Are video monitors something worth going for? What are some great new products on the market? Are those breastfeeding pillows still worth getting? Do you still sterilise bottles? What bottles are good? Breast pumps? OH MY GOODNESS SO MANY THINGS.
I’ll try and collate all the great answers I know I will get in the comments into a round up post so we can have a look at the state of baby play in 2014. My only advice that I will pass on is that you really don’t need all that much ‘stuff’. It’s just stuff. You need patience. A very good sense of humour. An ability to let go. Trust in yourself. A strong bond with your partner. And the rest you just figure out along the way because really, we are all as clueless as each other when they let you leave that hospital with your first born in your arms. The most thrilling and frightening and wonderful adventure you will ever undertake.
OK, enough of that stuff. TELL ME ALL OF THE THINGS. And thank you. I know Luce will be forever grateful. As will I.