First of all, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who commented or messaged me regarding my KUA post about essentials for a newborn. You ladies sure are impressive with your lists and spreadsheets and reading through everything has been a huge help. This weekend we went over to one of our friend’s houses to go through some of their baby things that they were happy to lend us for the first few months. Aren’t our friends the best? We came home with quite a few blankets, a monitor, a swing chair/high chair, and tons of bibs. We have a few other friends who have offered to lend us some items such as the carseat/stroller, and bassinet so we’re going to meet up with them and then hopefully we’ll be able to put together a list of everything else we need to buy. We’ve been cleaning out the closets to make room for Bonbon’s things, but otherwise, we haven’t made all that much progress.
I went through all the suggestions that everyone gave me and put together this comprehensive list. If 3 or more ladies recommended it, then it’s included below. Since everyone is different, this is by no means our final list things to have for the Bonbon’s first few months, but it might give you a good idea of what’s really essential to parents across the board. It’s providing us with a great start in our quest to be prepared in a minimalistic fashion in case we up and leave France in the first 6-9 months of her life.
The Obvious Must Haves:
Our plan is to hit up some of the baby stores around here this weekend to start gathering supplies and hopefully begin work on the Bonbon’s room soon. There are some other items, not on this list, that we’ll need to get like a dresser for her clothes (I don’t think the 2 shelves in the closet we cleared out are gonna cut it) and some sort of glider/rocking chair for nursing (our couch is beyond uncomfortable).
The fact that we’re starting to enter the stage where, technically, she could arrive in a matter of weeks has me a little panicked. We. are. not. prepared. We have maybe 4 items from the above lists and 6 more weeks until I’m full term. I just hope the nesting phase I keep hearing about kicks in soon because we gotta get cracking!