It’s no secret that new moms are made to feel like they need 4,356 things for their baby in order to survive the first year. And while many of those things are, in fact, necessary – many many more are not. Useful, maybe. But necessary, no. So when it came time to prepare for Cullen’s arrival, I worked hard to make sure we were only picking up things that seemed like they would get good use. Overall, I think we made pretty good choices.
We lived in a teeny tiny townhouse at the time, so it was also important to me to seriously minimize the amount of stuff we were bringing in. Then Cullen arrived, and as the weeks and months went on, I started finally using all the things I had been organizing and washing with anticipation. The frustrating thing about baby stuff is the painfully short lifespan. There are some things – like our baby swing – that felt absolutely critical to survival, but realistically only lasted about four months.
But then there are other things that we started using on day one, and I can happily say we’re still getting our money’s worth now here at almost nine months. Here are then things I’m still using after eight (almost nine!) months…
Can you add to this list?
Read more from Emily on her personal blog Daily Garnish, where she creates healthy vegetarian recipes, recaps her latest running adventures, and chronicles life as a new mom to her son and two crazy dogs. You can follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too!
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