Nearly four years ago, when I was the easy-going mama of one two-year-old, I compiled a New Mama Survival Kit. Now that I have a three and nearly-six-year-old, here's how I stack up against that old list:
Right now, I only have a the Kangaroo Korner Pouch, but it's very baggy and not fit for a newborn after so much use. I plan on indulging my babywearing love with a few new slings/pouches/carriers, since there are SO many more to choose from right now. I'd skip the Baby Bjorn altogether now, unless my husband insisted on wearing it.
I've heard there are better hand-pumps out there than the Isis, and my sister-in-law will return my Medela Pump-'N-Style. Mothers' Milk bags I can order online from BirthandBaby.com and the cream and Soothies are widely available, unlike four years ago.
I gave both away, but I think I can get a MBF from the consignment shop and my Boppy back from a friend.
*Gymini or other activity blanket
I have NO idea what happened to my Gymini, but I'm guessing I can get one from a friend.
*Anita, Bravado and Medela nursing bras
I used to have almost 20 nursing bras after nursing two years 'til they were past two. I gave a bunch away to a close friend, but I'm not sure I should expect them, so it's back to square one.
This isn't really necessary, so I'm not worried. What was 27-year-old me thinking?
*Taggies or other cute blanket for baby playtime
Taggies ARE cute and useful, but if I don't get one, any old baby blanket the baby can nuzzle is fine.
I kept my Eckert and Bundle Me but they're the toddler versions. I'll need to get a smaller stroller bunting for the baby's first winter.
I have plenty, because I've received them gratis from Disney, but I am actually hoping not to show the Schmoopadoo these DVDs if I can help it.
I THINK I kept a bunch of E & D's newborn toys, but I do love the Lamaze collection -- especially the little mirror and fishbowl.
*Kolcraft Universal Carseat stroller (if your stroller doesn't accept carseats)
While this was incredibly practical for about six months, I think most newer strollers have carseat adapters, so it's not necessary for me to re-purchase.
What I DO have that I'm excited to try out is a brand-new Graco Sweetpeace that I received from the generous Graco folks at the DC Metro Moms launch party. I'm the pregnant blogger the amazing Susan mentions. It's not just a swing, it was created with both convenience and the baby's soothing needs in mind. Neither of my older two kids liked being in anything, but I'm keeping fingers crossed that the Schmoopadoo will want to hang out in the Sweetpeace for at least half-an-hour a day, so I can shower or make dinner or play with the older two and whatnot. My favorite parts of it are that you can plug in your iPod -- with a lullaby playlist, natch -- and you can swaddle the baby with the attached blanket.