So, after that experience, I thought who better to ask than you great Mommies out there who have been there already! PLEASE! Share your wisdom. I'm completely open to advice in this area! What are those "must have items" and those "total waste of money items, I never used it more than once?"
For example, what are the best bottles? And what makes them the best? Are drop-ins better? (I plan to breastfeed.) And speaking of breastfeeding, what about a pump?! Those things definitely range in price!!! Is the $400 one really worth it? (Keep in mind, I will be returning to work after 4 or 5 months and will need a pump that gets the job done quick, fast and in a hurry!) Or, does the $150 one do the job?
What about bottle sterilizers?? Is that a necessity or will the sanitize function on the dishwasher do the same thing?
What about a pack-in-play? I've heard people swear by them, then I've heard people who didn't use them at all... What about a changing table in the nursery? Those of you who have been to my house know Wes and I hang out a lot in the basement. I don't see myself running up to the nursery every time a diaper needs changed.... Is a changing table something that can be skipped? Maybe just use a changing pad on the dresser for when the bambino is little?
A bumbo, my sister swears it's a must have, as well as a boppy.
And what about those diaper genies? Did y'all use those? Do they really work? When I babysit for family and friends, I just use a good ol' grocery bag and have Wes take the stinky diaper immediately to the garbage in the garage. :)
Anything I might not think of, or any little secrets y'all know of?
Help a first time Mommy out! :)