That's what it felt like we landed on, another planet. But it was just another huge building, labeled, "Babies R Us."
For FTP (First Time Parents), instead of a registry station, they should have a consultation specialist! Someone to help you walk through all the aisles and ease the "oh my gosh, what in the world" feeling you get.
There's so much baby stuff! We went there, not to buy, not even to register.. just to... look. The other more knowledgable parents must have snickered at our expressions.
We explained our sense of overwhelmed anxiety to another couple who are also FTP and much further along in their pregnancy. They laughed and completely understood.
Car seat, stroller, crib. Those are the standards, so we went in that direction, for something we felt comfortable with.
Do you know they have different strollers for different lifestyles? If you are a jogger, there's a three-wheeler stroller with large wheels. We looked at a three-wheeler and a regular four-wheeler.
My husband was the one to point out that there are models come with attachable car seats to the stroller, which I thought was a good idea. He also said that the strollers are supposed to open and close with a push of a button and he tested both the three-wheeler and four-wheeler.
Four-wheeler, opened, closed, perfectly. Simple.
Three-wheeler, closed quickly... never did get it to open back up! Good thing I'm not a jogger :)
Even the cribs have options, do you get one with wheels to move around or the wood ones that could be heirloom quality.
It's a maze of baby stuff and that's not even getting into the smaller items available or my gosh, the toys.
Different world... Ok, question for the "been there, done that" parents.... What are the main "must haves" for a newborn? What are some items that you wish you had when your baby was born? What are some things you received but never put to use?
We're just trying to wrap our minds around it all.
Tomorrow I go in for my OBGYN check up. I don't know if the doctor will do an ultrasound or not.