How did we ever grow up? We slept in our parents’ bed or 3 floors away in a drawer, or an antique crib or whatever deathtrap that was on sale. Our parents didn’t have diaper wipe warmers, sterilizers or bouncers, yet somehow we made it.
Special K sleeps in a Amby baby hammock – well, as of yesterday, it’s a baby deathtrap. The emails come pouring in. In the US, you can order a repair kit, but in Canada, they want the things disposed of. What the F***?! Our friend used it for his two sons with no incident. When I took a look at it, I suggested we use the bumper cushions it came with to keep the baby from rolling and also rolled up receiving blankets just to make sure. I check on him constantly and he seems blissfully content. When we were out of town, I used a swaddler as a last resort to calm him down so he could sleep in the portable bed we had placed in the hotel crib(more caution labels there). The hammock mimics that swaddle effect which is why he settles down and rests so well. Yet now I am paranoid. Time for a bassinet?
Had we bought a crib, chances are it would have been a Storkcraft crib that had a massive recall 3 weeks ago. Now I know somehow who is still using theirs and she insists that if people actually put it together properly there isn’t a problem. This is so frustrating.
I bought a sterilizer for the Born Free bottles that we use. Seems you have to wash all bottles and parts BEFORE you sterilize them and then you have to wait til they dry. And after the sterilization process, there are tons of water droplets inside the nipples and bottles. Before, we were sterilizing them in boiling water for 3 minutes and then using a drying rack. Guess which process results in drier bottles in the fastest amount of time? Yep. So back to the store it goes.
We bought a bouncer for my friend who, of course, had already purchased some hip, modern chair. She’s very hard to buy for because the minute you think of getting something for her, she already has it. So I decided to keep it, and hubby tried to put it together. Sigh. A part was broken, so now I have to return it. I have no idea where I’ll find the time…..
We have some very generous friends who have given us lots of stuff, but the problem is that now we have stuff we don’t have room for or even particularly want. I’m the type of person who will take whatever someone gives me because it seems to give them so much pleasure even if I don’t ask for it. I’ll just cram it in a closet. DH can’t stand being given stuff he didn’t ask for. Of course, this has happened with a friend who just can’t take no for an answer. She really goes out of her way to give you things with the intention of helping, but can’t read the subtle hint that you really don’t want it. Cause she has kids and is the expert. We’re just the devil may care, jet setters who party all the time and don’t know what we’re in for. And it’s not just that her offerings aren’t nice, they’re just not particularly needed at the moment. I’m a natural collector of stuff I don’t use but might some day and hubby is a hater of all things extraneous. So, at some point, I’m going to have to start giving things back. Oi, already feelings have been hurt.
Most people have heeded my request to give us some time to get our act together before visiting. Of course, food is always welcome and appreciated. More stuff, not so much.