I've added links to a couple of pages on the right hand menu:
Baby Items we are buying/considering
Birth/Parenting resources we are using
My main motivation for starting these pages is to keep track of my own ideas/research, especially with regards to the baby items. It's all very new and confusing to me, and even though I am slowly coming to understand my own values and decision making process, I'm having to look at a lot of stuff and think about how I feel about it. Safety is also a big concern so I'm looking up safety research on every product and practice, where available!
So far it's all been internet research but Mr. Turtle and I have decided that Soon we will venture to the baby stores, camera in hand, for Research Purposes Only. Not ready to buy anything yet!
Having said that, if anyone is so inclined to offer comments or thoughts on any of the pages, or has experience and/or knowledge to share, please do! commenting is enabled on both pages. On the other hand, if you'd rather ignore musings about baby stuff, also easy to do! If I have a lot to say about a book/experience/product, I might blog abut it here, but for the most part I think I'll keep thoughts and musings about products on the separate pages.
I do have a basic philosophy about baby stuff:
1) I really only want to start with the necessities. A good place to start for us is the Bare Bones Baby Guide from Unclutterer. Not saying we'll follow it to the letter, but I like the idea.
2) Our house is a modest size, and based on how things look at this point anyway, we are Staying Put for five years minimum. We have all kinds of reasons not to want bigger mortgage/more chores and maintenance/longer commutes (like, we value our sanity). But that means especially now we have to be careful about how much Stuff we put into our space. I hate clutter and have a horror of living in a pile of crap that spills out of every nook and cranny. So I want to be really thoughtful about baby stuff.
3) Compact, lightweight, simple and adaptable without dozens of features and gizmos appeals to me. I don't like to live in clutter and I don't like to look at it or spend hours figuring out wtf it does, either.
4) I'm a walker and a transit user. I travel light. Pounding the pavement (or grass) feels good. I'm afraid we will have to get a second car when baby arrives; I would love to find a way around it but I don't think it can be avoided. That will probably be the biggest immediate baby-related expense. Still, I only see myself using the car when I Have To, and loading and unloading tons of heavy fancy-ass gear is not my idea of fun.
5) Safety. I want the best and healthiest for baby. I don't want to be paranoid, but I'm really uncomfortable with compromising here in any way.
6). Money. It's not a huge concern as we are in a good place financially. But, expenses will go up, income will go down, so it's a factor. I would rather our money goes toward baby's education savings fund/family experiences rather than tons of stuff. I would love to do second hand/hand me down for anything that is not a health/safety hazard. Unfortunately we have few peers with babies/young children (well I have none; Mr. Turtle has a few more contacts at work). There are second hand stores nearby though which could be a resource for clothes/furniture items. I do have some weird consumerist guilt that if I don't get the best and newest for baby that I don't appreciate her enough. I'm not sure where that is coming from. Not from the way I was raised, that's for sure.
Anyway. The summary: Starting to get organized. Comments and perspectives welcome, especially if they reflect on philosophy above. This is all new and scary. Also, feel free to ignore this whole matter.