24 November 2006

Your nursery ideas are needed

Thank you all for your kind reassurances. After much angst and deliberation we have decided that I should stop commuting in 3 weeks time – we are 6.5 months now.

(I am blooming!)

There are a number of considerations we have had to take account of:-

- I spend 4 hours commuting – door to door
- As I get bigger – it is taking me longer to traverse distances which were previously deemed ‘short’
- By the time I get to my return train, most seats are taken
- Nobody, absolutely nobody will stand to give a pregnant woman a seat
- Much as I love my job it is stressful

Ian and I agreed that the aggregate of above might have negative effects on our health. So, I work for another 3 weeks in London and finish with working from home for another 3 weeks in January.

Then, the other day one of my friends sent me a little mum-to-be package in the post. It contained contact details for non toxic paint suppliers (for nursery) and an overview of child development (benefits of different sounds at certain stages) among other things. She will also be giving me all her terry nappies, as I am keen not use disposables and she will lend me her Moses basket as she thinks babies do not spend much time in them so worth borrowing. She is so generous, lovely and considerate. Sarah I love you!

I am on the scrounge for ideas for the nursery. We do not know the sex (will find out at birth) and not sure of essential furniture/equipment. Sarah has already given me some tips but would also be good to hear from you knit sibs. So what is essential and what is a waste of time? Which makes are good and which are also good value for money?

Oh and the book from whence the knitting adventure came from is Textured Knits by Julia Cooper. There are other interesting knits in the book. My verdict of the project completed is that it is quick to complete, has lovely combination of yarn (I love the feel). Only one downside to it – it curls inwards? Aargh! That blocking board I started over the summer will need to be polished off for things like this.

Fellow adventurers how goes your project?


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Dove Knits said...

I agree that working from home would be better. Maybe if it wasn't such a long commute, but it is.

As far as nursery ideas go -- I have no kids, as you know, but I do have TWO nieces (one is 8 days old!). They share a room with their parents, and I think that makes it easier to nurse at night and to get up with them, so an extra room is not a necessity for the first couple of years. Obviously some sort of crib or bed is a must-have, unless you plan on co-sleeping. The nieces don't have a proper changing table. The older niece is just changed on a towel or something spread on the couch or bed, and the younger one has a changing board strapped to a dresser that we already had. If you have a car, a carseat is an absolute must. You also may want a stroller (some have a carseat in them already). My older niece is almost never in a high chair- she hates it and we just feed her while she sits on someone's lap. She did used to use one, but I don't think it's very necessary.

Baby carriers and baby slings are nifty, especially for the first year or so.

I don't know anything about brands at all. I do know, though, that most things for a baby may as well be bought used or just borrowed, because 1. babies are pretty clean, and 2. babies grow too fast to warrant expensive purchases. The only thing I'd want new, really, are bottles, pacifiers, and sheets and a few clothes. Babies really don't need toys, or not alot of toys anyway.

Marietta said...

oh you've been spammed!

we are on the same page with what to/what not to get. Is it really all necessary? so far we have gotten the stroller with car seat and a baby bjorn baby carrier - which friends used and loved. The sling thing freaks me out and makes me worry that i will drop the kid. I am thinking bassinette for a bit before we get the crib - i mean the kid will be in our room most of the time for the first few months so why worry? ANd a rocking chair :) not necessary but nice to have. Love friends who have had kids - or even aquaintances, since they just want to unload as much as possible as soon as possible. Will you have a diaper service? so much to think about!

Seahorse said...

I've had four babies and like you, really didn't know what was essential and what wasn't! I'm sure everyone is different but the things I found most useful were:

A really good baby sling, well worth paying out for a top of the range like Baby Bjorn. Having one made so many more places accessible to me and the cheap ones aren't very comfy to use for long.

Pushchair - chunky and robust designs seem best. I ended up getting a new chair everytime we had a new baby, as ours get loads of use!

Moses basket - really useful as if you get one with handles, you can move baby from room to room while he or she is asleep. I often had mine fall asleep in my arms after dinner, then I'd lay them in the basket beside me for the rest of the evening and just carry the whole lot up to bed later.

Loads of clothes - cheap ones are fine if they're soft enough. I still can't believe how many times a day a baby can get messy!

Things I bought but found less useful:

Baby monitor - unless you've got a huge house, you'll hear anyway

Expensive baby toys - we had loadss of stuff for our first child but all she (and the others) were really interested in was cheap and cheerful brightly coloured things and other people.

Hope this helps a bit.

Rain said...

I hate it when people won't give up their seats to those who obviously need it more.

No babies of my own but I know my friend spent a small fortune on a changing table from Ikea and then never used it, she found it easier on a mat on the floor. She also got shouted at by the health visitor for not having a proper baby bath.