What does a kid need its first year?
March 20, 2011 6:21 PM Subscribe
Okay, what does a baby actually need to survive it's first year?
posted by furnace.heart to shopping (66 answers total) 83 users marked this as a favorite
Mrs. Furnace.heart and I are expecting our first child soon. We've never done this before. None of our friends have done this before. Our parents want to buy the entirety of China for this child (dear god save us). We need help narrowing it down, and the ubiquity of really bad mommyblogs and unsolicited opinions out there aren't helping.
What does a baby actually need to survive its first year?
We need two lists.
First, absolute necessities. What does a child actually need to LIVE aside from food and shelter, and us not dropping it?
Second, what made your lives as brand new parents actually better/easier/awesome/livable?
We're struggling paring things down...i mean, babies R us wants us to buy enough stuff to pack into a 2nd and 3rd apartment, but we're pretty simple-living utilitarian folks. We like nice things things that are well made, and make our lives easier... actually easier, not iphone easier. We're trying to find a balance between purchasing things only in the first list and living like pioneers, and buying everything deemed 'necessary' by helicopter parents and suffocating under piles of useless shit.
Well? Help a clueless couple out?