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No matter what she says, your wife doesn't NEED anything (other than a few select necessities that need not break the bank- clothing, crib, change table, stroller, car seat, bassinet, diapers, wipes, toiletries, to name a few) but she WANTS everything. Sounds like your wedding, doesn't it? Actually, it's a lot F-ING worse. So here's a list of all the s@#! you actually need, a list of stuff you'll never need, and a list of things you can ask other people to get you with the caveat that it'll probably sit in a box in the basement until you decide to sell it for a quarter at your next garage sale.
Bare Necessities 4 Baby:
As I said before, it is best to seek the advice of someone who has been in your shoes, learned their lesson and wants to help you before you make the same mistakes (as a couple). Of course, opinions are like certain orifices (starting with an "A")- everybody's got one, and most people are talking out of it. So, choose wisely. This will help you get a clue:
Here's a list of things you either won't need (see baby wipe warmer), or just won't need til much later on. Consult your "expert," and when in doubt err on the side of caution (i.e. leave the store before they can talk you in to scanning any more sh@#)!
- Embroidered blankets with your kid's name on them- you'll get ten, use one, and only be able to re-gift to kids with the same name and gender
- Clothing- request (via email) that no one buy clothing as gifts as you have more hand-me-downs than you can handle. This isn't true, but it will save you from receiving clothing you wouldn't feel comfortable giving to a charity... for blind kids.
- Books - you'll get a ton of these used, why bother asking people to buy them new? Too many just make your kid's playroom a fire hazard, and your budget for getting necessities smaller.
- Digital Picture Frames - you know you're just going to post them on Facebook!?!
- Toys- that's what first birthday parties and grandparents are for. Everyone else should be directed to help you to buy the big ticket items you need, but can't afford. My kid played with a can of pinto beans for the first three months of her life, I'm sure yours won't need a $100 playset.
And there you have it. In the words of my Grade 11 Law teacher, "Caveat Emptor: Let the Buyer Beware," and don't take "sh@#" from nobody!!! (Unless they're letting you buy wholesale...)