First we bought a car seat. I guess they won't let you leave the hospital with your baby without one. :) Now we've got to figure out how to get it into the Prius.
Then we bought some bottles. This was a hoot. I had read some stuff online and asked a very trustworthy friend regarding what bottles to buy. All sources pointed to Avent. So, that is what we registered for. But instead of buying the bottles where we registered for them, we just went to Meijer and decided to wing it. We stood staring at the bottles for, like, a half hour. Even if the Avent ones there were a gazillion different choices. Dave was researching all over the internet. One random woman who saw us looking lost suggested something else entirely. (She then had an awkward conversation with me regarding preparing my nipples now for breast feeding. Um, thanks, random stranger!) Finally, we decided to buy two bottles. Yes two. For right now. I bought the Avent ones - a 4 ounce one, and a 9 ounce one. One has a newborn nipple; the other one a one month nipple. This way we didn't spend too much in case baby doesn't like it and we need to find something else entirely.
And now another awkward moment at Meijer. We had gotten a few duplicate items at our baby shower, one of which was from my sister. She said I could return it, so I did and got store credit. Great! I wanted to buy some baby socks anyway. As I was checking out, the woman ringing me up asked me if I was due any day. Wow! I didn't know I looked that big.
Seriously, is there anything cuter than baby socks? These look like tiny running socks.
We had a bunch of coupons for the two baby stores in town and at least where we are registered, you could use competitor coupons. So, we've been making small trips down to the store and buying things as we felt they were "necessary." I don't really know how to define what may or may not be necessary since this is our first time around, but the internet has helped us a little to define this. Our next purchase...a swing.
Finally, a big purchase. A purchase that scares me. Something I have no idea how to use, am scared to use, and kinda don't want to use. Yes you guessed it - a breast pump.
So what am I missing? What did you feel was necessary or made your life easier?