Ok all my mommy friends, I need your advice. We are trying to be prepared for when we do get a kid (in case it is wicked little notice) and we're doing pretty good...have you seen that gorgeous nursery?? We have some clothes (all tiny size and all matching pink and blue...but hey, at least we're prepared for both now) and a crib and plenty of bottles (we were prepared for strictly formula feeding twins...) and pacifiers and tons and tons and tons of blankets and burp cloths. Some things I know exactly what I want (like car seat, stroller, swing) but there are a few things that just have me stumped: bathtub, diapers and playpen. So I'm curious what those of you who've served in the trenches of motherhood have to say.
#1 - Bathtub
Let me preface this one by saying that there is NO WAY that our kitchen sink will function as a bathing center. My OCD will just not allow it...it gives me the heebie-ma-jeebies. So this leads me to the dilemma. Do I need a bathtub? The sink in our hall bathroom is kinda like a tub...you can see it here. I also have THIS tub already, but it won't be any good until a baby can sit on their own. (And yes I know that even then, a child should never be left alone in the tub.) So what do you say? Do I use the bathroom sink until they are big enough for the duck tub or so I spring for a tub? If I do get a tub, I like The Tummy Tub, I've heard really good things about it.
#2 - Diapers
I would love to be the mom that could do cloth diapers...but I honestly don't think I'm that mom. But with that said, the thought of mounds and mounds of my child's diapers being sent to rot in landfills for the rest of time or until they are burned in a nuclear winter?? Makes me sick to my stomach. So I started searching for alternatives...and I found G Diapers. I love them...but I want to know first hand experience from someone who has used them. They have the option for cloth inserts, should my opinions change, but the disposable inserts are FLUSHABLE, compostable or if thrown out they biodegrade completely within a year. If you haven't heard of G Diapers, there are some great videos on YouTube...here is a good one.
#3 - Playpen
Do I really need one? We live in a 2 bedroom urban apartment...the nursery is less than 10 steps from either our room or the main living area. So needing one as a second sleeping spot isn't needed (we have a cute bassinet already...for use those first weeks...something we can keep in our room), and the other time I can think that we would need one is when we visit family. But both our parents have cribs at their house and we'd be the only ones needing to use them...so we won't need one for that either. But here comes the sticky question...um, not sure how to word this one. So, say I wanna take a shower or use the bathroom or prep dinner and my super active crawler baby is awake and I need someplace to um, contain them...would I want a playpen for that? And I'm guessing that the models with attached bassinets (keeping in mind our living situation) would be a waste of money, right? I like The Joovy Room2 cause it's big...so it would be useful as our child grows.
Ok, so to recap:
1 - Do I need a tub?
2 - G Diapers...used them?
3 - Playpen...yes or no?
(Also - just to divert any questions and squelch curiosity we are not matched with a birthmother, we have NO situations on the horizon...we haven't heard so much as a squeak from anyone since our failed adoption. I just figured while we're waiting we can pick up some things we'll need and start stockpiling diapers)