Have you ever seen the POSH TOTS site? I order from them never all the time! All of us over indulgent good mothers do.
Doesn't eveyone have this bedding? It's only $1100.00
Of course you've bought your baby this instead of a college education. It's only $23,400.00.
What about this diaper bag for just $162.00.
I know some people actually buy from this magazine, because it's been on line since 2001 and according to this site they made $7 million in 2005 alone.
We interrupt this post for a slight rant....
All I think about is the money that has been wasted on cribs the child will never remember, clothes they grew out of the day after they wore them and play houses that they can no longer use because they're too tall. These are probably the same people that work 70 hours a week, have a garden party or charity event every other night and only see their children when it's "convenient" for them and fits into their schedule....oops this rant is for another post...
Getting back to my point...
When we started this adoption process I began looking at how we would decorate the room, educational toys to buy and what other "gear" we needed. Boy, was I shocked by all that's out there. I was really surprised by what "they say" you need, in comparison to what you "actually" need.
I made a list and first focused on the must haves...crib, dresser, rocking chair, car seat, blankets, etc...and with this, my husband and I wanted to get what could potentially be converted (crib to toddler bed) and what would last (solid wood dresser) for many years.
The other stuff (clothes, toys, etc...), I've slowly accumulated by going to yard sales, consignment shops, sales and put on a list for the baby shower.
We have never been into "brand names" and in buying for Sam there have been no exceptions. I don't care what brand name is on the thing, as long as it's safe, in good condition and will serve my needs. I have always been more impressed by how much you save (or didn't spend) then the band name of and how expensive your new "whachamacallit" is.
I won't spend a lot on a high chair, but I will on a car seat.
I won't spend a lot on infant clothes, but I will on healthy formula.
Be real...decorating the nursery has been for me...not Sam. He's only going to be concerned about eating, staying warm, having a clean butt and my husband and I cuddling, playing and loving him.
Sam will learn from day one that money does not grow on trees, instant gratification is a pipe dream, learning is fun and we love him with all our hearts.
In my opinion...