The process of preparing for the arrival of a child is something new to us. We walk through the stores, look at the goods that are being offered and just get lost. There are so many things out there that we need or want, but are not sure which way to go.
Luckily there seems to be no end to books, magazines and friends that seem more than willing to suggest these things to you. Everything from diapers to doctors are suggested by those around us and in the magazines that we have picked up. At time, however, this seems to only make life a little more confusing for us, though.
We both know that everyone has the very best intentions when they suggest this diaper or that doctor, or some other device or service that is designed to make having or caring for your new baby. So we really do not mind, we are flattered that so many people out there are willing to take the time to offer advice. But even with the advice, we start to get a little overwhelmed at times. Sometimes too much information can be just as bad as too little… and as the old sales saying goes, “If you give a person too many choices, they will choose not to choose.”
I am amazed, though, at the sheer volume of merchandise there is out there for babies and their new families. Everything from ultrasound units for the home, if you are wealthy enough to afford one, to music to play for the child while they are still in the womb. You name it, it seems to be out there, waiting for someone to buy it.
We have decided to keep spending at a minimum. There are a lot of tricks out there to save money if you just look around a little. The biggest savings that my wife and I have found has been buying much of our stuff at either yard sales or at second hand stores. There really are some fantastic deals and prices, if you just look around.
Everything that we have picked up so far has been in near perfect or new shape, and with almost no signs of use. Which makes sense when you think of how long a child actually uses this stuff. It is about the only time in a kid’s life when they are liable to outgrow something before they wear it out. A fact that is very friendly on our pocket books and one that I am very aware will change as time goes on and our child grows older.
As I am sure I have said before, though, I am excited about the upcoming addition to the household and am sure that these worries will all take second place to the enjoyment to be had with the child… at least until they reach their teens. Then I might need to look for a tranquilizer gun.