Can we talk baby furniture for a minute? There are so many choices and options I feel like I'm drowning in a world of changing tables and dressers and cribs and mattresses and strollers and car seats! ACH! HOW DO YOU DECIDE?
I decided the crib was the first thing I was going to choose and then everything would fall into place from there, but seriously, there are 9,000 cribs out there and they ALL LOOK THE SAME! I want a crib that is going to last if/when we have more babies, but don't want to spend a ton of money if I don't have to. But, seriously, right now they all look basically the same, the $180 crib from Walmart and the $700 crib at baby stores.
Then there's changing tables and dressers. Do I need both? After talking to my sister she stressed the importance of making sure diapers and changing supplies are in easy reach, so I'm pretty sure I don't want JUST a dresser, but I secretly hate the way open shelved changing table look. I like the idea of a changing table that has an open shelf and then dresser drawers underneath, is that enough?
And then there's the bassinet/cradle/moses basket dilema. What should my baby sleep in for the first few weeks/months? I know I'll want the baby in our room, and I know a crib is too big for both a newborn and for our room, but how do you decide on which option?! And seriously, what's the difference between a cradle and a bassinet? Is portability important?
Oh, and I'm not even thinking about car seats and strollers and mattresses yet! But I do think I've made one important decision. I think I've found a rocker/glider chair I like. But it's only online, not in stores, so what if I get it and it's uncomfortable and I hate it?!
So, my Mom friends, what did you do? Particularly for the first few weeks, what worked? Or what didn't work? And how did you decide what to get? Am I overanalyzing? HELP!