ago, my cousin called me in a bit of a panic. She was pregnant for the first time (with twins!) and was overwhelmed with the list of stuff people were telling her she had to buy for the babies.
Since I had gone through this with our son just a few years before, she said, “OK – give it to me straight. What do I really NEED and what can I live without? Can I live without a baby wipe warmer or do I really need that?”
When I was pregnant with Isaac I remember having a mini-meltdown at Babies-R-Us. There was SO MUCH STUFF! And I thought I had to buy it all before he was born.
Then my mother, in all of her motherly wisdom, called and said, “All he needs for the first few months are you, a place to sleep, blankets, diapers, and a bunch of white onesies. Keep it simple at first. You can get the other stuff later.”
It was a huge relief. And she was right