Fast forward to last Wednesday...
I am not very well prepared for a baby, especially a GIRL. So needless to say, the garage sale sites and I have become reacquainted. Our little one now has plenty of onesies and several summery outfits in preparation for her debut in early June. Today, I found a virtually new pack n play with a bassinet option for only $25. It's exactly what I need to have when she gets here and is needing to be fed several times a night. A regular sized crib wouldn't fit very well in our room without a complete overhaul but this will be perfect.
Buying second hand isn't just easier on your budget. It makes for less waste in general.
America is dead-set on creating as much disposable trash as possible these days. If you haven't heard about the new crib regulations yet, do a quick google. According to the government ALL cribs made before June of 2011 are unsafe. ALL of them. They say 'drop-side cribs' are the problem but then in the next paragraph they tell you that you shouldn't sell or buy ANY crib because they're unsafe. How many perfectly safe nearly new cribs are going to end up in the landfill because our government has deemed them unfit? Even cribs that have been fixed to meet their standards "should not" be sold by anyone. Frankly, I'd like the government to keep their nose OUT of my nursery! (End rant, that wasn't intentional but I'm leaving it out there anyway!)
Where was I? Oh, I prefer to buy used or handmade. It saves money and resources. I'm not saying that there is ANYTHING wrong with running out and buying a TON of new stuff for your child. I think all first time moms have had the urge to buy EVERYTHING the local department store has in the nursery section. However, this is my FOURTH child. I won't be having anymore after this one is born and I don't feel the need to invest in new things to use them for a few months.
I will admit that I have gone a teensy bit overboard in my baby spending since discovering who this little critter is. I am VERY excited at the prospect of having a newborn in the house again!!
~Blessings to you~