Who Needs Baby Gear When You Possess These Treasures?

Well, you guys are just full of great insight these days. (And D would like to thank the 12% of you who had his back on the marriage poll. heh) A huge thanks for all of the great advice last week regarding Wita’s sleeping arrangements for the first couple of months. Not only did you help me to make a purchase, but you actually changed my mind. (Which is next to impossible. Truly.) To be honest, I was all but french kissing the Cariboo Bassinet at the time I wrote that post. I was 98% sold on the product, regardless of cost, but figured I would post about my dilemma just for the hell of it.


However, we will return to that subject shortly.

This past weekend was spent cleaning and arranging our garage to make room for both of our cars. In the past, D (aka the “Mid Century Modern Hoarder“) has housed many of his goodies in the garage, thus leaving room for only one vehicle. This has secretly driven me batty, for I can’t stand clutter, stacks, or any shit lying around that is not being actively used.

Within days of moving to our new neighborhood, we found out that our Homeowners Association will not allow vehicles on the street. The only way you can keep a car in the street permanently is if you own three cars, at which point you must actually PHOTOGRAPH two cars in the garage before requesting a permit. Naturally, this news was rather disappointing to D, but for me? IT WAS THE BEST NEWS OF MY LIFE. D was being forced to clean out his “treasures!” HAHAHAHAA HALLELUJAH.

Although D had to do most of the rearranging and cleaning, don’t think for a second that I didn’t sit out there watching him like a hawk the entire time. “Are you trying to hide that box of CDs from 1991?”, “Do you really need 49 wooden frames?” and “Do you envision yourself actively using that 8-foot-long wooden Hungarian spatula in the immediate future?” were common questions coming out of my mouth over the course of the past 48 hours.

However! It got me thinking. Who needs a bunch of new baby gear when I can use some of D’s treasures instead?

Take this lovely basket.

Forget using a Bjorn, wrap or ring sling…just pop your tiny infant into this bad boy and call it a day!

Ooooh, so comfortable. Don’t worry if your newborn starts crying while stuffed in there, those are just tears of joy.

Got an early 20th century dough bowl lying around the house? Hell, WHO DOESN’T?

Helloooo! Perfect baby bed! Concerned about splinters? Just throw some bubble wrap in there and you’re good to go.

Look at the happiness exuding from Louise the Chicken! She loves her new baby bed!

As much as the dough bowl baby bed warmed my heart, I did end up buying the Arms Reach Mini Co-Sleeper due to some incredibly convincing comments and emails from you all. And once again, this purchase truly confirms what I’ve known all along. A parental tagline of sorts…


I’m dealing with it.

  1. Olivia

    April 15, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Love the parenting tagline!

  2. janet

    April 15, 2010 at 11:00 am

    this post had me cracking up!! too funny…

    love arms reach. i bought it with my 2nd child. i had a c section and having this at the bedside, made it easier to nurse throughout the night.

  3. Ninabi

    April 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    How funny! The “baby basket” was hilarious.
    I love reading about what baby things you are buying- comparing them to the ugly-ass things available to me in the 1980s (although there were darling smocked dresses among the teal and magenta duds for babies). You make pregnancy a classy condition- I’m ashamed to admit to donning flowery dresses with lacy collars and having to fake a smile when a relative gave me the worst maternity outfit ever- an oversized sweatshirt with “Baby Mickey Mouse” holding balloons that spelled out “M-O-M-M-Y”.

    I’m with you- can’t stand clutter, either!

  4. Kerri Anne

    April 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    That basket is hilarious.
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..Fifteen Years Later =-.

  5. kat

    April 15, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    this is the FUNNIEST thing ever. seriously.
    .-= kat´s last blog ..i’m addicted. =-.

  6. Design Mom

    April 16, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Stop making me laugh. I’m going to go into labor. : )
    .-= Design Mom´s last blog ..Tea Collection Giveaway =-.

  7. S.

    April 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    You will LOVE the AR co-sleeper! Good choice. We have a mini in the solid khaki like color, and I don’t think is is *that* ugly, lol.

  8. heyMamas

    April 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Oh my god, this is funny!

    Sadie at heyMamas
    .-= heyMamas´s last blog ..NO, you can’t handle the snacks =-.

  9. designHer Momma

    April 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    you crack me up, as always. And I wish half the crap in my garage was as cool as the finds you’re pulling out…
    .-= designHer Momma´s last blog ..Bye Bye Soggy Bottom Birdie =-.

  10. Syd

    April 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Our mini arms reach co-sleep arrived yesterday. I’m so excited. I love it already. It’s the perfect size. But what’s up with the print all over it. I’m thinking of ways to dress up the side bars.
    .-= Syd´s last blog ..The World Offers Itself to Your Imagination =-.

  11. Zom

    April 17, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Whoo! You are too funny, I really love the baby-inna-da-basket image! High-five on getting the hubs to clean out too. We had to move across 7 states before mine would ditch his “aged computer museum.”

    On the Arms reach co-sleeper: it was the best thing we bought that we never used. It was great, in theory, and I loved it to pieces all during the last month of my pregnancy. Little did I know that my little dude would prefer to co-sleep the old fashioned way, no extra furniture required. I still love the co-sleeper though…maybe next babe.
    .-= Zom´s last blog ..15.2 Swift Passage =-.

  12. Tiera

    April 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    This designer in Vancouver feels for D :(

  13. anie

    April 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Love this post. I’ve been busy unpacking from a move to a much smaller house with no garage. I tell you~at least half this stuff comes out of the box and hits the thrift store bag without a moment’s hesitation.
    And, since it has all been in storage for 8 months prior, no one remembers what they packed! A perfect storm, if you will ;)
    Maybe you could do a nice garage sale during the US Open? I see you’ve got some nice things to sell…
    .-= anie´s last blog ..garden questions~ =-.