Gearing up for baby

Baby gear.  It’s a whole other world out there.  We have a six-month-old coming for the weekend, and the house is suddenly filled with stuff.  Remember the high chair you saw in my basement?  It’s now in the kitchen alongside the jumperoo.

And the Pack N Play?

That’s my assistant’s office, where we can close the blinds to assure darkness and quiet.  The baby will be cozy sleeping there.

My daughter-in-law is bringing the stroller in which the carseat is embedded, removable for attaching to a base anchored in the back seat of my car.

And we have plenty of toys – for tummy time, teething, touching, twirling, and tooting – but I don’t consider toys “gear.”  Gear is equipment.  The most bizarre one?  A snotsucker.  Seriously.  I cringe at the word, but there it is on the label of the little package that my son mailed us along with the bathtub.  In fairness, I’ve seen them use this little device, and it works.

You can see the boppy pillow.  And, under the snotsucker, that’s a baby-sized Tom Brady shirt.  Since Evie’s a girl, we don’t have to deal with peepee teepees, and since her parents are pretty laid back, forget the butt-wipe warmer.  Evie isn’t crawling yet, so we haven’t had go the childproofing route yet.  Not that we’d really need to.  I mean, when she’s here visiting, is she ever alone?  Not on my watch!

We’ve had gloriously warm and sunny days this week, but, wouldn’t you know, a front just moved in.  Today’s forecast is for rain and cold.  But I’m prepared.  I have hats ready to go.  I crocheted the orange one yesterday and haven’t tied in the ends.  We’ll try it on her and I can add or remove rows of single crochet at the brim to make it fit.

Do you love that flower?  The all pink version is for Evie’s month-old friend, who is coming to visit on Saturday.  I wanted Evie and her to have matching hats – well, slightly matching ones.

And those little lace socks I knit Evie?  Y’know, the ones I showed you in my 10/26 blog?  I think they’re too small.  We’ll know soon.  I’m holding my breath.

So what’s the verdict on baby gear?  I actually like the video monitor, not pictured here but in my DIL’s bag for sure.  From a Grammi’s POV, it’s addictive entertainment.  That’s my favorite piece of gear.  What’s yours?  Alternately, which one do you think is the most novel?  I’d tell you my vote.  But I think you can guess.  And I won’t use that word again.


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  1. Andrea on November 11, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Hello Barbara. How old is your granddaughter? My little one will be two in April and my step-daughter will be 4. I am not ready for the terrible two’s. I had to write the safety 1st company because the secure press plug protectors aren’t safe. My son walked right over and pulled it out of the outlet and tried sticking a m&m wrapper in it. I was right there and I disciplined him, but he turned right back around and did it again! I got on my computer and wrote them. I feel if my soon-to-be two year old can do it, any child can. I have the mother instinct even in training class, where i am training to be a customer service rep. Do you have any new books out yet?

  2. Kathryn in Montreal on November 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Barbara… just realized through FB you have a blog again! I’m so glad! Those hats are adorable… would you be willing to share the pattern? One of my favourite pieces of baby gear was the Jolly Jumper… it was just great.

    • Barbara Delinsky on November 11, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      Kathryn, I’d be honored to share the pattern. Let me type it up first. So check back next week, maybe? Thanks!

      • Kathryn in Montreal on November 12, 2011 at 11:08 am

        Thanks very much! I’ll definitely be coming back regularly to your blog.

  3. Melissa Knott on November 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Oooh, hope your baby-rich weekend is going well! We’re now past the stage of baby gear of our own, my ‘baby’ just turned 6! But I still have a few bits and pieces for visiting babies, plus a high chair which my father-in-law made for my husband and his brothers back in the 60s. It probably wouldn’t pass any safety standards these days, but we keep it because it was crafted with much love 🙂

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