Man: "Hey honey, how's it going?"
Woman: "Great! I've scanned 362 items!"
Man: "What???!!!!! What baby needs that much stuff?!!!"
Woman (rolling eyes): "Oh, honey, we need all of it!"
I am not making this up! 362 items!!! Really. I came this close to stopping her, and saying, "Um...no, dear, not only do babies not need it all, you will be pulling out your hair trying to store it all." I didn't, though. I just chuckled a bit, and walked on.
It reminded me of my first visit to Babies R Us. My mother accompanied me...thank the good Lord. The minute I walked in I wasn't sure whether to run and hide or just stand there and cry. I was so overwhelmed by all the stuff. I turned to my mom and said, "Do babies need all of this?" Being a practical woman (who raised kids before the advent of mega baby stores), she said, "No." And, steered me in the appropriate directions...away from the frivolous crud. I walked away with just enough...okay, I might have splurged on a few little extras...but, nothing overwhelming and nothing regretful.
I like the minimalist approach to baby shopping. How about you? What are your thoughts on baby "stuff"?