OK so how big is a baby? Say 20 inches and 3.5 kg on an average?
And as you sit there misty eyed dreaming about this tiny little miracle with its tiny little toes and fingers that is slowly forming in your belly... I'm sure you have no idea how much baggage its bringing along.
I mean, how does this little thing that could ideally occupy just 2 square feet need an entire room full of things.
Any expecting mother will do a quick online search for a 'newborn checklist' and discover that there is always the 'need to have' things you cannot do without and the 'nice to have' things that you definitely cannot do with out.
Here in India, usually we don't buy too many things publicly when we are expecting. Its primarily this weird fear of jinxing anything by getting too happy about it. Shopping is always low key and happens towards the due date and mostly done by moms and aunts.
Here is just a brief list of things a new baby inherits simply by virtue of its birth:
- Car seat
- Crib and bumper
- Crib mobile
- Rattle and toys
- A whole lot of clothes and linen
- A dresser to keep all those clothes and linen
- Diaper changing table
- Diaper Pail
- Hypoallergenic Baby Toiletries
- Bathing tub
- Diaper bag
- Nursing Pillows
- Baby monitors
- Breast pumps
- Baby sling
- Rocking Chair
- A new room maybe? With baby themed wall paper and colour and nursery decor..
Phew! Thank God for hand-me-downs and gifts.
This list is mostly from my pregnancy experience in the US. In India, many of these things are done by other humans. Most people have family and domestic help to reach out to. For instance we don't need car seats or baby monitors when Grandma visits!