The decision to have a baby was the easy part! Once you get pregnant, you're bombarded with all these other choices that you have to make. There's the consumer side: Stroller, car seat, diapers, crib, high chair, changing table, and on. There's the personal side: Breastfeeding, food choices, discipline, education, so forth. There's the biggest decision of all: The name.
Brandon and I are pretty solid on the personal side of things, since we pretty much agree on that part. We're still arguing over a girl name, but we have a boy name set (ah, you won't know until we know what we're having!). It's the consumer side that's getting me...
Take strollers for instance. I'm looking at either getting a travel system (stroller, car seat, base) or half a travel system (car seat, base, Snap-n-Go frame). So, do I bother with a bulky stroller that we'll use longer? Do I do the frame and then when the baby outgrows the car seat (whenever that happens) buy a fancy umbrella stroller? Decisions.
Yesterday, I spent a good part of my day researching diapers. Cloth diapers, to be exact. Even before the idea of having a baby crossed our minds, we both came to the conclusion that we wanted to use cloth diapers. It's not only for the environmental side, it's because of the money it will save and the fact that we like more organic stuff. Disposable diapers have a lot of crude in them. Anyway, cloth diapers came as an easy decision.
The hard decision? What brand/style to use. Oh my goodness, there are a bazillion different options out there. Pre-folds, all-in-ones, the kind with the inserts... not to mention snaps, buttons, velcro... and all the different brands to choose from that all have different reviews. Changing the diaper is the easy part!
So... if you have any pointers, hand them to me. I'll take what I can get! Baby research is exhausting.