hi, all. excuse the urgency, but my mother is in town this weekend and just announced she wants to take us to buy some baby furniture in the next few days (i'm due in june). not having done this before, i'm not exactly sure what to tell her i want--but we certainly can't pass up the freebie. i think she's thinking crib, but i'm so flummoxed by the plethora of co-sleepers, play-yards with bassinettes, convertible cribs and what-all that i don't know what to tell her that we want.
we'd like to try the co-sleeping thing, but probably with the baby near/next-to/attached to the bed rather than necessarily in there with us. i'd like to buy as little stuff as possible . . . will having one of these "co-sleepers" be materially different from scooting a crib next to the bed? if we get one, will the baby need a crib eventually anyway? if we get the play-yard thing, can the baby sleep in it? is there any *one* piece of furniture we can buy that will do as many duties as possible?
i may ask again later about car seats and strollers. i don't know why it's the *stuff* angle of prepping for the baby that gives me headaches and flop sweat. i know it's just stuff. we don't have much money or space, though, and have some carbon footprint guilt, so i'd like to set us up well do this with as few . . . *products* as possible.
aaaaa. blerg. thanks.