Monday’s Muse

mondaysmuse125x250aka ‘the meme for creative moms‘. I found this over at Maternal Spark, and thought I’d like to jump on this bandwagon.

The question:

What’s inspiring you this week?

That’s a good one. I’m not too sure, so it might be good to get it written out. Let’s see. Things inspiring me:

  1. The need to organise the upstairs loft – it’s currently my study and The Kid’s playroom. I need to organise it so that his toys are better laid out, and my studying stuff is more organised. But how to make it kid and mommy friendly?
  2. The Kid’s birthday party we’re having this month. I’ve chosen an ‘under the sea’ theme, and have matching cups, plates and party packs. Now I need to think about party food, and little gifts to go in the party packs.
  3. Children’s stories. I want to write one for my Kid. And possibly even illustrate it, but I dont know if I’ll go that far. Inspiration for that? Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree.
  4. Lists. I am making plenty of them, and they are scattered all over the house. I cant seem to get enough of making lists.
  5. My Kid is starting to walk. Not by himself yet, but he holds onto the back of my pants/skirt and walks behind me. I need to figure out how to get him walking by himself.

Any one got any suggestions on how to help me execute these inspirations?

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What You’ll Need For A New Baby

FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES:

1. Crib. (either the camping cot, or wooden variety)
2. Crib mattress.
3. Fitted sheets x 2
4. Blankets – 4 thin receiving blankets and 2 polar fleece blankets.
5. Mobile.
6. Compactum or chest of drawers – somewhere to keep the nappies and blankets.
7. Changing mat.
8. Diaper bin.
9. Toy box and other storage items.
10. nightstand
11. lamp.
12. rocking chair – not necessary, but it’s nice to have.
13. Baby clothes hangers.
14. Baby monitor (also, not necessary, but convenient)
Note: bumpers and pillows are not recommended, as baby can suffocate on these.

FEEDING:
1. at least 5 bottles and appropriate teats (even if you’re planning on breastfeeding, it’s a good idea to keep these for an emergency)
2. Microwave Steriliser
3. Bottle brush
4. Bibs
5. Burp cloths
6. Plastic bowls
7. Rubber tipped spoons
8. High chair

BATHING:
1. You can buy a baby bath, but I found it a waste of money. It’s easier to bath baby in the big bath with you.
2. Hooded baby towels.
3. Tub seat. this makes bathing baby in the big bath easier.
4. Slip-resistant mats
5. Baby bath products – bubble bath, body wash, shampoo, creams.

HEALTH AND BABY-CARE:
1 Thermometer ( thermoscan )
1 Box Q-Tips
1 Pack Cotton Balls
1 Bottle Rubbing Alcohol or wipes (for umbilical cord care)
1 Nasal Aspirator
1 Petroleum Jelly
1 Infant Acetaminophen
1 Medicine spoon
1 Medicine dropper
1 Diaper rash ointment
1 Petroleum Jelly
1 Box Q-Tips
1 Pack Cotton Balls
1 First-aid kit
1 Disinfecting hand soap
1 pair of blunt nail scissors
1 Infant nose drops
1 Infant cold drops
2-4 pacifiers
1 Teething gel
1 Pain Reliever / Infant drops
Health and Baby Care Books

CLOTHING:
6-8 undershirts / vests
2-4 receiving blankets
1-2 double receiving blankets
4-6 sleepers
1-2 sweaters
1-2 shawl or cotton blanket
1-2 pairs booties
1-2 caps
4-6 pairs socks
1-2 pairs scratch mittens
1-2 Side-snap tees
1-2 Bodysuits
2-4 Rompers
2-4 Bibs

OTHER:
car seat
pram/stroller
baby sling
baby swing
Jolly Jumper
walking ring

If I’ve left anything out, please add it in the comments section.