Oh the things you need for a baby! We have been blessed with a very generous group of family and friends and haven't had to buy a thing for the baby yet. Of course, the baby has everything it needs right now while it lives safely in my womb, and I am sure we'll think of something we don't have once the baby is born, but it sure feels like we're ready!
We have the pack-n-play set up in our bedroom with the bassinet insert in it, so we plan to have the baby sleep in there for the first few months. The bassinet was a gift from the Sellner family and came complete with a diaper changing "tray" on top, bassinet insert, and cute little teddy bears to keep baby company. It also has a built-in night light, lullabye music, and soothing vibration massager in the bassinet insert. When the baby outgrows the bassinet or starts sleeping in the crib in his or her own room, then we will just remove the bassinet insert and use the pack-n-play for playtime and travel! It even has wheels on one end so it can easily be rolled out of the bedroom and into the living room, out in the yard, or wherever we are. (notice how it matches the colors in our bedroom?)
We are also all set with a carseat for the baby, which may actually be the very first thing we need when we leave the hospital! While you're in the hospital they provide diapers, clothing, etc. for baby, but then you have to leave and suddenly, you're on your own! Good thing we can at least get the baby home! Cliff's parents bought us the Graco Infant SafeSeat car seat, which the baby can use until it weighs 30 lbs or is 32" tall. Most babies can use this car seat until they're one year old. It is a rear-facing car seat and comes with a handy little cold weather boot (as shown in the picture on left) to add a little cold weather protection for baby's tiny feet! We also have an extra base for the seat so we can have one in each vehicle.
So, we have a way to get baby home and a safe place for baby to sleep. What more can a baby need?