Farewell Bassinet, Farewell

It is with bittersweet feelings I write of the passing of our beloved bassinet. Our bassinet was handed down from my sister Cecily. My niece Lily resided within it. Vivien slept in it till she was about 8 months, and Rex has been in there on and off for the last 8 months as well. Being passed around like that has not made our bassinet like a broken down whore in our eyes; oh no, our bassinet has been a loving part of the family, albeit one who is hard to get through doorways because of its sturdy wide bottom (not to be mean, it has a wide bottom).

It’s still very pretty. Blue and white and in mint condition. I fondly remember the terror of new motherhood as the post-partum doula I had hired when Vivien was new showed me how I could continually rock the bassinet and pat the swaddled Vivien as she cried and eventually she would sleep. It seemed like black magic at the time. Which why I hung on the doula’s ankles begging her never to leave me as she tried to walk out the.

In our now smaller home, that bassinet has gamely traveled from our bedroom, to Oliver’s bedroom when he is at his moms, to the playroom when Oliver is with us, sometimes stashed in the dining room when we didn’t know what the sleeping arrangements would be that night. Back and forth more times than a candidate goes to Iowa. But did the bassinet ever yell, cry, stomp its foot and say, “I must be counted here. Am I worth nothing? Can’t I have a place? Are you really putting your baby son to sleep in a closet?” (Yes, a couple of times that happened too.)

But a few days ago something happened.  Rex would not go to sleep in the bassinet.  He cried and cried, and not in a good way.  I then realized the poor kid had about a half inch of space between his feet and the edge of the bassinet.  In fact, once when i put him in recently, his feet hung over the side of it.

But bassinet is not to blame. It’s done its job well.

I’m sad because there will not be another small baby of mine to put in the bassinet.

I’m happy because there will not be another small baby of mine to put in the bassinet.

See, bittersweet.

As I wrap plastic around it and place in lovingly in its temporary resting place, the garage, I hope that one day another worthy family will love it as we have.

Farewell, dear bassinet, farewell.

Baby Gear

I need help. Okay, at 7 months, I’m starting to wrap my brain about what I need for my little boy in February.  Since this is my second child, I have many things already in the storage hut in the back: high chair, crib, etc.  I have been sorting through Viv’s newborn clothes to pick out the ones that won’t emasculate a young man.

But here is what I need, and I’d love to have an suggestions or advice about which products you all have liked.

Monitor.  My husband talked me out of a video one with Viv, and I regretted that.  I could Ferberized her better if I could have WATCHED her.  Which ones are good?

Bassinet/co-sleeper.  Vivien’s bassinet was borrowed, and it has never been given back.  Advantage: it rocked side to side when I was trying to get her to sleep.  But, is it better to have a co-sleeper so I don’t have to rise out of bed?  I’m talking about the first 3 to 4 months when he will still be in my room.  I’m thinking a bassinet is better. But rocking? music?  Remember, a light is good.

Swing.  I know I have to get the kind that goes back and forth and side to side.  Vivien and my niece hated the back and forth.  Or maybe it was good for a couple of minutes.  When she was almost too old, we borrowed the side to side one.  Is one better than another?

Sound machine.  We had a great one from Sharper Image.  Perfect pitch.  Vivien wouldn’t sleep without it for many months.  She grew out of it, and then I was addicted.  “Get rid of that!”  Mark finally screamed.  Harumph.  No like the sound of waves?  The problem is, we can’t find it, and Sharper Image is NO more.  So, which ones worked for you?

Made in the USA.  I know this is probably a big pipe dream on my part, but are there ANY HUNKS OF PLASTIC NOT MADE IN CHINA? With our economic woes and deflating dollar, I’d love to buy domestic, though it doesn’t seem possible in baby gear.  Just bought a baby outfit for a friend, and the best I could find was Made in Thailand.

What am I not thinking of?