thanks, Cecily! i have no problem bucking trends put in place by advertisers
at this point, baby mostly eats, sleeps, and needs diaper changes. there are not a ton of items required for these activities and anyone that says otherwise is just looking for some of your cash...
currently i have handy at all times:
blanket to keep baby warm when he's eating
blanket and pillows for me to take a quick nap if i'm tired and baby is asleep
about a dozen bodysuits
several swaddle wraps
waterproof-backed cotton change pads/sheet savers
nursing friendly clothes/nursing pads/soothing cream for me
diaper change bucket with diapers and wipes
baby resting places: sleeper/swing/floor gym
glider when he is fussy
i am very glad we got the jumbo laundry detergent bottle... we are using lots. and we didn't get the $$$ kind marketed for babies, we just got tide (our regular brand, yes i am brand loyal on this) without dyes or perfumes. it seems to be working fine.
we tried out cloth diapers for about a day (and subsequently had to put him back in disposables for a week after a medical procedure). i loved the experience, they are so nice. they're "fluffier" but his onesies fit over them fine, and they're far softer and incredibly more absorbent than the disposables. and they look so cheerful out there drying on the patio. i can't wait to get him back in cloth.
spouse reworked the diaper sprayer to rig it up in the shower. it ended up costing as much as the cheap crap marketed one, but it's high quality and will be easier to spray into the tub and not get water all over the bathroom.
starting to take a gander at the bills, though we have a couple small claims left to go. so far i'm seeing about another ~$500 out of pocket, so we did end up prepaying over half. not bad. we also bought tickets for an event in september to reward ourselves for making it that far
oh! and our end-of-month paychecks should have us looking at 75% of our down payment fund saved! i'll be thrilled to see that before we start paying for daycare.