Today is a special day!! Specifically, it is the baby shower day for Aimee, who just happens to be carrying my very first grandbaby! Only about 2 more months before Jack, my new grandson, finally makes his appearance.
I spent yesterday driving to the upscale, yuppie Baby store to pick up the mattress that goes along with the crib we bought. Things have sure changed in the last 20 years. Nowadays, Snugli’s is out, and Baby Bjorn is in. Playpens are a thing of the past, these days you buy a combo play yard, with built-in bassinet, changing table, entertainment center, soothing music, nightlight, and vibration massage. Here’s a picture to show you I’m not kidding:
Remember those inexpensive umbrella strollers we used to use? They have been replaced with high tech (with a high tech price tag to match) “travel” systems. They have urban strollers, off-road strollers, jogging strollers and more! You almost feel as though you accidentally walked into a bike shop! Money no object? Buy junior a $1000.00 urban stroller such as this one:
My head was reeling at this point!! Time to look at the cribs in the Baby Furniture department. I fondly recall when my mother bought me a $150 crib, prices can’t have risen all that much, right? My jaw dropped when I peeked at the price tag on one crib and read $1500.00. Unbelievable!
Some changes are for the better. I sure wish I had this baby bath when mine were little:
Let me introduce you to the Cleanwater Infant Tub with Built-in Digital Thermometer. It claims “The unique design gently circulates the running water to cradle baby in clean, warm water. Dirty suds are expelled through the sidewall drains.” Now that’s efficient!
Another improvement is the Modern Diaper Bag. They make them to look much more attractive. Very stylish, even. Here are some examples:
By the way, the second bag, in a blue color instead of orange, costs $590. It is said to be a favorite of the Hollywood mommy set.
Back to reality once again. At that yuppie baby store, I purchased the baby mattress and decided to take them up on their kind offer to wrap it for me. The store wrapping clerk wanted to get off easy by wrapping it in cellophane, adding a bow, and calling it done. I decided to have a little fun with them, so I sweetly said, “I do not want cellophane, I want your nice wrapping paper over there.” It took the gal about 1/2 an hour and 10 yards of wrapping paper to complete it, but I figured it would save me time, $ and effort. LOL!
Enjoy your November weekend. Keep watching as I have a birthday coming up in a few days and I’m still trying to figure out what I
need want. I’ll let you know how the baby shower goes.
How fun! You are gonna be a cool grammy…Jack is a lucky little fellow! I’m excited for you & your family.
I’m excited for you!!! Its so much more fun being a grandparent!
I too just shake my head over the price tags and trendsetters we didnt have. Some things I cant even figure out how to use??? I dont envy the kids being parents nowadays… I guess I really am getting old? dang it.
You wanna adopt me??? Whatever happened to good old Walmart?
Fun, fun, fun!! You are in for the ride of your life!! But not in that urban stroller!! I was amazed at the new things out there for the babies of today.
You left out one thing about the diaper bags – they even have designer bags for the DADs!!!
My 2-1/2 yr. old grandson is also named Jack. Well, his real name is John Henry Garrett IV, but we call him Jack! Jack is a really popular name these days.
Have fun at the shower!
Isn’t shopping for them fun? And even a little overwhelming! But they have such great things now! You will enjoy your Jack! Being a grandmother is the best!
In fact I got an invitation today for a party for “princess Fiona” who will be a year old on the 17th. Unfortunately I won’t be there on the 17th, but will be there the first week of Dec. to celebrate Fiona’s first year and my Mother’s 75th!