But mostly, it was just helpful to know that I am not alone in finding the whole process stressful. I thought I had done so much research on the items we needed, or at least the big items. That is why the bottles and sippy cups did me in, I figured I didn't need to research them since they were such small items. How hard could it be to pick a bottle? Then many of the items I knew I wanted, like an Ergo, Target and Babies 'r' us didn't have available in the store. Since so many products are only available online, I am not sure if it is even worth going back to the store. If I do, I will be taking your suggestions that I bring a friend, or at least call one.
Okay, so I still have to decide on a crib and a glider rocker. I checked Amazon, but it doesn't seem like they have as many reviews on the big items. The Baby Bargains book recommends a Graco Lauren, and it is fine, but when I saw it in the store, I wasn't in love with it. For a little more money, the book recommends Baby Cache. I really do like this crib, but I was hoping for something a little less price-wise. I would say this crib is more my style, but I am not sure about white for a boy. I also like this one. In general, I am not a fan of the high back (the part that becomes the headboard) on convertible cribs, which may be part of why I am having such a hard time deciding since that is how most cribs are designed right now. I did find two cribs in this style I like, this one and this one. Anyone have any experience or opinions about these cribs?
The Shermag gliders at Target are rated fairly well, so I think I will go with one of these once I choose a crib. We have a dresser (painted yellow) that used to be in our room that we will use for Joshua.
As Amy mentioned, we should get Joshua's bottles from his foster mother, but I have heard it is not a guarantee so I want to have a few on hand. What are your bottle and sippy cup recommendations? I selected just a basic bottle from Evenflow - I think they came 3 in a pack and were different colors. I have heard the insulated Playtex sippy cups are good. Also, how many of those little tupperware type bowls for snacks do I need? What about those ones that have an opening so that you can reach in, but the snacks don't fall out (snack traps)? Also, are there levels when it comes to forks and spoons? I thought I saw something about that on some of the packaging in the store.
As far as safety items, I am considering the The First Years Hands-Free gate. For a monitor, I am considering the Philips Avent DECT sound monitor because supposedly they have less issues with interference and you don't have to worry about the neighbors hearing your conversations. Is an outlet cover an outlet cover and a cabinet lock a cabinet lock? Are there any that are better than others (i.e. less annoying for the parents, but still effective at keeping baby safe)?
Thank you so much for all your support and feedback!