We got rid of baby stuff long ago. So we are starting over with the gear.
The thing is, I already know how quickly babies grow out of stuff, and that we are probably done having babies, so I didn't want to spend a fortune on equipment.
So I have been searching Craigslist. (Yikes.)
I found a crib for $50 that sounded nice enough, new enough, and good enough (I made sure there were no recalls on the make/model). It turns out a family from our elementary school was selling it... and for $50, I got the crib and they threw in this bassinet (it converts to a changing table) for free! And they delivered it!!!
First, I washed every scrap of fabric on the bassinet. There were lots of snaps, velcro and zippers, but it all came off. Once it was washed and put back, it looked good as new... but really neutral...
And then I got fabric...
I made long covers for the sides of the bassinet. I cut strips of fabric about 6 inches wide, folded them over about 1/3 of the way down, so that both the right sides and back sides of the fabric strips showed (I like how the back side shows the pattern and colors, only softer... so sometimes I make the back side of fabric show on purpose), and then I ran a long stitch long the folded side. Once I had the long stitch across, I gathered the fabric by pulling on the top thread... to make ruffles. Lots of ruffles!
I added a ruffle to the hood, and pinned a cute felted wool flower to the inside (for baby to look at) and onto the hood (for cuteness).
I pinned a few felted wool flowers (I made a bunch of these for Valentines Day, these were leftovers) over the embroidered words on the organizer... much better. And I stocked up the organizer thing with diapers, wipes, burp cloth, etc.
Ruby immediately pulled up a stool to check it out. Ruby approved.
Anytime now, baby.