For the first few months, before using the crib, you'll be using a bassinet. I'm suggesting you keep this in your and your wife's bedroom, assuming you use the same bedroom. Some experts declare that the baby should sleep with you, some say in another room. If you go with the bassinet idea, most people buy expensive white wicker ones with little handles and a satin pillow and all that, or they inherit one. Caleb and Cindy realized that a little baby can't half see and couldn't care less, so why not use an ice cooler--with the top thrown away. Not the Styrofoam kind. The hard kind--like a Coleman.
When the baby is about three months old and you need a crib to replace the cooler (a crib is much bigger than a bassinet), you will be so sleep deprived you will not recognize your baby and will be falling down a lot.
**! Assemble the crib before the baby is born.
The crib comes in a big cardboard box with staples so deep you will need pliers and a flashlight to get these staples out. Most of the instructions for crib assembly come from foreign countries and say things like "Assemble Part B into upper part of Part B with plier." I assembled our crib in our living room over a number of days, and when at 4 a.m. on the last day of assembly--having just heard the morning paper slap onto the driveway--I started rolling the thing to the child's room, I found it would not fit through the hall door. Put the crib together in the room where the baby will sleep.
Clyde will read from his new book, PapaDaddy's Book for New Fathers: Advice to Dads of All Ages, Thursday night (May 9) at 7:00. A good time is guaranteed for everyone who is or ever was a dad, a mom, or a child...