When I first leaned that I was pregnant I began to read about how people will offer you too much help. The advice you don’t need, the baby items you don’t want, and so on. None of this really ended up applying to me. I thought that people were going to be pushy, but they were not. People would always ask if we wanted something and not just push it on us.
We got some really amazing stuff from family and friends! If Michael and I would have gone out and bought all of the things that we got for free it would have cost us a fortune and the quality of the items would not have been as good. We got a crib, 2 strollers (one of which is made for negative temperatures), car seat, decorations for the nursery, a changing table, diapers, tons of clothes, bottles, a rocking chair, blankets, baby carrier, stuffed animals, toys, and so much more. All of these things were life savers for us. They have enhanced Ben’s life so much.
Anytime that someone tried to give us something that we already had or did not need I would just say no thanks. There was a point where I ended up having 3 different kinds strollers. But, I just passed the love along and gave one away on Free Cycle. Having a baby is expensive enough without having to buy everything brand new. If a family member or friend offers you something that you need take it. They would not offer it if they needed it. Then when you are done with it, if it is still in good condition, pass the love along and give it to another Mom in need.