So this isn’t a helpful MUST HAVE for any of you, it’s more of a “duh!” must have, although not to people here (another story for another day). But it has been my MUST HAVE for over two months so dedicating a whole post to the baby bed is definately understandable. RIGHT?

Although we enjoy having our newborns sleep on our chest in the beginning we are still cautious about when and how. Which tells you that it won’t be full time co-sleeping. It needs it’s own bed.

But this is the last baby so we were not about to shell out money on a bassinet or even a moses basket from a baby store here in Delhi for a bed that will only last 2- 3 months and then shell out the needed money for baby’s crib.

Of all the countries I have visited, this is one of the greatest textile industries among them (in my humble opinion). We could find a basketweaver from the rural parts EASILY and spend 10-20 dollars on a “home=made” moses basket, that could also be reused for storage post baby. RIGHT?


Getting the baby a proper yet affordable bed has been quite a journey, that mostly my CHAMP husband has taken on.

Josiah looked all over our city for baskets. I asked whenever I was out at the market where a bigger one of “these” or a person who sells lots of “those” might be. But no one knew. When we finally gave up on our city and waited till we got to Delhi, the search was on. Delhi has everything. It was bound to have a talented basket weaver, even if it was someone representing textiles from another region in India. Josiah did the online research and fought his way to and through TONS of markets while I put the pressure on that baby could come any day and it needed a bed to sleep in. Unless of course we caved and spent $160 on one from the mall. But we were determined to not do that.

We already have a crib to get before we leave, and to pay the full hospital bill up front and out of pocket whatever that may entail, room and board to pay, baby clothes and all absolutely necessary items for receiving our newborn home, plus a backlog of shopping we have been needing to do and weren’t in a place till now to do it.

Finally our last idea and our focused prayer for help from God found us beautiful bed for baby. There is this great furniture refurbishing market. They have all sorts of unique donations that people don’t want in piles around a big yard. And they have carpenters scattered all around fixing, sanding and staining them into new and fun pieces of “treasure”. And for a fraction of the new price that it would cost. SO FUN!

Josiah found this cute little basket and negotiated to buy it “as is” so that we could choose an Eco friendly/baby friendly paint to do in our home city. He got it for $20 bucks. Then he went to another local market and had a piece of firm foam cut to order with a slipcover. Since I have crib sheets coming from the states soon, I just dug up a pillow case (the perfect size) from the closet of the house we are staying in and WALLAH! Our baby bed is complete. I love it and am so excited for the STEAL we got.

Josiah worked so hard to find it and now we have a bed for baby to sleep in once it decides to come join us. Can’t you just see it all curled up on it’s tummy, knees tucked up and head to the side right in the middle? I can’t wait!

“Yeah! 3 beers cheers for Josiah!”

5 Must Haves

I find myself thinking things like ” Man! If didn’t have
this, I don’t know what life would be like?” Take it as gratefullness not
an idol. Cause if you don’t have them, well, life is still going on isn’t it?
But they sure do make my life easier, and more enjoyable.


1.Chef’n Vibe Collapsible Measuring Cup Set:

These are great space saver’s, which isn’t really a concern for me other than the getting them over here, suitcases and all. But they are easy to store since they stack right on top of eachother and come in fun colors aas well.

Adjust a spoon

2. Adjust a spoon

I use this ALL the time. It is a great space saver just like the above item, and I also don’t have to mess with keeping 4-5 different spoons on one ring. I am not losing the set or can’t find the exact measurement I was looking for because it’s somewhere back in the corner of my miscellanous drawer. I use it daily. Contrary to some reviews, it has never slipped on me causing inexact measurements. And it’s super easy to clean. The black stopper pops off for an easy to wash experience. You’d think I wouldn’t know cause I have a maid, but she believe it or not washes dishes with her eyes closed and I find 60 % of dishes dirty when I go to use them. She values speed over cleanliness I guess. But anyways, super easy to clean.

3. Bacon adhesive bandaids

Even though I do not have these peticular ones, bandaids are a must have for me now. I am in that klutzy stage of pregnancy that includes a injury in the kitchen AT LEAST once a day. Currently I have a princess band aid on my right finger from burning it on the convection oven. While not in the kitchen yesterday I fell off J’s scooter during my first ever lesson and scraped up my hand and toes and bruised my thigh pretty nicely. That night I burnt the other finger flipping over the toast in  the pan. And luckily my knives are dull or I would have more to tell. But yes, bacon is a must have right now, I need it bad. Soon… very soon. I would jump at the opportunity to sport a slice of bacon wrapped around my finger. If it weren’t for the tiny fact that it’s…er…not appropriate here. Thes cute bandaids are avail in many different pictures but among my top fav are sushi, cupcake, toast, bling, Jesus, pickle, and tattoos. You can order them off Amazon for about $5 a container.

4. Trader Joes Dark Chocolate covered caramels.

I have had a steady stock of these babies in my fridge, cause they are OH! so good! cold. But 😦 I just ran out last week. Chocolate is a daily necessity normally, but in this stage of pregnancy (not so much the first trimester) I like to treat myself to after breakfast chocolate, after lunch and also after dinner as well. And don’t forget just before bed, or any other time I am hungry and need a quick snack. No wonder I am out huh? I am sure I can hold out till my next stock arrives in November. But seriously though, pray for me. I would love to pass my addiction on to you by providing the link to order them online ( that is if you live on the half of the US that hasn’t gotten a  clue about TJ’s yet) except that they don’t have that option. Shame shame.

5. Tums acid reducer

I know, what prgenanat women doesn’t go through a giant bottle of these things at least once in her 9 months? My acid reflux is in full swing and I am SO glad that I found out I was “with child” while we were in the states in March so I could bring this big bottle back with me. Course, mine is the generic Walmart brand. I would say that I ONLY go with the berry flavor, and they do do the trick. It is a MUST here with all my chocolate consumption I confessed to above and all the spicy food that people try to feed me here. Indian women seem to think that Masala (spicy) is good for pregnancy, but I have a different tale to tell. Once with M I had such bad reflux that I literally burnt my throat and it was scarred for a week. OUCH! As long as I keep Vange out of them I can partake of these daily.

And there you have it, the top five things in my little black purse…