3 months in and this is what works/doesn't work

As you may know - Alex and I had a baby girl in late August. Iolani is now able to hold her head up, smile, laugh, and announce to the building that she is awake from her nap.

In true Downtown fashion - she hasn't missed an Artwalk, we buy most of our stuff in the neighborhood.  And, in true LA fashion - she's made her Grove debut, strolled Nordstrom, and she has sunglasses.

It's not all about where's she's been.  It's also about how she's fitting in with her other two roommates and her new downtown apartment.

When you live in 700 Square feet with a baby there are different rules.  So, here it is...

The Ten Things Downtown Lofting Babies Do Not Need:
10. Themed Nursery
Already you know that you don't get a whole room for the baby.  Actually - your entire home now belongs to the baby, and you just pay the rent.  Did you want powder blue or frilly pink walls?  Did you want those in your living room or next to your closet?

9. Bottle Warmer
Only because - where the hell are you going to put it?

8. Bassinet and Crib
We got a travel bed and put it inside the crib. 

7. Monster Stroller Set
Again, where are you going to store it?  Well, you could use it for your crib.  Orbit has a bassinet attachment.

6. Baby Dresser
One more dresser in the house? Na - use a bookshelf.

5. Indoor Playground
There's the big playground sets, and then there's the system that has just what you need. 

4. Disposable Diapers
Just what your 500 square foot unit needs, a dirty diaper pail.  Gdiapers: Flush it!

3. Baby Gate
How many of us have multiple stories in our places?

2. Changing Table
Where does it go?  Not in my house!  The Ikea changing pad fits in the crib.  If you place the changing pad in the crib, you can walk away if needed. Perfect for the absentminded (or sleep deprived) parent.

1. Baby Monitor
The baby is right there!


The Top Ten Things We Can't Live Without
10. Playmat
It's great!  She would spend hours there if she wanted.

9. 702 Bus
The bus line between our house and Lolo and Lola!

8. Ensenada
The Mexican restaurant  right up the street.

7. Netflix
They have Baby Einstein videos

6. Ergo
Carry the baby - bar free!

5. Bath lounge chair
You don't have five arms, kids are slicker than their drool.  You'll want this one.

4. Washer/Dryer in your loft
Because the novelty of doing laundry after a massive spit up is lost on your neighbors.

3. Formula container
This thing is awesome!  Because measuring formula at 2 a.m. (or 2 p.m. if you continue to not get enough sleep) is too difficult.

2. Orbit Stroller
I can't say enough good things about this stroller/carseat combo. It is safe, looks good in the car, and fits our spur of the moment lifestyle very well.  The price tag will scare most people off, but since you aren't buying half the crap most people will purchase, spend a little  extra money on the stroller and get something that you will truely use.

1. Iolani
She's a little over 13 pounds as of today.  She splashes in her tub.  Rides free on Metro.  If that's not perfection, then I don't know what is.

Honorable mention: Valet Parking!

4 comments:

Jason Burns said...

Sadie Jayne would like a free Metro pass.

She would also like a Ventura Boulevard subway and high speed rail to San Francisco.

Li said...

We've managed to carve out a nursery for our kid using wardrobes. But an actual door and walls is still but dream.

Ginny-Marie said...

Jason: "Two children under age 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult on bus or rail." From Metro.

Iolani wants more trains too!

Ginny-Marie said...

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