Baby jail is an ugly Pack & Play (that is ugly). It hurts my one good eye and makes the bad one close automatically in self-defense. I sometimes wish it was brown, and had an adjustable mattress and a change table attached.
It was free. (But did I mention that it is ugly?)
Let's start at the very beginning (I hear it's a very good place to start):
I like budgets - as you well know - but we have this budget for reasons that go a little beyond my personal entertainment.
We pay close attention to our money now because:
- We didn't used to, and are paying off the tail end of our youthful inattention to detail
- We are self-employed, and it would be nice to have money available even if work isn't
- We someday hope to not have to pay such close attention
- I am personally entertained by it
And although I secretly wish that all my baby gear matched, that it was new, and that I had more of it, I'm glad that I didn't get my way and that it doesn't, it isn't, and I don't.
Not because of any underlying minimalist, non-consumer philosophy. I like new things. I like the newness of them, and I like the thingness of them. I just happen to not like the cost of (some of) them, right now.