- Family and Parenting
Baby Items You don't Need to Buy
They Suck You In
You go to the lovely baby store to register for your first child and are given a several page list of everything that you need. It is a huge list that overwhelms many and many of the items are unnecessary and are intended to get your money. Not all these items are practical or necessary.
The Changing Table
This is my number one for a reason. I know most people are looking at this and are arguing with the computer screen but hear me out. Yes you need a place to change baby but it doesn't have to be a matchy, matchy piece of furniture that can only be used for a little over a year. Most of my friend never used this piece after a year when baby got too heavy to heft up there every diaper change. Also most changing table aren't as sturdy as they could be. Instead we used a refurnished dresser that we stained to match the rest of the furniture and my 5 yr old still uses today. We placed the changing pad and diaper basket on top of the dresser and secured the changing pad to the back of the dresser. We gave him a piece of furniture he could use for life.
Really you think you need a wipes warmer? This is more a fire hazard than a safe baby product. It isn't needed and in some cases have proven to be too warm. Just skip it, generations of kids have managed to live without this product for a reason.
There is no medical reason that a child needs to have warm milk. True Story. Both of my kids when not nursing took bottle directly from the fridge. There was never a need to warm a bottle. This not only saves time but also makes it much easier when you are out and about to give baby a bottle where ever you are.
The Huge Stroller/ carseat system
You don't need to buy them all together and I suggest that you don't. Find the car seat that works best in your car. The stroller that comes with the car seat is rarely the one you would have purchased when your child is old enough to sit in it. The only stroller I ever used when my oldest was in the infant carrier was the snap in go frame. It was small, compact, lightweight, had a place for my water bottle, and had a nice basket on the bottom. By the time he was out of the snap in go I used a nicer umbrella stroller but than only a little while later I was in the market for a double stroller. I hadn't spent a ton of money on strollers at this point so buying the perfect double stroller
The PreFold White Cloth diapers
Let's be honest even people that choose to cloth diaper don't use this ancient form of cloth diapers. They have cute ones that snap and button in different colors and sizes, the inserts are small than the bulky prefolds. If you are using disposables you don't need these either. I ended up with way too many of these and I am not sure why or how. Many people use them as burb cloths so maybe 5 or so would be something worth having. I have one left that I polish my dining room table with.
Unless you actually run or jog now than don't buy a jogger with hopes that you will start after baby comes. If you don't have the motivation now to workout most likely the energy and motivation will not start with less sleep. Now I am more than happy to go to the gym and spend a few minutes away from my kiddos but taking them jogging doesn't in the least sound tempting.
Pink is not the new Green
Just one more reminder if you are super excited about having a little girl that is great, but if you are planning on more than one child you might want to scale back on all those pink purchases. If number two comes along and isn't a girl unless you can afford to replace all the pink swings, bouncers, car seats, etc than I suggest finding a gender neutral color for some of your items.