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Baby Items You don't Need to Buy

Updated on December 6, 2012
What are the essentials for baby?
What are the essentials for baby? | Source

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.

Ignore the mess, this was shortly before the birth of baby #2 and #1 was in a half body cast and we were in the middle of switching him to his toddler room
Ignore the mess, this was shortly before the birth of baby #2 and #1 was in a half body cast and we were in the middle of switching him to his toddler room | Source

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.

Wipes Warmer

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.

Bottle Warmer

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.

umbrella stroller
umbrella stroller | Source

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.


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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      So very true, we can do without so many things being advertised.Great hub.

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      kthix10 5 years ago from IL

      We never used the toilet training seat with my 2nd and only briefly used the potty chair with the 1st - he was really short but figured out quickly he would rather use the big potty and find a step stool to get up

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      Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

      I agree with all of the above (and I'm a mom of 5). I used the bed as the change table -- a towel on the bedspread, wipes on the side and a clean diaper right next to baby. Everything was laid out before baby was laid down to change.

      I did purchase the combined car seat/stroller, and did use the stroller for several years after. Probably because of the number of babies I had. :D

      The other purchase that I never used was the toilet training seat. Yeah, sounds funny, but my babies were all toilet trained by the age of one. They had learned to balance themselves on the seat and resented the smaller seat -- even refused to go to the toilet if the smaller insert was placed on the toilet. I gave away several of those!!

      Great list!

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      kthix10 5 years ago from IL

      Thanks for the comment. The dresser works great as a changing table and when they got too big I moved the changing pad to the floor for awhile.

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      Great Hub for first time moms, you really can get sucked in by all these baby stores. And i love the idea of using a dresser instead of a change table.

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      kthix10 5 years ago from IL

      Completely agree - So many new moms are into buying the set of furniture without really think how long that changing table is going to be used for the cost of it. I have a friend that by the third child it was so wobbly that it wasn't usable at all.

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      Susana Suarez 5 years ago from London, UK

      Totally agree with you! I didn't know there were wipes warmer.. that is totally not needed. And the baby changer is just to be used up to about 4 or 5 months tops. It's a waste of money as they are very expensive.