There’s a lot of great use for lists out there but do you ever find yourself with tons of unfinished lists? When I was expecting my boys, I used tons of lists: to-do lists, to buy lists, what needs to be organized lists, planning lists, and so many more. I kept them all in my pregnancy journal and I promise you, there isn’t a single finished list in there.
My To Buy list for each baby was the worst when baby was born. A lot of the missing items weren’t purchased until we needed them or I learned that I didn’t need them after all. That’s what I’m here to help you with today. I’m going to show you the top 10 things you don’t actually need to buy for your little one.
Baby doesn’t even need them until they are walking. And until then, you’ll just be replacing the shoes after baby kicks them off. All. The. Time. One time I actually had to traipse my way back through the entire mall after my oldest kicked one shoe off at some point while we walked around. I never found it. Save yourself the trouble and don’t waste your time and money.
2. Snap Outfits
I’m not saying that you can’t buy outfits with snaps. But look at it before you buy and ask yourself, is this cute enough to be worth undoing and redoing a dozen snaps on a wiggling baby during each diaper change, or worse, in the middle of the night? For me, it’s usually a hard pass.
3. Bottle Warmer
So many burns. I never actually bought one for at home. I got plenty of use while I worked in the infant room in a daycare for 3 years and knew from that that I didn’t need or want one in my house I can’t tell you how many times the water inside burned me (and I mean BURNED me). You can read more about this in my bottle review here.
Babies can be very finicky about their bottle temperatures as well. My boys preferred room temperature bottles when they were young but once they were old enough to crawl, they actually liked it best cold.
Bottle warmers can be great to quickly warm a bottle but they can very easily warm it too much. Not only can you or baby get burned by too hot milk, some bottles have separate pieces on the bottom like anti-colic valves These pieces can trap the hot water inside them and then when you turn the bottle upside down to drip some milk onto your wrist and check the temperature, guess what comes rolling out from the bottom and onto your hands?
4. Wipes Warmer
I never ended up getting but I’ve heard from many other moms that the bottom wipes end up ruined and too dried out from being heated all the time. Over the diapering part of your child’s life, what will cost more: the warmer or all of those wasted wipes? Besides, room temperature wipes are fine. They might feel cold at first but it’s temporary. As soon as the diaper is back on baby’s tushy, they won’t feel cold anymore.
5. Baby Bedding Set
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends never use soft bedding in baby’s crib or bassinet. This includes bumpers, blankets, pillows, and toys. The only things that should be in baby’s bed are bedding, a tight fitting sheet, and a binkie if necessary. This is due to the increase risk of SIDS from having suffocation hazards in the bed. Sure they’re cute but they’re absolutely not worth the risk.
6. Diapers By Size
For 3 reasons: growth spurts, growth spurts, and growth spurts. Do you need another reason? Ok, baby’s birth weight. If you give birth to an 8 pounds (or higher) baby like I did twice, that baby will be going straight in to size 1 diapers. Then you’ve got a massive amount of diapers too small for your baby to use.
That’s why I always gift new parents size 2 diapers. Everyone always buys size newborn and size 1 diapers for baby shower gifts. Nobody ever buys size 2. Why not? It will for sure be used eventually and there’s no risk of baby being born weighing too much for it (unless you give birth to a baby so heavy that it makes national news and some record books) or everyone else buying the same size and the new parents being stuck with so many size 1 diapers that their baby grows out of it before they’re all used (I’ve seen it happen)..
7. Automated Formula Mixers
I’m not going to throw brand names around so don’t ask.
But it’s really not that hard to warm up some water with or without a cheap kettle or water heater and throw in a few scoops of formula. You don’t need to spend $200 USD on a machine that will do it for you.
I’m just saying.
8. A Car Mirror
I’m not going to say I haven’t wanted one. It would be really helpful to know if baby is napping in the backseat or not (thankfully now my oldest is old enough to tell me if baby is asleep or not. But they’re just too dangerous because car accidents happen. Sure it won’t shatter and send shards flying everywhere like a real mirror would but it will still break and could fall from its perch and cut baby. It’s just not worth it for me. They have not been tested by proper authorities and are not recommended by groups including the AAA and the AAP.
The strap can also or fall apart and the mirror will then fall down on baby.
9. Baby Food Maker
Blenders work just as well as those expensive baby food makers. Just pick yourself up a package of small Tupperware or other containers and be sure to freeze whatever won’t be eaten in the next 24 hours.
Remember, store bought is also fine. Just read the ingredients label to make sure that what you want is in the container. I always used Beech-Nut with my boys (not sponsored) and never had a problem with them. They use water or lemon juice concentrate with water is listen on the label. There’s also lots of organic baby food varieties and brands out there now for those on the organic food route.
10. Nursing Cover
No, no, no. I’m not saying breastfeed in public without anything covering you and/or the baby if you’re not comfortable (even though it’s legal in all 50 states in America). But don’t buy a nursing cover that’s ONLY a nursing cover. There’s car seat covers that double as nursing covers, shopping cart seat cover, high chair cover, scarf, and even more. If you want to breastfeed without, go for it. If doing so makes you feel exposed and you would rather cover up with some light weight but not see-through fabric, buy a nursing cover that doubles as something else. Not only will it save you money, but it will save room in your diaper bag.