You’re expecting your first child?! Congratulations, so exciting!!! Okay, now what? Navigating through the baby market is daunting, to say the least. The big name stores make you think you need everything under the sun and more, so for this post, I'm focusing strictly on registry items that you don't need! Hope it helps!
1) Travel Nursing Pillow
Nursing is tricky, but once you get the hang of it you probably won't need a pillow (unless you have twins) and it just took up much-needed space in the diaper bag.
2) Compression Underwear/Belly Band
Super pricy and uncomfortable. Some people swear by them, but I don’t think it made much of a difference. The weight will come off gradually just like it went on. You made a human being!!! Please don’t stress about this bullshit!
3) pNeo Baby Shusher
My little wasn’t a big crier, so if she was crying something was wrong and this didn’t help. Might be useful for purple crying, but it's not worth purchasing ahead of time.
Better Investment: A unit that plays music plus white noise and can attach to a car seat/stroller.
4) Baby Bjorn Bibs
I really don’t get these. They are no more useful than the cheap plastic bibs, plus my little hated it; her neck was too fat! Baby's are messy, this is really not going to save much cleanup.
Better Investment: Long plastic ones that tie in the back. Easier for cleanup and the baby will have more trouble getting it off.
5) Bottle Warmer
I just warmed bottles in a mug of hot water. I used friends’ a few times and always forgot about it, then the bottle was way too hot and my daughter would have to wait even longer for it to cool down. Also, not using a warmer made her less picky. She’d take a cold bottle when on the go. Score!
6) Bottle Sterilizer
The least expensive models only clean one or maybe a few bottles at a time and the better ones cost a pretty penny. If you’re looking to save money, do it the old-fashioned way and just boil water once in a while.
Better investment: A good bottle brush. Most of the time I just washed bottles by hand, seemed quicker to me.
7) Teething Rings/Toys
Though most aren't expensive, it all adds up and I shouldn’t have gotten these ahead of time. My daughter never wanted anything to do with them. Try a washcloth soaked in chamomile tea to see if your baby will even go for a teether first.
Better Investment: Get some mesh food feeder bags and add cold fruit to them for double the usage, i.e. intro to solid foods and teether.
8) Halo Sleep Sacks
These worked for a short time (5 weeks) but then my daughter started to lift the fabric over her face. Not cool! However, the armless sacks in larger sizes are good for transitioning to regular pajamas.
Better Investment: Swaddle blankets when used well can last a while, then switch to the Miracle Swaddle, and after that the Magic Merlin Suit.
9) Baby Carriers
You either will be a carrying Mom or you won’t. And you probably won’t know until the baby comes!
Borrow from a friend if you can. If not, wait and bring the baby with you and try different ones on in the store. I got a few that were comfortable for me, but then my daughter hated all of them and I didn’t keep boxes or receipts. Oops!
10) Bedding Set
Biggest marketing rip off out there! Don’t get lured in by the cute patterns. You can’t use the comforter or the bulky crib pad due to SIDS, so purchasing sheets and a crib skirt separately makes way more sense. Well actually, you don’t need a crib skirt either. You'll only use it for a couple years maximum anyways.
Better Investment: At least 3 pairs of crib sheets. You'll want 4 the first time the baby gets a stomach bug and you have to change the sheets 3 times in the middle of the night!
11) Sheet Savers
Unless your kid knows only to leak in a 2’x2’ area, you don’t need these. Baby is swaddled or in sacks until 6 months old and then PJs with feet keep everything contained. I don’t recommend two-piece pajamas until the baby is older because poop tends to sneak out the top and then get all over the sheets, especially if they get diarrhea. Yuck!
12) Nursing Cover A.K.A Hooter Hider
When learning to breastfeed you need to be able to see what you’re doing and by the time you're good at it, the baby will most likely hate being covered up and pull it off. How often you use this will, of course, depend a lot on your comfort level and lifestyle. Most mothers I know either fell into the category of not caring and whipping their boob out as needed or being private by going into a separate room and prepping breast milk bottles while out for short periods of time. Either way, the cover becomes fairly useless. I only used mine a handful of times and a blanket would have worked just as well.
13) Wipes Warmer
Total waste! They can dry the wipes out and some moms complain the baby can’t handle being changed with cold wipes on the go, hard pass! A couple of mothers thought it helped not to wake the baby when changing in the middle of the night. I don't get this. If you’re changing the baby, they’re already awake! Just hold it in your hand for a few seconds to take the chill out.
Hope this makes you think twice and saves you some cash! What did you purchase that ended up being a waste of money? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!
Hi! I'm Nicki, a full time working Mama in a fast-paced male dominated industry. I blog for a creative outlet and to help moms like you make this parenting journey a little easier!
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