Monday, May 28, 2012

5 Things NOT to Buy for Baby

First of all, pregnancy milestone! Last night, Lewis was able to put his hand on my belly & feel the baby kick! I love it when the baby gets big enough that he can feel the kicks! He was very excited. We tried to show Isis this morning, but she wasn't quite as interested. 

Now, on to other things, I've been thinking about the things I need for this baby and I've also been thinking about things that we don't need for this baby or any baby! Everyone gets so much advice about what to register for and what not to. While someone else may offer different advice than me and I always tell people to take everyone's advice and then piece together what works for you, I've decided to throw in my perspective on this!

1. Changing Table
I got a changing mat and I just moved it wherever I needed to change her. It is really rare that you actually want to, in my case, climb the stairs to go change the baby on the changing table. If your baby room and everything else you do is all on one floor, then maybe it'd be more beneficial, but in my opinion, just get a changing mat and take it wherever you need to go!

2. Cradle or Bassinet
I got a Pack N Play, which has a little bassinet section in it. It was actually very useful and I used it both when she was sleeping or napping as a newborn and when she was older and moving around I needed to contain her for short periods of time while I cooked dinner or something. But a stand-alone cradle or bassinet is just not necessary. You won't use it for very long and I highly recommend a Pack N Play, which you can use for virtually the same purpose.

3. Wipes Warmer
You're just not going to use this. No way. Maybe for a very short period of time right after you buy it, but really your child needs to be used to cooler wipes because that's usually what you're going to have when you're out running errands or at someone else's house. So unless you're ready to cart that thing with you everywhere you go, just don't get it.

4. Baby Bath Tub
Now this is one thing that I did use, but only because I got one for free. It really wasn't necessary. As a newborn, I put a towel on the counter by the sink in the kitchen & that's where we bathed Isis for a long time. We'd just kinda wipe her down and clean her off that way. Then you can put a small amount of water in the regular tub and wash them in there when they get a little bigger. The baby tub just isn't totally necessary. But again, I used it, so if you got it as a gift or just for whatever reason really wanted it, then it's not a total waste.

5. Crib Bedding Set
It's just not necessary to buy the big set. For one thing, it's now recommended that you don't use bumper pads. I did use them, but mine were thin and didn't pose a suffocation or climbing hazard. For another thing, you won't use the bigger blanket that much. I used mine occasionally and Isis likes to play with it now, but it's not a necessity. This time, I plan on buying some cute sheets on Etsy and using the breathable mesh crib liner and that's really all you need! Just the cute sheets & some receiving blankets will work great. While they're in the crib, they're going to kick off the covers so much anyway that any blankets in there are really not needed.

What do you think? Anything you'd add or take away from this list?

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