Don’t Buy These 11 Things Your Baby Doesn’t Need

baby doesn't needHaving a baby is exciting. It’s one of the greatest things you will ever do! Without it, we at BB4BM wouldn’t be doing what we do. And, from your first child to your last child, when you prepare to welcome a new baby into your home, you tend to buy things. A lot of things. And the things you don’t buy are gifted to you by loving friends and family.

Unfortunately, many of the things you end up purchasing or receiving aren’t necessary. You’ll either use them once and get rid of them or you’ll never use them at all. The problem with having all these extra things is that it takes up valuable space, not to mention how much you or your loved ones spent on the items.

If you want to simplify your baby experience, there are several things you and your baby don’t need. Knowing this ahead of time, you’ll save yourself money and time. And, using this list, you can register for the things you really do need.

1. Baby Shoes

Okay, baby shoes are adorable. No one will argue with the fact that tiny little feet in tiny little shoes is ‘aw’ worthy. However, they’re extremely hard to put on, especially if you catch your baby when he or she just doesn’t want to sit still. Add that to the fact that baby shoes are notorious for falling off in the most inconvenient places. You’ll have complete strangers walking up to you with little baby shoes, and that’s if you’re lucky. Sometimes those shoes fall off and you have no idea where they went.

Instead of shoes, try socks or stockings. They’ll still keep your baby’s feet warm and covered, but they’ll be less likely to fall off. And, if your baby is getting close to toddling, try socks with grips on the bottom. These will keep your baby from slipping and sliding. And, once your little one does start walking, you can buy all the cute little shoes imaginable.

2. Bath Tubs

Have you seen the adorable baby bath tubs that companies are making now days? They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. It can be tempting to pick out the cutest tub, one that matches your nursery, and call it a day. The only problem with baby bath tubs is that they usually need to be placed in a bath tub, which means you’ll be leaning over your baby the entire bath time. If you’ve spent any amount of time bent over while hold several pounds of wriggling, slippery flesh, you know it’s no picnic. You’ll end up with a back ache and a very strong opinion that baby tubs are the worst.

Instead of spending time leaning over a bath tub, use a sink. It’s been done for centuries and sometimes the old ways are better. You’ll be able to stand comfortably and the sink is the perfect size for an infant.

3. Bath Thermometers

The baby industry is really trying with this one. It makes sense, though, doesn’t it? You don’t want to burn your baby, so obviously you need a thermometer to make sure it’s the perfect temperature. Except most people can tell if water is too hot by putting their hand in the water. And have you ever tried taking a baths temperature while you hold a squirming baby? It’s not a lot of fun. Your common sense really will win on this one.

If you’re still worried about the bath temperature, try testing it with your elbow. The skin on the elbow is more sensitive, so if it hurts your elbow, it will probably hurt your baby.

4. Expensive, Large Changing Bags

Changing bags are an important tool when it comes to taking care of your baby. Whenever you go out, you want to have your essentials with you, just in case. However, the longer you’re a parent the more you realize how few essentials your baby really needs. So, instead of buying a large, expensive bag, get something of medium size that will hold the things you truly do need: Nappies, wipes, a change of clothes, and an extra binky.

Not only will downsizing your changing bag save you money, but you’ll feel much better when you don’t have to haul around a huge, heavy bag, plus your baby. The best part is, now days you can find decently priced changing bags of all different styles. You no longer have to carry around a nylon, bright green and pink bag. You can pick a messenger bag or changing bags that look more like oversized purses.

5. Wipe Warmers

Some mothers swear by wipe warmers. After all, no one wants to have a cold wipes against their bums. But, on the other hand, no one has died from using room temperature wet wipes. And, those contraptions take up so much space on your changing table, they can be more of a hindrance than a help.

However, the really scary part about wipe warmers is that pediatricians and researchers have found that mold and bacteria thrive on the warm, wet environment that the warmers create. Instead of buying one expensive warmer, buy more wipes! You’ll probably use more of these than you can even imagine.

6. Bedding Sets

This is a hard one, since bed sets are usually used to tie a nurseries theme together, but bed sets are something you and your baby do not need. Despite being adorable, these sets are filled with things you’ll never use - from little pillows to bumper pads. And the things you do use will get so grubby after a little bit that you’ll need to replace them. Baby bedding sets are expensive, so having to replace the sheets and blankets from one every few months can add up.

Having too many things in a cot is a serious safety concern. Most pediatricians recommend a sheet or blanket and that’s it. As your baby gets older you can add more, but for safety reasons, simplicity is best. Another side of this is that babies are messy and a lot of that mess takes place when they sleep. You’ll be doing a lot of laundry in those first few months, so you might as well buy sheets that have a primary purspose to just last. You can find other cute ways to decorate the nursery.

7. Changing Tables

After cots, nappy changing tables are one of the most expensive pieces of furniture you’ll purchase for your nursery. Are they useful? Definitely. Are they worth the money? Maybe not. There are much more inexpensive ways to create a changing surface. You can buy a bad and place it on top of the baby dresser. Or, if you can’t be bothered to run up to the nursery multiple times a day, just carry a changing pad with you. All you need to do is unroll it and you’ll have a portable changing table!

If you’re set on having a changing table, look for a second hand one before spending a bunch of extra money on a brand new one. Or, find a piece of furniture that can double as something else that you can repurpose into a changing table. This will save you money in the long run and be something you’ll actually use for years to come.

8. Bottle Racks

Despite being so small, babies have the tendency to completely overtake your world. And not just your heart, time, energy, and money. Babies take up a lot of space. If you think you have a spacious living space now, just wait. This is why it’s so important to cut back on the things you don’t really need so that you can keep a little bit of your sanity. Bottle racks are one of the things you and your baby don’t need. In fact, bottle racks take up a lot of space and basically do the same job as your dish rack.

If you want to make life even easier, just throw your bottles into the dishwasher and use the drying cycle. The majority of bottles now days are dishwasher safe and using the dishwasher will save you a ton of time.

9. Convertible Cots

Convertible cots sound like a great idea, in theory. After all, cots are a huge purchase, so you might as well get as much use out of them as possible, right? The problem with most cots is that they wear out easily, so by the time your child is ready for the cots to be a toddler bed, it looks a bit shabby.

Many mothers have also reported that when they converted their cot into the toddler bed, it was still too high for the toddler. The toddlers would struggle getting into the bed or even fall out at night. While these cots are great in theory, they might not be your dream solution.

If you do decide on a convertible bed, try to get one that’s made of very sturdy material, so it doesn’t wear down too much over time. And, if it has legs or wheels, see if these can come off so when it’s made into a toddler bed, it isn’t too high. Also, keep in mind, if you’re planning on having more than one child, that cot might stay a cot for the next baby and you’ll still need to buy a toddler bed!

10. Baby Laundry Soaps and Cleaners

It’s true that baby skin is much more sensitive than adult skin, but most of the times it’s not so sensitive that your laundry soap will cause a problem. Your baby will be perfectly safe if you keep using your own detergent. However, if you’re a bit worried about it, just buy organic or “Free and Clear” versions of your favorite laundry soap and use it for all your clothes. Buying it in the regular laundry soap section instead of the baby section will give you huge savings and you won’t have to run separate loads of laundry.

The same is true for cleaners. Your baby will be safe with what you regularly use to clean your home, as long as you aren’t spraying things near or on the baby. However, if you want to be cautious, you can make your own all-natural cleaners. They’ll save you time and money!

11. Special Food Makers

If you want to make your own baby food, those baby food makers can be a bit tempting. However, they’re also extremely expensive. And, you can make your own baby food using a blender or a food processor. Your baby won’t know the difference and the food will taste the same. Plus, you’ll save money by using appliances you already have!

All parents are different and will have different approaches to raising their babies. That’s what makes this world such an amazing, diverse place! But, there are a few things all parents have in common and one of those is keeping things as simple as possible. One way to do this is to make sure you don’t overbuy when you’re having a baby. If you keep these things off your list, we’re sure you won’t even notice you’re missing them.

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