Having a baby can be expensive, suddenly there is all this strange stuff you need to buy to keep your arrival alive, most people are unsure of what they actually need so in the spirit of being good parents can be tempted to buy everything that is available…I fell in to this trap with many items and I’ve compiled a list of items that you probably won’t need.
Baby Food Steamer/Blender
You can achieve the same results with things you will already have in your kitchen, plus baby led weaning is all the rage now so just chuck them some toast when they’re hungry – win!
These are pointless, I spent a load of money on really pretty ones with birds and cherry blossom on…and I wish I hadn’t. Baby just spent the night trying to untie the ribbons and they’re also widely agreed to be really dangerous so skip the bumpers.
Baby will just pull them off and lose them, or cry because she wants to pull them off. Just keep baby’s nails short so she can’t do herself any harm.
Top and Tail Set
Just wash baby’s face and hands first, then plop her in the sink for a soak.
Not only are they pointless and ugly, they also require top up cartridges…nah.
Your main priority will be making sure baby is comfortable and baby’s bum is easy to access for constant nappy changes, I kept both my babies in sleepsuits 24/7 until they could walk…that’s just me.
Really no need, baby won’t be arsed (see what I did there?) if the wipes are room temperature or cooler…it probably feels refreshing to be honest after having a bottom coated in poop.
Obviously babies can’t walk, but even the cuteness factor only lasts for about three seconds…which is the average time it takes a baby to pull it off and lose it forever.
Lots of people buy big expensive changing tables, but if you want to save yourself a pretty penny and a whole lot of space, just get a changing mat and put it on your bed every time baby needs changing.
Baby Lotions and Potions
Unless your baby has skin conditions, allergies, etc, I found that ordinary coconut oil did the same job or better as the hundreds of baby creams and oils and lotions that we are constantly told we need.
The cost of a new baby isn’t the only thing to consider, the main thing that has shocked me about providing for a baby is the sheer amount of crap you accumulate in such a short space of time. It is amazing how such a tiny person can need so many items (a lot of them big and bulky and ugly) and unless you are blessed enough to have a huge house, your home is about to start bursting at the seams. You’ll be tripping over the buggy in the hallway, the cot, the baby bath, the toys, the bouncer, the high chair, and everything else…so anything you can make do without is well worth scrapping in my opinion!
I hope this has saved somebody a few pounds and a bit of space in their home, if you can think of anything else you thought was pointless let me know!
P.S. For anyone that knows me and might wonder if Flower Crowns should have made this list…you are wrong…Flower Crowns are essential.
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