9 Totally Unnecessary Products for Baby!
As we are expecting our second child in early December, I can’t help but think how different this pregnancy is. I’m a little less obsessed with all things baby. And by that, I mean all those baby gimmicks and gadgets. My bank account is already thanking me. I thought I’d ask other experienced moms what they could have lived without for baby, and give some second time mom advice from me too!
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Diaper Genie: I thought having the nifty diaper genie was not only a must, but super fancy. Truth be told, we used that thing for a week and moved it to the garage, replacing it with a small trash can, with a foot pedal. (We kept it small so not too many diapers could build up.) It was just a pain to use, and you had to find the right garbage bags for it.
Gripe Water: “$10-12 for something to make the baby burp?! Just didn’t work for us. Gave it to Baby a few times, but never saw a benefit. Nursing seemed to help more than anything when Baby didn’t feel well.” –Subaru Mom @subarumom09
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Socks: This is the deal, the socks come off. You lose them. They become chew toys for babies. Yes they are cute and make your heart melt to picture the itty bitty feet your baby will have, but I say bypass the socks during the Newborn phase and stick with footie jammies when they small. PRO TIP: When baby is wearing more than footie jammies, Trumpette socks are the way to go and without fail, always stay on!
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Cutesy Baby Clothes
Cutesy baby clothes: Walk away from those cutesy baby clothes. Not only are they difficult to maneuver with a newborn, they serve no purpose. Babies eat, sleep, and poop. And you’ll be changing their clothes several times a day because of spit up and leaky diapers. Stock up on footie jammies and onesies instead.
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Shoes: Shoes are utterly useless for infants. Yes, they sure are darling, but really, what’s the point. Your kid isn’t walking, and your baby won’t even be crawling until about 7 months. I never bought them, but someone bought a pair for my daughter. We put them on, took a picture to show said relative, and then packed them up. Simply put, they are a waste of money.
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Convertible Crib: My grandmother bought us a convertible crib that could grow with my daughter. We “thought” it was a great idea. Turns out it was so not needed. Our daughter transitioned to a floor bed around 18 months, and then we got the kit to transition the bed to a full sized bed. And the kicker, we have to purchase a new crib for the new baby. Wishing we just got a regular cheaper crib so we didn’t have to buy a new one.
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Crib Bedding Set: “You can’t use the bumpers or even the quilt, so it’s basically worthless. Just get sheets, or actually skip the crib altogether and use a Pack N Play. We got way more use out of it than the crib, and Ace transitioned to a twin mattress on the floor easily at 19 months.” -Lacey V. mom of one in Seattle.
Wipe Warmer: “The idea was nice, but in the end in the middle of the night w/ a screaming baby & you haven’t slept in God knows how long, a warm wipe is 100% irrelevant.” –Kendra @myfullthymelife
Bottle Sterilizer: The only good thing a bottle sterilizer is good at is taking up counter space. Yes I bought one, and used it a bunch, but the more I thought about it for this baby, the more I realized a good ole big pot of boiling water works perfectly fine. We will not be getting that out of storage for this baby. In fact, we’ll be getting rid of it pretty darn soon.
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