We all know that raising a baby is expensive. However, the best start in life isn’t about the items you can afford to buy for your baby, it’s about the love, care, and nourishment you can offer. Plus, buying all of those baby items might be costly and it can take a lot of space in your house. So, you can trim some unnecessary items in your baby list before thinking about purchasing any baby products. Here are 10 common baby items you don’t really need.
These items are great in theory but in reality, only it’s only come in handy in a few situations. Also, some are fire hazards, and we don’t want to get our baby used to that luxury because you can’t carry a wipe warmer everywhere. Instead, you should use baby wipes at room temperature and that’s enough. If you want your baby wipes a bit warmer, then just soak it in warm water. It’s really not that time-consuming!
Baby Bedding Sets
Back in the day when we were designing the nursery, we had a theme and purchased the cutest bedding set. But, it actually didn’t make any difference. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents should avoid the use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, and pillows in your baby’s crib or bassinet. Because all of those additional items can increase a few risks like falling out of bed or suffocation.
Tons of Newborn Diapers
Being well prepared is good and you can’t really know how many diapers you have to change a day. However, babies grow fast and you might not use all of your newborn diapers in the first couple of months. Having a lot of diapers on hand is a great idea but it’s hard to know what size you will need. Our advice is don’t spend all of your money on just 1 type of diaper, let your baby use it and make some changes if needed. Also, if you like to try cloth diapers, that’s an option you can explore to help reduce waste and save money too.
Well, it’s hard to say no to those cute little shoes! We understand the desire to purchase newborn shoes for a keepsake too. But, honestly, buying lots of shoes for a newborn is a waste. Your baby will only be able to wear them for a week and even then, they are just for show because they are still learning how to move their legs.
These mini bathtubs are cute and some have nice features like thermometers. However, we found that a basic tub that held a small amount of water and drained easily was sufficient. Plus, you don’t necessarily need a baby bathtub because when your baby is able to sit on their own, bath time for them is easier because you can let your baby sit on your lap in the tub.
Baby Food Processors
When your baby is ready for solid foods, then it’s time to show off your cooking skills. And, you might think about buying equipment that is perfect for the job. However, you don’t really need a baby food processor because it’s not too different from a regular processor in your house. Therefore, if you have a kitchen full of gadgets like blenders or hand mixers. They all work to blend and mash food to serve your baby or toddler. So, why need to buy more if you have already had one. In fact, you can do everything 100% by hand and it’s still perfect for your little one.
A Changing Table
Having a changing table can make the “diaper duty” more convenient and organized. But, it also takes a lot of space in your bedroom. And, there are many baby items in your room can also do the trick. If you have a sturdy dresser, you can add a changing tray for safety and a changing pad. And there you have a ‘changing table’! Some parents prefer to change diapers on the bed or floor with a protective covering for their changing needs and this works too.
Multiple Diaper Bags
Having a bag to carry your baby’s stuff is necessary but it doesn’t have to be fancy and you don’t need more than one. There are many brands and types of diaper bags on the market. Yes, it might be difficult to choose but remember that the important part of a diaper bag is what is inside. So, just choose one neutral bag and make sure you have all of the items you need in it. Not having two hasn’t been an issue at all. Your baby is only in one place at a time and the bag follows them.
Basically, a diaper pail is a glorified garbage can that locks out odors from your baby’s diapers. Honestly, we don’t have any problem with just using regular bins. We found diaper pails are both convenient and effective, but if convenience isn’t your main priority, then there’s no real reason to shell out $30 to $40 on a fancy new trash can. Just simply wrap your baby’s diapers and toss it in with the regular trash and it’s done.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) expressly recommends against using baby powder since, contrary to popular belief, babies don’t need it (or most other lotions and oils, either, for that matter). Although there are safe alternatives to baby powder, we don’t think babies need to use this. Instead, you should focus on cleanliness and dryness and in the first 2 years of your child.
The Bottom Line
Take time to determine what baby products you don’t really need can help you save more money and space than you think. Aware that there will be a lot of baby essentials but there is also non-essential items that you might buy just for comfort. And, if you are shopping for your baby, remember that what our babies need most is your love, caring, and bonding. We already have it and it doesn’t cost a thing! Also, please don’t mistake this as a list of things you shouldn’t buy. Because every baby is different, so your child might need what others don’t. Just try to recognize which ones are needed and which items are wanted before you make any purchase. We wish you and your family the best with everything!