7 Things We Really Don't Need for a Baby That We're Tricked into Thinking We do ...

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7 Things We Really Don't Need for a Baby That We're Tricked into Thinking We do ...
7 Things We Really Don't Need for a Baby That We're Tricked into Thinking We do ...

When I was pregnant I, like most of you, was tricked into buying things we don't really need for a baby. I walked into Babies R Us and was dazzled by full nursery sets, bright singing toys, and other things we don't really need for a baby but are somehow tricked into believing that we do. These are the 7 things that I bought for my son's birth that I never really needed.

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1

Changing Table

I know, this doesn't really seem like one of the things we don't really need for a baby, but trust me, it is. The changing table was nice when he was just a little guy that didn't struggle to get away from me when I changed him, but when he started to fight back and I started having to put him into an anaconda leg hold to hold him still, the floor became a much easier place to change him.

2

Video Baby Monitors

This was seriously the worst $200 that I ever spent. First of all, I put it next to my bed and lost hours of sleep because I kept thinking that the baby was moving when he wasn't. Unless you're planning on leaving your child in their crib and going into another room and staying there while watching your child's misery, you really don't need a video monitor to watch them sleep.

3

Bottle Warmers

I laugh at the thought of a bottle warmer now that G man is a year old, but when he was a newborn I really thought that I needed one. But, then I realized that it takes about 5 minutes to warm up a bottle in most bottle warmers. Who has 5 minutes when their baby is screaming in the middle of the night? Not this lady.

4

Diaper Pails

Disclaimer: The diaper pail is a great buy up until your baby moves out of newborn diapers (which my son did at 1 month old). Once the diapers get a little bigger, you fit less and less into the pail and when you change the liner, it smells, it's ridiculously heavy and it's impossible to lift without looking like you're carrying a giant snake.

5

White Noise Machines

Seriously, most of these machines have about 12 different settings ranging from ocean waves to heartbeat. But, I've found that most of the time, my son prefers the noise of a fan to the noise of bird cawing on a beach or in the jungle.

6

5 Million Toys

I am not kidding when I tell you that I bought my son pretty much every toy that I could find in every store that I visited. Here's the rub: my son really loves things that aren't toys, like measuring spoons and empty diaper boxes. I thought for sure that my baby would need as many toys as I could get my hands on, but honestly, babies can be distracted and occupied by the littlest and silliest things.

7

Parenting Books

I am not bashing any person that makes their living writing parenting books because honestly, sometimes you need a little help. But, you don't actually need them to have a baby. Most people would be surprised to know that women have been having and raising children for years without expert help. Go on instinct, you are literally made to be a mom. If your instincts tell you to buy parenting books then go ahead, but you don't actually need them.

Well ladies, these are the things that I don't think new parents actually need. What are some things that you bought when you had your baby that you never used or needed? Let me know down below!

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Very very very true!! Totally agree with this article xxx

I love my son's changing table. He's 9.5 months and we still use it for every diaper change. Also, we love love love our bottle warmer, but he only takes ready to feed formula and that has to be chilled so a bottle warmer is so much easier than warming a mug of hot water up and then putting the bottle in it. We also use our white noise machine every day for naps and bedtime.

The "anaconda leg hold" sounds like a useful move to learn - tell more wise mother!

I tought I was the only person thinking about this but glad to hear it from someone else too lol.

Don't want any of those things however I might look at parenting books for advice or ideas but I won't let them decide how I parent or decide what is right for my child and family. More for inspiration :)

I agree with all of these except the white noise machine! My son is 2.5 and he still uses it! I do however think that baby shoes and such are a waste. My LO was in onesies and pajamas mostly and we did both with the fussy outfits with a million buttons

I have to say I agree with all the things on the list except the video baby monitor. We invested in one after our 2nd daughter was born. I've found it to be better than the motion/breathing sensing one we had for our 1st daughter. With my first, I used to jump at every sound she made. I lost so much sleep going in & out of her room to check on her!! Now I can take a quick peek at the video monitor to see if she's awake or just stirring in her sleep! I'm finding that baby #2 settles much better than baby #1 because I'm not jumping the gun running into her room every 20 minutes! (although I admit I keep the volume quite low so I don't go crazy with every peep she makes!)

I agree with ALL of these! I have all of these and NEVER use them.

Absolutely Agree with all the said things specially changing table n video monitor

I love the parenting books, changing table, and the bottle warmer they all helped me and my husband out tremendously with our two little princesses

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