My tiny Nugget just turned one and it is bittersweet. Since we are done having kids, this is our last first birthday. Very sad. As he is getting older, we are getting rid of a lot of the baby stuff since we won’t need it anymore. As I was sorting through the closet, I started to think about all the great things you need for a new baby but there are a hundred lists out there about the good stuff. So, I thought I would share 5 things that I did not need in the hopes to save you some money.
Baby Towels and Wash Cloths
While baby towels are cute and those hoods can be convenient, your baby will outgrow them quickly. They are usually made with a thinner terry cloth and aren’t as absorbent as other towels. If you are concerned about your towels and wash clothes being too rough, just buy some new adult-sized towels. They will last you longer in the end.
Some parents swear by these. Especially one particularly expensive one. Here’s the thing: outside the hospital, I have NEVER used one. When your baby is born, they will be given a bulb syringe to suction out their face. The nurse will usually leave it in the bassinet for you to re-use during recovery. Take that bulb syringe and take it home. These are one-person use items so if you don’t take it, it will be trashed. If you find yourself using it all the time, maybe invest in a fancy one but until you know for sure whether you’ll use it or not.
Newborn Size Clothes and Diapers
Ever heard the phrase “babies don’t keep?” It’s true. You blink and they’ve grown up. When creating your baby registry, you don’t even need to add clothes because that’s what everyone buys but if you do, add 3-6 or 6-9 month size. When you’re buying clothes, buy 0-3. Your baby will outgrow newborn clothes and diapers in a week. And that’s if they come out small enough to fit in them. None of my babies were over 8 lbs and I never used newborn size anything except what was gifted to me. Even the hospital will provide size 1 diapers because you can always tighten a diaper but you can’t always make them stretch.
These take up a ton of space and will be used once. Your sink and a bottle brush will clean your bottles no problem. If you really want to sanitize them, you can get steamer bags which are cheaper and won’t take up a ton of space in your kitchen. Trust me, the bottles alone will take up enough space. Smallest person in the house will have the biggest footprint.
I had one with Piglet. It was awful. Every time he rolled, the baby monitor would be all static-y no matter what channel you were on. This was 2010. Now they have video ones, wifi ones (which can hacked), even ones that you attach a monitor to your baby’s foot. All this will do is make you more paranoid. Every little noise will force you to interact with the monitor. If your baby really needs help, they will let you know. You don’t need an app to tell you that your baby just sneezed. It is natural for a baby to move in their sleep. Do you stay in one place at night? No. Let baby sleep. Let Mommy sleep. Just check up on them before you head to bed. Like I do. With my almost 7 year old. :p
Runner Up: Pee Pee Teepee
When you find out you’re having a boy, one of the first things you think about is getting peed on. Or as my husband says, a fireman impression. There is no avoiding it, you will be peed on. I have once for each boy. Do you know what you don’t need? A tiny fleece teepee that costs way too much money. If you are really worried about it, keep a burp cloth at your side when changing their diaper. Also, it will happen only once because then you’ll move much more quickly to get the next diaper on. Trust me.
So, hopefully you are able to save a little money by skipping some of these items. Or if you absolutely cannot live without these things, let me know why!