After writing my most useful baby things post a while back, many of you said you found the list helpful so I planned to follow it with the items I bought but wish I hadn’t so people could save themselves the cash but between travel, weddings, sickness and writing I did not have the time to follow up as quickly as I meant to. But today? I’m typing these words from my couch from a house that rests on an icy hill in a southern city that shuts down at the mention of flurries and so is certainly at wits end now that actual real sticky snow has landed. So I finally have some downtime to compile this in the hopes that it is helpful to you as I know that many of you reading are new mamas or mamas to be. Please bear in mind this is my opinion, not hard set facts. Clearly someone finds these items useful or they wouldn’t be sold at baby stores by the bucketful. So without further ado:
Bottle Warmer. This may not apply to babies who are primarily bottle-fed but I used to give him pumped milk in a bottle and personally found it to be more trouble than it was worth, instead I just ran the bottle under some hot water in the sink or if it was particularly cold I put a pot on the stove and stick the bottle in, in just a few minutes it was done. If you’re planning to give a bottle just once-in-a-while there’s no need to invest in an expensive bottle warmer.
Bottle Sterilizer. Simply put you don’t need to sterilize your bottle each and every single time. After the first time you can just wash it. Using the sterilizer has led to the burned out microwaves of several of my friends.
Receiving Blankets. Someone told me you can’t have enough receiving blankets. So I bought ten. Yes, they’re helpful but you don’t need ten particularly the Carter’s receiving blankets which are horrid thin cardboard like things that are a complete waste of money. I use them to line my changing pad but I hardly needed so many. I ended up buying a nice blanket from Etsy and Miss Matched [err and yes it has come to my attention that they sell things for girls- but a purple blanket is fine!] They were warm, large enough to swaddle with, and those two were all I needed as they alternated between the wash.
Sleep positioner. We got three as presents and though they’ve since been recalled I never understood them to begin with. The one on an incline made Waleed slip and flip when he was too young to roll back over. The one without an incline just seemed silly as he was swaddled so he wasn’t exactly going to roll anywhere. If you swaddle in the early months, a sleep positioner is just unneeded.
Changing Table. Now keep in mind this is a list of over-hyped and under-needed, not unneeded. You do need to change your babies diaper and you do need a place to do so- but I personally don’t think you need a changing table. Sure they look pretty particularly if you have a matching nursery but most parents I’ve talked to are like me and barely change their baby on that changing table- instead you fling a receiving blanket on the bed and strip the babe down there, or on the floor while you catch up on The Wire, etc. If you want to get one buy a used one or one heavily discounted because they are very expensive and very underused.
Helpful? If so I’ll post a similar list for what I’m learning I don’t need as I trekk through months 6-12! Disagree? Have anything to add to the list? Please share in the comments below!