Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life together, but it’s also one of the most expensive. Between diapers, food and equipment, it’s very easy to go broke if you don’t watch what you’re not careful. Everyone and their uncle seems to have an opinion about what you’ll need for baby, but listening to them all can cause you to not only spend more, but to have a ton of items lying around your home that you truly don’t need. Take a look at these 6 things you do not need to buy for your baby and save yourself some cash…and frustration.
A closet full of fancy new outfits –
If you’re a seasoned Mom, you’ll know that I’m speaking the truth on this, but if you’re a new mom? Bear with me. Your little one will grow incredibly fast in their first few weeks of life…so much so that if you drop a mortgage payment on those pretty new newborn outfits? You’ll be crying into fabric with the tags still on. Not to mention the fact that the baby will likely spend their first few weeks of life in onesies, gowns or sleepers. Instead of buying a bunch of clothes that they’ll never get to wear, pick up just two or three new outfits and call it done. You’ll have the pretty pieces that you want for pictures and visits and your budget will thank you.
62,000 newborn sized diapers –
Okay, maybe you won’t have that actual number in stock, but like with the fancy clothing? Your baby will grow…fast…faster than you ever thought was humanly possible. So if you stock up on massive amounts of newborn sized diapers? You’ll likely be looking at box after box of unused and even unopened packages before you know it. 2 of my 4 kids were never even in newborn size they skipped right to size 1s. Instead, pick up just a few sized newborn and stock sizes 1 and 2 for the long haul. If you’re feeling especially productive, stock up on sizes 3, 4 and 5 as well. I can tell you from experience that size 3 was where I lingered the longest on diaper sizes.
A swing, bassinet, playpen, highchair and a bouncy seat –
I’ve never understood why people feel the need to have all of the above. Seriously. Buying all 5 of those items will cause you to have nothing but a very, very cluttered house on top of an empty wallet. Instead, buy items that can double as the others. Graco makes a very nice play yard set up that can double as a bassinet. A swing can double as both a high chair and bouncy seat if you need. Even a car seat can be a quick replacement for a bouncy seat in a pinch (if you’re out at someone’s house and need to put the baby down, etc but be warned it isn't recommended ).
Bottle Warmer and Sanitizer –
Let’s come down off of Mt. “I don’t wanna do it” for a bit and talk about the sheer waste of money that you’re doing by paying for a bottle warmer and sanitizer. Save the $40 or so you’d spend on them and use what Moms everywhere have used for centuries. Your stove. To sterilize, boil the nipples and bottles in hot water or run through the dishwasher once. To heat, place the bottle (with milk in it) in a pan of warm water and let it sit. When it gets warm enough that you can NOT feel a simple drop of it on your wrist, it’s done. Shake well to distribute the heat and feed. Honestly though, I've never warned milk for any of my kids.
Baby Wipe Warmer –
Like with the bottle warmer, buying a wipe warmer is nothing but a waste of money. You already have a wipe warmer built right into your body. It’s called your hands. Use them instead and save the money for something else you may need further down the road.
Changing Table –
Aside from the expense, a changing table is just unsafe. Instead, change baby on the floor or some other place where you know for sure they won’t fall and save yourself the money and potential heartache.
There you have it. My 6 things you don’t need for baby. Do you have any that I missed? Be sure to share them with us so we can all save on our next little ones!