In case you haven’t noticed yet, I am great at making lists. This post is a list of items that you may think you need to purchase for the perfect nursery or stuff that you believe you need on your registry. Take it from me, though, as a parent who was successfully brought children into the toddler years, you can definitely do without the things on this list. Read on to find out what my friends and I have found to be a waste of money and space. Hopefully, I can save you some time and money here.
- A wipes warmer. This is, hands down, the biggest money waster. For one thing, the heat can dry out your wipes. Second, heat + moisture = bacteria growth. Gross! Many of these have been recalled because they caused electric shocks or melted. That’s a huge problem and easily avoided by not having them in the first place.
- A changing table. I know, sounds weird, right? However, there are two reasons I’m against them. If you have a big house or spend a lot of time on a floor separate from the nursery, are you really going to drag the baby somewhere else every single time you change him or her (we’re talking double-digits every day, by the way). Of course you aren’t! Another issue is that you’re spending money on a piece of furniture that will be obsolete in a few years, and it is hard to make them look like anything other than a changing table. So don’t buy it. Instead, we found a dresser low enough that I could comfortably change the baby and we affixed a changing pad there while we needed it. We also had what I called “diaper stations” in every room in the housethat I would likely be with the baby. These stations consisted of a pretty basket with a foldable waterproof pad, diapers, wipes, ointment, and a spare change of clothes. It if wasn’t in a room that baby and I were in, I could just grab the basket. I changed her on the floor. See? Better than a changing table, and once they served their original purpose, I had organizing baskets to do with whatever I saw fit.
- The same goes for those diaper disposal systems. I know, I know, you’ve met people who swear by them. First of all, the replacement bags or whatever they use tend to be both proprietary (meaning only their brand works with their system) and expensive. Secondly, do you really want that smell lingering in your house? I didn’t think so. We throw out pee diapers in the nearest trash can because they are emptied regularly. And poopy diapers do not pass go, they go directly outside. They can stink out there, not in my house. It’s less work this way, and my house smells better, too.
- Newborn shoes. Oh god, these are the worst. First problem: they could restrict the growth of your baby’s feet if you keep them shoed at all times. Second: they never stay on. Whatever money spent on them may as well go in the garbage, because that’s what is going to happen to the second shoe when you come back from your first trip to the grocery store and find Baby has Houdini-ed his or her way out of the other one without your knowledge. Third: shoes are designed to protect your feet when you’re walking. That’s their whole purpose. So unless your newborn can walk (or you are routinely putting their feet on the dirty ground outside, which is a whole other thing), don’t bother with the shoes.
So there you have it. A list of stuff that those before you realized they could live without. A chance to right past wrongs. It’s up to you to decide, though. Is there anything on this list you disagree with? Anything I forgot to add?