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9 Things You Really Don’t Need for Baby (Even Though You Might Think You Do)

Bottle warmers, wipe warmers and pee pee tee-pees oh my! The market for baby items is flooded with everything you need - and lots of stuff you don’t. It can be fun to go shopping for your own little one, or even for a friend, but beware: just because it’s cute (or in the store) doesn’t mean you need it for baby. Here is a list of 9 things you don’t need:

1. Bottle Warmers: It sounds like a nice idea, giving baby a warm bottle, but let’s think realistically. What happens when you are out and about and your tiny bundle of joy is hungry and there is no way to warm the bottle? You are then stuck with an upset, hungry baby and on the hunt for an outlet to plug in the bottle warmer (because you take it with you everywhere you go right?) Wrong. Your baby does not know the difference between room temperature and warm.

2. Wipe Warmers: While we are on the subject of keeping things warm, this is another item you can cross off your list. Your mother never had one and I am pretty sure you survived the mere seconds it took to clean you up. Can the wipes feel cold? Sure, but as you read above, what do you do when you are out showing off your new baby and you don’t have your trusted wipe warmer?

3. Pee-Pee Tee-Pee: ‘A what?’ you say. This is exactly how it sounds. If you or your loved one is blessed to have a little bundle of ‘snips and snails and puppy dog tails’, this may be something you feel the need to purchase. But, let’s be honest: changing a baby is typically a quick process. There will be no finding of the pee-pee tee-pee before changing the little fella. Just learn to be quick and avoid the stream - just like generations before.

4. Scratch Mitts or gloves: I get it, we don’t want the little one to scratch his or her precious little skin. But let’s be honest, they fall off and when they are on, you can’t play with those tiny little fingers. Not to mention, they should be trying to move their new found parts, not be confined (even if loosely) to a mitt. So, just keep the new nails trimmed and the fingers free.

5. Expensive or name brand diapers and wipes: There are so many choices these days for cleaning and covering the baby’s bottom! Unless he or she develops a reaction to a certain diaper or wipe, it is best to keep it frugal. They do the same job as the more expensive ones: clean and contain.

6. Diaper Bag: Well, let me be clear, you do need something big enough to carry all the stuff the baby needs and some of your own (which you might come to realize is not quite as much as you thought). However, a distinct diaper bag is not necessary. You may prefer a stylish bag that is large enough to serve its purpose but does not scream ‘Hey! Look at me I just had a baby and have traded in my cute purse for this wipe-clean, plastic blue bag to let you know I had a boy!’ You are still you, you are just you as a mom. Should it be washable or easy to clean? Only if you want to use it more than once.

7. Diaper Stacker: I’m sure many women ask what a diaper stack is while looking at nursery bedding. A diaper stack usually hangs from the ceiling or wall and made of the same material and print as the bedding. It’s meant to house diapers where you change the baby, but a drawer will do just fine. Regardless of what you choose to use, you will have to restock it...regularly.

8. Swaddling Blankets: Newborns are used to being closed in tightly (the womb doesn't allow for much stretching out, as much as they try!). At times, it can help to calm the baby or help to sleep if swaddled’. However, you do not need a special blanket for this! You will have plenty of blankets for baby and any one of them can get the job done if you know how to do it. Ask the nurses before leaving the hospital or watch a YouTube video (you can find anything on there), and you’ll be a swaddling pro in no time!

9. A fancy stroller: Let’s be realistic: when your baby needs to be a in a stroller, it doesn't need to have all sorts of gadgets and make your coffee for you. It just needs 4 (OK maybe 3) wheels, a handle for you to push with, and preferably it has the wheels that move easily. Generally, you can get a car seat/stroller combo for a decent price. The infant car seat attaches to the stroller while your baby is still small and you just scored an infant car seat which you will need anyway.

Which baby items did you get that you ended up not needing? Let me know in the comments!

Annmarie John
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  1. This post makes a lot of sense - better to spend your money on things you actually DO need! Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. I totally agree with all, except the swaddling blanket. Simply because I gifted one and used it for Lily, which worked like a charm. She seriously loved it and was my favorite thing for the first few months of her life. But you are right a regular blanket can definitely serve as a swaddling blanket if necessary.

  3. Haha. Great list of things not to get. From the hand of experience, I perceive.

  4. It has been a very long time for me and I had never even heard of the Pee-Pee Tee-Pee! Oh my! So I know I never needed that. I didn't have a lot of extra money when my kids were born so I don't believe I had things I didn't need or use. I did have a diaper bag but I needed that since my purses were always small back then.

  5. I agree with you a 100%, worth sharing .. I love it.

  6. So true. The only thing I actually used a lot were swaddling blankets. My kids loved to be swaddled.

  7. That is definitely a great list of what you don't need. I had to laugh about the pee pee tee pees lol, I had never heard of them until last year and of course I had to have them for my son but what a waste of money, lol.

  8. You've made some excellent points!
    Why pay for brand names- be money savvy! :)

  9. I agree with all of this, but I did buy Pampers. I tried Luvs, which I know is still a name brand but the cheaper one, Pampers are what worked best for us. My daughter always had leaks with Luvs and Huggies. They just didn't hug her bottom right. lol And I loved the Swaddler blankets. But no, you don't need them. My husband was awesome at wrapping our daughter up like a burrito with a regular blanket, but I just wasn't good at it. I bought two swaddler blankets. And someone gave me a bottle warmer... I used it for a little bit, but I decided it wasn't necessary. And about the fancy stroller... I bought two strollers. One was for everyday use, and the other was a jogging stroller, and I could plug my iPod into and it had speakers to play my music. I didn't use it very much... Now the issue I'm having is that I held on to all my daughter's very girly and pink baby items, and I'm having a boy. lol

  10. Never having had any children I can't say I ever purchased any of the items above. I vaguely remember buying a bottle warmer for a friend once--I think she used it for a week! Lesson learned--just like the lesson I learned abvout not buying really pretty EXPENSIVE clothes for a baby. She outgrew them within a few months-OUCH. In my defense this was the first baby born to any of my friends!

  11. This is so great that you are letting all the new mothers know what they DON"T need. Very good idea. I wish I had you around when I was having my Daughter.

  12. So true! I wish I had seen this list before we had kids! Would have saved a bundle.

  13. Ugh I am so with you on the peepee teepees. My goodness. Such a stupid idea, yet one that has probably turned someone into a millionaire.

  14. I laugh at all those people who have those fancy strollers.. we never had those for our kids.. just the basics.

  15. Love this! I've never used most of the items on this list...except I had a really nice stroller for my oldest but I NEVER used it so it was a waste. I always used(and still do with the baby) a umbrella stroller because it's much easier to carry around. Someone once bought me the tee pee things....I tried it out once and then threw them away lol. Great post!

  16. This is a great list. Most of them I have never heard before so it means my mom did not need it or found a use for it when I was a baby, it also means my kids did not need it. And guess what? We survived! Haha. All these fancy things in the market need to be given a second thought before it earns a place in your cart. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Is it bad when I had my first kids none of this stuff was really out lol. I had my oldest in 1996. I think parents get caught up in the buying process and not really considering if is something they will truly need. I bought loads of pacifiers, I had a small army of them. Oh and NONE of my babies used them *face palm* I recommend getting the essentials, then waiting after baby to make additional purchases made on needs not wants.

  18. I have niece and nephews and purchased all these clothes for them and they ended up not even wearing them all because they grew so fast. I would say not to buy too expensive clothing either and not too much or you'll end up with stuff you will either have to donate or resell.

  19. Very true!! We think we need so much more than we actually do!

  20. Good list! I had a diaper bag for my first child but when my second rolled around, I hated toting around a diaper bag and a purse... so I just got a large purse! Awesome.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the SHINE Blog Hop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  21. Truly these are the unnecessary things which we don't need at all for our baby. If you want to care for your baby properly, first try to understand his feelings or emotions. And as a mother I'm sure you could understand him clearly. Then try to give all these things the baby need. Whether he is hungry or need some warmth, give him instantly, otherwise he will cry and it will irritate you. Try to shop the product which you really need, and don't make the decision by seeing the TV commercial and word of mouth. But it's good to take others advice so that you can utilize your money wisely.
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