I’m no Mama Duggar, but having two boys of my own might semi qualify me to make a list of baby junk that you can skip on when shopping for your sweet new addition. While you’re registering for your baby gear, keep these items out of your cart and out of your wallet.
*Originally posted January 2015
Baby Registry No No’s
1. Baby Shoes: I get it; they’re really small and adorable. They come in so many styles, and Daddy and baby can rock the same looking pair of Chuck Taylors. Awwww. However, name- brand baby shoes can cost $20-$40 a pop! That’s somewhere between a box of diapers and a tank of gas to get you out of your house that you’ve been stuck in for the first few weeks of baby’s life.
2. Size 2,3 and 4 nipples for pacifiers and bottles: If you choose bottle feeding for your family, I can almost assure you that any size up from the standard newborn size is a waste of money. While you’re rocking your baby to sleep (or near sleep if you follow certain methods of sleep training), baby gets tired as he eats. The size 1 nipple allows ample time for this wind down time, while the faster flow nipples act more as a rejuvenation drink and you may as well grab a Red Bull, too because that baby is awake now!
3. Umbrella Strollers: Silence from the crowd while I explain! I understand that many parents love the portability and ease of these little strollers. I find them to be a waste because the handles are too short for my husband and the wheels always somehow get stuck and there’s (gasp!) no where to put my drink! We invested in a BOB stroller (in orange because we’re that sporty) and I don’t ever regret lugging it around. If for some reason we get stuck out in the Mojave Desert, that thing could handle the terrain. But really, a good quality stroller is just nicer everywhere you take it. It’s the difference between a Smart Car and a Mercedes.
4. Stuffed Animals: Sure that stuffed giraffe looks like a great buy. As does the elephant, lamb, bear, penguin, moose (yeah, we own a moose..), etc. By the time you collect the entire zoo collection, they’re all over your house and your child could probably care less. If you’re looking for a “lovey” for your child, choose 1 maybe 2 for your kiddo to keep. Otherwise, by the time they’re 10 years old, you’ll have a very adorable bag full of them heading to Good Will.
5. Receiving Blankets AND Swaddle Blankets: Posh swaddling blankets have absolutely gotten rid of the need for receiving blankets. You simply don’t need both. Receiving blankets just aren’t very big, they aren’t as soft and they’re only good for a very short period of time. Invest in swaddling blankets and skip the rest.
6. 6-8 Hooded Towels: Yeah, you read that right. “Babies R Us” recommends 6-8 of those things. When you first bring home baby, she can’t be submerged in water for a couple of weeks due to her umbilical cord needing time to heal. After that, they recommend a bath every 2-3 days to avoid dry skin.
I don’t even own 8 regular sized towels for each member of my family.
7. Sound Machines: Some folks swear by these things. I never had one with my first son, but after hearing how helpful they are on different websites, I invested in one with my second son. Turns out, it didn’t really help at all. I sat rocking my crying baby and while listening to the “babbling brook”, I was reminded just how badly I needed to use the restroom. What. A. Long. Nap. Time.
8. Play Yards: Unless you live in a 10,000 sq foot home or you’re planning on visiting your mother all day and need somewhere for your baby to sleep (no judging here), you can mark this off of your list. The crib is never too far away to set your little one in to sleep.
9. Side Snap Shirts: This is another item that I didn’t have with my first son. Since I was going to be totally prepared with my second, I sought these things out. I didn’t know why I needed them, but they show up on every registry list known to man. Turns out, I couldn’t find them anywhere. Carter’s sells them online, but by the time I realized that, I was nearing my due date and skipped them. I still don’t know why I would have needed them. Stick to onesies, lots and lots of onesies.
10. Crib Bumpers: Since you might be pregnant and your hormones might be a little crazy, I’ll spare you from the Google searches on the problems with these things. They simply aren’t safe. Yes, many children have survived them. True, probably more times than not, they aren’t a problem. Since I err on the side of caution, I think this one should be skipped. It simply isn’t worth it to me. If you must have a bumper, try a mesh bumper that allows air flow for your kiddo in case they do find themselves stuck or pressed against it. Setting aside the very important safety aspect of the mesh bumpers, they’re also a fraction of the cost.
Let me know what you found to be a worthless baby purchase or gift. I’d love to hear it! Want to see a list of the baby “must haves”? Drop me a comment about it!
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