There were several products I either thought I needed or got as a gift that I just found a waste of space, or even made my life harder. There are also products that I thought I could do without, but ended up getting (& loving) regardless of price. This is my opinion only and every baby is different. What my baby hates, yours may love. But nevertheless, if this can help some new moms save money or prioritize better, then it was worth writing.
Things I Could’ve Gone Without
I never even purchased a wipe warmer but I know people that have. I thought of it as a waste of money and a waste of space. A room temperature wipe has never upset or even woken up my son. I even tried using the “cold” wipes to stimulate him when he was a newborn and would fall asleep breastfeeding- but it didn’t even do that!
I received one of these as a gift. I thought it was so cute! So one night after my sons tubby, I grabbed it and tried to put it on him. Not only was this like trying to dress a wet infant, but it pissed him off so much! He was wet, cold, and now mom is trying to shove his arms in a bathrobe just to undress and redress him 2 minutes later. I never used it again. Perhaps it may have been easier if my husband were home to hold him while I put it on him, but my husband was in Texas and I found a simple hooded towel to be MUCH more effective during bath time.
Baby Bath Whirlpool Spa
Luckily I received this as a gift because if I were to have spent money on it I would have kicked myself. Not only was this complicated and annoying to set up, but I ended up never using the spray head or whirlpool option. I remember getting very frustrated trying to set it up. Another thing I really didn’t like about this product is that the infant sling did not attach to the baby bath itself so it was always sliding around. My son is now 4 months old- he can’t sit up on his own yet but he is also kicking and moving much more than a newborn which makes the sliding much worse. For my next baby, I will definitely be getting a much simpler tub that supports a newborn better.
Okay I don’t mean bottles in general. I mean don’t buy bottles before your baby is born, like I did. I bought all sorts of sizes, and different kinds. I kicked myself for several reasons. First, I breastfed until my body decided no more (which unfortunately was only 4 months) but by that time my son had only had a few bottles (since I stay home with him and only worked a few days a month) so the small sizes were pretty pointless. Second, he hated the playtex nipples. He just wouldn’t take them, which rendered all of the playtex bottles useless. He was also a gassy baby so Dr.Brown bottles were a better fit, and he liked those nipples better. I had zero Dr.Brown bottles, and about 15 playtex bottles (which I opened and washed so I couldn’t return). So, my suggestion is that if you need bottles, wait to see what your baby likes and then stock up. BONUS suggestion: don’t bother with all the different sizes, just get a few of the 8oz bottles because after a couple months the 4 oz bottles are useless.
Let me start by saying I loved the bassinet that was given to us and I have heard of a lot of babies doing well in a bassinet, just not my kid. It was beautiful, gender neutral, and had all mesh sides for better ventilation (Find it [here]). It was pretty pricey which is why I was so excited when one of our family members gave it to us after their daughter had outgrown it. I was also extremely disappointed when I took my son home, and he HATED it. I really wanted him in my bedroom since my husband was not home, and I was breastfeeding. Plus, I’m a HUGE worrier and felt better with him close to me. The support feet were curved, which made the bassinet bounce every time he moved (which the box said was to meant to “soothe” babies) but instead, woke my baby up. So I removed the curved part and had my dad replace it with flat wood so the bassinet did not move. He still hated it. I have no idea why, he just would not sleep in it, not even for an hour (even when he was placed in it already asleep- he would wake up and cry). Wanted NOTHING to do with it. Which is why I slept in his room for a few weeks before dragging the crib in my room, removing the front rails and securing it to my bed (DIY co-sleeper: click for more info).
One MILLION Blankets
I didn’t buy ANY blankets, and still ended up with a million freaking blankets. I’m not sure why everyone’s go-to baby gift is blankets but my god, half of them are in a pile in my basement because I ran out of room for all of them and honestly, I haven’t used them. First, my son was born in July- its too hot for blankets, I used a thin blanket for swaddling but my son did better unswaddled. So I really only used the muslin blankets. They were so lightweight and came in handy for a lot of different uses. If I needed a makeshift nursing cover, they were large enough that I could tie it around my neck and still have plenty of blanket left to cover my son. They were light and breathable enough that I felt comfortable covering him with it at night. It wouldn’t overheat him. They were also nice to use as a cover for the car seat/stroller when the blazing summer sun was out. Now that it is November, I have one good sized knitted blanket that my mother in law made. It is very warm and since it is knitted, it is breathable if it were to cover his face. He uses that one at night, but the other 9,999,999 blankets are untouched.
Such a cute idea. A mini photo album that you can carry around and show off your new bundle of joy. You can also use your smart phone OR you can use Facebook OR you can use instagram.. need I go on?
Many moms like their boppy. But I’m not sure why. I rarely even touch mine. When I was breastfeeding at night, I didn’t even get out of bed, I used the side lying position (which was by far my favorite and most comfortable breastfeeding position). The arms on my rocker are high enough to provide support while rocking him and I haven’t found it super helpful for sitting either. Not to mention, it should never be used for sleep since it is a suffocation hazard. I definitely could have lived without this.
EDIT: My son is now 7 months old. While I found the boppy completely useless for breastfeeding, I do love it for independent play (while sitting). He can play with his toys and I don’t have to worry about him bopping his head on the floor when/if he falls over. It is also helpful in teaching them how to get into a crawl position. When they fall to the side, they will land on their belly over the side of the pillow- similar to a crawl position.
The first time my little one got a stuffy nose, I tried the bulb syringe that comes in all the hygiene sets. Even the one that came from the hospital. They did nothing, it sucked because it did NOT suck! My son was still crying and he was still stuffy. So I used the Nosefrida. Which brings me to products that I love.
Products that I LOVE
One mommy blogger raved about this product. So I tried it. The idea of it is disgusting. you stick one end in your babies nose and suck on the other end. Gross right? Eh, not really. It is a pretty long hose and there is also a filter at the end to prevent any snot from getting in your mouth. It also works AMAZING. My son wasn’t thrilled the first time I used it but he sure was happy afterwards and got used to it pretty quickly. It got so much snot out of his nose, I briefly thought about using it on myself (I didn’t). It is also super easy to clean. The entire thing is translucent so you can see if it is dirty or not, you can also take it apart and put it back together easily. My dog destroyed my Nosefrida (like so many of her little brothers things), and I bought another because it was so useful to me.
Let me start by saying I do not use cloth diapers. I use Luvs (which I stockpiled during pregnancy and I highly recommend doing that with whatever brands you choose). I do use the flat unfolded cloth diapers for pretty much everything else. They are great to use as cheap burp cloths. They are big enough that you can tie it around the babes neck (loosely) to create a makeshift bib. I have even used one when I forgot to replace the wipes in my diaper bag and A had a blowout in a bookstore. They are cheap enough that I’m okay sacrificing it to clean his poopy mess. In fact, I rarely use my stylish aden and anais burp cloths because I don’t want to ruin them! (I do, however, love my aden and anais muslin blankets and bibs)
I tried so hard not to buy this because they are pricey. I tried two different non-video monitors before giving up and buying this. My house is not very big, I can hear him just fine in his room. What I can’t do is see him. The first non-video monitor I used was so noisy, I felt like I had a white noise machine in MY room. The second was okay but I found myself not using it that much, plus he was still sleeping in my room. When I moved him back to his room, I couldn’t sleep not being able to see him. I finally broke down and bought the Summer video monitor and I love it. It was on the cheaper end of the video monitors but it is perfect for what I need it for. The screen is pretty small but the picture is not grainy at all and I can see him great. You can also add cameras if you have more than one kid or more than one room that you need to keep an eye on.
This is another product I tried to live without since it is very pricey. It senses the babies breathing and will sound an alarm if breathing is not detected. I could not sleep when I brought my sweet baby home. I am a nurse which I think is why I worry so much. I refused to leave him alone while he was sleeping. I am terrified of SIDS, suffocation, and pretty much anything that would cause him to stop breathing. This product was the only way I was finally able to fall asleep. If theres a way to purchase peace of mind, this is it. I bought the Snuza Hero off amazon, it ended up being about $130 after purchasing back up batteries. Then about a month later I came home one day to find that our dog DESTROYED it!!! I was in tears! I’m the person who doesn’t spend more than $10 on a shirt and my dog basically ripped apart $130! My poor husband also happened to call me a few minutes into my melt down (he was in tech school at the time) so it was just a mess. I loved this product so much I bought another one. However I bought the Snuza Go. Same product- however, the Snuza Hero will vibrate before the alarm goes off to stimulate the baby, the Snuza Go does not- it only sounds an alarm. The Snuza Go is about $80 which is why I bought it the second time around. I use the snuza over his clothes and I don’t have a problem with it (I made a DIY belt: click to find out how) I have had a couple false alarms when he wears two piece pjs. [It is important to note that this product does not prevent SIDS in any way, but it made me feel better knowing that I would be woken up if he stopped breathing]
This is the one I used. I found it at a consignment store for $16 and my son LOVED it. It is simple and kept him entertained and not over-stimulated. I have also found many sensory activities that use this gym (for older babies) because the pieces can be removed and you can tie other things to it like ribbon or teething toys). I am trying to limit his use with this now because he has no motivation to roll since the toys are so accessible and right in front of his face, but when he was too little for the jumper, this thing was a life (and sanity) saver. *link is a similar, even more adorable product*
I didn’t buy one of these for a long time thinking I wouldn’t have any need for it. When I decided to give it a try, I hit the consignment store since it was half the price that it would have been at the retail stores. I gotta say, I’m loving it so far. It comes with a tray and you can purchase toys that stick right on. I use it in the bathroom when I’m getting ready (since he has grown out of the infant seat) I also use it when I’m cooking or cleaning and when he is bored of the bouncer. I don’t know about using it on a chair as a booster seat since it doesn’t have a strap to secure it. I believe they do make seats that can secure to chairs though. (Please never leave your child unattended in a bumbo or any seat that they are not safely secured- I never leave him in a bumbo unless I am within arms reach)
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