When you’re having your first baby, trying to figure out what you need to buy is overwhelming. There’s the obvious stuff that you need – somewhere for the baby to sleep, a car seat, a pram and/or baby carrier, baby clothes, etc. There’s the stuff that sounds useful but you might be able to do without (which you will probably end up buying anyway), like a bouncer, baby gym, breastfeeding pillow, and one of those fancy nappy bins that wraps up each nappy individually.
Then there’s the WTF stuff – top and tail bowl? Wipe warmer? Bumbo? What kind of idiot would buy this garbage? Except…well, you don’t want to traumatise your baby by touching their bum with a cold wet wipe, do you? No, definitely not. Better buy two warmers, just in case the first one breaks. And what if you can’t wash your baby’s bum and head without a plastic bowl divided in two? Maybe it’s not possible. What do you know about cleaning a baby? Nothing. Better get that top and tail bowl too. Can a baby learn to sit without an expensive squishy seat? If you don’t buy it, they might lie helplessly on their back forever. FORGET IT, JUST TAKE ALL MY MONEY.
Like most first-time parents, my husband and I bought WAY too much baby stuff. Some of it was definitely the wrong stuff. Our bedroom closet is now overflowing with things we barely, if ever, used. Whenever I open the door, it vomits out newborn baby grows and untouched toys.
Here are 5 baby things we shouldn’t have bought:
1. A moses basket.
We should have got a co-sleeper cot instead. We stuffed out daughter into her moses basket for as long as we could, and she still used it for under four months. A co-sleeper cot cost twice as much, but we could have used it for longer. Plus it would have come in handy when we tried to transition her into her big girl cot and she refused to sleep there, so we resorted to co-sleeping – the bed stripped of pillows, the duvet wrapped tightly around me like a burrito because I was so paranoid about it touching her, me confined to the very edge of the bed while the baby sprawled out in the middle. I barely slept for months.
2. Loads of newborn clothes.
Babies, even tiny ones like my daughter, only fit into newborn clothes for a few weeks at most. We bought lots of tiny baby grows and pretty much nothing else, so when she outgrew them almost immediately, we had to make several trips to Mothercare to buy 0-3 month clothes for her to wear for the next few months.
3. WAY too many toys.
My daughter has a plethora of brightly-coloured plastic things that light up and make noise. You know what she likes to play with? Empty water bottles. Or cardboard toilet roll tubes. Or the TV remote. Basically, anything that’s not a toy and shouldn’t really go in her mouth but does anyway.
4. A baby monitor.
If you live in a big, multi-story house, get a monitor. Obviously. If you live in a flat the size of a large closet with paper thin walls, you don’t need one. You will hear every cry, every whimper, every fart, whether you want to or not.
5. Bibs without food-catching pouches.
Seriously, I don’t even know why these exist. My baby’s lap was covered in food after every meal until we got a few cheap plastic bibs with crumb catchers. Now she’s not only cleaner, but she gets to end each meal by picking stuff out of her bib. Nothing makes a baby (or, really, anyone) happier than bonus food.
This post was originally posted on Life, Love and Dirty Dishes as part of the Rookie Mistakes series. Check out the rest of the series here.