Over the years baby products have changed a lot. There were a lot of items we felt we needed for Mayson, and being inexperienced parents, there were a lot of things we got. Now that we are coming up to baby number three, we have our tried and true items that are hand me downs, and we have items we ended up buying new for this baby. So what makes a baby item and essential one and not something that will just end up collecting dust? I think a lot has to do with where you plan on having baby sleep, where you plan on spending a lot of time, and weather or not you plan on breastfeed/pumping or formula feeding. I think you have to decide how much work you want to put into something – make your own baby food?
I think a common mistake people make is to open all gifts immediately. There are always going to be items you don’t end up using and if you don’t open or take off tags immediately, you can always return or exchange them for other things.
How much money do you invest in something? There are items babies grow out of so quickly or do not even enjoy using. Are you going to invest a lot of money into something that doesn’t get used? There are some items that are definitely worth putting the extra money into, especially if you plan on having more than one child.
When our babies come home from the hospital, they sleep in our room for six weeks. We were gifted a sidecar crib that attaches to the side of our bed. We loved it with our first two, and will be using it again with the next one. Does it need to be attached to our bed? No, but the thought is, with breastfeeding, they are pretty much right in the bed with you. Would a separate cradle or pack and play work? Absolutely. With our new baby coming, we invested in a little crib that actually fits between where Ty and I sleep.
Burrito wraps. Our first baby lived in these. Our second child hated being swaddled. What will the third want? Who know, but I definitely think investing in 1 is a good idea especially if you end up having a kid that loves to be swaddled and startles easily from their own movement while sleeping.
We have always had vibrating chairs for the new baby but actually invested in some MomaRoos this time around. We got both of them at great prices and we can keep one upstairs and one downstairs. We will continue to use the car seat and high chair that we currently have. We have slowly upgraded our strollers to accommodate more kids and to adjust to older or younger ones. Local mom selling sites are great ways to find gently used baby things that are a lot less expensive.
To us, our useless list included bottle warmers, sanitizers and diaper genies. We have always been fine with using alternative ways to to heat and sanitize, and I found it saved my sanity by having less appliances to clutter my counters with.
I think bottle brand preference is baby and parent specific. Some babies do better on some bottle brands then others. We invested in Tommee Tippee for Jackson and found that we never liked it. We used Playtex bottles with Mayson and stuck with Medela bottles for Jackson. Our hope is to use the Medela bottles for the new baby, since that is what I pump into, but only time with tell.
As far as diapers and wipes, we prefer Target Up&Up brand diapers and Pampers brand wipes. The wipes are something we’ve settled on, for years we’ve used both Target and Walmart brand wipes. We really liked Water Wipes but couldn’t justify the cost. There are all natural brands like the Honest Company and going 100% cloth diapering.
When it comes to babies and everything available, there are so many options that it becomes overwhelming. Things that may work on one baby may not work on another. Finding what works for your family may be a game of chance. My suggestion is to not go overboard, save things that could potential be returned or exchanged, and find ways to cut costs. Buying used, clearance or with coupons is a great way to shop for baby goods.