Finding out you are expecting is exciting and overwhelming all at once. The feelings wash over you in waves. Excitement, joy, and happiness fade to anxiety, worry, and fear. Will I be able to take care of this baby? How will this affect us financially?
Well, I can’t help you with the emotions. You will feel all of those every day. The journey of parenting can be a wild one, but you’re gonna love it!
Financially, I would suggest being mindful of the things you are buying. I wish I would have paid more attention. It would have saved me a lot of money. I looked at all those lists with all of that baby stuff. They said I needed it, so I needed it right?! Wrong. I bought so many things that were unnecessary.
I know what you are thinking. My last post was about baby things I couldn’t live without. The hippocracy! But, the pendulum swings both ways. Today my post is about the popular items that I never used. I could have saved myself hundreds of dollars and a ton of space.
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I know it seems strange but both of my boys hated swings. Any kind. They screamed their head off! I thought all babies loved swings but I just wasted money buying one.
Another surprise, right?! It seems every mom I knew said I couldn’t live without this pillow. I tried different ways but never could make it useful for me. It always felt like it was in the way.
Pack n Play
Formerly known as a playpen. I guess someone decided that “penning” up the baby sounded harsh. Some people use pack n plays as changing tables, nappers, or traveling beds. My guys were never fooled by them. They didn’t care for them and really, neither did I. I can’t recall an instance where I even unfolded this thing.
I honestly never bought one of these. I included in the list because so many people said I had to have one. I’m sure they are functional to keep odor down, but it just looked like something else I would have to keep clean to me. Eww. It’s a fancy trash can, but I have heard some say they don’t work that well. I found that putting diapers in an old grocery bag and taking them outside is the only way to keep them from smelling. It’s poo. It smells really bad. Get it out of the house or your house will smell really bad too.
When I was decorating my nursery, I loved a changing table. It is just such a classic piece to have in the room. And it has some great storage. Mine was a short dresser style, so we still have it in the boys’ room. I just never really used it to change diapers. I quickly learned how terrified I was that they would roll off the pad. They are strapped to it, but let’s be real about those straps. They are something else to get poo on. It made me so nervous and if I needed something that was out of my reach, I was screwed. I began using a changing pad on the floor and immediately felt way better about it. Luckily I have carpet in the bedrooms and living room. Good news is I didn’t have to wash those pad covers!
I’m not implying that you shouldn’t buy feeding supplies. I think you should wait until the baby is here and reevaluate the situation. Nothing ever turns out as planned and you could spend a lot of money on a breast pump and all the supplies, only to find out you cannot breastfeed. Then you have to go invest in a set of bottles to bottle feed. Some mom’s I know that breastfeed never use their pump at all, some do a combination. Some kids hate that awesome style of cute little bottles you bought and prefer a different kind. You only care about this before they arrive. Once they are here, you just want them to eat and go back to sleep. The same can be said for pacifiers. You can buy them a different kind, but most kids who like a pacifier end up preferring the one they got in the hospital. Just go with it. Don’t try to swim upstream, you are already tired.
There is my shocking list of baby essentials that I never used. Everyone will have their own list like this and I would love for you to share yours. Leave some others in the comments below or you can send me a message at [email protected]. Don’t forget to sign up for my weekly newsletter, so you won’t miss anything new. Plus, you will get unlimited access to my library of free printables. It has printable recipes, craft templates, and more. Sign up and I will deliver to you!