First off, this blog post is based on a variety of opinions regarding shopping for a new baby. One is my own personal experience. Next is the anxiety that moms and families have about what IS unnecessary (i.e. what to ask for at your baby shower). Lastly, when I see people campaigning for needy families asking for help to by unnecessary things.
One reason why I am writing this blog post is to help you, the reader, see how easy it is to get caught up on a spending frenzy.
Here is a short list of things that I gathered from a simple social media survey of “What NOT To Buy For A New Baby.” I hope it helps you save time, energy, and most of all money.
1.) The crib and bassinet – Out of 10 women 8 of them said they could have done without these sleep devices. Most said it ended up being a good storage bin. Some even promoted more co-sleeping, especially the moms who chose to breastfeed.
2.) Too many clothes – When you have a new born baby, the fact they they are born naked should be a clear indicator… That they don’t need as many clothes as most people buy. One mom suggested only purchasing 10 outfits per season. I have always loved age group purchases for the win… (i.e. 0-3, 3-6, 6-9 months) you get the picture.
3.) Noisy toys – This is one my favorite thing to leave at the store. Other mom’s confirmed this too. Let me tell you… There is nothing like having a stock pile of gadgets and trinkets that are battery operated and going to get minimal use over time. The best toys are age appropriate manipulates. They last long, inexpensive, and are not too noisy!
Here are some others that were mentioned.
4.) Bottles and pacifiers
5.) Baby stroller/car seat thingy
6.) Baby bath tub
7.) Baby swing/bouncer
8.) Baby shoes
9.) Breast pump
…And I am sure we will get more input on this subject. So be looking for “Part II.”
Until then… We would love to hear from you. Do your research and send us your comments. What can you do without??? Remember the goal is to bee present for your baby, bee engaged in the experience, and ultimately save that money Honey!
~ The Queen Bee