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This week's Listicles topic was '10 Dumbest Purchases', which reminded me of all the things I thought I'd need for Sprout before he was born. The marketing gets pretty intense & unless you've got some practical advice from someone else who's been there, it's hard not to end up with a mountain of unnecessary baby gear. So I thought I'd spin the 10 Dumbest Purchases into 10 Things You DON'T Need To Buy For Your Baby.
Some of the items are things we bought & didn't need, some we avoided buying due to good advice (generally from my sister--thanks, Wem!). Some of the things we were given as gifts or loaned--we really appreciate the thought behind it! Some of my list is also just things that made me say, "What the..?!?" when I saw them advertised. One further caveat--this list is obviously just my opinion & not meant as judgment of your shopping habits. You may have bought, used & loved many of these things & if they worked for you, that's fabulous! There's no one-size-fits-all baby gear list, of course.
- Shoes for newborns. They can't walk, sit or even roll over yet. Why in the world would you try to keep shoes on their feet?
- Jeans for newborns. Unless they are super-stretchy jegging-style jeans, I doubt having a thick denim waistband under a baby's back is all that comfortable. Plus, considering the frequency of diaper blowouts that happen at this stage, the jeans are likely to be on for about five minutes before being tossed in the laundry pile.
- Bumbo or Jolly Jumper. It's really cute to see babies propped up in these long before they can sit or stand on their own. However, pushing babies into upright postures before they've developed the strength & coordination to do it on their own doesn't seem like a good idea. Also, they're kind of expensive.
- Food mill or Baby Bullet. I had the former on my baby shower registry & by the time Sprout got to six months old, I'd discovered Baby Led Weaning, which involves absolutely no purees. Most babies are perfectly able to pick up chunks of steamed veggie or fruit or bread & stuff it in their mouth, then gum it & actually swallow some at six months. Sprout fed himself from day one, so we didn't need any of those special long-handled spoons, either.
- Baby bathtub. We were loaned one of these & used it about three times. I found it a lot easier just to use the sink or the bathtub or just have Sprout in the bath with me.
- Baby perfume. This one totally baffled me. Why in the world would you need to spray a baby with artificial scent?!? Babies naturally smell awesome already!
- Padded car seat head support. We were loaned one of these too & the thing was too low for Sprout, so we just used rolled up blankets instead. Cheaper, much easier to customize & a the time that he needed it, he couldn't really move enough to dislodge them anyway.
- Scratch mittens. I bought some of these in one of my prenatal mini shopping sprees. We used them a few times but Sprout got them off every time. Socks stay on better if needed--I didn't find Sprout scratched himself all that much anyway.
- A big expensive high chair. My sister suggested we get a Fisher Price Healthy Care Booster Seat, which is a portable seat & tray that straps to practically any chair. It was under $40 & is adjustable enough to use for years. No cumbersome wide-legged high chair taking up a quarter of our kitchen--it's just strapped to one of our four kitchen chairs. We've also used it as restaurants & when travelling.
- A change table. Considering how long you really use a change table--maybe two years, max, if you have a compliant child that will lie down for diaper changes?--it doesn't seem worth it to invest in one. With a relatively small bedroom for Sprout, we just didn't have room for it either. We just got him a low, wide dresser & put a change pad on top of it.
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