You can expect when you’re expecting that you’re going to get a whole houseful of new stuff. Between shopping and showers, you will have a hard time finding your own stuff once your home is chock-full of baby gear.
Some things you’ll use every day – the crib, car seat and baby monitor. Some stuff you’ll use sometimes: the baby swing, jumper and that adorable outfit you actually paid full price for. But, there are some products you thought you needed that just end up taking up space.
Diapers are obviously a necessity, but do you need a special hanging bag to put them in? Diaper stackers often come in a nursery set, so you may get stuck with one, but there is no need to go out and buy your own. Diapers fit awkwardly inside the stacker, depending on the size, and there’s no reason you need a stacker you’ll probably never have the time to fill. Just put them on the changing table or leave them in the box.
You can drop between $20 – $35 on a wipe warmer, but what’s the point? Unless you’re living in an igloo, your house probably isn’t so cold that the wipes would bother a baby. If the wipe does end up a little chilly, warm it up in your hand for a few seconds and it should be just fine. I’ve also read reviews from other moms who said warmers dried out their wipes or even burned them.
I know, there is nothing cuter than little baby shoes. But I hope you enjoy looking at them without any little feet inside, because that’s how they will continue to look. It is nearly impossible to get a small baby to leave shoes on. Not to mention, shoes are pretty much useless for a baby. Until they’re walking, let their little feet breathe.
If you have a boy, parents will tell you story after story of how their little guy sprayed you-know-what everywhere during diaper changes – across the room, on the ceiling, in their faces! Some parents may recommend the little peepee teepees to block the spray. Several moms of boys have told me these are just a gimmick. What’s the point of having another pee-soaked piece of cloth around? Instead, learn how to change a diaper really quickly and how to laugh at the little urine-covered moments life sends your way.