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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Baby Gear: What you don’t need!


1. A crib bedding set: All that your little one really needs is a sheet & a blanket when they get older. My son slept in swaddlers and sleep sacks until he was old enough to safely use a blanket. Bumper pads are not recommended because of the risk of suffocation & SIDS. Not to mention, as your child gets older, they can use bumper pads to help them climb out of the crib. That cute comforter is pretty useless, too, unless you want to use it for wall art. The crib skirt is just for decoration, and if you really think you need one, you can buy it separately. So, in reality the only useful piece of a bedding set is the sheet, which you can also buy separately. You will want more than one sheet anyway. Don’t waste your money on an expensive set.

2.
Hooded bath towels
: Yes, these are cute. You might want one for a cute picture, but don’t go overboard. These towels are thin and not very absorbent. As long as you wash your regular towels in fragrance-free detergent, you can use these on your baby and save some cash.

3.
Burp cloths: I found that a pack of cloth diapers works much better than cutesie burp rags. Burp
rags were smaller and thinner than the cloth diapers. Diapers might be uglier, but they do a much better job of cleaning up.

4.
Changing table
: You can place a changing pad on top of a dresser instead. These pads come with hardware to attach to the back of the dress for safety. That’s one less piece of furniture in the room. I also would not recommend buying a crib with an attached changing table. It might seem like a smart, money saving idea, but it’s not. As your baby gets older, the changing table will be a good way for him or her to try to escape from the crib and possibly get hurt.

5. Lots of dressy outfits: My son lived in sleepers and onesies for the first 6 months. Let your baby be comfortable. They aren’t trying to impress anyone. Also, children’s clothing is a great thing to buy second-hand. Since babies outgrow clothes so fast, they don’t have time to wear them out. Just watch for stains.

6. Diaper bag: I’m not saying you don’t need a bag, because you definitely do. If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with purses, so I have more than a few “diaper” bags. Just find one that doesn’t look like a diaper bag. That way you will be able to use it for yourself later.

7.
Diaper disposal bin
: We bought one of these and used it for a few months. It was nice at first, but the batteries died very quickly and the bag always needed to be changed. Now, we just use a regular trash can for non-stinky trash and take the stinky diapers directly outside.

8. Wipe warmer: I never bought one, and I really don’t see the point. I’ve heard that it just dries the wipes out.

9.
Playmat
: A clean blanket on the floor works just fine.

10.
Special laundry detergent
: You might not have noticed this, but let me tell you a secret. Dreft (or any other brand labeled “BABY”) is more expensive. You can buy the “free & clear” version of your favorite laundry detergent and save some money. It is important to use a fragrance-free detergent because babies have sensitive skin. However, don’t waste your money on those detergents specially formulated for babies. I haven’t noticed any difference other than price.

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