When you share with the world that you are pregnant, everyone begins showering you with numerous baby items that you NEED in order to tackle motherhood. It becomes very overwhelming, very quick.
But no one ever talks about the baby items you DON’T need. That’s where I come in, because saving money is my jam!
Here is my personal list of baby items that I very seldom used, if ever. I feel it is my duty to share them with you all. If I can save at least a few of you from making the same mistakes I did, I will!
1. A BOTTLE STERILIZER
The only thing this product has done since I received it was collect dust and take up room on my kitchen counter. I remember I used it once to test it out, and then quickly realized, IT IS THE SAME THING AS MY DISHWASHER. You literally put the bottles in, and then it sterilizes them, which your dishwasher already does. It is so big and bulky, and ugly to boot. If you have a dishwasher in your home, go ahead and keep the $100+ dollars and buy some baby items that are useful, or better yet, treat YOURSELF to something nice instead.
2. WIPE WARMER
My mom put up a good fight on this one (sorry, Mom!). She was insistent on the fact that the wipes needed to be warmed before we used them. Although I’m sure our little princess could get used to this, she never once fought us on regular wipes. These machines are very difficult to pack in your diaper bag because they are gigantic, so your little one will have to go without the luxury at least at some point in their existence. Save yourself the money and the hassle of a cranky baby, and just use the regular wipes!
This is another product that shows up on every “Essential Baby Items” list. I do not see why, or the point of this product. I get that it is supposed to help your little one learn how to sit, but pillows can do the same exact thing. In fact, after I had already received TWO of these bad boys from various people, I started finding articles that said it actually inhibits your child from building up the muscles they need in order to learn how to sit. You can read more on that here. If you want to waste your money, you can just send it to Braelynn instead. She clearly loves it (this should be fun when she’s a teenager).
4. BABY MITS
Although these can be quite adorable, they never stay on! It was more of a battle trying to get our little one to keep them over her hands then it was to actually file her nails down. In fact, we didn’t even have to do that often because most babies enjoy being swaddled the majority of the time, which limits the use of their hands. Save yourself the frustration!
I have heard great things about this product when it comes to breastfeeding. I, however, did not choose to breastfeed so I felt it had very little purpose for me. It would help from time to time with propping Braelynn up, but again, this could have been accomplished using a regular pillow instead. Save yourself $40 and just use the pillows you have.
WHAT ARE THE BABY ITEMS YOU NEVER ENDED UP USING? DROP THEM BELOW!
Josephine Anderson is a motherhood lifestyle blogger from the suburbs of Chicago. She is married to her high school sweetheart and is currently a stay-at-home-mom to their one year old daughter and fur babies. She blogs at Better As Us. Find her journey on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
A version of this article first appeared on Better As Us.