To continue on our theme from yesterday about babies, I thought I’d throw together a list of the things I didn’t need. There is so much stuff you can get for your new life with a baby, it’s completely overwhelming. Here’s the things I skipped, and my baby is still alive.
1. Wipes Warmer
This was totally silly to me. Even if the wipe is wet, as soon as you’re away from their skin, the damp skin is going to get cold. I’ve also only really seen him react to a “cold” wipe maybe three times out of a zillion diaper changes. Save your money for something essential!
2. Bottle Warmer
I didn’t mean to not get this, I just never got around to it. Every bottle that my baby has had at home (he’s all breast milk, but occasional bottle of breast milk) has been right out of the fridge. And he’s never had an issue drinking it. However, he is in full time day care, they have a bottle warmer so he’s use to that there. Worst case, you can just set your bottle in a cup of hot water to warm it up if needed.
3. Changing Table
I’m talking the specific changing tables that are only for that purpose. We have a dresser with a wide top that we attached a changing pad to instead. The dresser is functional with drawers to hold his cloth diapers, wipes, jammies, and clothes. When he’s done in diapers, we take off the pad, and presto, he has a normal dresser again. No need to buy more big pieces of furniture than necessary!
4. Baby Books
All the information you could ever want is at your fingertips on the computer! Each book is written of that author’s research and opinion. For me, that wasn’t enough. I wanted to know a variety of opinions and research to decide the way I wanted to parent. Baby Center has an amazing amount of information on any topic from day one of pregnancy, through kids 10 years old. Lucie’s List was a great resource for me, providing weekly emails based on your phase of pregnancy/baby age. And I love Wholesome Babyfood for tips on what my baby can eat and what age and recipes for baby food! All the sites are free. There are millions more. All the hard copy books I got just sat there collection dust.