Let me enumerate the things you don’t need to include in your First Baby Needs List, or at least, delay buying.
You Can Consider Not Getting/Delay Buying The Following Items
Ditch the changing table
While having a changing table seems nice and convenient, it is NOT PRACTICAL to buy something that will be useless as soon as your little one can already lie on their tummy.
You cannot leave your baby unattended once they can already roll from their back to their tummy. It is extremely dangerous, and they can fall within a few seconds that you leave them on top of it.
You might just want to buy a CHEAP changing pad that you can lay flat at the center of your bed or in their crib if they have one. Most of the time, changing pads also come as a freebie with every diaper bag purchase.
Keep your baby’s stuff dust-free by not putting them out in the open
Nursery Organizer is dust accumulating. Do you really want to put your baby’s soft cloths, diapers, and other clothes left in the open?
The dust can do harm to your baby’s sensitive skin and you might want to secure your baby stuff somewhere safe, like a simple cabinet with door.
Anything that will directly come in contact your baby’s skin should be dust-free!
Consider delaying buying a crib
Some parents would leave their newborns sleeping in their own crib, in their own room. One of their reasons for doing so is they are trying to make them have a sense of independence from the start.
But some parents, especially breastfeeding moms, prefer to co-sleep with their little ones. If you are planning to breastfeed, you can consider delaying buying a crib until you feel that you really need to start letting them sleep on their own (usually around 6 months plus).
If you purchase a crib on your little one’s sixth month, you can probably just use them for 2 to 3 months because, depending on your child’s development, some babies can already climb out of their cribs in as early as 8 months, unless you are getting the 4-in-1 cribs that can be converted to toddler beds.
Bassinets can only be used for a few months
Having a bassinet is more of a luxury because it has a redundant purpose. If you already have a stroller that can completely recline flat, you can safely let your babies sleep on them when you are out of the house.
If you are at home and you have a crib, your babies can lie down in there instead. Some parents are also okay to leave their babies to sleep on top of their bed. As long as they don’t know how to roll yet, they are safe in an adult bed.
Bassinets can only be used for 1-4 months, depending on the size of your bassinet and how fast your little one grows.
Who doesn’t want a beautiful nursery? Unless you can commit to keeping the nursery clean and DUST-FREE, you might consider avoiding putting soft toys and other stuff that can invite dust. Save having soft toys for later.
My daughter slept in a play yard from two months to 8 months. She was a heavy-build for her age when she was already 8 months and every time she leans to one side, the play yard seems like it is going to tip over.
Also, my daughter started to try climbing out of it at 8 months. Unlike cribs, play yards are only made of a soft net on the side and they can actually turn upside down if your heavy-built baby is leaning on one side.
There is an ample amount of debate going around parenting forums on whether or not to use a pacifier for your babies.
I personally avoided it because I read that it is very hard to wean them off it. Some 4-year-olds are still on pacifiers because some moms are having a hard time weaning them off it.
I also believe that pacifiers also hinder breastfeeding moms to establish their milk supply, especially in the first month of breastfeeding.
I am not sure if it’s just my daughter but TOYS, in general, doesn’t appeal to her. However, she does play with random non-toy stuff like plastic containers in the kitchen, ladle, adult spoon, coriander, plastic drinking straw, empty boxes, plastic cups, and the likes! LOL.
Delay buying baby toys until you learn their importance to your child’s development.
Books are a must but baby books can be expensive. Children can easily grow tired of them. Therefore, you need to keep on giving them new ones. We personally bought 6 books when my daughter was around 6 months but she got bored of them.
What we did after was apply for a yearly membership in a library. We can now borrow 10 books and 3 DVDs every 3 weeks in exchange for a membership fee that is less than $15 per year.
Now that you know the things you probably don’t need, it’s all up to you know if you still prefer to include them on your registry list. I have created a practical list that first-time parents will actually use during the first year.
What do you think?
I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments section below.