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
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.
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!
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.
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 hanging 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. Therefore, I stopped putting my daughter on it when she was 8 and a half months.
For our part, we feel that letting my daughter roam around the living room with rubber mats on the floor is good to make her practice walking. True enough she was able to walk at 10 and a half months because of not being restricted to move around.
Remember to baby proof your house before setting your child free! Using a play yard for 7 and a half months is ok for a mom who didn’t breastfeed, but I would love to co-sleep and breastfeed if I get a new baby again!
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.
BUT I did use pacifiers when we traveled by plane two times when my daughter was only less than one-year-old.
Letting them suck on something will avoid ear pressure to accumulate on their sensitive ears. Bottle and breastfeeding, as well as any mouth activity like laughing and simply opening and closing them, can also help alleviate ear pressure on the plane.
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!
Delay buying baby toys until your little one starts to show an interest in them!
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?
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