What You Don’t Need On Your Baby Registry

A new baby is expensive, but what do you really need in their nursery?

Having a baby is expensive, and because we love our children, we want the best of the best for them. And while they are worth every penny, there are a lot of baby products out there that just aren’t worth spending money on. Here are eight items to pass over when setting up your baby's nursery.

Baby Shoes

Babies. Cannot. Walk. It is as simple as that. So while those baby-sized Chuck Taylors are beyond adorable, they are also beyond unnecessary. Wait until your little one is actually putting foot to pavement before shelling out for what amounts to a cute accessory.

Wipes Warmer

Besides the fact that these warmers have been known to cause electric shocks to parents’ hands and are suspected to breed bacteria, using warmed wipes will result in a baby that expects, well, warmed wipes. What happens when you are out and you need to use a normal, cold wipe? Watch out!

Expensive Baby Clothes

It’s hard when you are faced with all those adorable ruffles, and who can resist a tiny bowtie. But there is no need to go out and spend a fortune on clothing for your baby. By nature of being babies, they will grow out of it quickly and it will be subjected to spit-up, diaper explosions and drool. Instead, think second hand, hand-me-downs or inexpensive alternatives.

Pee-Pee Teepee

If you are truly worried about your little man letting loose while you change his diaper, use a baby wipe to protect yourself. Pee-pee Teepee’s are notoriously ineffective and also need to be washed; using a baby wipe has the added bonus of being disposable.

Special Baby Detergent

There’s no need to spend money on extra expensive laundry detergent that is “specially formulated” for your baby. Instead just buy a detergent that is “free and clear”, meaning it contains no perfumes or dyes that may irritate your baby’s sensitive skin. This also means that you can just add baby’s clothes in with the rest of your family’s laundry, cutting down on your laundry loads.

Changing Table

A whole piece of furniture just to change a diaper is a bit unnecessary. A lot of parents forgo the change table and simply use a changing pad on the floor or the bed. Added bonus? You don’t have to worry about baby falling off.

A Diaper Genie

Most parents don’t make a practice of leaving diapers to sit for days at a time. While a diaper genie will keep the smell under control, if you change your garbage daily, or just get rid of the diapers right away, there is no need for one.

Expensive Bedding

Baby bedding sets can be costly, and doctors no longer recommend the crib bumpers and blankets that come in the sets. Crib bumpers have caused a number of deaths and injuries and thick blankets and quilts are not supposed to be in the crib with your new baby. Opt out of the pricey bedding sets and go for single fitted sheets and thin receiving or swaddling blankets.

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