Yesterday I was hanging out with some of my “Mommy Friends” and we started talking about baby equipment and gadgets. We were comparing the things we registered for, what we got, what we wished we got, and what we never used. After that I had a thought, I should create a list of my favorite baby gear and a list of stuff I never used to help new moms decide what to register for.
My Favorite Stuff:
Moby Wrap- I used that wrap everyday because my little guy just wanted to be held 24/7.
Bouncy Seat- The seat really came in handy, I would set it on the floor while we ate dinner and bounce it with my foot.
Bassinet with wheels- In 2 words “Life Saver.” I used my bassinet everyday and night until Little Guy was 2 months old. It was the best at night, since I was nursing when he woke up I would wheel him into the living room to feed and change him without disturbing Hubby. It also had a basket under it to hold diapers, wipes, blankets, and a change of clothes.
Sound Machine- Little Guy has slept with this machine running since he was 3 months old and it works wonders. Ours’ is not an expensive machine (I think I bought it for $10.00) and it makes just enough noise to drown out sounds that might otherwise wake up the baby.
Swing- Little guy napped in his swing everyday until he was to big for it.
Video Camera- I have footage of everything he has ever done.
Stuff I Never Used or Needed:
Wipe Warmer- My mom did not have a wipe warmer and I am fine.
Burp Cloths- Those little cute burp clothes that you see everywhere are not worth the money. There is no way that little piece of fabric stands a chance against projectile vomit. I used receiving blankets to catch spit up because I had a ton.
Pack n’ Play- We bought this and I only ever used it for a changing table. If you are going to travel and need to have something to take with you then by all means buy one. Over the past year I think our pack n’ play has been used 15 times.
Nursing Cover- I never had one so I just tucked a blanket under my bra strap to cover Little Guy while he ate.
Mobile- My kiddo never liked his.
Just a few other recommendations:
Please avoid the urge to buy a ton of super cute outfits size 0-3 months, these will only fit for a few weeks and will get stained from poop-splosions and spit up. This goes for baby shoes as well, if your kiddo isn’t walking yet he or she doesn’t need shoes. Do buy a few fitted sheets and 2 mattress pads that way when you strip the crib you can replace the bedding right away. Lastly don’t be afraid to buy gently used toys or clothes, your kiddo won’t know and you’ll save some cash.
If you have something to add to either list please let me know!