That’s right, these are my top ten over-hyped, probably wasn’t worth my money baby items that I won’t be using for the second baby and really wish I hadn’t even messed with for Ade. Next week I’ll have my top ten could.not.have.survived.without.this.and.still.be.sane.today items. It will be fun to compare won’t it? I wonder what of ours will be the same and what you would have put on the opposite list.
Let’s get started:
1. Changing Table — Yes, seriously. Up until AJ could roll over we used the bassinet in our room for her to sleep in (it was a big one and she was a tiny baby) and so we changed her on a pad on our bed and never really had a problem. Then once she could roll and was introduced into her room we used the floor for fear of her rolling off the changing table. (Hi, my name is Michele, I am an over-protective mother that freaks out about every freaking little thing.)
2. Wipe Warmer — This thing should be called the Wipe Dehydrater. Seriously, enough said.
3. Special Laundry Detergent — Ya’ll know by now that I wash everything with Eco Nuts so I won’t write a big long paragraph about them. For those of you interested but haven’t read any of my stuff on them go here. (Ok just one thing, have any of you really looked at what is in Dreft? How did they ever become the must-have baby laundry soap?)
4. Baby shoes — Now don’t get me wrong, I love baby shoes! And the soft soled ones are stinking adorable, but really you don’t need them until baby starts standing and walking. So try to resist, or just buy one pair that has some stretch to it and just use those.
5. Baby bath tub — You know, every house I’ve ever been in has had a kitchen sink and you know what, they are positioned at the optimum level to not wear out your back or knees. Bonus, you don’t have to find a place to store something so oddly shaped as the baby bath tub! Sounds like a win/win to me.
6. Full sized high chair — Not necessary and a pain to figure out were to store when we have company and want to use all sides of the dining room table. Next week I’ll tell you what our favorite option is.
7. Shopping Cart covers — This is a good idea, but it doesn’t help when you forget it practically ALL the time. I’m so glad that they have started putting disinfecting wipes at all of the doors of most major store chains now-a-days.
8. Bottle Warmer — I realize this might be more useful if your baby gets more bottles than mine did, but we never used it. It was seriously faster to just leave a glass of water in the microwave at all times (it sure felt like it most days) and just hit the button and wait. But Ade was breast-fed, it is probably an entirely different situation for a formula baby.
9. Nursing Bras — I’m sorry, I know this is a little TMI, but seriously ladies, these things suck!!! So instead I bought a bunch of clasp in the front between your boobs bras and used those. So much better and as long as you get ones with wire they will hold the opposite side in place while you have unleashed the other one. Stop giggling, I’m serious. Plus you can get really good at the one-handed clasp/unclasp if you just practice. I would say it was just as easy as the silly nursing bra clasps.
10. Nursing cover — A light blanket works just fine and is something that you usually have with you. I’m sure some swear by their nursing cover, but it was just easier for me to throw a blanket over us.