What you don’t need when you're having a baby
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My first time around the block I registered for EVERYTHING. I mean how could I not? Everything seemed to make sense and have a purpose. How could I ever care for a newborn without a state-of-the-art wipes warmer?
I was blessed to have a wonderful baby shower. I got more toys and clothes and baby care items that would fit in 3 truck filled trips. I was overjoyed but overwhelmed. I got home and couldn’t wait to set up all my and baby Delilah’s new items.
After she was here and my world was turned upside down (in a good way) I found myself not using all the items I received. I found some of the clothes just did not fit and some of the items were not useful. What was happening was that before I even understood one drop about my life as a new mother and what it would be like to care for a newborn I had picked out all the unnecessary items.
I ended up returning a lot, and giving away some. Rather than listing all the items you do need here is a list of all the things you don’t need when having a baby. The first time, or the fourth.
*this is solely my opinion based on my experiences every mother and family is different with different needs but if you are overwhelmed or having trouble narrowing it down this list might just help.
Breastfeeding pillow – you don’t need one more thing to find or set up when your newborns crying for food. That’s the ease of nursing. Use a regular pillow
Swing, bouncy chair, MAMA ROO pick one or two my favorite: bouncy chair & swing
A stock pile of Newborn accessories- i.e. shoes, bows. The shoes fall off and they don’t go anywhere as a newborn and the big bows and headbands probably are super uncomfortable. Your baby is cute enough without it promise! If you must get one or two of each, they grow super-fast and then you will be sad like me when they didn’t get to wear ALL the cute items.
Newborn couture outfit. You will need a few onesies and sleepers, but where is your newborn going besides the doctors? Go for more of the larger outfits before you know it your little one won’t be so little. Register for clothes up to 12 months. After that it will be hard to gauge what clothes they will fit into in which season. I’ve had Halloween and St. Patrick outfits no one could wear.
Gum wipes- use a washcloth
Boppy pillow, Bumbo seat, boppy lounger- again pick one.
Bottles & formula- What?! Ok, there is a reason this is on here and it’s not because I am crazy. Obviously it is only a suggestion if you do plan on breastfeeding. Don’t have these in the house or use them right away. Often, when a baby seems uncomfortable and we feel like we don’t have enough milk we go right to the bottle but after nursing 4 babies I figured out that if I always kept nursing and kept trying and eventually built up my milk more for the baby. The more formula you give your baby the less breastmilk you will produce.
3 items I used a lot with all my children aside from the obvious, car seats, highchairs and diapers were:
A good breast pump, my favorite was Medela. I paid for the first 2 but after that I realized insurance covers breast pumps at 100%! Check with your insurance company on how to get yours covered. If you are serious about breastfeeding and planning or to have more than one child or going back to work you may want to get your free pump from insurance and then invest in a portable pump for on the go pumping. The portable one I love and use on the go is shown on the bottom it lasted 7 years and 4 babies. I highly recommend the Medela Swing which insurance doesn't usually cover. It will help if you are going to work after the baby is born or if you need to leave the house for a little while and want to pump on the go.
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A glow worm. This was great for after bath times and my son loved falling asleep next to his.
A swing. It's a great place to put the baby safely and all my children loved it. I have had 3 swings and only 2 were good so make sure you do your research so you don't get disappointed but here are the ones I liked.