What do babies really need?Babies do need some things. It's true. They need food, shelter, and love. They need clothing, blankets, and diapers. Almost everything else is entirely optional. But, when you're pregnant, it sure doesn't feel that way, does it? Sometimes pregnancy can make you think and do crazy things. ( If you don't believe me, ask my husband.) When I was pregnant, I had bouncy seats in all shapes and sizes, swings that went sideways and forward, toys that were shockingly elaborate and complex, and amazing gadgets that turned out to be almost worthless. And, if I had it to do over again, I would take it all back to Babies R' Us and trade it for diapers. Once my kids transitioned out of the baby stage, I came to realize just how much money we wasted on stuff we could've easily lived without. So, with that being said, here are some things that babies just don't need:
- Baby Bedding Set- Baby bedding sets are adorable. It's true. I dragged my husband all over this town to find a bedding set that was pink and brown with flowers. (I had a dream about it!) Ever since then, the unusable baby comforter has served as a constant reminder of the ridiculousness of that purchase. It's true that babies do need a bed, a sheet, and some blankets. What they don't need is a comforter that would likely suffocate them, a matching light switch cover, a matching trashcan, and coordinating wall decals.
- Diaper Genie- Whose idea was this? No one needs a garbage bag snake of rotting diapers in their bedroom. Instead of a diaper genie, keep a small trashcan that can be emptied frequently. Or, just walk all of your diapers to your regular ol' trashcan.
- Designer Baby Clothing- Designer baby clothes can be downright irresistible. I'm ashamed to admit that I bought tiny dresses with delicate embroidery, authentic-looking miniature baby loafers, and coordinating outfits with matching shirts, pants, leg warmers, and hats. However, paying $40 or $50 for a pint-sized outfit is rarely a good idea, especially when a similar outfit can be found at a garage sale or on eBay for a fraction of the price. I honestly can't think of anything that depreciates faster than new baby clothes. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that until after the fact.
- Shopping Cart Cover- Yes, I received a beautiful shopping cart cover at my baby shower. Unfortunately, I didn't remember to bring it to the store with me a single time. Not once. Sadly, I sold it for $5 in my garage sale this summer. A shopping cart cover may sound like a good idea but it doesn't work that well if you can never remember to bring it with you. Oh, and by the way, my kid's butts never fell off after sitting in the metal shopping cart for the duration of each trip. Yours won't either.
- Changing Table- A changing table can come in handy if you actually use it. However, most people I know change their baby's diaper on the floor. Actually, I think the floor makes a much better changing table since there's no chance of your baby falling off the side. But since baby furniture manufacturers can't sell you your own floor, they created baby changing tables. Hint: You don't have to buy one.
- A Bigger House- When we bought our current home, we didn't have kids yet. But, since we knew that we wanted kids, we went ahead and bought a larger home to accommodate them. However, what we've found is that our house is much larger than it needs to be. Our kids don't necessarily need a play room dedicated only to housing toys. And, they could probably share a bedroom as well, if needed. If we had it to do over, we would've stayed in our "starter home" for a while longer until we determined how much room we really needed.