I clearly remember finding out I was pregnant and counting down the days until it was socially acceptable for me to start my baby registry. It was like re-living my glory days of being engaged and getting to complete my wedding registry, only better because everything would be so cute and tiny! If you’ve ever walked into a baby store, you know the immediate overwhelming feeling that accosts you when you walk in. All this stuff, for a BABY? And have you ever looked at a list of suggested baby registry items? It’s 4 PAGES LONG! While the thought of buying only the best for baby may have entered your head, your home will quickly become the spitting image of Babies ‘R Us, cluttered with baby crap everywhere. Save yourself the time and space on your registry by registering only for what you NEED. We’ve come up with a great list of baby items that sound good in theory, but that you can really avoid. This is the best list of baby registry items you don’t really need.
1. Wipe Warmer
The best advice someone gave me was to never register for a wipe warmer. Are you going to carry it with you everywhere you go? Because otherwise your baby will get used to the warm comfiness of their wipes and will scream in protest when you use room temperature ones. It’s a waste of money and energy (literally- how do you think this thing stays warm? Electricity!) and is something that you and baby can live without.
2. Baby Detergent
Special baby detergent like Dreft is another catchy sounding idea. It’s “specially formulated” to be sensitive to baby’s skin and has low odor. But did you know you can use a basic detergent that is dye and odor free and it’s the same thing? Don’t waste money and laundry room cupboard space by having a separate detergent. If you wash everyone’s clothes in the same detergent, you can also combine loads!
3. Changing Table
When you think of changing a diaper, you probably think of a changing table. But did you know that most of the time you won’t be in the vicinity of your baby’s nursery, and will resort to couch, lap and floor diaper changings? A changing table has a limited life span, whereas a regular dresser can last forever. Rather than purchase a specific changing table, buy a changing pad that can fit on the top of a regular dresser. When your baby is no longer in diapers, just toss the changing pad and they immediately have a big kid dresser!
Bassinets are often synonymous with babies. You think of a brand new baby sleeping beautifully in a lace draped bassinet in his parents room. But bassinets have an even shorter lifespan than a changing table. You will be surprised how quickly your baby outgrows it, and you’re left trying to find a place to store a giant bassinet. Do yourself a favor and just use your Pack n’ Play (many models will come with a “bassinet” attachment) or simply move the crib in your room for awhile. They actually aren’t that much bigger than a bassinet anyways!