Babies aren’t just “cute little bundles of joy.” Babies are big business. When you’re pregnant, it can be intimidating to set foot into one of those baby superstores. Suddenly, you realize just how many things your baby supposedly needs. It’s overwhelming – not to mention expensive! But what items do you really need and what can you do without? We combed the baby registries and came up with a list.
10 Baby gifts you don’t need:
It’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement of filling out your baby registry. So many cute items! And all so tiny! But there are some items you’ll be grateful you have and others you’ll wish you never registered for.
Don’t bother registering for:
1. Clothes that snap up the back. No matter how precious an outfit or onesie may be, when you’re wrangling a wriggly baby, the last thing you need is to be figuring out maddening clothing that could not have possibly designed by a mother.
2. Baby handprint keepsakes. These are lovely, sentimental items, but there’s got to be a reason I’ve seen so many at yard sales. My guess – new parents are so exhausted and overwhelmed, who has time to do this?
3. Diaper stacker. Whether you use disposable or cloth diapers, they don’t need to be arranged in a decorative stacker. You’ll have enough other things to do. Stick your diapers in a closet or in a drawer and be done with it.
4. Bathrobes. Cute, but babies don’t need them. They will just take up space.
5. Dozens of baby blankets. Register for two or three. People like to give them as gifts off the registry and these things seem to multiply when you’re not looking.
6. Shoes. Babies don’t walk. As cute as little shoes or sneakers look, they will slip off and you will lose them in the grocery store or out for a stroll. Once baby starts cruising and walking, Robeez slip-on shoes and the various knock-off brands are adorable, practical and tend to stay on.
7. Ear thermometer. Yes, the $36.99 store brand may look like the one they use in the doctor’s office, but it’s not – something my pediatrician pointed out to me. The most accurate way to take a baby’s temperature yourself is under the arm and those thermometers are considerably less expensive.
8. John & Johnson Baby Shampoo. Sure, these have been around for years, but every kids’ hairdresser I’ve been to has told me they are harsh on children’s hair. In fact, hairdressers can tell if you’re using them just by examining your child’s hair.
9. Tiny, flimsy towels. These are almost impossible to fold properly and they’re so cheap that they curl up at the edges. Pick thicker towels with a bordered trim, instead.
10. Gender non-specific clothing. If you’ve decided wait to discover your baby’s gender, don’t register for yellow or white clothing. You may consider yourself a modern parent whose baby should not be defined by pink or blue, but when a stranger calls your adorable little girl “he” or tells you your son is “such a cute little girl,” you will want to smack them. Trust me. Wait until the baby’s born and choose your own clothing. And no, not all little girls need to wear pink. Mine looked great in leopard print.