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Having a baby is amazing, life-changing, and a little bit scary. It can also be incredibly expensive! If you run a quick Google search you'll see hundreds of Must-Have lists for baby gear. And while I agree with some of the items, I really don't think you need everything they say you do. Here are the items you DON'T need! This post contains affiliate links. Please read my disclaimer for more information.
1. Changing Table
It's a waste of money and a waste of space as long as you have a dresser in the baby room. We almost bought a changing table before our son was born but I was so disappointed with the storage space on all of the options. Yes, I know it's only intended to hold diapers and wipes but that just wasn't going to cut it in his tiny bedroom. You need room for the rocker, the crib, the toy box, and the shelves, as well as actual play space!
Buy a regular changing pad with a belt and place it on top of a dresser. Never, ever leave your child unattended and take the necessary precautions and you will be fine. If your child grows like a bean sprout (like ours) the changing table was never going to last long anyway.
2. Wipe Warmers
If your schedule is as crazy as ours, then you don't always get to change your child's diaper in the same place every single time. That package of wipes travels around with us and when there's a disaster (and trust me, there's always a diaper explosion happening!) we want to be as close to the bathtub as we can possibly get! Wipe warmers are typically plugged into an outlet so their mobility is really limited.
If you're worried about the wipes being too chilly, warm a few in between your hands first and it'll work just fine.
3. Baby Laundry Detergent
There are so many hypoallergenic, non-scented, non-perfumed options out there that you don't need to spend the premium price for brands like Dreft. My experience has always been that they work great even for the most sensitive skin, like my son who suffers from severe eczema. We've used Tide's Free & Gentle and Purex's Free & Clear with no problems since he was a newborn.
4. Fluffy, Thick Blankets
I found that extra fluffy blankets just weren't needed in the early months. Both the baby and I were huge fans of swaddling him and I can't recommend aden by aden + anais Swaddleplus Safari Friendsenough! You'll need the fluffy stuff later on, but in the early months you just don't need them.
5. Diaper Bag
I know this sounds a little insane but hear me out. It's hard enough to carry around the baby, your purse, your phone, and a diaper bag. I bought a large one and only used it for a few weeks. All that luggage can feel really overwhelming!
My purse is medium sized so I just pack a spare set of clothes, a few diapers, and wipes in with everything else. (Note: James nurses so I don't worry about bottles or formula.)
No, this isn't going to work for everyone. But it definitely made my trips to the grocery store seem less stressful.
6. Diaper Pail
A regular step open trash can works just as well as a Diaper Genie and will be much cheaper, not to mention a little bit bigger! I refill with regular trash bags and don't have to worry about the smell or buying a filter. Trust me, my kid has put the smell factor to work and our regular trash can never fails us!
I made a few financial blunders with baby gear and don't want you to do the same. Some of you may need these items but I would guess that most of you do not. Put that extra money in your kid's college account and call it a day.
What baby gear do you think is unnecessary? What items can you live without?