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Newborn Things I Didn't Need

What's the One Newborn Item You Bought But Didn't Need?

Expectant ladies often ask their tried and tested mama friends for a list of must-have items for their newborn's nursery. Two of my mommy friends sent me extensive Excel spreadsheets with recommended items to buy in one column and the quantities in another. Like a kid getting ready for the first day of school, I took that checklist with me to Babies 'R' Us and stocked up on all the goods.

The suggested swing and miracle blankets were indispensable, but I could have done without the plain receiving blankets and of course, it was the one thing I was told to buy in mass quantity. While some moms find the flannel square useful, I have found another use for the delightful throws — burp cloths and changing table covers. What could you have done without?

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blondeartist86 blondeartist86 7 years
I have two boppy pillows that still come in use even with my 3 month old...but a better breast feeding pillow that my lactation consultant let me use when I went to visit was called 'my breast friend'. I believe the product can be found on the web easily. wiper warmer... and a diaper pails... not necessary!
karensams karensams 8 years
I also had an abundance of receiving blankets that I really didn't need. Although I did use them as spit up cloths..... I would say that I just had too many blankets, more than I could possibly use. Especially as you can't use loose blankets in the crib. Which leads me to the best item I had - Halo SleepSack. It's a wearable blanket that replaces loose blankets. My little guy wore this every night and I didn't have to worry about him suffocating or being cold. You can buy them at Babies R Us -
mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
I put the swing together and took it apart within a week. People insisted I get a swing because every baby likes it, but you know what, the baby doesn't know what he is missing if he has never been in a swing! My baby didn't like it at all so what was the point? For us, a rocker was the best! My dad bought my this boppy full pillow that I used maybe twice and now it just sits around the house. Cute idea but no point to it at all.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
the diaper genie... was a total WASTE (anyone want one lemme know), the jumperoo thingie, another waste, but I gave it to a friend who's little one may like it... but that's really not so bad. we did well w/the boppy... our lil guy liked it.
amycorinne amycorinne 8 years
I guess I also got really lucky. A few dressy items of clothing that we received as gifts were not really used (just for pictures), but we used all of the gear: bouncer, swing, boppy, bumbo chair, receiving blankets (only larger ones), play yard bassinet, etc. I think the only thing that we could have gone without was the Tiny Love Gymini (playmat) because she likes playing on the floor with some toys just as much.
Shannikan Shannikan 8 years
i guess i got really lucky. my son loved everything we had. we used it all. the pack and play bassinet for the first few months, crib, swing, bouncer, burp clothes can be used for so much more that spit up. wiping up spills now at 16 months.i also didn't buy into all the fad stuff either.
sh12345 sh12345 8 years
sorry i forgot - other things we cant live without: carseat, stroller, waterfall mp3 i got from itunes (he sleeps with this white noise). other things we only used for a while: baby bjorn synergy (hurts my back after a while), rockin baby sling (he doesnt like to be too confined after the first month).
sh12345 sh12345 8 years
di_2526, i have a 5 month old boy who doesnt like pacifiers, but love being swaddled. so here's the list of things that we cant live without: baby monitor, swaddleMe (note that different materials have different levels of warmth), onesies of different sizes (he grows up so fast), pampers of different sizes, wipes, cloths (i never use the receiving blankets for swaddling, since my boy has GERD, we use them as burp cloths), sterilizer, bfree bottles, medela pump in style, tiny love first book that doubles as a bumper crib, fisher price peekaboo piano, black, white and red books (which i copied and put up the copies on th e walls), changing table of the right height, fisher price bouncer, baby bjorn baby sitter. things that i've bought and the baby doesnt use : rainforest gym, rainforest mobile (he's allergic to both the gym and the mobile, i ended up getting a different rainforest mobile - the australia version i think, that is really bare, no big leaf etc, and he likes that better), cushiony bumper crib, miracle blanket (swaddle me works a lot better for us). things we have that we only used for a brief moment : boppy and its cover (i stopped latching him at about 2 months because of my oversupply problem). pacifiers (he loved it the first 10 minutes, but he's been spitting them out after that). things i wish we had : wipes warmer - to ease changing diapers in the middle of the night. i think by now the baby is used to it. but the first few weeks were rough.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
Macgirl, my son had reflux, too, but we used the plain white cloth diapers as spit-up cloths. I still use them daily, but now for dust cloths and such. Heh. :) I guess I could have also used the little receiving blankets for that, but I think I felt bad that they were so cute.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
Boppy, the miracle blanket and swing didn't work for us. I however would use 4-10 of those little flannel receiving blankets a day. My son had GERD pretty bad for 10 months and I used them as spit up cloths. I love seeing how different these things worked for different babies/situations.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
Newborn and 0-3 month clothing.. I was totally prepared and had everything washed and folded and ready to go for my impending sleep deprivation and then popped out a 9 pound 1 oz 21 inch long baby who didnt go ANYWHERE near to fitting into her clothes> i had to unfold everything and put them back into the packages (a good 10-15 packages of diff things, onsies, body suits, etc, she was born in winter) and bring them all back a few days after i got out of the hospital. We had 3-6 month stuff, but not in stockpile. Funnily enough, most of the things people didnt need, I swore by. i LOVED having a bajillion receiving blankets on hand, the big flannel ones though, not the tiny ones. I bought 15 bottles and it ended up not being enough as she was going through those before the day was out. If i have breastfeeding issues wiht the next one, im going to do liners.. i had the ventaire ones that have 5 pieces each.. and it was grueling to wash nightly as tired as i was. i wish i had gotten a changing table. I listened to everyone who said they never used theirs and it was a waste of money, and just changed her wherever. For her first christmas/birthday, the inlaws bought her the giant step 2 walki in kitchen, and the box was in her room covered in a blanket and it was the perfect height for diaper changes, lol. It made me realize how much i despise changing them on the floor or on the bed with my body twisted all around. So much easier to stand in front of them. I will be purchasing one the next time around. that being said, the boppy was really the only thing we bought that didnt get used much. She hated tummy time, and we didnt buy any of those expensive tummy time mats. We got her the fisher price rainforest jumperoo and she LOVED it.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
di_2526, so much of this depends on YOUR baby. Mine hated to be swaddled, but lots of babies love it. My baby loved her swing, but some babies hate it. My advice is to be conservative with what you buy and only get the absolute basics until your babe is born. That way you can see your baby's personality and guess what might please them and what might be useless.
di_2526 di_2526 8 years
I'm six-months along now and would LOVE to see a good list from experienced moms. Anyone care to post a quick list of their favorite tops picks, including brands? thanks!!
Moms Moms 8 years
The bottle warmer — once they moved to formula, I never heated it.
luckyme luckyme 8 years
Baby bath. I loved the little full-body sponges way more. I found the bath to be too slippery.
meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
the boppy was useless to me too...and the receiving blankets, in fact i just gave away about 10 that had never even been opened. I also stocked up on bottles (because i thought thats what babies needed) and only used the bottles that came with my pump on the very rare occasion that i actually used the pump.
impurrfectmiss impurrfectmiss 8 years
i received a 'bottle warmer' at my baby shower.. never used it. microwave for 15 seconds and thats about it
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
The diaper pail. We used ours for a month, but then found changing it to be a bigger task than just having a separate smaller pail under the sink, with some baking soda and a lid, much easier, and didn't smell awful when we changed it.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
that half circle pillow ( boppy, that we are told to use for breast feeding (it goes around your waist) and then the baby can be propped up with it. zero use with all 3 kids. it was awkward around my waist and the girls hated being propped up.
masonsmama masonsmama 8 years
I'm sure they're very useful for those with droolers or babies who spit up, but we have stacks of bibs that were never touched. One third of the number we ended up with would've easily done the trick, but maybe we'll get to use them with the second baby.
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