Everyone knows that aside from being able to eat, wear, do or say whatever you want, one of the top 5 pregnancy rites of passage, is pulling up to Babies-R-Us, parking in that VIP expecting mother parking space and waddling inside for the first time. I remember my first time vividly. I don’t recall exactly what I was expecting to find inside, but there were so many…things. A parking lot full of strollers, several rows of rocking chairs, baby bath tubs complete with shower head attachments, and arsenal of Boppy pillow covers. Just aisles and aisles of stuff.
Then it happens. An eager employee hands you a scanner gun and you have free reign of the entire floor for a scanning spree! Walking through with that scanner in your hand, choosing items for your baby shower registry is simultaneously one of the most fun things to do and one of the most overwhelming things to do. What are the basics? Am I leaving anything out? That looks cool! Why is baby stuff so expensive? Every little angel’s needs will be different, but here are three things that your newborn definitely will not need. From experience.
This was probably one of the first things I put on my registry assuming it was a necessity. I mean, how else do you warm up the bottles? The microwave. That’s how. I know you’ve probably been told that the microwave isn’t safe, but listen. When your baby is crying and hungry, who has time to set up the bottle warmer, and wait the 15 minutes it takes to heat up? Not I. I’m pretty sure after the first attempt I put it back in the box and took it back. From my experience 30 seconds in the microwave makes a perfectly warm bottle. Of course you should always test it to make sure it’s not too hot. But 30 seconds as opposed to 15 minutes is definitely the winner here. Or if time isn’t an issue for you, just go ahead and do it the old-fashioned way. Boil some water and toss the bottles in to warm them. Same thing. Less coins.
A Traditional Crib
Unless, you’re going to put the crib in YOUR bedroom, I can make a pretty sound estimate that your baby won’t sleep in it until around 8 – 12 months old. If 2am treks from your bedroom to the baby’s room at every coo and cry aren’t your thing, you may just want to get yourself a bassinet, put it next to the bed and be able to handle night time feedings much more efficiently…because there WILL be night time feedings…for months.
Baby Food Makers
Cute idea. How very, “organic granola mom” of you for wanting to make your own baby food. The system usually has two parts. One that steams your fruits/veggies, another that blends. It also comes with cute little jars for storage. Again, cute. I can do you one even better. *leans in and whispers* Just buy a blender. Steam the veggies yourself in a microwavable bowl covered with saran wrap and blend when its done. Then make yourself a smoothie afterward in your multi-use, multi-functional, not-just-for baby-food-but-does-the-same-thing, blender.
What are some things from your baby shower registry that are currently collecting dust?