The excitement that comes with expecting a baby, especially for first time parents is out of this world. Amidst all these, you want to be prepared enough so that you don’t get any inconveniences when the baby is finally with you. There is a lot of shopping to do, preparations here and there and sometimes you run out of cash or time to buy other things. But then when the baby arrives, you find out that some of the things you were rushing to buy will not even be of use. So, we’re here to help you save that extra cash by outlining some of the things you should not buy for a baby.
So you’ve already bought a crib for your baby, but you can’t help but imagine your baby bumping on those hard crib walls. Quickly, your instincts tell you that you need some bumpers for the crib. Well, sorry to disappoint you, but you don’t. These bumpers and extra pillows in your baby’s crib may appear comfortable and soft but are very risky for your little ones. Some states have even banned the sale of these bumpers as they expose your little one to a risk of suffocation. It’s your responsibility to keep your baby safe by staying away from such items.
There will be enough time with your baby, and you will buy all the expensive and fancy clothes you see around. However, you don’t need them for the first few months for several reasons. Most of the time, your baby will be in pajamas and onesies for the first few months, and you’ll not need to dress them fancily. By the time your little one is grown enough to start wearing the fancy dresses and shirts, the ones you bought at birth will have already run small. It will be such a waste of money, right?
Shoes and Boots
Those little and delicate feet will not be touching the ground for a long time, and you’ll see no need for shoes. Some parents put those shoes on their little ones anyway, but end up suffocating those delicate toes for nothing. At a couple of months old, babies kick a lot, and their feet are always on the air. You’re going to have a really hard time keeping the shoes tightly fit. Remember, they’ll also need to reach the feet and put them in the mouth or play around with them. You don’t want to deny your little one that pleasure by hiding the feet in shoes. You can, however, protect the toes from cold using snaps.
Well, we understand you can’t wait to take your little one out for a ride, even if it’s just at a park nearby. However, your baby won’t be comfortable in a car seat for the first few months, and you don’t need to be in a hurry to buy one. For starters, the head is not even strong enough and needs extra support. The waist cannot hold the weight, so your baby will not be able to sit yet. Don’t put your little one’s health at risk by putting them in a car seat at such a tender age.
Baby Food and Food Makers
Your baby is not going to eat for the first few months, so you don’t need to stock up some foods for their arrival. You can buy formulas instead but still be careful not to overbuy. You also don’t need those food makers because as soon as your little one starts chewing some solids, you’ll take them from the blender straight to their mouth. These food makers will just lie around with no better use. Besides, the food store is just around the corner, and you can buy your fresh baby meals every day instead of storing it.
Save the money. Your baby is not going to need a stroller, at least not yet. You’re not going to put your little one in a stroller from the hospital. So, you don’t need to be in a hurry to buy one unless you have some extra money to spare. Some people will not even need it even when the baby is grown enough to fit in the stroller.
A bassinet is one of the luxuries you’ll want for your newborn. However, this baby item is just going to waste your hard-earned cash because you’re not going to use it for long. You’re only going to use a bassinet for the first three months at the most, and before you know it, your baby won’t be fitting in anymore. Three months is such a short time for something going to cost you over a hundred bucks. You’re also not going to find a good place to store when it’s no longer in use. So, if you’re limited in cash and limited in space, these are some of the things you might want to skip.
You’re going to do well without a bathtub for your little one. These are one of the baby items you won’t be using for more than three months, so skipping them saves you extra cash. A baby bathtub may be cheap enough but think about the space. These items come in some weird shapes that you’re going to find it rough, trying to squeeze it in your small bathroom space. If you must, go for a full-sized baby bathtub that is likely to serve you longer.
Too Much of Anything
You don’t need to buy anything in excess. You’re going to find out that your babies will outgrow those infant diapers faster than you imagine, and you don’t have anywhere to take the extras. Sometimes you’ll find out that those diapers your neighbor recommended are leaking for you and can’t continue using them. The baby lotion or soup you bought may cause some ugly rashes to your little one. It won’t be a waste if you stop using them if you only bought the smallest bottle.
Everyone wants to give their baby a comfortable life; however, don’t make the mistake of buying things you don’t really need. Give priority to those items you won’t do without but still be careful not to buy in excess.