After completing my essential baby items post last week, I started thinking about the purchases we made that we haven’t used. When I got pregnant the first time around, I was so excited that I bought everything. I didn’t know that some of those neat devices would just sit in Kate’s room and accumulate dust. So, the second time around, I told myself I was only going to buy the essentials. No more cute little gadgets that I would NEVER use. Well, I still happened to make a purchase that I swore this time around I would use and I didn’t.
I wanted to share these items with you! I know that many people are living on a tight budget (Lord knows we are), so you may only want to purchase what is necessary for your new bundle of joy. I hope this list helps a little!
Note: These are items that “we” felt were not necessary. I understand that they may be extremely beneficial for others. It is all about personal choice! I did not attach any links or brands to these products because I felt that wasn’t polite or necessary. They are all excellent companies!
1. Diaper Pale – This was the item that I SWORE I was going to use this time around. And, I didn’t. The product is excellent, but we never take Derrick to his bedroom to change him. We have a changing station set up on our ottoman in the living room with a changing pad and basket of changing goodies (diapers, wipes, cream, etc.). After taking off the dirty diaper, we always throw it away in the trash can. We go through a bag of trash daily (most of the time), so we know it will go out to the garage trash can by the end of the day.
2. Changing Table – This time around, we used the same changing table that we used for our daughter. The best thing about a changing table is that it gives you a cute place to store extra essentials (diapers, bibs, burp cloths, etc.). Just like I said about the diaper pale, we have a changing station in the living room for Derrick. We never walk to his bedroom to change him.
3. Wipe Warmer – I just had to have one of these neat devices when we had our daughter. Well, all it did was sit on her dresser and look cute. We NEVER used it. I just didn’t want to take the time to turn it on, let the wipes warm up, refill it when it was empty, etc.
4. Baby Shoes – This is something I never purchased. Any shoes that I have for my babies were given to me. I just feel that babies can’t walk, so they really do not need shoes. We just throw some cute socks on Derrick and call it a day. Plus, socks-only has to be a lot more comfortable for him.
5. Excessive Amounts of Clothing (picture source: cute DIY size markers) – My daughter had so many clothes that she NEVER wore. She grew so fast that we didn’t have the opportunity for her to wear everything. So, when we had our son, we said we were only going to buy the basics, and that is exactly what we did. We did purchase a couple of cute outfits for outings, but not a lot. We still stick to this concept today. Babies are simple! They do not need a lot of extra stuff.