Ugh, here we go again with too much stuff! You know Mama loves shopping but sometimes it’s just too much. We have too much and somedays we just purge it all. Throwing everything in good condition into boxes and sacks to give to those that just aren’t as fortunate as we are. It’s not only healthy to do this every once in awhile to avoid too much clutter but also to teach your kids a valuable lesson on giving back.
In fact, sometimes when Lily-girl receives a gift that she already has or Mama knows she won’t play with, we do the honorable thing (NO, not regift or return!), and put it in one of our boxes to be delivered to a local women’s shelter. Sure it’s nice to give gently used items but what about NEW items too! Think how excited a little girl or boy will be to receive something that is straight from the store’s shelves.
Which brings me to today’s rant (plug your ears), why is that we feel the need to collect stuff? Companies are constantly trying to come up with fantastic products for Mamas and Mamas-to-be but to be honest, that’s why Mama started this site — it’s overwhelming to do all the research yourself on what’s the best of the best in bottles, strollers, diaper bags…
So for all my Mamas-to-be out there, let me tell you the Top 5 things you don’t need for your new bundle of joy. While sure it might look nifty and convenient, you probably just won’t use them. So usually while Mama tells you TO shop, today Mama is saying NOT to shop!
|Use a warm paper towel to wipe baby.|
Wipe warmer — seriously?! Not only does this little machine do a whole lotta nothing but it sometimes burns the moisture out of the wipes so you’re wasting electricity and wipes by having it. Some babies do prefer a warmer wipe as a newborn, in this case take a heavy duty paper towel and run it under warm water and wipe gently. In fact, this is actually recommended for the first few weeks for newborns as the alcohol found in some wipes can give babies an extremely bad diaper rash.
Bottle sanitizer — again this little invention seems so crafty and genius saving you tons of time from washing bottles. Ugh, think of the counter space this will take up, on top of the drying rack…Now, almost all bottles can be sanitized via the dishwasher’s top rack. In fact Munchkin’s Dishwasher Basket, $4.27. fits tons of bottle lids, nipples and bases and will save just as much time. If you’re truly worried about a steam sanitation, boil a big pot of water once a week and boil the bottles and parts for 5-7 minutes to get a through cleaning.
|Use me instead of fancy Genie!|
Diaper Genies — or any other diaper-labeled receptacle. In other words, a Diaper Genie or Diaper Champ is just a fancy baby name for a garbage can. However, where the Diaper Genie gets you is the fancy bags they require at $25 a pop! No matter what, you should empty it at least once a day or avoid putting “poopy” diapers to avoid the room smelling like an outhouse on a hot summer day. Fresh air can do wonders for a baby’s room if that’s the case. Mama prefers to just toss the diapers outside in the trash, however for those in apartments and condos, this is not for you. Instead, try a Simple Human Mini-Can, $23 — it’s stylish and traps the smell!
|First Years 5 in 1 Bassinet|
Co-sleepers — okay, some of you out there might jump on Mama for this one BUT if you are going to co-sleep, then co-sleep in the bed. No worries, Mama had both of them nestled in her nook for awhile but it seemed silly to spend the money when you knew they weren’t ever going to get rolled over into that thing propped up next to the crib. If you want them in the same room but not your bed, the bassinet is a great choice. Mama L-O-V-E-S her bassinet from The First Years, $98.
|3 Sprouts Hooded Towel|
Baby bathrobe — Mama received several of these as baby gifts because they are SO cute but pretty pointless. How does one get a robe onto a baby anyways. They are so slippery when wet and then freezing so you want them dressed into their footy pajamas right away. It’s a nice thought when Aunt Mildred gave it to you but don’t spend the money yourself. Instead invest a nice hooded towel that will keep them warm and last through the toddler years! Mama’s pick: 3 Sprouts Hooded Towel, $36.
What do you wish you never bought? What did you never use with your babies?