In my opinion, one of the best parts of being pregnant is nesting, for others it may be the baby shower. I’m not, and never have been a baby shower person. If truth be told, my husband had to convince me to show up to ours.
I once dragged my 3 year old niece with me to a shower. I was the only single one there, and I’d be damned if I was going to sit through the whole thing. I told the soon to be mom that my niece was tired, and needed her nap so I could get out of there.
There are so many baby products on the market it’s easy to be convinced that you need them all. As I’ve mentioned before, I was sick during most of my pregnancy, so by the time my baby shower came around I was exhausted. The last thing I wanted to do was go to the store and tag items for friends and family to shower me with.
Lucky for me, about a month before the shower my nieces were visiting for the weekend and I dragged the two of them with me to a big box store to pick gifts. I was so ill, I sat in one of the rocking chairs in the middle of the store while the two of them graciously zapped the items that I thought I needed for my registry.
Here’s a lit of 10 items that I received or bought, but could have done without.
- Boogie Wipes. Yes, although a great concept, do I really need a special wipe to clean my child’s snotty nose?
- Pacifier/Binky Protector. What a silly gadget, even for me, and I’m a germ-a-phobe. If Little Pumpkin Doodle’s binky fell on the ground, I simply ran it under some water, or wiped it down with a baby wipe. Most of the time the binky was clipped to Little Pumpkin Doodle’s bib with a binky clip.
- Angel Care Baby Monitor. This was highly recommended by a Babies R Us team member who was very kind and helpful, but the thing drove Hubby and I nuts! It would beep all the time. It was a 2 in 1 system, combining a sound monitor and a movement monitor in a single system. The alarm sounds after 20 seconds if absolutely no movement is detected from your baby. An infant baby sleeps in a deep slumber and will not move for long periods of time. Once again, great concept, but it made us completely paranoid.
- 25 baby blankets. I know people love giving blankets when a baby is born, but LPD was actually given 25 blankets. If any family or friends are reading this, I gave about half of the blankets to babies in need. I live in Southern California, and it gets cold, but not 25 blanket cold. I kept handmade blankets, and of course Uncle Dan’s & Aunt Deb’s Red Sox blanket!
- Baby Tub. After LPD’s first bath I really never used it again. My God Sister (the Doulah) suggested taking LPD into the bath with me. It served as additional bonding time and helped her acclimate to water.
- Bumper pad. I’m not sure why these are even sold. If you haven’t heard by now they are not needed and are mostly for looks. Unfortunately, if you buy a crib set it’s usually included. If you do use a bumper pad the recommendation by the SIDS Network is to make sure it is to be thin, firm, well secured, and not “pillow-like.”
- Mobile. I researched and purchased the perfect one, so I thought, Little Pumpkin Doodle seemed to be annoyed by it, so I took it down within a week.
- Grocery seat cover/HighChair Cover. I purchased a high-end cover with attachments for toys and a safety clip, and LPD refused to sit in a high chair or in a grocery cart. This may work for you, but I would suggest waiting until you know your baby’s personality before spending the money.
- Teething Cookies. LPD didn’t care for them and I prefered an organic washable teether, which was less messy and soothed her gums.
- Bumbo seat. It helps infants sit up. I didn’t feel safe with LPD in it since she would arch her back. I have girlfriends that loved it, but Miss LPD has been independent since birth. Read Bumbo article in Chicago Tribune here
Did you receive or purchase baby products that you could have lived without?