It is funny how as soon as I announced my pregnancy, I started getting a lot of unsolicited advice. A lot of what I hear is about how to raise my child, rules, schedules, blah blah blah... Some people turn into a salesman telling me what all I need to buy. Every baby site, blog, and group has a list of baby essentials. However, I have found that some of them were great buys and others were a waste of money.
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I am going to start with the items that I wish we hadn't purchased.
1. A Pack-N-Play.
I bought the Graco Pack'n Playard. There is nothing wrong with it, we just didn't use it. I think I didn't use it because our apartment is pretty small. When out, it took up most of our living room. I also had a baby that was pretty mobile, as soon as he could move he hated being contained.
I suppose if I travelled a lot it would be nice. I could see it being a place to nap if you have a large house with multiple floors.
2. A Cheap Baby Carrier
I didn't think I would want to wear my baby like a lot of moms do. Being a large woman, I didn't think it would fit. I also knew a baby carrier would make my size more apparent. I bought the cheapest baby carrier I could find at Target. I didn't want to make a big investment in a product I wasn't sure I would be using. The carrier I bought was super hard to use. I couldn't safely get my baby in or out without help, making it not very useful. I never tried using it on my back, it would have been too big of a risk of hurting my baby.
Now I am very jealous of women that are able to wear their babies. I would love to be able to put Child One on my back while I went out for a walk. This would be particularly useful when Child Two arrives. I couldn't start to carry him now, Child One would have a meltdown if contained.
If you think you are going to wear your baby or hike with your little one, I would suggest doing your research and getting the best carrier you can afford. I would recommend one that is super easy to put on and take off.
3. The Bumbo Floor Seat
I am not even sure why I got one of these. I think they are supposed to help baby learn to sit up. I think we used it twice. It now serves as a doorstop for the nursery.
Best Items For Baby
1. Munchkin Miracle Trainer Cup
Yes training cups are one of the last things you buy for your kiddo. I started my child on a sippy cup at 9 months. After starting the sippy cup, my mother told me about these cups that help train on how to use a real cup. We initially had some issues getting Child One to drink from the cup. He didn't actually start using this cup regularly until he was 11 months old. Now he uses it everyday.
2. Graco Little Lounger
Everyone told me not to buy a bassinet. They said I would regret spending so much money on something I would only use for a small amount of time. I chose to buy this item because it is perfect for a newborn baby, it folds up, and it vibrates to soothe baby. I used this item as a place for my little one to sleep in and take naps while I was recovering from my c- section. He continued to nap in this little lounger until he no longer fit.
3. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Jumperoo
This thing was a life saver. My child was high energy before and after birth. He loved this jumperoo. Everyday he would play in this, sometimes twice a day. This allowed me to get a few chores done, while I watched him bounce away. When he first started playing with his jumper he was only using it for a couple of minutes at a time. He eventually started staying in it longer.
4. VTech Sit- to- Stand Learning Walker
I actually found out about this toy from another blog that I read, Two Twenty One. I saw this product on the store and new I wanted to buy it. I ended up ordering it from Amazon because they had the best price on the item. My little boy never used this as a walker. Once he started walking, he didn't need anything slowing him down. He does however use this toy all the time. He loves pushing all of the buttons. The one downside of this product is that the phone is not tethered to it. The phone is lost in the house most of the time.