Think Again: Things You Don’t Need for Baby

Feeling pressured into buying lots of “must haves” for your new baby but wonder what you’ll actually use once you bring the newborn home?

From:

Emily Fazio

Photo by: Emily Fazio
©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

I get it, I’m a gadget-loving mom too, but the truth is, a new baby doesn’t need much. Milk, diapers, and a Finnish Baby Box—one of my essentials. But of course we’re all inclined to go above and beyond for certain conveniences (and that’s OK). Just remember that you can always make do with less (and also make your own conveniences using your DIY prowess).

You don’t need a diaper bag.

Just choose a nice cross-body tote or a backpack. In fact, you’ll find that lots of brands have totes and backpacks mixed in amongst their traditional diaper bag products, but they still call them diaper bags. What I’m saying is… a bag is a bag and it doesn’t have to be marketed as a diaper bag to get the job done well. (This was my justification for using a simple, washable $26 Baggu tote for the entire first year.)

You probably don’t need a fancy monitor.

It’s a big component in achieving peace of mind for new parents, but the layout of your home might help you realize what type of monitor you actually need. And you might even find that you don’t need a monitor at all. Don’t get me wrong, the HD color-screen voice-recognition and white-sound-capable product we researched and purchased was nice, but it was definitely a waste of $250 because we quickly realized that I could hear the baby crying in the next room even without the monitor. There were a few times that was kind of nice to have when we were working in the yard while the baby napped, but we didn’t need all of the video capabilities for that. Furthermore, at night the amplified audio from the baby tossing and turning would wake me, even if the kid wasn’t calling out for attention. Even the light on the monitor was disruptive to my own sleep.

You can make a changing table out of almost anything.

From:

Emily Fazio

Photo by: Emily Fazio
©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

A formal changing table may be a big expense that doesn’t get used as much as you would expect, and only for a short few years. Use the top of a dresser, and the drawers beneath for concealed diaper/wipe storage. To prevent the pad from sliding around on my unit, I built a small frame that attached to the backside of the dresser.

No need to buy a formal infant bassinet.

SOURCE:http://www.diynetwork.com/made-and-remade/learn-it/things-you-dont-need-for-new-baby