Are you expecting? Shopping for a new baby can be a daunting task. The amount of baby gear available is overwhelming. Here are a few items you can do without:
Regardless of the brand or type of wipes you choose, don't spend the money on a wipe warmer. If the wipes seem cold to you, simply warm them up with your hands before using on baby. And, besides, a wipe warmer is not something you can easily carry around with you on the go.
Simply run warm water over the bottle or bag or heat water in the microwave and then place the bottle or bag in to warm it. It’s generally not recommended that you warm milk in the microwave because the heat isn’t distributed evenly.
Bumper pads should never be used in an infant's crib, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The bumpers carry a potential risk of suffocation.
The obvious: Babies can't walk. Socks alone work just fine.
They can be expensive, take up a lot of space and don't really repurpose well. Keep a changing mat and a basket for supplies near the bed or couch instead.
If you take your trash out regularly, there's no need for any extra, expensive pail exclusive for diapers. If you are still concerned about smell or you have pets that might get into the trash, simply buy a garbage can with a lid.
Baby laundry detergent
Detergent specifically designed for baby is usually more expensive and still contains perfumes, which can be a skin irritant. Many detergent makers now offer perfume-free and dye-free options perfect for baby and the entire family.
Baby food processor and specialized items for storing/freezing baby food
A regular food processor works just as well. You can also use a clean coffee grinder. To store and freeze food, consider using ice cube trays.
Funny and cute but not necessary. Simply cover baby boy with a wipe while changing him.
Babies spit up. Sometimes a lot. Need we say more?
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