I could go on for hours about all the baby stuff you could live without, but I won’t go there today. Instead, I wanted to make a short list of all the things first-time moms shouldn’t buy until after their baby comes. Consider it my way of helping you keep more money in your pocket and give less to Babies R Us.
Cases and cases of newborn diapers. It’s quite possible that you could be surprised by a 9 1/2 pound baby. Plenty of people have been. And if that happens, you’re not gonna use a whole lot of those diapers. Even if you have a 7 pound baby, they grow fast. Trust me, you’ll be surprised. Buy one package of newborns and, after baby arrives, buy more as needed. Plus, even if your baby stays in the newborn size for awhile you might find that you prefer Huggies over Pampers or some other brand. Stocking up sounds like a great idea, but you might just end up with tons of diapers you can’t use.
Lots of newborn clothes. I don’t think many people buy newborn clothes for their babies, they come as gifts. Keep it that way and don’t buy more. See reason above. Additionally, I find that if we are just staying at home all day I don’t tend to fully dress Brynna. Why? Because every time I change her diaper I have to take off her pants and then wrangle her back into them. She spends those days in either just a diaper or a onesie. And, at least for me, my babies don’t go through multiple outfits each day. With Conlan (and thus far with Brynna) I haven’t had spit-up or diaper leaking issues that necessitate multiple wardrobe changes. The moral of the story: you don’t need a bunch of newborn clothes. Keep the tags on them.
Breastfeeding supplies and a breastpump. I wholeheartedly support breastfeeding as much as the next woman. However, the reality is that not everyone can do it. If you spend $300+ on a pump and then aren’t able to use it…ouch. That could have bought a lot of formula. Have the baby, and if breastfeeding works out, and if you think you’ll need to pump, then buy one. Technically if you’re nursing you’re not supposed to pump or bottle-feed for the first 2 weeks anyway, so you won’t need a pump right away. And if there are some unforseen medical issues that require pumping in the early days, you can rent a hospital-grade one pretty cheap from the hospital – which is preferable in the beginning anyway because it’s stronger. Plus I think I heard that Obamacare now requires insurance to cover medically necessary lactation supplies so you might not even be out any money if you end up in that boat. So, skip the breastpump and accessories for now. This includes nursing bras since you really need to wait a few weeks anyway to see what size you are. But buy nursing pads. You’ll need them no matter how you end up feeding your baby.
Newborn bottle nipples. When you buy new bottles, they already come with a slow-flow nipple. If you breastfeed or go back to work, your baby will be beyond the slow-flow by the time they start taking bottles regularly. If you bottle-feed early on, your baby is not going to tear up the slow-flow within the first couple of months. You only need to buy newborn nipples if you’re using used bottles and need to buy replacements. Down the road you’ll probably need to buy faster flow nipples but hold off on loading up…and make sure your baby will take the brand of bottle you’ve landed on.
A baby bathtub. This is just my personal platform, maybe because we have a teeny house so storage space is at a premium. There are big sponges to use in the full-size bathtub or bath slings or other, smaller products. While none of them are actually necessary I will admit they make life a little easier. But I personally think the actual baby bathtub is ridiculous because it’s so big and used for such a short period of time. Skip it and then see if you really need or want one after the baby comes.
Bulb syringe. They give you one at the hospital, and it’s better than the one you’d buy at the store.
OK, I said I wouldn’t go on about unnecessary “baby essentials” but I will close with this stupid ridiculousness. Like, a wipe or a towel can’t do the trick? Or just changing your baby’s diaper quickly? I got peed on a grand total of only 2 times by my son and never had anything of the sorts.
Any other “wait-and-see” items you would recommend new moms waiting on?