Ah! Those gloriously happy days of that first, much wanted, pregnancy! The anticipation. The joy. The awe-inspiring wonder that two would soon become three (or more, depending on your circumstances)!
And then – it you’re at all like me – the devouring of every baby article you could possibly unearth; baby magazines, parenting websites, forums… You name it, I was on it in an attempt to glean as much information as I could, so as I would make as few parenting mistakes as humanly possible.
But make them I did, in spite of (or maybe even because of) all the aforementioned research. The worst of which being spending my hard-earned cash on baby things I didn’t really need, or only used for the shortest time. Oh, the benefit of hindsight…
Well, you would think… Although, I had managed to whittle down my baby must-buy list to the absolute basics… (ish) by the time I was pregnant with my third little bundle of joy, I still somehow managed to acquire some items that were less than necessary in my baby armory.
So to spare you those selfsame baby purchase pitfalls, whether you’re expecting your first or last baby bundle, I have compiled a list of my top five regrettable baby buys.
So sweet, so innocent, you want to give them the world (and everything in it!) 😳
1. A changing station
Now, with our first, we didn’t actually invest in a changing station but that was only because we didn’t have the space as we had moved out of our first teeny tiny city apartment and into a slightly larger (but still tiny) rented apartment before buying our first family home.
Instead of a changing station (for that baby nursery that I so so wanted, but, looking back, didn’t really need), we picked up this foam changing mat a few months before our baby girl’s arrival.
Baby Z was not impressed and, in the end, neither were we
Lovely as it was to whip out this super soft changing mat for those first (numerous) nappy changes, if you are short of space – as we were – there was always the issue of where to store it once the baby was changed. We eventually plumped for behind the sofa… Out of sight and most definitely out of mind…
Because, once brave enough to take the brand new baby out of the house, there was the issue of what to use while out and about…
Luckily for us, Pampers (and other brands I’m sure, but Pampers was the one we found in our local supermarket) had come up with the novel idea of supplying parents with the option of disposable, portable changing mats.
How cute… and ingenious!
As for the foam original…
Probably still stuck to the back of the sofa… 😒
2. A cradle/Moses basket
Before our first was born I really desperately wanted a Moses basket as they are just so pretty to look at.
Not as desperately as a cradle, however. I imagined all the blissful hours I would spend singing lullabies to my baby as I gently rocked her to sleep…
The reality turned out to be a little less romantic… I was too exhausted to do too much rocking and later on, once number two arrived, it took all the energy I could muster to stop No. 1 from rocking No. 2 so violently that she was awoken from her slumber. Sigh!
Theoretically, great! Practically, not so much!
And then there was the issue that the baby grows out of it by six months old and a new cot has to be acquired.
So, baring all of this in mind, we got Baby C a Stokke Sleepi cot – oh so pretty, immobile (i.e. safe near siblings!) and extendable to fit the child as he or she grows.
So much better!
Baby C loves his Stokke Sleepi ❤️
3. A baby bath
Why we ever thought it was a good idea to invest in a baby bath is beyond me…
Almost as big as a real bath (I kid you not!) and almost twice as slippery unless you fit it out with a bath support.
It’s no wonder my babies were terrified of bath time!
Baby bath fail
So why not just put a bath support in the big bath instead?
From bath time fail to bath time bliss, all thanks to this
Why oh why didn’t we think of that sooner?!
4. A Bumbo
This one just shouldn’t have happened!
After two previous children, I should have known that babies will sit up when they are ready (usually somewhere around the six month mark!).
But, I must have been going through a tiger Mama phase when I thought that, maybe just maybe, I could encourage Baby C to reach his milestones a little earlier with the help of a Bumbo seat (a foamy, potty-like contraption designed to support babies in the seated position from around three months).
And the reality?
Great for exactly two minutes until…
Baby C realised that he couldn’t reach his toys and was stuck, slumped to one side!
Not fun, not fun at all!
Oh and, Bumbo or no Bumbo, he sat unsupported at exactly the same stage as his sisters, around the seven month mark.
Mega, mega fail!
5. A bottle warmer
And finally we have the baby bottle warmer…
Spoiled for choice in internet land
We invested in this one for our first, Baby Z. However, as soon as we realised that there were impossibly complicated instructions to read, wires to unravel, knobs to press, the whole thing was quickly abandoned in favour of…
Boiled water, a baby bottle and a Pyrex container!
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
Why complicate the uncomplicated?!
If only we had known then what we know now…
At least you can learn from my mistakes (well, hopefully🤞!)
If you have ever bought any unnecessary baby items, please tell us all about it in the comments section below. (I can’t be the only one, can I?)
Until next time,
💋 Mostly Mum