I’ve talked before about how making a baby registry can be super-overwhelming — and for good reason. There’s an infinite amount of products out there, and while babies do need a lot, there are some things that are, quite frankly, unnecessary. Of course, hindsight is always 20/20, and when you’re in the throes of making your baby registry, it can be easy to get caught up in a click-frenzy and add every item you lay your eyes on to your list.
Looking back, it’s easy to identify the things that I didn’t really need, or things that just would have taken up more space. Ahead, check out some things you could easily skip when making a baby registry.
Fancy newborn clothes
I know it’s fun to dress up babies in super-fancy clothing, but stocking up on frilly or complicated outfits is definitely a bad idea. For one, babies spit up and have diaper blowouts a lot, and it’s a lot easier to throw away a simple (and cheap) onesie than an expensive dress. Secondly, you probably won’t get a ton of use out of them, and before you know it, baby will outgrow those fancy digs. Probably better to stock up on onesies or foot-pajamas instead.
Babies can’t walk so….they don’t really need shoes. And I’ll be the first to admit that baby shoes are pretty adorable (we own a couple of pairs), but it’s worth keeping in mind that you probably won’t get much use out of these either. Instead, stock up on a lot of baby socks — and a garment bag to wash them in. Baby socks love to go missing in the dryer.
It’s my understanding that most babies don’t really mind cold wipes (mine definitely does not care). If you’re worried about your baby peeing on you when they make contact with the cold wipe, I hate to break it to you: they’ll pee regardless. A good hack I’ve learned is to lay a cold wipe on their tummy before you take off their diaper; sometimes this prompts them to pee while their old diaper is still on. Of course, it doesn’t work all the time, and you’ll likely end up with pee on you here and there. (More here than there.)
This is just one of those things that takes up space unnecessarily. Instead, about 5-10 minutes before you plan on using the bottle, place the bottle in a mug of warm water. Et voila, a warm bottle!
Sterilizing a bottle (or pacifier) is super-easy and you can do it with items you already have in your kitchen: a big pot. Simply bring water to a boil, put the bottles in for approximately 5 minutes, and you’re done.
Crib Bedding Set
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your baby sleep in a bare crib (on a firm mattress with a fitted sheet), without any blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, etc. Any crib bedding that you get will likely just sit on a shelf for a year, until it’s safe for your baby to sleep with them.
Related: Baby Registry Guide: The Essentials
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