05 May 2011 3 Comments
Every new parent should know what is necessary for their family and what is just a money grab. Many baby items are available to make our lives easier and to occupy our babies. They are surely nice to have but not necessary.
Here are the few things that we could have done without for nurturing a new baby but I’m so glad we got because they were definitely helpful and nice to have during the first few months.
Itzbeen Baby Care Timer – For a first time breastfeeding mom with a baby who had jaundice, and needed to be fed and diaper checked every couple hours, this timer system was beyond helpful. Now that I am an experienced parent, I probably won’t need it with Small Fry #2 but it was invaluable to me when Jordan was born.
Bouncy Seat – Since every baby is different, some will love a bouncer and some won’t. Jordan wasn’t a big fun of the bouncer and he would only stay there for 15 minutes at the most but it’s still nice to have if you need to use the bathroom and need a safe place to put him in real quick.
Changing Table – It is just as simple to change a baby on the floor or bed but having a changing table is so much easier on your back.
Diaper Genie- I know it’s just a glorified trash can and the refills are a bit pricey but I really love our Diaper Genie because we don’t have to worry about the nursery being stinky (yes, it really contains the smell). We’ve had ours since day one and we’re still using it and will keep using it until the Small Fry #2 is potty trained.
Little Giraffe embroidered blanket- For $85 + $20 monogramming fee (if you want it personlized), it’s definitely not a must but so nice to have. It’s a super soft and luxurious blanket! We will definitely get one again for our Small Fry #2!
Skip Hop Playspot Foam Tiles – Probably the most stylish (but priciest too for $79) that I’ve seen for a simple foam playmat. It’s BPA-free, Phthalate-free, PVC-free so definitely kid-friendly flooring for your house.