Things That Are Unnecessary To Buy Before Your Child Is Born

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Expecting couples are often nervous and insecure about what to expect when their baby finally arrives, which usually ends with them overestimating how much they need. Most parents feel the need to buy an endless number of different gadgets and items in order to compensate for their lack of knowledge on how to handle a baby, hoping that this will make things easier. But these items are not cheap and usually cause financial strain. Although some of this gear may help you feel more in control, most of this stuff will end up in a pile in the corner of your room. Having certain gadgets is not going to make you a better parent. In fact, most of them simply take up room and make you break your bank account for no reason.

Chances are you may not use any of these baby “essentials” at all. If there are some items that you know you will need, it is better to wait out the first couple of months in order to get the feel of what your baby likes and gravitates toward. Figuring out if it is something you really need before purchasing it will save you some major bucks. After all, most of these items are not going to solve issues that arise with your newborn. That is entirely up to you. However there are some items that you should hold off on buying until your newborn arrives so that you know exactly what you need and what you could do without.

Here are a few things that are unnecessary to buy before your baby is born:

1. The Crib

The Crib

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Now this might come as a shocker to you as the crib is usually the first thing on the baby buy list, but trust us, you don’t need to buy the crib before your baby is born. Before making this major purchase, you need to figure out what kind of sleep with your baby is most comfortable for them and for you. There’s nothing wrong with nesting and preparing a nursery but postpone the purchase itself until you are completely sure that the mother and baby can sleep separately. Infants often sleep pretty well separately, but later, by 6 months, their sleep becomes more cautious, and they require more attention.

However, even if you do sleep separately there are the night time feeds to consider. Most mothers find a bassinet that is attachable to the bed more convenient as they can pick up the baby, nurse them and put them back to sleep without having to move around or wake up fully. So, buying a crib doesn’t have to be your first act as a parent-to-be. Deliberate what’s best for you and the baby or better yet figure it out together when they arrive.

2. A Closet Full Of Baby Clothes

A Closet Full Of Baby Clothes

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Yes, they are cute and tiny but you just don’t need that many baby clothes. In fact, you will barely need any in the beginning. Your baby is not going to take to wearing adorable outfits right off the bat. On the contrary, putting them in anything but onesies or sleep suits will only make them irritable and fussy. So, you will have to give up your fantasies of seeing them in elaborate outfits for the first couple of months. Besides, many well-wishers and friends often gift onesies for the baby, so wait till the baby shower to deliberate if you need to go shopping for any at all.

Another mistake parents make is buying expensive baby clothes. This is a terrible idea. Your baby is going to grow out of them in a blink of an eye and get food stains and spit all over them. And no, your baby does not need miniature shoes as they do not and cannot walk. In terms of development, it is best for your baby to be barefoot as much as possible to learn how to crawl, stand, and walk.

3. Stroller With A Cradle

Stroller With A Cradle

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This may be another shocker but hear us out. Strollers with cradles are expensive and functionally limited. This doesn’t make it the best purchase out there. It’s inconvenient, can only be used for a limited period of time and you’ll most probably get rid of it after your baby grows out of it (which will happen in a couple of months). Not to mention that they are HEAVY! You can easily modify a car seat by adding some wheels to it and walk your child around on something that weighs around 16 pounds. If you are certain that you need a stroller, buy a used one or ask to borrow someone’s for special occasions. I’d be surprised how many parents can’t wait to get rid of all the baby stuff in the garage.

Although it is hard to resist the urge to buy furniture, decorations, gadgets, clothes, and accessories for your little bundle of joy, it is best to take a step back and evaluate if you really need them. Baby stuff is expensive and takes up a lot of space, so make sure it is something you absolutely need before adding it to your cart.

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Kezia John

Kezia holds a deep interest in writing about women adapting to motherhood and childcare. She writes on several topics that help women navigate the joys and responsibilities of being a new mom and celebrate every stage of their baby's development. When she is not writing for MomJunction, she sings in a classical Western choir and reads endlessly.