11/04/2017

8 Common Baby Items that Are a Waste of Your Money

 
Becoming a parent is fun and one of the biggest blessings in life despite its challenges. One of the most fun parts of it is preparing to welcome the new cutie pie at home. You know what I'm talking about; you guessed it right... shopping! I'm obviously talking about shopping for baby items. Not everyone finds shopping in general fun; myself included. But there's only one problem; parents can easily get carried away by buying unnecessary baby items without even realizing it. Shopping for newborn products shouldn't have to be complicated or expensive. Babies really don't need as much as most people think they do. Here are eight items that I've listed as some of the common baby items that parents waste their money on.

Baby Food Processor
I have no idea why some people think having a special baby food processor would make the food blend any better than an average blender. Oh... oh; I think I'm talking about myself too. I made this mistake with my first child. I got this cute food processor that I thought I definitely needed for my baby, even though I had one already! Well, better learn late than never. At least now I can help someone else save.

Fancy Changing Table
I'm glad I didn't make this mistake; I knew it would have been a waste of money and space for me. It can turn out useful for some parents because everyone has a different lifestyle, but I don't think it's crucial for the average parent. You can simply use one of your tables, put a baby changing sheet on it, and there ya go! Just make sure you're there to watch your baby; you wouldn't want him/her to fall. Anyway, that applies to even a fancy changing table. If you use baby travel cots, most come with a changing area!

Diaper/Nappy Rash Creams
Why on earth are some of the diaper rash creams full of harmful chemicals soooo expensive these days? For one, they are harmful; two, a complete waste of money. Just use organic extra virgin coconut oil and you'd be AMAZED at how much better it would heal the rash. And... it's completely natural and inexpensive. I call that a win-win situation. I must mention though, make sure to check for allergic reaction by testing a little on a less sensitive area. Another effective and inexpensive natural product I always use is unrefined Shea Butter. Both products are solid at room temperature, but Shea Butter is much harder and only melts in semi-high heat. To make Shea Butter easier to use, you can whip it with an electric mixture. The extra plus side: you can use these products for personal use and in all skin and hair products! Again; win-win!

Baby Shampoos
I don't get the point of this one. Yea, they may smell good, but so do many soaps. You can just use your usual soap or buy an inexpensive soap that smells yummy. I personally use African Black Soap for my whole family. It's great for smoothing skin, pimples, large pores, and even blemishes. It has a natural odor, but I'm more than okay with that. It works for us, so everyone uses it; no special separate soap. If the soap you use is good for you, then it should also be good enough for your baby (usually). If that doesn't satisfy you, then buy the best liquid soap you can find and add some drops of your favorite baby-friendly essential oils in it. Problem solved.

Newborn Clothes
Babies grow so rapidly that there's no point on buying newborn baby clothes, unless of course your baby is extra small or was born prematurely. 0-3 months clothes should be good enough. Your baby will have time to grow a bit in the same clothes, and you save money. Say it with me... win-win! Okay, I'll stop with the win-wins. Moving on...
New Born Shoes
Same as the above; babies grow very fast. Save that extra money for something else. They can't even stand up at this age. No need to be in a rush; the time will come (if applicable) in shaa Allah.

Breastfeeding Pillows
When I became a new mom, I just 'knew' I had to get a breastfeeding pillow because of back pain while feeding. I later didn't see the point after using the normal pillows that we already had. I was amazed at how much better the simple pillows worked. I guess sometimes it's all about the hype. Oh well, you live and learn.

Baby Towers
Unless you just want to, you really don't need any special towers for your baby. If you have extra pillows at home, wash well and use them for your baby. It's not such a big deal.

Not everyone will agree with this list because what's important for one person may not be for another. I'm just sharing this because some new mothers actually believe they HAVE to purchase certain items because everyone else seems to be doing just that. I personally dislike spending unless I find something really useful. I usually buy things that will benefit me and last me longer. I've been asked before by a new mother for the list of baby items she should get. Honestly, as long as you have the bare minimum, everything else is simply a want.

Welcome to motherhood. Wish you all the best!

Disclaimer: None of what I've shared is meant to diagnose or treat any illness/disease. These are only my personal opinions and research. Please always make your own research before taking any advice/opinions.

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