You don’t really need much for your child. So learn from my mistakes when building your baby registry and don’t include these items!
Amazon‘s Baby Regustry Checklist will tell you that you NEED 60 different products AT LEAST in order to have a well-adjusted, happy, and healthy newborn.
But that simply is a LIE.
SIDE NOTE: Everyone has their own preferences of what is necessary and what is not.
This list is merely my opinion based on experience. You may have a different viewpoint and that is valuable too!
35 Baby Products You Don‘t Need
1. Baby specific laundry detergent
Just use a natural one for the whole family! Or make your own!
2. “Cutesie“/ Not comfortable clothing
All you need are onesies and sleepers. Pants and socks if you feel like it too are a good option to add to onesies in colder seasons.
As per color schemes, unisex clothing gets you one step farther in that if your next kid is the opposite gender, then you’re all set!
That being said, I am not against having one or two nice outfits for special occasions like parties, family photos or church!
3. Receiving blankets
Those sets of receiving blankets you get from absolutely everyone are USELESS when it comes to actually swaddling (but they are good sun shades, nursing covers, and burp cloths!).
Buy a stretchy and large swaddle blanket instead – like the one here:
It’s much easier to swaddle in and grows with your kid.
4. Baby holding devices (ie:walker, bouncer, bouncy chair, sit me up chair, etc.)
They take up too much room and truly we should allow our kids to move about instead so they can learn motor skills and explore their environments.
5. Changing pad/station
Just use a towel!
6. Baby-specific towels
Just use your own wash cloths and adult-sized towels?
7. Baby specific shampoos and lotions
No need for chemical-laden potions. Just use some Castille soap.
Dr. Bronner’s is great.
8. The animal pacifier
Trust me. It doesn’t stay in…
9. The nested bean swaddle
Some swear that this magic weighted blanket helps babies them sleep better because it makes them feel like they’re still being held in your arms – I found the opposite to be true! It was super easy to squirm out of this swaddle for my little one!
10. Disposable wipes and diapers
Go with cloth!
11. Baby specific plates, cups, bowls and such
Just put the food on their high chair tray and teach them to drink from a glass cup (baby led weaning approach)!
12. Fabric Bibs
Okay now I do have one silicone bib because I think that’s easier, but who wants to do more laundry?! No one. Skip the fabric bibs.
13. Boppy pillow
Helpful in some cases, but it is clunky and it’s not super easy to nurse in past month one when they get bigger and more squirmy! Just use regular pillows where you need the arm support!
14. Bottle warmer
Put bottles in a warm bowl of water or on pot over low heat!
15. Wipe warmer
Not necessary! Enough said.
16. Diaper bag
Use a backpack!
17. Hospital bag
Use a backpack or duffle bag you already own!
18. Nursing pads
Use a wash cloth or one of those useless receiving blankets. Or better yet, use a Haaka to catch your let down so you don’t waste it!
19. Burp cloths
Same as last one above!
20. Nursing bras
Just use a regular bra?! Pull the strap down – easy enough!
21. Video-camera baby monitor
I don’t know about you, but this would cause me more anxiety than it would relieve. I just use a sound-only monitor. Trust me – I know when my baby wakes up! And I still go check on her during every nap anyways – very protective mommy!
22. Lots of toys/ Toys With Batteries
Just a few simple toys that can keep up with your baby’s need for intellectual stimulation are necessary! Simple and purposeful toys I say! Also, toys with batteries are a NO in my
household. No one likes listening to the same annoying song one hundred times a day! Trust me, you’ll thank me later!
You can check out my article on my favorite Montessori Toys for more information.
23. Baby dresser
Use the closet. If you don’t have a closet, then I get why you need a dresser. But other than that you can use hangers and bins (plastic or fabric) to hold all that teeny tiny baby clothing! I have a dresser because it was gifted to me, but it isn’t very necessary.
24. Baby shoes
Babies can’t walk, so they don’t need shoes.
25. Baby jackets
Just use a blanket over top of them while in the car seat. Plus you aren’t supposed to have certain jackets on underneath the car seat straps because it can be dangerous if you get into an accident.
26. Baby blender
Use your own blender? Or skip purées all together and go with the baby-led weaning approach!
27. Jars of baby food or rice cereal
Same as above. Skip baby food and go for real foods first!
28. Bottle grass
If you’re going to use bottles, the. Just dry your bottles upside down on a hand towel.
Bottles actually are not super necessary unless you are formula feeding or are returning to work and pumping. That being said if you’re a breastfeeding, stay-at-home mama, then you don’t need to worry about having bottles for nighttime feedings because you get used to waking up. You don’t really need the help you think you’re going to need! Plus it means more baby cuddles for you!
30. Breast milk storage bags
Not really necessary unless you’re going back to work that is!
31. Sleep sheep
Just use a regular adult sound soother – they sound more real (or a phone app). You’re sleep deprived brain will thank me later!
32. Bottle sterilizer
Just boil/steam them when they first get out of the package. Other than that, use a dishwasher if you have one!
33. Nosa Frida
The Nasal Bulb/Snot Sucker the hospital gives you for free works perfectly! No need to go out and buy another gadget
34. Baby Care Kit
The nail clippers you think you’re going to use, you won’t. Their nails are just too tiny and it’s too easy to cut their precious little skin. Also, the only care supplies you really need is a thermometer (an adult one from the drug store will do fine) and infant Tylenol (in case of fever).
Ooh, I also love this saline nasal spray.
Helps a lot if you live in a place without central air.
35. No-Scratch Mittens
They are so tiny, get lost in the washer machine and you don’t really care about you or your baby getting scratched anyways because they have such tiny scratches that they heal up real quick.