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Old 10-28-2007, 06:30 PM   #1
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post your "stuff to skip" for registry/first baby...

I know there's a ton of stuff out there that it seems as though one is "supposed" to buy as a part of getting ready for baby #1.... but the more I learn, read, and educate myself, the more I feel that preparing for baby, like the wedding industry, is full of junk-you-don't-need products, hype, and marketing.

What stuff did you skip?
What stuff did you buy/get as a gift and never use?

Thanks!


p.s.-I read that one should skip on bumper pads on cribs, and ditto on any fluffy bedding/pillows due to saftey risks- right? (so why do they keep selling that stuff?!)

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Old 10-28-2007, 07:43 PM   #2
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:03 PM   #3
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Re: post your "stuff to skip" for registry/first baby...

Nothing I can really suggest to skip (unsafe quilts can be cute as wall hangings, etc) but rather order of importance.

I loved my nursing pillow, lansinoh, breast pump, sheets, stroller (I loooved going for long walks) & baby carrier, car seat, etc.

Looking back I don't know why I found it so necessary to have baby towels. I mean, did I not think I could use the towels I have already? I didn't really go crazy when I registered for my 1st. It is amazing how little you really "need" though. The way people are at Babies R US they make it seem like a baby requires a least a grand in accessories! HTH
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:03 PM   #4
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gosh i dont even remember but go to your local library and check out the book called Baby Bargains by The Fields. It is great. Better than Consumer reports i think
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:16 PM   #5
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gosh i dont even remember but go to your local library and check out the book called Baby Bargains by The Fields. It is great. Better than Consumer reports i think
I second that! They always update their book too w/newer editions. I checked their recommendations before buying the car seats we have, etc. And they consider affordability (give you best for money, best deal, etc) - I LOVEd that.
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:29 PM   #6
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With my first, I had and used the baby bathtub (that takes up so much space and must constantly be moved around) all the time. With my second, I decided it's soooooo much easier to just use the kitchen sink for tiny baby baths. I'll do the same with my next one.

I agree with you, OP...most new baby gear is hype. I've decided that I really only need mama milk, some lansinoh, a pouch or wrap, some gowns/sleepers and a little hat, a blanket to swaddle with, some cloth diapers...that's about it. Good luck to you with your new little one!
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Old 10-29-2007, 12:59 AM   #7
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Re: post your "stuff to skip" for registry/first baby...

Yep, there is SO much you don't really need.

We co-sleep, so we didn't need any nursery or crib bedding.

Things I use(d) a lot for newborn:
Nursing pillow
Lansinoh
Diapers
a few clothes (i like kimono style shirts)
Laundry detergent for diapers
Convertible Carseat
Books
moby wrap
safe place for baby while mama showers

Things I'd like now for OLDER baby:
Potty
Containers for food
nice, non-plastic, sippy
Shoes (toddler sized)
Books
Nice set of wooden blocks

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Old 10-29-2007, 01:10 AM   #8
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With number 1 I didn't get a whole lot either because I too thought that most baby stuff was hyped up marketing scams! But I only remember that we didn't have a swing. Can't remember much else! We had a bouncer. I made the bedset so he had bumpers. Which really isn't a problem now because we co-sleep for so long that by the time they are in their crib suffocation-by-bumper really isn't an issue. I just really wish I had a quality baby carrier back then. I wish I would have been more AP. So really we don't have a whole lot, the only thing I am getting for baby #4 is a moses basket. Because sometimes it is nice to have somewhere to lay them down in any room. And moving a swing or bouncer from room to room is cumbersome! I could just lay a blanket down, but one of my older children will surely trip over the baby!
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:18 AM   #9
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Skip the kits with the nail clippers, hair brush, medicine dropper, etc.. you'll most likely get better quality stuff from the hospital anyway (and it's included in your bill whether you take it home or not).
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:19 AM   #10
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Things to skip? Maybe it is better asked things to buy!! Have you got the five page list of "necessities" according to Babies R Us, LOL. As for the big things, we didn't get a full high chair, swing, pack n play, bouncer.
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