When I embarked on this journey called motherhood pregnant and glowing baby registry scanner in hand, I had some very definite ideas on what baby products I would need and which ideas I would find completely useless. It is funny to me now looking back on how much has changed since I actually birthed my baby and invited her into my home. This is why when I hear someone say the words “When I become a mother …” I smile on the inside, because I now know, just like all mother’s do, never say never.
- The Crib: I love our crib it is well made, beautiful, and just what I wanted. After E set it up in A’s room I would stand in her room and imagine our little baby sleeping soundly in her beautiful crib. In reality, besides a few short naps here and there, an occasional place to wrangle my baby girl while I put clothes away, or a makeshift photo studio, this very expensive piece of furniture rarely gets any use. Instead, we co-sleep having A sleep in a co-sleeper by our bed or on particularly rough nights, in our bed (something I swore I would never do). Maybe this item will get more use in the future
because this mama could use a good night’s sleep and no one still sleeps in their parent’s room forever (Ihope), but for now it is collecting dust.
- Baby Food Processor and Traditional Baby Food: I knew from the moment I was pregnant I would be making A’s food. When I opened a Baby Bullet complete with a cool recipe book from my mom at my shower I was thrilled, it was exactly what I wanted. I thought of all of the yummy nutritious meals I would make for my little girl. Then shortly after having A I stumbled upon Baby Led Weaning, I researched it, talked to E about it and we decided to try it when we were ready to start solids. So while I am still making nutritious meals for my baby, we are letting her feed herself, so we have no need for the processor (sorry mom).
- Baby Wipes: While I knew I was going to use cloth diapers, using cloth wipes hadn’t really crossed my mind. Then we got our first diaper service delivery and saw cloth wipes were included. Still I thought the disposable wipes would be more convenient. A few blow outs later and I discovered the beauty of using a spray bottle and a cloth wipe for diaper changes, I never plan to go back, I’m hooked!
- Baby Carrier: While I gave this one a valiant effort, I always hated our baby carrier. Then I found out they weren’t really safe to use on top of carts in the store and it was retired in favor of the super comfy convertible car seat and a wrap or a sling. I think I may just skip the baby carrier altogether with the next baby.
So that is my list, what are some things you thought you would need before you had a baby that you didn’t use? Be sure to share in the comments