There is a lot of pressure to buy every single item to prepare for your little one.
Between the extreme over do-ers and the extreme minimalists, my goal was to keep it simple but still get what is practical and useful.
I am not saying these items are bad, just not completely necessary during the newborn stage.
Here are the surprisingly UNNECESSARY baby items we found ourselves not using:
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1). Glider chair
Who knew?! Luckily we got a really great deal on a used glider, which is comfortable and we love it!
However, especially in the beginning, I found myself always feeding her in bed and sometimes on the couch. I was constantly feeding and I just didn’t find the need to always get up, seclude myself and feed in the other room.
Even at four months old, I still rarely used the glider for feedings.
It is nice once in a while to sit there in her quiet peaceful room, but it just didn’t end up being a necessity like I thought it would be.
2). Nursing Pillow
This one really shocked me. I researched the crap out of the pillow I wanted because EVERYONE said it was one of the biggest necessities.
I learned the Boppy wasn’t the best because it sits low. You still have to hold the pillow up to keep your baby high enough to reach your breast.
My Brest Friend seemed much more efficient because it clipped around your waist. It sat higher so your baby would be at breast level without you having to hold up the pillow.
When I first used it, I loved it! I thought it was brilliant.
However, over time I just found myself using a regular pillow. I would be half asleep most of the time and I couldn’t bring myself to strap into a specific pillow.
I would just grab whatever I had closest to me whether I was on the bed or the couch and that worked just fine. This was definitely not expected to be an unnecessary baby item.
3). Nursing Covers
I had a few and never really used any of them. We always had our Aden + Anais blankets with us when we were out and about and I would just tie two corners together and use that.
Multi-use items are key, and this was one that worked perfectly for nursing without having to lug around a separate one-use item.
4). Nursing Clothes
Okay, so I had one nursing tank that I did wear a lot at the very beginning.
It was from Target and worked great. Other than that, I really didn’t have any nursing clothes.
As a new mom, all I wanted to wear were comfortable clothes so I just pulled my shirt up or down depending on exactly how “comfortable” it was.
At home, I would just nurse her with my shirt up. If I was out in public I would cover up anyways so I just pulled my shirt up then as well.
I didn’t find the need to purchase an entire wardrobe compatible with nursing.
For tummy time you need a colorful and interactive play-mat right?!
I really didn’t see the need for it because we would just lay down a blanket and do tummy time with her that way.
When she got a little bigger and was able to play with toys we would lay her down and surround her with her favorite toys and she loved it!
It worked great for us, and it was nice to just be able to fold up the blanket when she was done and not have another large item sitting around the house.
Now this one I guess depends on your child.
I had three different brands of baby carriers and she was not much of a fan. I ended up just carrying her in my arms or putting her in her stroller or car seat.
At home she would be fine in her swing, sit me up chair or doing tummy time.
I never really ended up needing to wear her to calm her down, and even when I tried it didn’t help at all.
Another shocking unnecessary baby item for sure.
7). Nasal Aspirator
Whether it be the Nose Frieda or the basic nose aspirator given to you at the hospital, we didn’t need it.
I never used it even once.
I guess this too depends on your child because if Liv was constantly stuffed up I’m sure this would be very handy.
She never really had a stuffy nose, so I never had a need for it. The hospital does provide you with one, which is nice to have in case of emergencies.
We had a scare once where Liv had some thick saliva stuck in her throat and was briefly struggling to breathe. I grabbed the aspirator and was able to suck most of it out.
It didn’t work great, but it helped bring it up a bit and I used my fingers to get the rest.
What?! Not every person needs a $250 Halo Bassinet?! No.
I just could not bring myself to purchase a bassinet that she would only use for a couple of months.
Especially when we could use her swing or a pack n’ play. Her swing ended up being her bed of choice for the first two months of her life and it worked amazingly.
I was worried that it would be hard to transition her to her crib since she was so used to the swing and the rocking motion, so we started testing out her crib during daytime naps.
She ended up sleeping way better in her crib so we just dove in and had her sleep there exclusively. We had a video monitor to keep an eye (and ear) on her while she was in a different room and everything worked out great!
No bassinet needed!
This list is what I gathered from my own personal experience.
Every baby is different so every mom will have different things that they consider to be unnecessary baby items. I hope this helped the expecting mom’s out there prioritize which items to purchase, not purchase, or include in your registry!
Trust me, there are many more items that are much more useful! If you haven’t already, check out my top 8 newborn essentials linked below! Thanks for reading!