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Baby Stuff You Don’t Have to Buy: Essential Baby Supplies

Learn the difference between essential baby supplies and other items you can leave off of your shopping list.
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Feel free to nix these baby supplies items from your shopping list and just stick with the bazillion other things you’re planning to get.


1. Lots and lots of precious baby outfits
Yes, miniature rompers are the height of cuteness, but here’s the truth: Your newborn will likely be living in a tightly wrapped blanket 24/7 for at least the first few weeks of her life. What is worth buying: A cute cap and blanket for bringing your tot home from the hospital.


2.
Beautiful crib sheets/quilts/bumpers
More important: Having a whole bunch of backup sheets for incidents involving pee, spit-up, and other surprises. As for bumpers and quilts, keep those out of your baby’s crib until she’s at least 12 months old. The reason: They can cause suffocation or contribute to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).


3.
A bottle warmer
Placing a prepared bottle in a cup of hot water for a few minutes works just as well.


4.
Lots of teeny bottles
Skip those smaller 4-ounce bottles, which your baby will only use for a few months, and just partially fill full-size ones for the time being.


5. A baby wipes warmer
Some moms love ‘em, but you can easily get by without a baby wipes warmer. Truth is, most babies are fine with room-temperature wipes, especially if that’s what you use from the very beginning. Besides, you can always warm a wipe up in your hands for a few seconds before using.


6. That expensive stroller
Since many strollers are designed for when baby can sit upright comfortably (around three months), you can easily go without one for a while. Instead, start with a lightweight stroller frame that’s designed to fit your car seat. Simply snap the car seat to the stroller frame, and off you go. The baby stays bundled and comfy, and you can spend a few more months researching strollers. Win-win.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 15reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by All these are correct except for getting 4oz bottles - We bought 3 which helps us with early morning & midnight feedings. Also I glad I got a bottle warmer which is way safer then over heating in the microwave. July 31, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I'm going to have baby #3 and as I've told my friends.... If I can obtain it without paying for it then I'm totally happy with it! By the third kid you realize all the fancy things you thought you needed on your baby registry for your first child are unimportant when it comes to #2 and #3. I had cute bed sets for both of my kids and this time around I'll be happy with the quilt my mother in law will make and a crocheted blanket made by me. I'm happy there are others who agree on the "less is more" theory :) July 15, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Def...i agree with the other moms. This article does show that some of these things are unnecessary. I am pregnant with my 3rd baby and due in two weeks. My two boys are 11 and 8yrs and I never purchased these items and got along just fine. There are many new things out i noticed this time around which are convenient but pricey. Any experienced mom knows how expensive babies are, so new moms, ask yourself if you really need these items, or better yet ask another mom or check out websites like this. It will save you a ton and use that cash for things you will need. Diapers and formula add up quick! March 28, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I love this because it is showing how not to waste money on unnecessary things. : ) February 26, 2013
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