Every mother wants to be 100% ready for baby, everything stocked up and ready to go when that time comes. But what needs to wait until after baby gets here? What shouldn’t you stock up on? No one ever tells you what they bought a ton of just to realize it was a complete waste later on. Since every baby is different, this is by no means a “one size fits all” list, but this is from my personal experience. So here are my top 3 I wish I would have waited to buy until after baby arrived.
Let me start this off by saying you’ll of course need 1 or 2 on hand, but don’t go crazy. Babies are picky when it comes to bottles, especially if you’re breastfeeding. You can do all the research you want on what bottles are “the best” and why, but at the end of the day if your baby doesn’t agree they aren’t going to take it. I had heard all kinds of great things about the Phillips Avent bottles and how breastfed babies prefer them, blah blah blah. I’m now the proud owner of a whole cabinet full that I only use to defrost his milk in. The bottle he will drink out of? One that I got as a free sample at Target. I washed the same bottle over and over again for about a month before I finally gave in and knew there was just no way I was going to be able to get him to drink from the other bottles.
I had enough pacifiers for every room in the house plus some. But it’s the same story as the bottles, you can do as much research as you want on what pacifiers are “the best,” but not every baby takes them. I have a huge collection of pretty much any kind known to man, and only occasionally can I get him to take one, and for whatever reason he will only take it in the car. I was told in my classes that pacifiers help reduce the chance of SIDS, so I was hell bent on getting him to take one at night. I mean, just mention SIDS to a new mother and you can visibly see the fear start to cloud her eyes, so of course my baby was going to take a pacifier. HA! What a joke that was. 4 months in and I’ve given up on it and just decided I’d look on the bright side; we won’t have to wean him off of a paci. After just weaning my husband’s toddler shortly before her fourth birthday, I can’t say I was at all looking forward to having to do it again anyway. As far as preventing SIDS, we just do as much as we possibly can of everything else, like keeping him in a safe and smoke-free environment, no loose bedding in his crib while he’s sleeping, etc. Judge me if you must, but it’s just not a battle I want to continue to fight.
3. Pacifier accessories.
This one goes hand in hand with the last one. There are a handful of pacifier accessories that you can buy, like those animal guys that attach to pacifiers to make it easier for little hands to hold, bibs that you can attach a pacifier to, and those clips that attach to the baby’s shirt and keeps the pacifier from hitting the ground (I call them leashes, what the technical term is, I have no clue). I own them all. I’ve successfully used one pacifier leash for car rides. The problem being I own one in every color. And reselling isn’t really an option because when I was nesting I opened everything in order to “get ready.” Why I thought I would need quick access to any of those things, I have no idea, but my 8-month-pregnant-nesting-brain told me I did.
So what’s my suggestion on solving this problem? You can actually get these items for free. Then you end up with a variety that you can try with your baby, find what works, and save yourself some money (and cabinet space). Amazon has a free baby box when you start a baby registry with them. All you have to do is have one item bought from your registry and all you pay is shipping (I think I paid $4.95, but don’t quote me on that exact price). Anyway, it was well worth it. They sent me so much stuff. We’re talking bottles, onesies, a swaddle blanket, pacifiers, including my one all time favorite item I was so thankful I had on hand, probiotic drops.
When your newborn is screaming at 3 am and you can’t get them to sleep because they’re constipated, you’ll thank me for this one. If you’ve read my very first post, you know that the doctor asked me to add some formula into the milk I was pumping for added calories. I mean, he definitely started gaining weight, but it came with consequences. The formula she had given me was for preemies, and it was so nutrient rich it was hard for him to digest. I didn’t get much sleep the first few weeks but had I not had those drops, I’m sure it would’ve been even less. Thank you, Amazon Gods.
To tell you the truth I think that what’s in the box is constantly changing, you probably won’t get the exact same things I did, but I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed.
I hope y’all found this helpful! Leave me a comment and let me know what you wish you hadn’t bought a plethora of beforehand.
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