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What "Must Have" items for baby do you simply see no point in owning?

Someone just emailed me a "Supply" list for babies... I have 2 kids, I'm not really sure why they thought I needed a checklist, but whatever...

I read through it and seriously half the stuff on the "Must Have" list is totally unneeded and little more than a waste of money.

What stuff do you feel is unneeded or a waste of money that all the "experts" list as must haves?

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Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 2:19 PM on Nov. 25, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • maybe include list and get opinions on the things


    Answer by fiatpax at 2:23 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • Okay, here's the list... SOME of this is good, but from experience, most of it's not needed...


    Diaper changing pads
    Diaper rash ointment
    4 waterproof pads for changing table
    Rattles and small toys
    Dirty diaper receptacle
    Wipes or cotton cloths
    Small thermos to hold warm water (for cleaning babies younger than 6 weeks)
    Plastic wipes holder (for the diaper bag)
    2 packages newborn diapers


    1 pack T-shirts
    6 one-piece outfits that snap at the crotch (long- and shortsleeved)
    4 pajama sets
    6 pairs socks
    2 pairs soft booties
    2 pairs stretch cotton pants
    3 bibs
    Cotton sweater
    Knit cap
    Sun hat
    Zip-up sweatshirt
    15 baby hangers


    Nursing pillow
    6 burp cloths
    6 bottles equipped with newborn nipples
    Bottle brush
    Insulated bottle holder for diaper bag

    Comment by SabrinaMBowen (original poster) at 2:31 PM on Nov. 25, 2010


    3 hooded towels
    2 packs of washcloths
    Cotton swabs
    Baby shampoo
    Baby body wash
    Infant bathing tub
    Baby nail clipper
    Soft brush and comb
    Rubbing alcohol
    Petroleum jelly
    Digital thermometer
    Bulb nasal aspirator
    Mild soap for laundry


    4 receiving blankets
    2 cotton blankets
    Cradle or bassinet with cotton sheets
    2 crib mattress pads
    2 waterproof liners (one for the bassinet and one for the crib)

    Comment by SabrinaMBowen (original poster) at 2:31 PM on Nov. 25, 2010


    Crib and mattress
    Glider/rocking chair and footrest
    Baby monitor with 2 receivers
    Changing table
    Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer
    Lullaby CDs or audiotapes


    Rear-facing infant car seat with head support padding
    Sun shields for car windows
    Portable playpen
    Diaper bag
    Sling or soft front carrier


    Bouncy seat
    Baby books
    Digital camera or camcorder
    Baby music CDs or audiotapes
    Playmat with toys attached
    Squishy baby ball

    Comment by SabrinaMBowen (original poster) at 2:32 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • OOps... The end of the first one cut off... It said -

    Nursing bras
    Nursing pads for bras
    Breast pump

    Comment by SabrinaMBowen (original poster) at 2:33 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • Lol, the waterproof pads, nappy cream, plastic wipes holder, baby music, portable playpen, not going through the rest but at least half of that is unnecessary, I think. My changing mat was totally a waste of money as well as the baby bath although we used the bath we bathed together most of the time and do now, and I changed her on my lap or on a towel on my bed.

    Answer by Melissa15 at 2:37 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • If nothing from the other two kids left then clothes for sure a must. plus car seat a plus, then maybe stuff like daiper ontiment. But a lot of the basics you can get by with out and can always get later in time as needed.,

    Answer by momindiana at 2:41 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • I tell my prenatal class that they NEED diapers, wipes, cream, a couple sleepers, a sling and a blanket to swaddle/nurse/or burp...that's it. (well..and a car seat to get home in.)

    Answer by tobys.mommy at 2:47 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • When I was pregnant with my first I thought I needed SO much.. then with my son I took everything I learned and saved a TON of money.. here are my must haves..

    Car seat and stroller (car seat is definite MUST for baby and the stroller makes it so much easier on mommy)
    Place for baby to sleep (whether it be crib, bassinet, play yard, ect)
    3 pack of bottles (I am a breast feeder but usually pick up a pack for "just incase" purposes or pumping purposes)
    Clothes of course (but not so much that you can fill an ENTIRE dresser with newborn stuff.. they grow too quickly for that)
    Diapers and/or cloth diapers
    3 blankets.. for swaddling, cuddling, breast feeding, ect.. an over abundance of them isnt needed
    Baby care kit (thermometer, infants tylenol, nail clippers, suction ball, shampoo, and a comb)

    Other than those things I really can't think of anything that is just SO necessary. of course I do pick up more fun stuff later though

    Answer by Ctink8189 at 2:59 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • I have 5 kids and I think just about everything on the list is unneeded.  It's just more stuff for new moms to spend money on.  Most of it won't get used or not used very often.  Baby will outgrow the clothes in a month (if not sooner, my youngest was in 6-9 month clothes at 2 1/2 months and my older son NEVER wore newborn clothes, he was too big).


    Answer by justanotherjen at 2:59 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

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