Having a new baby can be a huge financial burden for many military families. Especially when it’s your first and you just don’t know what exactly you need. There is always a commercial, or new sales book that tells you all the new products you need.
You don’t need everything!
In fact, there are some items that can just be completely useless! So save your money or think twice before picking up any of these items!
- Diaper Genie – putting a grocery store bag in the cute little trash can and changing it each day can be just as effective at gathering the dirty diapers!
- Wipe Warmer – I honestly do not know anyone who has received this and actually used it. Yes in winter the wipes can be a little cold, but rub it between your hands if you need to warm it up. I’m sure no baby is going to grow up and say “Thank you mom for all the warm wipes!”
- Newborn size clothing – babies grow fast! Most only wear newborn size clothing for a few weeks before moving up into 3-6 or 6 month clothing. Keep the smaller sizes to a minimum and focus on basic pieces that you don’t have to spend a lot on.
- Pee Pee Tepee – brilliant invention that is only there to sucker us into spending more money. The idea of using a little cloth tepee to cover your baby boy while changing his diaper so you don’t get sprayed is genius! Or save the $15 and use a wipe, or change quickly!
- Baby shoes – sure they look cute and adorable! But babies aren’t walking, and using a good pair of socks could be all they need. Don’t feel bad splurging for a pair for a special occasion, but no need to have a pair for each outfit!
- Large fancy blankets – the big knit and crocheted blankets, the big ones that have a cute animal embroidered into a corner with satin on one side. You know the ones I’m talking about. While one or two might be nice to have, most parents prefer to use receiving blankets or swaddle blankets for their children.
- Excess in anything! Yes we know doing laundry is a gated chore in any house, but there is still no need for 500 bibs or 200 burp cloths, or 100 receiving blankets. Think about what you might realistically need and then add a few extras for those ‘uh oh’ moments!
Our doulas are proud to know the must-have essentials for baby and can help you during pregnancy to create a list and/or organize so that you only have what you truly need.
Written by: Megan Harless, Stars and Stripes Doulas of Hampton Roads