Creating a registry for your new baby can be very overwhelming. You are new to this whole parenting thing and you want to be prepared for your baby’s arrival. The registry lists that stores give you can make you feel like every item is essential. They make it seem like you must be a terrible parent if you don’t want your baby’s bottom to be toasty warm every time they are changed, or that you are failing parenting if your newborn is not ready to hit the runway decked out from head to toe. Here are 5 things I would definitely leave off my registry if I were to do it all again!
1. Bassinet: I think most people have the vision of a sweet tiny baby sleeping peacefully in a beautiful bassinet by the side of your bed. Well, the truth is bassinets are very temporary and overpriced, so best bought secondhand or not at all. We used our pack and play in our bedroom until we moved the baby into the nursery.
2. Shoes for newborns: Adorable, but totally unnecessary, and a pain to take off when your baby needs to constantly be changed. Get some cute socks and save shoe money for when your baby is actually walking. Or better yet, invest in some comfortable, easy to slip on shoes for yourself.
3. Changing table: Again, seems practical, but will be obsolete in a year or less. Once your baby is squirming around you are going to find it much easier and safer to change them on the ground. Instead, invest in a dresser that is wide enough for a changing table and long enough to store some wipes and diapers on top and your child can use it for years to come.
4. Expensive crib sets: Decorating your nursery can be a lot of fun, but expensive crib sets come with bumpers, blankets, and pillows—none of which are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics due to SIDS concerns. Find a few cute fitted sheets, and you are good to go.
5. Wipe warmer: This is another unnecessary item because if you get your baby used to having perfect, warm wipes at home, they will be unhappy when you use regular temperature wipes on the go, and the last thing you want is a reason to upset your baby when you’re out in public.
Lastly, remember baby stuff has such a quick turnover, don’t be afraid to get things used! My son’s entire wardrobe, and most of his toys were hand-me-downs from family and friends. And remember to pay it forward by passing your stuff along to others in need.