I get it…..
As a first time mom, you look through every parenting magazine and Amazon.com review to get the best product for your new little pride and joy and don’t care what the price may be.
Don’t do it!
Babies are expensive on their own, don’t break the bank trying to buy the best of the best when there are many things you will soon realize you either never use or will not be worth the money you spent on it.
Don’t get me wrong, not every baby is the same, but having three kids of my own, I have learned a couple lessons on buying pointless things for my first child. So I am here to tell you some of the unnecessary and necessary products you should or should not buy….so let’s get started with the life savers.
You can find these products almost anywhere, especially online at Amazon.com, but I HIGHLY recommend if you have a Facebook that you search your local yard sale sites where you can find these products for 50-75% off retail price in great condition. (Yes, I am a HUGE bargain shopper…with being nowhere near rich and having three kids you have to be)
4 products I have bought for my baby/toddler that have saved me from bald spots and possibly being self admitted into a hospital has been 1. A Superyard, 2. A Booster Seat, 3. Bassinet and 4. A Fisher Price Swing/Graco soothing swing center.
1. The Superyard has been one of my best investments, when you have a toddler that likes to get into everything and anything, and you feel as though only a cage would tame him/her, the Superyard will feel like it was made just for you and your sanity. It can be used indoors or outdoors and with a couple of blankets and some toys, your child will get to walk around but stay contained without having to worry about when you take your eyes of him/her. This is TRULY a life saver, ESPECIALLY when you have multiple children.
Next, the booster seat. My toddler started very early finding his way to stand in his high chair as soon as I walked away and would give me heart attacks at least three times a day. I decided it was time for a big boy seat and bought him a booster seat. Another life saving product that was WELL worth the 25.00. Not only does it keep him contained and makes him feel like a big boy, but it has a cup holder, can strap to any chair and is also easily portable to bring into any room or outing to keep your terrifying, tantrum throwing toddler content and happy.
Thirdly, the bassinet has been a life saver for my youngest. All my kids have always come straight from the hospital into a crib and I have never had an issue with them not wanting to be in a crib, my philosophy is they know nothing other than your womb, they know no difference between a crib or your bed or anything else, so why drive yourself crazy putting them in your bed and getting them into a habit (not to mention risk their safety) and sometimes even sacrafice and loose the quality time and intimacy with your significant other just to have your child in the bed with you? My daughter LOVES being near me and on top of me at all times, So the bassinet that can be easily placed beside the bed and keep her safe while still close to me allows her to feel comforted and sleep beautifully through the night. So save yourself the headache and worry and invest in a bassinet if the crib is not working out just yet.
Lastly, I have seen many VERY expensive swings and products that claim they feel just like mommy, NOTHING feels or more importantly smells like mommy. Therefore, don’t waste your money, I have found that the Fisher Price Swings with the lights and the Graco Sweetpeace Swing Center have been my best friends when it has come to needing something other than my arms to soothe a fussy baby. The Graco swing even allows you to put your Graco Infant carseat on the frame and swings the car seat instead of having to wake your sleeping baby to put them in the swing. What more could you ask for? Not to mention it is cheaper than any of those other swings you may see celebs using or find in a magazine.
So my point is, you will not need or even use half the things you see advertised. And just remember, NO your newborn doesn’t care how expensive the product is, NO your 1 month old doesn’t need name brand clothing or Nike sneakers or converse that they will grow out of in a month, and NO your newborn/toddler will never grow up and think or tell how how you were the best mom in the world for how much money you spent on unnecessary things for them they will not even remember having. So to any new mommies or even mommies to be, save your money and realize sometimes it really is NOT worth it.
Just an opinion and some advice from a mommy who has gone through it already and had my pockets bare for no good reason. If you have a pricey product your thinking about buying and want to know “is it worth it?” or “will my baby actually use this?”, feel free to comment the product and I will be more than happy to give my opinion. Happy Shopping Mommies!