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Are you feeling overwhelmed with the growing list of new mom and baby gear must-haves?
If this is your first baby, buying everything but the kitchen sink in preparation for your new bundle isn’t even an overstatement.
As a first time mom, I’m guilty of spending a small fortune on ALL of the baby gear must haves I got suckered into thinking I had to have.
I’m here to tell you that you actually don’t NEED all of that baby gear and new mom stuff you think you do!Here’s a quick look at this read:
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Baby Gear Must-Haves and Swaps
Lets explore some baby gear that you were probably suckered in to thinking you had to have in order to survive life with a baby. By all means, I’m not here to persuade anyone not to spoil themselves or their baby. So if you really want something, get it!
Heaven (and my husband) knows I did not deny myself or our baby anything I thought we needed to have.
Even so, there are plenty of things I really should have not wasted so much money on when I could have just used an alternative item instead that was much more economical.
If you want to find out what my baby gear swaps are, keep reading!
A Big, Bulky and Expensive Diaper Bag
Diaper bags can be extremely pricey, ranging from $40.00-$100.00!
Yes, they come with some neat organizational options for baby supplies, but honestly, it’s unlikely you’ll be taking the time to organize your diaper bag on a daily basis.
They are also so bulky!
Us moms have our hands full as is and adding a cumbersome diaper bag to that is just unnecessary. I purchased a traditional diaper bag and it was on sale for $60.00, which is still a lot of money!
I quickly realized, I made a purchase mistake and needed a more economical and manageable replacement for my diaper bag.
The swap, this stylish and simple purse-sized backpack.
This backpack for only $20.00 on Amazon keeps things simple and is lightweight, cute and easy to wear! Fill it with a couple diapers, a small pack of wipes, extra pacifier, a small chaining pad and even toss your phone and keys in.
I wish I would have known I didn’t really need a big and expensive diaper bag before I bought one!
A Big, Beautiful Crib
The need to nest is a real urge and it is relentless! Preparing for baby and getting the nursery ready and perfect for her arrival is so much fun!
I went ahead and bought a crib before my little one arrived and then never used it! If you’re doing your best to be frugal with your baby gear budget, I recommend waiting to purchase a crib.
The Swap: A Bassinet or Co-Sleeper
The DockATot was a last minute buy for me, but am I so glad I bought it!
If you would like to learn more about DockATot baby loungers, you can find everything you need to know about them in this separate article.
These co-sleepers are an investment and are comparable in price to a crib. Hence, I would choose one over the other and the co-sleeper has been the winner for me!
The Dock A Tot is a baby gear must have for me!
You can also find Dock A Tot on Amazon, but I would recommend using the links I provided above and going directly to the manufacture’s site. There you will find sales, more cover options and a better customer service experience. Free shipping as well!
There are also some awesome bassinets to consider! I know a lot of moms who love the Halo Bassinet.
Here’s just one of many 5 star reviews I pulled on the Halo Bassinet.
After stalking this item for months, and adding and removing it to and from my registry a couple times, and looking on CL for a used model, I finally bit the bullet and got it here (Amazon Warehouse). It’s definitely not inexpensive but everything I read about it is so complimentary. I wasn’t actually all that sad to have the justification I needed for this splurge. And I’m really happy with it!
I don’t think you’ll regret purchasing either one of these products. There are plenty of cheaper options as well. Ultimately, your baby may not use their crib for a long time or at all.
However, sometimes a nursery doesn’t feel complete until that beautiful crib is in place and I completely know the feeling.
Must-have Baby Item: A Changing Table
Here’s yet another baby gear item I thought I had to have, but barely used.
The one smart thing I did do for a changing table was to utilize the top of a six drawer dresser. However, we very quickly realized it was much more convenient to clean her up where we were at the time.
The Swap: Get a cute basket for each room you spend the most time in and stock it with diapers and wipes.
My recommendation, get a dresser (you’ll need the storage), but skip the idea of using it as a changing station full time. Instead, put together a couple diaper caddies or baskets in each room of the house you use the most.
Find cute baskets that mesh well with your decor and look for ones with lids to hide the baby supplies.
Take a stroll through Project Nursery’s unique and affordable baby merchandise for design ideas! This is what I did when looking for inspiration for my little ones’ nursery furniture and decor. No harm in just looking (wink, wink)!
A Bunch of Fancy/Frilly Newborn Clothes
If you’re having a girl, this is almost an impossible task I’m about to recommend!
I have a girl, I know, and that’s why I’m sharing the wisdom with you I gained from way over doing it on the frilly, fancy and very impractical newborn clothes.
I thought I was going to be dressing my newborn up like a porcelain princess doll everyday. Well for one, it’s not easy dressing this delicate, little human who acts like she is being wrestled by a bear every time she’s changed!
In all seriousness, the fancy and expensive “doll clothes” were fun to buy, but they never got worn.
The Swap: Opt for zip up sleepers. Find ones that zip from the bottom, I can’t stress that enough!
I had a really hard time finding these two way zipping sleepers for a while, but I just did a quick search on Amazon and found a style that is perfect!
My husband saved us a couple bucks on this one with his genius thinking!
The Swap: Instead of buying a traditional bottle warmer that serves one purpose, why not use what we already have in the house to warm the babies’ milk?
We pulled a thermos out of the cabinet of forgotten tumblers and coffee mugs and it just so happened to be the perfect size opening for the Medela bottles we were using.
All we had to do was fill the thermos with boiling hot water from our electric kettle (one of my most used Amazon buys!) and pop the bottle in.
Another nice thing about this swap; we could reuse the hot water over and over again by keeping the lid on, which seemed to cut down on preparation time too!
Final Thoughts on these Baby Gear Must-Haves
I hope you found this post helpful! I tried to choose from the most impactful purchases I myself have made, regretted and corrected.
Preparing for a new baby is so thrilling and the best time of your life!
If you end up with piles of extra stuff you thought you needed or wanted, that’s ok! But if I was able to give you some better ideas here too, than great!
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Baby Gear Must-Haves and Swaps Round Up
- Traditional diaper bag – small purse-sized backpack (pack the bare minimum)
- A crib – Dock A Tot Co-sleeper or bassinet
- Changing table – diaper caddies throughout the house
- Frilly and impractical newborn clothes – two way zip-up sleepers
- Bottle warmer – thermos
See also: this helpful guide for thrifty mamas looking to save some cash on newborn baby needs!
Must-Have Breastfeeding Baby Preparations
Along with the physical items needed to best care for your new baby, some practical breastfeeding preparations may also be a good investment.
Enroll in The Ultimate Breastfeeding Class by Milkology and give yourself the tools to breastfeed your baby with confidence and skill.
This online and on demand course is only $19 and it’s almost all video tutorials – which makes it super easy to consume!