When I found out that I was pregnant I went a little crazy and put EVERYTHING on my baby registry. After he was born, I learned that Little L really didn’t need all of that stuff. Here are the 7 things that I wish we didn’t buy:
- Hand/foot rattles– Designed to help a child “find” their hands/feet by attaching jingly noises to them, the hand/foot rattles are a good idea, but completely pointless. When your baby is ready they don’t need bells stuck to their toes to find them. Give your baby more credit than that!
- Bumbo– Bumbos are very popular for sitting a child up, but my son’s physical therapist labeled it as a big no-no. She said that it curves their back, teaching bad posture and slows down the progress of babies learning to sit up without support. I sold mine and little L was sitting up on his own in no time. If you’re dead set on getting one then talk to an infant physical therapist before you make your decision. I’m not a doctor so don’t take just my word for it!
- Walker toy– for the same reasons as the bumbo. It’s a nice containment device for the momma who needs just a spare moment to herself, but the physical therapist said that it encourages walking with bad posture and slows down the actual progress of walking on their own. Again, talk to a pediatrician or infant physical therapist to form your own opinion.
- Baby fingernail clippers– they are SO TINY! I found it extremely difficult to hold onto the super small clippers and my baby wouldn’t wait for me to get a good grip on them. The adult clippers worked better.
- Pacifier/Clips-this is a tough one. Most parents swear by pacifiers. Before I had Little L my mom told me that as long as a baby has a full stomach then they won’t need a pacifier. I thought she was crazy, and after he was born I bought every pacifier brand known to mankind in attempt to soothe him, and he would take them only when he was hungry. I kept him well fed and there never was a need for the pacifier. I’ve also heard horror stories of babies forming emotional attachments to pacifiers later in life and the struggle parents have to break them of the habit. Keep your baby well fed and you’ll never have to deal with the weaning struggle. Read this article by my dental insurance company on the harmful effects of pacifiers on mouth formation: https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/pacify.html
- Teething/Colic Tablets– At my baby’s first doctor’s appointment the pediatrician was very adamant against any kind of soothing tablets/gels. There’s no real evidence that they help and the FDA warns against them. The same goes for colic/gripe drops. (https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm230762.htm)
- Changing table– Most of the time I changed the baby in whatever room I was currently in, and once he was able to roll over it was much easier, and safer, to just change him on the floor so he couldn’t roll off the changing table. It was difficult to bend over in the first few weeks after the C-section, so during that time I just changed him in his pack n play or on our bed. Save your registry space for something more practical and needed.