7 Things You Don’t Need on Your Baby Registry

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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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)
  7. 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.


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One thought on “7 Things You Don’t Need on Your Baby Registry

  1. Becca Talbot

    June 30, 2017 at 8:22am

    I don’t have any children, maybe one day – but these are all things that I thought you needed when you had children, so it’s interesting to see the rationale behind not having things like Bumbos and a changing table! x

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  2. anvita

    June 22, 2017 at 5:22pm

    I never used a walker for the same reasons. My son did absolutely fine without it.

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  3. David Elliott

    June 21, 2017 at 5:29pm

    I’ve never heard of a Bumbo before. Maybe they are the equivalent of the boppee that we had at the house. I don’t know. My daughter still loves that. But I can see why it might aid to bad posture.

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  4. liz

    June 21, 2017 at 4:33pm

    I loved using the bumbo to help hold him after my surgery. I would wrap it around me and lay him on it. It really took the weight off my already recovering body. I don’t think that is what they are used for so many that is why he never had those issues.

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      June 21, 2017 at 5:46pm

      I think that you are thinking of a boppie. Bumbos are a chair-like thing that you can attach a feeding tray to.

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  5. Lynnette

    June 21, 2017 at 2:23pm

    I know some people just put it all on their registry because I think they get a discount on whatever wasn’t gifted.

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  6. Chemady

    June 21, 2017 at 8:04am

    Mothers who come across this post will definitely find it helpful. I will share this with my sister.

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  7. Lauren

    June 21, 2017 at 5:39am

    Thank you for the advice. This was helpful. I had heard that a changing table isn’t as necessary as one would think, but didn’t know about the other items.

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  8. Josselyn

    June 21, 2017 at 1:14am

    This is a great list for new mommies. i’ll share it def with my bestie that’s having a baby soon

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  9. Claudia Krusch

    June 21, 2017 at 12:39am

    I only used my change table a few times when my Son was born. These are all things you can definitely do without.

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  10. Amber

    June 21, 2017 at 12:13am

    I agree with most of this, but my daughter loved her Bumbo. It helped out a lot. But a changing table? Yeah, we barely used it..

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  11. fashionmommy

    June 20, 2017 at 10:49pm

    The fingernail clippers! They were so useless, I used to bite my little boys myself, yuck I know.

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  12. Heather Johnson

    June 20, 2017 at 7:57pm

    I personally used my changing table a lot with both my kids. Of course, I got mine secondhand at a garage sale for like $20.

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  13. Denay

    June 20, 2017 at 4:54pm

    As a mother, I completely agree with your list of items parents don’t need to add to a baby registry. I rarely used the adorable changing table set up in the nursery, and that table took up so much space!

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  14. Sarah

    June 20, 2017 at 4:40pm

    This is a great list for people, I think often people think they need everything, when really if you look for advice you could cut down on many things.

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  15. Shevoneese

    June 20, 2017 at 2:59pm

    I I don’t have any kids at the momemnt but this is a helpful list. I have girlfiriends who are preparing their registry and many of this are on their lists. I will definitely share with them so that they are in the know of the donts.

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  16. Nicole Caudle

    June 20, 2017 at 1:56pm

    We bit nails also when they were babies to avoid clipping them. After the first child, you realize there is a lot of stuff you can do without the second, third, etc around. The market has done very well convincing you need fancy gadgets to make things easier, when in fact you just don’t need them at all.

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  17. GiGi

    June 20, 2017 at 1:40pm

    Not quite there yet with BABY stuff – my husband wants ALL THE BABIES… but honestly, I really don’t think he and I are ready!

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  18. Colleen

    June 20, 2017 at 11:12am

    I don’t have any children at the moment, but I will be saving this list for future reference. Very helpful tips!

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  19. Corinne & Kirsty

    June 20, 2017 at 6:59am

    OMG, when I start having kids, (if I ever do), i’ll be coming to your blog all the time! Coz you have all these nice tips and things I had no idea about! And I saw my parents raise 5 kids so I should know some of them ahah! xx corinne

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  20. Robin Rue

    June 20, 2017 at 12:48am

    Agreed. I actually bit my boys nails when they were babies. My mom told me that is what she did for me and it worked really well.

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