Remember when you were creating your very first baby registry for your first born? Did you consult all the books, magazines, online articles and baby gurus? I did. And in the end, I was just as confused. I did not know what half of the stuff on my baby registry was for, but trusted the “experts” nevertheless.
I should have asked my friends who had had children in recent years. Better yet, I should have made a list and tucked it away until after my daughter was born and played it by ear. Each child is different, and even though I have friends and family who would have sworn by their baby wipes warmer and bumbo chair, my daughter never needed or used such items.
As I sit at my computer creating my registry for my unborn son I have a much better idea of what is really needed, and as I cross off item after item, I also realize I have no idea what this child will be like, or what he will like. Back to square one.
What if he is more aggressive than my daughter on the nipple? Will I need Lansinoh cream this time? What if his skin is more sensitive? Should I tack on some sensitive wipes and diapers too?
After much deliberation and frustration, I admit my registry is not yet complete. However, I did manage to concoct a list of things I am absolutely sure are not needed on this registry, or any other for that matter.
1. Bottle Sanitizer/ Sterilizer Kit
A dishwasher is enough. The hot water used to clean your dishes works just fine on the bottles, nipples and caps. If you don’t have a dishwasher, normal hot water with some soap and a regular bottle brush will also do the trick. Your kid will grab everything off the floor and stick it in their mouths. Those things are a lot dirtier than their bottle. In fact, my daughter stuck our cat’s paw in her mouth the other day. We do not have disinfectants for our cats.
2. Double Strollers
Unless you are having twins or other multiples, regardless of how close in age your kids might be, these strollers are more of a headache then a help. They are very cumbersome to navigate, especially if you are trying to go grocery shopping, or run any other errands in closed spaces. Not to mention simply getting the stroller in and out of the car is a feat onto itself. I confess I coveted one such stroller for many months, until I finally made my way into a brick and mortar store to play around with it. No wonder I usually see the dads maneuvering these around.
3. Bathrobes for Newborns
Very cute. Completely impractical. A hooded towel to dry off the tot will do.
4. Lansinoh Cream
This is not a completely useless item. Some women really need it. However, you won’t know until your baby is born, at which point you can get some at the hospital or nearest drug store. I have a giant unused tube of it at home. I am actually hoping to need it this time around just so I can feel as though the product and money were not wasted.
What items do you find to be unwarranted on a baby registry?