After having Caden over a year now, 14 months to be exact! I look back on some of the baby items I have bought and realize that I made some really good decisions on some of the stuff and then on the other hand there are some things I could totally do without. If you’re looking to save a few bucks on some baby items; here are 5 things I would recommend!
Have you seen some of the prices for crib mattresses? Re-dunk-ulous! I opted for a firm $50 mattress from Buy Buy Baby and couldn’t be happier with my decision. It’s light weight, (easy to change sheets), firm (best for babies) and inexpensive. Caden sleeps great on it and I won’t be cringing if for some reason it gets ruined. I’ll more then likely use this exact same mattress for my next child but if for some reason I can’t, it’s $50 bucks and I can easily go buy another one.
Baby Food Maker
Babies don’t eat mashed up food for that long and baby food making machines can be pricy. You can easily mash up their food with a fork but if you are wanting something; opt for the
silver magic bullet or use your blender that you already have. You can easily find other solutions for the couple months that they do eat baby food and save the $100 bucks
A crib set is the nursery-in-a-bag type thing you find at the baby stores. They usually include a comforter, bed skirt, bed sheet and bumpers. They are really cute, I will admit that. But almost useless if you think about it. I used my crib skirt for only a little while and then I had to lower the crib all the way down and take it off. You really shouldn’t use a comforter until they are about two years old and in a big bed. And there is a huge debate about bumpers being in the crib as well. So really, if you think about it; you’re only getting a bed sheet. Is that bed sheet really worth $150 bucks? Instead of buying a set I recommend you look for other options. I looked at the sets to get ideas for my nursery but opted for more cheaper sheets, blankets etc. It worked out great for me. Not to mention if you really like the bed sheets sometimes those are sold separately along with some other great stuff.
These were good in the very beginning, nice to not wake up the newbie with a cold wet wipe; however I found that Caden woke up anyways. Regardless if the wipe was warm or not. By the time I took the wipe out of the box it was only warm for a second. Plus, it dried the wipes out and you constantly needed to fill it with water. Just another thing to remember. I still use the wipe warmer but I don’t keep it on. I use it for a simple storage container for my wipes.
A separate changing table, I personally don’t think is needed and have really loved putting a changing pad on his dresser. If you have the room and want the storage I think changing tables are great. But if your limited on space and cash, I’d nix the table and just use the dresser top.
Would you add anything to this list?