Browsing through Pinterest, I often see “must-haves for babies” or “things to do before baby is born.”
Which are awesome – I’ve written a baby essentials list myself! I know when I’m pregnant, I love preparing for my baby to come, which often involves buying things.
However, the thrifty side of me doesn’t want to buy anything that isn’t totally necessary or that will be a waste of money. For instance, when Jack was a baby, we bought a bunch of baby food and products to make homemade baby food – and he NEVER ate purees #fail, so we kind of skipped that with Oliver and have saved money (he hates purees – though he has taken a liking to this product. I think it’s the chunks!)
ANYWAYS, After having baby #2, and seeing lots of friends and family have babies, there are three things I don’t think you should buy (well, at least not a ton of) before your baby is born.
You have no idea what diapers your baby will be in and for how long. People told me not to stock up on newborn diapers because most babies don’t stay in them for long than a week.
Both my boys were in them for probably two months.
Somehow, I ended up with a ton of size one diapers, and Oliver’s chubby little thighs outgrew them about a month ago (which is still longer than most babies are in size one). So now I have five packages of size one diapers we will never use!
You also never know how your baby will react to the diapers, so be aware of that. LUVS worked horribly for Jack – blow out every. single. time. Some babies are more sensitive than others. Some babies are pee-central, and they need extra absorbency. It would really be unfortunate to have a garage full of diapers that give your baby massive diaper rash!
I do think stocking up on size two and three diapers is okay – you’ll likely use a lot of those. But just know what your store’s return policy is. And for what it’s worth, I think Pampers Swaddlers are the BEST diapers around. At least for our boys 🙂 If you sign up for Amazon Family, you can get the best prices on diapers and wipes, too. You can get a 30-day free trial here to see if it is worth it to you.
I’m not going to tell you to not buy clothes at all before your baby is born – I know that’s practically impossible. However, it’s not necessary to buy tons of different clothes in one size – especially the smaller size. Many babies outgrow clothes really quickly (again, if they aren’t my children). As tempting as it may be to get those teeny tiny newborn outfits, some babies don’t even fit in them at birth!
If you do try and stock up on things beforehand, always try and buy them on sale or at a second-hand store like Once Upon a Child (they always have 10 onesies for $10). I really love Swap.com, too. It’s basically an online consignment store, and they have great products. I think onesies tend to last longer than some clothes because they tend to stretch. But I think overall if you want to save money, don’t buy too much of one item. I
I do really like this line of baby clothes, though. So soft and very high quality. I do like to buy clothes that we can use for multiple children!
We haven’t used bottles very much with our babies (Oliver won’t even take one now), but if you are planning to use bottles, I would wait until your baby is born. Sure, have a couple for when they come home from the hospital, but don’t commit to one specific type before birth. Babies come with different preferences and challenges, and it would be unfortunate to buy 20 of one kind of bottle, only to find out that they refuse it. This is particularly true with babies that are switching between breast and bottle – I think they tend to be a little pickier (and you want to make sure they don’t develop a bottle preference!) If your baby is in that camp, you might want to check out my guide about bottle feeding a breastfed baby!
When we used bottles, I absolutely LOVED the Dr. Brown bottles. They are great for breastfed babies, and they are very simple to use. With Jack, the few times we used a bottle, we used the Playtex Drop-in system. It worked quite well!
If your baby ends up having reflux, changing the type of bottle can definitely help. In that situation, the Avent Classic+ Bottle is a great option to have in the back of your mind. It’s also a wide bottle, which is better for feeding. The Avent Natural bottle is an awesome option for breastfed babies.
Oh, and one when everyone should be (either before baby is born or after?) An Owlet Baby Monitor. Best purchase ever. It notified us when his oxygen fell out of the preset zones twice, and eventually helped us discover his sleep apnea. It’s worth every penny.