Newborn Essentials: Products NOT Worth The Hype
1. A Moses Basket
It's been all but useless. It's an oversized ornament for next to my Christmas tree at the moment. For me, it was too flat, too cold, too small inside to last more than a few months, and wasn't easy for at night. Transferring from my chest to the basket was next to impossible - It was useless. Beautiful looking, but absolutely no use to me in terms of newborn essentials. If I could offer one piece of advice to anyone currently pregnant, it would be to think carefully about what you want to use for sleeping, and I'd recommend buying only one at the start, only when necessary buy a second option. The Moses Basket was ours, our first being our side sleeper with a baby nest, and we simply use the nest during the day. The moses has never even been used, and that seems to be the case with a lot of new mums I've talked to.
2. Sleeping Bags
3. Newborn Clothes With Big Price Tags
They grow so so so so quickly. I didn't believe anyone when they told me - I nodded along, but I didn't believe them, I didn't want to. I wanted to have a wardrobe stocked with all of the little tiny clothes. In fact, I still have a wardrobe stocked with all of the little tiny clothes. It's just a pity my son came out at 8lbs 1oz and a very long baby - he fit into the tiny newborn clothes for about 2 weeks, and now at 10 weeks comfortably fits 3-6 months. I bought 6 little Emilie Et Rose outfits before he was born - he's worn one. ONE, and at £40 each I can't fathom why the hell I thought it would be sensible to buy so many. No designer baby gear, that is now a given.
4. Hats and Shoes
Let me clarify on the hat point - hats WITHOUT ties. I bought 7 or so newborn hats, adorable ones if I do say so, and that doesn't include the 15-20 we were given before he was born (or the other 20 after). No matter how nice a fit on his head, it would slide off within minutes - we assumed they were too big for him, so I put them in a nice little box for a weeks until he grew a little. 5 weeks down the line, not one of them fit him - apart from the single one with ties, that he has lived in since birth (sorry little one!) hats with ties are the way forward! And don't bother with shoes - what a colossal waste of money. I was so bloody exhausted in the first few weeks the last thing I cared about was putting a pair of patent shoes on his little feet. Shoes can wait until their on they are actually up and on their feet.
5. The Big Name Bath Products
Why did no one tell me Johnsons was a no-go? I have hundreds - literally hundreds of bottles of the varying Johnsons, the lotion, the oil, the wash, talcum and soap. Everyone seemed to fling one (or 10) in the bag, meaning I've not had to buy one bath product since he was born. The issue though is that although it smells nice, Johnsons is so chemically altered it's just not good for a babies skin. Ditto with big brand nappies, even the health visitor recommended Aldi's as opposed to Pampers - again, too much chemicals for little skin. Who'd have thought? Save the money on the nappies if you can, for us, it's been a life saver.
6. A Baby Bouncer
And there we go - my newborn products NOT worth the hype. It's so easy to go overboard before baby arrives, I'll be the first to say I was so spendy before Harrison was born, everything felt like a necessity and I could not simply leave something until he was born. I needed everything there and then, and only now do I realise that was just not the smart thing to do. If there is anything I've learnt from my first child, it's that everything can be bought when they are here and your better equipped to decide what they actually need. Give it time...