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5 Things You Don’t Need To Buy When You’re Expecting

There are so many things to buy when you are expecting a baby, it is easier to list the things that you don’t need to buy, than the things you do.

The marketing is fierce, and of course everyone wants the best for their child. But do we stop and think about what we need and how we will use it – can we organise our thinking about what we buy in order to save money, time and stress?

1. A bigger car

But the baby comes with so much stuff?! It does, I agree with you, but my trusty small car has served me well with two children, I have just gotten better as fitting things in. Also, coming to the toddler phase with my second, I am down to just sticking a nappy and some wipes into my handbag running out the door. I do not need that BMW that I so badly wanted four years ago.

2. Overly big changing bag

The trouble with buying changing bags is that you don’t want to buy one too small. The baby does come with a questionable amount of baggage for someone who has just arrived on the planet. The main disadvantage of an overly large changing bag is that you put things in but don’t take them out, I have recently found new-born baby grows, baby socks and sun tan lotion from last year in a recent clear out. And that was a small bag. Stuff collects around babies quickly and better to downsize than to traipse around with a stone of extra luggage.

3. Too many gadgets

Do you really need a thermometer for the babies’ room? Have you not successfully been judging the temperature of your own room for decades now? Trust your judgement and don’t let it be replaced without questioning or researching it first.

4. Anything with too many fasteners or tiny buttons

The jump suit might look pretty or cute, but faced with a runny nappy/screaming child/queue at the door of the changing room, anything with too many fasteners is bordering on nervous breakdown territory. If you have to think too long about how the garment goes on the baby, step away from it. It won’t be worth the hassle.

5. Pram that doesn’t fit into your car

The size of prams in shops is very deceptive, of course they look like they will fit, but it is worth double checking. A perambulator might look great but if you have to take the wheels off every time you put it into the car, it mightn’t take long for the shine to wear off. And of course, if you truly want any of the above items, do go ahead, this list is need as opposed to want. Did I need the pink tulle rah-rah dress for my two month old? No. But nevertheless it came home with me. It didn’t have any fasteners...

Did you buy anything you didn't use? Share in the comments below!

About the Author

Jane is a writer, blogger and mammy based in South Dublin. She has spearheaded equality programmes and advocacy campaigns for large NGO’s and is now following a lifelong dream in establishing herself as a writer. Recently qualified in Journalism, Jane has won the June 2015 Original Writing Short Story competition, has been longlisted for the Blog Awards 2015 and runs The Postmodern Mammy. Never one to shy away from controversy, Jane enjoys writing about parenting, politics and social issues.

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