Have ever wondered if you just have way too much on your registry? This post should help! Today I am sharing some baby items you don’t need but think you do since they are on everyone’s ‘registry favorites’ list, but they are actually NOT worth the hype!
This is definitely not a ‘one size fits all’ type of post. Many of the items I talk about you NOT needing, may be the very same items that saved you during that first year. This is just my opinion!
But, if one of the items below was a holy grail product for you, please leave a comment at the end and let us know why!
10 Baby Items You Think You Need But Really Don’t
1 4Moms Mamaroo
This is probably the #1 item I would say everyone has but no one ever actually used. None of my babies liked the Mamaroo, none of my friend’s babies liked the Mamaroo, no one I have ever talked to actually used the Mamaroo. It is 100% NOT worth it. Do not put this one on your registry.
2 Baby Brezza Formula Maker
The Baby Brezza is more than a headache than anything. It messes up all the time, you have to change it out a lot, and it is hard to know if it is really putting out the right amount of formula to water ratio. My sister used the Brezza with Eli (one of her adopted sons) and she is pretty sure it was broken from the start and not giving enough of the formula. It took her a long time to realize it too!
It takes 2 seconds to scoop out the formula and mix it with water. Then you can put it in a hot cup to warm it up. I would save the $199 on the Baby Brezza Formula Maker and use that money on something else!
3 Baby Towels
You do not need to buy baby towels and please don’t give baby towels at a baby shower. Regular towels are JUST FINE! In fact, after washing Miller’s baby towels a couple of times I noticed it was way scratchier than the towels Troy and I use! Just use your own towels for your baby!
If you want a great baby shower gift idea, Weezie towels are super soft! Get the mom a robe and a soft REGULAR size towel to dry the baby with!
4 Baby Shoes
Ugh, I am a victim of this 100% and I didn’t learn my lesson with Miller. I bough a couple of cute baby shoes with Miller that SHE NEVER WORE, and then I did the same thing with Callen.
Ya’ll, babies don’t need shoes and they don’t wear shoes. You won’t need shoes on your child until they are walking.
Callen does wear little soft booties though to keep his feet warm! I linked them below for you from Amazon.
5 Baby Blankets
OMG I have wayyyyy too many baby blankets and we only use one of them. Please don’t buy a baby blanket for a baby shower. The mom-to-be will get soooo many. If you are registering for a baby blanket you only need kind of heavy one for the Fall/Winter and one light one for the Spring/Summer. Here are my two favorites (the only ones we use):
6 Wipe Warmer
We bought a wipe warmer for Miller (she was born in the Winter) and thought it was a HOLY GRAIL product… until we had Callen and he could care less whether the wipes were warm or not! The warmers also love to grow mold (ew!) I would just stay away and save your money. Use regular wipes! You can always warm them up a little in your hands if you need to.
7 Expensive Baby Monitor
We went through a couple of baby monitors before we landed on the one we use for both kids now- and it is $48 for the monitor and the camera!
First of all, I have heard way too many horror stories to use a wifi camera. The thought of being able to check on your phone is great and all but if you can see it on your phone then so can other people who can hack into your wifi.
We tried some more expensive options like Infant Optics and Motorola Halo before getting Dragon Touch. Both of the other two either couldn’t keep a charge or they would just flat out break on us. They were awful. We got the Dragon touch because we wanted something long range and reviews rated it the highest! We have never looked back. It is cheaper just to grab an entire new set (camera and monitor) than an additional camera, so Troy and I each have a monitor during the night for each of the kids.
Unfortunately, the Dragon Touch is sold out right now! I will update here once it is back in stock.
When picking the right monitor, do your research and look at the reviews. It is a GREAT IDEA to test multiple options and send the ones you don’t like back!
8 Baby Food Processor
This is a gimmick guys! Just use your regular blender at home. It will work to mash your food up just fine. If your blender sucks, upgrade that instead!
I tried making my own baby food and it just wasn’t for me. I have found my kids love the baby food from the regular old grocery store! If you are set on making your own food, that’s amazing. Just use the kitchen appliances you already have (mixer, blender, processor, etc.)
9 The Snoo
OK, the Snoo is a HOLY GRAIL product for my sister, but she bought it used and will then sell it for almost as much as she bought it for. That way it becomes pretty much FREE and I can totally get behind that.
So really, just don’t buy the Snoo at full price. It isn’t worth it. Find it used or just buy a regular old bassinet like we did (and our kids are AMAZING sleepers by the way!) They taught to self soothe themselves and the rest is history. Both were sleeping through the night by two months of age.
You have to put in some work at the beginning (sleep training) but it is soooo worth it in the long run!
10 Uppababy Vista
Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE our Uppababy strollers, but we do not use the Vista.
I wanted the Vista because it was gorgeous, super trendy, and top of the line. But it is actually chunky and heavy and just not good for two kids. And SUPER EXPENSIVE.
Instead, we loved our G-Lite stroller with Miller and now our G-Link stroller. Both MUCH LESS and perfect for travel! If you want something that can get you through bumpy terrain, I would get a jogging stroller. We have a Graco one from Target we love.
In terms of the Mesa car seat and the baby pram you can get for the Vista I have a MUCH BETTER option for you: THE DOONA!!!! The Doona is everything and hands down the best baby product out there. It is a stroller and carseat in one and both of my kids loved/love it!!
Ok, now I want to hear from you! Should anything else be on this list? Do I need to take anything off of this list? Let me know in a comment below!
PS- make sure to see these blog posts for baby items YOU DO NEED TO BUY/Put on your registry: