Things I’m Glad I Didn’t Buy And Things I Regret Buying For My Baby

To Mothers-To-Be,

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

When you start feeling your baby kicking in your belly, it might be a good time for you to add another item to your to-do list: buying baby stuff.

However, it could be overwhelming, especially for first timers!

When it comes to shopping, I always believe less is more. Think about it: babies grow fast. So I decided to buy only the things that are really necessary. After talking to friends and coworkers who recently became mothers and spending a lot of time reading advice from online communities, I thought I had figured it out.

Because I had successfully crossed quite a few baby items off my shopping list:

  1. Changing table is absolutely a waste of money unless your baby stays in the nursery for most of the time. As an alternative, a changing pad is more practical, giving you freedom to change your baby’s diaper on the bed, on the sofa, and on the floor.
  2. Ear Thermometer looks fancy but not really necessary. Normally, pediatricians take baby’s temperature in the armpit. Baby’s ear canal, newborn’s in particular, tends to be small and curved, making the inserting of ear thermometer very uncomfortable, which in turn very likely leads to inaccurate measurement.

But still, there are a few things I wish I didn’t buy:

  1. “My Best Friend” nursing pillow has very nice reviews on Amazon, but it doesn’t work for me. It claims that it provides great back support for mothers when breastfeeding. It did. But it’s only useful when the baby is in newborn stage because no matter how tight you buckle the pillow up, it’s difficult for the pillow to stay in place when the baby becomes more than eight pounds. Plus, it’s not easy to put on the pillow. When your hungry baby is crying at midnight, what you want to do is feeding her right away. So unless you have to move around instead of sitting in a chair while breastfeeding, you don’t really need this pillow. Regular pillow is enough.
  2. HALO sleep sack doesn’t work for my baby. Why? Simply because my baby doesn’t like her arms swaddled. So a regular blanket is enough for her.
  3. Dusting powder is a must-have according to my mom and my mother-in-law. But, American Association of Pediatrics recommends against using it due to the potential harm to baby’s lungs.
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