So these items for me just became ‘stuff’ I didn’t really need or just didn’t work for me.
Part of the issue for me was that I bought most of these things in excitement when I was pregnant. Before I new what kind of mum I would be or before I knew what I would actually need. I think we all go through that need to nest and prepare when we are pregnant but we should really wait before buying most things. These days it is possible to get lots of things next day delivery so it isn’t as if we need to even leave the house (something we really don’t want to do after we have got home with our beautiful buddles of joy!).
I bought the perfect prep machine and the big counter top steralising machine as well as tons of bottles as I didn’t think I would breastfeed. My daughter and I took to breastfeeding really well (eventually – and with a lot of help I should add) so I didn’t need any of this equipment!
I went out and bought the Silvercross wayferer from John Lewis in a stunning limited edition design. I honestly think I bought it based on the look of it and didn’t think about how it would cope when walking through the muddy woods, which I did every day when I was on maternity leave. I loved my cheap wrap I bought from amazon and ended up using that 90% of the time, instead of my £700 pram! I loved the closeness carrying provides, and my daughter would fall asleep on me which is the best feeling in the world.
To be fair, our NCT teacher did tell us not to buy stuff as we wouldn’t know what kind of parents we would be. She talked about attachment parenting and I just laughed! I was clueless!!
I stupidly bought cute bedding and bumpers and cuddly toys which you can’t use! I don’t even use these things in her cot now and she is 15 months. We still just use a sleeping bag. I also bought cellular blankets from white company which I haven’t used.
We bought an expensive foam changing mat which is ridiculous and absorbs everything! We quickly went to asda and bought a plastic changing mat for £2!
Mittens are pointless. enough said. Baby sleepsuits have mittens built in which don’t get lost down the side of the cot.
Our baby bath was redundant as I bathed with my daughter every day. It saved me time and was a lovely cuddling opportunity 🙂
We had Ewan the dream sheep but didn’t like that it went off after 20 minutes. Not great for when she wakes in the night and is trying to soothe herself back to sleep. We ended up buying the owl (see best baby purchases) which can play constant.