After having my baby I realized there were quite a few things on my baby registry that I just didn’t need. If I had a dollar for every time someone said, “I didn’t have that when I had a baby.” But, in the long run, do we need all these gadgets and goodies?
1. Baby Wipe Warmer – Baby wipe warmer costs between $19.99 to $49.99. Requiring low voltage many of the warmers feature a built-in changing light with auto shut off. Some even have a viewing window shows you how many wipes you have left.
I passed on the baby wipe warmer, but did notice the wipes were cold especially in the middle of the night. I simply stuff a couple of wipes in my bosom as I unsnap Liam’s onesie and diaper. When I use it, it is already at my body temperature.
2. Baby Bottle Warmer – Though again this seems like a great item, the price tag ranges from $14.99 – $60.00 Another item to plug in this item uses steam to heat your baby’s bottle and jar food. It’s designed to work with very little water, resulting in quick heating. The light and sound indicator lets you know when the bottle or food is finished heating.
Now, I think this item would come in very handy for heating food. But as for bottles, I have one bottle ready to go and feed my baby. When I do that, I pull another out of the fridge to get to room temperature for the next feeding. Bottles don’t actually have to be warm, and should never be hot. Room temperature is a suitable temperature, and Liam has never turned his nose up to it. Also, if you have an impatient baby, you don’t have to wait to warm up that bottle while you baby bellows; it is ready to go at the next feeding.
3. Expensive Diaper Pail – When we went to the baby store I almost fell over at the price of diaper pails. After reading reviews of many of them online, I found that most of the expensive ones had poor ratings. The pails can go from $14.99 to $39.99
I purchased a diaper pail that cost $14.99. It works great and though it’s stinky when you open it, the odor remains inside. I was given a $39.99 pail which works about the same as the cheap one. The only difference is that the expensive one has a weight that pulls down the diapers. Occasionally this makes the diapers get stuck.
4. High Chair – This item you will need, eventually. But, if you are working with small budget, you don’t need it immediately. Keep in mind, your baby will have to be strong enough to hold his head up and sit up somewhat straight before he can use a high chair, which ranges from three to six months, depending on the baby. This buys you a little time on this item.
Keep in mind, the baby wipe warmer, and baby bottle warmer both have to be plugged in. Though it maybe low voltage, eventually it will add up and possibly raise the cost of your electric bill. Of all the items on my baby registry these are the most expendable or at the very least can wait until a later date. With a little creativity, you can squeeze more out of your budget and bank extra cash into baby’s college account.