Post # 1
There’s always posts about what baby gear you couldn’t live without. This is a twist: What did you THINK was a waste of money so you skipped, but you now realize the value in so have purchased?
Bottle drying rack. “Just use the regular dish drying rack!”, I thought. Except now I realize that I will perpetually having stuff drying, even with breastfeeding (pump parts/bottles) and pacifiers, and if I want to have room to dry any regular dishes, the baby stuff needs its own rack.
Hands-free pumping bustier. I thought “I can just hold the pump, it’s only 10-15 minutes!”. Yeah… not so much. Trying to pump while also dealing with a baby and 3 dogs, I need my hands!
Post # 3
I agree with the bottle rack ( I have the same one) I wasn’t going to get one…what a stupid idea.
Post # 4
I didn’t even know that had such a thing as hands free pumping! Holy crap!!
Post # 5
A second stroller. I thought one fold-up pram would do everything because it could fold into the sit-up (stroller) position when baby got older. The problem is a fold-up pram is waaay heavier than a simple lightweight stroller, and you’ve got to get the thing in and out of the car. So at some age (I totally forget, maybe about 8 months) we purchased a second – lightweight – stroller and it was a life saver.
Post # 6
Agree with the hands-free pumping bustier! There are women in my new mom’s group who don’t pump hands-free, and pumping is a dull frustrating experience for them as they stare at the milk being collected. Distraction is key! Pumping is my Words With Friends time! Although another woman got creative and made her own by cutting some slits in a sports bra so maybe you could save the $30 that way.
Also, thought the concept of a wipes warmer was absurd and unnecessary before baby came along, but we liked it so much we got two – one for upstairs, one for down.
Post # 7
So that hands-free bustier for pumping actually works? Mine came with attachments that will connect it right to my bra for hands-free pumping, but I thought it sounded ridiculous and wouldn’t work so I haven’t tried that yet. Hmm…maybe I’ll give it a shot.
Post # 8
@bunnylovesbear: I have a pump that attaches to my bra as well and we don’t need the special bra…we’ve already got it hands-free!
Post # 9
I’m going to try one of those hands free bras now! Thanks ladies! 🙂 I thought it was unnecessary to have a swing and a bouncy seat but now that he’s here I love them both! I also never thought we would use the paclifer but boy was I wrong!
Post # 10
This is a great topic and I’m enjoying following for “someday…” planning! Anyone else?
Post # 11
A bottle warmer that plugs into your cigarette lighter. Got it as a gift and NEVER thought I would use it but I ended up using it a lot. I had formula already measured into the bottles and water bottles on hand all the time but my son hated the cold formula and would get fussy. The bottle warmer was fast and kept my son a happy baby. Nothing better than that when we were traveling to see family.
Post # 13
a boppy pillow. my mother was convinced it was a huge waste of money and we’d never use it. man, that thing turned out to be a lifesaver!
Post # 14
@castlehyde – I use my Boppy ALL THE TIME! I use it for breastfeeding, for propping him up when I read to him, for holding him on my lap, and for having him sleep on my chest when I’m in a reclined position (the Boppy helps his butt from sliding down). I think I use it more than any other peice of baby gear I have.
Post # 15
@ahavah: im with u! following along 🙂
Post # 16
@orvis18: I could not agree more, especially for the newborn phase. I previously thought swings/bouncers etc were ‘overstimulating’ or something – I now think of them as a substitute pair of arms to hold and soothe baby in the absence of an extended family of grannies and aunties. Baby needs to nap, and Mama needs to be able to eat, drink, pee, stretch, etc. Also love babywearing, but there are times I just need to be able to move about freely. As for pacifier, once breastfeeding is well-established, if baby likes it, it can be a wonderful tool for soothing. Highly recommend the book Happiest Baby on the Block, which discusses all of the above.