Needed/unneeded baby items?

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The thing about this question is that you’re going to get such completely opposing answers, so prepare for that! It always amuses me how utterly differently people go about that first year.

For us, we didn’t end up using the baby sling or the Ergo carrier. No particular reason; it just didn’t really happen. I used them each a couple of times, so it’s not like they sat unused in a corner, but definitely didn’t use either one enough to justify the cost. But, there’s always next kid, right? And plenty of people absolutely swear by these things.

What we used constantly was the rock n’ play. DD took naps in it every single day until quite recently, actually. It was great because we could put her in it and rock it until she fell asleep, but this could be done while watching TV, or sitting on the floor eating something, playing candy crush, etc. So it was much easier than rocking the baby in our arms, which obviously requires full attention.

We also used wipe warmers religiously for the first couple months, because it was winter. I mean, how would you like it if someone doused your bare ass in an ice rag in the middle of the night? Cold wipes made DD cry, and I bought a wipe warmer used for $5. Best $5 I ever spent. But again, plenty of people will tell you these were a total waste of money. So you never really know!

Post # 3
637 posts
Busy bee

I don’t have kids yet but my sister does and I’ve asked her before some things she found unecessary.  As the PP said, some people swear by these, but this is what my sister said she could have done without:

diaper genie

swing (her kids hated the swing, some kids love them)

Boppie (for breast feeding)

recliner specifically for the nursery (she used one she already had in her family room)

fancy diaper bag (didn’t hold as much as a good backpack)

baby bath tub (where do you store that thing?)

What she loved:

pack n play

extra burp clothes (used those for everything)

really good stroller (my sister runs so she invested in a great stroller)

Post # 6
637 posts
Busy bee

allyfally:  My sister bathes her kids in the kitchen sink.  Obviously she cleans it out first   She said she doesn’t kill her back that way.

Post # 7
7191 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Must haves for us:


A stroller with good wheels. Ours had plastic wheels, and it was so hard to steer! Ugh I hated that stroller.

Baby bath tub

Diaper genie

Activity mat. DD is 11 months old, and we definitely got the most use out of this than any of her toys combined.

White noise machine

Pacifiers. DD like MAM.

Nursing pillow

Post # 10
2390 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Must have sleeper. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO PURCHASE A SLEEPER BEFORE THE BABY IS BORN. It is so light weight and my son slept so much better in that than his expensive crib and his pack and play. My only regret is that I wish I would have purchase it sooner. My son is almost 5 months now and I just switch him to his pack and play. He still sleeps better in his sleeper than his pack and play. I only use my son’s crib becausse it has a changing table attach to it and I put him in there after diaper changing so I can wash my hands.

Other things are swing, pack and play,pack and play mattress and pack and play sheet. teething toys, munchkin wipe warmer, lots of bib, and burp cloths,jumperoo,boppy pillow,pacifiers,bottles,bottle warmer if you plan on going back to work, breast pump if you plan on breastfeeding, and a baby bath tub.

I have a diaper genie but don’t use it. I just use a huge trash can because my son goes through so many diapers. We don’t use an activity mat but my fiance sister has one and we realize it wasn’t worth it. 


Post # 12
1609 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

allyfally:  for us, the most useful things have been a drying rack for pump and bottle parts

a container to put dirty pump and bottle parts (I have a glass vase and throw parts in throughout the day and wash everything at night. It’s not used much anymore since DD is 10 months).

Changing pad cover protector things, seriously, when DD was little, I would go through 3 or 4 a day! It’s so much easier to toss those into the wash than the whole pad cover. 

When DD started standing, we got an activity table that she LOVES. She pushes it all over the house now that she’s walking. 

And maybe this is just me, but now, and even before DD was born everybody told me that babies don’t need a lot of clothes. For me, that was all a lie! Newborns are messy little people and I didn’t want DD to go all day in clothes with poop or spit up all over. For the first few months, I changed DD’s clothes at least once a day. I didn’t want to be doing laundry everyday, so she has a lot of clothes. I didn’t get any clothes at my shower, so we bought a ton of stuff ourselves. And FIY, Carter’s and Macy’s always have huge sales, so that’s when we stock up. 

Oh! And Phels Naptha laundry bar soap is probably the best, most useful thing ever. It gets out everything. 


The useless things have been

diaper geenie, it’s just nasty. We have a small trash can that gets empty everyday. The refills for the diaper geenie are soooo expensive just to throw dirty diapers in. 

Boppy pillow. I got it for nursing, but it sucks because when you put it around yourself it leaves a hole for baby to sink in to. I used a regular pillow. 

Newborn lounger. DD never liked being on it. 


Post # 13
2390 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

allyfally:  No sleeper which is also called a rock and play sleeper. I call it sleeper for short. I don’t recommend co sleepers. Those are dangerous. Sorry I call it sleeper  because it easier than saying rock and play something like this. I should have been more clear sorry. 

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Post # 15
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

rock n play for sure.

white noise machine.

a lullaby cd that you put on every night so baby associates it with sleep. 🙂

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