Why is baby crap so expensive?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
2052 posts
Buzzing bee

My friend had a mamaroo and she liked it, but her baby was large and grew out of the things weight limit REALLY fast. I have found the mamaroo in like new condition for $100 or less on craigslist, I think because people have that same problem, kid grows out of it before it gets any real use.

If that’s the swing you want I would personally buy one second hand myself instead of expecting my family to foot the $250+ price tag for a new one

Post # 3
7196 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

What makes it worse is that you spend all this money, but you don’t even know if your baby will like them! My baby hates her swing, activity mat, and jumperoo (although she likes the jumperoo sometimes).

Post # 5
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Little baby stuff has to be made by little elves, with litty tiny hands, so that’s why it’s more expensive.  

Post # 4
4750 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think the biggest thing is we all get caught up in all the “crap” we think babies NEED to have, when in reality they don’t. Or at the very least they don’t need the most expensive version of said item. A good friend of mine just had a baby (planned) and they are very concious about money. Their nursey is not some over the top perfectly planned thing. They have a crib and bedding. That’s it. All other furniture (a full size bed, dresser, night stand) is stuff they already had. I totally understand the draw to want to go out and buy all new matching nursery furniture (and I’m sure I totally will do that) but I most certainly think that we go overboard on the things we buy.

When it comes to baby showers, I honestly would rather grab a couple of girlfriends and all go in together to buy a “big” item – like a stoller – rather than each us buy smaller stuff. Those are things the average person isn’t going to spend money to buy for something on their own.

Post # 6
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

drlolaz:  Hmm I found in retrospect that my baby didn’t need half the stuff we amassed. I would recommend a pram, a sling/carrier and a playmat, and maybe a bouncy chair.

Post # 7
1785 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

starfish0116:  I agree, I am due in sept and my sisters (all of whom have grown children now) were very quick to let me know that infants NEED 1. a place to sleep 2. a way to eat (either breast or a variety of bottles etc) 3. a way to be held so mom can still go about her day (carrier, bouncer, sling etc) 

Apparently everything else is just extra and can be aquired in time as you need them.  

Make sure you put some health and safety things on your registry, things like a little nail clippers, nasal bulb, bath tub etc. 

Post # 8
6691 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

It’s nice to be well stocked before baby comes because acquiring things in a hurry under stress and sleep deprivation is not the way you want to research products, lol. But I agree, I felt so awful that my registry had so many expensive things on it. I tried to balance it out with less expensive things, but I found that at my showers people just bought me their own versions of those things anyway so they just junked up my registry. 

Things we definitely needed and was nice to have ahead of time were: stroller, rock n’ play, bottles & formula, babybjorn babysitter bouncy chair, crib, changing pad. Things that got used once or twice and outgrown were: newborn size clothes, activity gym (I think this is a scam, lol), dreft, bumbo, boppy pillow. Of course you don’t know this until baby comes, lol.

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