(Closed) baby gear you thought was a waste, but now realize the value

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with the bottle rack ( I have the same one) I wasn’t going to get one…what a stupid idea.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I didn’t even know that had such a thing as hands free pumping! Holy crap!!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

This is a great topic and I’m enjoying following for “someday…” planning!  Anyone else?

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

@ahavah:  im with u! following along 🙂

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@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.

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