Brenda - posted on 01/03/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )
So what do you think the baby insdustry tries to convince moms they MUST have? Big stuff and little.
Since we're all here, the number one not necessary item is a crib. But that at least can have some uses, but if you have restricted space like me, it really loses even those uses over the ease of bedsharing.
Changing tables. Along with cribs, how much money every day is spent on the "nursery furniture" that everyone has to have. These sets can cost more than a full king sized bedroom set with all the dressers and everything. You can spend oodles of bucks on fancy changing tables, hutches, etc, and some are dressers as well, so they offer storage space, but in general, I found them difficult and used them from storage from the start.
Wipe warmers. They're made cheap to start with, and you can rub a wipe between your hands to warm it if need be, but my two kids really didn't care.
Special Diaper pails (Diaper Genie, etc) with all their special refills. Ok, I know some swear by it. And yeah, if there are lots of poopy diapers, mine (a regular trashcan) may smell a little, but that's solved by taking out the trash. Why spend big bucks on a glorified trashcan, even if it does lock in odors?
Travel system: So I did it. I bought one again. But I ended up using the big old clunky stroller! I used it to bring groceries in from the car... :) And I used it a couple times when Nick fell asleep in the car and I didn't want to wake him by picking him up, and didn't feel like breaking my arm with the bucket seat.