Baby Items You Can Skip
When I was shopping for Breccan before he was born, I had NO IDEA what we would and wouldn't use. We didn't have many friends with babies, and we were the first in our close family to have kids in a lot of years. There were a lot of things we were told we "needed" that, quite frankly, we rarely used. Some of these are obvious, some may be more specific to us.
The obvious "wait, what?!" This was just an extra step for diaper changing that we did not need. Breccan hated diaper changes regardless of temperature, so it was just about getting it over with as quickly as possible.
Once again, an extra step if you're formula feeding or using pumped milk. It in no way harms a baby if it's drinking cold milk/formula. If your baby is fussy about not getting it straight from the tap, maybe you need this, but definitely save your money/counterspace until the problem comes up.Swing:These are useful for such a short period of time. Breccan was literally interested for about 2 weeks. They take up so much space and are so expensive. And a lot of babies grow out of them very quickly. Our bouncy chair vibrated, and that was enough soothing for our little guy. Bibs:Babies are messy eaters. A little strip of fabric around their neck doesn't really keep the mess at bay. I think the only thing that might work is a muddy buddy. Just count on having a change of clothes.Scratch mittens:I could never figure out a way to a) get them to stay on b) keep them washed fast enough and c) keep them from wandering off in the laundry. Just cut their nails, don't worry, it'll be fine. Your kid may be the rare exception that needs these, but again, wait until the problem presents itself. Most long-sleeved sleepers and onesies have little cuffs that turn over to cover their hands anyways.Baby socks: similar problem as above. If they're going out, a pair of (Padraig's ) or a footed bunting is plenty.If it's summer, and you want to keep their feet covered, a pair of mocs are super cute, and usually available by consignment or Craigslist.