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7 Things to Not Buy For New Parents
We welcomed a wonderful baby girl in April 2014 (see picture above). Being a new parent is challenging to say the least. The sleep deprivation, the constant feeding, as well as being in pain the entire time (at least that was the case for me). It definitely changed the way I looked at buying gifts for people with new babies. Here are some tips on what not to buy:
1. Non-newborn sized clothing.
I honestly bought one or two outfits for my kid before she was born (all in 3 month size) as I was under the impression that when family hears you are having a baby they automatically send newborn-sized clothes. Taking a step back, it seems that both parties are basically under the impression that the new parents will be getting an onslaught of newborn clothes and then neither party buys them, opting instead to buy 3 and 6 month clothing. Is it just me, or is it not frustrating when you have a bunch of 6 month sized clothing that you can't use yet? I literally did laundry every day just so my kid had something to wear.
2. Button-up sleep and plays.
This is the most archaic, frustrating, and maddening piece of clothing that was ever invented. No, but seriously, what mom wants to be fiddling with a bunch of snaps in the middle of the night trying to change a diaper while the baby screams and kicks you? No company should be making these anymore because there is this invention called A ZIPPER. It's frustrating enough trying to make sure the baby's feet go in the right holes, much less having to line up a snap correctly. Buy these instead. Example ->
Newborns don't need bibs, The first time I (sort of) needed to put a bib on my kid was when she started drooling a lot, which was around 4 or 5 months old. Buy (or make) burp cloths instead. I can honestly say that burp cloths are some of the only things I have used every single day that I've been a parent. We keep one in every room and I feel like you can never have too many.
4. Anything having to do with breast or bottle feeding.
I met a woman in the baby department at Target who was shopping for a breast pump for a friend (not even a relative) because it was one of the only things left on the baby registry to buy. That's a bit too personal an item to be putting on a baby registry no? Is it wrong of me to say that buying diapers, to cover the other end of the spectrum, seems less gross? Buy diapers instead. Newborn diapers to be exact so the new parents don't have to look at a box of size 1 diapers sitting in the corner of the nursery for a couple months.
5. Baby blankets.
I don't know why people buy these. Even I bought one and it literally only serves as decoration on the crib when the baby ISN'T IN IT. We have to be very diligent about taking the blanket off the side of the crib whenever we put the baby down to sleep. Instead, get a couple sets of fitted crib or bassinet sheets. They will be useful early on because babies tend to throw up on everything, I sometimes went through every sheet I had in a single night. Needless to say, we had issues.
If you really want to buy something almost completely useless but super cute, get a baby towel (the kind with a hood) see below. Baby wash cloths are good too.
Why? Newborns don't walk. This is just a hassle. A clever and useful item you can buy instead are socks that look like shoes. I had a set of white socks with gray mary janes printed on them that I used all the time. Plain socks are good too.
7. Seasonally inappropriate clothing.
This is pretty straight forward, don't buy the baby a swimming suit when it's going to be the dead of winter when they are the age that it says on the tag. Common sense does the trick on this one.
Can you think of any others? Leave in the comments below.