When making preparations for your little bundle of joy there are many items you may be tricked into believing are necessities. When in reality you will wind up never using them or selling them for half of the cost at a garage sale or on eBay. There are a few things that should be bought first hand, but many items can be skipped altogether or bought by friends and relatives.
These items are necessities, which should be purchased first hand and well before baby arrives. A car seat is one of the first items you will need. In fact, it will need to be installed in your vehicle before you can leave the hospital. You should purchase a car seat brand new from a reputable store. Buying a used car seat can potentially be dangerous, as you do not know if it has been in an accident before. This affects the structural integrity of the car seat and could jeopardize your baby's safety if you were to be involved in an accident. A new car seat can be pricy, but it is necessary. A crib is another investment that you will need to make. Some people prefer bassinets, but babies typically outgrow these so quickly that they are hardly worth your money. Your crib should be purchased new and without a drop side mechanism. A convertible crib that can change into a toddler bed and then a full size bed is an excellent investment. Getting out and walking after your baby is born can give you back some of your sanity. A good stroller is a must. Buying a new stroller is usually a good idea, especially if you plan to have a second child. This way you can get your money's worth. You should keep your eyes and ears open for recalls on all of these products. New recalls are announced all the time and you never know when a baby product you have purchased could be involved.
These are items that you should probably skip. Save you money for food and baby's college fund. A wipe warmer is really not a necessity, unless you live in Alaska. It is one more thing to maintain and you will most likely find you will never use it. Diaper Genie or similar diaper disposal systems are not necessary as well. These are expensive and you will find the cost continually adds up. When you run out of bags for these products you will need to purchase more and they are not cheap. At six to seven dollars for a new insert you should just bag this product altogether. By using a garbage can with a lid and changing the bag frequently, you will get the same end result- no smell. If you are overly concerned adding a little baking soda to the bottom of the can will help to minimize any odors.
You will need to purchase some clothes for your newborn, but hold off on fancy dresses and little shoes. If you really want, place these items on your baby shower wish list and others will be ecstatic to buy them for you. You will most likely find you won't get much use out of them. Babies grow very fast! Toys are another great item to request from friends and family. They love to shower new babies with these items.
By purchasing the large and basic necessary items, avoiding things that will likely sit in the closet and letting friends and family buy smaller items, you will save a bundle.