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When you’re expecting your first child, it’s completely understandable that you want to fork out everything you need to make your life — and therefore your life — more comfortable.
But it can mean that we end up spending more than is necessary as far as spending is concerned. A study from Ergobaby UK found Parents In the UK, an average of £10,000 is spent on baby preparation and the cost of the first year of life.
90% of parents surveyed admitted they would overspend on baby items, with an average of £5,567 being wasted in total.
From pushchairs, car seats and cots to clothes, baby monitors and nappies, bringing a baby into the world doesn’t come cheap. As a first time mom, I definitely fell into the trap of buying things that I didn’t need when my daughter was born.
I thought they would improve our lives – but honestly, they didn’t. And I wasted money in the process. So whether you’re a parent-to-be who’s currently running out of your nursery, or a parent who’s also currently harboring some new-baby-buying-regrets, here are a few things I wish That I didn’t bother buying – and I wish I would have bought instead.
Regret #1: Cot Mobile
I don’t know what possessed me to buy a mobile for my baby’s crib. Maybe it was because it’s one of those things you typically associate with a young child’s nursery, or maybe it’s because I’ve seen so many cute babies on Instagram.
Anyway, we bought one – it was wooden with cute little sea creatures and probably cost us £50 – and we barely used it. Our little one, who was about 2-3 months old when we got it (I don’t remember exactly as I was sleep-deprived at the time), was absolutely delighted with the mobile.
But instead of appeasing her, as I thought it would, it rightly incensed her. Every time she was put down in her cot, even if she was just a little drowsy, she would look at him and ferociously kick her feet like an Irish dancer (which is exactly what you want when you’re letting your baby drift off). Desperately hoping for) off).
There would never be a point where she would get bored or tired of it – it was *the* most stimulating thing in the world – so in the end I had to remove it from sight. i know i am worst.
What I should have bought instead: Blackout blinds
My biggest regret – and I still haven’t bought them (what exactly is wrong with me?) – is that I didn’t get some blackout blinds installed in my daughter’s room.
I truly believe it will save him hours on those long summer nights trying to get him to sleep, in addition to getting him back to those early mornings when it was light outside at 5am. It also did me a solid favor during those many daytime naps when I closed the curtains, but the afternoon sun was so strong that the room remained stingingly bright.
I know it must have made a difference as we have since gone on holiday to Croatia and the hotel had amazing blackout curtains. what else? slept till 9:00 some mornings.
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Regret #2: Bedside crib
Bedside cribs can be very expensive because they really aren’t used that much — unless you’ve had a C-section and could benefit from easier access, or are planning on having a lot of babies ( In which case, you do you!).
The bedside crib we bought wasn’t as expensive as some of them might have been, but it was still an expense we could have saved ourselves because by the tender age of about three months, our daughter decided she hated He’s the crib with a passion and just won’t sleep in it.
By this point it had two primary uses: somewhere to put it when I got dressed, and somewhere to store all the clean laundry when I brought it up. Reflecting back, she slept happily in her Moses basket for the first few months (especially since that’s where she did most of her sleep). And by about three/four months he ended up sharing the bed anyway.
What I should have bought instead: A bed
We actually bought a crib – This from Tutti Bambini (£259) – But not until our daughter is seven months old. Looking back, we could have bought the bed much earlier, put it in her room for a while so she could sleep in it (when she was out of the Moses basket), and put it in her room when she was. Took me Ready.
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Regret #3: Electric Nasal Aspirator
Apologies in advance because things are about to get a little gross. we bought an electric nasal aspirator Snot sucker thinking it would be better than a manual one and to be honest it wasn’t all that much.
We spent £30 on it and found it doesn’t really get much mucus out. Plus, the noise seemed to scare our daughter, so she wasn’t a fan at all.
What I should have bought instead: A manual nasal aspirator
Yes it’s disgusting but the manual one works so much better and was much cheaper too. we got it Snufflebabe Nasal Aspirator (£8.99) And it was very useful when she was struck down by a really bad cold.
I agree, it’s super gross. As you suck on one end, you can actually hear the gurgle of snot as it travels through your baby’s nose and into the device. But there’s something oddly satisfying about it at the same time.
If you’re not in the market for snot suckers (fair), Saline Drops (£7.99 for pack of 3) Might as well be a god to move that pesky mucus.
Regret #4: Tummy Time Pillow
When my daughter was one month old, I remember reading and hearing so much advice about the importance of tummy time that I worried I wasn’t doing enough of it. (If you’re currently a parent, WTF is tummy time, it’s basically when you hold your baby on your tummy while they’re awake to help them build up their muscles.)
A tummy time pillow was definitely a ‘new parenting scare’ purchase that I didn’t really need. I could drape a towel under his chest, put some stimulating toys nearby, and it would have a similar effect.
What I should have bought instead: A white noise machine
So there really wasn’t anything related to tummy time that I wish I would have bought. But one game-changing new parenting purchase was a white noise machine — and I’m sure many parents would agree.
I finally bought a white noise machine, but not until our little girl was about four or five months old – which was a bad move because she Like this A light sleeper.
Up to that point we’d been working hide and seek around the place – and giving each other evil if we breathed heavily. When she was about three months old we got a white noise playlist from Spotify that we played on a speaker all night long, and it was like magic. You can roll over the bed, the frame will crunch, but it won’t get up. bliss.
Lots of friends had portable white noise machines that they carried around with them, so I finally gave up and bought one – The DreamEgg (£39.99) To be precise—and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made as a new parent. Great for pushchair naps, great for daytime naps so you can get on with down time jobs, great for nighttime sleep. i love it
It also has a little night light and 10 other background noises like shushing, a vacuum cleaner and running water if you want to change things up. It’s great that we still use it.
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