(From a Mom who has been there)
I never registered for this, and of my friends that had, said it wasn’t necessary and a complete waste of money. Babies will be fine without it.
Cute Newborn Outfits
They grow out of them so fast and to be honest, I had my daughters swaddled, and only used onesies and pjs the entire time for the first 6-8 weeks. So I never had the opportunity to use majority of the newborn outfits. I recommend only getting one outfit if you know there will be a special event to take them to, otherwise skip it and save the cute outfits for when they get older.
I tell all my friends this. I had registered for a bunch of one brand and my baby rejected that brand. I ended up having to get NEW bottles, and never used the very expensive lot that I had received as gifts. My recommendation is to wait until you are ready to introduce the bottle and then try a couple different brands at a time to see what the baby likes. I ended up with the same brand as my baby’s pacifier. This was the only brand she would take.
Believe me. Get some newborn ones and that’s it. As your baby grows, you will find the brand that fits your baby best, and there is nothing worse than being left with a bunch of diapers that your baby blows out of (seriously!). Do keep in mind that many stores will let you exchange or return, but as a new mom, that was the last thing I wanted to do. Just order as you need them and find what fits your baby best.
Parenting Books for Babies
Sure, we all have the intention of reading but in the first 1-2 years of your baby’s life, odds are you aren’t going to have the time, let alone any clue what book to read. You just figure it out as you go along, and every baby is so different. I do recommend getting a parenting book once they are older. I bought my first book when my daughter was 4, which I felt was a guide book to help me help myself parent her, because the way I was parented was not the way I wanted to parent my child, therefore I needed some assistance. If that is the case for you too, then I think buying one when the child is a little older makes sense.
I seriously never used these. Like the clothes I mentioned before, unless you have a specific event that you need shoes for, skip them. Until they are walking, I pretty much never used shoes and they usually don’t fit right or make any sense. Socks are just fine if you need to keep the baby’s feet warm.
There are plenty of other options you can use that serves this same purpose, and then some. Once the baby is a few weeks old the bassinet isn’t even usable. It’s a waste of money, in my opinion. Try a Rock N Play, a swing that detaches, or a simple Pack N Play that has a bassinet option if you really need one. I have used all three of these for the several sleepless nights I had for the first 6-8 weeks and had no complaints.
Baby Magic Bullet
Who knows if you will actually even make the baby food like you dreamed you would? Sure, we all have good intentions, but the truth is, making homemade baby food isn’t for everyone. It’s also just as easy to use an existing appliance in your house if you do decide you have the time to make your own food. A food processor, blender, or if you have a Nutri-bullet or something similar, those all work just as fine. No need to purchase another appliance that you hardly use. I made both my daughters’ baby food and all I really needed was one of the above mentioned and some ice cube trays, or containers to store the food in. My best tip is freezing the pureed food in ice cube trays and thawing them as you need them. You can make a bunch at once and they last for 8 weeks or so in the freezer. Just make sure you bag them up after they freeze and label them so you know what is what.
The “First Aid” Kit
I don’t think I used more than 1-2 items in this. All you really need is a thermometer (one you can use rectally since that is the most accurate for little babies) and a nail clipper. Those are probably the only two items I used out of that package.
OMG who has time for this anymore??? I have not done a single baby book for any of my kids. Plus, there are so many other great options out there now where you can digitally create a baby book with pictures you take on your phone. I use Shutterfly, but there are a ton of options out there that don’t require much effort beyond picking out the pictures. Am I bad mother for skipping this? Who knows. All I know is I have no desire to do one, and since that’s the case, I don’t mind that I resorted to other options. If you want to remember certain milestones, I am sure there is an app for that.