Apr 222015

This post was updated May 2, 2020.

Having a baby? Find out what items you can skip as well as the ones you should add to the list.

Creating the perfect list of baby items starts with all the necessary gadgets. For some first-time parents, the number of products out on the market will make you feel overwhelmed.

The truth is, you don’t need most of it.

There are baby items you need and others that you can do without. If you ask other moms about the things you really need as a first-time parent, you’ll notice there’s a list of items they barely used with their child.

Finding the necessary baby products can be tough. Once you're ruled out the baby registry items you won't need, then you can focus on the essentials for your little one.

Top 5 Baby Registry Items You Won’t Need

Starting a family can be exciting for expecting parents. It’s amazing how many products are out there that seem like great purchases. One of the things to remember while making these purchases is to think of the essentials.

Before digging into that list, I want to share a handful of products I didn’t find useful when we were first-time parents.

To help first-time parents skip on certain unnecessary items, I’ve created a list of the five baby registry items you won’t need

1. Odorless diaper pail

My husband was fortunate to have a younger brother and sister who he helped raise. Based on his experience with an odorless diaper pail, he said it was something we needed to add to our baby registry. I think I used it five times when our oldest was born.

Pro Tip: Take dirty diapers outside instead of letting it pile into one of these. It’s more hygenic for you and your family.  

2. Wipes warmer

A former co-worker said this was probably the most necessary item for babies in the wintertime. We were still living in NJ when our firstborn experienced his first snowstorm. Even when the nights hit single digits, we never felt the need to purchase a 7wipes warmer. Skip it. It’s one of the baby registry items you won’t need.

3. Bottle warmer

My father makes fun of these every time he sees them because he feels babies should drink their milk naturally, cool or in room temperature. Honestly, I never used a bottle warmer, and I think the best method is just leaving the bottle out for a couple of minutes so it takes on room temperature.

Pro Tip: If you need to warm up a bottle, simply place the bottle in a glass container filled with warm water. It works like a charm.

4. Baby food processor

For some parents, a baby food processor helps with cross-contamination, but what if you aren’t cleaning them correctly?

Personally, I’ve never used a baby food processor. I’d cook my son’s food in regular pots and pans, and occasionally I’d use the Oster Blender or Magic Bullet.

Between the two, I like the Magic Bullet best. I’ve used it for smoothies and other family favorites.

5. Newborn clothes

Your baby is going to outgrow just about everything within a month or two, and when it comes to newborn clothing, they will outgrow them within a week.

Pro Tip: Go for 0-3 months (or older). These options will last at least until your child is three to six months old. Great for budgeting.

Baby Registry Items You Actually Need

Multi-functional baby items are always a hit. Finding the right products for your little one depends on your lifestyle. Now that you’ve set aside baby registry items you won’t need, it’s time to focus on the necessary ones.

Are you active, always on the go like us? Here are two baby essentials you can look into:

Using a baby carrier makes it easier while shopping at the grocery store or visiting family and friends.

Although I’m not a fan of strollers for multiple children, I do recommend joggers for traveling with a little one. If you’re always out with the family and enjoy traveling to the beach or going on long walks, then a jogger would be ideal for you.

One of the perks of using a jogger are the all-terrain wheels. They work well for the beach and make it easy while traveling with the family. The tri-wheel design makes it easy to turn. Bonus: You can run with it, too.

If you are looking to save space in your home and avoid expensive purchases, then look into the following products:

All three items are still used in our home today. You can read more about the Stokke foldable bathtub here and the Oribel multi-functional high chair and activity center here.

One of the reasons I recommend a foldable tub is because we have both a newborn to toddler baby tub and this foldable one, and prefer the foldable one. It’s easy to put away and durable.

I will say, that the baby tub has come in handy with collecting toys from around the house and is often used as a hamper for their clothes today.

In terms of baby bottles, it depends on your child. Our little ones barely used bottles. The ones we did use were glass baby bottles easier to clean and more durable.

Can you think of any other baby products that did come in handy?

Reader Comments

  1. When our daughter was born 26 years ago, we had an odorless diaper genie. Looking back, did we really need it? This is great for expecting parents to hone their registry ideas.

  2. I really want to try the foldable bathtub with our next baby. The traditional ones are too bulky and hard to store.

  3. Yep, I can agree to all of this! We didn’t have any of those, except a few newborn outfits that were gifted, and I didn’t miss any of it. I purposely didn’t want my boys to get used to warm wipes and warm bottles (they had them room-temp) because it was easier if we weren’t home and didn’t have those things. They weren’t used to it so they didn’t know they were missing them!

  4. Def agree on wipes warmer and bottle warmer. I had TINY babies so we had newborn clothes for almost 3 months haha

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