You know how, when you have a baby, you are bombarded with options? I feel sorry for first time parents these days, there is so much that is marketed as “needed” and we feel the need to research everything- pacifier types, diaper brands, bottles, toys, bedding- oh the list is endless!
I’m here to tell you that you don’t need it. There are some things that can help us, but the majority of things marketed to parents, just take up space.
Babies don’t play with all those toys on the exersaucer- unless you count 10 minutes a week as “play”. I don’t! For me, a successful baby item is one that we use daily. If my little one has a toy and never plays with it, we let it go.
Our youngest is one year old and currently still sleeping in our room. He’s sleeping through the night now, so soon we will re-arrange the kids rooms and he can join his older siblings.
Keeping baby equipment to a minimum has been super helpful and it means that our home doesn’t feel like a day care center. Most baby gear isn’t needed and doesn’t make our life any easier.
We use a pack ‘n play for his bed, it takes up less space than a typical crib and when we travel, we just take his bed with us.
We use a white noise maker when he sleeps. Our home is small and we have a big family, which means there is noise. All. The. Time. The white noise helps him sleep through the typical noise variety that goes on in our home.
(Keep in mind, he is 1 year old, so we’re out of the spit-up/diaper blow out stage)
- 7 shirts
- 5 pants
- 3 pajamas
- 4 pairs of socks
- 1 pair of shoes (in the livingroom on our shoe rack)
The clothes, diapers and extra bedding (1 sheet, 1 mattress pad, 3 blankets) are in his dresser and I keep a changing pad (only 1 cover) on top. Not needed, and for many years I changed a baby on our bed, but the changing pad makes my life easier.
The diaper bag hangs by the front door.
We have a small box of toys and books (I like Sandra Boynton Books), but most of the time he’s trying to get into his older sibling’s toys or anything else he can grab and investigate.
The car seat stays in the car all the time.
For the kitchen we have 3 sippy cups & 2 baby spoons & forks (I got rid of the knives)
For the dining room we have a wooden high chair, without a tray- we just pull it up to the table.
Babies don’t need much. They need a place to sleep, clothes, diapers, car seat (if you have a car) and food. Don’t fall into the trap of “more equipment will make your life easier.”
Bottom line: Get the things that you find practical, which often is only realized after baby is over 1 month old.