Unnecessary baby items
What you don't really need:
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- A BABY BATH
You can always bath baby in the basin and when he gets older, bath him in your bath tub.
- SPECIAL BABY TOWELS
Normal bath towels will work just fine.
- NAIL CLIPPERS AND HAIR BRUSH
I used my own nail clippers to cut my children's nails and also used my own hairbrush to brush their hair.
- BABY FURNITURE
Feeding chairs, bouncers and doughnuts are all very nice to have but you can do without these items.
Hold baby in your lap when feeding him or use his car chair instead.
Instead of a doughnut, put your baby on a blanket on the floor surrounded by pillows.
- BABY MONITOR
Our parents survived without it quite successfully. Simply put baby to sleep within earshot.
- BABY CUTLERY AND CROCKERY
Special baby bowls, spoons and forks are all nice to have but you can do without these items by using normal bowls and teaspoons.
- BABY TOILETRIES
Babies don't need all the different lotions, powders and creams on the market. For the first 6 - 8 months use an Aqueous cream to bath baby and once a week, wash his hair with a baby shampoo.
From 8 months, you can bath baby with a baby soap bar. Plain olive is great for dry skin and even helps with cradle cap - simply rub it into baby's scalp and carefully comb it out.
- EXPENSIVE OR LOTS OF CLOTHES
You don't have to splash out on a lot of clothes for your new baby. Here is a list of items you will need in baby's first year.
- SHEETS AND PILLOWS
Use receiving blankets as sheets and also double it up as a blanket. I found layering (3-4 layers of light blankets) worked much better at keeping them warm than covering my boys with one thick blanket.