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What You Really Need For a Baby: The Bare Essentials

What You Really Need For a Baby The Prudent Homemaker

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links.

 

When I was pregnant with my first baby, money was super tight. I wondered what I really needed for the baby, and everyone would tell me the same thing, "You need everything." 

"But what about __________?" I would ask.

"Oh, yes, you have to have that," they would say.

It didn't seem possible to me that I had to have all of these many things for a baby, but no one could guide me to what a baby really needed, and what I could skip spending money on.

Eight babies later, I've found that a lot of those things people said I had to have (and that I thought I probably didn't) are things I didn't have to have, and even a lot of the things I thought I would need are things I have either done without or gotten rid of (because we rarely or never used them!)

I have received a lot of emails over the years from readers asking what items they have to have and what they can do without, because they have a small budget for their baby.

If you have a small budget and want to make sure you have the essentials, here's my list of what you really need--and remember, you can get almost all of these items used via yard sales, hand-me-downs, children's resale shops, thrift stores, Craig's List, and local Facebook garage sale pages.

 

1. A car seat

It needs to be rear-facing and up-to-date (not expired).  

In the U.S., you must have this in order to take your baby home from the hospital. Even if your children are all born at home, like mine have been, you still need a car seat. You'll also need an infant insert to hold a newborn's head.

 

Sleeping Baby The Prudent Homemaker

 

2. A place for the baby to sleep

More than likely, you'll need a crib of some kind. It can be a small crib, it can be a used crib (try Craig's List, garage sales, Facebook garage sales, and children's resale shops). You'll also need a crib mattress and bedding. For bedding, you need 2 bottom sheets, 2 mattress pads, and 2 blankets. I personally also like waterproof crib pads that go in between the waterproof mattress pad and the sheets; they save you from having to take off the mattress pad every time your child spits up or has a leaky diaper while sleeping.

What you don't need:

A bassinet, a cradle, or a matching bedding set with a quilt. The baby will quickly outgrow the first two, and the big fluffy quilts that come in the sets are too large and too thick. A crib bumper is no longer recommended in the U.S. (as it is considered a suffocation hazard) and is also difficult to tie on and off every time you change the sheets.

Gender-specific crib sheets. If you opt for neutral colors, you can feel good about using the same sheets for each baby (of course you can use pink sheets for a boy, but many people would prefer not to. If you start with a neutral color, you won't have to feel obligated to buy different sheets if you have a baby of the opposite sex later).

Note that many places recommend not using blankets but using sleeping sacks instead. Despite this recommendation, I have never known anyone who didn't use blankets with their baby at some point, whether in the crib, while sleeping elsewhere, while being held, while swaddled, to cover the car seat when the sun in shining in the baby's eyes, or to lay down on the floor for the baby to play on. Chances are good that you won't need to buy any baby blankets; they are a gift that everyone loves to give. I've received over 80 baby blankets with my 8 children!

Receiving blankets are too tiny to be of much use. Many parents prefer a larger muslin blanket like this.

 

3. A place for the crib

This can be in your room or in another room. 

What you don't need:

A decorated nursery. Yes, it's pretty. Your baby will still be just fine without it. Your baby will notice your love and affection more than anything on the walls, a mobile, a rug, or coordinating decorations.

 

4. A place to feed the baby

A chair with arms is the most comfortable option. A place to put your feet up is a bonus but not required. I've nursed most of my children at the computer sitting in the computer chair, because it has arms. This website was started while I fed my 5th baby!

What you don't need:

A glider rocker with matching gliding ottoman.

I really wanted one of these with my first baby. We had 7 chairs at our house when my first was born--4 metal folding chairs that we used as kitchen chairs, 2 computer chairs without arms, and one broken recliner with wood arms. I used the rather uncomfortable recliner with my first two babies, until we bought a computer chair with arms when I had my third. Some type of chair with arms is helpful for nursing or bottle feeding.

 

5. A way to feed the baby

 

If you nurse your baby, you'll need at least 2 to 3 nursing bras. I cannot recommend getting fitted for a nursing bra enough! Department stores have women trained to fit you for a bra, and even if you've been fitted for a regular bra, your size will change when you are nursing. A comfortable nursing bra is important, and a properly fitting bra will be much more comfortable than one that rides up or pinches you.

Nursing pads are essential to keep you from leaking milk through your shirt. I like these disposable ones and these washable ones.

A nursing cover is wonderful for discreetly nursing (and fastening your nursing bra and shirt after you're done nursing). I've used blankets before, but the cover doesn't slip when I'm buttoning my shirt or the baby decides to flail his arms. 

If you're formula feeding, you'll need formula (of course), bottles, nipples with different numbers of holes depending on the baby's age, and a bottle brush.

If you're planning on pumping your own milk, you'll also need those items (minus the formula). You'll need a breast pump. This may be covered by your health insurance.

If you don't know what brand of formula you want to use, you can sign up before your baby is born on different companies' websites, and they'll send you free samples and coupons.

Burp cloths. Babies spit up. Some babies barely spit up, and some babies spit up a lot. Prefold cloth diapers work as great burp cloths, or you can purchase or make some.

 

What you don't need: 

Special nursing clothing. A regular t-shirt and/or button-front shirts work fine. If you like to wear a dress, a button front bodice or a criss-crossing bodice (such as in a wrap or faux wrap dress) will work for nursing.

A nursing pillow. If you really want a pillow, try using a pillow you already have.

A bottle sterilizer. You can wash bottles in the dishwasher, and if you don't have one, you can dip them in boiling water in a pot on the stove--or simply wash them well.

Nursery water. As long as you have clean, safe drinking water where you live, you don't need to mix your formula with bottled water.

 

6. Diapers and Wipes

Cloth or disposable, you'll need something. Baby wipes (cloth or disposable) are also needed. You'll want a place to dispose of the diapers (if disposable) or a bucket to put cloth diapers and wipes in until you're ready to wash them. You'll also want something to put them in until you're ready to use them (a basket, a drawer, etc.) 

Both cloth and disposable diapers can be done on a low budget. I have done both and prefer disposable. I buy the Target brand diapers when they have sale and gift card offers. I use the Costco wipes (a box is $20 but it also goes on sale for $16 a few times a year). I find that one box of wipes lasts me 9 months. I usually spend around $250 a year for disposable diapers and wipes.

You'll likely also want to use a diaper rash ointment and some baby powder.

What you don't need:

A diaper pail. This is one of those items that we registered for, received as a gift, used for the first two children, and then we decided we didn't need it. We had a diaper pail that took regular trash bags. Starting with my third, the babies have all been changed in my room. We found it easy enough to put the diapers in the bathroom trash can (under the sink in a cabinet) and to empty that trash can every day. Emptying it every day is the best way to not have a stinky nursery. If you are changing a baby in a nursery, you may find a trash can with a lid (that you can line with plastic grocery sacks) to be the easiest option.

 

7. A place to change the baby

Somewhere to change diapers is important. If you have a two-story house, you'll want somewhere to change diapers on each level. 

This can be as simple as a waterproof pad. I use a waterproof crib pad with two cloth prefold diapers on top. If the baby spits up on the top or the diaper leaks while changing a diaper, I can replace that cloth diaper with another for the next time. You can also opt for changing the baby on a bath towel folded in half. Both of these options will can be done on a bed or on the floor; I change my babies at the foot of my bed.

A portable diaper changing pad is useful when you leave the house--and you can use in to change the baby on at home, too!

What you don't need:

A changing table. They're an expense that wasn't in our budget with our first, and we made it work without one. It worked fine, and so, 8 babies later, I've never used one. Are they nice? Sure! But if one isn't in your budget, you can put down a waterproof crib pad on your bed or on the floor and change a diaper there (and if you have a two-story home, you might not always change the baby in his room!) Don't stress over having one if it isn't in your budget. I did--but we made it work without, and once I realized we were fine without one, we never bought one, even when we had the money to do so.

 

8. A place to wash the baby

I had a baby bathtub that I used with each of my eight babies, and I gave it away after our eighth. I won't be getting another one for my ninth.

I only used the baby bathtub on occasion, when my babies were younger than four months. After that age, you can sit up (while you hold the child) a baby in the kitchen sink for a bath. 

Most of the time, however, we bathed the baby by having dad hold the baby in the shower while I washed the baby (standing right outside the shower). This was the simplest way for us and why we rarely used the baby bathtub.

Used baby bathtubs are usually free for the asking; people can't seem to give them away. If you want one, ask around, and the chances are pretty good that you can find one for a song or even for free.

You'll want some baby soap. I highly recommend smelling the different brands if you can before you commit to a brand; you may find that you like the scent of some and hate the scent of others. This is a gift that you may receive in a baby shower, too, giving you the chance to try out a couple of different brands in small bottles.

A couple of small, soft baby washcloths are nice, but you can also use a regular washcloth.

What you don't need:

Baby towels; they are rather small and thin. They never kept my babies warm when taking them from the bath (even when it's 78ºF in my house half the year) and my babies outgrew them in the first few months. A regular towel will do just fine, be large enough, and be thick enough to keep your baby warm between the bath and getting dressed (and not be too wet to dry your baby like the thin, tiny baby towels).

 

8. Clothes for the baby (and a place to put them)

There is a reason so many people say that their baby outgrew clothing before it was already worn. If you have more baby clothes than you need, this can easily be a problem.

If you have a baby shower and people know what sex the baby is, you will most likely receive a lot of clothing, and it will quite possibly all be in the 0-3 month size. Don't be afraid to exchange clothing for a larger size.

A new baby spends most of his time sleeping. When your baby is less than 3 months old, you can easily have the baby wear pajamas all day long.

How many clothes you need in each size depends on a couple of things: how often your baby spits up, how often your baby has a leaky diaper, how many times you want to change the baby's clothing, and how often you do laundry. How many layers you need will depend on the season, the climate you live in, how warm you keep your house, whether or not you keep your baby swaddled in a blanket, and if you take the baby outdoors often or keep the baby inside.

Baby clothes are often freely handed down; you can quickly end up with more than you will use. They are also a great buy at garage sales.

Any dresser will do for your baby; if your baby is in your room, one designated drawer will keep all of your baby clothes handy. Baby hangers are very helpful for hanging clothes in a baby's room (or in your own closet, if the baby is in your room) and you'll use the fo years until your children need adult-sized hangers.

What you don't need:

Baby shoes. Babies won't need shoes until they are walking, and even then, they will do best barefoot most of the time. My babies have almost all walked early (at 9 months) and I don't purchase shoes until they have been walking for a few months. 

12 of everything. 6-8 of most items of clothing per size is more than sufficient if you do laundry every couple of days. A couple of hats (or even just one) when your baby is brand-new to the world are useful, but you'll quickly no longer need them (and your baby will quickly outgrow them).

Special baby detergent. Babies clothing can be washed with your regular clothing. You will want stain removers.

 

9. A few hygiene items

Baby nail clippers are one of the best things ever.

A small comb with fine teeth works well for combing fine baby hair--but it doesn't have to be a special baby comb. 

A nasal aspirator (referred to as a "booger sucker" at my house) is extremely helpful in unclogging a stuffy baby's nose. The larger the aspirator, the better; tiny ones are not worth your money.

What you don't need:

Baby brushes. These usually come packaged with a baby comb and sometimes with nail clippers. If your baby has fine hair, a comb is more useful than a brush. 

Special wipes for the baby's nose.

 

10. Baby medicine

When your baby is fussy, crying, and won't sleep, it can be overwhelming. It's helpful to have a few items in the medicine cabinet before your baby is born.

Gas drops. The store brand of these works just fine, as this tiny bottle can be expensive. I always find I need these in the middle of the night the first couple of weeks after my babies are born, when they won't stop crying and arching their backs from stomach pain.

Baby acetaminophen. Babies can only have acetaminophen during the first six months to reduce fevers. You can add infant ibuprofen to your medicine cabinet after that.

Garlic Ear Drops. These are amazing. Everyone I've told about these (and loaned my bottle to) has ended up keeping the bottle and buying me a new one, because they loved the product so much! If your baby (or child, or YOU) has an earache, these drops get rid of it very quickly (only 4 times have I ever needed to administer a second round of drops), and save you a trip to the doctor for an earache (and ten days of antibiotics)!

Oral Relief Tablets. I found these easier to administer and more effective than teething ointment.

 

11.  A stroller

I thought I needed a large stroller that my car seat could clip into, with a big basket underneath and a place for me to put a drink.

By the time my third baby was born, I had used that stroller less than 10 times with my first 2.

When I went shopping, I would put the baby's carseat into the shopping cart. Once the baby was bigger, I would put the baby right in the child seat in the cart. Most places I shopped (grocery stores and big box stores) had carts, so this worked fine.

When we went places, I usually found it easiest to just carry the baby. I rarely needed the stroller.

Eventually, I bought a smaller umbrella stroller at a garage sale for $7 (after my 5th was born). We were going a few more places and I found the lightweight stroller to be so much easier to use. I sold the big stroller at a garage sale.

Whether or not you need a stroller (and what kind) really depends on your lifestyle. Realize, too, that you may decide to stay home more once you have a baby.

 

Ivory Baby Toys The Prudent Homemaker

 

12. A few baby toys

Babies are curious about new things. Once they've learned all about something, they often tire of it and want to learn about something new. Once they can crawl and walk, they no longer want baby toys--they want to play with everything else in the house (including everything in your kitchen cabinets).

Before our eighth was born, I narrowed down the baby toys to the toys my young babies liked the most, and I donated everything else. What we kept for our eighth baby included the following: Sophie the Giraffe, Oball shaker, and Links

 

What you don't need:

A bouncer, a swing, playmats, and large baby toys that take up huge amounts of space. 

None of these made my babies happy. The baby would constantly slide sideways in the bouncer and preferred just to be held, and once the baby was 4 months old, all of my babies preferred time on a blanket on the floor instead. The swing had similar issues, and once I had a couple of children, the swing became something that the toddler just want to push really high and really fast! Every mom told me these were necessary items, but we found that they weren't something we had to have at all.

 

13. A diaper bag--or something to carry your baby supplies in when you leave the house

You don't have to have an actual diaper bag with pockets for bottles inside. If you bottle feed, they are certainly helpful, but any bag will work to transport diapers, wipes, a baby blanket, a nursing cover, bottles and formula, burp cloths, a diaper changing pad,  and a change of baby clothing. You can use a large purse, a backpack, or a tote bag.

I found it heavy to carry around a large number of supplies in a diaper bag while also carrying a baby (or a sleeping baby in the carseat!). To make my life easier (and to relief the back pain) I started keeping a large container of wipes, several diapers, and an infant bodysuit in the car. In my bag I have 2 to 3 diapers and a small container of wipes (and when I am nursing, I have a nursing cover, 2 burp cloths, and a change of clothing for the baby). With a one-year-old currently in diapers, I can fit a couple of diapers and a small package of wipes in my vintage 1950's handbag, and I don't have to carry a large bag.

What you don't need:

A designer diaper bag.

 

14. A high chair and baby feeding supplies

You won't need this until your baby is able to sit up and eat food. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting babies on solids at 6 months or slightly later.

Baby bibs are important for feeding to keep your baby from staining his clothes. The larger the bib, the more of the baby's clothing that is protected. I use homemade bibs in dark colors (so that I don't need to use stain remover) that are large enough to cover their entire outfit. In the beginning, at 6 months, I'll use a slightly smaller bib that covers their entire torso.

Two baby spoons is more than enough for a baby; you can quickly wash them by hand and have them ready to use.

You can mash up what you're having; steamed fruits and vegetables are easy items to give to your baby. A blender can be used to puree your food and you can freeze food in ice cube trays to use later to feed your baby if you're making a bunch at once.

What you don't need:

Baby cereal, individual baby food containers, teething cookies, Cheerios, veggie straws, and toddler food. These can quickly add up and make your grocery budget double, with half the budget going towards baby food!

Not convinced you can do without baby food? French Kids Eat Everything is a book I highly recommend getting from the library and reading at least once! I watched the truthfulness of this when a French friend of mine came to visit and gave his 8-month-old steamed broccoli from his own plate at dinner at our house. The baby loved it!

 

Every mother is different, and every mother has her own personal favorites that she has to have. You'll find favorite brands of baby products, favorite kinds of baby blankets, and favorite products. You may find you can't live without some of the items that I mentioned as not being needs, and that's okay! In the end, you are the parent, and you get to choose what you want for your babies.

 

Ivory Blessing Day The Prudent Homemaker

 

 You may also enjoy reading: Our Baby Naming Day Tradition

 

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  • Ava February 21, 2018

    I had a "designer" diaper bag - a sturdy red canvas Eddie Bauer that was a gift from my mother when my first child was on the way. That bag saw us through both babies, and was still being used as my favorite carry-on-size suitcase when the "babies" were teenagers. It never tore or came apart, it came out of every wash looking like new, and if it hadn't been lost in a move, I feel certain I'd still be using it. I actually miss it!

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker February 21, 2018

    My diaper bag was an Eddie Bauer one (about $35). It was sturdy, but it quickly became too heavy as I carried so much in its large size. It was definitely made to last, though! (I ended up passing it on and using a smaller bag). Petunia Pickle Bottom ones cost anywhere from $95 to $195. They are beautiful--but definitely in the "want" category.

  • Ava February 24, 2018

    When my first grandchild was on the way, I continued the "tradition" and bought my daughter an Eddie Bauer bag. Like you, she found that it easily become very heavy, and chose a smaller one. But yes, there's no question the Eddie Bauers are fairly reasonably priced, and made to last! (I googled Petunia Pickle Bottom - quite beautiful, but at those prices NOT a necessity!)

  • Roxie February 21, 2018

    My oldest baby is 44 so it has been a while since I needed clothing while pregnant. However I was very frugal and hated the idea of buying special pants etc. to wear for a few months...I got two pairs of sweat pants with the draw string. I wore those 99% of the time. I wore a lot of button down shirts left open over a t-shirt. I did make a couple of dresses. My husband was a Marine officer and I had to attend the Marine Ball. Clothing was not really difficult, except for bras. I am and always have been a D cup. Find nursing bras in that cup size was hard. I did manage to make myself 2. I will say they were ugly...but they worked.

  • Julie February 21, 2018

    My list of must haves are similar to yours. There are a couple of things that are different.
    I used a stroller a lot, but prefer a nicer umbrella type stroller like this (https://www.target.com/p/chicco-lite-way-stroller/-/A-46772806) that I registered for and received as a group gift. I also like a baby backpack for hiking with our family.
    I too liked to have baby in sleepers for the first three months or so. For the first two weeks though, it was a kimono type long sleeved shirt with a diaper and a blanket or swaddling sleep sack. It made diaper changes so much easier when they were needing more frequent diaper changes. And in a colder climate the swaddling sleep sacks like the Halo brand are amazing.
    If you have a baby at a hospital, often, they will send you home with some things that you didn't know about. We received a swaddling sleep sack and a diaper bag. We also got the nasal aspirator and some samples of soap etc that they used right after birth. Ask other women who have had babies at the same hospital or birthing center what you can expect to take home with you. There might be items you don't even need to purchase.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker February 21, 2018

    I was considering mentioning that some hospitals will give you a diaper bag! I didn't know about the other items, however; I think it's wise to ask ahead of time at the hospital where you are planning to give birth.

    As my own children have been born at home, I am responsible for purchasing a birth kit, which includes many things, but also a sterile nasal aspirator and a sponge with Hibiclens on it (also sterile and sealed). So I've bought a new nasal aspirator for each child :) since it needs to be sterile to use immediately after they are born.

    I like hearing how the sleep sack is helpful in a colder climate. Having lived in a warm climate most of my life, I hadn't thought about the extra warmth. Most of my babies have been born when it is warm here, and lots of layers aren't needed when the house is already 78º! Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Juls Owings February 22, 2018

    I used cloth diapers as a burp cloth, my daughters all used Kitchen towels. No breast pump, used a bowl and my hand. Changed the baby on the furniture or floor with a towel. Carried a cloth sack that Dad made when he came out of the Navy to carry his clothes in. No stroller, bath but did have a crib but several of our friends lined deep dresser drawers and used that instead.No high chair , just a lap or books stacked and covered with a towel when they got older

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker February 22, 2018

    I had a college boyfriend who told me he slept in a drawer as a baby :D I considered mentioning that option in the post!

  • CT Mom February 22, 2018

    In Finland they send new babies home with a cardboard box to sleep in.

  • kim February 22, 2018

    Interesting! Just proves there are a lot of ways to raise a child. :)

  • Marcia R. February 26, 2018

    When my oldest was born in 62, she slept in a dresser drawer at my in-laws house when we visited--she was about 3 months old but only started out at 6#, so still fit just fine!

  • S February 22, 2018

    I loved using onesies with baby and if needed to dress up, I put a sleeveless dress on it for a baby. Worked great.

  • LeeAnn February 22, 2018

    I used a non-slip fuzzy bathroom rug on top of a dresser for a changing table. A shelf above held diapers and the dresser held clothing, bedding, blankets, etc.. I taped pictures on the bottom of the shelf to entertain baby while being changed.

    I found a play pen very helpful for the times when I needed to leave the room. It was a safe place for baby while I went to bathroom or to the basement to put in a load of laundry or when I was using the pressure canner and wanted baby safely out of range. It was also useful to confine baby outside when I was gardening. As we all know babies and toddlers tend to self-destruct so I appreciated a safe place for them while I had my attention elsewhere.

  • PJGT February 22, 2018

    I fondly remember making maternity dresses that I used for both children. I managed to secure a hand-me-down crib that ended up being used mostly for stuffed animals. I was amazed at how many people gave us stuffed animals! Turned out that our babies slept in a swinging cradle (that was used for me) that I kept next to the bed. It was handed down along with a wicker bassinet that had handles and could be carried. So useful and beautiful after I repainted it. It made moving the sleeping baby so easy. My father rebuilt the stand, so it was a fine place for the baby (and cat) to nap.

    For our baby shower, I asked for cloth diapers and we used them for both children before giving them to my sister for her daughter. I made a christening gown based on the one Teddy Roosevelt had using lace from my wedding gown.

    I was fortunate to have a wonderful mother-in-law that was kind and considerate enough to ask what we wanted. I wanted all natural and wood. As she bought things, we saved them for the future grandchildren. It has been a true gift to know that these things will be there for the next generation.

    We had a house fire, and the hand-me-down items are gone, but the wooden furniture passed on are still available for future generations. I've started to replace some of the lost items when I find them at garage sales or thrift shops. Thus far, I have a new-to-us rocking horse, hobby horse, little red puddle jumping boots, and some favorite children's books. I'm hoping to find a wicker bassinet and rocking cradle in the next couple years.

    The only other item I would consider essential is a baby food maker. It allowed me to grind our table food without depending on electricity.

    One side note...our parametric friend insisted that we not use built in car seats available in some vehicles. He said it was better to be able to cut a car seat out without moving a baby if there were to be an accident. Fortunately, we never had an accident, but I always followed his advice.

  • Annie-Blake February 22, 2018

    I love this article. Very resourceful.

    My must have baby items were nail clippers, face washers for spit ups and muslin cloths, zipper onesies, a bassinet on wheels so baby could sleep wherever I was in the house, disposable diapers and wet ones, bibs, 2 plastic spoons, singlets, baby shampoo/soap, a good quality nappy bag with multiple storage spots/pockets for organisation (I would go out for 11+ hours so needed space for multiple meals, clothes changes, diapers etc), a compact stroller that my nappy bag could clip onto, hat and sunglasses, swim diapers (that I always dry out and reuse if no poo in them), nappy rash cream, chest rub, board books, dr suess books, rings, a baby ball & 2 Lamaze teddies. That's it!

  • Stacy February 22, 2018

    I worked outside of the home when my daughter wan an infant and I fiund that I preferred good nursing tanks that were supportuve better than nursing bras because if you but in a reusable pad, you can toss on a cardigan and be in attire appropriate for the office (and be able to pump easily).
    If you go cloth, I feel like the best option is to buy 3-4 covers from different brands and about 2 dozen prefolds. This lets you test out how each brand fits your baby, since each baby is different. Then you can swap or resell the ones you don’t care for to fund more of the type you like. You can also sell the old size prefolds to buy up. We kept the old size for spit ups and sold the ones two sizes down. If you learn to sew, you can buy old diapers super cheap and replace the elastics yourself.
    One last thing: you might look into getting a baby carrier. We used ours way more than a stroller. Babywearing International has chapters in most states where you can go and try on a whole bunch of different types to know what works for you. You can then look for used versions to save money. These were a life saver because my baby wanted to be held all the time, but it allowed me to keep my hands free for chores or cooking.

  • Sarah in Maryland February 23, 2018

    I'm due with number 8 in 4 weeks and one thing I'm doing this time is converting a few hand-me-down tank tops to nursing tanks. Because I'm large chested I can't find nursing tanks that aren't constricting so I'll make these to keep my tummy covered as I nurse since all of my babies have fought a cover.

  • Myra February 23, 2018

    Thank you! My children are 24 and 19 and I still laugh at the things I "had to have" and never even used. When my first grandson was born, my daughter in law and her mother insisted on paying to have a custom made crib set made so it would be "unique and different". He never even slept one night in that beautifully decorated crib. When the second one came along, she didn't even bother putting the crib up. He slept in a hammock type bed until his little feet literally hung over the end of it. That bed and his swing were the only two things she needed for the second child. He actually cried the day they took the swing down and sold it. (He could crawl in and out of it himself and his feet could almost touch the floor lol.) Babies don't need as much as we think they do. Custom made diaper bags? Nah, we bought each grandson a simple backpack that they have used since birth and now that they are 3 and 4, they use them for preschool. Pull ups and night time "underwear" for toilet training? No thanks. They went straight to the thick training underpants and never looked back. It's a matter of having to do a little extra work sometimes because it's not necessarily convienent but it's worth it.

  • Emma February 23, 2018

    I could not have done without the changing table. I ended up with a C-section because my daughter was so big and couldn't drop into the birth canal. I could not bend over to change her at all so our bed was not an option. I'm short and the changing table was a bit tall so it helped keep the strain off my incision. A mid sized dresser would have worked too, but I happened to find a used one cheap.

  • Carol February 23, 2018

    This brought back so many fond memories of when my children were babies! Now they are 34 and 32. When my first child came we had a crib in another room set up as a nursery and at first I was scared to not have her in the same room as me. We put her in a large dresser drawer with towels in it and set it on top of our cedar chest. The crib was passed down from my parents as I had a 4 year old sister at the time. I agree totally with everything you said, you definitely can get by with a lot less than most people think.

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