Top 10 Worst Baby Registry Items? I Don’t Think So.

Have you ever seen one of those Top 10 lists of the most useless baby items?  If you haven’t, here’s one from Babble.  I’ve seen several of these lists in the past few months and a few of my favorite products routinely make the list.  I have to respectfully disagree with the following:

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The First Years Bottle Drying Rack

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When we were selecting items for our baby registry, Hubster and I didn’t think that we would need a bottle drying rack.  We thought it would be a waste of counter space.  For the first two months, we used our regular drying rack for all of C’s bottles.  The problem was that there were always bottles occupying the drying rack, which didn’t leave any room for dishes.

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BRITAX Buy One, Get One Deal

When you purchase a BRITAX B-READY stroller now through June 30, you get your choice of a free BRITAX Chaperone Infant Car Seat, Bassinet, or Second Child Seat!  Find out more here: BRITAX USA.

 

Do You Use a Bottle Sterilizer?

As I’m getting every last thing prepared for our baby, I’ve gotten to the task of sterilizing bottles and pacifiers.  This task is probably (okay, definitely) the LEAST exciting of all baby preparation.  We live in a small space, so I elected not to purchase a bottle sterilizer to avoid having yet another appliance-type object sitting on our counter.  But spending so much time boiling objects in water leads me to the question…

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Embracing My Inner Maxx-inista

I *love* TJ Maxx.  And Marshall’s.  And Ross.

haha, I love pretty much any of those stores where you can get higher-end items for great deals.  Tonight we went to TJ Maxx and I bought a 5-pack of super cute Carter’s baby washcloths for $5.99 and my fav sports bra in a different color for $5.99!

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Car Seat Safety

Hubster and I attended a car seat safety class this week, sponsored by our local medical clinic.  I was dreading two hours of boring info about laws and facts.  It was actually really informative and I’d highly recommend any parent or soon-to-be parent to attend one of these classes.  Next week, we’ll even be able to have our car seat checked for proper installation.

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Bargain Shopping

While I’ve always enjoyed saving money and finding deals, I have developed a new love for it since we’ve started living solely off of the hubster’s graduate assistant salary.  I was thrilled when we received a 30% off coupon for Kohl’s in the mail this week!  There are a few big items, including a breast pump, that were still on our baby registry that I wanted to fulfill.  After shopping around and finding comparable items to the ones that I wanted at Babies R Us, I just placed a Kohl’s order and saved $100 in the process – AND got $40 in Kohl’s cash!

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Target Baby Sale

Attention moms!  Target is having an awesome baby sale through Saturday!  We stocked up on some diapers and wipes and got $10 in Target gift cards.  I love great deals.

I noticed that they have car seats, formula, cups, plates, bowls, sippy cups, bottles and more also on sale.  I also purchased some Up & Up baby shampoo and soap.  I was SO excited.

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Making Space for Baby

After we returned from our trip to visit family for the holidays, the fruits of our baby showers were littered across our entire living room.  And there it all sat for DAYS!  I’m one of those clean freak people who is easily overwhelmed by big messes…and that was definitely an overwhelming task of sorting through clothes, blankets and toys and finding room in our cramped apartment for them.  I am super excited to report that all of our big items were easily assembled and in working order, and the clothes were much easier to put away than I had anticipated.  We even purchased a couple items ourselves when we got back home, including this super cute outfit.  I can’t wait to dress him in this little polo and jeans – he’ll look just like his daddy :)

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New Rocker/Recliner

After realizing we had no means of rocking the baby to sleep, we decided that we needed to invest in a new chair.  Our first thoughts were to get an upholstered glider and ottoman; however, we came to the sad conclusion that we have no space for a chair AND an ottoman. (See the Small Apartments post)

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Small Apartments

I think there are going to be many challenges to having a baby in a one-bedroom apartment through its first year of life. We have relatively large bedroom furniture, but decided that our bedroom is the only place for the baby to go. When it’s super little, we’d have to cook/watch tv/make phone calls/etc very quietly in order to provide a calm sleeping environment in the living room and kitchen area (it’s an open, connected area). When the baby gets bigger, it would be way too easily distracted by us out here to get to sleep. If he or she is in our bedroom, at least we’ll have a door to close so that we can go on with our daily routines while they’re sleeping. But…that also means no privacy for a year. Interesting trade-off. :-p

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