The Top 10 Items You Don’t Need On Your Baby Registry

If you’re new to the whole “I’m having a baby!” thing, also known as the early forays into parenting, heed this warning: there is a lot of stuff you don’t need. A lot of stuff that you don’t need that salespeople will swear up and down that you do need. A lot of stuff that is being advertised to you because you’re a naive pregger/adoptive parent and all of sudden you’re nodding up and down about oh yes, maybe you do need a baby wipe warmer.

If you’ve been Pinterest-ing away your baby shower hopefuls, make sure to omit this nonsense from your list.

1. Moses basket

moses basket

We’ve been here before and chances are we will again. With even our lovely Kate Middleton drinking from the moses kool aide, it’s apparent that new mommies are being shilled this storage unit/cat bed that will hold your baby for about a day or two. Rent for adorable baby pics. Don’t even bother buying.

(photo: Whiskas® Cat Network)

2. Playpen

play pen

Your baby won’t be mobile for awhile. And when he or she is, a playpen is going to do just about as much as you saying, “no no no no, stay there baby!” You’re better off funneling that money into some toys that will make the other end of the room less interesting. And a stellar crib.

(photo: Agreen44)

3. Baby wipe warmer

baby wipe warmerOf course this exists.

Even if you do think that your baby is the equivalent to the royal baby and you’re waiting breathlessly to name him or her the royal baby name, this gift is not for you. How much you want to bet that these pre-warmed wipes go cold the second you remove them for your baby’s bottom? I’ll bet you your whole baby registry (no moses baskets please).

(photo: utpalrana)

4. “Odor proof protection” wipes

odor wipes

Guess what? Babies stink. Furthermore, their diapers stink and so does generally everything that comes out of them. Trying to cover up your baby’s poo stink is the equivalent to spraying perfume over your cat’s vomit. It’s not effective, and a lot of times just makes the smell worse.

(photo: garbagebabe42)

5. Anything for your baby that is white

smocked setSure, it’s so cute and it has a matchy what’s it and you can just envision your unborn falling asleep under those little ruffles while you you dash off poems over tea. Or something. But take a good look at this getup while it’s in the box because that it is the last time it will ever look like that. And trust me, you don’t want to spend those first three months adding “must get baby onesie dry cleaned” to your quickly mounting to-do list while you have a new baby in the house. This also goes for blankets, pillows, and toys. Quit while you’re ahead/ don’t own any baby whites.

(photo: bergdorfgoodman.com)

6. That stupid cashmere thingy that costs over four hundred dollars

cashmere jogging setPlease, don’t do this to your friends, relatives, and even SIL who you’re on frenemy terms with and would perhaps actually buy this for you. This doesn’t serve anyone except Barney’s who has the gall to charge $434 for a “cashmere jogging set” for 6-month-olds. You know, for all the jogging they do.

(photo: barneys.com)

7.  Gucci jackets that cost over three hundred dollars

gucci jacket

Is your newborn BFFs with Quinoa? Do they walk misty beaches together? Does your kid walk at all? Probably not considering that you can get this waterproof Gucci jacket for the three to six months age bracket for a cool $335.

(photo: neimanmarcus.com)

8. Weird sexualizing bathing suits 

juicy baby bathing suite

Your baby girl just got here, but don’t you dare waste a second waiting to tell her — and everyone around her — that her undeveloped baby boobs are what needs to be emphasized. Only three months old? Not too early at all, says Juicy Couture!

(photo: neimanmarcus.com)

9. Baby wraps

baby wrap

If you’ve already mastered the teddy bear tutorial, then by all means. But for those of us who are less Moby proficient, just no, no, no. You do not need this added stress in your life. Get an Ergo and call it a day.

(photo:  missmissjournal)

10. Designer diaper bag

burberry diaper bag

Ladies, resist the purse lust that rages deep within you. If you want to get a random cheap diaper bag that you will use for a couple of years, that works. But a designer diaper bag you do not need* (but you can totally want one). Most of the mommies I have had the pleasure of knowing use designer tote bags (or non-designer tote bags) for those first few years of life and then just reuse, reuse, reuse. A designer diaper bag is all the investment of a designer handbag with only about a three year timeline.

*Granted, if your kid is special needs or you plan on having a soccer team of kids, a totally legit want as you’ll use it more.

(photo: neimanmarcus.com)

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    • DMH

      Add a bottle warmer to that list. My husband insisted that we get one before our son came home from the NICU. Didn’t even use it a full week.

      And I totally agree with the “anything white.” Which reminds me, why the hell do they make white crib/ playpen sheets when they’re so easily stained??? Yeah there’s bleach, but still!

      • Karyna Listaksa

        Oh, but we used our bottle warmer regularly — especially after my husband started a fire in the middle of the night when he used a pot of boiling water to warm up a breastmilk bottle and then decided to throw in some pacifiers to be “sanitized…” and then never turned off the stove. The bottle warmer was great for when we needed to have my husband take a turn feeding our little guy. But, yeah, the white sheets?? That’s silly.

      • DMH

        Yikes! I have a feeling my husband would have done the same thing if I left him to it.
        I quit buying white sheets altogether, which is hard to do since it seems like every 2-pack of sheets has a white one. They’re so horrible looking after a few uses.

      • TngldBlue

        We used a bottle warmer constantly for the first year. Our room & the nursery were upstairs so we were able to keep 4 cold bottles & warm them up without having to run downstairs to do it. Lazy? Yes. But oh so good for those 2am feedings when a traversing a flight of stairs is the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest.

      • DMH

        Lol no problem with lazy– that’s why we initially got the bottle warmer. Quick to use. But after burning my hand on it a few times along with overly hot bottles, I had my fill and just switched to slow heating in a pot of water. Slower, but no more burns.

      • MoD

        I thought about a bottle warmer. Baby is breastfed but I pump for when I’m at work or if my husband is giving the baby a bottle at night. We bought an electric teakettle instead. If you just have a couple inches of water in it, it heats up in less than a minute for a bottle, then we pour the hot water in a coffee mug and plunk a bottle in to heat. Love it. I drank a ton of tea when the first couple of months I was home with baby, so of course it came in handy for that, too. I think it cost about $25? And we’ll get years of use out of it.

      • Andy

        We used our bottle warmer a lot-my baby wouldn’t nurse, so I’d put breast milk filled bottles in a cooler with an ice pack outside her door before going to bed at night, and kept the warmer in her room so I wouldn’t have to run downstairs to heat her bottles. Also came in handy for heating up frozen home made baby food cubes.

      • DMH

        Our bottle warmer always made the bottles too hot :( We ended up just warming them up in some hot water and it worked better. Waste of $30 though.

      • Psych Student

        I worked at a place that had a crock pot will some water in it that was on all day that served as a bottle warmer. Just another option.

      • DMH

        Good one! I need to remember this for possible future use…

      • Ptownsteveschick

        Maybe we are jerks, but when our pediatrician told us that our city’s tap water was safe to use without boiling first, we just turned the kitchen tap to warmish, filled and mixed. As she got older even room temperature was fine with her, and it was nice to be out and about and able to give her a bottle without needing it warmed first.

      • DMH

        I wish we would have done that. I was always scared about chemicals in the tap water so we kept buying nursery water or cases of bottled water. Finally when we switched Nick to whole milk, we checked with the pediatrician about tap water and she said it was fine. Now he gets it in his sippy cup in between his meals. First time parent fears I guess, and hindsight is 20/20. Now my fear is the kid trying to eat the dog’s fur. Ugh.

      • Ptownsteveschick

        At the time we lived in Portland, OR which has pretty good water and isn’t floridated, so I felt ok on the chemicals. My late night laziness overrode my first time parent jitters on the feedings.

      • Justme

        Yup. We did the same thing.

      • Véronique Houde

        OMG I do this too lol!!

    • Justme

      I bought a Vera Bradley messenger bag off of Ebay to use as my baby bag. I wanted something that didn’t scream “I AM A MOMMY!” as well as something that was hands-free.

    • Iwill Findu

      I was given a Moses basket 3rd or 4th hand, but since I didn’t pay for it and both my sisters didn’t pay for it and my mother found it at a yard sale and so didn’t pay to much for it no worries with how quickly baby will outgrow the thing. It’s not like any I knew paid top dollar for the thing.

    • fmw

      Everyone is different! We love our play yard. Most of them have a newborn height which is great for putting the baby down in the living room. I had a c-section and couldn’t just run up the stairs to the nursery every time I needed to put the baby down. Plus, most come with a changing table section too. Perfect for our home.

      But i agree with everything else! Except white onesies. I like that they are white.

    • Rachel Sea

      White baby things are a conspiracy. There is no circumstance under which they are a good idea. I like Moses baskets but only if they are cheap or free. You use it as a bed for a bit, and then it becomes portable toy storage, and later it becomes a toy. That’s worth $30-$40.

      • Anika

        I bought tons of them to make adorable tie dye onesies. Great purchase!

      • Véronique Houde

        nah, my baby wears white all the time. I’m just pretty good at getting stains out of clothes without fussing too much over it

      • aj

        My baby wears white, too. Don’t see the big deal. Shout it out.

    • Marci

      ,,,Or worse, instead of getting instantly cold, the baby wipes stay hot, I mean, um, warm, and burn the baby. I was given one as a gift and my doula counseled me to return it and get something a bit more baby friendly.
      Although I love moby wrap. It works fantastically and is so light-weight and packs up so small.

    • gammachris

      For my grandson’s diaper bag, I got a $3 tote from Walmart with the Rolling Stones cover of AC/DC emblazoned on the front. Worked great, totally washable, and much cooler than ducks and sheep.

    • http://www.facebook.com/RetiredSceneQueen Emmali Lucia

      I’ll be honest, I think white clothes are the devil.

      When women wear white pants or skirts they’re just daring aunt flo to come visit, when men wear white anything you know it’s going to rain (Doesn’t matter if it’s in the middle of summer, it will rain) Or their car will break down, or something that gets them super dirty WILL happen.

      Same with kids, the moment you put them in white it is like daring Mother Nature herself to get your child or baby as dirty as possible.

      • LiteBrite

        Or you spill your coffee on your white skirt one day and then Qdoba black beans on a white shirt the next. Not sure who would be that klutzy though….

        Yeah, I don’t wear white that often. :)

      • Véronique Houde

        My kid wears white all the time!! I love it :). But I also have a huge bottle of bleach and oxi clean ;).

      • Justme

        Baby Oxy Clean is on my top ten things you MUST HAVE for a baby. It’s a lifesaver, that bottle.

      • DMH

        I can’t even wear white, why should I expect my son to? Lol. I often wonder how those Navy folk do it in their dress whites. I’d be screwed.

      • Erin Murphy

        Uggg. I was in the Navy and got to wear whites while working on a hospital ward. I was ALWAYS filthy. I scrubbed and bleached and ultimately told leadership if it was important they could buy me new uniforms

      • Badger96

        I have to wear white shirts for work >:c I’m one of those people that cannot, cannot keep a white shirt clean under any circumstances.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      We used the wrap for the first couple of months…and then later a few times when the ergo was in the wash. I did find it really useful for those first few months, because we didn’t have the infant insert for the ergo.
      Otherwise, stellar list. My kid is 2 and I still don’t buy her white clothing. I also don’t buy white clothing for myself though either, on account I’m as clumsy as a 2 year old. If I want to wear a light colour, I go with off-white…it conceals coffee stains a lot better.

    • Ashley Feit

      The only thing on this list we actually have/use is the wipe warmer. We use cloth wipes and it’s pretty nice for keeping them warm (not burning!). It’s not a necessity, but works well for us. . . in other news, $400 jogging suit for baby? You could get an entire baby wardrobe and then some with that money!

      • Melissa T

        Also used cloth wipes, also loved the wipes warmer. My sister just had a baby, and uses cloth wipes, and loves her wipes warmer. It’s the easiest way to keep baby asleep through the nighttime diaper changes…cold wipes on the bum are not conducive to sleep! They stay warm long enough to wipe baby and then some, so I never had an issue. It was the one ‘frivolous’ baby gear thing I had…and loved.

      • Lindsey Sweet

        10 years ago I wanted one of those wipe warmers sooo bad, but I wan’t using cloth wipes, so they dried out all the time. Waste of money for me, but maybe not so much if I would’ve known about using cloth wipes!

      • Rachel Sea

        What do you do to stop it getting gross? A friend of mine tried one and she had to toss it because it kept getting mildew. I’ve heard negative things about bacteria growth too, but only from the my-wife’s-coworker’s-second-cousins’-neighbor’s-sister type of grapevine.

      • Ashley Feit

        Well, we use a pure soap (Dr. Bronner’s) and coconut oil with the water to make our wipes solution. I believe coconut oil is anti-bacterial. We “make” wipes daily as well, also, it’s good to regularly clean the wipes container (I wipe ours down every few days with a clorox wipe and rinse). We never used a warmer with the weird pillow thing in it, cloth wipes stay moist on their own. Never had any mildew/smells because of how often we go through wipes.

    • Amanda

      I actually find that bathing suit adorable.

      • Andy

        That’s what I was thinking-everything else on this list is nuts (including the Moby-got one and I h.a.t.e.d it), but the suit is cute. Trust me, I live in Houston, you see much, MUCH worse on babies any time you make the drive down to Galveston.

      • Iwill Findu

        My family loves going to the pool, so baby swim wear would be used.

      • Amber

        Ditto.

        I’m also a little disgusted that someone would even suggest that a parent was sexualizing their child with that suit.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      I just realized we literally NEVER used the playpen for its intended purpose. We did use the change table part for a good 5 months. And I think she might have napped in the thing twice. Recently, we used it as a travel crib for friends who were staying at our place for a weekend. That was it.
      As I have said with many other baby items….I’m glad that one was a gift.

    • LiteBrite

      I had a really boring navy blue Eddie Bauer diaper bag. Since I’m kind of girly, I wanted something with hearts or Hello Kitty all over it, but my sister kindly reminded that my husband had to carry that thing around too. I suppose we could’ve got separate ones, but we’re kind of cheap.

      I still have that diaper bag by the way. We use it for the boy’s overnight trips to Grandma’s house.

    • Andy

      I think any diaper bag you can’t throw in the wash is a bad idea. I actually went through three before switching to an oversize purse to just haul snacks: A large bucket style tote bag my mom made for me that is now used as a beach/pool bag, a Diaper Dude (probably my favorite one-easy to clip onto the stroller, and my hubby would carry it!) and an Eddie Bauer one-shoulder backpack. All washable for the inevitable yuck that comes along with babies.

      • RebeccaJo88

        A friend of a friend posted on her fb about searching for a leather diaper bag and that she was willing to pay a lot for it since it would get lots of use. She ended up finding a designer one, and they retail around $160. I spent $10 I think on mine. It’s rewashable and it’s rare the number of times I have my son with me in meetings. So I figure the bright yellow giraffes on the bag aren’t nearly as unprofessional as my baby friend accessory I am sporting when it does happen.

    • Amber

      I disagree with a playpen not being necessary. Our play pen was the reason I have always been able to take a shit alone. That is priceless to me.

      • DMH

        Hell yes. And do dishes without worrying about the little guy bringing the house down around us. Throw up the playpen in the kitchen, add a few toys, and it’s amazing what I can accomplish.

      • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

        agreed!

      • Litterboxjen

        My mom’s a firm believer it’s great practice for kids pulling themselves up and standing. I bought an exersaucer to try to give my kid the same experience, but it’s not exactly the greatest travel bed. ;)

      • http://www.facebook.com/valerisexton.jones Valeri Jones

        Our playpen wasn’t of much use to my first child. I was a SAHM at the time and he was a really good sleeper from birth, so if I needed to do something, it usually fell within his nap ranges. HOWEVER, my first is now a rambunctious 20-month-old and I am expecting my second in February, which will put my first-born at just over 2 when this one gets here. I imagine that my playpen will get much more use as I will have a place to keep the baby safe from the toddler, should I need to turn my back for 3 seconds.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      I was super duper fat after I had my daughter( aka around 400lbs) and I was honestly worried about buying a carrier with so called adjustable straps, only to have it be uncomfortable, expensive and not fit. So my Moby wrap was a god send, it wasn’t hard at all to figure out thanks to youtube, and I really loved wearing it. And I think that swim suit is fine, should have found a pic of the baby string bikinis they sell instead.

      • DMH

        You look awesome!

      • Ptownsteveschick

        Thanks! But super old twitter pic is super old lmao, it is mostly a goal pic for me. I have lost almost 60lbs since she was born, now smaller than I was when I got pregnant, but still lots to go :) This isn’t a new struggle for me so I am pretty cool with how I look generally, but I want to be healthy and not achy all over.

    • scooby23

      Playpens actually seem quite useful. I mean, it gives moms free hands to do stuff when they won’t necessarily want a baby on their thigh while doing. But no need for an expensive one. I guess the Moses basket might be good for travel (a non-expensive one) and maybe a Moby wrap. The rest are just ridiculous.

    • LowenthalLowenthal

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    • Véronique Houde

      My diaper bag is a computer bag that my boyfriend doesn’t use. Enough said…

    • SDA

      I have found the playpen VERY useful. I think it is DEFINITELY an item that belongs on the registry because a) it is expensive and b) people will actually spend money on this one for you! We use it when we travel and I have used it around the house when I needed to keep baby contained, but near me. It definitely isn’t an everyday type item for me, but I know we’ll use it at least 2 years or until the child can sleep in her own bed when we travel.

      We bought a diaper bag from diaperdude and love it – I can’t stand fancy diaper bags and my husband has NO issues with carrying it whatsoever!

      Ha, I love the Moby picture. I was all about the Moby until about 3 weeks postpartum I got up my nerve to unroll it. All I could picture was me getting out of the car to head into the grocery store and that thing unraveling through the gross parking lot, only to get it tied around me and somehow the baby slips on through. Didn’t. Use. It. Once. However, my Ergo is my BFF.

      Prior to having kids, I made fun of the diaper warmer at a shower. I later thought how bad I probably made the gift giver feel (and the mom-to-be that registered for it)….I honestly didn’t even know it was a product and the ridicule just slipped out of my mouth in amazement. Feel bad about that to this day.

    • Paul White

      You can have our playpen when you pry it from our cold dead hands.

    • That_Darn_Kat

      I always thought playpens and Pack and Plays were two different things. I loved my Pack and Play, and will buy another one whenever we have our next baby. My ex’s mom bought a playpen and we used that all of once before deciding it was too big and bulky. The pack and play (with the changing station and the infant height sleeping area) is truly a godsend. I had a daughter that would scream bloody murder if I wasn’t in sight of her at all times, so to do dishes, or cook dinner, I’d put her in the P&P near the kitchen with some toys.

    • mern

      Yeah, I’m with a lot of you on the playpen/pack n play. We used it a lot. After he outgrew the bassinet – the one that came with our stroller – our little guy slept in it set up beside our bed for a few months (vs. co-sleeping). Now we use it as a travel crib. Had to get some extra padding for it though.

      I also loved my wipes warmer. It was a gift. Definitely not a must-have, but so much nicer on the babe’s bottom in the winter in a drafty house like ours.

      I’m confused about the Diaper Genie pic above… are those wipes or a Diaper Genie liner? Because a Diaper Genie is a must, IMO.

      And finally, I think the consensus on the Moby is hilarious. I was totally all about it when I bought it… until I tried to use it. Ergo FTW!

    • Ashlee

      Having a playpen was great. We have a dog that loves to lick and I could just pop my son in the playpen and not worry about him and the dog french kissing. Also when he started to crawl and even when he was walking I was able to put him in there to keep him contained so I could go upstairs and collect the laundry and then down to the basement to wash it. Since my husband works nights and weekends I usually don’t have a second set of eyes around so the playpen was a godsend.

    • Taralyn

      Ok, I loved the baby wrap. So much less fuss than the ergo.
      I could probably add another 100 things you don’t need though!
      Those stupid vibrating chairs for one!

    • lalala

      I found the pack and play very useful! Used the top as a changing pad when my daughter was an infant and then used it to contain her so I could shower, cook dinner, etc. as she got older. Even now as an 18 month old I still plop her into it so I can shower… although her tolerance for being in it is a lot shorter.

      I’m all for fancy, expensive clothes if someone else is buying.. although I will rarely use them if they are difficult to don/doff. And what is wrong with that super cute little swimsuit? Some of those baby bikinis are super cute! I never once think I am sexualizing my child! And after going thru a couple of not as expensive bags and finding they didn’t work well or didn’t hold up well I asked for a designer bag for my birthday and I love it and wish I had got it from the get go rather than waste money on cheaper ones!

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    • G.E. Phillips

      Aww, I loved my Moby wrap. But it was given to me as a gift, and if I had had the money, I probably would have bought an Ergo….

    • Sarah I Kent

      hmm lets well this list seems very angry. Yeh we didnt get a moses basket, and no designer stuff but some of the items I did find very useful for my son. I didnt buy stuff because someone told me to or the blogs, I bought it because I felt that is something we would use, and we did. My son has a wipe warmer, and we love it. Putting a cold wipe to a little boy that is asking for trouble. The playpen, well how old is that pic??? Most play yards are super multi-functional. Ours was a co-sleeper, bassinet, traveling bed changing table, and play area. We spend the weekend at our friends pretty often and it has come in very handy, plus there are time I didnt want him on the floor so we put him in there, not to mention that has pretty much been his bed because we was used to being in same room as us. So to this list I say to each her own. It is the parents decision to decide what they find a necessity and should not just do it because of some celebrities or trend. What works for one family may not be another’s cup of tea. So tired of all this judgemental messages being thrown around.

    • Allyson_et_al

      A regular playpen is not very useful, but we loved our Pack ‘n’ Play. The changing table got a ton of use, as did the bassinet insert. Also, we traveled a lot when the kids were small, and I *hated* hotel cribs, so we would bring the Pack ‘n’ Play along to use as a crib.

    • Marian Dreaver

      ‘Has special needs’ not ‘is special needs’. When you say a person is special needs you are saying that it is their entire identity is their disability and with has you are saying that it is one part of the person. Apart from that a very entertaining article!

    • Emily

      The Gucci jacket looks like it is Members Only, and $12 at a discount store.

    • Lister

      LOVED the wipes warmer!!! The trick to keeping the wipes warm and moist is to simply add more water! As for whites, they are the easiest to clean; some bleach and you’re good to go! It’s harder to clean whites with a design or an off white/light colour (which you can’t bleach!). And the playpen rocked. All else are accurate, but I really disagree on these three!

    • M.C.

      What are you thinking by leading off with those first two? A Moses basket kept our baby safe and happy most of the day/night for the first 5 months of his life (that’s worth a LOT), and portable while sleeping–I’d quietly take him out of the bedroom when my watch began and his mother was trying to finally sleep a bit.
      And the playpen is invaluable from “rolling over” to “skilled climber stage” (not to mention a foldable/portable one lets you visit relatives or friends without trying to babyproof their entire house). Parents to be, BUY THEM. Ignore the crazy article writer.

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    • jo

      the playpen is a great idea, there are times parents need to put the baby in safe spot when you need to do something, like cook a meal.

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