Whether it’s from a family member or a very “reliable” friend, we tend to ask for suggested items that we should add to our baby-registry.
From the copious amounts of web sites that now offer an array of items we have heard of (and others we have not), we tend to “over-buy” while adding potential gifts to our baby registries.
Many times, we don’t know what we will use until we delve deep into this whole thing called “parenthood." So, we rely on other people and store’s suggestions.
But what items will we actually use as parents? Which items are wastes of money and which will either be stored away or re-gifted for when another loved one becomes a parent?
We may not be able to tell you what you will use for sure. But, we can tell you what items you likely will not. Read bellow to find out the 10 items that every soon-to-be parent tends to put on their registry but usually never ends up using.
10 AN ABUDNANCE OF CLOTHING
If this is your first child, you may go a little heavy on registering for the cutest and most "essential" baby items: clothes.
In all reality, by the time baby arrives you will quickly notice how much laundry you are bound to be partaking in weekly — if not daily.
Be very select on baby clothing. We highly recommend you don't register for New Born sizing since you may not even know how small (or large) your infant will be when they arrive.
Babies grow so quickly that even if they do fit into NB sizing at first, it may take weeks or only days to grow out of that size range.
9 MORE THAN 4 SWADDLES
Touching back on how you will do laundry more frequently than you could ever imagine — the amount of swaddles you will receive as gifts is absolutely ridiculous.
If there is a specific brand and/or pattern you'd prefer, choose a limited amount.
Swaddles are great for not only wrapping your new born (only for a short period of time), but can also be used for quick spit-ups, a change pad and/or nursing cover. With that said, you won't need more than 3-4 at a time.
8 BABY MOBILE
Yes, a baby mobile dangling above your perfectly-decorated crib brings together the over-all look of your nursery, we know.
But, by that third wake-up at 3am, the last thing you will want is for either your child or yourself knocking your head on a plush toy that suddenly begins to sing, "rock-a-bye-baby."
Though this nursery items seems like a no-brainer, it will rarely be used. Or suddenly ripped down in the middle of the night. We promise.
7 NURSING BRAS
*GASP* we said it! One of our all-time most secrets: those "handy-dandy" nursing bras that cost an upwards of $150 with those cute clasps above your suddenly enlarged breasts? Yes — those! You will never use them.
What will you use? A regular, cupped bra. Or better yet — a sport's bra.
Those generic nursing bras are quite gimmicky. If you're someone who actually loves them, by all means —continue to use what's comfortable for you! But, if you're looking to save space in your underwear drawer and not worry about another thing that you may happen to not use, we suggest you skip on registering for that classic nursing bra.
Just use something a little more comfortable that you can easily whip your boob out of.
6 BABY-ONLY DRYING RACK
Yet another item to take up more space on your kitchen counter. These baby-specific drying racks are designed to "organize" your baby items better and keep them away from the parent's every-day dishes.
We guarantee they will rarely get used. Save yourself some time on your registry by asking for something you will actually use.
5 BOTTLE SANITIZER
Another item that may never get used: the bottle sanitizer. Used mainly by the parent who is paranoid of every, cross-contaminated germ, these incredibly expensive (and large) items are designed to kill every single bug.
As we are quickly learning: not all germs are bad; especially for our little ones.
Just as this article by Pregnancy Birth and Baby explains, every time a child is exposed to a bug or virus, they automatically produce enzymes to protect their body from said sickness.
Maybe you should simply stick to washing (or boiling) your bottles in the pot or sink... it'll save you time, money and space on that registry!
4 A TON OF SOOTHERS
Whether your child accepts a soother or not, you will indeed be gifted a mass amount of soothers as baby-gifts.
As an easy add-on gift, soothers are a go-to for most Gift Givers.
Skip on adding any to your baby registry. Not only will you quickly learn how many various brands and types there are of soothers, your child may take 2-200 types before loving a specific one.
3 NEWBORN PHOTO OUTFITS
As adorable and tempting as these little, perfectly (usually) knitted outfits look, by the time your little one arrives they may not even fit into their newborn-shoot outfits.
Whether you've commissioned an outfit from a family member or friend, or expect someone to purchase an incredibly expensive outfit that you intend to use, we highly suggest you refrain from registering for one before their arrival.
When the baby arrives is the best time to purchase their announcement photo outfit. This way you will know what size to purchase. By then, you may even have a different vision of their photoshoot.
2 EXPENSIVE BABY CARRIER
Now, we are not saying that you will not use a baby carrier. In fact — baby carriers are such an incredible way of being mobile with your little one with much less effort than a bulky stroller.
We are talking about those incredibly trendy brands that market their carriers to every store and every site that cost hundreds (and hundreds) of dollars.
Many times, babies and toddlers are very particular with what type of carrier they like to be held in.
We suggest you try before you buy (or register, in this case).
1 BABY SWINGS
Another thing that we suggest you try before you register are baby swings. Ask your family members and/or friends who have experiences the baby-stage.
Many babies are incredibly picky with what type and brand of swing they relax in. Many times, you may have wasted your own (or a friend's) money on an incredibly expensive swing that does not calm your baby what-so-ever.
With this said, you may never know until you try...but, we do suggest you wait for specific items until your baby's born (like the ones we have mentioned above).