Your First Baby - The Stuff You Don't Need

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I recently attended a baby fair geared to first time moms and filled with products, services and such that a mother might need. There was some valuable stuff there that I won’t trash talk – things about natural child birth (not my thing, I wanted to anesthesiologist to meet me at the door with the needle and a shot of vodka with my births) but I recognize its value, and other things like child care centers, pediatricians and such. Important stuff. However, I had to laugh at products that were calling themselves “essential.”

So first time moms, let me break it down for you. Here’s a little list of stuff you don’t need.

1. Baby wipe warmer. Listen baby, it’s a cold world out there. We can’t have you thinking someone is going to warm your butt every time it needs to be wiped. Get used to the feeling of cold hitting it – it will happen often.

2. A video monitor. You don’t want to see what those crazy babies do in the middle of the night. You’ll never sleep. They squirm, roll, twitch, slap and other things that would keep you up more than you already are. My advice – get a regular monitor and switch it to off when they are crying bloody murder. Trust me – you’ll hear them.

3. Pacifier wipes. If it is your first baby, you will try desperately to keep the paci clean at all times. You’ll run to the sink to clean it more times than you can count. Then, by your second baby, you’ll probably put it in your own mouth to clean it. By your third kid, you usually just blow on it and hope it gets all the crud off.

4. Baby oil. I still have no idea what this is for. You have baby shampoo, then baby lotion. What’s the oil for? Are they tanning outside with one of those big aluminum foil boards under their chin?

5. Shopping cart covers. You seriously don’t want another thing to have to hold. You’ve got the baby, the diaper bag, your purse, and then you want to add a puffy shopping cart cover. For what? To protect them from germs? Did you know they just dropped the paci about 10 times on the floor without you knowing and stuck it back in their mouth? I wouldn’t worry about shopping cart germs at that point.

I seriously can go on all day. Got any to add? Let’s get a big ole’ list going on in here!

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Danielle Herzog
Danielle is a mother to two children and wife to an incredibly patient man.
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