1. Bumbo seat. Didn't exist when my eldest was a baby. Someone gave me theirs when I was expecting CB. When he was finally old enough to sit in it, he was also old enough to express that he didn't want to sit in it. He would arch out of it, or flip the tray off. So annoying. Weren't those things recalled anyhow? [I know some people love the Bumbo... that's cool. I really wish it would have worked out for us.]
2. Plastic protector sheet for a crib mattress. Hello, our crib mattress was already encased in wipe-able plastic.
3. A changing table. I bought a changing table at a garage sale while pregnant with Tucker. Thankfully, I only spent $15 on it. For CB, I wised up and used a pretty desk I already owned and slapped a contoured changing mattress on it. I don't know if that's pediatrician-approved, but it worked for us. (And of course, this isn't a new idea or anything... it's just it was new to me a few years ago.)
|A bonus photo... Calvin's photo from Mother's Day Out. We didn't know it was photo day. He wasn't happy it was photo day. Irresistible.|
4. Diaper Genie. For Tucker's first 4 months in this world, I made links of tiny poo-pods using a Diaper Genie. I later switched to cloth and had no use for the DG. With CB, it was the opposite... used cloth for several months, then switched to disposables. I put them in the kitchen trash, which was emptied regularly enough to not become offensive. If needed, I sometimes put a horrible diaper in a plastic grocery bag. Money saved, spaced saved by not using the DG.
5. A Dresser. I am kind of anti-dresser, for the most part. I had an Ikea dresser for TB, but ended up selling it on craigslist after 5 years of use. I prefer super organized closets, because they make the most of available space and the bonus is you can shut the doors and not have to look at all the storage if you don't want to. Again, this is money and space saved... it cost less to redo the closet than to buy a nice dresser - and- there is more floor space in Tucker's and CB's rooms because we pack everything we can into their closets.
It feels like a relief sometimes to realize that something you own that has been hindering neatness or beauty or whatever, can be sold, gifted, or trashed. It's one of my favorite things to do. Anyone care to share a baby item that they wish they had never purchased? Didn't it feel good to get rid of it? Oh... you haven't gotten rid of it? Hurry! Post it on Craiglist... it will feel so good!