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6 Things You Really Don’t Need For Baby

6 Things You Don't Need For Your New Baby

As soon as you share the exciting news that you are expecting, everyone will want to know if you’ve registered yet. They will be anxious to shop for your little bundle, and you, yourself, will find it hard to resist buying ALL. THE. THINGS. There are so many cute baby things..…heck, everything baby-related is cute! You will end up with so much stuff to help with your little one, that it will seriously overflow everywhere. In my experience, these are a few things that you really don’t need for baby. This will at least save you a little money and space! (Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase through my link, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you.)

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6 Things You Really Don't Need For Baby


We got so many of these, and I purchased several myself to prepare for baby. Once she got here, I learned quickly that they just weren’t going to do the trick. They are too small to swaddle or really cover a wiggly baby.  Try these instead!  A friend of mine actually ended up using them as burp cloths, which I think is genius!


I personally just don’t think this is necessary. Yes, wipes can be chilly on a baby’s bottom, but if they get used to you warming them up, it’s gonna be quite the wake up call when you are out shopping and need to change a diaper with those cold wipes that they aren’t used to!


Most diapers bags now come with a built-in changing pad, so it’s really not necessary to have another. As far as the travel wipe container, it doesn’t hold very many wipes and they tend to dry out. It was much easier for me to just carry the whole wipes package with me. I’d rather have a slightly heavier diaper bag, than come up short on wipes in a messy situation!

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Bottles are expensive. Especially when you have to try several brands to figure out which one baby likes best. In the beginning, I bought one each of a few top brands to test out. Once we figured out which one worked, I think I bought 3 extra. Granted, we didn’t use bottles much, since I breastfed and stayed home with my daughter. You will probably need a few more than that if you are using bottles more often and also if baby is going to daycare/babysitter. It is still not necessary to go broke buying a cabinet full!


While this might be a nice luxury to have, it was much easier for me to hand wash my bottles and pump parts with soap and hot water, and set them out to dry on our drying rack.


I’ll be honest, baby shoes are some of the cutest things I’ve ever seen! I bought and received several for my daughter, but they never fit right or would stay on AT ALL. If you have more patience than me or can find some that actually stay put, then I say go for it! They really are precious…it was just so much more manageable to stick with socks for us.

Do you agree with this list?  Is there something you would add? I’d love to hear from you!

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  • 2017-12-14 at 5:21 PM

    A wipe warmer is a life saver! If you want to be cruel to yourself then do so; not to a selfless tiny human being!

    • 2017-12-14 at 7:02 PM
      Shawna | MISHMASH MOMMY

      Thanks for the comment! Everyone has their favorite baby product and I’m glad this worked so well for you! We travelled a lot when my daughter was a baby, so this wouldn’t have worked for us. I’d love to hear your suggestions on how to deal with the cold wipe issue when outside the house!

  • 2017-12-15 at 10:17 AM

    i agree on the wipe warmer! when you change a diaper correctly, you’re only in there for a few seconds lol so the tiny bit of time the feel a room temperature wipe on their bum isn’t cruel or hurtful at all.

    wipe warmers actually take too long to warm the wipes for me, and can grow mold when you aren’t paying close attention…which can definitely happen when there’s a newborn in the house that you are most certainly not neglecting or treating cruelly 😉

    I totally agree with your entire list. great job mishmash mommy 🙂

    • 2017-12-15 at 10:54 AM
      Shawna | MISHMASH MOMMY

      Thanks, Corinne! The mold potential has always made me nervous with those!

  • 2018-01-05 at 10:21 PM

    I agree with the receiving blankets, wipe warmers, and shoes. After buying the warmer i realized the wipes at daycare were not in a warmer so if she can handle those she can handle them at home too lol. Plus it always turned brown at the bottom and i always had to spend money buying the pads that go inside it. I love my bottle sterilizer though lol.

  • 2018-01-19 at 10:25 PM

    I agree wth this list especially receiving blankets and wipe warmers, geez those wipes warmer was such a waste my goodness!

  • 2018-01-23 at 1:06 PM

    I absolutely agree with all of these!! 😇

  • 2018-02-16 at 9:00 PM

    I honestly do not believe that you need a changing table of course you do need a dresser so a combination is nice but just the changing table I really don’t see the need for. My opinion of course.

    • 2018-02-16 at 9:02 PM
      Shawna | MISHMASH MOMMY

      Totally agree! We had a long dresser and just put a changing pad on top!

  • 2019-01-23 at 7:05 PM

    I disagree with receiving blankets and the travel changing pad. I agree that the blankets are useless as blankets, but if you have a happy spitter or kid with GERD, they are life savers as burp cloths. I have about 30 and went through 4-6 or so a day as burp cloths for my kids.

    The travel changing pad was utterly necessary as well. My diaper bag did not come with one and I have never seen a public restroom with a clean place for changing. If you are lucky enough to find a place with a changing table, it is always out of the clean paper things and usually disgusting. Having my own changing pad allows me to use the floor in most bathrooms without too much trouble.

    Finally, another commenter spoke against a changing table. I personally haven’t required one, as floors seen to work fine, but I could never use a dresser as that’s where all the medical supplies needed to go (DD2 has a major condition) and even when there wasn’t a sick kid the dang thing is too tall to change a kid on. As a note, if you have a C-section, the floor isn’t a great option according to my friends who have had one. Some people do it on a bed, but I hate having to wash the comforter three times a week for diaper explosions or squirmy kids. A hand-me-down changing table is pretty cheap and easier than most options.

    • 2019-01-23 at 7:43 PM
      Shawna | MISHMASH MOMMY

      That is a great idea to use the receiving blankets as burp cloths! My friend did that, and I thought it was genius! As for the changing table, we did use a dresser- a short, wide one- so it worked perfectly for us, but I can totally see where that wouldn’t be ideal for everyone.

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