Most expectant parents want to adequately prepare for their newborn, long before the baby arrives. While this makes perfect sense, there are a number of products your baby will not need from scratch. Such products will come in handy when your baby is of age and in need of them.
You can therefore wait to buy such products when they are needed. This will save you money, especially if you’re on a tight budget. It will also save on storage space that untimely baby products may occupy.
So what are the baby products you shouldn’t be in a hurry to buy?
Here are products your baby will not need from scratch
- Baby strollers
One of the products your baby will not need from scratch is a baby stroller. At this age, your baby will need to mostly lie flat on their back in order to develop their neck and spine. Because a stroller requires a baby to sit up and hold their head up, buying a stroller in advance may not be a good idea.
Here is where you’ll use your mom instinct. Some moms start using strollers when their baby is 3 months old, while others prefer doing so when the baby turns 6 months.
- Solid food feeding supplies
While buying a few bibs isn’t a bad idea, buying bowls, spoons and folks shouldn’t be your preoccupation. Your baby won’t start eating solid foods until they are about 6 months old. You also don’t need to buy sippy cups until they are close to turning a year old.
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Buy the products your baby needs at the right time. Not only will you save storage space, you’ll also save yourself from the disappointment and frustration that comes with have lots of stuff that your child may end up not using.
Just because you’ve watched the movie Boss Baby and like suspenders, doesn’t mean your baby will need suspenders! You may also have attended a baby shower where a friend received tons of baby products, but you don’t necessarily have to hurry and stock up.
- Various baby clothe sizes
It is prudent to buy a few baby clothes of varying sizes in bulk, but don’t buy too many of them. It is a fact that babies grow rapidly and outgrow their clothes in a flash. But it is difficult to predict the right sizes your baby will need in every season of their rapid growth.
It is therefore wise to figure out the number of clothes your will baby needs to prevent buying the same sizes in bulk. This applies to shoes and other products your baby needs. Otherwise, you may end up buying a lot of baby clothes in one size.
- Teething products
Teething is one of them most crucial stages that require the right teething products. However, this is also one of the products your baby will not need from scratch. You can wait until your baby reaches the right age before investing in a teething product. It is also advisable to consult your family doctor.
The arrival of a newborn is usually an anxious moment for parents, especially first time parents. Much as it is good to adequately prepare for your baby, it is wise to exercise caution by buying what is necessary. You can always buy other baby products as your baby grows and needs the products.
Do you have something else that needs to be added to the products your baby will not need from scratch list? Feel free to leave your comments below. Thanks in advance!
James Ouma is a CTI Clarity Coach, Cyclist and Writer. He is passionate about positive masculinity and helping incarcerated male teens to reconcile with their families and their communities. He loves staring at his bicycle, flipping through movies without watching them, and playing ‘tap out’ with his wife.