How did I waste money on my baby? Have you ever asked yourself that?
Maybe not if you are the type of person that believes wasting money on a baby is not a bad thing and should never be said.
The truth is that no amount of money wasted will make anyone a great parent, so let's stop that right here.
Material things don't defy you as a parent, and admitting that you were not money savvy when it came to your newborn makes you human.
The truth is that this is my story on how I wasted money on my baby that you might be able to relate.
Here it goes!
Babies we love them, and we want the best for them. There are tons and tons of stuff for babies, and as the years pass, there was more stuff.
As the year passed, I asked myself this question, why did I waste money on my baby?
The baby industry is HUGE! We are bombarded with so many baby items, and I was such a sucker for them.
It seems like every year, the latest baby item every new parent wants or is a must-have.
They know we want the best for our babies and they know where to hit us, and we fall into it and buy it.
The sad part is that I should have learned my lesson 20+ years ago, but thanks to my broke mindset and my loved for stuff I never did.
When I had my second child 12 years later, I wanted the latest baby gadget because I wanted my baby to have it all as his sister did. Did I waste money on these baby products? You bet I did!
Then I got wiser, and now on my 4th baby, I avoid wasting my money on baby products I don't need. And you know what I feel like I am a great mom.
If you are a new parent, we all know that the first time you have a baby, you want it all.
You want your baby to look good because you don't want people to say that your baby is not well dressed, and that might reflect on your parenting skill. You want your child to have it all!
Believe me; I get it. I grew up in a culture that judge how we were dress and how we looked. If a baby didn't have expensive shoes, you would know they will talk about you behind your back.
As you grow up, you get wiser, and quite honestly, you stop caring what other people think. I learned the hard way, and I am here to tell you that stuff doesn't defy you as a person nor as a parent.
So what baby products did I waste money on? Good question, and I am here to tell you.
Before I do, I want to say that this is from my personal experience and I am in no way telling you what you should or shouldn't buy for your baby.
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What I wasted money on:
Most of these products prey on parents germ fears, and my husband is one. The reality is that a pot of boiled water can help with that.
Also, a dishwasher and sterilize setting can help too. I seriously used this like one of twice, and I hated the fact that it took so much space in my kitchen.
When my girl was born, I went got me my Diaper Genie and was so excited. The truth is that I hated the fact that it was a pain in the butt.
I think I used it one time, and after dealing with it, I didn't use it anymore.
Refills are expensive, and the thought that dirty diapers will be sitting in the room for an extended period annoyed me.
I thought this was an excellent idea, but it wasn't for long. You have to keep this filled with water to stay warm.
You can keep a bottle warms in many ways. Using thermos, keeping the water room temperature and formula aside worked for me. Besides, when you go out, you can't take it with you. For me, this wasn't worth it.
A diaper caddy was another thing I bought, and that caddy just sat on the dresser. When I needed a diaper, I just took the diaper and wiped and carried it in my hand.
Baby food processors are cute and so expensive, so don't waste your money on that. I made my baby's baby food with a regular one, and it worked fine. What you have will work fine.
I think this gives a sense of security and we gave in to one. The truth is that a lower price with a non-camera does the trick and works well.
DVD’s To Turn Your Child into A Genius
We, um, did because friends swore by it and well we gave in. No, it doesn't work. No, they won't become classical music lovers. Stick with reading, singing, and playing.
No DVD or product can say that your baby will be a genius from watching or playing their product.
This is where I wasted my money, spending money on baby clothing and shoes and things she hardly ever wore once.
Babies outgrow their clothing. Babies don't care about name brand. Babies are comfortable in simple outfits. So just stop!
No one is going to judge you, and your baby won't care. Save your money and spend it on something else. Buy used clothing and save money as well.
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Why waste the electricity on this when you simply hold in your hands before applying. Believe me; it is going to be OK. Your baby will be fine.
This is something I wasted my money on as well. Never again, after dealing with recalls and such simply stick with basic and save the money.
Again, I bought this because I wanted it, not the baby. My son didn't care how his bedsheets looked.
There are many other baby items I can tell you to save your money on things like expensive nurseries, expensive cribs, changing table and such.
The truth is that a baby doesn't require many things but a lot of you!
Meaning they need to be fed, dressed, warm, and loved!
Remember those baby things don't matter and don't make you a better mom. Avoid stressing over these things and take a moment to enjoy your new baby!