5 Unnecessary Baby Items I Refuse to Register For

crib bumperTruly one of the most daunting things I've had to deal with thus far in my pregnancy is figuring out what to register for (I'm lucky, I know). My experience with babies and infants is scant, and my knowledge of baby "stuff" is virtually non-existent. So, of course, when it came time to put together a list of stuff my little one and I will need, I had an influx of (welcome) advice.

Most of the suggestions were invaluable. I'm now schooled in the various types of swaddling blankets, and I'm 100 percent confident in the stroller I've decided to go with. But, in spite of my lack of knowledge, based solely on common sense, other things just don't seem all that necessary. In fact, they seem completely superfluous, particularly for a person who lives in a one-bedroom apartment. Here are five items I refuse to register for.


A diaper wipe warmer. I get the concept behind this, but sorry kiddo, you're going to have to deal with non-luxurious butt-wiping sessions. My mother deprived me of this extravagance, and I turned out fine. Here's to hoping you will, too.

A bottle warmer. Look, I don't deny not liking "stuff" around -- a clutter-free space is zen to me -- but this just really doesn't seem necessary. What ever happened to hot water? We still use old-school fire to heat our food, what's wrong with using old-school water to heat her food?

A womb-noise machine. I realize that the sound of my womb is all little girl will have been hearing for the past nine months of her life, but ... she's going to have to get used to not hearing it at some point. Also, I've already registered for plenty of cute noise-making contraptions.

Bumbo Baby Seat. This has nothing to do with the fact that these have been dubbed potentially dangerous (I have enough common sense not to put a baby in such a seat on top of a table), it has to do with the fact that there are plenty of other places for baby to sit. She doesn't need a "special" seat that props her up.

Crib Bumpers. Okay, this does have to do with the fact that these have been dubbed completely dangerous. Once people start throwing around the word "kill" with an item, I'm going to skip it, thanks.

I'm pretty confident that my little girl is going to make it without any of these items. She may cry a little bit at first from feeling the cold of the diaper wipe, but she'll get over it. She's a fighter. I can tell already.

What items do you wish you didn't register for?


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