So you’ve just walked into a huge baby store for the first time ever and one of the employees hands you a great little checklist that lists everything you’ll need for your new baby…

Don’t believe the hype! A great many items on that list just aren’t necessary and another 25% of it is stuff you’ll only need for a few months so we’d suggest you consider borrowing from a friend or hiring, and save your money for the more expensive years to come.

Here are the 10 things you don’t need for baby:

1. Wipes warmer

Really? Really? These little electric heating machines heat the wipes so baby doesn’t get a cold bottom.

If you’re doing a change on a cold winter’s night and don’t want to wake the baby up completely with a cold wipe, a warm cloth ran under warm water will be fine.

2. Shoes for your newborn

Totally unnecessary. They might look like the cutest little things you’ve ever seen, but remember shoes are to protect your feet and babies can’t walk so shoes are not required.

3. Baby bath units

Laundry tubs, kitchen sinks, regular tubs with a $15 terry bath stand are all perfectly fine places to wash your baby.

4. Breast pump

I wouldn’t suggest buying a pump till you know you really truly need one. Many women don’t need it, and find they manage breastfeeding fine without it. If you do need a pump, why not hire one.

5. Nappy disposal system

The cartridges are very expensive to replace and as long as you empty your bin once a day and flush any solids you shouldn’t have issues with nappies being in the bin for a few hours.

6. Clothes that go over baby’s head

Have you ever tried to put clothes on a newborn? Impossible! It’s like trying to dress a marshmallow.

Go for button down clothes for the first few months.

7. Toys

Babies don’t need loads of toys, their favourite toy will be you – just being with you, being cuddled by you and hearing your voice. If you want buy a couple of black and white toys – babies can’t see colour till about 4 months of age.

8. Change table

Just another bulky bit of furniture you don’t really need. If you have the space and want to spend the money that’s fine, but it’s not a necessity.

9. Cot bumper and doonas

Those pretty coordinated bed packages in the Bubs R Us shops look gorgeous I know but both bumpers and doonas are no nos for little babies as both have been implicated in raising the risk of SIDS.

10. Baby butt fan

Yes there is such a thing, and no we don’t think it’s a necessity.

Were you talked into buying something that you have found a complete waste of time? Please share in the comments below.

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  • The changing table was an absolute must. We have a all in one cot and changing space and i actaully brought it with to AUS when we moved from South Africa. Im pretty tall and needed that space where i can stand comfortable and a nappy for get dressed after a bath without having to bend down.


  • Love our change table – no need to bend down and everything is stored in one place (sooo easy!). Also loved our baby bath – not a fan of bathing bubs in the laundry sink where we use chemicals…only cost $10


  • The only one I don’t agree with is the baby bath. I know you can use the laundry tub, but i found that putting the baby bath on my kitchen bench was at a better height than the laundry tub – so it saved my back. But yes, all the others I didn’t use. I’m surprised that so many people have change tables. We bought one of those padded change mats, and stuck it to the top of a chest of drawers.


  • Thanks for the useful tips! That\’s what I was looking for!


  • This was such a good read for me as I will be starting a family soon, more helpful baby tips like this I want to read!


  • OMG, I’ve never heard of a number of these things, and cannot understand why you would need them!! Baby Butt Fan – NO!


  • Idem, I found a changing table very handy too ! Still use it for my 4 year old and it absolutely spares my back !


  • I agree with all these except the change table.. you can get very practical change tables on top of drawers etc which makes it multipurpose!! After having a c section for my son and then my twins it would have been impossible to change their bottoms any other way!


  • I didn’t have a changing table with my first but when I found out I was having twins it was great. Not having to bend down all the time to change bottoms it was so nice just to put them on a changing table and change them. Plus I was able to store nappies, wipes etc. underneath it which saved on space.


  • I myself know there are so many things bought for babies that are a waste of money. Never used or barely used. But even I had to laugh at a couple of things on this list


  • Nobody should be made to feel guilty for buying baby shoes. You keep them forever!


  • I have never heard of a wipes warmer.


  • My Mum bathed both of us in a metal baby bath on the kitchen table covered with towels on the space she was using. I’m pretty sure it was a hand-me-down, when meant it was used for 6 kids in total. It was later used as a cold drink storage with plenty of ice in it for Birthday, Christmas and Wedding Anniverary Parties. As both of us are tall, we bought a toy plastic pull-along trailer -one kids pull around with toys in – left the wheels and handle off, and used it as a baby bath on the kitchen table. Dual purpose. It wasn’t as expensive as a baby bath either. When the kids have lost interest in it I am sure we will find another use for it. Some towels etc. in the top of a wooden traymobile makes a good change table. Our traymobile has a bottom shelf in it (was made that way). We had a designated nappy bin and used scented bags in it – no cartridges. It wasn’t practical to have our normal garbage bin close to our exterior doors at all. The inserts you use in cloth nappies available now take for ever to dry. The outer part isn’t really supposed to be put in a dryer either. We sometimes get rain for several days in a row so we have to resort to using a dryer then. We used a cot from day 1. We had a bouncer- not an expensive one – which we used a lot for both of them once they were awake longer between feeds which has now been handed on to another family. It was money well spent. It wasn’t one of these that you set it and it rocks or vibrates to put baby asleep. Some of the things on the list I have never heard of.


  • I totally agree with everything except the change table. I\\\’m tall and a change table was a godsend. Everything at hand in one place and no need to bend down on a bed or a floor. I did pick up a second hand one at a garage sale though


  • Nursing chair was 300 bucks and was a complete waste of money. All i used was a recliner chair in the loungeroom.


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