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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  • Good tips. I don’t agree with the tip of no need for a changing table.; having a changing table saved by back !


  • Great advice and couldn’t agree more with the clothes that go over baby’s head. So not practical.


  • Some of these I definitely agree with but some I don’t. I used a change table with all of my kids, so much easier than doing it on the floor where it’s easier for them to roll or run away when they’re older and everything you need is in the one spot.


  • Just the other day I was telling my SIL we have some near perfect condition cons we can gift them – as our little one grew out of them so quickly as I purchased them in the size they fitted my little one as they started walking


  • I definitely agree on the change table. I had one for my first and it was really handy, it saves your back but once they can crawl they pull everything out of the bottom of it. Watch out for the sudocreme!


  • hahaha!! I want the fan! Great article. I have a breast pump and found it really useful. Bub has some days where they feed a lot and then not the next day. I think the pump reduced my engorged breasts by 2 cups sizes and now we have some frozen milk for later.


  • You don’t need a walker either


  • I disagree after 9 months of pregnancy, your back is stuffed and standing up right at a change table and bath on a frame is so much easier than anywhere else!


  • I agree with 9 out of 10 of these. I would get a breast pump – just manual – to start with. If you have issues with feeding like i did, it is such a relief to have a pump handy. Better even to borrow a good one from a friend.


  • I do like my baby bath on a stand because of my back. I’ve got a few cute burp cloths I haven’t used because I find using terry towling nappies much easier.


  • There are so many unnecessary items out there for babies. Most of it is a money making scheme.


  • I think it depends on what works for you as a family. Although I’ve never heard of a baby butt fan and I can’t imagine why that would be helpful?


  • This gave me a giggle! Some of
    Them I reflect back on now and think “I could of gone without that!”


  • A baby butt fan? I never bothered with half the things people have for babies. I did have a tommee tippee formula maker machine that was like an espresso machine but for formula – and it was so unnecessary but it was a gift lol


  • I am so glad I never spent money on a change table. My boys would never have stayed on- they are such wigglers! It would have made me worry (1 year old boys are surprisingly strong and strong willed!). We just put a change mat on the floor for #2, and #1 we used a big old school desk, so it was nice and wide, and had things on either side so no rolling off.


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