I think I was destined to be a list-maker. It gives me so much joy to write down a massive slew of words on paper. My brain feels lighter and my life more organized after I make lists. Plus, I get more things done by simply writing tasks down. As in, physically writing with pen in hand. (That’s the therapeutic part.) Today, I am starting The Ever Growing List of Baby Stuff We Did Not Buy.
While not everyone feels euphoria from list-making, I hope my audience has found some use from lists I have published. In 2017, I made The Ever Growing List of Things I’ve Given Up in the Name of Frugality. That was followed by The Ever-Growing List of Things I’ve Done to Get Out of Student Debt, The Ever-Growing List of Ways to Earn Extra Income, and The Ever-Growing List of Things I Have Given Up in the Name of Creating Less Waste.
Today’s list entails everything from hand-me-downs, gifts, and acquisitions to our Buy Nothing Group. I am also keeping track of products I have reviewed for this space, which I hope benefits all parents, but that we’ve been gifted for free. And most importantly, the list ends with things we chose to go without … at least for now.
Buy Nothing Group:
- Nursing Pillows
- Graco Baby Swing
- High Chair
- Lalo Baby Play Gym and a minimalist play gym
- Stuffed Animals
- Crane Baby Crib Mattress Sheet
- Crib Skirt
- Jogging Stroller
- Nuna Car Seat
- dekor Diaper Pail
- Baby Bath Products
- Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier
- Bottle Drying Rack
- Munchkin Pacifier sterilizer
- Newton Crib Mattress
- Nursing Blanket and Car Seat Cover
Through the blog:
- Esembly Reusable Diapers
- Dock a Tot Nursing Pillow
- Dock a Tot Swaddle
- Nesting Olive House Dress
- Bonsie Onesie
- Baby Bay Bassinet
Doing Without (for now):
- Recliner for mama
- Changing table or pad
- Dresser for the nursery
- A designated nursery, so to speak
- Air purifier
- Diaper bag
As parents, we have the daunting task of providing for our children. And sometimes, companies use that to their advantage. The commercial market for baby stuff has really gone down the deep end. They have redefined the term “newborn essentials” to include everything that would grow the economy. Everything has become essential – or so they make it seem. Where has our discernment gone?
My own mum scoffs at changing tables and changing pads, especially those connected to large dressers that increase the price. Back in the day, our loin-cloth nappies would be swiftly changed on the bed. If you’re worried about your changing skills, placing another square cloth underneath the booty catches any accidents. I take my mom’s disdain as a sign that perhaps we can survive the first year of parenthood without a changing table. At the very least, we can wait and see how things go.
I also had a friend communicate with me her dissatisfaction with an expensive stroller she purchased for her first child. It was big, bulky, heavy, had useless functions, and was expensive. I took her advice and accepted a hand-me-down jogging stroller to start. My aunt offered it up to me even though its years old. I figured it’d be useful for our active lifestyle. These are the types of money saving tips that families need. Not only will it help families stay within budget, but it will also help allocate dollars to the REALLY important stuff.
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If you’d really like to go on a deep dive, I highly recommend reading the book Not Buying It. Luckily, I found mine at our public library. I devoured its contents in one day, as I sat painfully awaiting my 3 hour glucose test to end. The joys of motherhood!
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