Expectant moms (and dads) often want to collect anything and everything before their baby arrives. And while it’s normal to want to stock up on everything that your infant might possibly need, some things just don’t make sense. So, save a little cash and hold off on buying these items until after you live with your baby for a while.
High chair – Your baby won’t sit in a high chair until she’s ready to eat solid foods. An infant can also slip right out of a high chair. Put this purchase off until your bundle of joy is five to six months old.
Activity center – A play mat that lies flat on the ground is fine for infants, but a saucer activity center doesn’t make sense until your little one is at least five months old and can control the bobbing of her head. So, just wait.
Gates and other childproofing products – You don’t need a stairway gate, kitchen cabinet locks, or dozens of outlet covers – your baby isn’t going anywhere for a while! When your infant starts crawling (or maybe rolling), then it’s time to childproof your home.
Fancy bedding – As we mentioned yesterday, a newborn doesn’t need fancy bedding or an elaborate crib. In fact, they’re not always safe. A very basic crib with a firm mattress is perfect for a newborn. Save the frilly comforters and matching drapes until she reaches toddler-hood.