Back when I was pregnant, choosing all of the gear that came along with having a baby was fun. And then as my pregnancy progressed, it went from being fun to being crazy overwhelming. Everyone had an opinion and everyone thought that we needed to choose all of our baby gear right.in.this.very.second. So one day, Ricky and I were registering for all of our baby stuff. And I found myself standing in the high chair aisle staring blankly at all the options. I had no clue what to choose. And it was in that very moment that I decided that I didn’t need to make every single baby decision before he was born.
And now that he’s five months old? I have to say that I’m really glad that I made that decision. I’m incredibly glad that I didn’t try to pick out a high chair before my baby was born. Because back then, I wouldn’t have known that it’s easiest to feed my child in a seat that sits on our kitchen island. I wouldn’t have thought about the fact that my dog would probably push a standard high chair clear across the dining room in order to get it out of her way. And I definitely wouldn’t have thought about the amount of space a regular high chair was going to take up in my dining room. Or the fact that a portable high chair would not only be more functional for our life, but grow with my baby – it transforms into a booster seat when he gets bigger.
And with this new addition of gear into our house this week, I’ve been taking inventory of all the things we have in our house – and the things that we decided not to get. The thing that no one tells you when you’re looking at baby gear is that just because something looks really cool doesn’t mean that you need it. Or that your kid is going to like it.
Bottom line: one of the best pieces of mommy advice I can give you is to not feel the need to invest in every piece of baby gear on the market while you’re pregnant. Wait and see what you really need or want based on your child – you’ll thank yourself later. And your wallet will thank you, too!
Tell me in the comments: what did you buy while pregnant that your baby refused to use?