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I recently came across an article titled, “10 ‘Must Have’ Baby Products that are a Waste of Money.” I took a look at it and did a little research on the prices of the products listed because I was curious about how much money was being “wasted.” Here’s some of the potential costs:
- Baby Wipe Warmer – $30
- Baby Seat – $40 – 140 depending on the bells and whistles
- Baby Talcum Powder – $2 – 20 per bottle, depending on the brand
- Baby Gloves and Socks – each about $5 per pair
- Baby Food Blender – $40 – 100
- Expensive Rockers and Swings – rockers are about $100 and swings are about $200
- Bottles and Formula “Just in Case” – bottle kits are about $50 and formula is about $20 – 30 per can of powder
- Baby Shoes – all over the place — from $10 for simple crib shoes to $35 for Sperry Top-Siders or Chuck Taylors to $60 for Uggs or Dr. Martens
- Baby Walker – $35
- Hooded Baby Towels – $5 – 35 each depending on if it’s plain or has an animal hood or a Disney character
TOTAL — one could easily spend between $500 and $1000!
It is impossible to know if your baby will even like some of the things mentioned in the article. It would be a shame to spend $200 on a swing when she screams every time you put her in it, and while I totally agree that baby shoes are absolutely adorable, they are a pricey accessory at this point in their lives.
Now it doesn’t mean that you can’t have the things on that list, but you are likely working within a budget or you are thinking about items to add to your registry. I find that there are other things new parents “need” that may be a better use of some of that money.
So what else can $500 – $1000 buy?
- Meal Delivery Service – $60 – 75 for 3 meals for 2 people
- House Cleaning – $80 – 150 each visit
- Massage – $100 for a 1-hour visit
- Postpartum Doula – $400 for 10 hours of support
For that same amount of money you could have a week of Postpartum Support, have someone Clean Your House, and schedule a Massage.
Or you could have a month of Postpartum Support and 3 weeks worth of Meals Delivered.
You could even have almost a year of House Cleaning or Massages!