In this day and age of being a millenial first time mom, once you get pregnant, you'd be bombarded with various products that would endorse you with the safest, cleanest, chemical-free, hypo-allergenic products that would confuse you on which one you'll get. There are so many products available, some are even invented a few years back. And because you're a first time mom, you'd want the best for your baby and would settle for the best. However, sometimes, we tend to buy the most expensive but we can actually just settle for less. I mean if you're being practical (ehem, twins), there are baby things you can survive without even if it seems like every mom has it. You may be on your way to filling up your baby registry and these things can wait.
1. A UV Sterilizer. If you have the budget, go ahead and buy one because its a good investment as it not only sterilizes bottles but also toys, books or even gadgets. But, if you think this would break your budget, I believe a simple sterilizer would do – a standalone one or a microwave sterilizer. I was using the one included in my Avent bottles and so far, my twins are doing okay. I mean I think between this or a pump (since their prices are almost if not, the same), I'd say its better to invest on a good brand of breast bump than a UV sterilizer. At an average, these cost 12-15k each.
2. Yummy Mitts. We know that babies spend a lot of their months gnawing their fingers or hands but if you have time to clean their hands all the time, I'd say leave them with their hands on their mouth. They're going to outgrow them anyway in a couple of months. Plus, these things cost 1k+ each.
3. Bunch and bunch of clothes. As much as I loved dressing up before, I can't help but do that to my twins now. But, we all know babies grow up so fast. If you are not going out so much, don't buy a lot. Also, be open to people giving you hand me downs as it'll save you a lot of pesos. Plus, we are not going to be fined if we dress our babies the same thing every weekend. On anothet note, I find it ridiculous how some parents sell their babies' used clothes at maybe just 30-20% off off their original price. I mean, I understand that its branded and you needed the money but if its already used, I might as well just buy a local clothing brand than buy yours.
4. Swaddles. I think this all depends on your baby though. My twins stopped being swaddles by the time they turn two months. That's when they started being malikot when they sleep and the swaddles gets loosened up. And some babies hate being swaddled, they grunt and cry just so they can get our of their swaddle. I think if you want to swaddle your newborn baby, a baby blanket will do. There are tutorials for this online. No need to buy a swaddle or a sleepsack because they'll probably use them for the first three months (or less) anyway. These stuff cost 700-1500 at an average.
5. Playmats / bumper mats. If you can survive with rubber mats, I think this isn't necessary. I mean it's ridiculously expensive ranging from 12k-17k (yes, that expensive) and they just needed a place to crawl that is baby proof anyway. So why not DIY your way to baby proofing that would involve things you have at home (a rubber mat, a kumot or a few adhesives). I assure you, they can survive without it.
6. Breast Pads. During the first few weeks, your breasts will be leaking like crazy. But rather than milk going to waste to be filled in a breast pad, I'd say collect those leaks or letdown and build a stash around it. Buy Haakaa instead.
7. Zoli Nail Trimmer. I know we are very paranoid to not hurt our babies and cutting their tinee tiny nails is a skill. But if can do so with a small nailcutter, theb you can survive without it. For the past 9 months, I successfully did it with a regular nailcutter. Amazingly, I was able to do so even when they're awake.
8. Baby Plus. This is supposed to be a tool that can help baby's development even if she's still in the womb. I mean, personally, I believe in investing on baby's development outside the womb when they start to understand things well. Babies before have survived with just their mommas voice talking to them anyway. So I personally believe you can survive without it.
9. Baby Basket. If you're interested to baby wear, then I'd suggest you invest on a carrier than an expensive baby basket that you'll only get to use in only three months. Not only is it bulky but you are also carrying not just the baby weight but also the weight of the basket itself.
10. Sleep Positioner. This is another baby item that you'll only get to use for the first three months. Parents are very aware of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome so they want to make sure that babies won't sleep on their backs during the first few months. But as our culture is more into sleeping beside our newborns, I think you won't really need it. Just make sure you dress your baby warm so you won't need a blanket and small pillows are away from where he is.
These are the things that I can think of right now. Remember, these things might not be helpful to me but a lot helpful to others. It's not something I impose but giving you feedback on how to cut things from your baby budget. I hope it helps! It actually gave me an idea on also making a list of things which are essentials for baby and mommy needs. Stay tuned for that!