Aug 8, 2011

What I'd Do Differently

I am done having babies, so this is not a post about what I will do, but what I would do if I were to have a baby again. What got me thinking about this was an email from a friend expecting her first baby. And she's nervous about all the things that might go wrong. I totally remember that feeling! And no amount of reassurance that women have been having babies since the beginning of time made me feel better. Later when I was doing laundry and I thought about what I would have done differently if I could register for a baby shower again.

  1. Just say no to the Diaper Genie!!!! You will spend a fortune on refills and they are a pain to change. Instead, opt for a pail that takes plain old trash bags. (I made this switch when I was pregnant with the twins.)
  2. You only need two bath towels, not 10. Lets face it, you're washing clothes all the time and you're going to hang up the towel and use it again the next day. Also skip the cute baby towels, they grow fast. I'd get the big kid towel from the beginning if I had to do it over again.
  3. Resist the urge to buy blankets. I bought some because they were just so cute! Yep, I have enough blankets to outfit 5 babies. Most of them never got used, what a waste of money!
  4. Speaking of wasting money-my breast pump. Breastfeeding and I didn't exactly go well, I should have rented one for the two whole months I ended up using it. That's $150 a month to "save" money by breast feeding.
  5. Big ticket items can be purchased on craigslist and garage sales for a fraction of the price. When we found out we were having twins we hit the garage sales and craigslist to get second items. I bought an exercauser for $5, a bouncer for $5, a boppy for $2, and two matching cribs in perfect condition for $225. Don't even ask me what I paid new for any of those items the first time around.
  6. You do not need a million sleepers in every size, 6 will do! Again, you'll be doing laundry all the time and they only wear them at night. I think I had 15-20 sleepers in the first three sizes way too many!
So what do I think I did right and would do again?
  1. No need for a bottle sanitizer. You don't need to sanitize them, ask your pediatrician if you don't believe me. 
  2. Don't wash everything right away. Staple the receipt to the tags if you're not sure you'll use it. You can always wash later. (Except the sleepers, I followed this rule)
  3. No need for expensive baby products, the normal products will do. (Laundry detergent, yogurt, juice, etc.)
  4. I got big ticket items that had multiple function items. Like my first 3 in 1 exersaucer.
  5. I made my own baby food with my blender (no need to buy anything else) this saved us tons of money!!
  6. After I had the twins, I switched to store brand formula. It's regulated by the FDA and is just as good as the name brand stuff at half the price. Although I do wish I would have done this with my oldest child. 
So for all you expectant moms out there, I hope this helps! Maybe you can learn from my mistakes???? And if you're already a mom, what would you have done differently?


  1. One thing I did do and recommend to all new mothers is to skip the cutsey newborn outfits. A few are nice but especially if your baby is born in the winter, stock up on sleep and play outfits. My twins were born in November and we didn't leave the house for 3 months with them. We didn't use 1/2 of the outfits we bought for them. After reading your post, I wish I would have kept the tags on and the receipts so we could return them for more sleep and plays!

  2. Well, If I have "one" more it will be a breeze!! Let's face it one baby is cake. Now if I would have another set of twins. I think it wont be as hard. But if I triplets I will shit my self lol. Anyways back to the post I would do a lot of things different. But with buying a lot of blankets I have done this with all my kids. GueSs some people never learn :)

  3. All great notes! I especially agree with the bottle sanitizer one. Plus I always tell expecting parents to just say no to all that frilly crib bedding. It's expensive and not really even safe anyway. All you need is a crib, mattress, and a few fitted crib sheets for baby sleeping arrangements.

  4. Funny!

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