Baby Gear: What Do You Really Need?

9 Jun

Being a parent is expensive.  It wouldn’t be so bad, if we knew we were spending our money on stuff that will actually help us raise our child.  With baby gear marketing in constant overdrive, we are sometimes made to feel that if we don’t buy a particular item, CPS might just come knocking on our door to investigate our negligence.  However, it is just as likely that we will drop a couple of hundred bucks on the latest item, only to find that the baby never needs it.

This past weekend, my wife was surrounded by friends and family at our baby shower.  Each of the guests had their own opinions on what we really needed before the baby came.  It was funny, because every single person had that one “must have” item queued up to suggest, and every single one was different.

I’ve scoured the Internet for baby gear that is an absolute necessity.  Now I’m not talking about the obvious stuff, like a crib or a car seat.  I am talking about the next-level luxury-type items that didn’t even exist when we were kids (and somehow we survived).

This inspired me to create a bracket of the items most commonly cites as “must-haves” by some and a “waste of money” by others.  This isn’t a comprehensive list and I am curious if you have any other items that you’d add.

Feel free to leave your picks in the comments section.  I tried to make this bracket interactive, but I refuse to pay a marketing company to build it for me.  Like I said, parenting will be expensive!

Baby Bracket

Game 1: Wearable Baby Monitor vs. Jogging Stroller

Game 2: Formula Dispenser vs. Wipe Warmer

Game 3: Bottle Sterilizer vs. Adjustable Bassinet

Game 4: Diaper Service vs. Nursery Glider/Rocker

Game 5: WiFi-Enabled Video Monitor vs. Diaper Pail

Game 6:Infant Bath Tub vs. Baby Food Maker

Game 7: Baby Detergent vs. Multi-Mode High Chair

Game 8: Changing Table vs. Electric Bottle Warmer

Game 9: Winners of Games 1 and 2

Game 10: Winners of Games 3 and 4

Game 11: Winners of Games 5 and 6

Game 12: Winners of Game 7 and 8

Game 13: Winners of Game 9 and 10

Game 14: Winners of Games 11 and 12

Game 15: Winners of Games 13 and 14

Champion: Winner of Game 15


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