Things Your New Baby Does Not Need

  • A Mobile: This one was totally not obvious to me at first. I thought all kids loved mobiles. What I had not realized, however, was that 99.9% of the time, my baby would not be in her crib and awake in a well-lit room.
  • Projection mobile: see above.
  • A mirror that attaches to her crib. Another one I totally missed the ball on. I thought my daughter would love to gaze in the mirror, maybe before going to sleep. It doesn't happen. You'll either be putting your kid in his crib asleep, or you'll be putting your kid in his crib awake, in which case the last thing you want them to be doing is grabbing a a mirror and all the little toys that are dangling off of it.
  • Humidifer: What is the point of these? Do they actually work? We ended up getting a "cool mist humidifier" when she was really sick with a bad cough. I'm still not sure if it works and apparently there is no evidence that it does. The best thing for a cough we have found is to take her outside. My guess is that it is something to do with the temperature of the outside air. Or it could be that being upright helps. Anyways, I'm not convinced that a humidifier is necessary.
  • High-chair with recline position: Seriously? The advertisement for one of these basically said that it was a great idea because when your kid is done eating and she is tired, you can just lower the seat back and they can go to sleep.
  • Stokke crib: We fell for this. It looks pretty in the store but when you see how much oval betting costs you'll think twice about buying this. What you also don't need is the Stokke Mini bassinette mode. What's the point of a smaller crib? Besides giving me a few hours of work taking it apart and converting it to the normal-sized crib. One advantage of this crib is that it actually lasts a long time. If you take off the side when they start climbing out, they can use it as a toddler bed. I'm guessing for most kids, this means you can use it from age 0 to at least 4 or 5 depending on how tall they are.