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Last year I turned the big 3.0 and got married - I thought that was my milestone year. As it turns out, 2009 quickly overshadowed 2008 when my husband and I found out we were pregnant. I'm going to be experiencing everything for the first time as a woman and an expectant mother which is why I'm calling this my year of firsts. I'm senior editor for Marie Claire South Africa.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

What not to buy

Every parent I think wants to buy their LO (little one) everything of the best and latest and I've often wondered whether we're completely wasting money - as Hein pointed out about the wooden cot - or it's about personal preferences. So I rounded up all the advice from moms about what not to buy according to their experiences. I'm still getting the moses basket for R950 from www.weavingdreams.co.za though... see image. I like the actual basket but the linen wasn't my style so going to look around for some soft linen.

* baby-perfumed products
* newborn clothes - buy from 3 months up
* two-piece newborn suits
* powder
* bottle warmer
* more than six bottles
* baby monitor
* compactum - normal chest of drawers will do
* breastfeeding cushion
* baby bath - I still want one
* rocking chair


  1. hahahaha, f that, I want a rocking chair!

  2. i agree totally

    1. baby perfumed products - buy adult aveeno stuff
    2. newborn clothes....totally...but you can't stop all the nice ones you'll get at a baby shower...people can't help buying those teeny weeny outfits.
    3. two piece anything is a pain. onsies rule!
    4. powder, without talc, is good to have when your baby is on an antibiotic and gets diarreah...that's about it.
    5. bottle warmer - yeah don't get your baby hooked on warm milk...you'll pay later on for it.
    6. i had like 12 bottles...way too many
    7. baby monitor - agree
    8. any drawer will do...what the heck is a compactum?
    9. i have to disagree on the breastfeeding cushion. now, i didn't use it for breastfeeding, but if you have a colicky baby....holy cow...they things help you hold your baby up when your half asleep at 3:30am in the rocking chair.
    10. baby bath. no...don't even waste your time on a baby bath.
    11. you don't HAVE to buy a rocking chair...many woman have survived without...but i would die if i didn't have mine. it has saved me, many a night.

    great post!

  3. Nam' Heartwarmer! If I can find a cheap one I'll buy it!

  4. Thanks! So I'm on the right track then Lisa? Yay!
    * I agree - breastfeeding cushion might come in handy... it can't be that pricey. And maybe I can use it as a back support later when baby has outgrown it.
    * Jury is still out on the rocking chair.
    * BUT I WANT A BABY BATH! In fact I've already decided which one I'm going to get - all the way from the UK! Check out my next post!