Google+ Authentic Parenting: Some more things you really don't need

Friday, February 19, 2010

Some more things you really don't need

I have found a few more things to add to the list of useless commercial detached parenting things that only exist to serve as a diet for your bank account.

Travel cot
Or a foldable crib for that matter. Same as with the crib, baby flat out refused to ever use it... Anyway it's quite useless if you're bedsharing anyway. Moreover, when you're sleeping in an unfamiliar environment, sharing a bed can be very comforting for your child. I often hear parents - who don't normally bedshare - end up sleeping in the same bed with the whole family for at least a part of the holidays, because their kids need time to adapt to the new surroundings.

Plastic baby bath
Even though this is one of those things all baby checklists mention esteem indispensable, we probably used our baby tub only once or twice. I have always found that an uncomfortable thing. It's either too big or too small, and just not handy. When she was teeny tiny, I much preferred an inflatable tub, because it's smaller and softer to the touch. And at about six weeks, she just went in the big bath with us (or I'd wash her in it with just a little bit of water). From the time she could walk, she would just shower herself. So that plastic tub that's gathering dust in the cupboard is the next thing to go.


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