7 items that didn't make the cut as registry must-haves
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By Lauren Floyd, Honeycomb Moms
I realize each mom has her own idea of what a must-have product is, but everything just is not a necessity. The Honeycomb moms found we can live without a lot of products others deem must-haves, and in other cases, we were able to keep items off our registry because we found them elsewhere for free. So here are the items that didn't make our list of must-haves:
Diaper rash cream
The Honeycomb moms prefer natural oils or Vaseline as alternatives to creams with mystery ingredients in them.
No matter what the gods of capitalism say, please don't go out and buy your baby his own laundry basket. We use those oversized reusable shopping bags, one for baby’s upstairs dirty laundry and one for downstairs. They're movable, about $1 and easy to tuck out of sight.
"Fun fact: Bottle warmers take too long," Honeycomb mom Jerusha Washington said.
Generally, you have to pour a bit of water in warmers and wait for them to generate enough steam to heat your bottles. In the words of the prophet Sweet Brown: "Ain't nobody got time for that." Save your money, and just run the bottle under hot faucet water, or do this trick my aunt taught me: Put a bowl of water in the microwave, and warm the bottle in that water as opposed to using the microwave directly, which can lead to random spots of scalding hot milk.
A breast pump is totally a must-have item if you plan to breastfeed, but this didn't make our registry because it’s covered through health insurance. Just be sure to research the different brands. This is something I deeply regret not doing. Some insurance companies will let you get a non-covered brand, and just reimburse you up to what they cover. Oh, how I wish I would have gotten something that allows cordless use and is hands free, but I randomly bought the popular Medela Pump In Style Advanced. I was not a happy pumper.
Playpens with changing table and napping inserts
This is another must-have that would have been if it wasn't free, this time through the Future Moms program that a lot of employer health insurance companies provide. You have the option of this or a free car seat. Your choice, but we love having upstairs and downstairs changing solutions.
I didn’t want to give people permission to go crazy. I stand by that decision. Plus our son’s favorite toys are only between $5 and $10 at TJ Maxx. They are noisemakers attached to plush stuffed animals we cleverly call Mr. Frog, Mr. Octopus and Mr. Toucan.
4 moms mamaRoo
This is a fancy automatic rocker that's supposed to soothe the fussiest of babies for the affordable cost of about $220. Just as you could probably guess, Honeycomb moms call BS. "It's overpriced, and the mobile doesn't even move on its own," Jerusha said.
Honeycomb mom Judea Dee-Steele said she bought the rocker for her youngest, Wrylee (Minx), and the newness wore off pretty quickly.
"I got my mamaRoo from eBay for $70, and Minx only used it for the first month of her life," Judea said.