Welcome to our month long buy less plan! Read here to get caught up on what’s going on.
Product: Why do smaller people need so much more stuff? Marketers love to target new parents and guilt trip them into buying all the things. There are surely some cool products out there nowadays, but only a rare few you need. I really think that there are so many options just to give baby shower attenders something to pick. Here are some baby products and their real-life equivalents:
Baby manicure set… any standard manicure set. Why do they have to be tiny to use them on a small human? Just make smaller movements.
Nursing covers… any scarf, shirt, blanket. You don’t need a special tie in order to cover things up.
Bassinet… basket, box, crib. A bassinet is used for such a short amount of time. You can either skip right to the crib or lay your bundle of joy down to sleep almost anywhere before they can turn over and they’ll stay there. No ruffles required.
Burp cloths… any old rag or cloth diaper. They don’t need cute patterns to spit up on and stain.
0-3 month clothes… 3-6 month clothes. Those first three months are spent mainly sleeping and swaddled up in a blanket. No one’s going to care about the clothes being a little big. It’s a short season. You can just skip buying an entire wardrobe for those first three months.
Car seat covers… a blanket.
30 bajillion toys… a few special toys and lots of things from around the house.
Sippy cups… a regular cup. It takes just a little bit of patience to teach them how to drink from a regular cup on a regular schedule instead of constantly throughout the day. It’s certainly easiest the earlier you teach them this too.
DVD’s and iPad apps… outside. You should be outside more too so this is good for you too!
Shopping cart cover… a baby wipe. You don’t need to be going to stores that often anyway.
Special divided food plates, chubby plastic forks and spoons, etc…. regular plates and silverware. Special dishes have to be stored and they DON’T store well. They really can just use what everyone else is using.
And I’m sure the list goes on and on. It’s not that any of these products above are bad, they just really aren’t necessary. Why buy, store, and clean what you don’t need to? They’re just little people. They’re primary needs are the same as you and I. Do you need a toy mirror in primary colors with buttons you can push that makes farm animal noises? They don’t either.
Reason to buy less: “Out of sight, out of mind” is true. How are you going to even know what items you have if they are too cluttered? Don’t risk buying that outlet splitter a third time just because you forgot you had the first two.
Suggestion: To waste less on things you don’t really need, try this: sponsor a needy kid. There are lots of options, you can email me and I can get you hooked up with a good program.
Spend a few dollars every month to support someone in need. That right there is good enough.
But now, when you walk into a store and want to buy another pair of shoes because they would go well with 1 outfit you own, say “no” and send half of what you would have spent to your sponsor kid instead. They can do SO MUCH more with that money. Perspective is a wonderful thing. Everyone can benefit.
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