Avoiding these items will save you money
There are definitely larger problems facing first-time parents, but we can’t discount the fact that plenty of soon-to-be moms and dads are being forced to buy certain products for the first time. Having a child requires new parents to actually stop in sections of the store they’ve skated past, eyes averted, for their entire lives.
So, a new article in the Washington Post is hoping to make that trek into foreign territory a little less painful, both mentally and financially. In the piece, home and living writer Nicole Anzia shares five tips she wished other people had shared with her before she had to suss out the whole baby-buying thing on her own.
No Changing Stations
A running theme throughout the piece seems to be “avoid specialization.” Many of the tips urge parents to buy something that can see continued and varied use, and this tidbit about changing tables is no exception.
New parents should instead seek out a dresser that they can place a changing pad on top of, then they can use the storage well beyond their baby’s diaper days. Don’t get suckered into buying a scaled-down dresser with space for all the tiny clothes you’ll have either. A real dresser will allow kids to continue to use it even as they grow.
Of course, classic and proven styles are best when looking for a dresser you plan to keep for many years. So, avoiding trendy or garish pieces is probably for the best.
Similar to the dresser, you’re going to want to go classic if you buy a rocker for the nursery. Before dropping the cash on something that may only be used if it’s hidden away from sight, think of whether or not you’d want to have the rocking chair in other rooms.
Avoid cribs that convert into beds as the child grows. You will lose the necessary parts to make the conversion, but that’s the best case scenario. A convertible crib can (and most likely will) suffer some serious dings and other mishaps that might make a conversion a pain.
When the time comes to make the switch, Anzia says to go ahead and buy a twin bed or a trundle rather than a toddler bed. “Bypassing the toddler bed will not only save you money, but you’ll also have one less thing that requires effort to get rid of when you’re finished with it,” she said.