My husband and I moved into our first home when I was six months pregnant. It’s not in particularly big nor are we particularly wealthy so when it came to buying items for our baby, we were careful with our purchases. And as of now, we’re not overwhelmed by all the baby stuff (granted our baby isn’t big enough for toys yet). Here’s my advice for how to avoid accumulating too much.
1. Buy for the age your child is. Right now we do have clothes for when Beck is older but we haven’t bought any toys or objects he wouldn’t use within the next little while. You can assess as your child grows what their needs are and what they would like.
2. If you can do without it, don’t buy it. We hemmed and hawed over the purchase of a swing but when it came down to it, it was going to take up too much room and use too many batteries. Have I missed owning one? Not one bit.
3. If you’re not sure if you’ll use it or not (maybe depending on your baby’s personality), borrow before you commit to buy. My friend let us borrow a couple of her baby carriers so we could see which one we and liked best and to see if it came in handy.
4. If you’re gifted something you know you won’t use, return it and get something more practical. I won’t tell. Going along with that, only register for items you actually want.
5. If you already have too much stuff, donate a few items before you buy anything else.
Remember, babies are fairly simple. They don’t need a lot of stuff to be content.