I'm a midwife – the five new baby buys which are a total waste of money | The Sun

WHEN you become parents for the first time, it can be very difficult to narrow down exactly what you need.

And with the immense cost that comes with having a child, the last thing you want to do is spend money on things you won't use.


So we spoke to the Private Midwives and asked them to name the five things they'd recommend new parents DIDN'T buy.

Nursery bits

"While it feels lovely to create a room for your baby, the reality is that they won’t be spending much, if any, time in there," they said.

According to The Lullaby Trust, your newborn should sleep in your room, or a room with you, for the first six months of their live – in order to reduce the chance of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

And that's the case for daytime naps too.

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"Creating a calm, beautiful space for your baby before they are born isn’t a good use of your time or money," they added.

"Instead, wait until they are ready for their own room and then decorate and furnish it for an older baby or a toddler."

Motion cradles

"We’re seeing a lot of these cots or cradles that rock your baby lately," they said.

"But what your baby really needs and wants is to be in your arms."

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Think about a sling instead, they said.

"So they can be close to your body, receiving warmth and calming them down the way that their brains and bodies need, while you can also have your hands free to do whatever else you need to."

Baby baths & top and tail bowls

"There is absolutely no need to invest in a baby bath as a sink is perfect for your baby to have their baths in for quite a while," the Private Midwives said.

"Simply wipe your sink down with some Milton wipes and go ahead and bath them in the sink (bathroom or kitchen)."

And the same applies to top and tail bowls.

"A normal bowl is just as functional and is (at least) half the price," thy added.

Formula feeding equipment

If you're planning to breastfeed, there's no point in investing in formula or formula feeding equipment.

"Bottles, sterilisers, machines that prep the formula feeds for you, bottle warmers etc… are expensive," they explained.

"Plus, if you have them in the house, you are much more likely to use them and then your breastfeeding journey is more likely to come to a premature end."

Instead, you could book an appointment with a lactation consultant, to help you continue breastfeed, if that's what you want to do.

"If you are planning to formula feed, keep it simple to start with," they advised.

"Formula, a few bottles and simple steriliser (you could use Milton tablets or simply boil your bottles for 5 minutes on a rolling boil) is enough to begin with."

Breast pumps

"Although you may purchase a pump further down the line for a variety of reasons, you certainly don’t routinely need one in the first few weeks," the midwives explained.

"Feeding your baby is the best way to establish breastfeeding and to ensure your milk supply is right for your baby.

"Should you require a pump for any unforeseen reason, you should receive specific advice on which one to get and how best to go about it (often a rental company is a good pathway) depending on why you need/want to pump and how long for."

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They recommend learning to hand express before your baby is born.

That will also help you collect some colostrum, "in case they need a little extra after they are born and learn an excellent skill in case you need if after they are born".

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