I Spent $2,472 on Amazon in the First 3 Months Postpartum (Including $900 on a Lady Bidet)
The best/worst advice I was given before baby: “Don’t stress about being prepared. There’s always Amazon.” It’s the best advice because it’s true—nothing beats free two-day shipping when you’re running low on diapers, wipes or butt paste. But it’s also a slippery slope to binge-buying $70 sleep sacks at 3 a.m. Here, a diary of my Amazon purchases—which totaled $2,472, yikes!—in the first three months after baby.
Not Worth It: Cleaning Supplies ($42)
We shelled out for baby-friendly all-purpose surface wipes and bottle cleaner, which, at the time, felt important for wiping down the changing pad and hand-washing my Medela pump parts. But flash forward a few weeks and time and efficiency won out. (Now, we cover the changing pad with a machine-washable swaddle and throw the bottle parts in the dishwasher.)
Not Worth It: Sleep Training Books ($68)
We bought so many books: The No-Cry Sleep Solution, The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns, Moms on Call (friend recommendations, I swear!) and more. Hindsight, the library—or putting the word out on our Facebook mom group where everyone owns copies of the same books—would have been smarter and more cost-effective.
Not Worth It: Wipes Warmer ($28)
My husband will disagree (he really wanted this item), but the truth of the matter is this: By the time the wipes leave the warmer and reach your baby’s behind on the changing pad, they’re already cold. There, I said it.
Prince Lionheart ($28)
Not Worth It: A Zillion Different Swaddles ($225)
Sure, trying literally anything to make our son snooze seemed logical in our sleep-deprived state, but this is another time when we probably should have made do with what we had, or borrowed from a friend. For the record, we tried the Miracle Blanket ($30), the Swaddle Me ($27), the Swaddle Up ($30), the Halo ($25), the Sleepea ($24) and the Ollie ($65). (That said, our research did lead us to find our favorite one, which we immediately bought two of.)
Worth It: Extra Diaper Pail Trash Bag Liners ($15)
Fact: You will go through these quickly in those first couple of months. Another fact: You will also fail miserably at getting these properly installed in the pail the first time around.
Worth It: Extra Sets of Crib Sheets ($60)
Rookie mom mistake: I only registered for one set. And even though our son wasn't actually sleeping in the crib in those early weeks, we used it as a changing station in his nursery—one that he immediately peed on. (Boys!) It was then that I realized the value of having a few different sets to rotate. In the moment, we had to strip the bed and wait for the laundry cycle to finish before we could go back to using the crib as a changing station again.
Not Worth It: Travel Crib ($300)
Yes, you need a travel crib. No, you don't need to spend $300 on it. Truth: A friend swore by this particular brand and got us all excited about the tiny suitcase the portable crib folds up into. ("So airport friendly!" she said.) While the crib we got is cool, we could have scaled way back on the price point. (For the record, we did have a gift card from a family member that we applied to offset the cost.)
Baby Bjorn ($300)