As a follow up to my registry post, there are a few things that I already knew I didn't need, or that I registered for and never used:
Bassinet or Cradle
Before she slept in the crib, H slept in the nap nanny, the bassinet that came with her stroller, or in the pack n play. I don't think another sleeping place is necessary, so as cute as they are, skip the bassinet or cradle for your room. Get a quilted pack n play sheet for the pack n play and use that instead.
We got a travel swing instead of a full size swing, which was a good idea for space saving. But H loved her nap nanny so much, we only put her in the swing probably 10 times. I ended up loaning mine to a friend. My advice, if you get one, leave it in the box until you really need it. If you don't use it, take it back!
If you get the nap nanny, you probably won't need an infant seat. They are pretty much the same thing, but I think the nap nanny is better.
We only run our dish washer once or twice a week, so I have to hand wash bottles if I need them. And the dishwasher basket doesn't hold that many bottle parts anyway, so I thought it was kind of a waste. It may come in handy later for sippy cup straws and parts, but for now it sits in my cabinet unused.
Summer Infant Folding Bath
I don't know what the perfect baby bath tub is, but I know it is not the one I got. It's not terrible, but it offered no support for H when she was little (even with a foam pad I bought) and she would slide down and get her neck all crunched up. I have friends that love the Puj tub, maybe it is better?
I made Hadley's pinwheel mobile, and she looks at it kinda, but she is asleep most of the time when I put her in the crib so it really isn't necessary.
I have friends that swear by this thing too, but H has always been a great sleeper and I have yet to need a noise machine. The one time I turned it on I think it actually disturbed her more than helped her.
I have one of these, and I do like it. But I have only used it probably 4 times. I thought it would be great to use when we go shopping, instead of hauling the car seat around. But I must have been nuts to think that I would be taking her shopping all the time! I run errands solo on the way home from work, and The Husband and I take turns grocery shopping solo too. So although they are cute, be honest with yourself, you may not need one. And if you do, I bet you know someone you can borrow one from for a few months!
I also don't have a wipes warmer, and I don't miss it. And I don't have a bottle warmer either, I just make bottles as a need them. I didn't want her to get used to warm wipes and warm milk, because what would we do when we weren't at home and didn't have those things???