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When we had made the choice to have another baby, I knew that I was going to do things a little bit different this time around. I knew that most common baby items aren’t necessary. I had a big plan to simplify things.

After we found out that we were having twins, I really wanted to simplify. I very early on sat down and made a list of baby items that we did not need. Some people thought that I was crazy, “Since you’re having two babies, shouldn’t you make a list of what you do need?”.

We were going to be a family of 5 living in less than 1000 square feet. I knew that we would really have to limit what we were bringing into our house for the babies.

I’m going to share with you some common items that we did not have and what we did use instead of those things. I will also share some tips with you on how to decrease the amount of baby iems coming into your home.

Baby Bathtub

I had a baby bathtub with Brayden, actually 2 different kinds. Both of them were very large and hard to store. I think that the blooming bath lotus that you put in your sink is cute. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here. They’re pretty pricey and after doing some research I saw that there could be some potential for it to get moldy.

I saw this baby bath sponge that you can use in your sink or bathtub. It’s under $10, I was able to wash it and dry it when needed. I also replaced it once within the 6 months that we used it. Once the boys started sitting up on their own we just use a towel to keep them from slipping.

This was a definite space saver for us. I highly recommend you try it out, if it doesn’t work for you, you can always use something else.

Diaper Pail

So many people are on the fence about diaper pails, I didn’t see a need for one. In my opinion that is just something else to maintain with purchasing bags and filters all of the time. We do two things to combat smelly diapers in our house.

First, we use a trash can that we take out every day. Our kitchen trash can is the one we take out every evening. We never put diapers in trash cans that don’t go out daily.

Secondly, we use bags for our poo diapers. You can buy diaper bags which are around $10 for 200 bags. On Amazon, you can purchase these dog waste bags which are around $15 for 900 bags!

We often just use our old grocery sacks, either option is fine. I promise. As long as you bag up your dirty diapers and take your trash out daily, you won’t have a problem with smells.

Changing Table + Changing Pad

I had this with Brayden and I could probably count on one hand how many times it was used. I knew that this was something that we definitely wouldn’t have. We just use our bed to change them if we’re in our room. Whenwe’re in the living room we would just lie them on the floor or change them on our ottoman.

When things were a little messy and we worried about getting something on the bed or floor, we would just lay down a towel.

If you’re concerned with having everything in one area, just make an easy diaper changing kit for your main rooms. I had one when the boys were little that I put together on a Raskog cart from ikea. You could also make one from these cute caddies that can easily fit all of your essentials.

Baby Towels

As a gift, we received 2 towels so we did use them, but it isn’t something that I would purchase. I mostly just used our softest bath towels that we owned and dried them off with those. We did purchase baby washcloths though because I like how thin they are, it makes it easy to quickly clean up babies.

Tips:

  • Talk to your family/friends. This is the first thing that we did, we just explained that we are in a small space and we don’t want a ton of items. Everyone took it fairly well and pretty much always checked with us before buying anything.
  • Opt-out of a baby shower. It is totally okay for you to turn down a baby shower if you don’t want/need one. At my office where I worked at the time of my pregnancy, they offered me a baby shower, I politely turned it down and then they offered a diaper shower and I accepted.
  • Think about products before you buy. Baby items get me every time. They’re cute and you’re excited. I get it! If you’re thinking about making a large purchase, stop and think about it, you can always go back and purchase it tomorrow if you still want it.
  • Make a registry! My favorite place to make a registry is Amazon, they have everything and everyone can easily shop on amazon or at least get ideas on what to buy you. I also used our registry as an ongoing shopping list for us.

I want to know from you: What is one baby item that you couldn’t live without?

Like this read? Check out my day in the life of a stay at home twin mom Part 1 and Part 2!

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