A new mom needs a lot of stuff to make postpartum life easier. There are plenty of arguments on the internet about what's useful and what isn't, though. For example, some moms swear by wipes warmers, while others consider them a waste of money. Still, certain things people buy new moms are a total waste no matter how you slice it. People mean well, of course, and it's normal to get excited about a new baby and, as a result, want to shower said baby and his or her mom with all sorts of cool and unnecessary things. I suggest people stop and think about what the mom really needs, though. There are plenty of resources online that specifically outline absolute necessities, so there's no need to go rogue and deviate from an already established list of must-haves.
By now we all know babies don't need fancy bed sheets and blankets, expensive furniture or drapery. Of course, if the parents want those things and can afford those things, then it doesn't really matter what the baby actually needs; it's about what the parents want for their baby. I get that. However, some things truly are a waste of money and I'm the type of person who hates wasting money on unnecessary things. I'm a practical individual. You know, the kind that wants people to give her gift cards so she can buy the stuff she actually wants.
As a new mom, I didn't know exactly what my baby needed (or what I needed, really). When I received all sorts of cute new stuff for the baby, I was thrilled. Then a few weeks postpartum I realized how wasteful some of the stuff I got really was. I ended up donating or re-selling some of the things I received, but I almost cried thinking about all of the money that could have gone toward diapers and wipes. I know this makes me seem ungrateful, but if you aren't financially fortunate, you live for practically rather than luxury. And as a recently laid-off new mom, I couldn't afford luxury. I just needed the absolute necessities and survival skills, which meant ditching the following: