In my experience, pregnancy means presents. Friends and family are quick to purchase you larger bags, wider clothes, onesies for your baby-to-be, toys, and even the "big" items like cribs, bassinets, strollers, and wraps. For the most part, these gifts are helpful, and you'll thank your lucky stars you have a support system that wants to buy you all the things. There are other presents, however, that will leave you scratching your head. Make no mistake about it, there are things people buy pregnant people that are useless. So useless, in fact, you won't have a damn clue what you're going to do with them.
I’ll admit, I wanted to go on a shopping frenzy when I found out I was going to be growing another human being inside my body. I researched every product on the market and, before I knew it, I was knee-deep in "best things to buy for baby" lists and "what every pregnant woman needs" articles. My baby shower registry must have been at least a dozen pages long (well, I wouldn’t actually know since it was electronic, but still).
Turns out, a lot of those products were basically pointless. Despite my plans I barely breastfed, so I didn’t need lanolin for my nipples. I was bummed I didn't need pads for my lactating nipples, either, but I found that some well-placed tissue paper worked just as well (probably because I had low supply, though, but that's neither here nor there). So while every woman and every pregnancy is different, so different moms-to-be will need different things, here's what I found to be pretty damn useless in the gift department. My advice? Save your money. Trust me when I say that once your baby arrives, you're going to need it.