Dear Diary,


As a new mom, I registered for every item under the sun.  The Babies R Us scanner was my magic wand.   I waved over everything from bath tubs and books to car seats and clothes.  I later bought the few things left on the list after my two showers.  Then over the next 12 months, some of the must-have baby gear sat in the corner and collected dust.  Here’s the top five items I could have lived without.


Diaper Genie

I absolutely HAD to have this item.  But it never saw a dirty diaper.  A quicker way to get rid of “packages” is to use the grocery store bags accumulating under your sink.  Tie it up, and toss it out!  Plus, these bags are free.  Most diaper disposal system sell special bags.


Cheap Diapers

My family made fun of me when I registered for what they considered designer diapers.  I only used Pampers Swaddlers on my daughter for the first few months of her life.  One day, I switched to a cheaper brand, in order to not waste a diaper cake gifted to me at my baby shower.   Although the diapers are less money, you use twice as many!  And when people hold your baby–even when you just changed her–they’ll tell you she’s wet! Use the diaper cake as a decoration.


Diaper Stacker

My daughter’s diaper stacker became nursery decor.  It hung on the door, which was too far from the bed and the bassinet.  What worked?  I bought a diaper caddy, which olds diapers, wipes and A&D ointment.


Burp Cloths

I never, ever used a burp cloth on my baby.  After getting peed and pooped on, you welcome the idea of being burped on.  WHen my daughter did spit up, it projected past the space the cloth would have protected.  My advice–use a hand towel that’s already in your linen closet.



What a waste!  My daughter had about ten pair of shoes, and she only wore a couple, which didn’t stay on her feet for long.  Once, I bought the cutest pink sequin boots, but they kept falling off.  My advice–invest in trumpette socks instead.


What item do you wish you left off your registry?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

2 Responses

  1. Cori

    You are so right… I used the Diaper Genie for my daughter, but it didn’t keep out the horrid smell. However, we did use the burp clothes and now we use them for dusting the house! LOL

    One thing I thought was a huge waste of money was the huge stroller that was part of the travel system.

    • newmom0608

      Cori, what an inventive idea for burp cloths! Mine totally went to waste. I stuck them in the diaper bag at time in case I needed something to wipe her face. Now, I can dig them out of the bottom of the closet to clean.


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