Way back in the day, your own mom made it through those baby years without a professional-grade infant surveillance system installed in the nursery. You clearly survived too. Some advancements in baby-focused technology have made everyday life much safer for the tiny tykes. But some of these supposed baby-shower-registry must-haves aren鈥檛 entirely necessary. Hey, your own mother never had any of these 鈥 and you probably don鈥檛 need them either.

A parent watches their baby on a video monitor

1. Fancy-Pants Video Monitor: Newborns sound like鈥 well, like sirens. Their distinctive, crazy-loud cry does one thing awesomely, amazingly, absolutely well: It gets your attention. Seriously, there鈥檚 no way to ignore it. Unless you live in a mega-manse, it鈥檚 more than likely that you鈥檒l hear your baby in the next room cry when they need a midnight snack. Those over-the-top video monitors that surveil your child鈥檚 every move are less of a necessity and more of a crazy-maker.

2. All-Terrain Stroller:聽The umbrella stroller was your mom鈥檚 go-to when she didn鈥檛 feel like carrying you. She grabbed her Walkman, fit the earphones over her Aqua Net-ed hair, strapped on her high-top Reeboks, and took you for a walk around the neighborhood. Yeah, there were bumps, lumps, and dips in the sidewalk back then too. But she didn鈥檛 need a four-wheel drive, multi-terrain, studded-wheeled stroller to make it through. If you鈥檙e not all about those deep woods walks, you don鈥檛 need the stroller version of an SUV. You just don鈥檛.

A baby sits up on a changing table

3. Changing Table:聽You need somewhere to change your baby, but you don鈥檛 need a special table to do it on. If you have a pad or a towel, you鈥檝e got somewhere to do your diaper duty on. There鈥檚 no reason to buy an entirely new piece of furniture that you鈥檒l quit using in a year when your baby is too big to fit on it.

4. Wipe Warmer: Your butt wasn鈥檛 warmed to a balmy 80 degrees every time you pooped. Your mom probably didn鈥檛 even have a handy-dandy tub of disposable wipes to use when she changed you either. Don鈥檛 stress out over your baby鈥檚 bum temp. No one actually needs warm wipes. There鈥檚 no way your baby cares whether their backside is wiped at room temperature.

5. Pee-Pee Teepee: Yep, boys are gonna pee. When you change them and when you bathe them, they鈥檙e just going to pee. It happens. You really, truly don鈥檛 need to spend your hard-earned money on a little cone thingy to cover his lap. A washcloth will do鈥 or you could just learn how to duck quickly.

A baby peeks out of their crib

6. 1,800 Thread Count Sheets: Your baby isn鈥檛 the princess whose delicate regal skin bruised from a tender little pea hidden under mattresses galore. Your kid shouldn鈥檛 sleep on straw, but they don鈥檛 need sheets with a higher thread count than yours.

7. Baby Detergent: Your baby is super-sensitive. (Many of them are.) So you invest in a special bottle of everything-free baby detergent. After all, that鈥檚 what you NEED to wash their clothes with, right? Babies with sensitive skin existed long before anyone ever made an infants-only detergent. There are tons of dye- and perfume-free options out there, and the regular ol鈥 adult ones are often just as dermatologist-tested as the baby-specific ones.

8. Baby Food Maker: Aww! That cute little food processor is just for baby food. It鈥檚 got an adorable little picture on it and is designed specifically to process foods for babies. Sure, some are specially made to steam, blend, mix, or do some other sort of baby-food-necessary procedure. But, for the most part, a normal adult food processor will work just fine.

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