A Guest Post by Squirmy Popple


As parents we make many rookie mistakes. These mistakes can leave us sobbing like a baby, pulling our hair out in frustration, or longing for the ground to open up and swallow us.


Eventually after enough time has passed we stop rocking in the corner, we are able to laugh about them.  This series is dedicated to the honest parents who admit they sometimes often get it wrong.  After all, I have yet to meet a Pintrest perfect parent in the actual flesh.


Every Wednesday I feature a post from a fantastic guest blogger about their funny and insightful parenting fails.  


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This weeks guest post comes from Katie who blogs at Squirmy Popple.  I think we’ve all had those moments where a ridiculously expensive toy is discarded in favour of the box it came in.  Katie’s post highlights some of her rookie purchases as a first time mum.


Rookie Mistakes



5 Baby Purchases I Shouldn’t Have Made


When you’re having your first baby, trying to figure out what you need to buy is overwhelming. There’s the obvious stuff that you need – somewhere for the baby to sleep, a car seat, a pram and/or baby carrier, baby clothes, etc. There’s the stuff that sounds useful but you might be able to do without (which you will probably end up buying anyway), like a bouncer, baby gym, breastfeeding pillow, and one of those fancy nappy bins that wraps up each nappy individually.


Then there’s the WTF stuff – top and tail bowl? Wipe warmer? Bumbo? What kind of idiot would buy this garbage? Except…well, you don’t want to traumatise your baby by touching their bum with a cold wet wipe, do you? No, definitely not. Better buy two warmers, just in case the first one breaks. And what if you can’t wash your baby’s bum and head without a plastic bowl divided in two? Maybe it’s not possible. What do you know about cleaning a baby? Nothing. Better get that top and tail bowl too. Can a baby learn to sit without an expensive squishy seat? If you don’t buy it, they might lie helplessly on their back forever. FORGET IT, JUST TAKE ALL MY MONEY.


Like most first-time parents, my husband and I bought WAY too much baby stuff. Some of it was definitely the wrong stuff. Our bedroom closet is now overflowing with things we barely, if ever, used. Whenever I open the door, it vomits out newborn baby grows and untouched toys.


Here are 5 baby things we shouldn’t have bought:


1. A moses basket.

We should have got a co-sleeper cot instead. We stuffed out daughter into her moses basket for as long as we could, and she still used it for under four months. A co-sleeper cot cost twice as much, but we could have used it for longer. Plus it would have come in handy when we tried to transition her into her big girl cot and she refused to sleep there, so we resorted to co-sleeping – the bed stripped of pillows, the duvet wrapped tightly around me like a burrito because I was so paranoid about it touching her, me confined to the very edge of the bed while the baby sprawled out in the middle. I barely slept for months.


2. Loads of newborn clothes.

Babies, even tiny ones like my daughter, only fit into newborn clothes for a few weeks at most. We bought lots of tiny baby grows and pretty much nothing else, so when she outgrew them almost immediately, we had to make several trips to Mothercare to buy 0-3 month clothes for her to wear for the next few months.


3. WAY too many toys.

My daughter has a plethora of brightly-coloured plastic things that light up and make noise. You know what she likes to play with? Empty water bottles. Or cardboard toilet roll tubes. Or the TV remote. Basically, anything that’s not a toy and shouldn’t really go in her mouth but does anyway.


Rookie Mistake


4. A baby monitor.

If you live in a big, multi-story house, get a monitor. Obviously. If you live in a flat the size of a large closet with paper thin walls, you don’t need one. You will hear every cry, every whimper, every fart, whether you want to or not.


5. Bibs without food-catching pouches.

Seriously, I don’t even know why these exist. My baby’s lap was covered in food after every meal until we got a few cheap plastic bibs with crumb catchers. Now she’s not only cleaner, but she gets to end each meal by picking stuff out of her bib. Nothing makes a baby (or, really, anyone) happier than bonus food.



4-up on 11-13-15 at 4.48 PM #4About Katie:

Katie is a Glasgow-based, cheese-loving mum blogging about the (mostly) funny side of parenting. She calls her daughter the Popple because she used to curl up on her chest like the popular 1980s toy.

A former digital content developer, she now spends her days singing “The Grand Old Duke of York” and watching the Popple walk around the coffee table repeatedly. Life is wild.


You can follow Katie’s blog Squirmy Popple on twitter.


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16 Comments on Rookie Mistakes – 5 Baby Purchases I Shouldn’t Have Made

  1. @livingwithlayla
    April 30, 2016 at 9:27 am (6 months ago)

    The Moses basket! Layla hated it! She wouldn’t even sleep in it so after 10 weeks of her sleeping in our bed we caved in and bought one. We have never looked back!

    • Squirmy Popple
      May 4, 2016 at 10:26 am (6 months ago)

      I really wish I had bought a co-sleepr – they’re more expensive but it would have been SO worth it.

  2. Ellen
    April 29, 2016 at 2:31 pm (6 months ago)

    Oh yeah I’ve made all these mistakes and more!! It’s crazy the stuff you feel you need and then you realise there’s things you should have bought but didn’t. Oh it’s a minefield!!

    • Squirmy Popple
      May 4, 2016 at 10:27 am (6 months ago)

      It really is! And there are so many different opinions about what you need and what you don’t that it’s really hard to make decisions, especially as a first-time parent.

  3. Annabelle Spender
    April 29, 2016 at 10:04 am (6 months ago)

    Wow – I didn’t know that about the moses basket vs co-sleepers. The baby clothes stuff seems to be well known in my family so I won’t be surprised if I get no newborn clothes!!! #FridayFrolics
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    • Squirmy Popple
      May 4, 2016 at 10:29 am (6 months ago)

      I think it depends on the baby, but ours didn’t take to the moses basket that well. Then again, she’s a pretty terrible sleeper all around.

  4. Jane Taylor
    April 29, 2016 at 6:39 am (6 months ago)

    Ha! Brilliant! With me it was the baby monitor with movement detector! Talk about having a heart attack when the alarm went off to signal that my precious baby had stopped moving…I hardly dared open the door and when I did, (at this point I had stopped breathing myself) she was perfectly fine and had moved all of the way off the pressure mat to occupy a position squashed up against the far end of the cot!!!! #FridayFrolics

    • Squirmy Popple
      May 4, 2016 at 10:30 am (6 months ago)

      I thought about getting one of those monitors with a movement detector, but I figured it would freak me out, just like you said!

  5. Anna Brophy
    April 29, 2016 at 5:13 am (6 months ago)

    So much stuff for such a little person, and they grow out of it all so quickly. Certainly different for the second child. #FridayFrolics
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    • Squirmy Popple
      May 4, 2016 at 10:33 am (6 months ago)

      I can imagine if we ever have a second child, they’ll have WAY less stuff. Not because we love them any less, but because we know better now. 🙂

  6. Nicole - Tales from Mamaville
    April 29, 2016 at 1:04 am (6 months ago)

    Informative post for expectant mums. We do tend to overbuy and underuse – ALWAYS!!!

    • Squirmy Popple
      May 4, 2016 at 10:35 am (6 months ago)

      And no matter how many friends/relatives tell us “Oh, you don’t really need that,” we don’t listen!

  7. TiredHappyMummy
    April 28, 2016 at 6:10 am (6 months ago)

    I’m trying to advise my pregnant sister on purchase mistakes as I now have a loft full I just can’t let go of. But like me, she knows better!

    I do love our Bumbo though, we got over a years use out of it and I found it useful as a high chair to start with.

    • Squirmy Popple
      May 4, 2016 at 10:37 am (6 months ago)

      We have a Bumbo, but the Popple isn’t that into it. We tried to use it as a high chair for snacks, but she’s worked out how to pull the tray off, so we had to give up on that.

  8. SassySassy
    April 27, 2016 at 10:15 pm (6 months ago)

    I love this series! Thanks for giving me a heads up on lots of things I don’t need to buy in The future Katie! 😉 You should sell these things online! they will make you a few pennies 🙂 xxx
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    • Squirmy Popple
      May 4, 2016 at 10:38 am (6 months ago)

      We’ll definitely sell some of the stuff – like the jumperoo, which is in really good condition. The rest will go to a great charity shop in Glasgow that provides baby items for underprivileged families – a great cause!


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