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I've Turned into a Baby Gear Minimalist

Maybe it’s the fact that I am in serious nesting mode and the idea of clutter makes me go absolutely crazy, but I have recently had a revelation that I want the least amount of baby gear possible in my apartment. There will be no buying items that I think she might want to keep her entertained, we are using just the basics.

We visited our storage unit last weekend to get out all of our baby items from when my daughter was younger. When we moved from Florida to NYC, we went from a big house in the suburbs to a tiny apartment in the city. I didn’t realize just how much stuff I packed in that house until I was up close and personal with it this past weekend.

Apparently with your first child you find the need to buy every single toy, gadget, and piece of gear that your friends recommend. In my storage unit I found two different types of stationary activity play centers. Don’t ask me the reasoning behind it, because I can’t give you a rational answer. But I do remember at the time that it was completely justified in my head. I also found two baby seats. One that we used to help me feed her and the other that had an activity ring around it so that she could be entertained while I took a shower. I don’t find the need for two now, but at the time I did.

I can’t help but laugh at all of the baby gear that I packed my house with. Anything that I thought would make my life easier as a first time “single mom” (my husband was living in NYC for the first nine months after our daughter was born,) I bought. Now all of this stuff is consuming my tiny apartment and making me go crazy!

I have piled all of the “unnecessary” items in the baby’s crib to give away to charity. I’ve now made a new rule that I won’t buy any other baby items until the baby is born and I can’t find myself functioning without them. I am hoping this will help alleviate the clutter and help save money!

I think the second time around, I’ve become a lot more level headed when it comes necessities versus luxuries. I guess the luxuries just don’t sound as appealing this time.

Did you get rid of baby gear or just buy more of it for your second child?

Read more from Lauren at A Mommy in the City. For more updates, follow Lauren on Facebook and Twitter !

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