10. Bottle warmers. We got a great tip from friends to do just room temperature or cold formula from the get-go. Warm is nice, but there's no research that proves baby needs it warm. Plus, on those occasions when you're stuck away from the house and can't warm a bottle, it won't be the end of the world if your baby expects the cold stuff. Plus, several brands of bottle warmers were recalled as fire hazards!
9. On a similar note, we also managed without a wipes warmer.
8. We thought we would love a dishwasher basket for bottles and accessories, but we were constantly fixing bottles, so we always just hand-washed with the help of a bottle brush.
7. Name-brand formula. For some babies with special dietary needs, you have to buy the spendy stuff, but I compared Similac Advance with the Costco version...identical ingredients but Costco is 1/3 of the price.
6. Baby powder. Most docs recommend diaper ointment instead, due to inhalation risks. It's easier to carry and use too.
5. Dreft. We just used unscented detergent for a fraction of the price.
4. Crib bumpers and comforters. We had bought a cute comforter, but they're considered to elevate SIDS risk. We used it as a play quilt for the floor, but in retrospect, I should have saved the money.
3. Baby Robes. They are SO adorable, but I can probably count on one hand the times we used them. By all means, keep one if you are lucky enough to score one at a baby shower, if only for the photo opp...but if you don't have one, you won't miss it. The Nugget goes straight from his towel-down into his jammas.
2. Hard soled baby shoes. These are impossible to wrangle onto baby's feet and tend to fall off. Newborns kick and flail a lot too, so you risk getting a nasty bruise while diaper changing or cuddling. Since baby shoes are either strictly decorative or only to hold the socks on, ask for soft-soled "crib" shoes. Crib shoes are typically less expensive, more comfy for baby, and easy to find second-hand in excellent condition (baby's not walking in them yet).
1. Special "winky-blocking" equipment for boys! We used a 99 cent cloth diaper to block way-ward sprinkles.