This series is dedicated to my dear, dear friend Kayla who is expecting her first baby. Do me a favor and please and pop over to her blog, Renowned and Crowned, and shower her with words of encouragement, congratulations, and blessings.
Baby gear and gadgets is a massive industry, you take one step into Baby’s R’ Us and that is clear. There are products out there to do almost everything, many of them unneccessary. I remember a friend of mine when she had gone to Babies R’ Us responding to it with “that store was overwhelming. Why does anyone think a baby needs all that stuff”.
There are advertisments always bombarding us about how “better” life will be with this or that. How terrible and hard it is doing something without this “special time offer”. How we do not have the ability to discern and care for our babies without that product. How our babies will NOT be safe without it, sometimes giving false statistics. The advertisements job is to show us what we are missing out on. To convince us “that product” is really great and our lives our bad without it. As moms, stewards of money, and homemakers we need to approach claims of superior life bought for $19.99 with caution. We need to discern and research. Advertisement is a big part of any business and discernment is a big part in making the decision of whether something really is or not necessary.
We have always tried to keep our life simplistic as far as gadgets go. Many things that are designed to make life easier and more convenient become a burden as they over take your house. Each item must be cared for on some level and so can potentional add more trouble then they are worth. As a homemaker I try to carefully consider everything that comes into our house. Sure, I buy things and then realize I shouldn’t have (such as 20 pocket diapers I don’t like) but that is a guideline I strive to live by. If we can make do without it, I often try not to get it, because even if something is “convenient” or bought for cheap it can complicate your lives.
Over the next several weeks I will be sharing with you the baby gadgets we find pretty indispensible, we love, we enjoy but don’t find necessary (and probably only have because of a gift), and the ones we intentionally avoided. These will all be from my personal experience. I realize what one person finds unnecessary another person finds indispensible. It is my hope that I can share from my experience and hopefully help other young moms.
And no, I will not be advertising any product for personal benefit :D.
And once again, please head over to Kayla’s blog and shower her with blessings.