There are lots of things you need when you have a baby and there are lots of things you don’t. I still have a nappy disposal unit, mattress sensor monitor and numerous other items of baby paraphernalia that have never seen the light of day. The nappy disposal unit seemed like a good idea at the time, one of friends telling me the many advantages it offered ‘use it instead of a bin, it has scented nappy bags and contains all the dirty nappies’. Brilliant! How could I have thought I could get by without this in my life? I rush home to tell my husband. “So it’s a bin?” this is not the response I was hoping for. “Its so much more than just a bin’ I try to explain, “you use it instead of a bin, it has scented nappy bags and contains all the dirty nappies!” “But, essentially it’s still a bin?” He goes on with a somewhat bewildered look on his face, the look he usually gets when I am telling him my latest ‘great idea’. “Well, yes I suppose it is” I concede knowing that I will never convince him. We’ll just wait until the baby is born and then we’ll see how useful it really is. The baby was born. We tried it. It doesn’t work. The scented nappy bags are ludicrously expensive, the nappies get jammed in the mechanism and then you still have to empty it at the end of the day. Lesson learned is that my husband was right. Again.
It is easy to get drawn in though, I can remember trying to convince my husband that our little lady needed her own personalised baby Mini Cooper. We settled on a walker but you get the point.