Okay, the title of this post really should be "Stuff My Baby Didn't Need," so don't get all defensive.
I fantasized about my perfect little angel asleep in a beautiful, wicker Moses basket, trimmed with sage green ribbon and white lace, as I tote her from room to room, cleaning and finishing my graduate thesis.
Reality: the Moses basket was beautiful. And Norah hated it with a passion. And I didn't do any cleaning at all.
2. Changing table/contour cushion
My house is shaped like a U. If I'm at one end of the U and the baby takes a deuce, I'm probably just going to change her where she's at, stat. So the contoured cushion that sat atop her dresser was used very minimally. A waterproof pad on the floor, bed, or couch did the trick.
3. Real clothes
4. Diaper Genie
Eh. Just throw that stinker into a used Target bag (you'll have a shitload of those), tie it up, and toss it in the garbage.
5. Most toys
Babies do need visual and tactile stimulation. But you can give them Tupperware, a wash rag, and show them the screen saver on your phone and they'll be just as stimulated.
Come on. They've only been on the planet for a few weeks or months. Give them a friggin' break.