How new parents spend over $4,000 on their first born - but, experts warn, bassinets and baby wipe warmers are a waste of money

Most parents are well aware of how expensive a new baby can be. But it seems much of the money couples spend 'nesting' is unnecessary.

According to new research, the average new mother and father spend $4,294 before the end of their child's first year.

And almost half of that figure (45 per cent) is spent before the child is even born, according to The Bump's Annual Pregnancy and Baby Study.

Splashing out: According to new research, the average new mother and father spend $4,294 before the end of their child's first year

Splashing out: According to new research, the average new mother and father spend $4,294 before the end of their child's first year

But accessories such as baby wipe warmers and diaper pails are a waste of money, the site's experts have said.

Bassinets are among the items The Bump team believe parents can do without.

Elena Mauer, an editor at TheBump.com, told Good Morning America: 'Babies usually sleep in them for a matter of weeks because they're very small. We think babies can sleep in a crib from the get-go.'

She admitted that though a solid wood bassinet can be beautiful, it is more practical to get a crib on wheels, or a playpen with a bassinet attachment.

Bassinets are among the items The Bump team believe parents can do without
Baby food makers, while convenient, can cost hundreds of dollars

Unnecessary: Bassinets are among the items parents can do without, and baby food makers, while convenient, can cost hundreds of dollars

Much of the baby bedding on offer is not only unnecessary, but a risk too, she said, adding that bumper pads, in particular, are a suffocation hazard.

'You just need a good fitted sheet, cozy pajamas and a good mattress,' she said.

And baby food makers, while convenient, can cost hundreds of dollars.

THE BUMP'S MOST UNNECESSARY BABY BUYS

  • Baby wipe warmer
  • Bassinet
  • Crib comforter and bumper pad
  • Baby food makers
  • High-end baby monitors
  • Diaper pails and changing tables
  • Designer clothes and shoes
Source: TheBump.com

'They're very convenient,' Ms Mauer continued. 'You can warm a baby's food and puree it all in one machine. But really, if you have a good food processor or blender you can make it yourself.'

She added that baby monitors, in particular were where many overspend, as families in small properties can survive without. And basic models costing around $40 were usually just as effective as the high-performance $200 models.

'A lot of parents like to have them but you don't need video capability and all the other bells and whistles,' she said.

'A baby monitor that doesn't have interference is enough as long as you can hear your baby.'

Ms Mauer said that changing tables could be substituted by a good changing pad, and diaper pails, which often require expensive replacement bags, by a simple foot pedal bin.

She also advised new parents to save money by adopting her 'Three Bs' mantra: Borrow, bargain-hunt and buy in bulk.

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