Monday, 16 February 2015

Ten Useless Baby Products You Will Not Need

When I fell pregnant, I became a frequent reader of parenting books which advised you of those essential baby items you could definately not live without. I then spent countless afternoons in Mothercare, Babies R Us and Kiddicare explaining to my other half exactly why a bottle warmer/ top and tail bowl/ bathroom thermometer was a fantastic purchase (they weren't.)


As a new parent, you are often tempted to buy every baby item possible convinced that it will help you when your baby arrives. If your not careful your house can start to resemble a baby shop. Whilst I brought some great baby items that proved invaluable during Jack's first few months, I also brought items that were completely unnecessary and a waste of money. This is a list of the top ten useless baby products that I'm certain no parent will ever need.


1. Nappy Bins - I cannot understand why anybody would buy this product which is essentially a scented bin. Nappy bags are often scented but the smell emitting from them is still putrid. Take a walk to your outside bin and save yourself the money.

2. Bumbo Seats - I brought a bumbo seat for Jack and honestly thought I would get plenty of use out if it. You can use it prior to your baby being able to sit up unaided. Still sounding like you might use it a lot? I used mine twice. Jack refused to sit in it for more than two minutes at a time. He actually hated it. He would arch his pack to get out. I later invested in a Jumperoo which he much preferred.

3. Wipe Warmer - I have never ever brought a wipe warmer. You want to know why? Jack doesn't like getting changed. A cold wipe isn't the problem and a warm wipe won't be the answer. What difference do they make? A wipe is a wipe and this product is a waste of time.

4. Bottle Warmer - I brought a bottle warmer convinced i would use it for the night feeds. To start with I often did but I actually found it didn't warm up the bottle any quicker than a kettle would. You also have to fill it with water, just like a kettle. I already have a kettle.

5. Top and Tail Bowl - A bowl to put water and cotton pads in when you want to give your baby a quick wipe down. It does exactly the same job as a generic bowl. Whilst it would only cost around £3, the money adds up quickly.

6. Small Burp Clothes - Burp Clothes are a great purchase but please buy a large muslin square. Unless your child hardly spits up, your little ones sick will still end up on his clothes.

7. Scratch Mittens - I thought this would be an essential purchase prior to having Jack. A mitten to stop your baby scratching himself sounds like a great item. Problem is, they don't stay on. I have heard of parents fastening them on with a hair scrunchie. They are either too big or your baby shakes them off. Either way, they don't end up preventing any kind of scratching.

8. Baby Bath Thermometer - For first time parents who are concerned they won't be able to tell if their babies bath water is too hot, put down the bath thermometer. You will be able to tell. Your looking for a luke warm temperature. Dip your elbow in the water, if it feels hot then it probably is too warm. You can do just as good a job as this unneeded product.

9. Baby Lotion - I have approximately 25 bottles of lotion that I was gifted when Jack was born. Babies have sensitive skin, any lotion gave Jack a rash. Just pop some water in the bath, skip the lotions and potions.

10. Baby Towels - I have so many baby bath towels and guess what, whilst my adult towels may not have a cute monkey hood on them, they do exactly the same job. They are a cute buy but definately are not needed. Saying that I do own at least 6!





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