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Baby Items That are Unnecessary

Updated on September 7, 2013
When my daughter was born I was so concerned with having all of the "necessary" products that I was told that I needed, even though they were all gifts many of them were unnecessary and went unused.
When my daughter was born I was so concerned with having all of the "necessary" products that I was told that I needed, even though they were all gifts many of them were unnecessary and went unused. | Source

Baby Items That are Unnecessary

The baby industry is a multi-million dollar industry (probably even more that number was just a guess). The mark up on these products is quite astonishing, and parents eat it up, buying all of these unnecessary products, hoping it will make the journey of parenting easier, so they will be able to (I don't know) sleep more (?). Parents are always so concerned about their new bundle of hoy, which is by no means a bad thing, but why waste money on products that one will never use? When pregnant, a parent needs to pinch those pennies, and not spend hundreds of unnecessary products, because, seriously, kids are expensive, and as they grow that expense multiplies quickly.

The diaper genie.
The diaper genie. | Source

The Diaper Genie

If you have never heard of a diaper genie, it is the round, white plastic tube with a large plastic bag that fits nicely inside, and a flip top that is supposed to hold the smell of rotting feces inside for a long period of time. This item is unnecessary, even though the idea seems quite awesome, because first, it fills so quickly that one usually ends up taking it out to the dumpster twice a day anyway. Second, because wherever a parent changes the diaper is where the diaper is disposed, that may be in the kitchen, the bathroom, the living room, the parents bedroom and on a rare occasion the babies room. Third, because nothing prevents the smell of old and rotting feces from smelling up a room, not even a bullet like plastic bin. The only thing that will will prevent such a smell is a canon that shoots the diaper straight to the moon.

Changing table with pillow.
Changing table with pillow. | Source

A Changing Table

Another thing that a new parent, a second time parent, or a veteran parent does not need (or would rarely used) is a changing table. A changing table is unnecessary because a parent will change the baby wherever the diaper is soiled. If the baby poos in the dining room, the parent will change the diaper in the dining room, and yes, on the floor (gasp). Besides a small child can roll off of the changing table even if the parent is right next to them. A parent can blink and CRASH, BANG, baby on the floor, screaming bloody murder. Lets face it if one starts on the floor, baby can not end up on the floor.

A Bottle Warmer

The purchase of this product is quite astonishing, especially when most Americans have a hot water faucet attached to every sink in their house. Why buy something luxuries and waste money on a product when you can run the hot water to the right temperature and add formula? Or better yet, why not just breast feed with those luxuries boobies that a mother was born with? Yeah those boobies were put there for a reason.

A Wipes Warmer

Really? Warm wipes? Does one warm up their toilet paper? The wipes are already at room temperature, what more do these luxurious butts want?

Tummy time mats do seem like a good idea, but they are not necessary. My daughter didn't like this mat too much because the toys were attached so she was always frustrated and angry when she couldn't pick up the toys she worked so hard to get.
Tummy time mats do seem like a good idea, but they are not necessary. My daughter didn't like this mat too much because the toys were attached so she was always frustrated and angry when she couldn't pick up the toys she worked so hard to get. | Source

Tummy Time Mats

Tummy time mats seem like a very stimulating a fun product to purchase for a young child, but they are completely unnecessary for many reasons. First, tummy time mats are too stimulating at times, all of the colors, words, toys, noises, ect are all too much for such a young child first beginning to learn about their surroundings. If one was bombarded with colors, birds, elephants, cats, dogs, words, and music all at once, one would also go crazy and more than likely cry. The second reason that tummy time mats are unnecessary is because if a parent places the baby on a colorful blanket, they will be more than amused and more focused on pushing up on their arms to see what truly is going on around them.

Swaddle | Source


Swaddlers are on product that many people buy, but ultimately are too lazy to figure out how to use; blankets are much easier to swaddle a baby, plus, baby can kick out of a blanket if they become too hot. Believe it or not babies are humans, they have their own mind process, they think for themselves, and they desire to grow into their own person and wish to be in control of themselves and bodies (which is why they cry and have emotional breakdowns). Therefore the parents must give them this freedom at a young age, and dress and swaddle them appropriately. Some babies hate to be swaddled while others enjoy it and feel safe when they are swaddled, and a parent will never know how they baby wants to be covered or wrapped until that child is born, so it is unnecessary to purchase swaddlers when one will also purchase a billion receiving blankets and baby blankets anyway.

What baby item do you think is the most unnecessary?

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    • healthygurl profile image


      5 years ago from Canada

      The list of unnecessary baby items continues to grow! It's no wonder we don't have enough space in our homes to hold all this baby crap stuff. Voted up as interesting!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I am enjoying your list as we are just now going through the whole..."What matters and what doesn't" Thank you!

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      5 years ago

      I totally agree about the Tummy Time Mat! Too much stimuli for a young baby!

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      Jami Johnson 

      5 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

      Nicole Henley, every parent needs different supplies for their baby. I have swaddler on the list because I spent so much money on several and my daughter refused to be swaddled, once she was born she was done being confined and finally wanted to sprawl out and be free, but the swaddles didn't go to to much waste because I donated them. I also knew more babies that didn't want to be swaddled than ones that did. I am glad you got use out of them though!

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      Nicole Henley 

      5 years ago from San Leandro

      I couldn't have lived without the swaddlers. I was just horrible at swaddling my daughter. She only used them for 4 weeks. I was thankful to have them. I was 4 weeks early so I never got to take the newborn care class I wanted to to learn how to swaddle.

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      Jami Johnson 

      5 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

      renegadetory, I know many parents that thought tummy time mats were awesome, but for me it was an unnecessary item because my daughter was just too overwhelmed by them and became so frustrated with them since the toys were attached. So I just used a colorful blanket with loose toys and she was so much happier and learned how to roll over much easier. I was thinking about writing an opposite hub to this just this very moment actually, and a swing is a good item (even though I have never had one for my daughter, my friends had them for their children and I know how handy they can be). Thanks for your insights!

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      Carolyn Dahl 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario

      I have to agree with all of the choices you have listed except the tummy mat. The one I have is a combo of tummy time mat and gym for when they are lying on their back. Both my kids really got good use out of it. It is not a necessity, true, but the enjoyment my kids got out of it made it worth it.

      If you decide to write a Hub about baby items you shouldn't go without, my vote would be for the baby swing. It saved my sanity and that of my husband on many, many occasions!

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      In our country, we don't use changing table, just place a mat on the floor and spread out a towel, do the diaper changing, I like the other ideas too, bookmark and share this hub with my friends, voted up

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      Deonne Anderson 

      5 years ago from Florence, SC

      An interesting list of products for baby. I'm sure that we all have different ideas as to what products are/are not necessary. When buying gifts for babies I always stick to tried and true ones. I leave the innovative ones up to the parents. Voted up and interesting.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very true! I read once that people use to use bureau drawers as cradles!


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