- Family and Parenting
Baby Products You Don't Need
If you're a mom-to-be, figuring out what to buy for your baby or what items to add to your baby registry can be overwhelming.
Besides the necessities (e.g. diapers, wipes, etc.), there are many, many other products that are very practical and convenient that you should purchase or add to your registry.
However, there are some products, such as the five listed below, that are "nice to have," but really not necessary.
Not necessary: Changing Table
What to use instead: Blanket or changing pad.
A changing table is nice to have, but it's definitely not necessary to have one. Changing tables can be expensive, and although many changing tables come equipped with anchors and buckles to secure baby, many parents still feel uncomfortable about using a changing table simply because of the fear of baby falling, especially since baby can get really squirmy.
Therefore many parents simply opt to change their babies on the floor using a portable changing pad or a blanket.
It can be quicker and safer to change your baby on the floor, and the money you save by not purchasing a changing table can go towards purchasing real necessities, such as baby food or baby clothes.
Not necessary: Diaper Stacker
What to use instead: Drawers, storage bins, or original packaging.
Diaper Stackers are another "nice to have" item that can really complement your baby's nursery decor, but you don't need a special Diaper Stacker or any other type of diaper organizer to keep baby's diapers in.
Whenever a baby needs to be changed, many parents simply grab a diaper from the original pack or box of diapers.
If you prefer to take the diapers out of their original packaging, simply store them in an empty drawer, or you can purchase an inexpensive bin for a few dollars to store them in, and once your child is potty-trained you can re-purpose the bin to hold other necessities.
Pee Pee Prevention Gear (for Boys)
Not necessary: Products that you place on a baby boy's private area to prevent accidents.
What to use instead: Washcloth, baby wipe, or an extra diaper.
Although pee pee prevention gear is a cute idea, it's more practical and economical to simply use a washcloth or an extra diaper instead.
Many times the pee pee prevention gear will not stay on properly, and they're very tiny, so finding them when you need to can be a bit of a hassle.
Instead of spending money on this unnecessary product, simply place a washcloth or a baby wipe over your baby's private area.
Or, simply take the diaper you're going to be changing baby into, place it underneath the old diaper, and quickly pull forward the old diaper off of your baby while quickly putting the new one on (this technique works well if your baby only has a urine-filled diaper; if your baby needs to be changed after a bowel movement, use a washcloth or baby wipe to help prevent any accidents).
It may sound tricky, but it's easy to do, and you'll end up changing baby quick enough to stop any accidents.
Baby Wipes Warmer
Not necessary: Baby Wipes Warmer
What to use instead: Wipes right out of the package.
A Baby Wipes Warmer, which has to be plugged in, will often times dry out wipes or turn them brown.
And having to keep the warmer plugged in only wastes energy.
Your baby will not mind having his or her bottom wiped with a wipe that has not been warmed.
Save your money.
Not necessary: Baby Walker
What to use instead: Encouragement and patience
Despite how many professionals advise against Baby Walkers, many companies still manufacture them.
Although many walkers have more safety features, extra support, and entertaining toys attached to them, walkers are not necessary at all.
Babies will eventually learn to walk on their own.
They'll pull themselves up on their own. They'll cruise on their own. And they'll start walking on their own.
With patience and encouragement, baby will soon be taking his or her first steps, and before you know it, he or she will be walking all over the place.
Countless babies do this every day without any assistive gear.
If you wish to get a device to assist with walking, you may want to consider a push toy, which is a lot cheaper, but ultimately, for most babies, no assistive walking toys or devices are necessary.