Top Ten Baby Products You DON'T Need
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Having a baby is an expensive endeavour. I remember when I had my first baby 16 years ago. Everyone had advice for me. One of the things I remember people telling me is what great product was going to save my life as a new mom. Some people even bought me some of the "wonder products" for my baby shower.
After my daughter was born, I found that some of these products worked just like they were supposed to. These are things that made my life much easier. Unfortunately, however, some of those great products turned out to be not so great after all. I found that I did not need them, and so I stopped using them and didn't use them with my younger children.
Fast forward fifteen years. Last year I had my third and last baby. This baby is a lot younger than his older siblings. And in the years between my youngest two children a lot had changed. Some things were the same, but it seemed like there were a ton of new baby products that were supposed to make my life as a new mom a lot easier. It was just like it had been fifteen years earlier with my first baby.
So here I have compiled a list of ten baby products. These are not the things I think you need the most to help you with your new bundle of joy. No, they are some of these wonder products that claim to be just what you need, but in the end are simply things you can live without.
Image: Daniel, my youngest baby, at 2 days old. Photo taken by me.
Fancy and Expensive Bedding Sets
One of the funnest things about being pregnant is picking out the baby's bedding. This includes things such as: crib sheets, a comforter a bumper, a dust ruffle, a valance, and a diaper stacker. They come in all kinds of fun and adorable prints and themes. What new mom wouldn't want one.
I, for one, would not want one of these bedding sets. I have found that some of the items are not really needed. For instance, I am just not into dust ruffles, and I think that crib bumpers are dangerous. Newborns can get tangled up in a bumper and toddlers can use it to climb out of the crib.
But I think what really convinced me to not buy a bedding set for my youngest child was the price. Baby bedding sets run anywhere between $50 and $200. To make matters even worse, most crib sets only come with one sheet. It is really necessary to have two or three sheets for those night time accidents.
Instead of a single, expensive crib set, I went to Target and bought things separately. I bought several sheets and crib pads. I skipped the bumper and the comforter, since I felt they were dangerous to my new baby. Besides, the experts don't recommend using blankets with newborns. Instead of blankets, I used a sleep sack, which is a blanket sewed up to make a baby pouch with arm and head holes.
Many new moms like using a bassinet. I did not. To be fair, I only used it with my last baby, and only because my sister let me borrow hers. I see a bassinet as a waste of money because a baby will only really use it for a couple of months before he outgrows it. I preferred putting my babies to sleep in their cribs from the day I brought them home from the hospital.
I know, however, that many new moms like having a bassinet because they can have baby sleep in mom and dad's room during the fragile newborn period. Other moms like the portability of the bassinet and the ability to let baby nap in whatever room she's in.
For me, a changing table was no more than a great place to dump things. Anything that belonged to the baby found its way to the changing table and quickly called it home. The changing table was not a place to change the baby's diaper, it was a place to keep all of the baby things that didn't have another home. Not good.
So, you may be wondering where I changed the baby's diaper if I wasn't doing it on the changing table. In short, I changed the baby's diaper wherever I happened to be. If I was in my bedroom, I'd change the baby on my bed. If I was in the living room, I'd change the baby's diaper on the couch or on the floor. You get the idea. I changed the baby's diaper everywhere but the changing table. For my last baby, I didn't even bother buying a changing table. The last thing I needed was another place to dump stuff.
I have found a wipes warmer to be pretty useless. I used one for my first baby in the middle of winter. Sure, it kept the wipes warm, but I've found that they don't really get that cold in the first place. Maybe if my house's heater went out and the temperature dropped down into the 40s or 50s I would see a small use for them. But I have found that if the wipes get a little chilly and I don't want to put them on baby's warm bottom, that I can just hold them in my hands until they warm up a bit.
Another thing I did not like about a wipes warmer is that the bottom wipes tend to get scorched. Everytime I used it, the bottom two or three wipes turned brown. It looked gross and I really didn't want to be putting that on my baby's soft behind.
Diaper pails are stinky smelly messes. They stink up the baby's room and attract bugs. Even the self-contained diaper pails like the Diaper Genie are smelly inside. I had a Diaper Genie for both of my older babies. When I opened it up to empty the contents into the trash, it smelled so bad it stunk up the room. And to make matters worse, a lot of the time I would find gnats living inside. GROSS!
For this baby I skipped the diaper pail. We put the diapers in the kitchen trash can. If the diaper is super smelly, I take it to the outside trash immediately so it doesn't stink up my kitchen. Danny is 14 months old now, and I haven't had any problems with his diapers stinking up the house like I did with his older siblings.
This is another bottle related product that I can live without. I really found that I did not need a bottle warmer. I nursed all of my babies exclusively for the first few months of life. Then I used powdered formula. When I made the formula, I mixed the powder with warm water. If the baby didn't finish the bottle of formula, I threw away the formula and made a fresh batch for the next feeding. Since I never warmed a bottle, I never needed a bottle warmer.
Another baby product I found unnecessary is the bottle sterilizer. This is a contraption that sterilizes your baby's bottles so there are no germs to make him sick.
I have never used a bottle sterilizer, and I don't think I ever will. In order to be sure that my baby's bottles are as clean and germ-free as possible, I wash them every day. If I do this, germs don't have a chance to grow. I also wash my baby's bottles in the dishwasher if possible. The water in the dishwasher gets very hot and does a pretty good job of sterilizing the bottles. I just make sure to put them on the top rack. I also use a basket for the nipples, caps and connecting rings. If the bottles get too gross, I throw them away. I get the cheap bottles so I don't worry about wasting money when I throw them away.
This is a product to help the new mommy keep track of all the routine tasks involved with taking care of a newborn baby. You can use it to record when you fed the baby, changed the baby, etc. There are paper and electronic versions.
I did not use this with any of my babies. The only time I needed to know how often I changed or fed the baby was when I took the baby to the doctor. It was easy enough to tell the doctor the approximate number of times I fed and changed the baby per day. I didn't really need it.
I could see someone using this product if they have a special needs child or a child with feeding issues. If I had one of these babies, I would consider using one.
Shopping Cart Cover
Nothing screams Overprotective Mommy than a shopping cart cover. This is a cloth cover you put over the child seat of a shopping cart or restaurant high chair. It goes over both the seat and the handle. Often, they also have pockets to hold things and clips for baby's toys. Many moms see these as a necessary part of keeping their children germ free.
Personally, I think that using a shopping cart cover is overkill. Babies need to be exposed to some germs in order to build a healthy immune system. Sheltering a child from all possible germs is, in my opinion, unhealthy. When I go shopping, I put my child in the shopping cart without using a cover. I make sure I use a cart that looks clean. If necessary, I wipe off the seat and handle with a baby wipe. Many grocery stores keep sanitizing wipes near the door so customers can clean off the shopping cart handles.
This is one that I bought for my youngest because it didn't exist when my other two were babies. The Bumbo Seat is a little baby chair for babies who can't sit up on their own yet. It is designed so that the baby's weight is pushed into the back of the seat and the baby will sit even before he is developmentally ready to do so.
What a waste of money! Yes, it did make it so Danny could "sit" before he could really sit. That was cool. He loved sitting in his Bumbo Seat and seeing things from his new big boy perspective. However, he really only used it for a couple of weeks. After that, he was sitting on his own anyway and didn't need the Bumbo Seat anymore. I ended up giving a practically new Bumbo Seat away. If I had another baby, I would not buy her a Bumbo Seat.
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