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Top Ten Baby Products You DON'T Need

Updated on August 3, 2013

What Not to Put on Your Baby Registry

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.

Changing Table

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.

Wipes Warmer

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 Pail

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.

Bottle Warmer

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.

Bottle Sterilizer

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.

Activity Tracker/Journal

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.

Bumbo Seat

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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    • BLouw profile image

      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      This is so helpful. Babies stay small for such a long time and I feel that, unless you are super-rich, there are so many better way to spend money on babies than a whole lot of flashy and expensive gadgets (why not put it all in a trust fund for a pension? Will be worth its wait in gold if you're lucky). I did have a bottle sterilizer but my baby was premature and I had to store breast milk for him. If you breast feed - no need for all this stuff!

    • Jogalog profile image


      5 years ago

      I didn't even realise you could get wipes warmers - I've never come across them before. I would say though that a steriliser is essential if you don't have a dishwasher as I've been told that when you wash by hand the water doesn't get hot enough to kill some of the bacteria that are in milk.

    • StorkBabyGiftBa profile image


      6 years ago

      I had both the diaper warmer and the diaper pail in my 3rd son's nursery and I definitely agree with you on the diaper pail stink...there was nothing worse and no matter how hard I tried, it always stunk. I cleaned it regularly with Pine Sol and kept one of those hanging deoderant bars in it and it still stunk!

      The wipe warmer I am still on the fence did feel better using a really warm wipe on his little touche but it also was wasteful because as you said, it did scorch several wipes on the bottom...p.s. great article!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Oh I wish we had known this 2 years ago. This is a great lens. Let me see we definitely would recommend having a mobile for the crib and a seat or swing for the baby to enjoy. Definitely think that a wipe warmer, a bottle warmer, a ton of baby clothes sizes 0-3 months and 3-6 months just create waste and unessesary laundry. Great thoughts!

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      Jules Corriere 

      6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Happy New Year! Congratulations on being chosen as a top 100 Community favorite for 2011!

    • Auntiekatkat profile image


      6 years ago

      Congrats on being nominated for Community Favorite Lenses of 2011. A wonderful lens. Fortunately we both share one thing it was easier to vote than for most as mine was my "why-I-am a- vegetarian was nominated as well. A proud moment for all of us. Good luck in the voting.

    • JoyfulReviewer profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful tips on keeping to the basics. Congratulations on being one of the final 100 favorite Squidoo lenses of 2011!

    • emmajowebster profile image


      6 years ago

      I have never heard of a baby wipe warmer!!!!! when emily was small I did use a bumbo which after i'd used was passed onto a friend and is now probably got its 13th or 14th owner! the one thing I did buy new is a cot mattress and sheets - otherwise most things were passed on from family and friends - I agree with you that you only really need the basics!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I always thought the Wipe Warmer was a good idea and have given it as a gift. I will have to re-think that after reading this. Great advice. Congrats on being in the Top 100 Community Favorites.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      This lens is great and offers so much sensible advice. I tend to think, if it didn't exist 10 years ago, it can't be essential - like the trolley cover or activity journal. I had twins when my first daughter was only 22 months old. Coping with 3 babies under 2 years would not have been made any easier with the use of some diary gadget. Trips to the supermarket were definitely an experience without caring about germs. You just need common sense and a few basics.

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      Mark Falco 

      6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Oh yes there seems to be a never ending supply of 'must have' gadgets and gizmos for new babies which are all pretty much unnecessary or completely useless. I expect you've saved a lot of new parents a lot of money with this lens. Good job!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm way beyond child bearing years but I LOVE this lens! I'll be sure to give my own kids a head's up when it's their turn to have babies. I agree wholeheartedly with all you have shared on here!!!

    • chezchazz profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      Great approach to baby products. Another thing not needed is a lot of really small size designer clothes -- my son grew so fast he didn't even get to wear all of them even once -- and nothing beats stretchies anyway.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Wow - I totally agree! I think sometimes new moms learn the hard way that some products are more of a pain than a help. =)

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I agree 100% with your list.

    • Brandi Bush profile image


      7 years ago from Maryland

      I have 5 kids and I don't think that a baby needs much of anything except lots of love. My must-haves are a nursing pillow and gripe water for tummy gas. When they get older and start getting diaper rashes, my must-have is A&D ointment...miracle cream! :) Great lens...congrats on LotD!

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      LissaKlar LM 

      7 years ago

      The American SIDS organization recommends that a newborn have only a crib sheet on their crib and nothing else. So, you are right, nothing else needed. One thing that I found I needed for my own peace of mind was the baby monitor that has a sensor that lays under the mattress so that if your baby stops breathing for 20 seconds (or close to that I forget) an alarm sounds. This has been wonderful for us. My baby is almost 2 and we still use it!!

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I found the bottle warmer to be handy to make sure the bottles were the right temperature, definitely safer than microwaving. The changing table, debatable, depends on whether you have a decent surface to change the baby on. Not everyone can bend down and change them on the floor for example. Now the diaper pail - definitely a mistake. Even though it's supposed to keep the smell in, it doesn't, and I used to have to hold my breath while emptying it because the smell was so gross. Far better to put them into a plastic bag from the grocery store, then tie it up and put it in the garbage. No smell! Excellent advice and money saving tips, blessed by an angel.

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      7 years ago

      hey nice information and

      congrats a ton for lens of the day award!!!

    • MamaKris profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Long Beach, CA

      @azshidog: I know, seems weird, huh. I thought about it when I was making the lens and almost didn't put in the ads. However, I thought that 1) Some people might not be familiar with the products I was talking about and would like to see what I was talking about, and 2) I figured that not everyone would agree with me and they might want to buy one of the products featured in this lens. So I provided a simple way to hook those people up with the products they may want.

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      Lee Hansen 

      7 years ago from Vermont

      I used a *real* diaper pail for cloth diapers. I hate those diaper genie things my older daughter used for her kids. The changing table I had was a bureau with a pad, but the nearby bed or sofa also served as a substitute many times as the kids got bigger. And the bassinet or cradle, while endearing or handy, aren't really necessary. My youngest grandchild wouldn't sleep in her mother's cradle ... I wonder if that's an inherited trait 8-D

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      7 years ago

      Weird thing about your lens is that you say things that aren't needed for new infants yet they are advertised in your article. Is this reverse advertising?

    • noner profile image


      7 years ago

      We have consistently used our changing table for every at home diaper change since we brought our son home from the hospital. Other places we might change him wherever, but at home, he is always carried to his room where all the supplies are and changed on the table.

      However, I did make sure to buy a changing table that is also a dresser. Its top was fashioned to be a changing table, but it also has 3 drawers, and a 2 shelf cabinet. So when he stops being in diapers it will still be a useful piece of furniture.

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      7 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD you received for this...I chuckled my way through the list remembering shopping for my little ones years ago...used some of these things and others I do agree you really don't need...and enough time has gone by there are some things I don't recognize:-)

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      What a sensible mom you are. Good lens.

    • magicgeniewishl profile image


      7 years ago

      Haha, there are so many things on here that I have not even heard of, but yes, what a waste of money the rest are! Well done. Nice lens

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Wow great, i think so many of us just don't realize what we actually need. You have done a great job.

    • debnet profile image


      7 years ago from England

      Congrats on a well deserved LOTD. Blessed by a Squid Angel ;)

    • MoiraCrochetsPl profile image


      7 years ago

      This is so interesting! Great lens!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I've never even heard of some of these things - like a Bumbo seat! The one thing that was absolutely the best bought item ever was a baby hammock. Apart from that, everything else was done the basic way. I never felt I needed any of the fancy stuff :)

    • Srena44 profile image


      7 years ago

      great lens

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Hehehehe :) Yup you are right about ALL of them!!!! I actually didn't get any of them except for the bassnette.. :) And I got a practical one that bounced, and it saved my life!!! :)

    • atticanibal profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice lens :)

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Very nice LOTD. Congratulations!

    • mom-247 profile image


      7 years ago

      I agree about most things, but the changing table was an absolute must have for me. I'm slightly germ phobic and don't like the idea of changing dirty nappies (don't mind wet ones) all around the house. Also, it saves your back if you are tall like me. I guess a lot of people wouldn't use it though. My tip for the changing table is not to buy one where you have to change the baby side on. It's much easier if the baby lies straight in front of you.

      I didn't get the bumbo until my baby could already sit, it was good for keeping her in one place though! That is until after about three weeks when she worked out a way to throw herself out of it! That was an expensive mistake...

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Great information especially for first time Moms and people trying to find baby shower gifts.

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      Michey LM 

      7 years ago

      First time parents... Yes... what about first time grandparents? I think they double spend for the little ones...

      Great lens and useful. thanks

    • delia-delia profile image


      7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! well done...interesting lens!

    • Bercton1 profile image


      7 years ago

      My Mrs will enjoy this lens. great tips and and very informative lens. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on LOTD!

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      7 years ago from Keller, Texas

      We have a 20-year span in the ages of our children and things changed so much. By the time our last child was born, we were in the practical mode and got rid of products as fast as we were finished with them! It was fun the first time around but I do think first-time parents spend way more on products than they really need.

    • pangaloon profile image


      7 years ago

      I am totally with you on this lens, most of the products mentioned here, encourage mothers to keep their babies at arms length. Like you I have breast feed both my children, and I wouldn't subscribe to forcing babies into unnatural positions before they are ready with products such as the bumbo. Love the lens, what a brilliant subject to talk about.

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      heehaw lm 

      7 years ago

      thanks for the tips

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      7 years ago

      @Joan4: We always hear about the third world women who stop working to give birth and then go back to work in the fields. Probably an exaggeration, but the human race made it this far somehow!

      The big thing now is to stimulate their senses from birth if not earlier. We got the interactive mobile when our daughter was born. It played Mozart, Bach and Beethoven because they are supposed to make kids smart. But we had to take it down as soon as she got old enough to pull herself up in the crib--or something. I also had her watch Little Einsteins as a toddler. She could recognize a lot of classical musicians when she was in kindergarten. But now she's seven and loves Justin Bieber. :-(

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      7 years ago

      I love your common sense and practicality. A few years ago I received shower announcements for three moms-to-be, two 20-ish and one (older and wiser) 42. The young moms listed more than 300 items on their registries -- designer this, designer that. The other listed about 50 truly necessary items. I had so much fun picking things out for her baby. I think I ended up getting gift cards for the young moms. They probably used them to buy bumbo seats! Congratulations on LOTD!

    • Psycho-Gamer profile image


      7 years ago from Earth

      new momies and dadies can go really way over their heads and due to their opverprotetiveness can make their baby unhappy....orporations spend millions nd millions to convince all those weak in the mind parents that they need all the crap they is too sad....u could make this lens 3 times longer with all the crap out there.....

      congrats on lotd

    • DogWatchColumbus profile image


      7 years ago

      Love this lens! I agree with most of these as I have three kiddos myself. My only two exceptions are the changing table, but ours is also the dresser, so it's not an extra piece of furniture. I also kinda liked the Bumbo seat, but mine was in it for months before he outgrew it. I would also never buy one knew and picked them up at second hand store. LOVED the shopping cart cover comment - I always chuckle a bit when I see a first timer pull one out;)!

      Congrats on LOTD! Well deserved:)!

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      7 years ago

      What fun! I remember having the sterilizer in the 1960's. You did not dare to give baby unsterilized formula bottles in those days. I had fun watching the changes when our grands were born. I think perhaps the most useless thing they had was a CD player for the crib.

      My husband's family tells that he was placed in a dresser drawer when he was born. The only thing a baby has to have is love, food and a safe environment. Everything else is fluff!

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      June Parker 

      7 years ago from New York

      First of all, congrats for LOTD for the innovative idea of the top 10 things not to get for the baby. In my day, diaper pails were only used for cloth diapers, not disposables. Disposables went in the garbage. Cloth diapers went into a baking soda solution in the diaper pail that was kept in the laundry room only AFTER being rinsed either in the laundry room toilet to remove the waste or laundry room sink. When the diaper pail was full, a load of diapers were washed. Parents beware of using the Bumbo type seats before your babies have developed the muscles, cartilage, disc and bone to hold themselves in an upright position. This can harm the child's skeletal and vertebrae development. The wipe warmers are the ones that really made me laugh. I guess you would need them if you lived in an igloo, but then they wouldn't work anyway because of the lack of electricity. LOL.

    • writerkath profile image


      7 years ago

      GREAT Lens, and Congratulations on your LOTD honors!

      My stepdaughter had her first baby 9+ months ago, and as I read your list, I had to laugh! I'm sure she got some of those items as gifts too...

      But REALLY... "Wipes Warmer???" hahahahaha! :)

      And I love your comment about "nothing says 'overprotective..." with the shopping cart covers.

      Great stuff!

      :) Hugs, Kath

    • sociopath-free profile image


      7 years ago

      Baby gear is expensive and this should help people save money. They'll need cell phones and cars soon enough.

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      7 years ago

      Cool lens. I hadn't even heard of some of these products. I did find a changing table handy... mine was a hand-me-down and it stayed in the rather large bathroom we had at the time. I didn't use wipes, just washcloths and clean water. Congrats on LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      The Shopping Seat cover is overkill, I agree. I did like the bumbo seat, if for this reason only, we did get some really cute pictures of him sitting in it.

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      7 years ago

      I agree with the diaper genie, I didn't even take mine out of the box, ended up giving it away!

      I did love my bassinet but I got it second hand so didnt pay much anyway!

    • ChemKnitsBlog2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Congrats on lens of the day! I have not yet had a baby, but this list is a great perspective. (And very different from many other baby recommendation lists!)

    • littlelotus profile image


      7 years ago

      the ones I find usefull are my breastfriend nursing pillow and changing table (useless now as he's too mobile).... the ones I find I don't need are bottle warmer and baby pillow

    • unstucktheory profile image


      7 years ago

      Great list! I had a giggle at a lot of these ;-) Of your ten, the only one I really found my experience was different with was the change table. My change table was an absolute lifesaver. Before we got it my back ached from trying to change my son on the bed, or wherever. The change table was the perfect height and solved all that. It also meant everything change related was stored neatly in one spot, otherwise I would have been hunting for nappies and wipes all the time!

      I (and my son) also loved the Bumbo but I completely agree with you about it not being a necessity. It only gets used for a very short period of time and is expensive for what it is. On the plus side, you can often pick them up on ebay for a good price and then resell them when bub's outgrown it.

    • unstucktheory profile image


      7 years ago

      Great list! I had a giggle at a lot of these ;-) Of your ten, the only one I really found my experience was different with was the change table. My change table was an absolute lifesaver. Before we got it my back ached from trying to change my son on the bed, or wherever. The change table was the perfect height and solved all that. It also meant everything change related was stored neatly in one spot, otherwise I would have been hunting for nappies and wipes all the time!

      I (and my son) also loved the Bumbo but I completely agree with you about it not being a necessity. It only gets used for a very short period of time and is expensive for what it is. On the plus side, you can often pick them up on ebay for a good price and then resell them when bub's outgrown it.

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      7 years ago

      Wow! Congrats, Kris10P, for winning the "Lens of the Day." Liked it!


      Heart and Kisses

    • mariaamoroso profile image


      7 years ago from Sweden

      I actually did not know some of these things exsisted. My youngest is 40 and I did just fine without them =D

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Out of the 10 products you listed, I used a bassinet, diaper pails and a small comforter. I had a son in the crib so could not afford another one and found a used bassinet that my daughter loved. We actually had two diaper pails that we used for soaking cloth diapers. Small comforter was never a problem either.

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      NoobWriter LM 

      7 years ago

      Very very neat lens

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      7 years ago

      Great lens. I found that some things I needed with one, I didn't need at all with the other, depending on personality. One couldn't live without her pacifier, and the other refused to take it. My advice to new parents would be to borrow as much as you can.

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      7 years ago

      I like having a exersaucer for my son to move and play in before he got too big for it. The Xl expandable Play yard fence for the home is a lifesaver for a small living space, to keep little hands from getting into everything

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on a very practical LotD, funny the things we think we need with that first baby and know we can live without the next time around.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I totally agree that new moms buy lots of stuff they don't really need. Great list! My "babies" have their own babies so almost all of this stuff was new to me! (I had heard of a bassinet.)

    • Christene-S profile image


      7 years ago

      Out of the 10 products you listed we only bought 2 of them, a bassinet and a diaper pail. I loved them both.

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      7 years ago

      I agree with you totally that there are an awful lot of baby things that are not necessary. I have never used a change table and never will. They are scary! We can certainly manage very well without many of these baby products. A couple of the things you mentioned I have never even heard of. Our parents managed without all this paraphernalia and so can new mums. Save money and space in your home.

    • theinfomercialg profile image


      7 years ago

      I have to say, my wife and I loved our Bumbo. My daughter could sit in it much sooner that she could sit up unassisted and she really loved that. (However I totally agree with most of your selections being unnecessary!)

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      7 years ago

      Congrats on getting LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      First off, congratulations on Lens of the Day! While I do agree that a lot of the items you listed are a waste of money, I have to say that I loved my diaper genie, and I didn't find it stunk up the room at all.

      And the changing table, I could not have done without. I hear so many people say they just changed the baby wherever they want, on the floor etc. But I could not have changed the baby on the floor after my son was born... I wouldn't have been able to get back up, so I was very thankful to have the changing table!!

    • Grandma-Marilyn profile image


      7 years ago

      I agree with you. I wouldn't use any of these if I had another baby. They are just expensive items that take up room in the house.

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      Shamim Rajabali 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Congratulations. Liked this lens. You need diaper bags but not those that go for $1200.00!!

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      7 years ago

      I think your article is interesting, but I have actually used and enjoyed many of the items you have listed. I definitely like using a changing table, and our diaper genie is way cleaner then what we had previously. We also have a shopping cart cover, but that's more for our daughters entertainment rather then being over protective.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      7 years ago from Jersey Shore

      As the mother of four and grandmom of seven I love this lens! So much extra for such a little bundle of joy!

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      7 years ago

      I have to laugh because I didn't even know some of those items even existed so they obviously aren't necessary items! The only thing on your list that I bought and used was the Moses Basket (bassinette) I found it really great on holidays and it meant that my babies could sleep downstairs during the day where I could keep my eye out on them easily.

      I bought a changing table with my first baby and changed him on it a grand total of one time! On the plus side it's still in the bedroom and currently being used as storage so at least I got value for money.

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      7 years ago

      People buy a lot of unnecessary baby products and this should help save a lot of money. Congrats!

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      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I'd have to agree with you on all this stuff, especially the wipes warmer. I live in a very warm climate but someone gave us one as a baby gift anyway. Totally useless! I'd add mobiles too. They're only good for the few months that your baby can't sit up. Plus they don't help your baby fall asleep, but rather overstimulate them when they're supposed to be sleeping. Complete waste of money. Great lens; congrats on LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      congrats, this kind of lens is unique and best (strategy)..

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      7 years ago

      One wonders how the human race could possibly have survived into the twenty-first century without shopping cart covers, not to mention all those other products.

      My late father once told me that my mother would put on rubber gloves and a surgical mask and kick everyone out of the kitchen to sterilize my bottles, until my pediatrician told her she was going overboard and that I needed to be exposed to some germs precisely to strengthen my immune system. She's definitely a neat freak, but that sounds like a bit much, even for her. Recently, I told her that story and she said that he was the one who was like that. Since he's not around anymore to offer a rebuttal, we will never know.

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations! I didn't even know things like a wipe warmer existed! Giving birth in Africa really made me realize how little we need, they have nothing! To them I was really exotic when I had a changing table, not to mention the push chair. Puts things in perspective.

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      Debbie Hawkins 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congrats! love your lens! I'm a fan of Not buying all that stuff they try & convince first time moms to buy! & seeing kids in shopping cart covers always makes me giggle a little. How silly & time consuming to use!

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      7 years ago

      Something else I can see the Wipes Warmer gadget doing is drying out the premoistened wipes so all you'd end up having is dry towels to wipe the baby when changing needs to be done. Great lens idea though. I wish this had been written two years ago when my brother's wife gave birth to their second child. She's got a lot of these items and not only does she not really need them, she has no place to store these items in a two bedroom apartment.


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      7 years ago

      Great tips and written in a fun and inviting way.

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      7 years ago

      @nuestraherencia: That's a great idea! You should patent that one! In fact, consider making one for adults. I know a few people who could use one--myself included. :-)

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      7 years ago

      I have to agree with you on just about everything. My wife had a daughter when we married, and we had our a daughter together--my first--when I was 48, so I was very excited to be the perfect parent by buying all the stuff. We got a bedding set, bassinet, a couple of different diaper pails, and a bottle warmer. We probably kept her in the bassinet longer than she should have been kept, but fortunately no accidents. The bottle warmer was useful because we lived in a two-story house and it also had an icebox feature so it would keep the formula cold until we needed it, without a trip downstairs to the kitchen. The diaper pails were marginally useful, but they still smelled. The bedding set was truly unnecessary. We did not buy a separate changing table, but we bought a Pack-n-Play with the raised bottom and the folding changing table, and we used that all the time.

      To your list, I would add an Exersaucer. I think it's a great product in theory, especially compared to the old baby walkers that really don't get along with stairs. However, after only a few times, our little one got to the point that she hated being confined and threw a temper tantrum whenever she was in it.

      Funny story about the wipes warmer--I'm an engineer, and about 20 years ago, my ex-wife encouraged me to design something to warm baby wipes. I dismissed it and said it's a useless invention and no one would buy it. One day, we were in the store, and there they were!

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      7 years ago

      I don't have children but I do feel someday I will. Great Lens. The topic just got me interested reading. I'll remember most of what I won't need when the time comes. Thumbs up.

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      7 years ago

      For all 3 of my kids, I did without the crib for at least the 1st year. They all co-slept with us, because it was easier to breast-feed or give a bottle without having to fumble in the dark too much. Also, I was able to keep a closer eye on them to make sure they didn't stop breathing while sleeping.

      Great Lens. Congrats on LOTD!!! :)

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      7 years ago

      Great idea for a lens and wonderful tips. I could not agree more. By the way, I never had a dresser either. Instead I purchased an over the door clear shoe organizer and would put a onsie with a pair of socks, etc. in each pocket. It was great for my husband to change the was hung inside his closet door. It was a cheap way to keep things organized and my husband loved that he didn't have to try to figure out what went with what...he just grabbed a "pack" of things from a pocket.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      7 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the shopping cart covers. Every time I see one, I think that I was being a negligent parent because I didn't have one for my kids (they weren't around then). Of course, shopping carts are pretty germy as we've discovered since. Had the same experience with the wipe warmer. By the time the second one came around, we'd moved and the wipe warmer didn't get unpacked. It didn't seem to make a difference.

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      SheilaVine LM 

      7 years ago

      Coming from the UK and having my kids over 30 years ago I never needed to bother about all these expensive things. We used cotton nappies and I had a bottle sterilizer because we used glass bottles that lasted me for both of my babies.I suggest use terry cloth nappies and feed the baby yourself as long as possible,and make your own baby food from family meals as the best ways to stop wasting money on baby things

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      7 years ago

      The only product I will have to disagree about is Bumbo baby seat. I love that thing :) Great lens idea!

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      Yawapi LM 

      7 years ago

      Yes, kids need to be exposed to some germs to develop a healthy immune system, but bear in mind that there are resistant superbugs out there now that also weren't around 15 years ago. Take it from a former Infectious Disease nurse. I use the shopping cart cover mainly to prevent my kids from smashing their heads on the front bar of the cart while they squirm in the seat and to prevent them from gnawing on the same bar. I wrote a similar article a few months ago and also rated bottle warmers/sterilizers, diaper pails and changing tables as a waste of money. I will admit to using the wipes warmer with my youngest though, unlike his siblings he was born during the cold months and would scream bloody murder when we put a cold wipe on his bottom. Cheers to a great lens!

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I did buy a bassinet for my son: a 3 in 1 bassinet made in wood locally. This bassinet can be converted into a kid bed, so now at 4 he has a nice bed that will last until he is about 7/8 years old.After that, you can convert it again into a bench (add some pillows and it makes a nice reading space to relax). As for the rest I have not a single item on the list, I don`t even use wipes unless we are camping or traveling for more than one day. Congrats on LotD

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      Robin S 

      7 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      I totally agree with the exposure to germs bit! Kids that don't get dirty get sick a lot more than those exposed to germs and allowed to strengthen their immune systems naturally. I never used bottles, nursing until mine were weaned and back then didn't have car seats either.

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      7 years ago

      Great tips on what babies don't really need.

      Congrats on LOTD.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      7 years ago from Concord VA

      I agree with your choices of things not to buy. Fun lens and adorable baby! Congratulations on LotD!!

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      7 years ago

      We bought some strange "baby sleep positioner" and a bunch of rubbish - from a pack advertised in the hospital - what a place to get new parents...

      We also got some crazy nappy bin contraption, that we used only twice - the smell is still there if you don't change daily, and this thing required specialist cassettes. Now we just use the bathroom bin - same idea as you though.

      We did like the Bumbo - Helena got a bit more than a couple of weeks out of it... We had the table for it and we could put stuff on there for her to grab at.

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      7 years ago

      I agree with most of what you have here with exception to two things - the diaper pail and the bottle sterilizer. Our diaper pail does not smell up the room and does not attract bugs. The bottle sterilizer has been a saving grace for us on several occasions when we don't have time to fill up the dishwasher or we don't have enough to fill up the dishwasher.

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      Mishael A Witty 

      7 years ago

      Hi. Congrats on LOTD. I agree with most of these: baby wipe warmers crack me up! I do miss using my changing table. I used it for my first, but we haven't for my 2nd just because we live in a smaller place now and I don't want to take up the space. I never realized, though, how much bending over the bed to change your baby could hurt your back! And the bottle sterilizer was a necessity for me as a first-time mom, not so much the second time around! ;-)


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