Having a baby means getting a lot of stuff. A lot. And, oftentimes it piles up in corners and closets faster than you can put it together and figure out what it does. Unless you’re Beyonce and Jay Z and can commit 2,200 square feet of your home to a nursery, you’re going to have to be selective about what you really want and need. While every family has to find what works for them, typically parents agree that the following eight are totally unnecessary baby products.
1. Baby Wipe Warmer. While warming wipes might seem like the humane thing to do for a baby’s delicate derriere, they really don’t mind a room temperature one. Seriously, your child won’t end up traumatized even if there’s a bit of a chill on his bum. Plus, warm wipes can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.
2. Baby Bottle Sterilizer. Sterilizing bottles used to be the norm when water quality was questionable and often contaminated with bacteria. These days, it’s not so much of an issue and a quick run through the dishwasher or soak in hot, soapy water is sufficient. So, skip this product unless your pediatrician recommends it or there’s a concern with your tap water.
3. Hands Free Baby Bottle Holder. This “time-saver” is really rather ridiculous unless you’re a parent to multiples. Taking the time to hold and feed your baby is a vital part of nurturing your child and fostering healthy development.
4. Baby Shoes. Babies don’t walk; thus, no need for shoes. Worse, some shoes can actually compromise foot development.
5. Baby Changing Table. There’s truly no need for a piece of furniture that’s solely for changing diapers. Affix a pad to the top of a dresser and ta-da! – you have a changing space that serves more than one purpose.
6. Diaper Pail. If you choose to use cloth diapers, you’ll definitely need a diaper pail, but for disposables – not so much. Those magic “genies” are pretty much just a way to get you to buy expensive garbage bags. The best way to keep odors at bay are by disposing of diapers in the most frequently emptied garbage cans – not by dedicating one pail just to diapers. That just compounds odors.
7. Sleep Positioner. These products are marketed for sleep safety, but they’re actually a suffocation risk and the FDA and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning against their use back in 2010.
8. Educational DVDs. Infants and toddlers learn best through human interaction – not watching screens. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against TV and other types of screen time until a child is at least two years of age.
What baby gear did you find totally unnecessary? Share your experiences and advice in the comments!