7 Baby Products to Skip

Sunday, December 15th, 2013 by from Tales from the Crib

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    With all the baby products out there, starting a registry can feel like an overwhelming task! What do you register for? Well, I can tell you one thing: you don’t need to register for a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I see them on Craigslist, at yard sales, and in the free bin at the library enough to know you should NOT be paying full price for one! But there are also those products at the store that look like they will be awesome to have, but that just don’t end up that way. I asked several moms what product they could have done without, and while the results varied, there were a couple that stood out. Here are a few things some everyday moms say they’d skip the second time around.

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What do you think? 7 Baby Products to Skip

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Jeanna Strassburg is a wife, and mother of three, who enjoys kitchen dance parties and summer time! Jeanna received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho in April of 2007. She enjoys spending her time cooking, cleaning and tending to the proper duties of a stay at home mother… NOPE! Truthfully, she enjoys eating the food, but not making it or cleaning up after it. She likes to have a clean home, but loathes laundry and dishes. Loves her children, but coul ... More

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  1. Avatar of Andrea Andrea says:

    I can’t understand how people bathe their babies in the kitchen sink. It’s just not right. The amount of bacteria present in the sink, even in the most pristine houses ( when you have a baby I doubt anyone can keep up with keeping it pristine) is disgusting. Please, stop!

  2. Avatar of DESIREE DESIREE says:

    I love my changing table which is upstairs in my baby’s room and we use it daily. When we have company or friends over we change her upstairs. We have a Graco Pack N Play which we have downstairs, it is used when we are downstairs with her, as some days we are downstairs most of the day or out in the back yard, so it is easy to change her downstairs. On Super Bowl Sunday we had a Super Bowl Party with lots of friends and family, and when it was time to change her we took her upstairs to her room. She was changed on the changing table. I love the Graco Pack N Play because it has all the convenient things a hanging bed, a rocker and the play pen along with storage areas on the side for lotions, diaper cream, oil, wipes and pampers. . It also has wheel so it can be taken out in the back yard or take to the beach on picnic days. Some things are worth having especially if you are thinking or hoping to have another child or more children. Also if you have the space to fit it. :-) :-) :-)

  3. Avatar of DESIREE DESIREE says:

    I would skip the baby shoes. My baby got shoes from friends whose children has out grown theirs. They are all big for her now, she wears socks with frills, lace and bows for now. I feel it is a waste of money to buy baby shoes when the baby is too small to walk. When my baby starts practicing to walk I will the buy walking training booths, which can help support her feet and ankles. They are great and supportive as I used to used them on my older child.

  4. Avatar of Erin Erin says:

    When my baby was first born, I used the change table for every diaper and clothing change for her, since I had a C-section and was told not to stoop or bend too much, so the floor wasn’t an option. Now that she’s bigger, we change her on the floor so she can have some free kicking time too, but we still use the table at night because it’s just easier and faster. Also, it’s great for storage and organization in her nursery. We weren’t going to buy a baby bath tub because I figured we’d just use the sink, but a friend gave us one, and I’m glad she did. Our girl quickly got too big for the sink. The one we have has a hole and a plug in the bottom, so it’s easy to drain. We put it on the kitchen counter, fill it with water from the sink, then drain it into the sink…easy peasy!

  5. Avatar of tangled tangled says:

    Thank so much for this article very very interesting

  6. i agree most of the stuff is just for people to make money! my aunt got us the diaper thing and i hate it we run thru the bags so fast and its 6 bucks to get one thing of the refills! As far as he changing table i love mine it makes things easier i have straps on mine so he cant roll its great so im not hurting my back on the floor that or chasing him bc hes rolling/crawling away lol

  7. Avatar of liz says:

    tnx os much for this article very interesting :)

  8. Avatar of kimberly kimberly says:

    i will be a first time mom and articles like these are very helpful!! I have people coming at me all the time telling me what to do or what to buy. I am 11 weeks and it can be very overwhelming. I love to coupon, hit consingment shops and such so saving money anywhere i can is a plus!!

    • try going to the produces website a lot of times you can find free samples its nice i got a few free bottles and such and when you registering do so at different stores some give you free samples and most give you tons of coupons so its kinda fun to register at a lot of stores and it gives every one a wide ranges to choose from.

  9. Avatar of jessica jessica says:

    I thought the diaper pail was a tad expensive. Even the refills were expensive… all that just for poop! We bought a 10$ pale from walmart and buy the little kitchen bags. Way cheaper. For the change table I actually use mine all he time. Same level house. Guess that makes a difference. Plus the baby loves the animals on the changing pad. He babbles to them all the time

  10. Avatar of teresa85 teresa85 says:

    Wow that is an interesting article! I have a couple of those things already. I found with my first baby it was easier to give a bath with the infant tub in the sick, helped save my back and it really wasn’t hard to maneuver. It is though annoying to store especially with a new one on the way I didn’t want to give it up! I think that the infrared camera is a little over done. Our house is small and in the beginning I did use a regular monitor but it seemed like it made it sound like the baby was crying in stereo! So we eventually got rid of it and only used it if we were downstairs or doing something in a different part of the room. Great article!! Glad I didn’t opt for a lot of those things!

  11. Avatar of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    I agree with the diaper pail. We received one at my shower for my oldest and it just filled up so fast and the bags were so heavy. Then the long tubular shape of the bags didn’t fit so well in our trash bags. It was just a waste. Had we not received it at the shower, we never would have bought it ourselves. I disagree with the changing table. Yes, once they are bigger and squirming it doesn’t make much sense to use them, but when you have a newborn and your back is screaming with pain, the elevation of the changing table is great! Everything else we didn’t bother with for the reasons listed in the blog.

  12. Avatar of Kelsey Kelsey says:

    I got a wipe warmer, i tried to use it, but it being plugged in in one place never seemed to be close enough to where i was changing her. so it was a waste. i just change her on the floor or the couch, which ev er is closer. I also have not used the bath tub but only once myself, i just get in the tub and wash her in nthere with me because there is always someone around to come get her from me. but gamgam uses the tub when i am not home and it is bath time, so i guess it is kind of useful. never bothered with the diaper genie, i just use the bags you buy from the dollar store, you get 75 for a dollar that are meant to put poo diapers in, i just toss the peepee ones. as for moniters, i just use the regular one that only does sound, because baby will cry if something strange is going on and that will wake me up.

  13. Avatar of Colleen Colleen says:

    We had originally planned to just use a changing pad on top of our sons dresser but someone gave us a hand me down changing table and I don’t know what I would do without it. I do agree that a diaper genie is a waste of money because you have to buy special liners for it. I love my diaper disposal because we can just use a regular garbage bag which is what we would be doing anyway. Part of me does wish I had saved money and gotten a regular garbage can with a lid and a couple febreeze stick and refresh. Every time I throw a diaper away I smell all the fermenting diapers already in there anyway.

  14. I couldn’t live without my changing table and I also really like my diaper genie. I didn’t find any of the other things necessary and didn’t buy them. The thing I never really used was the crib bedding. I received a set with a sheet, bed ruffle, bumpers and comforter. Cute but not practical. I’ve used the sheet but nothing else. Also, I bought a bottle warmer that either got the bottle too hot or didn’t warm it up enough. I returned it and just warmed up a cup of water in the microwave to put the bottle in.

  15. Avatar of Lenas Lenas says:

    I don’t agree with the diaper pail; however, I made sure I got one that you could use any standard bag with so it didn’t cost more. I do think a changing table is a wast of money and takes up too much space. It wasn’t feasible for me to go to my daughter’s room every time I needed to change her. I agree that a wipe warmer is unnecessary also. I strongly disagree with the baby bathtub. My kitchen sink is way too small to bathe my 2 month old in. I received a tub that has a drain plug and folds up when you’re done so it doesn’t take up much space and is easy to drain. I put it right on the counter next to the sink and it drains into the sink when we’re done. They say that it’s better for babies not to wear shoes until they can walk and even then only when they will be outside or somewhere where shoes are necessary. It’s better for their feet to go without them as much as possible. I’ve never heard of Walking Wings so yeah probably wouldn’t spend the money on those either. I disagree with the video monitor. I have one that I still use to keep on my 2 and half year old. I never used it at night because our room is right next door but for naps when she was a baby and when she’s playing now it’s awesome. Mine does not have the scanning feature though. Just my opinion.

  16. Avatar of Jillian Jillian says:

    I agree with most of these except for the changing table and the baby bathtub (though my definition may be a little different). I use my changing table daily, morning and night. Yes, it’s upstairs and I’m down for some of the diaper changes but it still gets enough use that it’s worth it. I did get mine for free as a hand-me-down from a friend though, but I still would have asked for one. As for the baby bathtub, we used a mesh chair in the tub to sit her in until she was able to sit on her own and I will say from the one experience I had trying to bathe her in the sink, I will pick bending over the tub for 10 minutes any day!

  17. I love our diaper genie, plus my 16 month loves throwing his little sister’s diapers away in it and it makes our garbage less stinky. I was given a wipe warmer at my baby shower, but have never opened it. We have an infant tub, I wouldn’t feel comfortable washing my 5lb newborn in the kitchen sink, especially when she is wet, I would be afraid she would slip in the sink while I was washing her or something else would happen. we don’t have any other things, I change both of my kids on the floor, my son is too wiggly for a changing table and i’m sure my daughter will be the same given some time.

  18. Avatar of bmattler92 bmattler92 says:

    i agree with all of them except the diapering system and changing table. I love my diaper genie. it makes diaper disposal a much easier job. my changing table makes diapering a much is easier task.

  19. Avatar of Erica Erica says:

    I LOVE our wipe warmer. It makes middle of the night diaper changes go much smoother in the winter. I’ve read so many articles discounting them, but for my little guy (who minds cold bits in the night) it’s a lifesaver. I feel like it’s a mini spa treatment. So much better than a cold wipe!
    Also, I bathe him in the sink now that he can sit up, but we had many happy times in his little whale bathtub until he fell in love with splashing. It was definitely easier for daddy and I both to participate in bath time that way.

  20. Avatar of Kaitlyn Kaitlyn says:

    I am newly pregnant and this article really helped. Thanks for the advice!!!

  21. I have three children and one on the way and I can say with certainty that none of these things are necessary except the baby bathtub. For me it’s easier to lay a newborn down on something flat rather than trying to hold them up in a slippery sink, especially if you’re bathing the baby without any help!

  22. Avatar of gfeld gfeld says:

    I agree that all of these products are unnecessary. The non walker baby shoes I would purchase for the nicer weather when we go out to a special occasion. During the winter I do away with it. Walker wings I have never heard of before. A video monitor I have never splurged on yet so can’t say. I don’t have a changing table, nor a baby bathtub.

  23. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    I’m now having a second thought on getting my baby a walker. And for the monitor – yes, I agree! I feel like having “super ears” since I was pregnant!

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